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Upset Duluth

Every month or so there is a story in the Duluth News Tribune about a community member or group of people upset about something. The story usually features a photo like the one above, shot by Bob King.

I don’t mean to make light of any of the issues these people are upset about, or be critical at all of the photography. Just the opposite. What I’m saying is, for some reason I love these photos. Seriously.

Could Andrew Krueger, caretaker of the News Tribune Attic, put together a collection or slide show called “Upset Duluth,” showing all the concerned/outraged/irritated citizens over the years? It’s a potentially large project, but he could start small and grow the collection over time. I also think it might make a delightful coffee table book.

(Obviously this should not include photos of people in mourning, etc. — just the folks who are honked off about vandalism or skateboarders or whatever.)

Please don’t read sarcasm into this. I’m serious, and I make this request with all due respect.

86 Comment(s)

  1. Mr. Krueger, I would buy said book especially if you entitled it “Emotional Scandinavians: Crossed Arms and Grimaces in Duluth”

    Adam | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  2. Yes, good pics indeed. Personally, I think it gives the story a bit of levity, given that these photos (especially todays) makes it seem like the state just came and took their first born sons.

    Tomasz | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  3. I love the photo of the Denfeld neighbors! Arms crossed in defiance, yet, in Duluthian fashion, nice smiles on their faces. In the article, they sounded very polite, articulate and sensible.

    Terry G. | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  4. Emotional Scandinavians? No such animal!

    TimK | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  5. That pic makes me think there’s a knitting strike happening.

    Bad Cat! | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  6. That photo was taken seconds before the dance-battle began.

    Zac Bentz | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  7. I took many of these types of photographs while employed at the News Tribune. Here is one of my personal favorites…

    Derek Montgomery: Photographer

    For portraits, about the only time we can instruct people on how to act, you usually have to give them some guidance so they look good in front of the camera and ultimately, in the picture.

    In this photo, Joan Tabelle needed no such instruction as her frustration bubbled to the surface and came out in the photo.

    Derek Montgomery | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  8. Classic!

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  9. Here’s one of the guy who had his property mistakenly bulldozed by the school district. I’m not totally sure it fits the motif. The guy is indeed upset, but maybe folded arms are required and the Heisman stiff arm doesn’t measure up.

    I don’t know. Don’t cut it from the list yet. Lay it out on the table with the rest and determine later if it should be included.

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  10. Great shots Derek!

    brian | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  11. To me the extended arm says “Get back! You’re not welcome!”

    Derek Montgomery | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  12. Funny as hell! If Andrew Krueger and Derek Montgomery need any advice re publishing and/or promoting a book of photos of pissed off Duluthians, Tony D and I would be happy to talk to them, right, Tony D?

    Claire | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  13. That is a great idea Paul. It shouldn’t take long to compile the first book. You could probably do one each year.

    Gunns | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  14. Hysterical. Pure and simple. Can I pre-buy a copy?

    My daughter and son-in-law were just here from Nevada and had more fun watching our locals in action. Had to introduce son-in-law to the beauty of the movie Fargo before he really got it!

    Piglet | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  15. When the Transistor goes full color, it will feature a photograph of skateboarders every week that are concerned/outraged/irritated about old Duluth nancys.

    adam | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  16. I have two words: Fundraiser. Calendar.

    For the charity of your choice, of course, Paul, since it was your idea.

    jessige | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  17. OMG, Jessige, that is BRILLIANT. I’d buy one!

    Claire | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  18. I don’t know about books, calendars, etc., but I certainly can start a recurring feature on the Attic site. I’m glad people like those kinds of photos.

    I’ll have something up in the next few days.

    Andrew | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  19. Property tax time is approaching and some great photo opp’s around the court house. And certainly there are some great photos of people driving around and around trying to find a place to park on the UMD campus. Some photos of the bikers who try to negotiate an entrance onto Woodland from St. Marie street with those huge trucks and racing SUVs a mere inches from their feet. I think they have the bravest faces.

    Jude | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  20. see, funny shit like this has got me convinced that Mr. Lundgren is right up there on the list of my favorite humorists.

    zra | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  21. Derek: Your photos are inspirational, thanks for posting the link.

    Jude | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  22. I know we’re only eight months into 2010, but I’d like to nominate this for post of the year.

    Barrett Chase | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  23. I second Barrett POST OF THE YEAR. I really want a book out of this too.

    Claire | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  24. I even have a calendar title: Disgruntled Duluth.

    NorShor fundraiser, perhaps? I’d be willing to help out with setting that up.

    jessige | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  25. One other thing… Lost in the conversation so far has been credit to the person who took the Denfeld parking photo that spurred the post. The photographer is Bob King of the News Tribune.

    Andrew | Sep 10, 2010 | New Comment
  26. Andrew, nice clarification. I thought it was your photo. And I love those photos on the Attic site too.

    Jude | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  27. I want to see a photo of a group of people who’re angry at the Duluth Laughing Club.

    zra | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  28. I realize it doesn’t quite fit into upset duluth, but my all-time favorite portrait-type photo is Hole-Boy.

    Brandon Stahl | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  29. One of my favorite DNT photos — again, not related to this context — is the old guy who beat the snot out of an intruder in his home, stripping him naked and sending him scurrying away. The story was awesome enough, but the photo of the guy was classic. I think he was trying to show some bruises, but appeared to be flexing as if he were a body builder.

    I often wonder if the thief, who was a younger guy, is given a lot of grief in prison because he got his ass handed to him by a guy who was well into retirement.

    Most people tend to forget which photographer shot what, but the DNT has had some great ones over the years. Unfortunately, many have had to pack their bags, but hats off to the dean of them all, “Astro” Bob King, who is also an excellent blogger.

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  30. I would also like to share some love for this post but am nominating “Chicken Spur” as Post of the Year.

    therealnick | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  31. My fav is the lady with all the little doggies on her shirt…this pic is my background on my work laptop. I too would buy a book of angry Duluthians…you could have a whole chapter of Park Point residents.

    PL | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  32. Just don’t include the one with the baby in the kettle or the baby in the pot hole!

    Kevin | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  33. The child in the pothole was an awesome photo. And the baby in the kettle was the only time I’ve ever enjoyed looking at Grandma’s Brag Book.

    Barrett Chase | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  34. Can’t forget this classic: Racist T-shirts

    jimmybellamy | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  35. Or they have to shell out $5 for parking permits!

    Claire | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  36. That racist T-shirt picture clearly fits the motif in terms of the visual composition, but I think the subject matter might be a little too serious. It’s better if the person is upset because utility rates are going up or someone is stealing political yard signs.

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 11, 2010 | New Comment
  37. Ok I rescind my nomination and second Barrett nominating this as Post of the Year. This is PDD at it’s best. Paul, I don’t care what everyone says about you; you are one sharp cookie.

    therealnick | Sep 12, 2010 | New Comment
  38. Andrew | Sep 12, 2010 | New Comment
  39. Now we’re getting somewhere! Thanks Andrew!

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 12, 2010 | New Comment
  40. Actually, that Indian Name article didn’t strike me as particularly serious. What if it said ‘Chinese Name’ or ‘Swahili Name’? The words specifically refer to the wearer of the shirt, not to an ethnic group. If there is some association with American Indians being known for excessive drinking, that is a separate issue and it appears to be a prejudice held by the viewers of the shirt.

    Julian | Sep 12, 2010 | New Comment
  41. I put together a very small gallery of some other photographs that might fit the criteria as well as a few that were talked about above.

    Here is one that I think fits the criteria of upset people in front of their problems:

    The Zontellis vs. Allstate Transmission

    And here is the gallery:

    Upset Duluth

    Derek Montgomery | Sep 12, 2010 | New Comment
  42. Derek’s photo of the three people at a healing conference at Washington Center would be the prize winner in the “Melancholy Duluth” category.

    Looking at that photo actually sent me into a temporary state of depression … until I got to the picture of Wayne Boniface. That image fills me with such joy I can barely contain myself.

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 13, 2010 | New Comment
  43. Why is the gal with the two white dogs angry/upset? Must have missed the reasoning on that one.

    Piglet | Sep 13, 2010 | New Comment
  44. Piglet,

    It doesn’t quite fit the classic scenario because her problem was solved. The story with this lady is that her dogs were in her husband’s car while he was spending his lunch break at a local hockey rink and left the keys in the car with it running. Some kids stole the car and ditched it a few miles away with the dogs still in it. It was one of those stories where the dogs took centerstage and in this photo, the problem has been resolved, but she was still upset for obvious reasons.

    Derek Montgomery | Sep 14, 2010 | New Comment
  45. “I feel sorry for local news photographers. They are hugely skilled and poorly paid, and sent out to photograph miserable people pointing at dog turds. Here, we celebrate their work.”

    — Angry People in Local Newspapers

    Maroon Loon | Jul 6, 2011 | New Comment
  46. It’s always sad when kids are upset.

    (Photo by Bob King for “Lester Park students play game of improvisation.”)

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 4, 2011 | New Comment
  47. I saw this picture in the paper this morning and immediately knew it must be added here for posterity:

    Large Stump

    Mary | Jul 17, 2012 | New Comment
  48. Mary, you beat me to it.

    Barrett Chase | Jul 17, 2012 | New Comment
  49. First thing I thought of when I saw this picture was this thread.

    Larry Kraemer and Sharon Mosiniak of Duluth Heights oppose plans to rezone property south of their homes on Maple Grove Road. A hotel had been proposed for the site by ZMC Hotels, but the plans were shelved. A change in zoning could open the way for other development. (Bob King /

    Derek Montgomery | Sep 6, 2012 | New Comment
  50. Damn you, Derek.

    I need to take a picture of myself posing next to my computer right now to show how angry I am that you got here with the photo first.

    Tom | Sep 6, 2012 | New Comment
  51. The link to the story that goes with the photo above:

    akjuneau | Sep 7, 2012 | New Comment
  52. Derek Montgomery | Oct 12, 2012 | New Comment
  53. Is anyone ever going to do a calendar???

    emmadogs | Oct 12, 2012 | New Comment
  54. This Upset Duluth guy looks rather pleased with himself.

    Ramos | Oct 12, 2012 | New Comment
  55. I agree with Ramos. That guy belongs in the Smug Duluth calendar, not the Upset Duluth one.

    Maybe the PDD guys can do the calendar and use the proceeds to replace the AdSense revenue.

    jessige | Oct 13, 2012 | New Comment
  56. I don’t think it would go over so well if we made a calendar out of DNT-copyrighted photos.

    Barrett Chase | Oct 13, 2012 | New Comment
  57. You could ask them nicely first.

    jessige | Oct 13, 2012 | New Comment
  58. We also feel that compiling a calendar and making it available for purchase would: a) be a bunch of work, b) cost us money to produce and c) result in 20 sales.

    Paul Lundgren | Oct 14, 2012 | New Comment
  59. Listen, you put Large Stump Guy on the cover, and Upset Lester Park Kid on the back cover, and you will have a Money Goldmine. enough to open the PDD--Cayman Island branch office, guaranteed.

    emmadogs | Oct 14, 2012 | New Comment
  60. I think today’s photo fits. It even has the word “upset” in the caption.

    Romesh Lakhan, Kim Lakhan, Maureen Tobin Stanley and Dan Glisczinski, who all have children attending Holy Rosary School in Duluth, are upset that the school has placed signs encouraging a yes vote on the marriage definition amendment on school grounds. (Bob King / rking @

    Something about it just doesn’t quite make it as good as the rest. I think it’s the fact that a lot of people are angry about politics and religion and education. It’s more fun people are angry about tree stumps or parking.

    Tom | Oct 18, 2012 | New Comment
  61. | Nov 4, 2012 | New Comment
  62. Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Ross sure seems upset.

    (Another Bob King/DNT photo.)

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 11, 2012 | New Comment
  63. If my thumbs were that bendy, I’d be upset too.

    brian | Nov 12, 2012 | New Comment
  64. I’m thinking we need to add an official “Upset” tag for posts.

    Lawrence Lee | Nov 12, 2012 | New Comment
  65. Mr. Ross is saying, “EEEEeeeeeaaaahhhheeeeeennnnhhhh!” He’s upset that his batteries are running out.

    Ramos | Nov 12, 2012 | New Comment
  66. I think the original recognizing of the “Upset Duluth” motif of photos goes back to Oct. 19, 1997, when I was standing under where Grand Avenue passes over Miller Creek at Lincoln Park and Barrett Chase gave me direction on how to pose for this photo. He said something like, “Point at that graffiti like you’re one of those upset community members in the newspaper.”

    We just didn’t realize at the time that having arms folded is a better pose. And I should have been up closer in the frame, but that would have required stepping into the creek.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 27, 2012 | New Comment
  67. A Duluthian (mostly) upset on Sanibel Island. I don’t know how to make it my Gravatar.

    c-freak | Dec 27, 2012 | New Comment
  68. c-freak, you win the internet!

    BadCat! | Dec 27, 2012 | New Comment
  69. Read the Gravatar Help Topic. It’s easy, but you’ll probably need to remember your log in information from back when you set your current Gravatar.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 27, 2012 | New Comment
  70. Here ya go.

    adam | Dec 27, 2012 | New Comment
  71. johnbeargrease | Feb 7, 2013 | New Comment
  72. spy1 | Mar 12, 2013 | New Comment
  73. Did you notice that the YWCA Camp Miller ad running on PDD is, essentially, the Anti-Upset Duluth?

    emmadogs | Apr 25, 2013 | New Comment
  74. As a matter of fact, I did notice that. Obviously they are not upset, but the folded arms of the woman in front does fit the Upset Duluth style.

    Paul Lundgren | Apr 25, 2013 | New Comment
  75. There is a double dose of Upset Duluth in today’s DNT.

    Greysolon Plaza residents upset to lose their corner store as landlord goes upscale

    Manuela Forte (right) is upset about losing Jacqui’s Market & Deli. She and Shirley Dougherty (left) both reside at Greysolon Plaza and frequently stop by to get coffee and socialize at the deli. For many Greysolon residents, the place is a watering hole. (Bob King / rking @

    Regular customer Bernice Olson (center) talks about how much she and her friends, Gloria Nelson (left) and Geri Duncan, will miss Jacqui’s Market & Deli when it closes on June 30. (Bob King / rking @

    Tom | May 31, 2013 | New Comment
  76. …and for a very good reason. | Jun 27, 2013 | New Comment
  77. I’m a little surprised no one noticed last week how upset Dr. Karen Pajari was.

    Few mental-health specialists carry heavy load in rural areas

    Paul Lundgren | Jul 8, 2013 | New Comment
  78. And here’s another!

    Craig Binsfield, owner of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream on London Road, said he’s concerned about pedestrians trying to cross the street, which he says sometimes is like watching a game of “Frogger.” Binsfield is receptive to possible changes in London Road between 10th and 21st avenues east. (Bob King / rking @

    From: Duluth city planners hope to calm traffic on London Road

    Derek Montgomery | Oct 1, 2013 | New Comment
  79. Great one from the DNT today. Technically Carlton county, but it was in the Tribune, and his outfit is perfection.

    Special K | Nov 12, 2013 | New Comment
  80. Upset after the Princess Bride declares bankruptcy …

    Left in limbo: Princess Bride bankruptcy leaves brides’ orders up in the air

    wskyline | Feb 10, 2014 | New Comment
  81. Aldin | Mar 5, 2014 | New Comment
  82. Those residents have every right to be upset. There should be a Righteously Furious Duluth category for Edgewood Vista.

    emmadogs | Mar 5, 2014 | New Comment
  83. If that were me, the photographer would need to stand quite a ways back in order capture all of the torches and pitchforks I would have with me.

    BadCat! | Mar 5, 2014 | New Comment
  84. spy1 | Mar 25, 2014 | New Comment
  85. The News Tribune reports that some West Duluth residents are upset about the route of the Cross-City Trail. Photo by Steve Kuchera.

    bluenewt | Apr 10, 2014 | New Comment
  86. emmadogs | Jun 19, 2014 | New Comment

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