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Peter Juhl rocks!

Peter Juhl  RocksMinneapolis TV station KARE 11 last night aired a feature from the north shore of Lake Superior, where Peter Juhl balances rocks in ways that defy gravity. (Click the “read more” button to view the video; it starts playing automatically, so we can’t have it on the home page.)

Post some of your favorite rock balancing photos in the comments.

This Week: pickin’, politics, paintings and more

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

Guitar wizard Jimi Cooper hits the Brewhouse, the Chamber Campaign Camp aims to help potential political candidates find their footing, writers meet at Amazing Grace, Duluth’s Life House holds its second Night to Shine event, a new Cheng-Khee Chee show opens at the Tweed with a reception and Grammy-winner Pat Donahue lands at Sacred Heart.

The owner of the Duluth Huskies baseball team discusses the team’s history, the Duluth Art Institute celebrates three solo exhibitions, the latest Wise Fool Shakespeare production opens, the Duluth Playhouse holds its casino night fundraiser and Portrait of a Drowned Man releases its vinyl soundtrack to Mike Scholtz’ Wicker Kittens.

Dude, don’t do it! You’ve got something to live for!

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Don’t worry, after contemplating his life at great length he eventually wandered off the railroad track.

Lovit Soft Drinks from Fitger’s

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I read that Fitger’s made soft drinks during prohibition, but this wooden case I found doesn’t look all that old. Does anyone know when they stopped making soda?

Homegrown 2015 Slideshow Retrospective

The slideshow above displays photos tagged with hgmf15 on Flickr. We post this retrospective slideshow every year around the time we are ready to finally shut up about Homegrown and be done with it for a few months. Enjoy.

Homegrown Slideshow Index
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Selective Focus: Homegrown

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I was warned what a wrecking ball of mirth this Homegrown fest can be, so I should count myself fortunate to have emerged merely psychologically disfigured. Hope you’ve all managed to retain some vestige of the life that pre-existed this marathon, and god willing we’ll see y’all next year.

Here is my entire eight days of Homegrown 2015 in one video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9sDSjAxMLc

Natural Discoveries: A Portrait of Travis Melin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ca9aMgaeVY

Nature photographer Travis Melin died on Wednesday, May 6, after failing to recover from an April 21 heart attack. He was a 1991 graduate of Hermantown High School, a former resident of Washington Studios Artist Cooperative and lived his final years in Ely. The documentary above was produced by Mike Jandl in 2013.

A tremendous spirit and body of work lives on …

Travis Melin 2013

Northern Waters Smokehaus will open Woodland location

Northern Waters Smokehaus announced today a second location will open in the Mount Royal Shopping Center in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood, near the UMD campus. The space at 1608 Woodland Ave. was previously occupied by Bixby’s Café, which operated there from 1997 to the end of 2014.

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Smokehaus announcement

Founded in 1998, Northern Waters specializes in smoked fish. Its tiny shop in the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace has won numerous awards over the years, including PDD’s Perfect Lunch Restaurant. The new location at Mount Royal is expected to open in the fall.

Cute Baby Chicks Fighting Over a Worm to “Dueling Banjos” (UPDATED)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HdtLP86myI

Hillside Duluth.

(UPDATE: Now with slomo technopop remix.)

Apparently the mayor was too focused on sharks

Photo by Ken Greshowak

Photo by Ken Greshowak

Last we heard, someone was dressed in a bear suit in front of City Hall, trying to coax this poor critter down from the tree.

Starling of Athens – “The Lord is Not My Real Dad”

https://vimeo.com/123938539

tobyThis video by Brian Barber was part of the 2015 Homegrown Music Video Festival. Click that fancy link to view more videos from this year’s festival.

Options for Duluth Zoo?

Various recommendations have been made for the revamping of the Lake Superior Zoo. This was reported on in today’s DNT, but I was unable to include the link here. I am curious to hear about the opinions of the PDD community.

Duluth Concrete Contractor Recommendations

I need someone to bust up and remove some sidewalk and then pour a new sidewalk/patio. This isn’t a massive project, but I don’t have the stomach for a DIY. Who can I call to trust to do good, fast work here in our fair city?

Lester Park Waterfall Time Lapse

https://vimeo.com/126723211

Video by Douglas Feltman.