“Art for our Wild Woods”

Kate and I attended the benefit for Wildwoods Rehabilitation: “Art for our Wild Woods,” organized by Caroline Sneve Routley, April 22, 2012. Kate volunteers for Wildwoods, and I get suckered in once and a while.

Local Snowboarding Company Jambox

A teaser for Jambox shred gears snowboard team.


Roller Dames First Loss of the Season

Last night, the Harber City Roller Dames earned their first loss of the season against Fargo.


What do the Cult, Bruce Springsteen, Garbage, Katy Perry, Coldplay and Run DMC have in common?

They were all available in special, limited edition releases for Record Store Day at Vinyl Cave.

World Book Night is coming up

World Book Night USA will be celebrated on Monday, April 23, which is also William Shakespeare’s birthday. On World Book Night, thousands of people all across the USA will give away free copies of one of 30 titles. That’s right, free books. It’s all part of an international effort to promote print books and literacy and reading.

Last year’s first World Book Night, held in the UK, was by all reports, fabulous. So, if someone like Ann Klefstad or hbh1 or myself walks up to you Monday evening and hands you a book, you know why. I’ll be giving away free copies of A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick in both Supetown and in Duluth, as it is set in northern Wisconsin and the place itself is so much a part of the plot. Here’s an article former Duluthian Laurie Hertzel wrote about World Book Night USA.

I’d like to point out that Carl Lennertz, the big cheese at World Book Night headquarters in NYC, told Hertzel that one of his “top five favorite applications” to be a World Book Night giver was from a Duluth, Minn. cabbie! Ramos, was it you?

Lake Avenue Café named “Best Restaurant Worth the Drive” by City Pages

City Pages‘ “Best of the Twin Cities” issue came out on Wednesday. Lake Avenue Café in Duluth took honors for “Best Restaurant Worth the Drive.”

Brushing, Spring-time cleaning of medium yard, four hours

Looking for help with some weed whacking, machete, brush cleaning and disposal. One time only for four hours of medium/light brushing, disposal or bagging. Have gallery-quality ceramics to trade, or cash.

Duluthish internet meme on the loose: “If Planet of the Apes Were Made in MN”

*Note: I couldn’t find the designer or provenance with any certainty. Here are the candidates. Please share if you know where to find and credit the designer and heck, maybe buy him a root beer!

Looking for a Yarn Bomber

We have a project and are in need of a Yarn Bomber. Please email jill @ lolldesigns.com if you are up for the challenge.

‘Where is Duluth?’

I stumbled upon an interesting Duluth factoid, courtesy of the Futility Closet:

In 1871 the House of Representatives was considering subsidizing railroads to serve the Midwest, including tiny Duluth, Minn. Kentucky representative J. Proctor Knott rose, produced a bucket of sarcasm…

Yet, sir, had it not been for this map, kindly furnished me by the Legislature of Minnesota, I might have gone down to my obscure and humble grave in an agony of despair, because I could nowhere find Duluth. Had such been my melancholy fate, I have no doubt that with the last feeble pulsation of my breaking heart, with the last faint exhalation of my fleeting breath I should have whispered, ‘Where is Duluth?’

Little did he know that Duluth was destined for greatness thanks in part to its railroad. Full speech here (along with annotated laugh track): The Kentucky Anthology

Gallery Progressive

I only got to four sites in the Gallery Progressive, because I stopped to listen to the pickup group of musicians at Carmody on Thursday. Only recently did I learn that they now serve Real Food, including sliders and hot dogs of five varieties, which solves an age old problem. We can sit, enjoy the tunes, and relax.

Among the sites I visited, Friends of Industry was the site where art was most alive — art was being created as we speak.

Friends of Industry

Repurposed Duluth Day: Art in the Alley

[This article is the last in a five-part series profiling local dealers of used goods, in all their rich variety. Others in the series: North Shore Architectural AntiquesSellers AuctionRetro AntiquesCentral Sales.]

Tami LaPole Edmunds walks through her store and points out every piece of art, commenting and describing with passion.

“Those are just old castaway lamps, but you repaint the shade and it’s fabulous,” she says.

When the CD in the background begins skipping loudly she goes to its rescue, but she can’t help stopping to point out some jewelry while the jarring noise continues.

Art in the Alley
Art in the Alley is located across from the Red Mug in Superior.

Does anybody know the history behind the Homegrown Chicken as a mascot?

Don’t get me wrong, the Chicken is cool, but I still don’t understand how it became the mascot. If anybody has any insight into this historical mystery, let me know.

Ted Nugent and Dogsledding

Reading of yet another rant by Nugent at a political rally (and an NRA gathering is a political rally) gave me a quick return to a recent trip. I spent my honeymoon in Quebec City early in January 2011. (Note: if you ever get the chance this is a great city to visit and is somewhat Duluthian in history and character.) But for a day trip my wife and I did a day long dogsled outing. We got to ride and have a driver slide us over the meadows and through the woods. It was quiet enough to carry on a conversation with the driver.

My driver was a recent college grad who had taken a political science class in his last semester where they were able to use the 2010 U.S. elections as real-time case studies. I will never forget being deep in the woods in the Quebec woods with snow sifting through the trees and having this young man exclaim “we could not believe that you (Americans) would have a political candidate pose with a gun to promote his campaign.”

When we got back to our hotel we saw the news that Gabby Giffords had been shot in Arizona.

From gun control to climate change there is a huge percentage of Americans who are motivated by fear of losing guns, rights, money, freedoms.

Maybe the more we can educate our neighbors about how this country is viewed by the outside world, like a sled-dog driver in Quebec, the sooner we can put fear behind us.

Park Point Rental

I’m seeking a responsible roommate to share a beach house on the lake side of Park Point. Great kitchen, off-street parking, on-site laundry, internet. $485+ utilities (avg $65pp summer, adj with season). One-year lease. Available June 1. Call 218.349.9800 for details and showing.