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2017 is the 100th anniversary of the America's entry into the Great War, now known as World War I. Commemorate the Centennial of the First World War by coming to see "Minnesota in the Great War.”
Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). IAFF Local 101 fire fighters remind you to not only change your clock for Daylight Saving Time, but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too. “Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” says Pete Johnson, president of Local 101. “Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.”
Food supplies are low during the month of March, which makes it the best time of year to take a stand against hunger. Last year’s campaign raised 26,465 pounds of food and $94,682. Whole Foods Co-op will be taking donations at their registers throughout the month of March. Duluth Super One Stores will be taking donations at their cash registers March 19-April 2. Many local businesses and schools are involved in this year’s March Campaign.
High school students from around the region competed to build the strongest, most economical and most beautiful bridges out of toothpicks at the 24th annual competition on Feb. 28 in the Civil Engineering Laboratory at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “The purpose of the event is to show high school students what it means to be a civil engineer in a fun, hands-on atmosphere,” said Mark Roberts, civil engineering senior laboratory service coordinator.
Laskiaistiistai (“Sliding Tuesday”) is a Finnish celebration held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The festival actually stems from an old pagan tradition to celebrate the beginning of the end of winter in Finland, whose climate is similar to northern Minnesota. As the legend went, whoever sleds farthest down a snowy hill will have the best summer flax harvest.
Finland 100-Northland group invites the community to bring their sleds and celebrate Laskiaistiistai (Sliding Tuesday) at the Snowflake Nordic Ski Center, 4348 Rice Lake Rd., today, Tuesday, Feb. 28, starting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Finnish pea soup, pulla (cardamom bread) and coffee will be available for suggested donations.
Duluth for Clean Water will host a conversation about jobs in the Arrowhead 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Among the questions addressed are, what are the prospects for new jobs in the Arrowhead? Are there opportunities and proposals that stand to benefit the region as a whole, rather than divide it? How many jobs are we talking about? What are the economic benefits of the proposals? Can we make our region a contributor to the renewable energy economy?
I love to cook and bake. But I also love to go out to eat at a restaurant, enjoy the fine dining experience and have someone who takes pride in providing the best service possible in a fun and friendly way. And, it seems like some of the best memories with family and friends tend to involve a meal or a tasty treat.
Sen. Erik Simonson, Rep. Jennifer Schultz and Rep. Liz Olson will host a joint listening session to discuss the current 2017 Legislative Session 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Duluth Children’s Museum, 15 S. 29th Ave. W. Attendees will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions. A representative from the Minnesota Management and Budget office will present information about Gov. Dayton’s budget. For those who are unable to attend, but interested in contacting their legislators, Sen. Simonson can be reached at (651) 296-4188, Rep.