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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.

Grandma’s Marathon 2014 – The Double

http://youtu.be/97awLCtJYwc

After seeing the post last summer about Eric Strand running the Grandma’s “Double” (3 a.m. from the finish line to the start, then runs the race) I’ve been waiting for Eric’s 2014 installment. Here it is, another excellent video showing a great inside look at the people of the race: the runners, the volunteers and the spectators. Good job, Duluth!

RollerDames end the season with energy

…if not with victory.

The Dames lost both bouts. But more importantly, we Rollerdames fans are losing some familiar faces. The following Dames are retiring this year: SoKo Rebel, Wright Around Ya, Killah Cleta, Lady Gotcha, Nasty Fantastic, Hook N Splatter, Janet Smackson, Jilly Willy, Crumpet Crusher, Little Miss Spooky.

I am surely a fan of the Dames, but the first time I met these athletes at Buffalo Wild Wings, I got shivers. They are really, really good at their sport, and they are really, really good as a team. Dames fans will miss them.

World Cup in Duluth

A friend of mine was asking where were the best public places in Duluth to watch the World Cup.

Dubh Linn is says that they will be “showing all the games” and are offering discounts to people showing up in their team jerseys. It was also the only place in Duluth mentioned in an MPR article.

That’s the only place I’ve heard of so far. Are there others?

Video Archive: Vikings vs. Eagles in 1978

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fztt8yJ42W4

From Metropolitan Stadium, Dec. 3, 1978. It’s the tail-end of the Purple People Eater years, and many of the Vikings’ top stars are starting to show their age. Nonetheless, the home team comes into this game 7-5-1, with a shot at the playoffs. We’ll save the spoiler remarks until after the jump.

Good place in Duluth to catch World Cup?

Does anyone know of a bar that will definitely be showing World Cup soccer matches?

Dragon boating — it’s not just one weekend a year

20 paddlers. One person steering. One calling commands. One long, Chinese-design canoe.  Add these all up and you get a great workout on the water with great people.

Super Bowl 52 is coming to Minnesota

The big news was announced today by the NFL that Minnesota will host Super Bowl 52 in 2018. The Vikings, Saints and Colts gave 15-minute presentations to team owners in Atlanta, Ga. and after the voting the Vikings won the bid. Full details and video at nfl.com.

Lester River Kayak Race Video

This video by Higher Base Media was created to show how awesome the 2014 Lester River Race was.

Homegrown Kickball

The Homegrown kickball game is officially being relocated to Observation Park.

Roller Derby Victory!

Harbor City Roller Dames were victorious all around Saturday night! The HCRD Shipwreckers won their bout against Forx Roller Derby 295-112; I missed most of this bout, catching dinner with friends beforehand.

The HCRD Nautikills won their bout against Mid State Sisters of Skate 223-129! It was close in the beginning; the SOS seemed masterful at luring the dames into the penalty box, and they were skillful at keeping control of the lead jammer.

But no one is as flexible as the Dames, no team can adjust the way the dames can adjust, you know?

Special goodbye to the person who introduced me to local derby through a Nerd Nite presentation years ago, I think it was: Killer Cletah. This was her retirement bout, and I will miss her terribly, despite being greeted with “Good to see you, Sir.”

Ye Olde Duluth — Rollerskating Edition

Duluth's Frank Bryant (right) and Raymond 'King' Kelly after skating 348 miles to set a world distance record for a 24-hour two-man relay, 21-22 January 1915.

I ran across this on the Library of Congress’s Flickr Commons photostream today and got curious. Although the original caption suggests that Bryant and King’s record was set “on ice,” the wheels on the skates the men are wearing make me skeptical–as does the background material on the Frank Bryant collection at the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center.

So, here goes:  From 1913-1916, Duluthian Frank Bryant was a dominant competitive roller skater, holding a world championship in speed skating. The photo here depicts the 25 year-old Michigan native with St. Paulite Kelly, with whom he set a world record distance of 348 miles for a 24-hour two-man relay event–the Minnesotan pair’s performance eclipsed the previous 203-mile mark set just two weeks earlier in New York. A knee injury in 1916 apparently ended his high-level skating career, but he continued skating competitively into the late 1920s. Bryant worked for Duluth’s Union Towing and Wrecking Company for 32 years, retiring in 1955; he died in 1961.

What snowboarding looks like for non-Olympian adults

Second chance for entry into 2014 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Security Jewelers is auctioning one of its sponsor entries to Grandma’s Half Marathon on eBay. One hundred percent of proceeds go to the Duluth Art Institute’s program Art for Ed’s Sake, offering visual and media arts classes in Duluth Public Schools.

Hops and Hoops

I’m new to town and am looking for a fun place to watch the NCAA tournament games. Any suggestions for sports bars or other venues? Local beer on tap would be a plus!