First Listen: Low’s Ones and Sixes

The new album by Duluth band Low is available to stream above, via NPR’s First Listen. CDs, LPs and mp3s will be in stores on Sept. 11.

Landscape photographer Peter Lik is on the North Shore

Famous photographer Peter Lik has shot some of the most incredible landscapes around the world and it was only a matter of time before he decided to hit the North Shore of Lake Superior. He is currently shooting photos up the North Shore as seen from his instagram below. We are looking forward to see what he shoots in the area. www.lik.com

Selective Focus: Hold on Summer

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A recent New York Times article noted how difficult the end of Summer can be, especially for people “of a certain age” who focus on what’s left in the hourglass, and rue the many things undone that likely will remain so. But it ends on a hopeful note, in finding solace in the smaller things we managed; I had my 1st swim in Superior, I’ve been working steadily on my first book with numerous local colleagues, and I’ve eaten several Rustic Inn pies. Hardly a squandered season.

Woods by College of St. Scholastica

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Woods by CSS with xylophone bridge

Does anyone know of a map to these woods — the one with the chimney from an old cabin, an empty grotto and a super-sized Jesus statue?

Does the place even have a name? My tickling of the Google has not been fruitful.

Duluth Air Line: Taking in the sight in 1908

Duluth Air Line 1908

What in tarnation is going on here? Well, this postcard image is clearly a photo studio gag and not a snapshot of two handsome fellows in a hot air balloon over Duluth.

We have a Historic Preservation Corps?

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Northern Bedrock Conservation Corps is run like a New Deal program teaching young people skills in the field of historic preservation (apparently there will be lots of jobs as tradespeople retire). Who knew? They’re readying for their next excursion fixing a historic building in the BWCA. I want to run away and go.

Ownership Changes at Fitger’s Brewhouse

Looks like Tim Nelson and Dave Hoops are leaving. What will they do next?

The Growler: Major ownership, brewer changes at Fitger’s Brewhouse

Bar in Duluth that will show more than one football game

What would be your choice of Duluth venue if you wanted to see a game that wasn’t being broadcast on regular television, or if you were with a group that was interested in a couple games … preferably a place where you wouldn’t pay much for food and drink?

NorShor Theatre renovation funding in order, ready for approval

Restore the NorShorThe city of Duluth announced in a news release today the restoration Duluth’s historic NorShor Theatre could begin before the end of 2015, with a grand reopening expected in mid 2017, now that the project has finalized its funding sources.

David Montgomery, Duluth’s chief administrative officer, shared details with the City Council during its Monday committee-of-the-whole meeting. He said none of the funding will come from property taxes.

More Underwater Dog Footage


Mocha the dog and her owner Chris of Duluth.

2016 Minnesota DNR Trout and Salmon Stamp

2016 Trout and Salmon Stamp Competition.  First Place:  Dean Kegler

Duluth artist Dean Kegler won the 2016 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with this painting of a brown trout. His artwork was previously featured on the 2009 pheasant stamp.

The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses and is required for Minnesota residents age 18 to 64 and non-residents older than age 18 and under age 65 to fish designated trout streams, trout lakes and Lake Superior, and when in possession of trout or salmon.

Save the LS&M Railroad for the enjoyment of future generations

Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad

The struggling Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad in West Duluth has persevered against all odds as a scenic, historic railroad since 1980 despite receiving virtually no public subsidies. Running on the very first tracks to enter Duluth, dating back to 1870, 145 unbroken years of history are on the line right now. A core group of 12 volunteers is keeping this history alive, seemingly miraculously. The railroad costs the city virtually nothing, has proven to be largely self-sufficient, and is an irreplaceable treasure that needs community input in order to survive the massive cleanup now being planned for the U.S. Steel site near Morgan Park. The two newspaper columns linked below will shade things in a bit for you. Take a trip on the LS&M during one of the next six weekends or you just might miss your chance, forever.

Duluth Budgeteer: Save the train for future generations

Duluth News Tribune: Massive cleanup plan emerging for U.S. Steel site in Duluth

Summer of ’65: Strike postponed at U.S. Steel Duluth Works


Fifty years ago — Aug. 31, 1965 — the DNT reports the announcement of an eight-day postponement in the steel strike deadline means United States Steel Duluth Works will resume normal operations.

This Week: festival madness, bears, senators and more

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find on this week’s PDD Calendar:

Senator Amy Klobuchar comes to Barnes & Noble for a book-signing and reading, Yoga North celebrates their 20th anniversary with a week of free classes, bear-hunting season gets underway, the Superior Telegram turns 125 and Hedwig comes back to the Duluth stage, Angry Inch in tow.

UMD’s RSOP program is having an open house to show off all the gear they rent out and more, the new Noah Baumbach film opens at the Zinema 2, the annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival is taking place all day on Saturday (and so is the Super Big Block Party) and the Duluth Armory Music Festival is the big event on Sunday.

Cute Lil’ Cave


Just a cute lil’ cave.