Leap Day 2012 Snowmageddon Photos

At left is Rich Narum’s shot of Superior Street; at right the view from Anna Montgomery’s side door. Has anyone had the guts to wreck a camera and try shooting outside instead of through glass? Not me!

Anyway, add your best attempts in the comments.

2012 Main Street Model Contest

Hey everyone, I’m Kaylee Rose. I was selected as an eligible entrant in the 2012 Main Street Model contest. Today through March 19 I need your votes everyday! It would be an absolute dream to be part the Maurices team and represent everything the brand stands for! Please check out the link below, read more and vote for me!

R.I.P. Charlotte Zacher of Charlotte’s Cafe

DNT has a nice remembrance of Charlotte Zacher, of Charlotte’s Cafe fame in Carlton, MN.

I heard the news last night from my mom who got her first job there when she was 12 years old. When my brother and I would visit the cafe in the 70s and 80s she would always be gracious and tell us stories of our mom and it was like being received by royalty, because that’s how she carried herself, and I don’t just mean the fancy dresses that she wore to work every day around the diner. A true northern Minnesota original and a gem.

Charlotte’s Cafe and Carlton were featured in a segment on the TV show “Real People.” If anyone has (or can find) a clip of the segment I would love to see it and I know my mom would, too.

Cinnamon Roll is a loving cat

Let me start off by saying that I am already easily amused, and the sleep deprivation is not really helping in that matter…

So, I was reading the DNT’s Pets of the Week article, and found a picture of Cinnamon Roll the cat waiting to be adopted. Most of the time, these pictures are of animals looking super cute begging to be adopted, but Cinnamon Roll’s expression made me laugh. “Adopt me, or don’t. Whatever.”

Being easily amused (refer back to point A), I whipped up some simple edits that made me laugh – maybe they’ll make you laugh too (if not, try sleep deprivation).

Seriously though, someone adopt this cat – he sounds awesome!

More pics and a blank Cinnamon Roll photo if you’d like to roll your own.

Major Concerts at the DECC: 1966 to 2010

This is an ongoing attempt to list all of the major concerts at the DECC Arena and Symphony Hall from 1966 to 2010, which of course includes the era when they were known as the Duluth Arena and Duluth Auditorium.

Recommend additions in the comments, or point out if you have missing dates or opening acts.

The Beach Boys — August 13, 1966
The Supremes — 1967
Paul Revere and the Raiders — 1967
Three Dog Night
Linda Ronstadt
Grand Funk Railroad
Rare Earth
Lawrence Welk
Shawn Phillips
Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat and Black Oak Arkansas
Blue Oyster Cult, Rush and Ozone Grater & the Moon Rock Band — May 23, 1966

Buck Owens, Don Rich and the Buckaroos, etc. — June 19, 1971
Creedence Clearwater Revival — May 7, 1972
Johnny Cash with the Carter Family, Tennessee Three and Carl Perkins — May 21, 1972
Deep Purple with Fleetwood Mac and Rory Gallagher — May 8, 1973
Dr. John, Kiss and Raspberries — Nov. 3, 1974
ZZ Top — July 21, 1976
Elvis Presley — Oct. 16, 1976
Hall & Oates and Funky Kings — Nov. 2, 1976

Kiss and Uriah Heep — Jan. 18, 1977
Elvis Presley — April 29, 1977
Styx and Rush — May 8, 1977
Harry Chapin — Oct. 1, 1977

Sha Na Na and Darryl Rhoades & the Hahavishnu Orchestra — March 5, 1978
Gordon Lightfoot — March 11, 1978

Ronnie Milsap, Rex Allen Jr. and Dotsy — May 14, 1978

The Kendalls, David Houston, Gene Watson, Tom T. Hall, etc. — Oct. 7, 1978
Emerson Lake and Palmer — Nov. 7, 1977
Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty — March 12, 1978
Montrose, Journey and Van Halen — March 29, 1978

REO Speedwagon and the Babys — April 30, 1978
Kiss and Judas Priest — Oct. 6, 1978
Harry Chapin — May 11, 1979
Edgar Winter Group and Montrose
Cheap Trick and the Romantics — July 19, 1979
The Platters, the Shirelles, Freddie Cannon and Danny & the Juniors — Sept. 22, 1979

Van Halen with Screams — Sept. 25, 1979
Doc Watson — Oct. 5, 1979
Kiss and Judas Priest — Oct. 6, 1979
John Denver

Life House and New Scenic Café partner to help homeless kids in Duluth

Life House will hold its second annual Hors D’Oeuvres that Open Doors event at the New Scenic Café on Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m.

Hors D’Oeuvres that Open Doors is a special event that raises awareness and funds for the vital services Life House provides for homeless and at-risk youth in the Duluth community.

Chastity Brown on KUWS Tuesday

In support of her forth-coming record Back-Road Highways, Minneapolis-based soul, roots and blues musician Chastity Brown will be on be on KUWS 91.3 FM at 7 p.m. tonight and will also be performing an in-studio with KUMD 103.3 FM on Thursday at 2 p.m. On Thursday night, she will be playing a show at Amazing Grace at 7 p.m., tickets are $10. See the Facebook event for more information.

FYI: Lakeside Presbyterian Preschool

The Big E and I sent our kids to Lakeside Presbyterian Preschool and we think its a pretty neat place. Our kids are alumni, but one of the teachers there asked me to post this flyer in a nutshell:

Open House Thursday, March 1 5:30-7pm. Preschool for 3-5 year olds.

LPNS Open House flier

That’s all the info I’ve got. Call them for more.

A Prairie Home Companion in Duluth

Here’s the complete broadcast from Feb. 25 at the DECC Symphony Hall, featuring the Grand Rapids High School Jazz Ensemble and Trampled by Turtles.

Canoe from Jasper to Churchill

Three guys are looking for an experienced paddler to go on a 1,700-mile, 85-day canoe trip from the foot of the Rockies, in Alberta, to Churchill, Manitoba, in mid-May to mid-August. If you’re interested, contact Adam Maxwell at adammaxwell601 @ aol.com or Ryan Ritter at ritt0219 @ d.umn.edu.

This week: Mustaches, poetry and hockey, hockey and more hockey

March Madness is nearly upon us, as the East Greyhounds, Marshall Hilltoppers and Hermantown Hawks boys hockey teams all battle this week for trips to the state tournament. Marshall plays Hibbing-Chisholm on Wednesday, East plays Andover on Thursday, and Hermantown plays Rogers on Friday.

In college women’s hockey, the UMD Bulldogs are in the WCHA Final Face-off at Amsoil Arena. They face the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday for the chance to play in the WCHA National Championship Game on Saturday.

In a weirder athletic endeavor, the Mustache March Run happens on Saturday. If you don’t know what that means, well, it’s really no more complicated than a bunch of people with mustaches (real and artificial) running on the Lakewalk. There will also be an after-race party at Pizza Luce featuring the Black-eyed Snakes.

Also Saturday, the Spirit Lake Poetry Series brings Todd Boss and Matt Rasmussen to Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica. Rescheduled for March 24.

There are over 400 events in the PDD Calendar, and we fully expect you to take part in at least 350 of them, so study up.

ARAC seeking new board members

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on its Board. ARAC offers grant support and technical assistance to individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations residing in the seven counties of the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis.

It’s snowing!!!

I’m hoping by the end of the week there will be an abundance of snow in Duluth. This weekend I’m going to head north and do some snowshoeing. But I would also like to get out on a weeknight after work — can anyone tell me where there are snowshoe trails that are lit up at night? Does Lester Park have snowshoe trails or are they all ski trails? Any web sites or maps to tell which trails are which? Thanks!

Things to Know Before You Move to Duluth


Video of Garrison Keillor in Duluth at the DECC Symphony Hall performing for A Prairie Home Companion.

What’s the matter with Duluth girls?

This clip didn’t make it to my inbox until after Valentine’s Day, but hey, it’s 100 years old anyway, so what’s a few more days? It’s from the Feb. 4, 1912, Duluth news Tribune. A more readable version of the text appears below.