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Tina Smith is Minnesota’s new U.S. Senator

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has selected his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Smith said she will run for the seat in 2018.

State Senator Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville will replace Smith as lieutenant governor.

MPR: Smith to take Franken’s Senate seat, run in 2018

PDD Calendar Index: Mark Olson

Wednesday: Mark Olson
Thursday: A Liberace & Liza Christmas!
Friday: Flickerings
Friday: Red Mountain, et. al.
Friday: Sound Sessions 1
Saturday: ‘Twas the Night Before Zoo-mas
Saturday: Another Laura Velvet Christmas
Saturday: Renegade Holiday Improv at 8
Sunday: Holiday Jubilations and Traditions

For a sorted list of the merry events of the holiday season, visit the Christmas category.

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

Hockey Helmet Cam and Bloopers

A few clips of some young-at-heart local hockey players getting their game on.

Video Archive: Haus Meeting live at Mr. Movies

It’s been a decade since Haus Meeting performed its famous concert at the Plaza Shopping Center Mr. Movies. Perfect Duluth Day’s Scott Lunt was there to record the action on Dec. 12, 2007.

The video stars Luke Holden, Bob Monahan, Rebecca Holden, Jeremy Ehlert and various Mr. Movies customers.

Brewhouse’s pub sauce and salad dressing going retail

Just Take Action, a company that owns and operates several restaurants in Duluth, recently began packaging its Fitger’s Brewhouse Chipotle Pub Sauce and Maple Salad Dressing for retail sale.

The effort, under the name Brewhouse Specialties, is part of a move to focus on developing and marketing products to consumers at home.

Northern Waters Restaurant will close Dec. 31

Just two years after opening, the Northern Waters Restaurant at Mount Royal Shopping Center will close. A news release from owners Eric and Lynn Goerdt indicates the business has been sold and a new restaurant will replace it in early 2018.

Because I’m Alive

Drone footage shot by Mike Kenyanya from July to October 2017. Music by Kavulea.

Mystery Photo #58: Steamer Perry G. Walker

Although the date Dec. 11 is recorded on this image, it’s not clear what year it was when the steamer Perry G. Walker arrived in Duluth covered in ice. It’s also not clear if this is a photo or an illustration … or an illustrated photo.

Hermantown coffee shop changes hands, rebrands

 
In a swift transition of ownership, the two-year-old Pelican Coffee closed Nov. 12 and the new Yellow Bike Coffee opened Nov. 13. There wasn’t a day without caffeination at 5094 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown.

PDD Quiz: Holiday Traditions

It’s that time of year again: the lights are twinkling, the tourists are flocking, and “Christmas City” plays on a seemingly endless loop. How well do you know your Twin Ports holiday traditions? Whip yourself up a Tom & Jerry and settle in for the quiz!

The next PDD Quiz, reviewing the events of 2017, will be published on Dec. 31. Please send question ideas to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Dec. 28.

Video Archive: Damn Yankees 1992 Concert Promo

Television advertisement for a concert at the Duluth Arena held 25 years ago today — Dec. 9, 1992 — featuring Damn Yankees, Slaughter and Jackyl.

Tommy Shaw, formerly of Damn Yankees, will return to Duluth on March 13 for a concert with Styx.

Locker Room Talk

I have never worked a fine-dining kitchen but was a short-order fry cook for many years and absolutely loved the work. It’s the closest I have ever been to becoming a star athlete: the physical challenge, mental focus, and team effort of the average brunch service was a rush no matter how many times I got through it. I would sit eagerly after the line was clean, watching the waitress tally her tickets so I could go home with my head full of fresh stats: 200 covers, 8 hours, no walk-outs, no comps = perfect game.

And I was good. I have no idea why. I walked into the diner of my future as a 21-year-old anthropology student and applied for a part-time job I (falsely) assumed would be as low-accountability as my former pizza kitchen work, where as the only woman in the back of the house I was treated with all the novelty I deserved and none of the (usual) hostility. Like a kitten in a nursing home, my male co-workers gave me just enough to play with in that kitchen so I didn’t run away, all the while relieved to have a distraction from their own tired dynamics.

Selective Focus: #lutefisk

It’s a Northland tradition. Show your heritage runs deep enough that lutefisk is no big deal, or as a young, hard-driving journalist, prove you’re brave enough to venture into the depths of a Lutheran church basement to try it for the first time.

Video: Sen. Al Franken announces resignation

Boutique hotel opening in Lincoln Park this spring

A small and stylish boutique hotel — the first of its kind in Duluth — is set to open this spring in the Lincoln Park craft district.

The husband and wife team of Andy Matson and Chelsy Whittington plan to open the three-suite hotel on the second floor of a historic building they recently purchased at 1923 W. Superior Street. The new accommodations will be called the Hotel Pikku, which means small or odd in Finnish.

Matson and Whittington said travelers who want to experience a trendy, centrally-located neighborhood away from typical Duluth tourist areas will stay at the Pikku Hotel. Clients or patrons of other Lincoln Park businesses are also potential lodgers. The cozy, completely renovated rooms with kitchenettes will rent for between $100 and $150 a night.