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Stuffed at the Toga

OK, seeing you guys know everything … what’s the story behind the stuffed “animals” (ground hogs? gophers?) at the Club Saratoga. I’ve “only” lived in Duluth 25 winters and every time I’m in there (did I just out myself as a Toga regular?!) I wonder about their origin. Anyone have the knowledge?

15 Comment(s)

  1. Here’s a photo of the Club Saratoga’s rodent taxidermy:

    I don’t know if there’s a story behind it beyond the owner probably thinking, “This is awesome. I will put it in my bar.” But I suppose it had to come from somewhere and we ought to find out.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 17, 2010 | New Comment
  2. Perhaps PDD should have a safety meeting at the ‘Toga tonight.

    No Good Bum | Dec 17, 2010 | New Comment
  3. Do they have stuffed Beaver?

    Sorry, it had to be asked!

    Jeff P | Dec 17, 2010 | New Comment
  4. Is this related to the cover of the Weekly which has two ground beavers making out under the mistletoe? Its pretty cute…, must be national gopher awareness week. A pesky gopher can knock out power to a whole city, so naturally they should be given more respect.

    Ivan | Dec 17, 2010 | New Comment
  5. Something to “shoot” at.

    ruby2sd4y | Dec 17, 2010 | New Comment
  6. This is one of my favorite “hidden” things in Duluth. I’m pretty sure they are all albino chipmunks. Which would mean somebody spent a lot of time hunting down albino chipmunks.

    Sherman | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  7. I don’t really know if there is any hidden meaning to the stunning collection of taxidermy housed at Club Saratoga, but I do know that it was once in vogue for bars in the upper Midwest to have stuff like that on display. I’ve seen similar set-ups in other bars that also follow the ‘Toga’s model of non-remodel.

    greg cougar conley | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  8. Hands off my albino chipmunk

    baci | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  9. As a former employee, the story we were told was that these stuffed chipmunks were given to the previous owner (Jim) and he had them over the piano for years. As time went on, the piano and owners changed, but the chipmunks came with the bar when it was sold to the current owners. I’m not sure which has been part of the club longer, the chipmunks or Bev, the door lady?!

    Jade | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  10. They look like the handywork of former newspaper gadfly Jimmy Luhm.

    Timk | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  11. They are ermine, not chipmunks.

    Drifter | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  12. Albino Ermine is my new bands name, anyone in?

    baci | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  13. Chipmunks have been there longer. Bev’s been there less than 15 years.

    adam | Dec 18, 2010 | New Comment
  14. I miss HotCha Hinton and Pepsi.

    JdB | Dec 26, 2010 | New Comment
  15. I’m not sure they are albino, I think they were “normal” chipmunks/ ermine and the florescent light that has been shining on them for 200 years has bleached the color out of the fur. Check the shadows, the fur is still dark.

    I love to show this odd display to out of town friends when we go to the ‘Toga for “jazz.”

    B-man | Dec 27, 2010 | New Comment

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