The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus will host its annual International Astronomy Day event on Saturday. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; it’s free and open to the public. Scheduled activities include constellation shows, universe tours, virtual reality demonstrations and full-dome planetarium movies. “This is an ideal activity for families and a great way to spark curiosity about science and learning more about our world,” said planetarium director Marc Seigar.
University of Minnesota officials this week raised concerns about the state higher education funding being proposed by the Legislature this session — funding they say is "dramatically lower" than what was requested by the university. U of M President Eric Kaler said in a message sent to legislators Thursday that "the proposed funding level by the Minnesota Legislature will certainly necessitate cutbacks in programs across the University — programs that serve Minnesotans."
Several streets in downtown Duluth and Canal Park will be closed on Saturday morning for the annual Fitger's 5K run. Starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday: Superior Street will be closed to traffic between Lake Avenue and Eighth Avenue East; alternate routes include First and Second streets. The Lake Avenue viaduct will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction.
The Cloquet Police Department is seeking information about a stabbing that occurred in the city on Wednesday night.
Crews have started work on a roughly 1.5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 169 dubbed the Cross Range Expressway. The nearly $5.9 million project expands the highway to four lanes near Taconite. Once completed, only a nine-mile stretch of the Cross Range Expressway, between Taconite and Pengilly, west of Hibbing, will remain two lanes.
District Court St. Louis County April 17 Eithan A. Green, 20, Duluth, assault, dismissed.
Special events "Troll 2" Joshua (Michael Stephenson) protests when he learns he will be vacationing with his family to a small town. The spirit of his deceased grandfather warns that goblins populate the town. Guided by his grandfather's ghost, will Joshua and his family stand a chance against the evil beings? Part of Midnight Movies at 7, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Zinema 2, admission: $10 Opening Friday "Born in China"
John O. Larson, of Superior, shares a photo of his geometric stained glass project. Larson writes, "I've done over 120 glass projects since taking a class in Superior. Many were given as gifts to family and friends or donated to silent auctions for charity. I like to do flowers, birds, animals and fish the most. It is an expensive but relaxing and rewarding hobby."
Today Duluth entry Morning: American Mariner departing with grain; Joseph L. Block departing with blast furnace trim. According to the book "Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway" by John Leopard, blast furnace trim is "crushed, raw taconite high in silica content that is added to the steel-making process to improve furnace operation." Afternoon: American Spirit departing with iron ore pellets; Oakglen arriving to load iron ore pellets Evening: Presque Isle arriving to load iron ore pellets Two Harbors
April 20, 1977