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This week: TBT on TV, Fractals on a soccer field and Todd Eckart in a parking lot

A system of unseasonably cool air is expected to roll in today, but the various summer festivals will be every bit as fun while you are wearing jackets and long pants. Here come the highlights from the PDD Calendar.

The week starts as every week should — with a hardcore heavy metal concert at a Christian indoor skate park. Colossus, Conveyer, Strengthen What Remains, Lessons and Heart’s Bane all perform at the Encounter on Monday. You can choose instead to hang out in a wood shop and make beds for the needy, so there are at least two places to wear a sleeveless shirt this week.

Tuesday night the Chester Creek Concert Series continues with a performance by the Formal Age. Later in the evening, at Tycoons Alehouse, the Adam Booker Group will be playing jazz versions of Trampled by Turtles songs. Why? For fun, that’s why. But also because the hometown heroes are releasing a new album and appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman again.

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Duluth Mystery Photo #17: Residence of Luther Mendenhall

Did those asbestos shingles last a century? Is the Luther Mendenhall residence still standing? Where is it, or where was it?

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Open Position at the Cable Natural History Museum: Exhibit Design Assistant

Cable Natural History Museum
Position: Exhibit Design Assistant
Timing: 25-40 hours per week, Jan. 6, through May 8, 2015, plus one-per-month meetings in September-December 2014.
Compensation: $4,000 stipend, plus free housing (including utilities) at the museum’s staff house
Reports to: Naturalist/Educator
Application Deadline: Position is open until filled.

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A Day of Art

I spent most of today meeting with students, but when I wasn’t with young people, I was working in art.

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The Way North: Duluth

In a series for the New York Times, Damien Cave and Todd Heisler travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration. They spend day 37 in Duluth.

Hiring: Chester Bowl Program / Operations Manager

The Chester Bowl Improvement Club is seeking a full-time Program/Operations Manager, responsible for management, planning and operational oversight for CBIC programming and park operations under the direction of the Executive Director and Board of Directors, Specifically, the Program/Operations Manager will manage and provide oversight of CBIC’s programming and events, including supervising seasonal hourly staff, Incredible Exchange youth, and volunteers. Full posting and job description is at

Changes in the Arts Community (and Your Opportunities within It)

A local arts organization is changing its board and its staff, and you can be part of it!
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Artists win Awards

When I am not teaching rhetoric, I also volunteer with the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Below is a list of recent award winners. If you see someone you know, congratulate them!
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Park Point fox too friendly?

Last night we had a very interesting encounter with a sweet little fox. The fox went to run in front of our truck and then changed it’s mind and cowered on the side of the road. I then grabbed out my handy dandy camera to photograph him. At first he was a little farther away and as I was snapping away he started running at me! I was actually a bit scared and I hurried up and hopped in my truck. He didn’t leave, he lingered right by our truck. It seemed like he needed or wanted something from us. I was wondering if he was hungry and looking for food. I felt that the situation was abnormal. Thoughts?

Kathleen Roberts – “On a Prophet”

Video by Dave Richardson for the collaborative art show With Sirens Blaring, coming to the Prøve Gallery Aug. 8-23.

Coaxing a half-drowned dragonfly off the camera

DECC Casino?

On the agenda for next week’s Duluth City Council meeting is a resolution requesting the state legislature “amend state gambling laws to provide for the operation of a for-profit casino at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center or other location within Duluth.” (Update: Councilor Howie Hanson has told the Duluth News Tribune his proposal will likely be tabled and later taken up at a committee-of-the-whole meeting.)

Here’s the document text:

Purchasing and Licensing Committee

Resolution requesting the state legislature amend state gambling laws to provide for the operation of a for-profit casino at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

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Lost bracelet at Enger Park

White gold and diamond bracelet with circular links and small leaf details. Last seen at Enger Park on July 5 while taking our wedding photos. It’s my husband’s grandmother’s so I’d love to find it. Reward! 218-343-3248

The End of Streetcars in Duluth

Seventy-five years ago today — July 9, 1939 — streetcars ran in Duluth for the last time. Streetcar service had been gradually phased out by trolley buses for nearly 20 years before meeting its total demise. For more info check out Zenith City Online’s history of Duluth’s Streetcar Railways and the Duluth Transit Authority’s History of Public Transportation in the Twin Ports timeline.

Rafting on the St. Louis River

Peter Tollefson and friends take a day trip on the St. Louis River, just south of Duluth.

Coyote Pups

Look who came to Wildwoods last week … a little “song dog” pup (aka coyote)! He was found by himself when he was about 3-4 weeks old, and has been raised by humans since.
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Pudding (The Prøof is in the … )

Visit the new issue of local arts and literature magazine Prøof.

Glad to see the Ennyman and my colleague, the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at UMD, in these pages. Kathleen Roberts gives the Duluth arts community an immense gift in the labor it takes to make this publication happen.

This week: street parties, Greek food and Bob’s Burgers


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

Comic Andy Kindler comes to the Teatro Zuccone stage tonight followed by a Q&A and screening of two episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” downstairs at Zinema 2.

I can’t make her love me if she don’t, but Bonnie Raitt plays the Big Top on Tuesday.

The musical Pippin, presented by Lundeen Productions, opens on Wednesday at Harbor City and runs three weekends.

Sidewalk Days are going on downtown starting on Wednesday and closing with a big street dance on Saturday. And if you haven’t been walking on closed off streets enough for one week, you can Meet in the Streets in Lincoln Park on Sunday.

Movies in the Park starts its new season Friday night with Brave at Leif Erikson Park. (Note: This event has been postponed.)

On Saturday Greece comes to Marshall and craft beer goes to Lutsen.

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

Yoerg’s Brewery

On this date 165 years ago — July 6, 1849 — Bavarian immigrant Anthony Yoerg opened Minnesota’s first brewery in St. Paul.

Interesting side note on Yoerg’s Brewery: In 1871 the operation moved to a spot adjacent to the Lilydale caves. Yoerg used the natural caves to store his product, and added the phrase “cave-aged” to the label. There are a number of places online to read about Yoerg’s Brewery, but of particular interest is the Substreet underground history site, which profiles Yoerg’s lost cellars.

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Justin Berke’s Year in Duluth

Justin Berke recently celebrated his one-year anniversary of living in Duluth by creating an infographic website at

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