Chester Park and Creek

Chester Creek Damage

Shots from Duluth Outdoors

We are trying to put something together to have fun/fundraise/organize for flood damage. The problem is so huge that it’s hard to know how to attack but we are thinking Chester Creek and Park since we are named after that. The damage there is significant and federal money will need to be applied for. This event would be more for seed money to apply for grants and do some immediate chainsawing and so forth.

We are thinking the weekend of July 21st and putting up a tent in the vacant lot at the corner of 19th Ave East and East 8th or maybe in our parking lot. Thinking music, food, beer and wine tastings and maybe a home made slip ‘n’ slide down 19th Ave.

Contact us if you are interested.

Chester Creek Cafe


Chester Park Dam

The dam at Chester Bowl washed away with the storm, taking canoeing programs with it. Director of the Chester Park Improvement Club, Thom Storm, said without the dam skiing programs could also see challenges.

Watch the video

Lost in Lester! Black Mountain Hardware jacket with sunglasses in the breast pocket

Help me lower my record of losing 2 pairs of aviators and 2 Mountain Hardware jackets to only 1 pair of aviators and 1 Mountain Hardware jacket!

My wife and I were helping out with the Congdon Park Cougar Chase at Lester Park earlier this month and I seem to have hung my jacket on a tree, with my sunglasses in the breast pocket so I couldn’t lose them.  Oops.  It was a black mens Mountain Hardware softshell, medium or large, I honestly can’t remember and a pair of gold legit ’80s Ray-Bans.

We were at one of the trail-heads on Seven Bridges Rd If it helps.

Thanks all. My fault, I’m dumb, but I miss my jackets and glasses

Disaster Vultures Have Arrived

I just got the first call from someone trying to cash in on the disaster. Claimed he wasn’t trying to sell something and was just calling in light of the recent flooding in the area. (Right, that is why you are making cold calls.) “Brad’s tree and stump service” offering free estimates. I don’t see this business in the local directory and the number comes up from a cell phone and the name James Macgregor. We are on the freakin Do Not Call List, and our phone has an option that gives a message saying we do not accept calls from solicitors and you must dial one to get through if you are not selling anything. This person must have hit the one to bypass the filter. I would suggest we all be careful of unsolicited help and hire local! This is disgusting!

Duluth Tap Water

Does anyone know the situation regarding drinking tap water in Duluth/Superior are the flooding? Have there been any advisories regarding contamination?

Drying out

Compared to many people, our house wasn’t hit too bad by the flood. But our living room was flooded, the floor messed up, and more than 100 children’s books, some of which I’m quite sentimental about, were soaked. Today, I’m hopeful that they’ll dry out enough to keep. As we looked through them, I saw this one in the mix. Hopefully, it will dry out, too.

Flood Vid

Rhubarb re-do

The rhubarb for CHUM’s Rhubarb Festival was destroyed in the flood, so they’re looking for donations of more immediately. If you have some to donate, drop it off at First Lutheran Church, 11th Ave. E. & London Road today.

The 8th annual Rhubarb Festival is June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Show me the way

Has anyone from Duluth driven to Minneapolis in the past 12 hours? They are saying I-35 is out from Hwy 210 (Carlton) to Mahtowa. But what’s a good alternate route? If the interstate is a mess, I can’t imagine what county roads and highways are viable options. I need to be in St Paul by 2 p.m. — help. I was thinking 210 west to 73 south… but 73 west of Moose Lake is closed. Gahhh.  What about Highway 61 south?  I’m not trusting the DOT 511 Page because it’s not totally in line with what recent news is telling me.

Burrito Union tonight

Were any of you there tonight from 5:30-7:30? I had a feeling some PDD people were there…but don’t know what you look like…!


Now can we talk about greening up some of these vast swaths of concrete? Let the rainwater seep into the ground instead of running down the streets, pooling in the parking lots?

Flooding in Duluth and North Shore

Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day. PDD wants to go outside and play.

With 6 – 8 inches of rain in the last 18 hours flooding in Duluth and the surrounding area has caused serious problems for everyone. With more rain on the way things are probably going to get worse before they get better. I have been personally fighting a flooding basement, but feel fortunate that is all I have had to deal with.  I am wondering if now is the time to start building an ark?

Post your Duluth Flood 2012 pictures and videos in the comments!

Associated Press: Major flooding in northeastern Minnesota has closed roads, Duluth city hall and a university campus and has authorities recommending emergency travel only.

Steady, torrential rain has closed Interstate 35 and downtown tunnels in Duluth. Police say sinkholes and washouts have made travel dangerous. Residents of the Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth are being asked to leave their homes because of the rising St. Louis River.

Tischer Creek – 6:30am


“Worse than 1971″ Duluth Hillside, Cascade Park Flooding 2012

My elder neighbor Shirley says that this is “Worse than 1971.”

*Update: Actually that flood was in 1972 Lake Voice News has this story and pics from 1972 hillside floods.

Lake Ave and 5th on Wednesday Morning. Stay home, all but impassable.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEtS4tey9PY

1st Ave W between 5th and Cascade St


Cascade Unity Mural (my vid is too big for upload, I guess but here’s a snapshot.)

Duluth Junk Hunt

A fun way to kill a couple hours this weekend.  North Shore Architectural Antiques will be there with wide range of materials, including ceiling tin, hardware, windows, etc.