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Selective Focus: Warmth

Marissa Murdy

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It’s good to be reminded that however bare and frozen our present surroundings may be (though granted, there’s an austere beauty there too) that current conditions aren’t permanent, and are not beyond most of our abilities to moderate them — given enough light, loved ones, woolen wear, fire, alcohol, some occasional nudity … whatever is close at hand.

#locateLakeVoice

locateLakeVoiceLake Voice News invites the public to participate in its community-wide #locateLakeVoice contest by finding cards with the #locateLakeVoice logo around Duluth at locations that have been featured in Lake Voice stories this past fall. The contest runs until Sunday, Dec. 14.

Job providing services to people with disabilities

Residential Services is a nonprofit organization that provides services to help people with disabilities live in the home setting of their choice. RSI has part-time and full-time openings working with adults and children in residential settings as a direct support professional in Duluth and on the Iron Range. No experience is required. Direct support professionals receive a blend of classroom and on-the-job training to perform their duties.

Applicants must be 18 and have a valid driver’s license. Visit rsi.jobs to view current openings and apply online. Applications can also be completed in person at 2900 Piedmont Ave. in Duluth.

Aldi coming to Duluth and Superior?

aldiThe Germany-based discount supermarket chain Aldi has posted online ads for store manager trainees in Duluth and Superior, a strong indication the company is planning to open stores in the Twin Ports. The website cdinduluth.com first reported rumors of Aldi’s interest in Duluth back in January. Aldi has over 9,000 stores in over 18 countries. It is known for carrying inexpensive grocery staples and household items, generally with unfamiliar brand names (often contracted by Aldi), and for practices designed to lower grocery costs by lowering store expenses — i.e. quarter-deposits for use of carts, high credit-card processing fees, no free bags and limited store hours.

Duluth opens second dog park

Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division announced today that a fenced, off-leash dog park has officially opened at Observation Park, located on West Third Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues west. Features of the new dog park include a double-gated entry so leashes can be removed safely before entering the dog park, a separate small dog area for dogs 20 pounds or less, and off-street parking (at the Tenth Street dead end). Observation Dog Park is the second such park in Duluth. The first, Keene Creek Dog Park, located in Keene Creek Park in West Duluth on Grand Avenue and 62nd Avenue West, opened in 2006. Both dog parks are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting Duluth Dog Parks are encouraged to email Denette Lynch at duluthdogparks @ yahoo.com.

Żartujesz sobie ze mnie? Nye’s is closing?

http://vimeo.com/46007034

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Nye’s Polonaise Room to close next year

Nye’s Polonaise Room, a Minneapolis fixture, will close next year, marking the end of an era of polka and piano. Owners of the bar and restaurant, located across the Mississippi River from downtown, told their 35 employees Monday that Nye’s will shut its doors after 65 years in business. Home to the “The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band,” Nye’s has been a local landmark for decades. In 2006, it was named by Esquire magazine as the best bar in America.

Sarah Krueger – “Better When You Are Around”

Duluth’s Sarah Krueger — along with pianist Jordan Taylor, drummer J.T. Bates, bass guitarist Steve Garrington and guitarists Nate Case and Erik Koskinen perform in the Current studio.

Click here to hear the full three-song set and interview with the Local Show’s host David Campbell.

Highlight Video: UMD Bulldogs vs. Ouachita Baptist University

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjIMGuAwgHY&feature=youtu.be

Zach Zweifel hit quarterback Drew Bauer with a 9-yard scoring strike in overtime to cap UMD’s wild 48-45 win over undefeated Ouachita Baptist University last Saturday. The Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals, facing Minnesota State-Mankato this Saturday at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato.

The Trail’s Calling

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Max Fierek and Charles Young hit the trails near Stewart Creek in Duluth’s Smithville neighborhood.

Snooty Fox Tea and Honey Tasting

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The Facebook invitation for the Snooty Fox Tea and Honey Tasting, event indicated 80 people would attend, and that did not feel wrong. Maybe not 80, but the place was packed.

Presenting the 2014 edition of cars sliding down a Duluth avenue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H1dRmmAgWE

This video is from the Nov. 10 snow/ice storm. It’s not as good as the original (which is nearing a million views) but still … everyone loves a good car-sliding montage.

This Week: snowmobiles, speeches, seasonal sounds and more

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

Now that everyone has emerged from their food comas, there is plenty to see and do in the Twin Ports. Snowmobilers are now free to hit the trails, Karin Kraemer is speaking at the Tweed, Adam Swanson’s having a mural reception and they’re talking business at Clyde Iron.

Jamie Ness plays during Grog Time at Tycoons, Legally Blonde: The Musical opens and vets are remembered at a special dinner.

It’s not too early to get out over the weekend and start getting gifts: the Bizarre Bazaar and the Get it Local Gift Fair are two ways to do so.

And there’s lots of seasonal sounds to be had: O Holy Night is going down, as is the Sounds of the Season concert. Top off your weekend with the Rock and Roll Kamikaze and some stand-up comedy at Dubh Linn, and you’ve got all your bases covered.

Well, almost.

Thanksgiving Stories

My Thanksgiving started Wednesday, and I want to point a few things out.

Tin Can Gin

http://vimeo.com/112774485

Video by Kelsey Marrin.

Selective Focus: Home

The theme of “home,” and the numerous ways we can represent that idea were especially meaningful to me for two principle reasons — first, for having spent the past few years without something that fit the word’s conventional definition, and second for having accomplished a longed-for arrival here, in this community.