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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?”

Keene Creek Clean-up and Tree Planting

Starting in 2008, Good Sheet Company staff have taken a field day each year and gone out to plant trees.

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PDD Summer Concert Primer 2014

With one of Duluth’s coldest and snowiest winters behind us, it’s time to warm up for summer music. Venues like Bayfront Festival Park and Big Top Chautauqua host major touring acts throughout summer, along with a number of smaller summer concert series put on by Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center, Summer (Mostly) Thursdays, and Chester Creek Concert Series. There will be more bands to see than time to see them. Here’s a look at some of the summer 2014 highlights.

June 13-19
Three Bridges Int’l Chamber Music Festival
Weber Music Hall
This festival will feature German compositions ranging from new to centuries old.

June 14
Pert Near Sandstone
Big Top Chautauqua
Pert Near Sandstone kicks off the summer under the big top.

June 17
Charlie Parr
Chester Bowl Park
Bluesman Charlie Parr kicks off the Chester Creek Concert Series.

June 20-21
Lake Ave Live 2014
Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar
Two nights of music under a big-top tent in the parking lot of the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace in Canal Park, featuring Grrl Prty, the4ontheFloor and more.
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Chester Park Graffiti?

Has anyone else seen the recent graffiti at the bottom of Chester Park. WDIO had a short feature on it. They “tagged” in the park and the neighborhood including houses and vehicles.

And what does 2.7.5. refer to? Searching the interwebs the top hit is the Twitter handle for @ink2flasyy the 21-year old Ontario man who flipped his car after tweeting about driving drunk. Google also tells me that it could refer to Blackland Raider Klan, an underground rap group started by SpaceGhostPurrp, down in Miami. That or they are big fans of the Python 2.7.5. release. Either way it isn’t cool once you start defacing neighborhoods.

I’ve never had an issue with some of Duluth graffiti havens but the side of an F-150 is not the same as the Graffiti Graveyard.

The Beach inside Glensheen

Chabas Painting in Glensheen
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Seven Bridges Road

There are now survey stakes running through the woods along Seven Bridges Road between Bridge One and Bridge Two. A couple of huge old white pines have been marked with tape. Apparently they are in the way of the plan to move the road over.

This week: polka, herring and berserking


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

Chester Bowl Park kicks off its series of Tuesday outdoor concerts with the Chmielewski Funtime Band.

Sing! sings and celebrates 15 years at The Underground on Wednesday.

The Red Herring opens its doors on Thursday to kick off a weekend long grand opening.

The second annual Berserkon is where gamers and cosplayers can get their nerd on at the DECC Friday through Sunday.

Or you can polka until you can’t polka no more at the International Polka Fest this weekend at Black Bear Casino.

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

Benevolent God to Crayfish and Minnows of Lester River

Two crayfish, an alpha and a beta who was a little smaller.
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Amanda and Rick and the new bike

Yesterday I saw this rain-soaked note clinging to the propane cage outside the Walgreen’s on Superior and 12th…

I thought it was odd enough to post on a well-known social media platform as a curiosity. Then Scott Lunt (aka Starfire) saw it and posted this version of the note he saw on 4th Street…
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Even on rainy days Duluth is still the best outside city in the country

Shot on and around Ely’s Peak with a cheap pocket camera and enhanced with stolen Cloud Cult music. Keep Duluth weird.

Oh, and vote in that thing if you want to. The numbers have been bizzaro, to the point where the mayor thought it might have been hacked …

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Lakewalk Parking

I went down to the Lakewalk in Canal Park a few days ago after not being down there for a few years and was very disappointed. First realizing that there is a minimum $2 charge for parking. What person knows how long they will be gone? Going for a walk, run, etc or stopping to have a bite to eat, let the kids play. I paid my $2 and made it back to my car in time, but within 30 seconds of starting my car, I was informed by the meter maid, that my time was up. I even looked into other places where parking used to be free. Nope it’s all gone. I will never go down there again and am certainly passing the word around to look somewhere else for Duluth’s beauty.

RSI hiring children’s behavior specialists

Residential Services’ Wicklow children’s foster care home is seeking patient, self-motivated staff to work with children with severe and persistent mental illnesses, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Behavior Disorder.

This position entails working with children with challenging behaviors, transition skills and adaptations necessary in skill development, social skills, independence, etc. Experience working with children, disabilities, and behavioral modification planning and crisis prevention, intervention and de-escalation of crisis and is preferred.

Hours will vary, applicants must be able to work days, evenings and every-other weekend. Day shifts are typically 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The home is located in Duluth.

For more information or to apply online, please visit

Where is the banana tree?

I am wondering what happened to the banana plant that was collected by Chester Congdon and used to be at Lester Park Greenhouse. It’s not at the UMD greenhouse or at Glensheen. It might be in a senior apartment with a greenhouse but I don’t know which one. I saw the plant when the greenhouse was still open in early 2000. I wrote briefly about it in the current Look at Lakeside newsletter.

Bananas Grown in Lakeside?

Employees at the Lester Park Florist would enjoy a banana split made with bananas grown from a banana plant in the greenhouse. The plant had been a gift from Elizabeth Congdon to the shop in the 1950s and was brought from South America by Chester Congdon in the 1920s.

The beginnings of that greenhouse at 6030 E. Superior St. date back to 1897. The final owners were the LaFaves who owned it for 25 years. The business closed ten years ago in the Spring of 2004.

DSFF Day 3 & 4

Last night, I saw Sorcerer and the Shorts festival at the Duluth Superior Film Festival… and I will be adding more to my thoughts before I post them.

Kathleen RobertsBut I ran into Kathleen Roberts, a local poet and a leader in the Duluth arts scene (one of the engines behind Prove Gallery). I teased that she would probably spend the weekend watching the movies in her gallery, but this is what she shared with me, instead — the movies she wants to see in the festival. Maybe she or I will see you there?
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Duluth Public Library dedication riot

Does anyone remember that in the early 1970s there was a dedication for the groundbreaking of the new Duluth Public Library, and suddenly a group of war protesters, marching down Michigan Street, were raided by the police.

I was about 4 years old and remember seeing the cops using their billy clubs to best long-hair teenagers.

Does anyone remember any details?

Shaoxing wine in Duluth?

Is there a source for Shaoxing rice wine in Duluth? It’s a common ingredient in Chinese cooking. I really don’t want to have to drive to Minneapolis to get this.

Golden Hour trailer

The Minnesota-made short-narrative film “Golden Hour,” screens tonight at Prøve Gallery as part of the Duluth Superior Film Festival. Filmed in just eight days, it features ten different locations across Minnesota, including Duluth’s Park Point.