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GLIN==> News Release: Lake Superior Conference Free Events

                            MN SEA GRANT
                              NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Marie Zhuikov, mzhuikov@umn.edu, (218) 726-7677

     Lake Superior Conference Offers Free Public Events

If you haven't signed up yet to attend the "Making a Great Lake Superior 2007" conference happening in Duluth from October 29-31, you can still register online (http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007/) until October 18. Otherwise, you can register in person at the conference, which is happening at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

If attending the conference isn't on your 'to do' list, there are other events associated with "Making a Great Lake Superior" that you might want to include. They're available on a first-come, first served basis and best of all, they're FREE:

Kite Making at the Great Lakes Aquarium
October 28, 1-3 pm
Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.

Students and staff from Northland College will show you how to make a simple kite from household materials. You'll have time to make your kite and then fly it at nearby Bayfront Park. No pre-registration is required. Materials are free.

Climate Change Forum with Will Steger
October 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Waterfront, 200 W 1 St., Duluth, Minn.
Lower Level Great Lakes Ballroom

Polar Explorer Will Steger will host a forum on climate change impacts and solutions with Fresh Energy, a nonprofit organization. Steger will describe his firsthand accounts of the effects of global warming on the polar region. He will be joined by:

-Bishop Peter Strommen, who will offer a faith reflection on global warming,
-Dr. Lucinda Johnson, who will discuss the effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems,
-J. Drake Hamilton, of Fresh Energy, who will describe global warming
solutions for individuals, businesses, and governments, and
-Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon who will offer a politician's perspective.

A resource fair and music by Duluth band Biochemical Characters will also be provided.

Lake Superior From an Artist's Perspective: Craig Blacklock
October 29, 6:30-8 pm
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.
Gooseberry Falls Room

Photographer Craig Blacklock will speak about the importance of protecting Lake Superior. He will show stunning images of Lake Superior that have made him internationally known.

Making a Great Lake Superior Theater and Art Gallery
October 29-31
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.
Split Rock Room

The conference will showcase art and movies featuring Lake Superior. Check the conference Web site for movie times:

Sustainable Communities: Local Governments Help Protect and Restore the Lake
October 31, 8:40-10:40 am
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.
Lake Superior Ballroom

Three mayors and one tribal official from around the lake will discuss successes and challenges in their efforts to protect Lake Superior.

Organizers of "Making a Great Lake Superior" include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. Thirty organizations are sponsoring the event, including U.S. and Canadian government departments, academic institutions, Sea Grant programs, international organizations, tribal organizations, and watershed groups.