So, I’m throwing a little shindig on Wisconsin Point Friday, August 27th. I have been hearing conflicting reports as to the current state of affairs regarding the 5-0 after dark on WI Point. Does anyone know what the setup is these days? I’ve heard they kick people out (a far cry from “you’re all of age, there’s no glass, you brought your own garbage bags — have a good night, folks!”); that they close the gates; and they have been known to tow cars. Anyone?
Enroll your child in the exciting Whirligigs Preschool Program at Great Lakes Aquarium! Sponsored in part by the MinnAqua DNR Program, this is a 1.5 hour drop-off program for children ages 3-5. Topics and dates this fall are as follows:
Oct. 12/13: The True Colors of Trees
Oct. 19/20: Going Batty
Oct. 26/27: Jack-O-Lanterns Galore
Nov. 2/3: Weather Detectives
Nov. 9/10: Squirrelly Squirrels
Nov. 16/17: Tremendous Turkeys
Classes are filling up quickly! Contact Lindsay for registration information: lbrandt @ glaquarium.org or 218-740-2031.
Photographer looking for talented people to do hair and makeup for fashion photo shoots. Some paid gigs, some just for experience and portfolio padding. Please contact dpi@duluthphotographyinstitute .com and I thank you very much!
Over 80 artists will display their gallery-quality art in Bayfront Park on Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22. Admission is free. Food vendors range from mini donuts, cotton candy and cheese curds to hot dogs, burgers and chicken fried rice.
It’s gonna be a perfect Duluth weekend. Click the links above for the details.
In 1994 I worked for six months at the Holiday Stationstore at 3401 Grand Ave., next to Wheeler Fields. (It closed roughly seven years ago and the building is empty now.)
As you can imagine, there were a number of characters that frequented the store. One of them we called Turban Lady.
Turban Lady was a cranky old woman who, obviously, wore a turban all the time. One day I remember her coming in and complaining to me that I shouldn’t sell candy bars to kids because they just throw the wrappers on the ground.
Anyway, I saw Turban Lady walking down Grand Avenue a few years later and wanted to capture her image in order to better preserve the memories of my summer at Holiday. So there she is in the photo above — September 23, 1997.
Maybe a month ago a hole appeared out of nowhere on the avenue in front of our house. Not a pothole mind you, more like a door leading to a banquet hall. I myself have examined it, as well as just about every curious soul in the neighborhood. I’ve even seen people throw their trash in it. At this point it’s roughly a foot in diameter, but opens up into quite a cavernous void directly below the asphalt. My wife can insert her leg up to her hip and fully extend it.
The city hasn’t shown much interest in fixing it, but probably a week ago it did put a fantastic orange warning sign over it, including a blinking light to shout warning to all those who travel along Ninth Avenue East. The problem is, is that the blinking light doesn’t work, nor does the nearest streetlight leaving it an extremely dark corner. The closest lamps are, well, a block away in all directions leaving this marker useless after dark.
Which brings me to the excitement of this eve. The sound of the neighborhood jackanapes knocking over the sign got our attention at around 11:30pm, but I didn’t pay much mind to it as of course, this isn’t the first time some goof pushed over the sign while walking down the street in the extreme darkness trying to impress a chick. What did turn my head was the sound of said sign throwing down fiery fisticuffs with the underbelly of a car not slowing for the yield sign. Plastic shattered, sparks flew, and metal screeched for several blocks before the driver stopped, looked under his car, and then kept driving until what looked like hitting a major pothole or “bump” in the road, dislodging what was left of the sign. I have yet to investigate the corpse, but I’m guessing I will see blaze orange extremities spread over a good 3 blocks on my way to work tomorrow.
After all this time of waiting to see or hear the front end of someone’s vehicle being devoured by the massive darkness beneath the city street it turned out to be a device of warning, placed to protect Duluth’s citizens, that has taken a victim.
And the sinkhole laughs, and waits.
*Writers note: The sign was nowhere to be seen this morning, which is unfortunate because I really wanted to see the carnage. Oh well, I’m sure this isn’t the last time this will happen.
Dailybeast.com has posted it’s top 20 Best U.S. Cities to find a job (not necessarily a career) and our beloved Duluth ranks 12th and Rochester, MN is #1. Hailing from Rochester I could understand it being nemero uno, but stating that Duluth is 12th in the country is a little baffling. Is it that good here?
#12. Duluth, MN
Job Growth: 11.26 percent
Jobs Gained: 14,208
Manufacturing and mills are a major part of Duluth’s economy, and the city is a huge transportation hub for manufacturing materials. But health care and education are major employers, too.
I wonder what statistics the DailyBeast accessed to get Duluth placed right behind Boulder, CO and right in front of Brownsville, TX?
Using the fresh, cold water of Lake Superior we will twist and tie with dye a garment of your own or one of ours provided. You get $2 off if you bring you own item to dye.
*must call and register (218) 722-2919
Where: Meet at Pineapple Art Center
124 W. First St., Duluth
When: Sunday Aug. 15, 1:30-3pm
Cost: $10 or $8 w/own garment
Includes: Healthy Snack and a six-block walk
The Life and Brawls of Thomas Madden — former chief of West Duluth Police, saloon keeper and old fashioned thug
This post is a follow up to the post requesting information about Duluth’s old bowery district. The focus here is on Tom Madden, who managed to find himself in the news a lot. Set the Wayback Machine for 1891 and we’ll go in chronological order from there.
Dec. 13, 1891 | Duluth News Tribune
WILL IT BE MURDER?
Patrick Mulligan May Die From Injuries Received From Chief Madden.
Patrick Mulligan, who runs the “Little Diamond saloon on Central avenue, and who had his jaw broken a few days ago at the brickyard bagnio by a blow from ex Chief of Police Madden, was taken yesterday to St. Mary’s hospital, where he is now hovering between life and death. His jaw was set by Dr. Magie a day or two ago, but serious inflammation has set in, and the doctor said yesterday it would probably be necessary to put a silver tube in his throat to enable him to breathe. His case is a very serious one and the chances are even between life and death.
Announcing some exciting last-minute additions to the festival: Retribution Gospel Choir & Crew Jones! Here is the line-up:
6-Spindrift, 6:45-Zenith City Tribal, 7:15-Rosebud Social, 8:20-Acrylic, 9-Anna Ferguson, 9:30-The Acceleratii, 10:30-Zenith City Tribal, 11-Retribution Gospel Choir
1-Crew Jones, 2:30-The Sessionists, 4:20-Red Label, 5:50-High Volt Rustler, 7-Burnsville City Limits, 8-Meat Raffle Road, 9-Expressive Machines (music robots!!!), 9:30-Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, 10:30-Ziola, 11-Arcwelder.
Hope to see you there!
3:31 am — Single flash of light and a long rolling thunder… or was it the ship coming to a stop? Keep your eye out for cover-ups.
Anyway, it just seemed strange without any other lightning that I can tell.
Nevermind, there’s the second one, and I saw it too. That’s some huge creepy lightning I tell ya. Hope Lakeside is still there in the morning. Or do I? Yeah I guess I know some people out there.
After 42 summers of swimming in “the big lake they call Gitchee Gummi” I’ve got to say that this afternoon I experienced what has got to be the warmest temperatures I can remember. I don’t know if this has been covered in the local press, as I don’t read the DNT anymore. I’m wondering if anyone has any specific data and/or similar perceptions.
Around 3:15 pm today, MPR Classical Radio will broadcast songs performed by From Age to Age Choir. Steve Staruch will play two selections that will be included on the upcoming CD: “Hic Est Martinus” by Eric William Barnum and “Bogoroditse Devo, Radiusya” by Sergey Khvoshchinsky.
From Age to Age, directed by Andrew Miller, is a 16-voice professional choral ensemble comprised of singers from across Minnesota and beyond. The ensemble performs a cappella choral music representing many eras and styles. It features tight harmonies, warm sound, and a careful blend of voices.
Everyone on PDD seems to give great suggestions/ideas, so what are the best “little” towns to visit in either Minnesota or Wisconsin? A few friends and I are planning a road trip, but are completely okay with not hitting up the Twin Cities and Madison/Milwaukee. Love big cities, but we’ve been to them so much that we’d prefer something different. Any cool roadside attractions?
Can anyone tell me anything about the beautiful artwork under the Ninth Street Bridge on the east side of Chester Creek? I’m going back with a camera today!
I wanted those Nikes so bad. Why do I get so bothered by it now? I think I might be jealous.