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Superior Public Library’s 11th annual Love Your Local Artist fundraiser will be held virtually this year, and includes an online auction, artist profiles and online slideshow. Throughout the month of February, visit, and click the “Love Your Local Artist” link to experience this year’s virtual celebration. As in previous years, local artists have generously donated a variety of hand-crafted items for our auction, and this year you can view items and bid online. This year’s offerings include: a handcrafted wooden tree created and donated by John Thompson,handcrafted jewelry created and donated by Leah Biezuns,a vintage chair from Superior’s old Webster Chair Factory featuring a gorgeous depiction of the sacred Little Spirit Cedar Tree, painted and donated by Kris Nelson,a framed photograph of Foxboro’s Empire Creek taken and donated by photographer Christel Lewis,plus paintings, handmade cards, and more. Items can be viewed on the auction website starting Feb. 1, with bidding open from Feb. 8-12. Bidders need to register for a free account with BiddingOwl before placing bids. All funds raised during Love Your Local Artist will support library services and programs throughout the year.

American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As a thank for helping to ensure a stable blood supply, those who donate this February will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 E. Second St., Superior. Go to for details.Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 11, Palisade Assembly of God Church, 209 3rd St. N., Palisade.9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17, YMCA at Essentia Wellness, 4289 Ugstad Road, Hermantown.Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 25, St. Raphael Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Road. Noon to 6 p.m. March 11, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 1805 Maple Grove Road. Great Lakes Aquarium Otter Slide, virtual outdoor fundraiser race, throughout February. Ski, snowshoe, fat tire bike or pull your kid on a sled — for glory or for fun! Registration is open and will continue throughout February with prizes awarded in March. Your route? Whatever local trail calls to you. Your race time? Whenever you feel the need. Registration is $30 per participant, with a discounted family-ski option available, and guarantees racers a race t-shirt. Participants can choose to register for fun and race at their own pace or in a timed event for a medal. Racers’ family and friends are also invited to participate from the comfort of their couches by making donations for their favorite racer. The more donations a racer collects for the aquarium, the more prizes they take home. Prizes include Great Lakes Aquarium swag, admission tickets to Great Lakes Aquarium, stuffed animals, complimentary Great Lakes Aquarium special event tickets for one year and a complimentary birthday party or event rental discount of equal value (up to $200). Prizes & medals will be available for socially-distanced curbside pickup after March 1 (exact dates and times to be determined). Registration is open at Please email [email protected] for more information. Union Gospel Mission uses cash donations to provide hot meals, warm clothing and hygiene kits to people in need. Meal hours: Breakfast: Wednesday, 8: 30-9 a.m.

Lunch: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, noon-12: 30 p.m. Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4: 15-5 p.m. Mail donations to: 219 E. First St., Duluth, MN 55802. Call 218-722-1196 for more information or go to St. Luke’s Foundation is asking for donations of children’s toys (no small pieces), crayons, coloring books, puzzles, books, games that can be played solo, small radios and phone chargers. All donated goods can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Foundation, 1000 E. First St., Suite 102, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Meagan Avery, Development Associate, at 218-249-2543. Carlton High School is banding together to save the Carlton VFW Post #2962, a community staple that has been open since 1934. It’s in danger of closing due to lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic. A GoFundMe page, Save the Carlton VFW, has been sent up with a goal of raising $10,000 in hopes of saving the Post and preserving it for years to come.

AEOA’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers on Tuesdays and every other Friday. Delivery times begin between 9: 30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of 1 to 1½ hours. During the pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 to help.
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