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When in Duluth? Downtown Waterfront Interim Report

I was trying to find an old photograph last week and I did not find what I was looking for but I did find something that only a history nerd, Duluth loving, public space adoring, Lake Superior worshiping kid like me would appreciate. So naturally I am posting images here as best I can.

Several images after the jump, so you might not want to try this over dial up or on your smartphone, and if anyone knows how to ge the full image in a downloadable PDF or another handier document type, knock yourself out. I’d love that.

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Public input needed to prioritize parks and trail needs. Meetings scheduled.

The public is invited to attend public meetings which will solicit citizens’ opinions on city park and trail priorities.  The meetings will be held 6-7:30 PM on the following dates;

Wednesday, June 22 at the Central Hillside Community Center located at 12 E. 4Fourth St.

Thursday, June 23 at the Duluth Heights Community Center located at 33 W. Mulberry St.

Tuesday, June 28 at the Portman Community Center located at 4601 McCulloch St.

Wednesday, June 29 at the Morgan Park Community Center located at 1242 88th Ave. W.

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Skyline: The Pride of Every Duluthian

The recent post “Lost Dog at Lakeside Super One,” which reunited Jessica with her sweet and crazy dog Marley, ended up spinning off into a discussion about the Lakeside neighborhood and it’s history/boundaries/etc.

While pondering that, PDD’s Fairy Research Spy unearthed this June 30, 1907 Duluth News Tribune article about the ongoing development of Skyline Parkway. (Of course, it wasn’t called “Skyline” until 1929.)

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“reLeaf Duluth” Tree Planting Party!

The city of Duluth seeks volunteer tree planters for its “reLeaf Duluth” program.  Sunday, June 26, 2-5 PM. Meet at Portland Square at the corner of 11th Ave. E. and E. Fourth St. No experience needed, all ages welcome! Training provided by city of Duluth staff and Louise Levy, certified arborist and tree care advisor. For more info contact jgibbs @ or 218-730-4308 or 218-269-4712.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Join the American Cancer Society at this year’s Duluth Relay for Life at Bayfront Park on July 22.

The event beings at 5:30pm and continues until 6am the following morning.  Join us for the opening ceremonies at 6:15pm, the Luminaria lighting at 9:15 or check out Mynx performing from 8-9pm!  There will be food for sale, a climbing wall and Japanese Restorative Therapy sessions.  Come out and support your local American Cancer Society!

2011 Relay For Life of Duluth

Eighth Birthday Party Announcement and Other PDD-related Matters

Next Wednesday, June 29, is Perfect Duluth Day’s eighth birthday. As usual, we are having a little get-together, and as usual we are inviting you all, as frightening as that might seem.

So swing on by the Burrito Union next Wednesday in the vague window of 8:30 to 10 p.m. or so. There will be no program or live music or plan to get people drunk and sell them condos; it’s just our annual opportunity to meet in person and shoot the breeze with the folks who put the P in our double-D.

In addition, yours truly will be a guest on “The Local” with Christine Dean next week, celebrating PDD’s birthday by playing songs with “Duluth” in the lyrics or title. That’s Wednesday, June 29, 5 p.m., on 103.3 FM KUMD.

By the way, we should probably let you all know what’s up with some of the technical weirdness PDD intermittently experienced in recent weeks. Here are the boring details:

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Aurora Baer @ Lake Ave 6/22/11

Aurora Baer

Join us at Lake Ave Wednesday for a free show, June 22 at 10pm as we present Aurora Baer.

Duluth Hillside Plan Review Forums

On June 9, NHS Duluth, Duluth LISC, and City of Duluth Community Development staff held a revitalization plan review meeting.  At this meeting, we addressed what had happened since the plans in 2007 and 2008 were created, and we started gathering neighborhood priorities for the next three to five years.

The next meeting will focus on the input from the first meeting and go a bit deeper into the specifics and details about neighborhood priorities.  Your input does matter!  The meetings will be held at the Central Hillside Community Center on Thursday, June 30, at 6 PM. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Other neighborhood meetings will be held as follows:
Morgan Park, Tuesday, June 28, Good Fellowship Center, 6 PM
West Duluth, Thursday, June 23, City Center West, 6 PM
Lincoln Park, Both meetings have been held, more info to follow.

If interested in meeting summaries, contact Dan at NHS Duluth at (218) 727-8604 x. 207, or by email, dollhoff @

4th Street Arts

NHS Duluth will be starting to get the ball rolling with arts-based streetscape improvements, starting with the placement of hanging flower baskets through a stretch of 8 blocks.  Followed by new Hillside Banners to be placed on the street lights from Mesaba Avenue to 14th Avenue East.  

The new designs were created by two local artists, who are proud new parents, and live at Washington Studios Artists Cooperative. Their names are Elizabeth Wilcox and Jack Kindt, and were paid $250 for each of their designs.  Each banner will have a different theme, one “Hillside” theme, one “Central Hillside” theme and another “East Hillside” theme.  

The winning designs were selected out of a pool of over 15 contestants, by a panel of judges made up of representatives of the Hillside neighborhoods, and local arts agencies and organizations.

NHS has released 3 new calls to artists, for (2) bike racks, (2) public benches, and (2) trash cans.  Payment of the selected designs will be $750, $750 and $250 respectively.  NHS will also be responsible for the payment of the fabrication of each item.  More information can be found by clicking here, or by calling Dan at (218)727-8604 extension 207.

Job opening at the Duluth Art Institute

The Duluth Art Institute is accepting applications for an operations-development manager.

To apply: email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Samantha Gibb Roff, executive director, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802 — getart @

Please no phone calls.

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Bayfront Reggae – Save on tickets

If you’re going to both days of the Bayfront Reggae Festival, you can save some dough buying tickets online and using this discount code:


Just go to the Buy Tickets Now page and click on “Buy Tickets Now.” Select the number of tickets you want, enter the promotion code, and the price per two-day ticket will drop from $78.50 to $58.50.

(The only catch is you can’t choose the less expensive “advance” tickets and get the discount, even though you are buying in advance; so technically you’re saving $10, even though the discount is $20. Rastafarian math.)

A Winter Downpour w/ Southwire, Lion or Gazelle and Kyle Ollah

Great local show coming up this Friday (June 24th) at Lake Ave. Cafe. Come down and check out Southwire, Lion or Gazelle, A Winter Downpour and Kyle Ollah (the singer/guitarist of Yester). Things get rolling at 10pm, $5 cover, 21+ show.

A Winter Downpour w/ Southwire, Lion or Gazelle and Kyle Ollah (of Yester) - 06.24.11 @ Lake Ave. Cafe

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Mary Plaster: Mixed Media Masks

Most of these are still on display at Beaner’s Central. Green Man is gone, though. Must have trekked off into the woods.

Tangier 57 needs you!

Local space-lounge band Tangier 57 is playing on The Playlist this Thursday night. We’d like to recreate the melbatoasty goodness that is/was the Lawrence Welk Show. Bubble machine, glaring colors, haute smarm and all. One of the key elements of any LW show was cutaways to the audience polkaing, shadishing, waltzing and possibly even target=”blank”>”frugging”. You know what I’m talking about … there’s your grandma and grandpa, much younger but still super dorky, looking insanely proud in technicolor. Her in her horn rims and beaufant and seafoam sleeveless and him in his buddy holly glasses and cufflinks.

So, here’s where you come in … We’re asking for anyone with a 50′s 60′s vintage clothes fetish to come up to Channel 8 and be the studio dancers for the audience cutaways. We can’t promise anything other than fun, our undying appreciation and admiration and that all your friends will be at home laughing their arses off at you … don’t worry,  it’s painless and fun after you get used to it like we have. So target=”_blank”>dare to be target=”_blank”> square 8:15pm This Thursday night a Channel 8 studios. It’s up around behind UMD just off Junction Ave.

8:15pm, Thursday 06/23

632 Niagara Court
Duluth, MN 5581

P.S. The first  3 couples to show up get a copy of our new CD, “It is People!” Currently being poured through Eric Swanson’s butter boxes at Sacred Heart. It’s imminent release will change the Northland’s musical landscape forever.

Bradfest | Aug. 5 & 6

Call off the Global Drug War

“In a message to Congress in 1977, I said the country should decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, with a full program of treatment for addicts. I also cautioned against filling our prisons with young people who were no threat to society, and summarized by saying: ‘Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.’”

— Jimmy Carter, New York Times Op-Ed 2011/06/16

Lost Dog at Lakeside Super One

Dog lost or abandoned at Lakeside Super One

This dog was lost or abandoned at the Lakeside Super One. I was told he jumped out of a pickup truck and the truck took off. Not sure if they knew the dog had jumped out or if it was intentional. It’s a youngish fixed male, perhaps chocolate lab or chocolate lab pit bull mix. Very very friendly and sweet dog. This happened Sunday morning, June 19.


File name: Summer Solstice Celebration 2011

Join us at the planetarium to say farewell to the old planetarium.

Stonehenge will be on display
Free ice cream
Summer solstice shows on the half hour.

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Sunday Morning Chester Creek Cafe

Mimosa Bluegrass Brunch


Fathers Day Brunch

Live Music Under the Tents in Canal Park

DeWitt-Seitz Marathon Nights events are in the DeWitt Seitz Marketplace lot, pictured above. Official Grandma’s Marathon live music is in the big parking lot by Grandma’s restaurants.

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