Classic bars and liquor stores on the outs

The Break Room - Duluth

A few recent booze-related news items we’ve been too busy to mention in detail on PDD:

  • A sign went up last month at 501 E. Fourth St. declaring the former Twins Bar will be reopening as the Break Room.
  • West Duluth’s venerable North Pole Bar is delinquent on property and sales taxes. It was not open this past Saturday night.
  • Last Chance Liquor in the Central Hillside will close and be replaced with a Kwik Trip.
  • Warehouse Liquor on Central Entrance will close and be replaced with a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Raccoon Release

Wildwoods Rehabilitation has been raising nine orphaned raccoon since July, and our babies (now huge, rollicking, unruly teenagers) are ready to head off on their own and find a spot to hibernate for the winter. We took them far off into the woods, to a secret release site. Here are some picture as they begin to explore their new world. Good luck, little wash bears, and stay safe!

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Final Ballot for Best Brewery in Duluth

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Our previous poll pitted eleven breweries from the Arrowhead region against each other for the opportunity to advance to the final ballot. Now, the top two go head to head for the chance to be branded as the best.

What is the best brewery in the Duluth area?

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This poll is now closed. The results were:

Bent Paddle Brewing – 60 percent
Fitger’s Brewhouse – 40 percent

Aerial Tour of Fall on the North Shore of Lake Superior

https://vimeo.com/108527690

Aerial Footage by www.liftoffaerials.com

Rewinding from Death in the cold

I ended Thursday freezing to the death in the antarctic with Kurt Russell at the Zinema 2 Horror Movie Festival. It’s nice to see the theater packed to show a 30-year-old movie (The Thing), and maybe I will see you there in subsequent weeks.

Before that, viewing Danny Badhwa‘s photography exhibit! Moving, and worth viewing.

Before that, dinner at Tavern on the Hill. That place is too crowded for me, somedays, and I have yet to order at the bar such that my food and my companions’ food have arrived at the same time, but it’s tasty.

Before that, I met with a young MA student to talk Coleridge, my colleague Liz Wright to talk about the complexity of memory places, both at Starbucks at Bluestone. That was after lunch at Qdoba — yummy, tasty, but $10 for a burrito? A bit much for me.

Before that, a meeting with UMD’s Mindy Granley, of the office on sustainability, and four of my favorite artists (Peter Pestalozzi, Catherine Meier, Kathy McTavish, and Emily Jayne) to talk about a project covering art and sustainability.

I ended the day exhausted. After some of the other awesome stuff this week (game night at Rogue Robot, dinner at Oriental House, Dr. Whosday at Red Herring), I am tired.

But Friday night — a haircut by Andrea at Shear Katz, followed by excitement at Prove Gallery. What are you up to?

Reviewing Hedwig and the Angry Inch

So I thought I would like to write a review of the rock-musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

I am new to writing full-blown reviews so I guess by default this will be the worst one ever… but also the best? I am by no means an expert on anything, nor should you hold my opinion to more or less value than you would hold to someone you just met on the street. My opinion is my own, but I would like to share it.

Five-minute excerpt of Minnesota Woolen film from 1959

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnuoC-QtB9Y&feature=youtu.be

It’s been over a year since a post was published on PDD inquiring about the history of Duluth-based clothing manufacturer Minnesota Woolen. The first thing that came out of that post was the discovery that the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collection has a 16mm film about the company, but does not have a projector. Well, a projector was found this week and loaned for a little screening.

House Hunting in Riverside

My husband and I have recently thought about buying a house in Duluth. There have been a few houses in the Riverside neighborhood that have caught our eyes, but we aren’t really familiar with that part of town. Can anyone offer up any kind of information regarding Riverside?

Charlie Parr music in “Town of the Living Dead” TV show trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj_pIbq8ZBA&sns=tw

zombieThe song “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” by Duluth musician Charlie Parr is prominently featured in this trailer for the new TV series Town of the Living Dead, which premieres Oct. 7 on the Syfy cable network.

Poll: What is the best brewery in the Duluth area?

Duluth is the Beer Capital of Minnesota, at least according to the unofficial claiming of the title by Mayor Don Ness in The Growler magazine in 2013. So, which local brewery has the best blends of barley, hops and yeast? Well, it’s time to decide with a fancy PDD poll.

We often have a nomination process for polls, but in this case it seems appropriate to just throw all the breweries into the running for our first round. We also typically rule out areas farther than 10 miles from Duluth city limits, but since the beer from more outlying areas makes it’s way to taps in Duluth, we broadened the range to include the north and south shores.

So now, without further ado, we ask …

What is the best brewery in the Duluth area?

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This poll is now closed. Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger’s Brewhouse were the top finishers and will advance to the final ballot.

Robert Plant and Mike Simonson

Hey Duluth. It’s been awhile.

Two radio-related things happened today I heard here in Madison and thought you might be interested in.

1) Robert Plant gave a nod to Duluth’s own Low in a CBC interview on their show Q (it’s towards the end).

2) WPR announced the death of Mike Simonson, a journalist for whom I have the utmost respect and enjoyed hearing on the statewide news whenever his stories showed up. He cared about reporting what needed to be reported and unpacking the news in a very authentic way. Looks like Final Edition has had its final edition. He’ll be greatly missed.

Bent Paddle 14° ESB wins medal at Great American Beer Festival

Bent Paddle 14-degree ESBDuluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing won a bronze medal in the Extra Special Bitter category at the Great American Beer Festival this past weekend in Boulder, Colo. Presented by the Brewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world.

This year 268 medals were awarded in 90 categories covering 145 different beer styles. A group of 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluated the 5,507 commercial entries from 1,309 breweries.

Fitger’s Brewhouse is a past medal winner, taking home a bronze in the American-Style Sour Ale category in 2012 for its Fitger’s Framboise and another bronze in the French- and Belgian-Style Saison category in 2004 for its Farm House Reserve.

Fall Colors on the Brule River at Judge C. R. Magney State Park

Brule River at C. R. Magney State Park

Photo Tour of Nopeming

Photographer Andrew Perfetti posted an interesting series of photos of his time “discovering the abandoned hospital on the hill.” The post on his website has been removed, however, for reasons explained in the comments here, so we no longer link to it here.

For background, there’s a history of Nopeming on Zenith City Online.

This week: debates, rivalry and belly dancing

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Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

As election day approaches here are some opportunities to see candidates discuss their views:

Want to learn Swedish? There are classes for beginners and intermediates at the Nordic Center starting this Tuesday.

Renegade Theater Company presents Grace, a play about an evangelical Christian couple having a crisis of faith, at the Teatro Zuccone on Thursday and it runs three weekends. There will be talk back sessions hosted by yours truly after the show on Thursdays.

Let your colors fly. The Duluth East Greyhounds host the Denfeld Hunters at Ordean Stadium on Friday.

Mystical Nights features area dancers at Weber Hall this Saturday.

There are also a few Halloween themed events this week, including Boo at the Zoo and a Zombie Pub Crawl.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.