Grand Cliffs Salon

The “Grand Cliffs Salon” lettering was hung last night. I didn’t have time to stop and ask questions, but apparently the Clifford Johnson legacy will continue in some form.

Duluth vs. Superior

On almost every point, Superior suffers by comparison. Duluth has 90,000 inhabitants; Superior has 30,000. Duluth has some of the most impressive nineteenth-century architecture in the Midwest; Superior is famous for asphalt shingles and insulbrick. Duluth is known for first-rate medical facilities; Superior has an oil refinery. Duluth has Spirit Mountain and a ski jump; Superior is flat as a turkey platter. Superior is clearly inferior to Duluth, but if you like an underdog, you have to love that town across the harbor. I sure do.

–Barton Sutter, from “Sister City,” an essay in his book Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map

Watch out for trail-head thieves

I noticed a lot of broken glass last summer at trail-head parking lots, and last Friday I arrived at the parking lot at 123rd Ave. W. (Ely’s Peak, Munger Trail, Superior Hiking Trail) to meet a few folks who just had their car robbed.

So here’s your reminder to hide your valuables before leaving your vehicle and hitting the trails, unless you’re on a stakeout and plan to finally nab this punk (or these punks) in the act.

Lost Fedora in the Garden of the Plaza

Below is the text from an interesting Craiglist ad posted today.

You left me… – w4m (Downtown Duluth)
Date: 2012-06-05, 2:49PM

Me: Fedora laying in the garden of the Plaza on the corner of 5th Avenue West and Superior Street.

You: Wandering around with an outfit that is probably a mess without me. YOU HEARD ME. You’re a MESS without me.

Blue Laws are Stupid, post #6

According to the latest poll by Public Policy Polling, Minnesotans continue to be in strong support of allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays.

Do you support or oppose allowing Sunday liquor sales?
Support …… 59%
Oppose ……. 27%
Not sure ….. 14%

There’s a bipartisan consensus on the issue with Democrats supporting it 61/22, Republicans 46/38, and independents 68/23. The only group that doesn’t support it is elected officials.

Lost: Black cat with blue scar in right eye

I think my sweet cat Patrick accidentally got out last night at 9:30 p.m. I haven’t seen him since. If you see him around 17th Avenue East and Jefferson Street, within a mile radius, please let me know! He has a blue collar (or had when he got out), is declawed, and has a blue scar in the lower part of his right eye. Please call 218-590-1136 or email heidibagley @ yahoo.com with any information, thanks!

Duluth’s Mayor Ness: Cooler by the lake

“Duluth’s youthful chief executive is bringing fresh energy and, yes, a sense of hipness to the port city.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Duluth’s Mayor Ness: Cooler by the lake

Jambox – Tune it in

My 14-year old told me about this this weekend as we were walking the dog around the neighborhood. “There’s a video of a guy snowboarding off this wall, then down into the creek and into that tunnel.” We got an e-mail at PDD headquarters this morning with this link, sure enough, the last shot is just as my kid described. Produced by local clothing company Jambox and filmed at familiar sites all over Duluth.

This week: southern drawls, kilts and gyros


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Tuesday the 30th season of Chester Creek Concerts kicks off with McKinnis’ Kitchen.

Two plays by Tennessee Williams, Summer and Smoke and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, open this week at the Teatro Zuccone. Williams wrote Summer and Smoke first, but wasn’t satisfied with it, so rewrote the same basic story in Nightingale. The Renegade Theater Company is presenting both in repertory fashion and lets you decide.

Goodbye, Blue Skies, an exhibit of work by Emma Rustan, opens at the Washington Gallery on Friday.

On Saturday you can Walk for Animals with Animal Allies down at Bayfront and you can get your gyro fix at Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church’s annual fundraiser.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know!

Dogs looking for homes

My photo partner and I are filming a documentary on animal cruelty in Alabama. We have two weeks of filming left before we head back to Duluth, at which point we hope to bring dogs and puppies back with us to be adopted in the Northland. If you are looking to adopt, please let us know. There are countless animals looking for good homes. We will be documenting their journey from Alabama to Duluth to represent a happy ending to their less fortunate life in the south.

Contact David Cowardin at 218.290.7209.

More about the documentary here.

Dibiki Giizis – The Moon – Seeking local music

Usually I work in early childhood family education but for the summer I am returning to one of my first great loves, radio. I actually wrote about WGZS-FM Dibiki Giizis in this post from several months ago. For the summer anyway I will be hosting and producing some music and public affairs programming on the station mainly during the weekends. Right now the station is still in ramp-up mode, broadcasting at about 70% power and in FM Mono. The schedule is 9-4 pm on weekdays and 9-2 on weekends. Eventually it will be in 100,000 watt FM Stereo and 24 hours a day.

We are interested in adding an extensive, thorough library of local music. We would consider “local” music to be from any artists who live in, (or share a deep connection to) our corner of Turtle Island: Lake Superior, the North Shore and the lake country of Minnesota, northern Wisconsin & Michigan and southwest Ontario. The music needn’t be brand spanking new, but we aren’t running turntables so these locals albums are probably out of the running at least for now.

Send your clearly labeled CDs to:

Local Music
49 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55744

Suggestions of tracks that may be more accessible to a diverse audience that includes young children and elders would be most helpful. When there is time we will also make an effort to announce upcoming shows and we would love to have artists come in and perform live in the studio. Email to WGZS (at) Fdlrez (dot) com or post in the comments below.

Miigwech, JP aka wildgoose

UPDATE: I forgot to mention before. Please “Like” WGZS-FM on facebook to stay up-to-date on programming and developments. It also helps us to gauge the pulse and sentiments of our audience Also, if you have community-oriented news or announcements that you would like shared on the air you can email them or send us a message on facebook. Use “announcements” in the subject line.

“Duties” by Dead Guys

duties cover art

Last night Dead Guys released their debut EP, “Duties,” and it is now available as a free download at deadguys.bandcamp.com. Dead Guys is a local trio akin to early White Stripes and the Black Keys where raw rock meets gritty blues.

If you like what you hear, we’ll be appearing at Tycoons on Saturday, June 16, after Grandma’s Marathon alongside Dirty Horse.

James and Younger’s New Album

James and Younger have finally finished their album — Sleep in the Sea. It’s available for download at jamesandyounger. bandcamp.com. CDs will be available soon as well. Please support local music and the people who make it.

Vocals: Rochelle Luoma
Drums: Chad Amborn, Ethan Thompson and Jeramie Olson
Keys, vocals and percussion: George Elsworth
Guitar, vocals percussion: Nate Mattson
Bass: Ethan Thompson

Darin Bergsven – Out of Nowhere

A video shot while Darin Bergsven was recording his CD at Sacred Heart this spring. The CD will be available at shows, and he’s playing tomorrow morning, June 3, 10:30 am at Luce.


I moved to Duluth from St. Paul in 1999. My work allows me to travel all over the world. I’ve been to 31 States in the U.S. and 40 countries around the world. Duluth, I’ve noticed, has an almost unique trait that I can’t seem to figure out. The only other place I’ve seen this is Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I wanted to add a picture but didn’t want to impose on someone’s privacy. The unique trait is the many people that wear pajama bottoms as pants in public. What is with that? I actually find it endearing. Perhaps a sign of lack of vanity, or a sign of self confidence. Perhaps a dash of poverty and lack of pretension? I’m not sure. Can anyone explain the pajama bottoms as public apparel in Duluth thing?