Couple ready for around Lake Superior

Have you ever considered a walk around Lake Superior? I’ve gone for a nice walk along the shores, but can’t imagine the 1,826-mile trek around Gitchigoomie. Husband and wife Mike Linkand Kate Crowleyare baby boomers who have been planning such a trip for three years. Not only will they enjoy some beautiful terrain, but these scientists and writers will conduct experiments and gather water and plants samples as well.

With a departure date of April 29 and a schedule that should take six months, the pair has to plan for some dangerous terrain. At one point, they will take to the water for 10 days in a Voyager Canoe because the shoreline is made up of cliffs with high winds.

Pescararestaurant will host a gathering for the pair to talk about their trek and to enjoy some food and drink from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. April 10. The event is free, but there will be a silent auction and donations accepted to help support their effort.

If you are interested in a hike that equals the distance from Duluth to Miami, maybe you should consider joining them.

Race for a cause


If walking around Lake Superior seems a bit too ambitious, maybe you’d consider the 32nd annual Fools Five Road Racein Lewiston next weekend. The town has raised more than a million dollars through the years which is then donated to the Eagles Cancer Telethon. In 2009, more than 2,000 runners took part in the event.

Lots of activities surround the race itself starting with silent and live auctions Friday night. Also a bone marrow registration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on race day, Sunday, April 11. Everyone (not just runners) is invited to take part in this registration.

Last year Craig Ruhoffregistered after the race. "The registration process is quick and painless," Ruhoff said. "Just some paperwork and a quick cheek swabbing."

In September, Ruhoff was contacted because he was a match for a 16-year-old boy with leukemia. "It means a lot having donated. I sat down before the donation and thought of how lucky I am and of the things I have been able to do since I was 16. I would strongly encourage others to do the same."

At 2:30 p.m., former Minnesota Viking Kenechi Udeze will serve as guest speaker.

Register online, or walk-up registration begins at 9 a.m. Both the one-mile and five-mile (actually an official 8K — 4.97 miles) begin at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for the 8K, $6 for the 1-mile race, or $3 for kids 12 and under for either race. For more information, go to

Bring on the 'Funny'

Goonie’s Comedy Clubis working hard to keep you laughing almost every night of the week. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Four for the Funny, a showcase featuring four of the fastest-rising comedians in the state, will debut. The show includes Nate Abshire, Bryan Miller and Greg Berman of Minneapolis and Rochester’s own John Russell, a former KROC-AM radio personality and award-winning voice-over artist.


What brings these four together? Russell says, "We are four individual comics who have been working to get to the feature-level in comedy and that takes time on stage to do feature-length stuff. If this goes well, maybe an ongoing series will come of it."

Tickets for the event are $4 in advance, $5 at the door, and are available at Goonie's, 7 Second St. S.W., or by reservation at 288-8130.

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