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A crepy clown (also known as Stephen Smith of Duluth) lurks around the entrance of "Haunted Shack 2000: Terror of the Millennium." News Tribune / file photo


• Lake Superior Marine Museum Association's "Cruise of a Lifetime" raffle tickets sale has started and tickets are available for purchase at Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. A drawing for two winners will be held during the Gales of November conference scheduled for Nov. 4 at the DECC in Duluth. Winners will win trips for two on the Great Lakes vessel Joseph L. Block during the summer of 2018. The average trip is five days. Accommodations are the Owner's Quarters, Staterooms and Lounge. Guests will dine at the Captain's table and tour the ship from the pilothouse to engine room.

• Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

Sunday: 8:30-11:30 a.m. today, Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, 2105 Woodland Ave., Duluth.

Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Superior High School, 2600 Catlin Ave.

Monday: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Cook Community Hospital, 10 S. E. Fifth St., Cook.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vermilion Community College, 1900 E. Camp St., Ely.

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 250 Rice Lake Road. Sponsored by Chris Jensen, Public Safety Building and Arrowhead Juvenile Detention Center.

Tuesday: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001 Jean Duluth Road, Duluth.

Wednesday: 8-11 a.m., 1316 N. 14th St., Superior. Sponsored by the city of Superior.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northeast Range School, 30 South Drive, Babbitt.

Wednesday: 1-4 p.m., Floodwood High School, 115 W. Fourth Ave.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northwestern High School, 4751 County road F, Maple.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 600 N. 21st St., Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 600 N. 21st St., Superior.

Friday, Oct. 13: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northwood School, N14463 Highway 53, Minong. Sponsored by the National Honor Society.

• Superior Choice Credit Union will host a community blood drive with the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth. Make an appointment by calling (800) RED-CROSS (733-2767) or sign up at with sponsor code SCCU.

• The William A. Irvin Haunted Ship has opened and this year's theme is "Nightmare on Harbor Drive." Admission is $12 per person, and attendees who bring a nonperishable food item or a new/gently used coat will receive $2 off their admission price. All donations go to the "Helping the Cause" fundraiser.

Tour hours are: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 18, 19, 26, 30 and 31; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 20 and 27; and 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28.

• Miller Hill Mall will host its second Bowling for a Cure tournament Friday, Oct. 13 at Skyline Lanes, 4894 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen. The welcome happy hour begins at 3:30 p.m. and bowling is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with teams competing in games of "poker bowling," a variation of bowling that incorporates the element of chance. The night's winning team will receive a Miller Hill Mall prize pack valued at $300.

Miller Hill Mall is also encouraging shoppers to buy and personalize a pink ball with a message to a loved one to float in the fountain through the month. The balls are available for purchase in the mall office for $1.

Other planned activities include: $5 discount cards sold at the mall office providing 15 or 25 percent off one item at participating retailers with all proceeds from the sale of discount cards go to Susan G. Komen; Susan G. Komen Visa Simon gift cards and for every gift card purchased, Simon will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen; and shoppers may purchase a sticker for a $1 donation and post it on the "More Than Pink Hero Wall," with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen.

• The Haunted Shack and Hayride has opened at the Buffalo House Bar and Restaurant, 2590 Guss Road, Duluth. Admission is $15 for both, and attendees who bring a nonperishable food item get $2 off their ticket price. Those who bring a coat for the Northland coat drive, "Coats for Kids," get a free ticket with one paid admission. Food donations benefit CHUM's West Duluth Food Shelf.

Tour times are: 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, Saturday, Oct. 14 and Oct. 20; 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 22 and 26; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21, 27 and 28; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 for Kids' Day. Visit for more information.

• Animal Allies' 16th annual Fur Ball gala begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Northland Country Club, 3901 E. Superior St., Duluth. The fundraiser features live, premier silent and silent auctions, gourmet meal selections, hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary martini bar. Tickets are $100 per person and available at Proceeds benefit Animal Allies.


• The Phi Kappa Psi-Minnesota Delta Chapter at the University of Minnesota Duluth launched a GoFundMe for breast cancer research in honor of Cancer Awareness Month. Donations are being accepted until Wednesday at


• Essentia Health seeks volunteers at St. Mary's Hospice, and multiple training sessions are offered for those interested, depending on where they live.

Duluth sessions will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 18 and 25, as well as Nov. 1, in the Wisconsin and Michigan Rooms at St. Mary's Medical Center, 407 E. Third St. Trainees are expected to attend each session. Light snacks will be provided and meals may be purchased in the hospital cafeteria. Contact Katie Neff Dawson or Kim Ellsworth at (218) 786-4020 or

In Virginia, hospice and veteran volunteers are needed. Training will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday 12 in McMillan C room at Virginia Clinic, 901 Ninth St. N. Pre-registration is required to attend. Contact Dee Dee Thesenvitz at (218) 749-7975 or

• St. Louis County Historical Society seeks a reliable event volunteer to assist with its monthly antique appraisals. Volunteer needs to be available on a monthly basis to assist with guest registration, hospitality, set-up and clean-up. Antique Appraisal volunteer must be able to work cooperatively with appraisers and Society staff. Go to, or contact Julie Bolos at or (218) 733-7568.