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Padre and the beast
The students at Duluth’s St. John’s School surpassed their fundraising goal, and now, on Nov. 1, a pastor has to pucker up – to a llama.
It started on Oct. 4, when the children of St. John’s spent the day cleaning up their community as part of a service project and fundraiser. The children were challenged to raise $20,000, their reward was to have one of the pastors kiss a llama.
The students, motivated by this prize, managed to surpass their goal by more than $2,000. And now, the students are inviting the public to watch associate pastor Father Ben Hadrich smooch the South American pack animal on the baseball field at St. John’s at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Swing on in, bridge
The iconic Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke State Park will reopen to the public at 11 a.m. Friday, according to park officials. The bridge was damaged during flooding on the St. Louis River in June 2012. Crews have just finished a $1.1 million reconstruction of the 219-foot pedestrian bridge. The steel bridge is the primary access to a network of trails on the south side of the river.
A media event will be held at 11 a.m. Friday to celebrate the reopening of the bridge. Jay Cooke State Park is just west of Duluth on Minnesota Highway 210 near Carlton.
Beacon for lost ship
Split Rock Lighthouse, once an essential navigation aid for Great Lakes mariners, will commemorate the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald with its annual beacon lighting on Nov. 10 from noon to 6 p.m.
Situated along the North Shore, the lighthouse was in service from 1910 until technological advancements rendered it obsolete, and it was decommissioned in 1969.
The annual beacon lighting is the only opportunity for visitors to witness the lit beacon from inside the tower.
Once a year, the beacon is lit in memory of sailors lost to shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, including the 29 men lost on Nov. 10, 1975, when the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost to one of Lake Superior’s notorious storms when, as Gordon Lightfoot sang, the gales of November came early.
Admission is $7 per person, free for Minnesota Historical Society members.
For more information, go to mnhs.org/splitrock or call (218) 226-6372.