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Trampled by Turtles – Live at First Avenue

Listen to the Turtles Saturday night show (5/2/15) at First Ave.

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Mayor Ness “Potholes Song” – 2015 Homegrown Proclamation


Video credit – Melissa Ginger
See the full Duluth Homegrown Music Festival schedule here –> http://goo.gl/svBlGe

Homegrown Music Fest Hashtag Feed #hgmf15

Follow the Homegrown hashtag #hgmf15 on Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to view the live feed.

Poplar River Falls Aerial View – Lutsen Ski Area

https://vimeo.com/124979852

Poplar River falls is just north of Lutsen Ski Area and the Superior Hiking trail crosses the river at the apex of the falls.

Baptism River “High Falls” Aerial View -Tettegouche State Park

https://vimeo.com/124974147

Aerial drone video of “High Falls” on the Baptism River. The Baptism River “High Falls” in Minnesota’s Highest waterfall at 60 feet. During spring run-off it flows heavily and is a great time to visit and hear the thunderous roar of the falls. Mid-summer you can swim the pool at the base of these falls. Tettegouche State Park is one of the best campgrounds on the North Shore of Lake Superior. http://dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tettegouche/

Northern Lights on Lake Superior’s North Shore

https://vimeo.com/124690496

The sky was dancing last night.

Play Pac-Man through the streets of Duluth

You can play Pac-Man through the streets of Duluth on Google Maps. Cruise up Lake Avenue chomping pellets and speed down Superior Street trying to avoid Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde. Click here or the image above to chomp away.

This works on desktop computers only, not mobile devices.

2015 NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship

2015 NCAA Division Men’s Hockey Championship

The UMD Bulldogs drew the Minnesota Gophers in the first round of the NCAA National Hockey Championship Playoffs. The ‘Dogs have faced the Gophers four times this season, winning three and losing one. They play 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on ESPNU/WatchESPN.  Go Bulldogs!

Toast to the Land of 10,000 by Gabe Douglas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcnhm2AETaI

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum sinking

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Oh Snap. Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum (a.k.a “The Cribs” a.k.a “Duluth Ice House”) seems to be melting away this winter.  First the column went missing a few weeks ago and now the whole house seems to be doomed. Let’s hope Lake Superior Aquaman can fix this?

2015 John Beargrease Aerial (Drone) Video

https://vimeo.com/117768602

The PDD drone, piloted by Cory Fechner (liftoffaerials.com) was at the start of the 2015 John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon yesterday to shoot aerial footage. There were other drones at the starting line so we ventured out into the woods to capture the mushers a quarter-mile into the race.

Music: “Guit. Ditty” by Hattie Peterson from Twenty3 Years Into 4teen Songs.

Trampled by Turtles live Pandora private studio performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4whYLSZzqQ

Duluth’s own Trampled by Turtles perform songs from their latest album, Wild Animals, for Pandora Live at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 23.

FAA could release commercial drone regulations by end of 2014

drone-video-photograpgy The expected release of new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations later this month and the recent commercial drone incident with TGI Friday’s in New York (TGI Friday’s Dumb Mistletoe Drone Cut Somebody’s Face Open) have me thinking about the future of commercial drone use. Perfect Duluth Day has been somewhat on the forefront of the use of drones since I purchased a quadcopter capable of shooting photography and video back in 2013.

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Current FAA Drone Guidelines

I utilize my 4 drones (DJI s800evo, Tarot FY680 Pro, DJI Phantom 2 Vision & Vision 2+) to shoot content for digital media, which has drawn attention beyond PDD via the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, MPR and also Duluth news outlets. I was contacted by the Federal Aviation Administration in early 2014 after shooting the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and told I was in violation of FAA regulations because my footage was considered commercial.

I won’t get into the specifics of what the current regulations entail, but needless to say they are bit vague and need clarification. The National Transportation Safety Board felt the same way, dismissing multiple instances in which the FAA fined UAV operators $10,000 for commercial operation. There has been kind of a wild west approach to commercial use of UAVs since then, with little risk of citations or fines until the new regulations are released.

Duluth Target Discount Store opens in 1962

Duluth Target Store 1962

Built in 1962, the Duluth Target store was one of four Targets built in the company’s inaugural year. Roseville was the first store; the other two opened in St. Louis Park and Crystal. Target President Doug Dayton said the new stores would, “combine the best of the fashion world with the best of the discount world, a quality store with quality merchandise at discount prices, and a discount supermarket.”

Aerial Tour of Fall on the North Shore of Lake Superior

https://vimeo.com/108527690

Aerial Footage by Liftoff Aerials. Music by Sarah Krueger.