You may have noticed that the Salvation Army Red Kettles are out in the Twin Ports. I always try to make sure I have dollar bills in my pocket so whenever I pass a red kettle I can drop on or two in, I know the bell ringer is appreciative. Obviously they are giving of their time and energy in hopes they have a full red kettle at the end of their volunteer shift. In Hibbing, the red kettle stand is empty and the call is out for the desperate need for volunteers.
The City of Duluth is very good to it's Senior Citizens. From website information regarding Senior Citizen Safety to providing an Senior Citizen liaison to help with job placement and delivered meals. Now, they're looking to honor Senior Citizens locally and in the surrounding area, who are reaching or have reached the young-at-heart age of 100 and beyond! Do you know someone?
There are many Bob Dylan fans in the Northland. He's played in Duluth a couple of times, the most recent a foggy July day at Bayfront Festival Park. At his concert here in 1999, he made reference to being born over the hill in Duluth and hoped it was still there sending the crowd into a frenzy. His fame is world-wide and proof is in the huge mural in downtown Minneapolis.
Yesterday in Virginia, MN miners, their families, retirees, community leaders, and other unions marched together in the Solidarity in Steel Rally and March. Roughly 2,000 people participated in their "Fair Contract Now" fight.
The mining industry on the Iron Range has certainly been in the news lately. Some good news, like laid off workers being asked back, some not so good news with closures that include an iconic tourist destination, Mineview in the Sky
Megan has been trying to lose weight for 20 years. She says she's tried everything from low carb to gluten free diets. Now she's set a goal to make it on the show "Biggest Loser," and social media is helping.
The Tower Soudan Underground Mine is located in Northern Minnesota and offers tours of the now closed down underground mine. This morning during our "Are you smarter than Cathy" trivia game, I asked her how far down the mine shaft went. The answer was 2,341 feet, which is about 2,160 feet more than she thought. (She had no idea.)
Growing up in the small town of Wrenshall, I am very aware of how important our volunteer fire fighters and EMS crews are. Most people, especially in the bigger cities pick up the phone to dial 911 and expect help to arrive. Small town folk do too, but we know that we may see a friend, relative or a neighbor lending a hand to help fight a fire or save a life.
There's been talk about a bill introduced that would allow deer hunters to wear blaze pink in Wisconsin instead of blaze orange. They're hoping that this will get more people (probably women) into hunting. Sadly, it will be tough to get more people excited about hunting with a bucks only harvest.
Construction season is in full swing and no Northland area is immune. This time the road closures are affecting the Iron Range. For at least half the summer there will be temporary road closures to allow resurfacing of 21 miles.
The History Channel's American Pickers is coming to Wisconsin and is currently looking for leads for places to pick. Do you have a lot of collectible junk, or maybe things stuck in storage that you could turn into a goldmine?
Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years. Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall. Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.
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