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Yoga in Hartley Park

Hartley Nature Center Spring Yoga, two classes offered:

Thursday nights May 19 – June 23 at Hartley Nature Center (3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth)

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The Life of Riley – Sneak Preview

At long last, 4 Track Films is having a sneak preview of its latest feature length film, The Life of Riley. Come on down to the Zinema on Monday, June 13, and be the first to see the film. The Life of Riley not only shows off the beauty of Duluth and the North Shore, but also features many local (and a few from the Twin Cities) actors, technicians and designers. Also featuring homegrown music from Low, the Black-eyed Snakes, Charlie Parr, Haley Bonar, Mary Bue, the Alrights, the Very People, Cars & Trucks, the Keep Aways, Kathy McTavish, Crew Jones, Equal Xchange and Minnesota-grown Martin Zellar.

This screening will be a fundraiser to help us get a jump start on our festival circuit. $10 suggested donation with Q&A and informal reception afterward.

If you have any questions, please email Carrie at carrie @

Thanks for all your support!


Has anyone seen the little bear on Park Point? I first saw it last Saturday by the water pumping station. We surprised each other and ran our separate ways. Then today I was driving back from the Park Point Airport and saw him (?) again, at 41st Street, inspecting a garbage can. I pulled over to take a picture. He sort of hid in the shade on someone’s front stoop (!). The photo looks weird because I had to brighten it way up to make the bear visible.

How did this bear get onto the Point? How long has he been there? How old is he? He’s Newfoundland-sized. Will he swim to Wisconsin where the accommodations are less urban? Does the Park Point Community Club have a bear relocation program?

Go Anchor Bar!

Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Midwestern Hamburgers

#8 – Anchor Bar, Superior, Wisconsin
A superb bar burger, ground fresh from Angus chuck, and it’s the only place I have ever seen a full griddle of burgers manned at the lunch rush by a cook with a full cigarette of ash hanging out of his mouth and he never missed a beat. The clientele could care less as long as the burgers stay this good and the beer is cold.
413 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880-1048. (715) 394-9747

Support Amberwing in Memory of Kaj Mikko Mustonen!

Consider donating to the Amberwing project and wear a shirt Grandma’s weekend in memory of Kaj Mikko Mustonen! Follow the link to learn how you can be a part of this great project!

Support Amberwing in Memory of Kaj!

Where in Duluth?

I guess that would make this “Schindler’s Lift.”

Duluth real estate lawyer suggestions

I’m looking for suggestions for local lawyers who specialize in real estate law. Neighbor problems at a property line (what can and can’t be done, etc.), not contracts for buying and selling.

Thanks for any help!

Birthday Suits and the Low Forms — Friday 5/20 at Lake Avenue Cafe

Birthday Suits are a killer two-piece punk band from the Twin Cities, taking a break from their busy touring schedule to come up north for an exciting evening this Friday at Lake Avenue Cafe. The Low Forms, an up-and-coming Duluth rock group, will open the show. This will be a good one for sure.


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Spring flowers: Where they are … and where they aren’t

The woods of Duluth are starting to fill in with flowers, like bloodroot (above). Warm spring sun is finally reaching the forest floor, and the wildflowers are responding in kind, sending their leaves and flowers up for a brief but raucous period of color, pollination and photosynthesis.

I had a great flower walk on Sunday off of Skyline Drive on the Superior Hiking Trail by Bardon Peak. Photos and directions are on my blog.

Then this morning I thought I’d find another field of flowers in the woods of UMD’s Bagley Nature Area. It’s a sugar maple forest just like Bardon Peak. But there were virtually no wildflowers, just one lone wood anemone. What’s up with that?

More places around Duluth you could look for spring wildflowers:

  • Superior Hiking Trail between Keene Creek and Haines Road.
  • Jay Cooke State Park
  • Hartley Nature Center ski trails

Any other suggestions, all you nature geeks out there?

Duluth Master Bread & Arco Billboards

Back in December, the subject of the old Master Bread billboard came up in the thread about the Peerless Auto Body fire.

I’m guessing that’s the reason this showed up in my e-mail:

Does anyone know where the Master Bread billboard with the moving slices of bread coming out of the package ended up? Or, the Arco Coffee billboard with the steaming coffee being poured into the pot?

The e-mail is from former Duluthian Wayne L. Anderson.

Is anyone out there holding on to these collector’s items, or can someone confirm they were destroyed?

Where in Duluth?

I will admit, this one is tricky.

National Trails Day at Enger Tower

Celebrate National Trails on June 4 from 10-2pm and help reconstruct a portion of the Superior Hiking Trail and City of Duluth trails at Enger Tower and Park and Central Park below Skyline Parkway. No experience is needed, equipment provided. All ages welcome. For more info: jgibbs @ or 218-269-4712.

Hans “No Way” Rey Will Attend the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail Grand Opening

From June 10 to 12, Hans Rey will be visiting and riding the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail Grand Opening in Crosby, Minnesota! The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be cutting the ribbon for the Grand Opening of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Bike Trail Network. The world trials champion and extreme rider Hans “No Way” Rey will ride the stunning new 30-mile mountain bike trail.

Abandoned by mining companies more than 20 years ago, the Cuyuna State Recreation Area offers the finest mountain biking within the Midwest. It is home to astonishing mountain bike single-track trails. Beginner, intermediate, and expert trails follow along the sides of 200-foot slag piles overlooking 500-foot deep crystal clear mine pools.

Hans Rey is not only a multiple Trials National and World Champion, he is one of the pioneers of Trials and Extreme Mountain Biking. Hans earned recognition with his jump over a car on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, his volcano dance in Hawaii, his under water bungee jump, and his Machu Picchu Adventure. He was also a part of the 1996 Olympic Games by performing in the Extreme Sports Act in front of 3.5 billion viewers in the Olympic Closing Ceremonies. Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is hosting Hans Rey for the event. Ruttger’s is the official lodging sponsor of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.

Random Questions

  1. Where can I get a fresh House of Donuts style donut? I’m craving one something fierce.
  2. Are there any flea markets in the area? I used to love going to the one in Superior until it went up in a big toxic poof of smoke.
  3. Is anyone else having problems with the PDD comments RSS feed? I’m not seeing new comments and am wondering if it’s just a problem with my reader.
  4. Are there any local artists who create palladium jewelry?
  5. What weird or interesting new thing did you learn today?

Thanks for your time! Now back to your regularly scheduled PDD.

Free Tour and Talk

“Esther Bubley: On Assignment”
Free Tour and Talk
Tuesday, May 17, 5:30pm
Duluth Art Institute Depot Galleries

The Duluth Art Institute just opened a retrospective of the work of Esther Bubley, a golden age photojournalist who worked for Life, Look, Ladies Home Journal and happened to grow up in Superior, Wisconsin. Come hear about her life and career from Teddie Meronek of the Douglas County Historical Society and Superior Public Library. Free and open to the public.

2011 Youth Outdoor EXPO

Saturday, May 21, 9am-2pm
Youth ages 7-15 (and parents) are invited to join Hartley Nature Center and the McCabe Duluth Chapter of the Izaak Walton League for this annual free event. Activities include bird banding, birdhouse building, laser hunting simulation, fly tying and casting, and more. Youth receive a free Subway sandwich and Cold Stone ice cream. Participants must pre-register by calling 724-6735.

Summer Ski Suggestions

I’ve got some business travel set up for Northern Colorado and Utah in late June.  Any suggestions for a resort which may still be running lifts?  Ideally, I’d like to find something open during the week of 20 June.  Arapahoe Basin is open until the 19ththat’s the latest I’ve been able to find.  Also – suggestions on renting gear verses checking or shipping?  Seems that for a two day junket – one is better off just renting from the shop.

Dandelion Time in Duluth

I’ve finally started noticing dandelions blooming over the past week (perhaps it’s been longer – I’m slow).  I want to try my hand at making some dandelion wine this year, but I don’t have my own yard to pick them in.  I was wondering if anyone knew a good place (or several good places) to find dandelions to pick?  I need places that absolutely have not been sprayed with any kind of weed killer, and hopefully aren’t frequented by dogs.

Thanks in advance!