Welcome to the Mesabi Trail – Eveleth, MN

Welcome to the Mesabi Trail – Eveleth, MN

Mesabi Trail

The Mesabi Trail™ has been funded in part by the LCCMR and the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Mesabi Trail: Stretching from the Mississippi to the Boundary Waters, with over 150 miles of paved trail, the Mesabi Trail is like no other in the country. Cutting through the forests of northeast Minnesota, your adventure will take you past lakes, creeks and ponds, by vast red pits of old iron ore mines now filled with emerald green water. You are sure to be greeted by native wildlife during your travels. Pass through 28 communities, stop in at a local attraction to experience the history of the area, learn about our mining and logging legacies, enjoy the local cuisine…try a sarma, a pasty or some potica.

When completed (in 1-2 years), this well-mapped and well-maintained trail will traverse almost 165 miles, making it one of the longest paved trails in the United States.There are only two sections remaining.

Great summer activities include biking, hiking, walking and inline skating. The trail is easily accessible from numerous locations. Amenities and services are available all along the trail, including lodging and campgrounds.

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In Honor Of...

Minnesota Author Lee Burtman: “Waiting in the Wings: Arming the Bomb in a World Gone M.A.D.”

Minnesota Author Lee Burtman: “Waiting in the Wings: Arming the Bomb in a World Gone M.A.D.”

 Cover Design: Jeff Ivarson

A forgotten boy. A forgotten war. An unforgettable true story.

Neal Tusler

During his final days of life, 83-year-old veteran, Neal Tusler discloses the smoldering pain of childhood abandonment and betrayal after being dumped in a Minneapolis orphanage during the Great Depression. He also exposes his top-secret role as a crewman of the B-36 “Peacemaker” bomber, tasked with nuclear deterrence and forcing an end to the Korean War. Lastly, he reconciles with the estranged daughter whose probing evoked those long-buried memories.

 Lee Burtman

“Waiting in the Wings”

About the author

It is my profound honor to document and share the true stories of little-known, everyday American soldiers and airmen who risked their lives for our freedom. My first book, “Fighting for Delphine,” and its sequel, “Return to Fenetrange,” were borne of intriguing conversations with WWII veteran Ken Krueger. Shortly before my father, Neal, passed, he read Ken’s memoir and hinted that I should delve into his own Korean War narrative–containing a secret he had never revealed during his 83 years. “Waiting in the Wings” fulfills a promise to my father to expose the truth and help make the “Forgotten War” remembered. I am a retired educator who lives in Minnesota with my husband and son. We are blessed with three other adult children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren. Book profits support the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Mercy Ships, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Shepherds Foundation.

Event

Patriotic Tribute/Book Launch
 Saturday, May 18th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Armed Forces Day: A tribute to our current military service members and veterans
Guest Speaker–Col. B. Wayne Quist, USAF ret. and author, “Veterans in Crisis”
Introduction to “Waiting in the Wings”–author Lee Burtman

Location

5151 Program Ave.
Mounds View, MN

 Shop

Amazon (Waiting in the Wings by Lee Burtman)

Minnesota History Center Shop – In store only

Moonglade Media (burtmanlee@gmail.com)

More by this author:

“Fighting For Delphine: A Soldier’s True Story of Triumph”

“Return to Fenetrange”

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Waiting in the Wings

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Groveland Gallery: New Works – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota State Band Spring Concert – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota State Band Spring Concert – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota State Band Spring Concert

Celebrate Minnesota Statehood Day with the Minnesota State Band and their spring concert, “History, Pageantry, Variety.”

Enjoy a program filled with historic marches, celebratory fanfares, folk songs, operatic overtures, and the premiere of the Band’s composition contest winner. Selections will include “Washington Greys” (first performed by the band 100 years ago), “Jubilee Overture” by Philip Sparke, “One Life Beautiful” by Julie Giroux, and favorites from Sousa, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Dukas, and more.

The Minnesota State Band is the Official Band of the State of Minnesota and has been delighting audiences since their first appearance in April 1898 at a St. Paul Apostles baseball game. The band is the only remaining State Band in the United States and is now operated as a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer membership. The Band performs year-round for audiences across Minnesota and has represented the State of Minnesota on six International Goodwill Tours since 1986.

Event

Minnesota State Band Spring Concert

Saturday, May 11th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Free

Location

Minnesota History Center

345 West Kellogg Blvd

St. Paul, MN

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Embroidered Minnesota State Flag – 3×5 Ft.

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The Minnesota Zoo: Annual Farm Babies Event! – Apple Valley, MN 

Winner’s Circle: The Kentucky Derby Party – Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District

Winner’s Circle: The Kentucky Derby Party – Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District

Winner’s Circle The Kentucky Derby Party

Winner’s Circle is THE Kentucky Derby Party for lovers of fashion.

Karen Morris Millinery: Karen felt it’s time for a fresh new take on the Kentucky Derby. The inaugural Winner’s Circle is “The” Kentucky Derby Party for lovers of fashion in Minnesota. This new event will combine the fun parts of a typical Derby party together with a runway show featuring Karen’s newest hats along with elegant ready-to-wear summer fashions, plenty of fun and games, and more.
Runway show, derby viewing, silent auction, fun and games, all for the benefit of This Old Horse.
Peregrines of the North Shore – Two Harbors, MN

Peregrines of the North Shore – Two Harbors, MN

Peregrines of the North Shore

Make sure to bring a camera!

Join peregrine falcon researcher, Jackie Fallon, and her live birds for an up-close look at a peregrine falcon and other falcon species. Learn about the wildly successful recovery program that brought these amazing predators back from the brink of extinction.

Event

Peregrines of the North Shore

Saturday, April 27th 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Regular Site Admission

Location

Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse
Two Harbors, MN
Minnesota Food Shelves Push For Donations

Minnesota Food Shelves Push For Donations

Tanner Sumption packed up a Karen Staples package on March 14th at Dakota Supply Group in Plymouth. As part of the initiative, volunteers from Dakota Supply Group assembled culturally relevant food packs.

 Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Minnesota nonprofits are looking to restock food shelves as hunger increases in the state.

Star Tribune: Food supplies often dwindle the first few months of the year after a surge in giving during the holidays. But after a record-breaking 7.5 million visits to Minnesota food shelves last year, nonprofit leaders say the need has increased this year. Organizations distributing to food-insecure Minnesotans need not only goods but also volunteers.

Dawn Wambeke, executive director of Neighbors Inc., a food shelf based in St. Paul, said that starting before the pandemic, food shelf visits were steadily increasing. Organizations have been struggling to keep up with the ongoing high numbers of people in need.

“We have never reached the demand,” Wambeke said. “Our capacity is limited by funding and resources.”

Some nonprofit leaders want state lawmakers to beef up funding to combat food insecurity around the state.

“We’re hoping that good public policy wins this session, being led by great partners in the anti-hunger community,” said Sophia Lenarz-Coy, executive director of The Food Group, a food bank in New Hope.

Hannah Fitzgibbons zips up a Karen staples package March 14 at Dakota Supply Group.

Hannah Fitzgibbons zips up a Karen staples package March 14 at Dakota Supply Group.

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Last year, legislators and state leaders approved significant increases in funding for food shelves, including $5 million to the state’s seven food banks to buy extra food to distribute to food shelves, an extra $3 million a year to food shelves over the next two years and, for the first time, a $7 million fund to expand or renovate food shelves. Legislators also passed universal school meals.

Lenarz-Coy said these were “big wins” for advocates fighting to improve food insecurity. “Last session will really start to have an impact on families,” she said.

This year, nonprofit leaders are pushing for changes including expanding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit amounts for seniors and allowing more low-income college students to access SNAP.

Another important factor is volunteerism, said Dan Furry, communications director for The Salvation Army’s Northern Division. More volunteers and donations means less money spent to keep food banks operating and food shelves full.

“Whether people are volunteering or giving a financial gift, it’s that work that allows us to do our work and help families in need,” Furry said.

At Greater Twin Cities United Way, organizers are also making a pitch for more people to give with more intention by reaching out to local food shelves and asking what types of foods they are looking for at any given time.

“A lot of people in our community want to do good and want to help,” United Way’s Director of Engagement Melissa Caldwell said. “With a little bit of intentionality and focusing on the disparities in gaps that exist, not only are we putting support forth for people who need it, we’re also changing mindsets and behaviors across our community.”

United Way started Flavors of Our Communitya culturally specific food drive to collect food for Minnesota refugees, immigrants and Native communities to be available at food shelves.

Flavors of Our Community offers 11 pantry packs for six cultures — Afghan, East African, Indigenous, Karen, Latinx and Southeast Asian. Some of the packs are staple foods represented in those respective cultures while others are popular spices and sauces.

Culturally specific food has always been in high demand, Lenarz-Coy said, but food shelves have seen more of a push in recent years due to the many diverse cultures that call Minnesota home.

And that’s what Flavors of Our Community intends to do, Caldwell said — offer foods to people that make them feel at home.

Krista Lissick packs up a package of Latinx staples March 14 at Dakota Supply Group.

Krista Lissick packs up a package of Latinx staples March 14 at Dakota Supply Group.

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

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Madison Roth is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.

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