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October Clouds

Today’s clouds over West Duluth, 5ish p.m.

It’s not Mars; it’s my streets.

On Facebook, I saw a picture that could have been from Mars, or from Hibbing (where the earth has been gutted by mines in a monstrously, sublimely beautiful way).

But it wasn’t. It was a Duluth street.

(On Facebook the photo is cropped without the yellow line. This makes it look even more out-of scale Martian.)

In the next election, I understand, there is something to be done about it.

C.J. Ham’s “Fullback Life”

A tweet this morning by Duluth’s C.J. Ham shows the bent upper rim of his face-mask after the Minnesota Vikings hard-hitting victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Fullback life indeed.

Duluth Ferry by Francis Chapin

Lithograph published by the Walker Galleries of New York, circa 1938.

PDD Calendar Index: Zinema Horror Film Series

Monday: Re-Animator
Tuesday: Tami Love Celebration Benefit
Tuesday: Cascade Crescendo
Wednesday: Boo Bash Skate and Scare
Wednesday: Lo-Fi Lumen
Thursday: Halloween Party at Pier B
Friday: Ski and Snowboard Swap and Sale
Friday: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday: Hallowade
Saturday: Sir Ben’s Halloween Bash

To view just Halloween-related events in the PDD Calendar, visit the Halloween tag.

For a complete look at what’s happening today, tomorrow and on into infinity, visit perfectduluthday.com/calendar.

Autumn at Split Rock Lighthouse

Dawn LaPointe and Gary Fiedler of Radiant Spirit Gallery recently captured these scenes of Split Rock Lighthouse.

Mystery Photo #55: Duluth Miniature Farm

Thanks to the labeling we know this miniature farm was located at a Conrad Service Station in Duluth. But where specifically in Duluth? And when?

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

I will do almost anything to avoid ironing. It’s the truth — I will. I don’t know what it is about ironing that is so abhorrent to me, but I will consider almost any other method of getting wrinkles out of my clothes.

Maybe it’s the ironing board. It’s all big and squeaky, and inexplicably hard to operate. Mine has not one, but two security features — you have to compress this metal … thing … while applying downward pressure on the legs to get it to close. Then, it catches on the second security contraption, which requires that you, maintaining aforementioned downward pressure, and compressing the first metal thing, also compress a second metal thing. It’s next to impossible. It’s actually easier to remove a Volvo 850 engine or a human heart. I know irons are hot and dangerous. But a double lock? There are nuclear silos with less integrity.

As an added feature, or possibly as evidence of the degradation of the ironing board over time, this security feature also activates while you are opening the ironing board, locking the board halfway open, approximately three feet off the ground. Three feet off the ground is too far below my natural waist for me to comfortably iron there, and slightly too high for me to iron at from a kneeling position (ask me how I know) so I must begin a reverse version of the closing the board/security catch deactivation process: I clench both metal doobobbies like I am falling off a cliff, and vigorously shake the whole thing up and down until the legs finally release, like a huge metal crane, and snap into ironing board, full-height position.

Earth Rider beer on tap at Cedar Lounge

For the first time in 50 years, suds are flowing at a production brewery in Superior. The inaugural beer by Earth Rider Brewing — a pale ale — went on tap Oct. 20 at its nearby taproom, the Cedar Lounge. Take-home 32 oz. crowlers are also for sale.

Where in Duluth? (Stone Edition)

Who knows where this carving exists in Duluth? Bonus points: what is it depicting and why? 

Selective Focus: Eric Dubnicka

Eric Dubnicka is an artist working in multiple materials with fascinating abstractions and textures. It’s always fun and surprising to see what pops up on his Instagram feed.

E.D.: Currently my artworks are focused on the energy that exists and interacts between two people, which has been a fun challenge to conceptualize and the result is a series of paintings of ephemeral core bodies with a carved sculptural element demonstrating the connection between them. I’m fascinated by the process of abstraction and my works have run the gamut of sardonic caricatures to field color paintings, but the underlying concept is the energy that drives us as individuals or in relationships. The forms I’m working with currently lean heavily on the biomorphic lines, have a human anatomical subtext and are relatable to microscopic snapshots that can be found in nature or among the stars. I enjoy allowing for broad interpretations of my work and allow the materials to speak and interact, creating surfaces that are tactile, textured and carry an aesthetic strength that allow accessibility.

Bent Paddle 14° ESB grabs gold at Great American Beer Festival

Bent Paddle Brewing won Duluth’s first Great American Beer Festival gold medal two weeks ago. It was the third time 14° ESB won a medal in the Extra Special Bitter category. It took the silver medal in 2015 and the bronze in 2014.

Local writer wins national audience

Jayson Iwen, associate professor of writing at UW–Superior, has landed a piece in Tikkun magazine. His story “Night Running,” was also a Glimmer Train “very short fiction” honorable mention.

Arnold and Denny: Together at Last

A showdown for the ages.

Welcome back to Duluth, Denny Hecker

Former Twin Cities automobile mogul Denny Hecker, now seven years into a 10-year sentence for fraud, has been relocated to Duluth’s low-security Federal Prison Camp. Toward the front end of his sentence he spent nearly a year in Duluth, a period spanning March 2011 to February 2012.

Hecker once owned a network of car dealerships in the Twin Cities. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to hiding assets in bankruptcy and defrauding lenders.