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Public lecture season… »

Universities in our region rarely schedule as many public lectures in the dead of winter the way they schedule them in the spring. Driving is safer for regional guests, while longer daylight means more community members will brave the parking hazards of campuses.

As a result, then, I’ve been to too many public lectures lately. (more…)

Stranded grebes, loons and mergansers »

It looks like we’re in for another late, cold spring, with delayed ice-out. This means we may be in for another spring full of stranded grebes, loons, and mergansers. (more…)

Historic barred owl! »

Wildwoods was brought a barred owl yesterday (deceased, unfortunately, likely from a window collision). This owl, when already at least 1 year old, was banded at Hawk Ridge by Dave Evans back in 1998. Based on this, he is at least 16-17 years old, and the third oldest barred owl on record. (more…)

Harbor City Rollerdames »

The Harbor City Rollerdames double-header was intense, tonight — both games at times much closer than I would have expected.

1st Game: Shipwreckers vs. Mankato Area Derby Girls
Shipwreckers 239 to MAD Girls 170

2nd Game: HCRD Nautikills vs. Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
Nautikills 176 to Sioux Falls 170

Smokers needed »

The School of Medicine at UMD is enrolling smokers for a “quit smoking” research study. All participants will receive one-on-one counseling for smoking cessation and will work with staff to set and prepare for a quit day. Effects of stress and appetite are also evaluated and all participants are compensated for their time. For more information please call 218-726-8896.

“It’s Not Only Academic” — Conferences in “Social Inquiry” and in Writing »

In the last two weeks, I have been to two conferences, one at UW-Superior featuring entirely student presenters, and one at Lake Superior College. In both cases, it was clear: the university is learning to respond to the community, and the faculty and students are committed to making the community a better place.

Where in Duluth? »

I went for a stroll on my lunch break and found PDD t-shirts for sale. Do you know where?

Winter at Wildwoods »

What a strange life–a deer in the garage, a raccoon in the basement, a juvenile crow in the aviary, and a whole flock of pigeons, recovering from a variety of issues, in the basement bathroom and spare room of Wildwoods.

Position Announcement: ARAC Grants Manager »

Please consider applying. (more…)

Duluth Humans of New York »

Somehow I missed that Duluth was mentioned on the popular Facebook Page, Humans of New York. Presently 3.2 million are fans of the page, which inspired a bestselling book of the same name. What can we learn about Duluthians in this post? We’re hardworkers who care about the women in our lives.

Ideology and Ambivalent Ethics and More »

I was lucky enough this week to attend the Pervert’s Guide to Ideology at the Zinema2 on Tuesday. It was a frustratingly joyous experience.


Floridian »

Peterson Anderson Flowers “had a little visitor come in with an antherium plant … all the way from Florida. We think it may be a Cuban Tree Frog. Thanks to the wonderful people at Wildwoods Rehab Center for taking on a Floridian!” FYI, an odd Duluth moment with Wildlife.

Wolf=Flow »

Rarely do I get to wear all three of my hats at the same time: faculty member, board member at a local wildlife non-profit, and board member with the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.  I got to wear two of three while I was with some folks at Zeitgeist yesterday.  I was dropping off some brochures about Wildwoods and met with folks from the Wolf=Flow exhibit.   (more…)

Porcupine in Need »

Via the founders of Wildwoods:

When we first got her yesterday morning, we thought she might die. She was found by the highway, likely hit by a car. Though she had no fractures, this porcupine looked just terrible.

Bobcats and Trapping and a Happy Ending »

Five weeks ago, a couple in northern Minnesota noticed that a bobcat on their property seemed to have part of a snare around his neck. They wanted to help, but weren’t sure what to do.


Matilda says: »

I’m assuming this has something to do with the tabletop games, but I’ve never played either. Just another addition to the random Duluth mention files…

Cold Weather = Danger for Homeless »

In recent weeks, several Duluthians experiencing homelessness have suffered severe frostbite that may require amputation. With more people homeless than any time in recent memory, and another brutal cold snap on the way, please help the Duluth Street Outreach Team keep folks safe.

Day after Christmas, I »

On the town after Christmas. My car needed work, so I dropped it at 4th Street Auto (discussed on PDD here) and decided to walk downtown from there — always fun.

Painting Similar to One at Duluth Coffee Company, by Ken Marunowski

Painting Similar to One at Duluth Coffee Company, by Ken Marunowski


Bye Bye Plaza »


Winter will be Hard: Wildwoods Retreats and Raccoon Relocation »