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PDD Gift Guide 2015


’Tis the season for the seventh annual PDD Gift Guide — a list of holiday gift ideas with a local connection. We present 15 ideas to get things started, and invite everyone to add their own suggestions and links in the comments below.

Last Boo on Grandview



This is the last year the house on Grandview in the Chester Park area will be haunted. After 25 years, that’s sad, but thanks to the owners for such good times. Glad it was your house and not mine.

Lift Bridge Facelifts


Found on Tumblr, Lift Bridge Facelifts – “A study in removing Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge out of the endless logos where it dwells.”

Halloween Banners


Time to send ’em in. Your creepy, comical, kooky Halloween banner photos, those long skinny photos at the top of the page. Click here for complete submission guidelines, but the basics are: 1135 pixels wide by 197 pixels high, e-mail them to banners@perfectduluthday.com

Where in Duluth?


Wood Blind – “Big Voice”


Some Wood Blind for your weekend.

Poll: Best Duluth-related Video of 2014

We’ve closed the Best Video of 2014 poll, and with an unusually low response that was all over the board, we’re calling it inconclusive. In hindsight, expecting people to watch all of the nominated videos is a lot to ask. We discussed trimming the list down even more, but felt that each of the videos there deserved to be considered.

The post with the nominated videos will remain.

Where in Duluth?


Saw this one this morning. It’s tiny, but it stood out, so maybe someone else will remember seeing it.

Perfect Duluth Day: The song, by Greg Tiburzi

We feel a little bit silly that we just found this tune this morning.
Perfect Duluth Day, by Greg Tiburzi, recorded in 2011.
Greg Tiburzi-acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals, tambourine
Mike Mattson-electric guitar, vocals
Diane Eck-bass guitar
Todd Gremmels-drums
Steve Johnson-violin
Anne Fisk-vocals

PDD Gift Guide 2014

Ho ho ho, it’s time once again for the Perfect Duluth Day Gift Guide. A holiday hootenanny of gift ideas with a local connection. With the new-ish PDD design, the appearance is a little different this year. Click the thumbnail photo for more details on products. The titles link to e-commerce sites or info about where to find the products. We’ve gathered 15 ideas to kick things off, and invite you to add your suggestions in the comments.

If you’d like, you can refer to Gift Guides of Christmases Past. We have tried to clean up dead links and missing images in these old posts, but you might still find a couple.

PDD Gift Guide 2013
PDD Gift Guide 2012
PDD Gift Guide 2011
PDD Gift Guide 2010
PDD Gift Guide 2009

Halloween Banner Contest winner

The winner of the PDD Halloween Banner Contest of 2014 is Mark Ryan with this entry.


Honorable mention goes out to the submissions below. Thanks to everyone who sent photos, all of the submissions are now in the rotation along with photos from past years.

Duluth Maker Space

There has been talk on PDD before about getting a Maker Space going, now it looks like there is some real progress. The Duluth Maker Space has a website with info, a building near Clyde Iron, and announced a public open house this Saturday, October 18. You can sign up as an informal member on their website.

Halloween banners, $50 prize


We’re looking for Halloween-themed banner photos, those long skinny photos at the top of the page. And we’re willing to pay a $50 bounty for what we decide is the best one. Click here for complete submission guidelines, but the basics are: 1135 pixels wide by 197 pixels high, e-mail them to banners@perfectduluthday.com

Deadline for the $50 contest is midnight, Friday October 24th. We’ll continue to accept and publish banner photos after that, but they won’t be eligible for the prize money.

Getting to Fall Fest

Saturday, September 20th is the date for the 30th annual Fall Fest in Chester Park. Rain Date is Sunday the 21st. With construction happening right outside the park entrance, getting to Fall Fest will be a little different this year.


Click the map to see it larger.

If you’re not walking to Chester Bowl that day, everyone is strongly encouraged to park and take the free shuttle buses from UMD’s Lot B, next to the Administration building, at College & University. (See map) Road and bridge repairs continue immediately west of the Chester Bowl Park entrance thereby limiting access to just the eastern entrance. Pedestrians can enter from the east side, but Skyline Parkway will also be closed to cars from the east starting at Kent Road on the day of the event. Parking is prohibited along Skyline Parkway after Kent Road.

PDD will be at Fall Fest again this year in our luxurious canopy, giving away stickers, selling t-shirts, and whatever other shenanigans we devise between now and next Saturday. Look for us next to the playground.

Toasty’s on East Ninth now open


The sign on the building has been up since last Spring, and now Toasty’s is open.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Address: 1032 E. Ninth St.
Owners: Rachael and Tom Hagen