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GLIN==> PRESS RELEASE: Annual Lake Superior Day is This Sunday, July 15, 2007

Celebrate Lake Superior Day

Sunday, July 15, 2005


What’s better than a July picnic on a sandy beach next to the world’s largest freshwater lake?

A picnic and a Lake Superior celebration!

Individuals and families, churches and kids, communities and clubs, and businesses and industries will be holding activities or

events that celebrate Lake Superior Day on the third Sunday in July (July 15 this year). Lake residents and visitors are invited to find their own personal way to connect and enjoy the world’s largest lake on Sunday.

Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s as a way to highlight the importance of this great water body to the

environment and economy of the basin. Since then many events have been held to educate or entertain people about lake issues, and the special places and recreational opportunities the lake offers. The Lake Superior Binational Forum is promoting this basin-wide event to highlight the personal, environmental, economic, spiritual connections people have to this unique world treasure.

            Anyone is invited to hold activities or events that celebrate the lake. Churches, businesses, and groups around the lake are already sponsoring special actions for July 15. For example, this year groups and communities are planning free festivals, musical concerts, poetry readings, beach clean ups, and special church services in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario.   

The Forum's website offers ideas about how the day is being celebrated and what you can do to protect the lake at http://www.superiorforum.info. Click on “Current Projects.” New information is posted regularly. For more information email lakesuperiorday@northland.edu; call (715) 682-1489.

            The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a multi-sector stakeholder group of American and Canadian volunteers that work together to provide input to governments about lake issues and educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the lake. Members come from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario.

The Forum is located in the United States at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, WI, and funded in the US by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The Canadian Forum office is at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and funded by Environment Canada.

The Lake Superior Day logo pictured above was designed by Barbara Kerkove, a Northern Michigan University design student in Marquette, Michigan. Kerkove is originally from Ironwood, MI.


Scheduled Events Around the Lake


On Madeline Island, WI

274 Middle Road         



715.747.6100; phoenix@cheqnet.net


Sunday Afternoon on July 15: BIG OUTDOOR REGGAE DANCE PARTY with LES EXODUS   (chilly808@mn.rr.com

Dual Lead Singers – Hot Reggae Band – Fresh from the Duluth Reggae Festival.

CELEBRATE BINATIONAL LAKE SUPERIOR DAY - COME CELEBRATE LAKE SUPERIOR! Following the REGGAE show we have area folk singer and musician GREG HODAPP from 10PM till whenever to keep you from winding down. 


In Superior, WI

Full press release at http://www.businessnorth.com/pr.asp?RID=2339. Also awards ceremony for the U.S. recipients of the fourth annual Lake Superior Binational Program’s Environmental Stewardship Award program.


In Herbster, WI

The Herbster Community Club is sponsoring a beach clean up in conjunction with LAKE SUPERIOR DAY on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Herbster Playground. There is no

need to sign-up.  We'll meet at the playground in Herbster (rain date TBD).  We'll provide information packets, sticks, bags & refreshments.  Feel free to bring your own tools or gloves if you'd like. Contact Jennifer Schierman at hunterjs@cheqnet.net.


In Bayfield, WI

Special Lake Superior Day church service at the Bayfield Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Oliver-Holder pastor. 306 Washington Avenue; 715-779-5490.


In Bayfield, WI

The Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is hosting Philip Hamilton & Friends to bring an exciting evening of eclectic music which borrows energy from the genres of Jazz, Blues and World Music under the big blue tent at 7:30 p.m. Ushers are offering free Lake Superior Day buttons and postcards to guests of the show. Thanks to Warren Nelson for his support of Lake Superior Day! For ticket information call 888-BIG-TENT.


At the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bayfield

The library, Mazinaigan Waakaaigan on 88850 Church Road, offers a display of books and videos about Lake Superior for use through the end of July. Contact librarian Gina LaGrew for information at (715) 779-3764.

 In Duluth, MN

First Lutheran Church, 1100 Superior St., is having a Sunday Service around the theme of water and Lake Superior. The second service, weather permitting, will be held outside near the lake.


In Duluth, MN

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 710 East Superior Street, will have a special service and distribute free Lake Superior Day materials.


In Grand Marais, MN

17th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival July 14 and 15 sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 or (800) 385-9585. This is an outdoor event on the shore of Lake Superior. Booths open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Musician Michael Monroe is performing on both days at 11 a.m. Also Fiber Guild demonstrations, an Old Fashioned Pie Social at the Johnson Heritage Post, Silent Book Auction at the Senior Center, Musical Performances, special activities for the kid, and free Lake Superior Day buttons, postcards, and activity pages.


In Canada

Trout Lake Family Centre, Thunder Bay; www.tllc.ca

222 - 620 Victoria Ave E


Stream Creatures - 10:00 am to 4 p.m.
Do you want to know more about the tiny creatures that live in streams and lakes? Flip over a stone in a fast-flowing stream and chances are that you will see a stonefly or dragonfly larva clinging to the stone’s surface. Our workshop will teach you to identify benthic macroinvertebrates-tiny creatures such as aquatic insects, mites, worms, snails, and crayfish - that are found under stones, in sediment, on logs, aquatic plants, fallen leaves and other debris in streams, rivers, and ponds. Discover what these creatures tell us about the quality of water in streams and lakes. And find out what you can do to improve stream habitat and water quality.

The program will include Stream and Lake Quality, Stream and Lake Protection, and Insect identification. $50 per adult and Children free with adult; includes lunch, Rain or Shine.


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Lissa Radke

US Coordinator

Lake Superior Binational Forum

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute on the Northland College campus

1411 Ellis Ave.

Ashland  WI  54806

(715) 682-1489


"Water is life, and the quality of water determines the quality of life."

     --Lake Superior Binational Program vision statement

Lake Superior Day is Sunday, July 15, 2007!