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The Apostle Islands — picturesque lighthouses, gentle sand beaches, rugged sandstone cliffs and sea caves, brilliant sunrises and sunsets across the big lake. But there other facets to the islands — fleeting moments of sublime beauty, seasonal appearances by plants and animals, the interplay of lake and shore on a small scale, and the relics of history.
Residents of Duluth and surrounding communities brought food, water and other items to the Denfeld High School parking lot on Thursday, to be collected and transported to the flood zone in Texas.
Gardening is one way many people enjoy the Northland's warmer months. And many gardeners are sociable; they enjoy showing off their gardens or touring other gardeners' creations. On Sunday, the Lakeside Lester Park Community Club hosted a garden tour with five stops, giving people an opportunity to see a variety of gardening styles and design.
At the front of the train, parents are lifting children up into the bright yellow, 1946 General Electric switch engine, where engineer Rich Johnson lets them ring the bell and toot the whistle. Behind the engine, conductor Dave Moore prepares to collect tickets from passengers as they board the train and find seats in its two 1912 passenger coaches or on the 1928 flatcar converted into an open air safari car.
Earlier this month, Duluth & Northeastern Locomotive No. 28 pulled away from the Depot under a cloud of black smoke. Its cylinders exhaled puffs of white steam while its bell rang "ding, ding, ding." After 52 years of retirement and five of restoration, No. 28 is returning to service. The 111-year-old steam locomotive is scheduled to haul passengers on 27 trips this year on the North Shore Scenic Railroad.
An interesting juxtaposition of Great Lakes shipping history is on display in Duluth this winter, with the American Century dwarfing the J.B. Ford in the same slip on Rice’s Point. The Ford, built in 1904, measures 440 feet long, 50 feet wide and has a depth of 28 feet. The American Century, built 77 years later, stretches 1,000 feet long, 105 feet wide and has a depth of 56 feet. The Ford’s cargo capacity of 8,000 tons is barely a tenth of the American Century’s 78,850 ton capacity.
Duluth Scottish Heritage Association dancers and pipers practice Monday at Mitchell Auditorium for the annual “Thistles & Shamrocks” Concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. Tickets are available through www.duluthscots.org or can be purchased at the door.
Members of the Duluth Rowing Club and others salvage materials from the club’s old, partly disassembled boathouse on Park Point during a work party Sunday. The 61-year-old building will be demolished this week. The club built a new boathouse nearby.