Every Wednesday for the past 20 years, First Lutheran Church in Hayward has made sure that dinner is served, with a spot at the table for anyone in need. Today that milestone will be honored with dinner being served at 5 p.m. — just as it has been for more than 1,000 Wednesdays. Sherry Beckman, executive director of the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau and a volunteer at the church, said 80 to 100 people are served each week. "We are a small town," she said. "We don't have any other services with a pre-made hot meal."
Bill Carlson grew up on East 11th Street overlooking the Duluth harbor. He would watch ships go in and out of the port, and imagine a life on the water. He joined the Naval Reserve in Duluth when he was 17 years old in 1939, two years before the U.S. entered World War II. "I joined that when I was 17 because of the big pay," he said. "We got $7.50 once every three months."
Having celebrated its centennial last year, the lighthouse that serves as a beacon on Chequamegon Bay is ready for a new job, though it still plans to keep the lights on. The Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, as it is officially known, began service as an aid to navigation in 1916. It became automated in 1962 and continues to serve as a navigation beacon today. This year, it will be tasked with a heavier workload, receiving upgrades in technology that have transformed the lighthouse into a weather station.
For five seniors at the University of Minnesota Duluth, graduation will see them literally soaring to new heights. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at UMD will send five of the program's 10 graduates to Air Force flight school. That's out of just 466 slots this year nationwide. Lt. Col. Bryan Graddy, a professor at UMD and commander of the ROTC detachment, called the event significant.
Lakewood Elementary School's library was packed with attentive first-, third-, and fourth-graders on Wednesday. But instead of story time, they were gathered to hear about a new program that aims to take them to new heights. The Duluth Air and Aviation Expo is offering free tickets to this year's airshow to every student, kindergarten through fifth grade, in Duluth and the surrounding area.
Minnesota’s newest state park, on the shore of Lake Vermilion, is set to open its new campground this summer. Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park became Minnesota’s newest state park after the state purchased nearly 3,000 acres of land — including five miles of Lake Vermilion shoreline — from U.S. Steel in 2010. That property has been co-managed with the adjacent Soudan Underground Mine, and has undergone numerous improvements.
What do Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Godzilla have in common? Starting Thursday they'll all take up residency at the Depot in Duluth — at least in toy form. The Depot will be hosting "America's Monsters, Superheroes and Villains," an exhibition of toys, advertising material, TV commercials and movie trailers from the past 60 years. The traveling exhibit is drawn from the collection of Minnesota collector David Barnhill, and will be at the Depot until April 8.
Have you ever imagined yourself working on the railroad? Now is your chance — the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth is looking for volunteers to work the lakefront line between Duluth and Two Harbors. Classes are required and begin on Wednesday, and continue every Wednesday for seven weeks, preparing potential volunteers to pass the General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR) exam.
The skies over Lake Superior may be buzzing with Jayhawks this summer. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is expected to receive three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters in the coming months, with the first to arrive in April. The air base in Traverse City, Mich., handles Coast Guard air rescues and other aerial operations on Lake Superior. The air station will be sending its four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters to other air stations around the country. The Jayhawk helicopters are larger than the current Dolphin-class helicopters, and are specialized for search and rescue missions.
A bill has been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session that would expand restrictions on how late into the night high school students are allowed to work. Current state law restricts the hours that high school students can work on school nights to no later than 11 p.m. — and no earlier than 5 a.m on school days.