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Gunflint Trail Traffic Stop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycQdD6TLp-Y

Helmet cam video by Henry Johnson on the Gunflint Trail … featuring an unexpected traffic issue.

Al’s Adventures in Duluth and on the North Shore

https://vimeo.com/125385512

Boating, hiking, skiing, peppermint schnapping, casinoing and general shenanigans spanning all seasons — featuring Big Al K and friends.

This Week: fundraisers, awards, theater and more

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find on this week’s PDD Calendar:

Twelve hours of music and live glassblowing are happening at Legacy Glassworks’ Spring Blowout, the latest episode of Take it With You is being taped live, Charlie Parr’s raising money for Harbor City International School (where Flora, the Red Menace is opening on Friday) and St. Scholastica’s Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble is playing great movie music.

The 23rd annual Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards are on Wednesday, the beloved musical Annie is opening at Fregeau Auditorium, comedians are coming together to fight Alzheimer’s, loud rock is in the offing at the Red Herring, Wise Fool Shakespeare is throwing a benefit at Northland Country Club and the Hubble Space Telescope is 25.

And, oh, yeah: a little thing called the Homegrown Music Festival kicks off on Sunday.

Duluth’s Preus, Allen win 2015 Minnesota Book Awards

Duluth-based writer Margi Preus and illustrator Rick Allen were among the winners of the 27th annual Minnesota Book Awards, announced at a ceremony in St. Paul on Saturday.

Margi Preus - Minnesota Book Award 2015

Northern Lights near Duluth

https://vimeo.com/125181029

Photographer Derek Montgomery captured these images of the Northern Lights dancing across the sky just outside Duluth, early on the morning of April 16.

American Rebels – “Love Song” (Live on The PlayList)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FUM0eflMYs

Duluth band American Rebels performs “Love Song” on the April 16 episode of WDSE-TV’s The PlayList.

Upcoming gig: Wednesday, April 29, 11:30 p.m., at Mr. D’s Bar & Grill during the Homegrown Music Festival.

Selective Focus: Bed(s?)

Kip Praslowicz

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When I announced the next week’s theme to be “bed,” I certainly did not intend that to be singular- that Kip Praslowicz would represent the only submission at hand. However, it does now occur to me that our artistic community might be reticent regarding anything that resembles prurience, at least publicly. Lesson learned, beloved new home.

Denfeld, It’s In My Soul – Music Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Helpwxj5XYk

Poplar River Falls Aerial View – Lutsen Ski Area

https://vimeo.com/124979852

Poplar River falls is just north of Lutsen Ski Area and the Superior Hiking trail crosses the river at the apex of the falls.

Duluth Handyman Recommendations

I do most things myself, but we are working on some remodeling projects and exterior repair on a house we purchased this winter. There are a few things I would rather have someone else do with more expertise. Anyone have a suggestion?

Duluth Band Profile: Gin Street

GIN STREET ThumbGin Street takes youth and energy to give audiences a highly interactive show. The group opens up about a sense of community inside and outside the band. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

The Yin Yang Building

Impossible to remain silent

Baptism River “High Falls” Aerial View -Tettegouche State Park

https://vimeo.com/124974147

Aerial drone video of “High Falls” on the Baptism River. The Baptism River “High Falls” in Minnesota’s Highest waterfall at 60 feet. During spring run-off it flows heavily and is a great time to visit and hear the thunderous roar of the falls. Mid-summer you can swim the pool at the base of these falls. Tettegouche State Park is one of the best campgrounds on the North Shore of Lake Superior. http://dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tettegouche/

Duluth Band Profile: Wood Blind

Woold Blind Thumb Wood Blind delivers acoustic driven Ska into the North Woods. Jason Wussow and Veikko Lepisto explain how the song “Big Voice” brings sunshine into the world. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

This Week: nerds, boogers, robots and more

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find on this week’s PDD Calendar:

The Nerds are having another Nite at Teatro Zuccone, the 22nd annual Empty Bowl fundraiser is at the Depot on Tuesday, The Boogers are at the Duluth Public Library, there’s a fundraiser for the Duluth East robotics team and the Miller Hill Mall is the site of the Kelly Services Job Fair.

The Tom Lehrer revue Tomfoolery opens at UWS, the Shrine Circus comes to town, Episode 14 of Kirov by Night goes down at the Underground, lawyers rock Clyde Iron and DS Pride honors Dan Hanger at Greysolon Plaza.