Nurses on a mission
Their names: Tricia Mattson and Julie Zimmerman.
Their occupations: Registered nurses with Essentia Health (used to be SMDC Health System, remember?).
Their mission: to help earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The pair went on a two-week medical mission trip there in April and plan to return in January and have formed a nonprofit organization called peaceloveHaiti and a blog at peaceloveHaiti.blogspot.com. Go there to follow their journey and donate supplies and/or cash.
Some doodles worth more than others
Do you doodle during your downtime?
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band did, and so did Brandi Carlile. Starting Wednesday, you can bid on their celebrity doodles — drawn when the musicians performed at Big Top Chautauqua this summer — and more at www.bigtop.org.
The auction runs through Oct. 6, and also includes doodles from Los Lonely Boys and Yonder Mountain String Band. Also on the block: signed posters from the 28 performers who graced the stage near Bayfield, like the Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, John Hiatt and the Temptations.
The signature item (ha ha) is a guitar with autographs from 28 musicians who have performed there in the past three years:
Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls and a handful of Cowboy Junkies.
A quick lunch of quick dinners
Got lunch plans on Friday?
If not, you’re invited to the Duluth News Tribune’s Taste Test at Johnson Mertz Appliance (4258 Haines Road in Duluth).
We’re not promising a full stomach, but you will get to sample recipes from our “60 Minutes or Less” finalists from noon to 1 p.m. and choose your favorite. Door prize drawings will be held every 15 minutes.
Look for our cookbook insert Oct. 27 in the News Tribune.
Help the bears help the wolves
Ely’s mascot might be the Timberwolves, but the local bear scene is doing its part for the school district.
The district is part of the American School Spirit Challenge, in which online voting dictates which system will receive $20,000. And every week a random school gets $500. Ely is leading the contest, with some help from North American Bear Center biologists Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield — who have a huge online fan base after the great adventures of Lily the Bear this past winter.
Voting closes on Nov. 12. To vote, go to www.care2.com.