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Get Outdoors: Sax-Zim Bog invites public to open house

Editor’s note: Some events may have been canceled after the time of publication. Please check with local organizers. Email events to outdoors@duluthnews.com.

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The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon 2022 Fur-K Festival: Oct. 22, DECS North Star Academy and Snowflake Nordic Ski Center, Duluth. Features a 5K or 10K race for runners, hikers, walkers or canicross (running with your dog) and a 1K kids race. Race starts: 10K, 9:30 a.m.; 5K, 10 a.m.; and 1K Kids Run, noon. In-person registration 8-9 a.m. There will also be local vendors, music, a bounce house, kids activities, sled dog meet-and-greet, bucket raffle, and an after-race meet-the-musher event at Bent Paddle. Participate virtually Oct. 21-23. Sign up at bit.ly/3yi5flF. For more information, go to beargrease.com.

Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center Open House: Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 22, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. Chat with naturalists from the bog, natural history videos, drawings for bird-themed prizes, and light refreshments. Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is a nonprofit conservation group founded in 2010 to preserve and protect the greater Sax-Zim Bog area. It's one of the premier areas in the country to see boreal birds such as the great gray owl and boreal chickadee.

Battling Buckthorn: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 29, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Learn about buckthorn while helping to remove it. Bring lunch, gloves and safety goggles. Meet at the River Inn Visitor Center. Rain date: Oct. 30. Email Lori Seele at lori@stewardshipnetwork.org or Alyssa Bloss at alyssa.bloss@carltonswcd.org with questions. Register at https://bit.ly/3KZ3wHa.

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; and 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 . Lineup of speakers includes:

  • Bob King, presenting "What Is the Aurora, How Does it Happen and When Should I Look?" as well as "Upcoming Celestial Events You Don't Want to Miss."
  • Jeanine Holowatuik, presenting "The Fundamentals of Aurora Photography."
  • Vincent Ledvina, presenting "The Sun-Earth Connection: The Science and Processes behind the Northern Lights."
  • John O’Neal, presenting "The Parker Solar Probe, the Solar Orbiter and Space Weather Reporting."
  • Melonie Elvebak, presenting "How to Use a Star Tracker and What You Can Do."
  • Justin Anderson, presenting "Color in Lights: Chasing the Aurora Colorblind."
  • Anna Martineau Merritt, presenting "Native Culture: Introduction to Our Anishinaabe Culture and the Meaning of Place."
  • Dave Falkner, presenting "Voyager and the Heliosphere."
  • Marybeth Kiczenski, presenting "Taking Your Images Further: Using blending and tracking to create beautiful high-definition photos."
  • Steve Luther, presenting "From Northern Lights Newbie to Aurora Addict: My Journey and Roadmap to Successfully Capturing the Beautiful Borealis."
  • Mike Shaw, “Basic Night Photography.”

The Maasepan Puukko Knife Making Class: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12-13, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior St. Cost: $325. Call 218-310-0098 or go to duluthfolkschool.com .

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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.

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