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Quote Me, Howie: Friday Notebook

St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube on rookie defenseman Scott Perunovich of Hibbing, who collected his first National Hockey League point with a second assist in the team’s 4-1 home win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night: “Really composed. Pretty high-end. He looks like he’s pretty special. It’s still early but he’s got great composure and great vision.” — Jeremy Rutherford tweet


Bentleyville on Thursday night. Howie Hanson /

Bentleyville Tour of Lights opens Saturday night at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. The annual holiday lighting display is free and open to the public.

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Bentleyville annual event to open Saturday

The 18th annual Bentleyville Tour of Lights opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Santa Claus will be skydiving into Bayfront Festival Park at approximately 4:55 p.m. The lights will then be lit by a group of volunteers and sponsors at 5 p.m.

This year the event will be held in its traditional form as a walk-through at Bayfront Festival Park. Last year due to COVID-19 precautions, the event was changed into a drive-through experience. This is the event’s 13th year at Bayfront.

“We are excited to welcome the public for another great season,” said Executive Director and event founder Nathan Bentley. “So much goes into planning for and executing this event. We can’t thank our volunteers and sponsors enough for continuing to create this life-changing experience year after year.”

Bentleyville attendees are strongly encouraged to donate a toy or canned goods. These donations are then given to the Duluth Salvation Army, which provides services to thousands of Duluthians in need each year.

Volunteers sought for Local Mental Health Advisory Council in southern St. Louis County

St. Louis County is seeking volunteers to serve on the Local Mental Health Advisory Council serving the Duluth and surrounding area in the southern part of the county. Ideal candidates include anyone with lived experience and diverse experiences and perspectives, a loved one with lived experience, and those in the profession or who do volunteer work supporting others.

The advisory council started in 2020 with the goal of bringing together diverse perspectives on mental health in order to improve mental health services in our communities. The group works to identify existing resources, and provide recommendations to St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services regarding changes, additions and improvements needed to local mental health services for children and adults.

The application deadline is December 17. The Local Mental Health Advisory Council meets on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m. Advisory council members are asked to commit to serve on the council for two years. There is a separate advisory council serving the northern part of St. Louis County.

More information about the work of the Local Advisory Council and a link to apply can be found online at

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