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World Cup in Duluth

A friend of mine was asking where were the best public places in Duluth to watch the World Cup.

Dubh Linn is says that they will be “showing all the games” and are offering discounts to people showing up in their team jerseys. It was also the only place in Duluth mentioned in an MPR article.

That’s the only place I’ve heard of so far. Are there others?

Boundary Waters 2014

Video by David Cowardin from Duluth Outdoors.

2014 Duluth Primary Election Primer

There are plenty of federal, state, judicial and county offices up for grabs this year, but no Duluth City Council or Duluth School Board races. Sifting in which of the active races apply to Duluthians and sifting out which are uncontested until the General Election is a bit of a chore, but the info below might be as simple as it can be laid out while remaining thorough.

Remember: Aug. 12 is one of those Primary Elections in which you have to choose a party. You can’t, for example, vote for a Republican governor and a DFL congressman. On the partisan portion of the ballot you have to vote for the same party in all races. Below are the contests that will be on that ballot, and some notes about what will be part of the Nov. 4 General Election.

United States Senator, Independence Party
Tom Books
Steve Carlson
Jack Shepard
Kevin Terrell
Stephen Williams

United States Senator, Republican Party
Jim Abeler
David Carlson
Mike McFadden
Patrick D. Munro
Ole Savior

United States Senator, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Al Franken
Sandra Henningsgard

United States Senator, Libertarian Party
Heather Johnson is unopposed in her party and will be on the General Election ballot.

United States Representative, Minnesota District 8
There will be no primary in this race. Green Party candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman, Republican Stewart Mills and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Rick Nolan are unopposed in their parties and will be on the General Election ballot.

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Inducing the gay and frolicsome lumberjack to stop in Duluth

From the March 22, 1909, Duluth Evening Herald:

Auto ride for drunks
New police patrol will be in service next week
“Free ride with every jag” for every woodsman

Duluth’s new automobile police patrol wagon is due to arrive in the city next Friday. After a few trial trips on local hills, it probably will be put in active service the following Monday.

For several years past certain interests in Duluth have been trying to devise ways and means to induce the gay and frolicsome lumberjack to stop off here and spend his money.

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Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse: A few pre-fire photos of the adjoining bar

The May 11 fire that destroyed the processing area of Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse in Knife River didn’t do much damage to the adjoining bar area, but nonetheless I thought I’d share some pre-fire snapshots I took of it in the fall of 2012, before it got “smoked” … so to speak. (The shot above is obviously of the fire, taken from the smokehouse’s Facebook page.)

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Pineapple Arts now offering music lessons

Pineapple Arts Center in Downtown Duluth is now offering music lessons. Guitar, bass and ukulele lessons are available, and songwriting/composition help can also be provided.

Here’s what they had to say on the matter:

We’re so excited to have Duluth-area musician and News Tribune music writer Tony Bennett (Cars & Trucks, The Dames, Seed Math) offering music lessons for beginners/intermediates this summer! Lessons will be dictated by what the student wants to learn, with a focus on fun and creativity. Tony is able to cover many styles, including: rock, folk, blues, punk, metal, avant-garde, pop, some country, and much more! Give the store a call at (218) 722-2919 if you want to take music lessons ~~THIS SUMMER~~ acoustic and electric guitar ~~ bass guitar ~~ or songwriting and composition. ~~ Lessons are available on Tuesdays between 6-9 PM. Cost is only $20 for a single half-hour lesson, and $70 for a four-lesson package deal!

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Does anyone use Consumer Cellular?

I’m considering switching from Verizon to Consumer Cellular. Does anyone in Duluth use Consumer Cellular? What is your opinion of the company?

This week: books, opera, baseball and roller derby


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

There’s a fundraiser today at Lighthouse at Emily’s for Kendall’s Smokehouse which had a bit too much smoke a few weeks ago and needs to make repairs. If you plan on going farther up the shore, though, be mindful of road restrictions on Highway 61.

The Duluth Public Library Book Sale is this week with a presale for Friends of the Library on Tuesday, then the general public gets to see what’s left on Wednesday. It concludes with a bag sale on Friday.

Duluth Huskies baseball is in full swing this week with four home games Tuesday through Friday at Wade Stadium. In other sports action, the Harbor City Roller Dames have a double header this Saturday at the DECC to conclude their 2013-14 season.

Ring of Fire, featuring the music of Johnny Cash, opens at The Underground on Thursday and runs two weekends and LOON‘s Don Pasquale has only two performances at Lincoln Park Middle School on Thursday and Saturday of this week.

The Formal Age release a new album at Red Star on Friday, sharing the bill with Wino, WI and Turbo Rathvon.

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

Glensheen Mansion Aerial Flyover

This drone flyover of Glensheen Mansion was shot 6/3/14.

Radar speed signs on Arrowhead and Sixth Avenue East?

What’s up with the “you are going this fast” signs on Sixth Avenue East and Arrowhead Road? I actually quite liked them when they were working. They offered a nice reality check for me and presumably others. They seem to be solar powered; are they both just broken? Are they subscription-based and the city is late on the payment?

Gone Berserk!

I spent the better part of three days at Berserkon. This event is fast becoming a highlight in my annual calendar.

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Mystery Photo #16: Holm’s Kaffe Stuga

This photo is labeled “Holm’s Kaffe Stuga, Fond du Lac, Duluth, Minn.” From that we can assume the Fond du Lac neighborhood had a Swedish coffee cottage at some time in history. When? Where? And who is this Holm character?

Video Archive: Vikings vs. Eagles in 1978

From Metropolitan Stadium, Dec. 3, 1978. It’s the tail-end of the Purple People Eater years, and many of the Vikings’ top stars are starting to show their age. Nonetheless, the home team comes into this game 7-5-1, with a shot at the playoffs. We’ll save the spoiler remarks until after the jump.

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Work underway on 63rd & Bristol

The precious connector between Grand Avenue and Cody Street has been blocked off since the Historic Summer Solstice Flood Disaster of 2012, but work is now underway to reconstruct 63rd Avenue West and Bristol Street at Keene Creek.

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Unusual Art Opening

The Sister Mary Charles opening reception drew close to 500 guests at the Tweed on June 4. Local art luminary Ed Newman gives his account here.

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Local Landmark Nomination for CJM Memorial

The CJM Memorial Local Landmark Nomination will have its second reading at the Duluth City Council Meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. The meeting is at City Hall on the third floor in City Council Chambers. The CJM Board ask that you please come and show your support.
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Ten Flips at the Deeps

Gettin’ tired towards the end there.

Duluth in Orion

This photo by Ian Kimmer is on page 8 of the current edition of Orion magazine.

Superior Public Library 125th Anniversary Video Contest

Help the Superior Public Library celebrate its quasiquicentennial! Produce a 30-second to 10-minute video that highlights the Superior Public Library. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as staff favorite. Submissions will be accepted Sept. 3 through Aug. 31.

Official Video: Trampled By Turtles, ‘Are You Behind The Shining Star?’

TBT music video for the new album ‘Wild Animals’ first single, “Are You Behind the Shining Star?”