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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

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjC9ySPfAh0

Just a cute lil’ cave.

Summer of ’65: Barkulis top MVP entry?

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Fifty years ago — Aug. 30, 1965 — the DNT reports that, “barring a complete letdown” in eight remaining games, Duluth-Superior Dukes third baseman Chris Barkulis “should have the Northern League batting title wrapped up and should also be a shoo-in for the league’s most valuable player award.”

Trampled by Turtles – “It’s a War” live at Red Rocks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pkisdjlUhs

Trampled by Turtles played a killer show Saturday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The night was led off by Shakey Graves, then Elephant Revival played a great set before the Turtles took the stage. They closed the show with “It’s a War.”

Freediving the Harbor Buoy (Slomo version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnaV3A4pmhQ

This slomo version is a composite of already released raw footage. I made three 30-second dives at the buoy. I am bad at estimating depth and I don’t have a depth gauge. I just wanted to reach a confirmed 30 feet, and diving the buoy was a way to do that since its depth is known. Maybe next year I will hang out down there a little longer since I can stay under a minute. But I was freaked out; although small potatoes in proper freediving circles, it represented a personal best and I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be. I also wasn’t sure what I’d find down there or what the visibility would be, so I approached it with trepidation. Visibility was decent but not great, so I remained wary of a small fear of being startled by fish emerging from the gloom. There had also recently been a prominent death in the freediving world. So to get psyched, that morning I read the comic-book version of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” about a man who (spoiler alert) discovers he is part of a lineage of half-human, half-fish monsters (found in “The Lovecraft Anthology vol. 1″ edited by Dan Lockwood, published 2012 by SelfMadeHero.) As usual if I die, my brother is instructed to recover the camera and post the footage to PDD immediately.

Summer of ’65: Voluntary spirit moves Fond du Lac tribe

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Fifty years ago — Aug. 29, 1965 — the DNT reports “a fresh chapter of history is being written on the Fond du Lac reservation” near Cloquet, where more tribe members are taking to gardening and some are raising vegetables in commercial quality.

Tommy Kronquist’s Letter to His Son

https://vimeo.com/137631234

Designer Tommy Kronquist of Medium Control in Duluth tells his story through a letter to his son. Video by Passenger Productions of South Dakota.

Summer of ’65: Nothing funny about mink

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Fifty years ago — Aug. 27, 1965 — the DNT reports T. J. Eiken’s 14-year-old mink farm on McQuade Road near Duluth is a success, with a wall full of Minnesota State Fair ribbons to prove it.