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Published April 20, 2009, 10:10 AM

Earth Week activities abound

When Earth Day first occurred in 1970 it was a one-day event. But 39 years later the concept of paying special attention to the environment is spilling out to a week or more.

By: News Tribune, Duluth News Tribune

When Earth Day first occurred in 1970 it was a one-day event. But 39 years later the concept of paying special attention to the environment is spilling out to a week or more.

Here are some of the events planned for the Northland:

  • Earth Day presentations at Lake Superior College, Duluth.

    Today, 10 a.m. “Sustainability of Greenspace," by Ken Gilbertson, director of the center for Environmental Education at UMD. 1 p.m. “Polar Meltdown" by John Stetson, polar traveler. Also exhibitors and vendors and a vehicle on display that runs on vegetable oil. Free and open to the public.

    E-mail r.haney@lsc.edu.

  • Earth Day activities at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet.

    Today, 9 a.m. Pipe Ceremony by Dan Jones and Fond du Lac College Drum group. 9:20 a.m., speaker Paul Sandstrom talks about woody biomass for energy; 10 a.m., speaker Julie O’Leary on the Clean Water Land and Legacy constitutional amendment in Minnesota; 10:30 a.m., speaker Len Anderson on copper mining proposals in Northeastern Minnesota.

    11 a.m., speaker Nancy Schuldt on the Fond du Lac Band’s water quality efforts. Free and open to the public. Call (218)

    879-0800.

  • Celebration of Willard Munger's life, Duluth Labor Temple.

    Thursday starting at 7 p.m. in Wellstone Hall, Duluth Labor 2002 London Road. Music by Sarah Thomsen; Readings by Mark Munger, author of “Mr. Environment: The Willard Munger Story.’’ Free and open to the public. Books and CDs available for sale. Mark Munger’s book also is available for $25 at www.cloquetriverpress.com.

  • Superior National Forest 100th anniversary; open house.

    Thursday, 2:30-7:30 p.m., Superior National Forest Headquarters, 8901 Grand Ave. in Duluth. View historical artifacts, informational displays and video programs, and tour the office. Throughout the afternoon there will be hourly presentations, demonstrations and kids’ activities. Free and open to the public. Go to www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior or call (218) 626-4300.

  • Respect Your Mother; fundraiser for Hartley Nature Center, Clean Water Action and local artists.

    Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.: Outdoor art galleries, music, food, beer, vendors and “environmental inspiration.’’ Free admission.

    E-mail eric.ament@gmail.com.

  • Sawyer County Earth Day Celebration; Local Solutions to Global Issues.

    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sawyer County Fairgrounds. Displays, presentations, demonstrations on renewable energy, sustainable living, gardening and food production, Earth-friendly products and services. Organic food for sale. Free admission. Go to www.sawyerdemocrats.org or call (715) 354-7450.

  • Cub Foods shredding, recycling and reusable bag events noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

    Cub Foods in Duluth is offering customers free shredding and recycling of their home documents. People can bring up to two full bags full of documents to the store parking lot.

    From Wednesday through Friday, the store also is offering customers 5 cents off per bag of groceries purchased if they bring their own reusable tote bags instead of using paper or plastic bags from the store.

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