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Sketch Bomb with John Hoban at UMD

Local artist John Hoban organized a Sketch Bomb at UMD.

Local artist John Hoban organized a Sketch Bomb at UMD.

John Hoban, creator of Captain Artichoke, Apocalypse City, and Night of the Smurfing Dead, lead a Sketch Bomb at UMD on Monday. The event was planned by Pat Maus of the Archives and Special Collections area of UMD’s Martin Library.

Kip’s Memory Card Dump #6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxdMJs9yMjs

Duluth photo-raconteur Kip Praslowicz has published another memory-card dump video, this one covering December 2015 to March 2016, including the Duluth Art Institute’s Annual Membership Show, the Bernie Sanders rally and on and on.

Commerce on the River: Loll Designs

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OneRiverMN-Logo-FC-BadgeIn a manufacturing facility a few hundred feet from Stryker Bay in West Duluth, Greg Benson leads a company dedicated to making outdoor furniture “for the modern lollygagger.” Before launching Loll Designs, however, Benson built skateboard ramps. He started out in his neighbor’s garage and eventually worked with municipalities to design and implement custom skate parks. The excess materials turned out to make attractive and durable Adirondack-style chairs, and a new business was born.

“A lot of people assume that I must have been a skater, but really I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping and being outdoors much more,” Benson says. He and his brother Dave, both University of Minnesota Duluth graduates, along with Tony Ciardelli , founded both Loll and Epicurean, a company that makes cutting boards and other kitchen products. They sold TrueRide in 2008 to a California company and took what they had learned and ran with it.

2015-2016 Duluth Shred

https://vimeo.com/163049843

A somewhat lengthy montage of face-planting, ball-busting, spine-scratching ski and snowboard stunts from the past winter, compiled by Will Smyth.

Duluth Band Profile: Emily Haavik

Emily ThumbEmily Haavik looks like any other person you could see on the street. But when she’s on the stage, you hear something larger than life. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Upcoming gig:
May 6 at the Underground

Homegrown Banner Submissions

We’re looking for Homegrown-related banners for that funky horizontal space at the top of the page. The image must be 1135 pixels wide by 197 pixels high.

To submit a banner photo, e-mail your JPEG file to: banners @ perfectduluthday.com

We’ll run the banners during the Homegrown Festival next week.

Postcards from the Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke State Park

Swinging Bridge Over St Louis River

OneRiverMN-Logo-FC-BadgeThe text on the back of old-school Swinging Bridge postcards tends to read the same no matter what the image: “This unique Swing Bridge spans the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park, 4,000 acres of rugged picturesque beauty along the rapids of the St. Louis River, extending from Carlton, Minn., to Fond du Lac, a suburb of Duluth.”

This just in: It’s windy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs8XZFrlnL4

Above: It kind of looks like the Superior Entry Breakwater Lighthouse is going to blow over. Video via Richard Hoeg’s 365 Days Of Birds.

Below: Video shot from the “Corner of the Lake” by Alex Ganeev.

https://vimeo.com/164214755

Denfeld Lip Dub: We Run this Town

UPDATE: As is plainly visible, a copyright claim on the music used in this video resulted in it being pulled from YouTube after one day. Follow this link to see an updated version without the Jay Z track.

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

Denfeld Lip Dub 2016Denfeld High School 2016 lip dub project. Full disclosure, I work at Denfeld as some kind of educator. The third annual all-school lip dub dropped today, something students and educators worked on closely for the past couple of months. It’s a mash up of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “Crazy in Love” and “We Run this Town.”

If this is the future of Duluth, I think we can all be very hopeful and proud. Particularly noteworthy for me is the way that we see strong, confident and successful women portrayed prominently in the video.

R.I.P. Walt Pederson

Walter PedersonWalter H. Pederson, a Duluth native and member of the Plaisted Arctic expedition, died Friday in St. Cloud at the age of 88.

Pederson served as mechanic on Ralph Plaisted’s crew, which reached the North Pole by snowmobile in 1968. The subject gained new attention last month when the New York Times published an account of the expedition. In early April the Hollywood infotainment website Deadline reported Will Ferrell will star in film about the Plaisted expedition.

Pederson’s obituary in the St. Cloud Times notes he was a “sailor, cowboy, mechanic, racer, teacher, businessman, inventor, explorer, author, politician, entrepreneur, scientist, private eye, hero, friend, husband, father and grandfather.” Services will be held Friday in Milaca.

NorShor Theatre: A Look Inside Before the Restoration

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Dan Turner spelunks the NorShor Theatre and Temple Opera Block in the latest feature on his Substreet website. From the projection room to the roof to the squatter’s apartment in the basement, it’s one of the last chances to see things as they were/are. Construction will be begin soon to renovate the NorShor, which will be operated by the Duluth Playhouse.

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This Week: Sharks, stories, songwriters and more

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

UWS holds a forum on sexual assault that includes a film screening, UMD invites young entrepreneurs into its Shark Tank, the St. Louis County Historical Society welcomes author Megan Marsnik to its 94th annual meeting, the United Way holds its Live United Luncheon, new Duluth mayor Emily Larson gives her first State of the City Address, Wisconsin Public Radio presents a public reading of stories about the St. Louis River and “investigative songwriter” Dave Lippman comes to town.

It’s time for Wine and Chee’s at the Depot, a number of local poets read at Barnes & Noble, the Duluth community is invited to ask questions of the finalists for police chief, the comedy Seminar opens at Teatro Zuccone, the annual Spring Book Sale takes place in Superior, the new Northern Waters location holds its grand opening and Woodblind releases its debut album with two shows.

Unbelievable Mirrored Underwater Ice View, Park Point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuamOjH4O80

This winter

Ultimate Sand Castle Engineers of Lake Superior

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlDqiUHaV7E

Snowmelt 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OlW2mBd-Ck

Snowmelt 2 shows the same area of Chester Creek as Snowmelt 1, but preceding it chronologically, so this video should really be called Snowmelt 1.