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Get Outdoors: Attend a 'Star Party' in northern Minnesota

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Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center Events: 9096 W. Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Free. Go to sugarloafnorthshore.org for a complete calendar of events.

  • Monarchs: Their Metamorphosis and Migration: 1 p.m. Aug. 13.
  • Wildflower Walk: 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 14.
  • Bird banding demonstrations: 7 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Short programs at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • North Shore Woodland Landowners Tour: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Cost: $5. Register at https://bit.ly/3vOop1l. https://bit.ly/3vOop1l

Fifth annual Dark Sky Caravan Star Party: 8-11 p.m. Aug. 13, Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center , Grand Marais. For more details, go to z.umn.edu/darkskycaravan .

Firearm Safety Training: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 15-19, Glen/Kimberly Town Hall, 32631 Dam Lake Road, Aitkin, with field day at 7 a.m. Aug. 19. Instructor: Brian Anderson. Requirements: Must be 11 years old before class start date to be eligible. To register or for information, contact Kevin Hoge at 218-549-3337 or Brian Anderson at 218-838-8465.

Voyageurs Star Party: Aug. 18-20, Voyageur National Park, International Falls. The National Park Service and Voyageurs Conservancy are celebrating the beauty and scientific and cultural significance of Voyageurs National Park's night skies with our second annual summer Star Party. Speakers, arts and crafts, music, telescope viewing sessions and guided constellation tours. Features "Astro Bob" King, Paul Bogard and Jesse Gates. For more details, go to voyageurs.org/starparty.

St. Louis River Alliance Events: Go to stlouisriver.org/events for more details and to register.


  • 6-8 p.m. Aug. 19: Sunset Paddle, location to be determined.
  • 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24: Annual St. Louis River Alliance Canoe Trip, Pokegama Bay in Superior.

Third Annual Lake Superior Longspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet: Aug. 25, Hermantown Shriners Meeting and Event Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway. For tickets, call Ryan Nielsen at 218-461-8333 or email lakesuperiorlongspurs@gmail.com .

ATV Safety Field Day Class: 9 a.m. Aug. 27, Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Clubhouse, 128 N. Highway 53, Cook. Instructor: Thomas Musech. Note: Must be 10 years old before the class starts to participate. To register, email charju@isd2142.k12.mn.us .

Courage Kenny Northland Shoot for Fun: Sept. 9, Old Vermilion Trail Hunting Preserve, 6980 Old Vermilion Trail, Duluth. This is the largest sporting clay event in Minnesota, drawing over 450 hunting and sporting clay enthusiasts from across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Shooting experience is unnecessary. Minimum age is 16 and all meals are included. It needs volunteers for the following: Sept. 9 — setup, 2-5:30 p.m., and new volunteer orientation and dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.; Sept. 10 — Shoot for Fun Event, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and take-down, 4-6 p.m. Barbecue lunch and dinner included. To sign up to volunteer, go to https://bit.ly/3vlqYrh.

Fifth Annual Aurora Summit: Nov. 4-6, Legendary Waters Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin. Events include educational sessions on over a dozen topics; photography and photo editing workshops; expert roundtables for camera questions; a gear swap meet; a group aurora chase; a more. Keynote speaker is Tamitha Skov, a credentialed space weather physicist known as "Space Weather Woman" from her popular social media and video platform. COVID-19 vaccination required; guests must register. For more information or to register, visit TheAuroraSummit.com .

Jay Cooke State Park Programs: 780 Minnesota Highway 210, Carlton. All nature walks and wildlife talks are free; a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is needed to enter. Vehicle permits can be purchased upon arrival at the park office. Cost: $7/day or $35/year. There are reduced price options for disabled veterans, Minnesota tribal members and others. For a complete event schedule, go to dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events.

    Arrowhead Fly Fishers Casting Practice: Hosted by Todd Heggestad, Thursdays, through August, Homecroft School, soccer field on Howard Gnesen Road, Duluth. Heggestad is a certified casting instructor with Fly Fishers International. Class begins between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and ends about 8 p.m. Open to all club members. For more information, go to Arrowhead Fly Fishers.

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