December 2009 Posts

Perfect Duluth Day’s Best Videos of 2009

Best Videos of 2009

It’s like watching TV, only smaller, choppier and more frequently produced by amateurs — here it is … Perfect Duluth Day’s Best Videos of 2009.

Park Point Park cabin?

On the hiking trail at the end of Park Point, there’s an old cabin on the harbor side.  Does anyone know the story behind this cabin?  I read that there used to be several “settlers cabins,” perhaps this is the one remaining settler cabin?  I can also of course speculate about blacklisted Finnish bachelors, but I suspect folk on PDD know the real story.

Disney vs. Wilco (Wilco lost!)

I have great seats (Balcony B, Row C, 7 & 8) for Wilco on Feb. 19. With fees, I paid $81.50 total. My five-year-old and I were set … and pumped … to go, but now we’re off to DW for that week. I’d love to break even on the deal. Let me know if you’re interested.

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Speaking of Winter Coats

What do you do with your winter coat if you go to a crowded bar to celebrate the New Year? Pile it onto the coat rack that’s built to hold six coats but is loaded up with twenty and ready to fall at any moment? Throw it on the floor in the corner and hope for the best? Keep it on and sweat like crazy? Leave it in the car and suffer through the walk?

Opinions on winter clothing

Thought I’d check here to see if anyone has any suggestions.

I’m looking to replace my ‘ol generic JCP winter coat with a “high quality” brand.  Had been looking at Canada Goose but I’d like to stay away from down filled coats because of the cleaning issue.  Anyone got anything they’ve found that really does the job with warmth along with a water repellant and/or water proof exterior?  I realize warmth is relative but shoot some suggestions.  Thanks.

MPR Remembers Bill Holm


Minnesota poet, essayist, memoirist and musician Bill Holm died earlier this year. (See PDD post from Feb. 26.) This MPR program features highlights from a tribute held at the Fitzgerald Theater on April 14, with Robert Bly, Emilie Buchwald, Barton and Ross Sutter and so on. Also, many clips of the man himself.

Lake Superior Brewing wins Gold Medal at World Beer Championships

Lake Superior Brewing Company‘s Oktoberfest won a gold medal at the World Beer Championships.

Not sure why I feel like the resident apologist for Lake Superior Brewing especially since I’ve never tasted the stuff but … somehow I am a big booster of this gem of a Duluth business and I was very glad to see them get some recognition. Who knows? Maybe this is a stepping stone to better and better things for them and our fair Lincoln Park. Congratulations Dale and boys.

CASDA Dance to End Abuse

CASDA New Year's Eve Party

CASDA New Year's Eve Party

R.I.P. Lakeview Castle Duluth

Lakeview Castle Duluth

Word on the street is the Lakeview Castle will be closing it doors.

Treasures of the Earth – Green Art & Goods Fair

Treasures of the Earth – Green Art & Goods Fair. Held at the Unitarian Church, 835 W. College St., Duluth – March 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A variety of local artists will have booths showing what they are making out of local natural materials (wood, stone, bark, fiber) or recycled material. There will also be a nature photography and nature art section at the fair. These earth friendly and earth inspiring items make great additions to your home, cabin or as gifts throughout the year. Come shop. You will find many creative and unique items at this fair. Local made is the way to go. If you are a Twin Ports artist who uses recycled materials or natural materials in your work and would like to participate, contact [email protected].

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Walt Dizzo presents Best Music of 2009

Best of 2009

This happens Tuesday, Dec. 29. I may also be joined in studio or by phone from special guests. We’ll see what happens…

Northern Howl and Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Music Center
$10 at the door or online at
All ages

Jeremy Dick, New Years Eve at Carmody Irish Pub

Jeremy writes music to please and inspire those he loves (a perpetually growing list) and to help him to remember his own life. At best each of us sleeps 8 out of 24 hours each day of our life. Subtract the forgotten years of childhood and the fog of senility and we’re left with about 50 years waking time. Most of that time we spend engaged in autopilot-type tasks and we can’t even remember what we ate for lunch 48 hours ago. Or did we even eat lunch? Who knows? Performing live music is the way Jeremy makes himself uncomfortable enough to remember a night forever. And a night full of friends and laughter and love is worth remembering. Some Mountain Dew types call it ‘feeling more alive’. Jeremy would settle for living more of his feelings.

New Year’s Eve at Pizza Luce



Any musicians interested in a 7PM – 9:30 PM gig on New Year’s Eve?
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