• The 11th annual More Cowbell fundraiser will be held Thursday at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park, 425 S. Lake Ave., Duluth. Every dollar raised supports the Northern Lights Foundation’s mission and stays local in our community. To purchase tickets, visit

  • Aitkin Moose Lodge, 22 Fourth St. N.E., will be hosting Scooby's Animal Mission’s taco bar fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m., Friday. Cost: $10. Many adoptable animals will also be attending.

  • Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.

Monday: 3-6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 4957 MN Highway 61, Hovland.

Monday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eveleth-Gilbert High School, 801 Jones St., Eveleth.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gunflint District, Superior National Forest, 2020 West Highway 61, Grand Marais.

Tuesday: 8-11 a.m., Paulucci building, 525 S. Lake Ave., Duluth.

Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., UnitedHealth Group, 4316 Rice Lake Road, Duluth.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4812 County Road 10, Moose Lake. Sponsored by Moose Lake community schools.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wrenshall High School, 207 Pioneer Drive.

Wednesday: Noon to 3 p.m., Floodwood High School, 115 W. Fourth Ave.

Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ashland FAA Chapter, 1900 Beaser Ave.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Willow River High School, 8142 Pine St.

Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Lake Superior Consulting, 130 W. Superior St., Duluth.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mountain Iron - Buhl High School, 5529 Emerald Ave., Mountain Iron.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Itasca County Resource Center, 1209 S.E. Second Ave., Grand Rapids.

Friday: 9 a.m. to noon, St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic, 2201 Lake Shore Drive E., Ashland.

  • American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call 800-733-2767.

Tuesday: Noon to 6 p.m., Hill City Assembly of God, 102 Lake Ave., Hill City.

Thursday: Noon to 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 107 Second St. S.E., Aitkin.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 107 Second St. S.E., Aitkin.


  • The Benedictine Living Community Auxiliary is seeking donations of jewelry (new, used, costume, fine, vintage, even broken) and new or gently used purses for their annual jewelry and purse sale in May. Donations may be dropped off now through April at the Benedictine Health Center lobby, 935 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, or call Stacie at 218-522-8908 for pick-up.

  • Life 97.3 and St. Luke’s hospital has partnered together to throw the Northland’s largest baby shower. Throughout the month of January, donate typical baby shower items that will ultimately benefit a number of organizations spread across the Northland that are helping families in need. Area drop-off locations: Duluth - St. Luke’s Hospital lobby, Cub Foods, Miller Hill Mall Office, Life 97.3 Ministry Center; Superior - Central Assembly Superior; Proctor - The Landing Church; Grand Rapids - Inspirations Bookstore, Crossroads Mall; Hibbing - Hibbing Alliance Church; Chisholm - Chisholm Baptist Church; Cloquet - Common Ground Coffee Shop; Ashland - Salem Baptist Church; Hayward - Hayward Wesleyan. More information can be found at or by calling 218-722-6700.


  • Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has the following volunteer opportunities available. Contact Tracy Colclough, Volunteer and Development Coordinator, at 218-336-2303 or

Food Shelf: Tuesdays at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Volunteers during this shift may perform one or more of the following duties: sorting food, restocking, set up, assisting guests with shopping, carryout and cleanup. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people and able to stand, lift and bend. Wear closed-toe shoes, clean and comfortable clothing.

Program volunteers: Weekdays/variable. Support individuals and families utilizing our Food Shelf, Mobile Food Pantry Programs and seniors utilizing our Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Deliver food to seniors as part of our NAPS and to schools as part of our BackPack Program in St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, Cook, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties. Depending on role, must be able to sit, stand, lift, bend and carry up to 40 pounds and follow food and personal safety procedures. Must be friendly and enjoy working with people. Wear closed-toe shoes, clean and comfortable clothing. Must be dependable and have reliable transportation.

Office: Weekdays. Perform data entry, organize and maintain files and data, make phone calls and conduct mailings at our location in Duluth. Must be detail oriented, highly organized, friendly and enjoy working with people.

Special Events/Raise Awareness volunteer: Weekdays, evenings and weekends. Solicit support, serve pre, post and/or event day and represent us at regional events. Variable requirements for location. Must be detail oriented, highly organized, creative, friendly and enjoy working with people.

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