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Matt Ray – “We’ll be OK”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJfSFVSkaa0

Matt RayWDSE-TV’s The PlayList captures singer/songwriter Matt Ray performing “We’ll be OK.”

Selective Focus: Ann Klefstad

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Ann Klefstad is an artist who is definitely connected to this area, through her work across many mediums and by the writing, promotion and encouragement she’s given to the arts in our area.

AK: I work in sculpture, mostly, with some drawing, including ink and tar drawing on wood. My real “medium”, though, would be my subject matter. Over the years I’ve drawn closer and closer to doing only work that comes out of the ecosystem I’m in. I’m kind of a literalist, I guess. I love the forms of things, and so I use those forms, I try to learn them and come to know them by imitating them, like a kid learns.

PDD Quiz: Duluth Does Dylan


dylan festWant to celebrate Dylan? Here are some Dylan-related questions! Good luck, Dylan fans!

The next quiz will be out on May 29 and will be a review of May 2016. Send your questions and answers in to lawrence @ perfectduluthday.com by noon on Wednesday, May 25 to get them included.

Duluth-area Coffee Roasters

Brian Barber's Coffee BeansThe coffee industry has undergone significant changes in the past couple of decades, as an increasing number of specialty roasters enter the market. The Duluth area is now experiencing what some call the “third wave” of coffee. The first wave of coffee was about convenience and mass production (think instant coffee, like Folgers). The second wave of coffee involved the rise of franchises chains like Starbucks, where consumers were introduced to fresher and better quality beans and the experience of drinking in coffee shops.

PDD Quiz: April Fools

mr niceDuluth is home to some eccentric folks. How much do you know about your neighbors and their crazy pastimes? Let’s find out.

The next quiz will be on May 1 and it will be a review of everything that happened in Duluth in April. Well, 10 things. Yours could be one of them. Send your suggested questions (and answers) to lawrence @ perfectduluthday.com by noon on Wednesday, April 27.

Job openings at Hartley Nature Preschool

Hartley Nature PreschoolAre you looking for a job teaching young children outdoors in all seasons? Hartley Nature Preschool, a program of Hartley Nature Center, is expanding and hiring lead and assistant preschool teachers for full- and half-day preschool classes. A background in early childhood education and/or environmental education is preferred. Applications are due March 15. More information at hartleynaturepreschool.weebly.com/employment.

Rob Wittig and UMD Writing Studies students nominated for New Media Writing Prize

IWFW-LogoVisit “I Work for the Web” and learn about the New Media Writing Prize award nomination received by Rob Wittig and students in the Writing Studies majors and minors at UMD.

I am very proud of my students and colleagues.

Where in Duluth? Bathroom Edition

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How many of these five Duluth establishments can you identify just from their restroom signs? Hint:  all but one are from restaurants or bars. Click the thumbnails for a closer view.

They Aren’t Paid Enough to Be So Nice at This Time of Year: A Nod to Cashiers in the Holidays

Not the self-checkout at the Duluth Target, but I like it.

Not the self-checkout at the Duluth Target, but I like it

I was noting the new self-checkout at Target. I don’t like it. It feels like Wal-Mart, which is enough to make me never use it.  But beyond that irrational knee-jerk, it feels like Target would like to create a shopping experience in which I interact with no one whatsoever.  If I wanted that, I would shop at target.com. Which I do for things not carried at the Duluth Target. (I still can’t believe there will be only one Target in our area soon. Aldi will still draw me to Souptown, I guess.)

So I was really happy when I decided to try it today, and the coupon system stymied me, and a cashier walked over and hung out until I was happily rung through.  Human touch.

Shout out to St. Luke’s

Thanks to everyone over at St. Luke’s who helped me through my heart attack this past weekend. I came to the ER on Sunday morning and within minutes I was hooked up to a EKG and within hours had an emergency angioplasty with a stent. I was discharged the very next day! It was a close call, and I’m glad I went in as soon as I felt something was wrong. To the guys and gals at St. Luke’s: You guys rock! Have a happy holiday, you can bet I will!

Book Culture in the Twin Ports

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So today, I stopped by the Amazing Alonzo used bookshop. It was my second used bookstore adventure in two weeks, and it makes me think about book culture in the Twin Ports.

Lost cat in Chester Park area

Moses the CatMoses is a white cat with a grey patch on the top of his head. He is missing the tips of his ears.

He was last seen on Oct. 31 in the area of 20th Avenue East and Eighth Street, across from the Central Little League baseball fields. Moses is unfamiliar with this area and is likely hiding under a deck, shed, low-hanging hedge, wood pile or something similar.

If you find Moses, contact the owner at 763-458-3388 or email helpfindmosescat@gmail.com. Do not attempt to catch him. He is shy and terrified of new people.

Reward: $500.

Rink Relief: Episode 1

https://vimeo.com/142072633

Video by Rawlin Kessler shot at Rip Williams Memorial Rink at Chester Park.

There’s so much energy in us …

Last night the family unit and I made our way down to Bayfront to the Bridge Festival. As the night went on I started to think about where we live and why we live here. I moved here in 1985 and Duluth was, at that time, pretty much a cultural desert. There were few restaurants, virtually no original music to be found. You never saw people riding bicycles, you did not feel any sort of energy, other than that which came from the natural beauty.

Now you look at where we are. This is a truly special place to be. Is it perfect? No. Will it ever be perfect? I hope not. This community has been on a long journey. We have gone from a “Will the last person to leave, turn out the lights” era to a time when the community is bustling with energy.