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Graphic Artist, designer, illustrator, animator. + One of the bozos that run this site.

Goodbye Big Chester »

The city of Duluth has determined that the ski jumps at Chester Bowl will be coming down due to safety concerns. A public meeting will be held July 31.

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Hiring: Chester Bowl Program / Operations Manager »

The Chester Bowl Improvement Club is seeking a full-time Program/Operations Manager, responsible for management, planning and operational oversight for CBIC programming and park operations under the direction of the Executive Director and Board of Directors, Specifically, the Program/Operations Manager will manage and provide oversight of CBIC’s programming and events, including supervising seasonal hourly staff, Incredible Exchange youth, and volunteers. Full posting and job description is at chesterbowl.org.

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Outside Magazine Best Places to Live poll »

Duluth goes head to head with Columbia, MO. in the first round. (And it’s kicking their butts so far.)
You can vote here – no need to sign in or register.

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Homegrown Music Video Fest 2014 »

Year #6: Back in February, participants picked a band/song out of Walt Dizzo’s bucket, and 13 people followed through by delivering videos before April 21. Here’s a page with all the video links that were sent to PDD, in the order that they played Monday and Tuesday nights. If any of the participants have others posted to YouTube or Vimeo and want to send us the link, we’ll add them to the list.

There will be one more screening Sunday, May 4, 2 pm at Chester Creek Cafe.

2013 Videos
2012 Videos
2011 Videos
2010 Videos
2009 Videos

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Homegrown Banners »

We’re looking for new Homegrown photo banners to run across the top of PDD during the festival. Photos shot at last year’s festival are the best candidates, but if there are compelling images of preparations for this year, I suppose that’s fair game too. For full details on banner submissions, click here. The basic info is the image must be 960 pixels wide by 167 pixels high. The Perfect Duluth Day logo will be added by PDD’s art department. Send them to banners @ perfectduluthday.com.

The Homegrown banners will replace the regular banner photos at the top of the page starting Sunday.

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What’s more American than PDD? »

I don’t recognize any of the PDD community in this trailer. Were we all out of town when this guy rolled his Airstream through Duluth?

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Ice Cutter on Lake Superior »

Amazing images by Carl Sauer of an ice cutter takin’ care of business on Lake Superior.

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Wired’s 15 Most Fascinating at SXSW – Duluthian Mike Scholtz »

Mike Scholtz and Amy C. Elliott

Wired magazine posted “The 15 Most Fascinating Filmmakers and Stars at SXSW” and right up there with Tilda Swinton, Robert Rodriguez, and Jon Favreau is our very own Mike Scholtz and his partner on Wicker Kittens, Amy C. Elliott.

Wicker Kittens premiered at SXSW, and apparently got great response. Here’s the trailer.

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Ice Dam Cam »

The shovel cam has been repurposed into the ice dam cam. It’s not nearly as fun as the shovel cam, it’s frustratingly hard to use, depressing and doesn’t get much done.

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There is nothing left in anybody »

Known to most of the world as “The Skiathlon Announcer” Duluth’s own Chad Salmela has gained notoriety as one of the stars of the Sochi Olympics. According to the web site Awful Announcing, “Chad Salmela is to the Winter Olympics what Rowdy Gaines is to the Summer Olympics.”

Here’s NBC’s official link.

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PDD Shovel Cam »

While Cory has been traveling to exotic locations and honing his skills with the PDD Drone, I’ve been perfecting the PDD Shovel Cam.

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Chester Bowl on MPR’s “Minnesota Sounds and Voices” »

Dan Olsen from MPR did a story on Chester Bowl that aired today. Fantastic photos by Derek Montgomery too.

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Couple of “streaming” videos from the cold »

This second video is much less lovely and mildly NSFW.

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Connolly’s: Behind the Batter »

For the past few years around this time, the discussion on PDD has turned to Tom & Jerrys – where to find the fixins, if there are acceptable alternatives to Connolly’s, and the ups and downs for Connolly’s.

The PDD film crew got sweet and sticky with Steve Knauss and John Kurth as they began production on this year’s batch of Connolly’s Tom & Jerry batter.

Stay warm, stay frothy.

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Duluth Sister Cities – Ohara-Isumi City »

The Duluth Sister Cities-Ohara Japan delegation for kids 12-15 is taking applications until Jan 3. The group will travel to Japan for 10 days in August 2014 and host a Japanese student in August 2015.

More info, an application, and FAQ is here.

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Employment at Chester Bowl »

Snow making started a couple weeks ago at Chester Bowl. With this snowstorm and the stolen lift chair returned, the hill should be ready to go for the projected December 14 opening date.

Thom Storm, who has operated the ski program at Chester since the 70s, is planning to retire at the end of the 2015 ski season. Clearly, those are going to be some big shoes to fill, and the Chester Bowl Improvement Club is looking to hire someone to begin working with Thom this year.

Part-Time Executive Director

Also hiring:
ski instructors and snowboard instructors.

Check the links for more info.

Snowmaking photo by Jeremy Kershaw.

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Happy Holidays from Rubber Chicken and Perfect Duluth Day »

Here’s a little ditty from this year’s Rubber Chicken Theater holiday comedy revue — How the Grinch Shut Down Christmas, or, I Saw Rudolph Twerking Santa Claus — featuring Greg J. Anderson, Sharon Dixon Obst and Anders Hultstrom.

Thanks to Dean Vogtman at Happy Tree Productions for the use of his studio, and the fine folks at Beaner’s Central who had to shimmy around our cameras to get across the room.

All outdoor scenes were actually shot outdoors.

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PDD Gift Guide 2013 »

Get your commerce on. Here is PDD’s annual reminder that the real purpose of Christmas is to obtain material things … as long as they are locally made.

This being the fifth year of the PDD Gift Guide, most of you know the drill by now, but for uninitiated newbies the concept is simple: The folks behind the curtain at PDD select 15 locally-based holiday gift ideas, which are highlighted in the thumbnails above. Click any thumbnail to read details about that item. The community at large is free to add other suggestions and links in the comment section below, with some effort to not be too redundant and repeat items from the Gift Guides of Christmases Past.

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

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Superior Skydivers Crash footage »

Hey, I can see my house from here.

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Halloween Banners 2013 »

It’s the annual call for Halloween banners on PDD.
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