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Postcards from Duluth’s ore docks

Duluth, MN, Mammoth Ore Docks, Aeroplane View, c1920s

Duluth’s first ore dock was built in 1893, just east of 34th Avenue West. The Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway built several docks there for loading iron ore from the Iron Range for shipment to steel plants in the East. The first five docks were built of wood, which was gradually replaced by steel and concrete.

UMD 2014 Homecoming Kegger Video

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

Warm up on this cold February day with a junk-grabbing, fire-spraying, keg-standing party video.

This Week: bands, beards, the Birkie and more

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

There’s swing dancing at the Sports Garden, one of Jack Black’s former advisors is speaking, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is training conductors and the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV show gets underway.

That darn cat is still up on that hot roof at the Playhouse, there’s a lecture at Mitchell Auditorium on recovering traditional Dakota knowledge, a double art opening is taking place at the Depot and short films are being screened.

Add to this tons of live gigs, including one centered around beards, one at an Italian restaurant and one by a band whose name recently changed, and it’s a full docket of things to do and see.

(Ah, heck, let’s throw the Birkie and the Polar Plunge on the pile, too. Why not?)

Dan Dresser recording session at Sacred Heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-11r9wpYlM

A behind the scenes look at the recording session from last week at Sacred Heart.

Moving the Infinity Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-_iIDQA3LM

Tim Kaiser at Jefferson Peoples House

Tim Kaiser celebrated the kickoff of his crowd fundraising event by performing at Jefferson Peoples House in Duluth.

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Raising the Celtic Mandala Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPcg2W-QJnQ

A few Days in Duluth: Murder Ballads and Valentine’s Day

So tired.

Diving with the Triquetra Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsTP9R52OOQ

Summer 2014 placement experiment with MacManus Stoneworks’ triquetra stone, towards an eventual permanent placement in an underwater orienteering course or geocache concept. More deets in summer 2015.

An Incline Railway Mystery

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I’m back again with another mystery! Way back in October of 2006, I was exploring the topmost bit of overgrown sidewalk on Seventh Avenue West, (between Skyline and West Eighth Street). This walkway ran parallel to east side of the old Incline Railway, which pedestrians would have used as access for each stop along the way. At the top at West Eighth Street, where the sidewalk first begins, I happened to notice off to the side in the overgrowth, a large pile of of steel girders and wooden posts, located right about where the incline once stood.

Christine Dean’s Mix – free download from Homegrown

Christine Dean's Mix

Available now for free download on Bandcamp, 115 megabytes of local rawk and/or roll selected by Christine Dean the radio queen. When you follow the link to Bandcamp you’ll see all the previous Homegrown compilations are available as well. You must “name your price,” and $0 is completely acceptable. You are welcome. Thank you, fans!

Selective Focus: Love

Kip Praslowicz

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Some very sweet images this week, and I’m genuinely glad to see so many of you contented, but there must be angst, some “sturm und drang,” yes? The theme isn’t all rainbows and unicorns- this love business, as a salient hair band once averred, it “scars, it wounds and mars.” How we suture the injuries we sustain and those we inflict defines us more than any cleaving to cloying ideals.

Underwater Carved Stone Portraits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhoUDY02PyU

Collaborating with Sean MacManus of MacManus Stoneworks, our plan was to create an underwater geocache or orienteering course of his carved stones in Lake Superior. The summer of 2014 saw me performing initial placement experiments. This failed to yield any permanent way to affix the stones underwater, but it did generate several video portraits of the stones in situ. A follow-up video will detail the work I did to try and place these stones underwater. Summer of 2015 will see more progress and additional ideas. Meanwhile, enjoy~

Postcards from Congdon Park

Congdon Bridge Postcard One Cent

Trampled by Turtles – “Owner of a Lonely Heart”