Hit up some history

So it's not the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Steamer America did sink off Isle Royale in 1928, and that wreck is pretty popular among divers.

And now, Mark Wick -- nephew of John Wick, First Mate on the Steamer America on the night it sank -- is giving a presentation on its history at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Carlton County Historical Society museum in Cloquet.

Wick, a retired police officer from Duluth, will regale with tales of the ship that was once the lifeline for North Shore settlers during the 26 years before roads were built.

The program goes hand-in-hand with the museum's current exhibit "New Land, New Life! Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota: 1825-1925." It's sponsored by the Cloquet Sons of Norway Lodge.

Regular admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 and no charge for children younger than 5 or CCHS members. For more information, call (218) 879-1938.

Mentors, mentees to see 'Dogs at Amsoil

Nearly 250 participants in the Mentor Duluth program will be guests of honor at tonight's University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey game when the Bulldogs and Colorado College face off at Amsoil Arena.

It's the 15th annual Mentor Duluth Appreciation Night to honor the effort to match wiling adults with kids who need role models. Those in the program also will get free food at the game, be recognized during the second intermission, and will get to meet and receive autographs from the entire Bulldog team and Champ the mascot.

The event is made possible through donations from the alumni and friends of the UMD Sports Information Office. For more information on the Mentor Duluth program, please call program coordinator Dave Schaeffer at (218) 722-4745, ext. 118.

Free dental care

Dentists at more than 200 locations throughout Minnesota are providing free dental care to kids this weekend.

The work for the 12th year of the Minnesota Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile program includes teeth cleanings, fillings, sealants and exams for kids whose families can't afford care.

Kara Conry Dentistry, at 1420 London Road, Suite 206, in Duluth is participating from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Call (218) 481-7474 for details.

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