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The Zamboni Explosion and Peterson Arena Fire of 2004

peterson arenaIt’s been 10 years since Peterson Arena was gutted by fire on Dec. 19, 2004. The image of the wreckage at left is a Bob King photo for the Duluth News Tribune, boosted from USA Today‘s story about the unfortunate and scary, yet still undeniably comical, Zamboni explosion. The fire marked the end of Peterson Arena, which served as the only indoor ice rink in western Duluth from 1971 to 2004. It was replaced by the Duluth Heritage Sports Center at Clyde Park, which opened in 2008.

Fat Biking Keene Creek

http://vimeo.com/114513738

Video by Level Visuals.

Highlight Video: UMD Bulldogs vs. Ouachita Baptist University

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjIMGuAwgHY&feature=youtu.be

Zach Zweifel hit quarterback Drew Bauer with a 9-yard scoring strike in overtime to cap UMD’s wild 48-45 win over undefeated Ouachita Baptist University last Saturday. The Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals, facing Minnesota State-Mankato this Saturday at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato.

Coach Cork: Lesson #3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXQjbDf2H0A

The third installment of valuable cross-country skiing tips from Coach Cork, brought to you by Ski Hut.

See also:

Coach Cork: Lesson #1

Coach Cork: Lesson #2

 

Coach Cork: Lesson #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZczBbi9msE

Coach Cork dispenses more tips and advice for cross-country skiers in lesson #2.

Thanks to Ski Hut for sponsoring Coach Cork. See also, Coach Cork: Lesson #1

Coach Cork: Lesson #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_n29mqelWw

The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s time to learn to love the outdoors in Winter in Duluth, lest you go insane. Cross-country skiing is a favorite past time of many in the snowy climates, with a deep connection to Minnesota heritage. PDD has teamed up with U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Coach Jason Cork to bring you a three-part instructional series, introducing you to the magic and thrill of cross-country skiing, one short lesson at a time.

Please enjoy lesson #1, sponsored by Ski Hut.

See also:
Coach Cork: Lesson #2

College football’s coaching nun in New York Times

Sister Lisa Maurer photo by Tim Gruber for the New York TimesThe story of Sister Lisa Maurer, who serves as a football coach at the College of St. Scholastica, is featured today in the New York Times. Maurer is a Benedictine nun with St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, which shares a campus with the College of St. Scholastica. She joined the ranks of the coaching crew this fall, after spending years as one of the Saints’ biggest fans. Maurer will be on the sidelines Saturday as the Saints take on Saint John’s University in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Collegeville.

Punkin’ Chunkin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W6gzG7ZwGk

One of our holiday traditions the past few years has been to watch Punkin’ Chunkin’ on the Discovery Channel. I just read that it was cancelled for this year, which is sad and means we’ll have to find some other boob tube diversion that night.

Got me thinking, though: does anyone do this in the area?

1984-85 UMD Bulldog Basketball Card Set

UMD Bulldog Basketball 1984-85 pt1

The 2014-’15 UMD Bulldog basketball team plays its first home game tonight against UW-Superior. In recognition of that, we roll out this nostalgia from 30 years ago.

Downtown Sounds

http://vimeo.com/110281278

A Duluth skateboarding video shot and edited by Cody Paulson, featuring Colton Maddy and Stephen Pestalozzi.

Jake Specht skateboards across Duluth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw9NuM905Cs

Footage shot Oct. 19 by Jesse Covington. Music by Atmosphere – “Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now.”

Stoney Point Surf

http://vimeo.com/109339444

Video by Kyle James.

Duluth Mystery Photo #19: Denfeld football players from 1951

Help name these Denfeld Hunters. The image above is one of three dated Nov. 29, 1951, that are presently up for bid on eBay. The description reads: “These three photos were of the football players from Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minnesota. The sign in the background says Public Schools Stadium. The photos are from 1951. Two of the boys are identified: Eli Miletich and Richard Wilson. Eli Miletich gained some local celebrity later in life on the Duluth Police force.”

So, who can name the other two gridiron greats from West Duluth?

ChuchCrew: Duluth Dæn

http://youtu.be/7IWbRZw3QWQ

Dan Wilczek takes a few downhill runs. Video by Alex Colorito.

Flat Track Derby Results

As WDIO noted:

“The Twin Ports’ Harbor City Roller Dames are hosting the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Division 2 Playoffs.”

I am sorry I could not make it. I want to know more about the results. Please post!