Amsoil Arena scored a 4.9 out of 5 on Stadium Journey. (2010 file, Bob King / News Tribune)
Amsoil Arena is about 2½ years old, but in case you still haven’t attended a Minnesota Duluth hockey game, there’s a review at Stadium Journey to check out.
Reviewer Matt Ward refers to it as a “near-perfect college hockey experience.” The venue was great on a five-star scale for categories that include food and beverages, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment and extras. All items received five stars, except the fan aspect, which was given four — for an overall score of 4.9 out of 5.
The gals from the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority at the University of Minnesota Duluth are trying to help one of their sisters.
Kelsey Krautkremer was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2009 and was told in March that she’s down to 18 percent kidney function, according to sorority sister Cassie Gazzolo.
Krautkremer has started the process of being placed on the national deceased donor list. But the average wait time for type-O blood is three to six years, and she has been told she has weeks to months before she’ll need live-saving help.
Phi Sigma Sigma, along with Krautkremer’s family and friends, has been raising money and awareness, including on Twitter with the hashtag #KidneyForKelsey, about her condition. Gazzolo said all money raised this week will go toward the expenses of Krautkremer’s eventual kidney donor and any uncovered medical expenses.
Donations are welcome at a YouCaring.com page set up for Krautkremer.
The student staff at LakeVoice, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s online news site, will document Duluth with its first-ever photo issue Thursday, and they’d like some help.
The project, inspired by Humans of New York, will be made up of snapshots of people living their lives in the Duluth community. LakeVoice staff members will have images, but they want you to submit photos, too, for the collection.
There’s just one rule: Take a photo of a person or people in Duluth.
E-mail images to email@example.com. Go to LakeVoice for more information on how to participate.
Don’t let Astronomy Day pass unnoticed.
The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is offering a bunch of free space-related events for children and adults from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
There will be a dark-sky program, full-dome videos and documentaries, lectures and programs on colonizing space, space medicine, aerospace engineering, astrophotography and mini-asteroids.
Dr. Matthew Andrews of UMD will present “Hibernation in Space,” a futuristic look at how humans can endure long travel times in space.
Dr. George Shaw, professor emeritus at Union College, will present “Terraforming Mars,” ideas on how to turn the red planet into an Earth-like environment. For more info, go to d.umn.edu/planet.
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are needed for the U.S. to remain competitive in the global marketplace. But many college students fail or become bored with such courses, studies say.
Hear about this and the differences in educational systems across the world from Jim Riehl, dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, at a Royal D. Alworth Jr. International Lecture at 7 p.m. today in the UMD Library fourth-floor rotunda.
The lecture, “A World View of STEM in Higher Education,” will describe Riehl’s study of 10 countries and include the impacts of national demographics, faculty attitudes and parental pressure on student career choice.
An evening of music, food and fellowship is scheduled for Wednesday at the Depot in Duluth as a fundraiser for Project Homeless Connect.
The “Expressions of Home” fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. and is presented by Heading Home St. Louis County in association with the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Civic Engagement.
The evening’s festivities include a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar with music by Jason Hale from 5 to 7 p.m. Concerts will follow with Diet Folk playing at 8 p.m. and The Crunchy Bunch at 10 p.m.
Admission to the event is $5 for students and $10 for others. Anyone bringing a nonperishable food donation for the CHUM food shelf will receive a $1 discount on admission.
Proceeds go to fund Project Homeless Connect, an annual event held in October that connects homeless individuals and families with resources to improve their housing situations, health and well-being, as well as provide a warm meal to those in need. Call (218) 726-7758.
John Simenson made it out of steel frame and cloth and spent $12 of his own money to buy an authentic Dardevle lure to copy. (Photo courtesy of UMD)
The crew of the Blue Heron, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s large-lake research boat, went out on their maiden voyage of 2013 hoping to catch some giant non-native fish in the world’s largest freshwater lake. If you saw the Blue Heron leave port Monday morning, you might have noticed the boat was sporting a giant Dardevle fishing lure made by first mate John Simenson.
OK, we’re kidding about the fishing part, but the lure was real. Simenson made it out of steel frame and cloth and spent $12 of his own money to buy an authentic Dardevle lure to copy. But the lure never actually cast into the lake. The crew didn’t have a large enough fishing rod. The lure is 14 feet long, and the hooks stretch another 8 feet.
Simenson said he made it for fun but also to draw attention to the oversized problem of invasive species in the lake and the Blue Heron’s role in invasive species research. Seeing it was April Fools’ Day, the timing seemed right to show it off. The lure now will go on display at UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory office.
Monday was the Blue Heron’s first run of the season. The first day trip was used to check out the boat’s operational capabilities ahead of upcoming voyages to conduct aquatic research.
Minnesota Duluth defenseman Brigette Lacquette forces Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker into the boards during a game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth in this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo. (2012 file, Steve Kuchera / News Tribune)
Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey player Brigette Lacquette will be on TV, but it won’t be for a game.
The sophomore defenseman from Mallard, Manitoba, will be featured on “Native Report” at 8:30 p.m. March 21 on PBS. The progam will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m. March 23.
Lacquette is majoring in physical education and American Indian Studies and is the first Anishinaabe player in UMD hockey history, according to UMD. She also plays for Canada’s Under-22 national team.
Northland residents can register Wednesday to be bone-marrow donors in an event sponsored by students from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Duluth campus.
Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lower level of the University of Minnesota Duluth bookstore.
To register, you need to be between 18 and 55 years old and in good general health. People who registered will be listed on the Be the Match Registry, which is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, as a potential donor for a patient in need of a bone-marrow transplant.
The process is painless — it involves a cheek swab and completing a registration form.
Amsoil Arena will have its share of kind-hearted volunteers and grateful kids in the crowd for tonight’s college men’s hockey game between Minnesota Duluth and Alabama-Huntsville.
About 250 participants in the Mentor Duluth program will be in attendance as guests of honor for the UMD athletic department’s 14th annual Mentor Duluth Appreciation Night.
Mentors, mentees and kids enrolled in the program get free tickets. The recipient of the Making a Difference Award will be recognized during a ceremony at the second intermission. After the game, the Bulldogs and Champ the mascot will sign autographs.