Jim Carlson is running for President?

Is this part of the Zombie Apocalypse?

News From MPLS

Just Take Action (Brewhouse, Tycoons, et al.) to open a Brewhouse-esque restaurant in the old Trocaderos in MPLS.

Anoka County said FU to the Northern Lights Express. Paid executives of the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance are just stunned.

Broken car windows — 3:30 a.m. 6/12 — Lakeside

I heard that several cars had windows smashed early this morning, on/near Colorado Avenue in Lakeside.

Do you know these people?

From Craigslist today: (http://duluth.craigslist.org/for/3068327775.html)

Found 1GB memory card in a purse from Goodwill. Do you know these people? I thought that they might want their pictures back.

Look what I found!!

Yes, friends, (perhaps I’m the last to know, but) they’re here. Are other people seeing these nasties? I saw this one downtown last week. Are there other sightings? This could be fun! Who wants to plot the push-pin map? Tent caterpillar hotdish recipes??

Lost Shelti Collie in West Duluth

Lost our Sheltie Collie around Denfeld area Sunday around noon. Her name is Ella. She is wearing a pink collar with tags and is microchipped. She is very timid and shy. Please call 590-6894. I will post picture when I figure out how to.

Local Chocolate?

I’m in a bit of a quandary; I’m hoping y’all can help!

Long story short, I need to send a gift to a friend overseas. My go-to gift is baked goods — her normal present was gluten-free banana bread. But my friend recently developed a fructose intolerance along with both lactose and gluten intolerances (oh, the horror, right?) That means the bananas in the banana bread are right out.

That leaves me with very limited options. What I’d really like to find is some locally made chocolate, the darker the better. Does anyone know a local store (within MN and WI, anyway) that makes delicious dark chocolate that would survive being shipped to Germany? Or, does anyone have any better ideas on things to send?

I’d appreciate any help I can get!

This week: books, a sing-along and 26.2 miles


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

It’s like a literary Easter egg hunt! The Duluth Public Library Annual Book Sale begins Tuesday and goes through Friday. Break out those elbow pads and queue up.

Sing-along with Dr. Horrible and Buffy at the Joss Whedon Sing-along at the Zinema 2 on Wednesday.

Maria Bamford comes home to Duluth this week and performs at Mitchell Auditorium on Thursday, but you can also see her hobnobbing with Jeff Anderson at a fundraiser on Tuesday at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe.

And, oh hey, so this next weekend there’s this quaint little foot race going on. Grandma’s Marathon runs this Saturday, so pull out your lawn chairs and renew your acquaintances with your pals who live on London Road. You can head down to the Big Top in Canal Park for music Friday and Saturday by Haley Bonar, G. B. Leighton, Retribution Gospel Choir and more.

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

Duluth changes school hours

Why oh why are they changing the elementary school start time to 7:45? I have a son in the autistic spectrum, and getting him to class by this years start time of 9:15 has a challenge!

They now dismiss at 2:15! Great news for us working parents out there. I just got my work schedule to work with the “old” hours and now I have to change everything once again.

I am rapidly losing confidence in the Duluth School Board. Red plans, selling buildings for $1, then raising taxes, and now this.

Rethinking “Incidents”

The show at the Duluth Photography Institute, by Kip Praslowicz, reminds me of how many filters I bring to the viewing of photography. I look at some of these images and I feel like I have seen life caught in action — akin to the Muybridge photos that helped us understand what photography could see that painting could not. I look at others and think: the people in the shot have paused for the creation of art. The photos, in the second case, are closer to portraiture.

Of course, photography allows for both: for the capture of life in motion and for the collaboration with life for the production of art. I’m not just sure I’m used to seeing both kinds of photos in a single exhibition.

But seeing them together like this reminds me of my own perceptual filters. Being reminded of them, I experience art differently than I might, otherwise, and for that, I am grateful to Praslowicz and to the DPI.

More on Praslowicz here:


David, Still Ill

PDD Poll: Liquor on Sunday

Let’s see how and if the PDD community’s opinion varies from the more general opinion of Minnesotans discussed in this post from last week.

Do you support or oppose allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota?

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“Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek

I just bought and read Proctor native Scott Jurek’s new book “Eat and Run” and really enjoyed it. As you may know Scott is a dominant athlete in the weird world of ultramarathons and has won many major 50, 100, 135 and 150 mile foot races world wide. He also changed from a backwoods meat-and-potato childhood diet to become a vegan and world-class athlete. His story is an amazing journey of a person who really applies himself and finds the will to complete and win distances most of us cannot imagine running. The book is not an ego trip, preachy, nor attacks omnivores, but rather relates his story and personal thoughts about training, running and racing and the positive effects of a plant-based diet. He includes simple vegan recipes in each chapter.

I met Scott years ago but do not know him, but central to the book is Dusty Olson, who inspired, taught and trained Scott to race and who also paced him in the last 50 miles of many of his major wins. Dusty is often misunderstood and underrated by most people in our community. Scott’s words about Dusty, though often hilarious, will shed more insight to Dusty’s overlooked and misunderstood character and his amazing athletic abilities. Doctor Proctor from Positively Third Street bakery and other local characters are also included in his book.

If you are not a runner or vegan, you will still enjoy this book. If you are either, you will enjoy it even more. It is a fun and inspiring autobiography and I recommend reading it.

Eat and Run

Bernie Larsen & Alan Sparhawk — “Bottomless”

How “Bikeable” is Duluth?

…more than you might expect, according to the folks who stopped by our bike station at Lake and Superior on Bike to Work Day a couple of weeks ago.


Hat Making for Everybody

Hey there lords and ladies of the craft! There’s a new series of hat workshops about to blossom. I’ll be starting a second series of beginning hat classes on Tuesday, June 19, from 6-7:30. There will be 6 weeks to the course.