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Video Archive: 1986 Duluth Punks

https://youtu.be/CTx28xWKmDM

Does anyone know these punks?

The Ripsaw’s Demise

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It’s been ten years since the plug was officially pulled on the Ripsaw, Duluth’s experiment with having a newspaper similar to City Pages or Isthmus. It didn’t last long, but it was good while it lasted.

Happy Thanksgiving from Bessie

Bessie Thanksgiving  Postcard 1908

Sulfide Mining Debate + The Holidays = Watch This

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

Surely sulfide mining is close to the top of the things Minnesotans can disagree about with family and friends as we enter the holidaze. This two-minute video depicts one way the outcome of the PolyMet question could play out. Great for captive audiences who are too stuffed to resist. Enjoy!

Video Archive: Deer hunters outside Chet & Emil’s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN_kJ122Xgs

This film, circa 1975, was shot by the late Emil Praslowicz in Birnamwood, Wis., and digitized by his grandson, Kip Praslowicz.

New Radisson Hotel coming to Duluth Gateway!

They’re going to spend $3.6 million. Isn’t that a lot of money?

MT 19670422 Radisson Duluth

(From the Minneapolis Tribune, April 22, 1967.)

The Mystery of Chuck’s TV

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I have a mystery on my hands. About a year ago while driving over West Ninth Street, just before the intersection of North Eighth Avenue and East Orange Street, something caught my eye — what appeared to be an old car in the woods. After a couple passes, I could see that it was indeed an old car. Curious, once home I started some research. On the newly updated Google maps this past spring, I could see the car in question. Checking the DNR Historical Airphotos, I found that up to 1961 there are what appears to be two buildings, houses or perhaps a house and some other type of building on that very corner. Sometime between 1961 and 1972 they were torn down, as they no longer appear on the 1972 imagery.

Video Archive: Gary Doty wins second term

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU3NyENkzz8

For your Election Day amusement we take a trip to 1995.

Twenty years ago, Gary Doty defeated challenger Herb Bergson to earn his second term as Duluth mayor. Doty served a total of three terms, holding office from 1992 to 2004. He did not seek a fourth term. Bergson became mayor in 2004, defeating Charlie Bell.

Last Boo on Grandview

 

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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.

How to see Duluth and Superior on electric cars

How to see Duluth and Superior

The date on this bad boy is 1909. The cover image seems to suggest there was a floating railway perpendicular to the shipping canal where people could watch flaming ships torch the city.

Old Casino Signs

Casino SignsI noticed these in the alley behind Fond-du-Luth Casino yesterday. Anyone got a pickup truck and a nice loft space?

Keep your weather eye open. And use Duluth Imperial flour.

US Weather and Wind Signal Flags

John Vachon’s Duluth Milk Company Photos

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MPR News did a series of stories on John Vachon earlier this year, which was noted at the time on PDD along with a Duluth Milk Company photo. Today we present the rest of the Duluth Milk Company photos and a link to the lot of 61 Duluth images Vachon shot in August of 1941, from the collection of 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.

Duluth Population: 1860 to 2010

Duluth Population Chart

Since the only long-range Duluth population chart on the Internet seems to be an old one published on Perfect Duluth Day before the 2010 figures were available, here’s a new one.

Trampled By Turtles Commemorative Handprints Project

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