R.I.P. old Norm’s Beer & Brats building, Cedar Lounge as it once was and the Loading Zone in all it’s glory

Norm's Beer & Brats

A few notes on Superior bars:

Norm’s Beer & Brats held a “Final Bash” over the weekend. According to its Facebook page, the bar will be moving early next week. “The old building will still be open for business tomorrow for tacos (since last week got all kinds of messed up with the power outage), and all week including Friday and Saturday,” reads a post published today. “Our new home is currently known as the Cedar Lounge. Be sure to check it out! We need to clear out the rest of our booze so our specials will be epic this week, stay tuned! Thanks to all that came to the big shindig, we had a blast!”

This Week: voting, rocking, ballooning and more

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

It’s primary time, Take it With You returns to the Underground with a Chaperone Records-heavy ep, John Mark Nelson and Mary Bue play the Red Herring, the show The Foreigner opens at the Playhouse, Unplugged XIV gets underway in Grand Marais and John Prine plays the DECC.

Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth 2015 — that’s a hot-air balloon festival for the non-French, out there — hits Bayfront Festival Park, R.T. Quinlan’s bar celebrates 25 years in action with a two-day music slate, kids can sleep amongst the animals at the Zoo, Dancing at Lughnasa continues at Teatro Zuccone, the 2015 Chester Bowl Fall Fest happens and so does the NorthShore Inline Marathon.

Something for a rainy day


I’d heard about Rainworks quite a while ago and filed it away in my mind as something awesome that I’d never be lucky enough to see. And then they had a Kickstarter. I’ve already made my pledge, in the hopes that they reach their goal and I can put up some rain activated artwork in my neighborhood but I think the Twin Ports would be a great candidate for lots of this … something to make us look forward to rainy days instead of dread them. However, there are only seven days left in their Kickstarter and there is a ways for them to go!

Teachers and parents, think of the potential for you! Anyone really. If enough of us got this set up, you could have rainy day scavenger hunts all over Duluth or Superior.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”

Where in Duluth?

Lincoln Park Plaque

You can’t put a campaign sign there

you can't put a campaign sign thereOne of the more clever Facebook pages of recent times has to be “You can’t put a campaign sign there,” which launched on Sept. 9. The candidates probably didn’t place the signs themselves, of course, but it’s still amusing.

After three days, Chuck Horton leads the race with seven allegedly illegal sign placements, followed by Howie Hanson and Karl Spring, who each have just one. (That’s just counting the gallery images; it looks like there are also a few “visitor posts” that aren’t in the gallery.)

That’s quite a lead for Horton, but at this stage Perfect Duluth Day’s prognosticators still think it’s too close to call.

Chatting with Artists

In the past few weeks, I have had too much coffee with artists.

Deer Woman: A Vignette, edited by Allie Vasquez and written by Elizabeth LaPensée featuring art by Jonathan Thunder. Winner of the Awesome Foundation Portland’s Peoples’ Choice Award.

Missing Person: Sheila Lou St. Clair

Sheila Lou St. ClairThe Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person — Sheila Lou St. Clair. She is a 48-year-old Native American female, 5’5″ tall, 125 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. St. Clair has not been seen since sometime before Sept. 1 in the area of the 100 block of West Third Street. If you know St. Clair’s whereabouts call 911.

There’s so much energy in us …

Last night the family unit and I made our way down to Bayfront to the Bridge Festival. As the night went on I started to think about where we live and why we live here. I moved here in 1985 and Duluth was, at that time, pretty much a cultural desert. There were few restaurants, virtually no original music to be found. You never saw people riding bicycles, you did not feel any sort of energy, other than that which came from the natural beauty.

Now you look at where we are. This is a truly special place to be. Is it perfect? No. Will it ever be perfect? I hope not. This community has been on a long journey. We have gone from a “Will the last person to leave, turn out the lights” era to a time when the community is bustling with energy.

Jason Wussow cuts a promo for One Week Live 2015


Where in Superior?

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Google Fiber Update

USA Today reports Google Fiber is considering three new cities for its high-speed Internet service: San Diego, Irvine and Louisville.

Don’t worry, Duluth is in line for a new project: Google Chopped Liver.

Selective Focus: Harvest

Annie Dugan

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Harvest is the time to reap what we’ve sewn, and to stow our goods for the difficult days ahead. It’s the time to decide what merits entry into our sod huts, and what is left to the elements. Often this is based on a degree of conformity to norms, on a willingness to fit in, and to play along. We decide what’s suitable to sustain us, cede diversity to the predictable, and leave the rest to wither on the vine.

New 360° Video – Minnesota in 360


First 30 seconds is from the North Shore. Click and drag to pan the video line-of-sight.

Prize Inside: Cereal Toys and Premiums Through the Decades



Part three of our conversation with Robb Berry, who has been collecting toys from cereal boxes since he was a kid in the 1970s.

See Part One — Honeycomb Hideout: Robb Berry’s Basement Cereal Box Museum
See Part Two — Cereal Brands: The Good, the Bad and the Sugary

Lutsen New Gondola

Lutsen Gondoloa

Lutsen Ski Resort began erecting a new $7-million gondola on June 23. It should be operational by the 2015-16 ski season. Above you can see they are sticking with the iconic red for the new eight-passenger gondola, which will speed up the gondola lines.