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Lake Superior Barrels Project Blog

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has started a project blog for its investigation into the Lake Superior barrels. The site lakesuperiorbarrels.wordpress.com will be used to update the public during the field work this summer.

Duluth National Citizen Survey 2012

The results of the Duluth National Citizen Survey are now available. Click here to open the PDF.

The report provides the opinions of a representative sample of residents about community quality of life, service delivery, civic participation and unique issues of local interest.

  • 78 percent of respondents felt the quality of life in Duluth was “excellent” or “good.”
  • 56 percent of respondents felt Duluth was headed in the right direction.
  • 72 percent rated Duluth’s image or reputation as “excellent” or “good.”

Summer bicycle and pedestrian count

On July 25, Duluth’s bicyclists and pedestrians in the Duluth Hillside area will be counted. The Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council are collaborating on the effort. From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., volunteers will be out counting and surveying pedestrians and bikers at five locations. Volunteers are still needed, and people can sign up through the registration survey.

City offers low interest loans to replace flood-damaged furnaces and water heaters

Comfort Systems, the utility provider in the city of Duluth, is offering a low-interest Home Energy Loan program for victims of the Northland Flash Flood who may need to replace furnaces, water heaters, or insulation in walls due to flood damage. The program offers low monthly payments, energy and costs savings for participants, and a low interest rate of 4.99%.

Scrap Metal

Where does one sell scrap metal in Duluth? What’s the going price of copper per pound?

Duluth Motorcycle Mechanic?

Where do I find a good motorcycle mechanic in Duluth? I found an old PDD post on the subject, but the one guy named in it is having health problems.

RIP Tom Davis

Tom Davis died of cancer today. New York Times Article

Sample Ballot for 2012 Duluth Primary

There is less than a month to get the candidates straight for the Minnesota State and St. Louis County Primary Election on Aug. 14.

The ballot below is for the western part of Duluth, where District 3 County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg is up for re-election. If you live on the eastern side of town, you’ll instead vote in the District 2 race between incumbent Steve O’Neil and challenger Becky Hall. And if you live in the far, far west of town — out in Fond du Lac — you’ll vote in the District 5 race between incumbent Peg Sweeney and challenger Pete Stauber.

There is also a Minnesota House District 7A primary on the eastern side of Duluth between between DFL incumbent Tom Huntley and challenger Brandon Clokey.

When we get to November, there will be more local races on the ballot … in addition to a little office you may have heard of called the President of the United States.

Bring back bricks!

I know the city has a lot on its hands right now, but this decision was made pre-flood. Maybe a fraction of a percent of rebuilding money can go toward buying a couple of bricks, because this looks awful.

Video: Trampled by Turtles on Late Late Show performing “Walt Whitman”

Trampled by Turtles has appeared once again on national television, joining comedian Ray Romano as guests on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on July 18 to perform the song “Walt Whitman.”

Bound: A Photography Exhibit Campaign

In July of 2011, Justin Sinks put together his first public showing of Bound. Even though it was 15 pieces and only took up half of the gallery, it was, according to Brian Rauvola, owner of the Duluth Photography Institute, “one of the biggest events the DPI had that year.”

His project experienced a set back due to flood damage at Lizzard’s Art Gallery in Duluth. It’s where he normally gets his photos mounted for shows. They are a wonderful local shop that do great work for a very good price. Due to the flood, their equipment was badly damaged and it doesn’t look like they will be able to repair or replace it any time soon. Now, he’s desperately looking for another place that can help him out without charging an arm and a leg on his original projected Kickstarter budget. There is only two days left to reach his pledge goal to be funded!

Please consider checking out his Kickstarter and donating to his amazing show and/or attending the event on August 3 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Wildwoods at Cruise a Palooza

Wildwoods Rehabilitation was at Cruise A Palooza last Friday just off Central Entrance. The Great Lakes Aquarium (our partners in many projects) joined us with some herpetological critters for kiddies to meet, greet, and pet.

New Nerd Haven: Rogue Robot

Games, comics and action figures are available at Rogue Robot Comics and Games, which celebrated their grand opening last week.

On Slow Motion

The Slow Motion exhibit at Prøve was a puzzler for me, initially. The pieces were, as always, dynamic and transformative.