January 2010 Posts

Bowling for Autism

Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m.
Incline Station
$8 per child, $10 per adult

Tickets include: 2 hours of bowling, shoes and automatic scoring.  Food and beverages available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Autism Association of Northern MN.

Jitterbug’s Newscast

I thought that the “1000 foot shitters” was great but she may have topped it with “I am still stuck on the beaver!”

Good luck in Haiti. Miss you on the news!!

Wax Your Runners! Laskiainen!



Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival
Feb. 6 & 7 at Loon Lake Community Center in Palo, Minn.

Annual Food Queries: Throwback; Paczki

I’m looking for two seasonal foods:

1. Any stores with Mountain Dew Throwback still in stock … a gas station, a grocer — anything. This is number 1 priority.

2. Pepsi Throwback. Same deal. The no-HFCs is attractive to me.

Excited for Beargrease 2010?

Argos Pulls Galynn in the Otter Sled

Don’t forget to watch one of the Northland’s most amazing tributes to our cultural heritage (in my opinion, at least): The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon!

Wind Power Jobs

The news this morning of a major wind company considering Duluth, Superior, and the Iron Range is something we should really go after. There are four states in the running. If you like this type of development, contact your congressman. I’m sure they know about this but I think it would be really important to go do this. This could be huge for Duluth. This opportunity will not come every day. Thanks to those folks who were out front on this and got it to this stage. Anything I can do to help, ask.

Maria Bamford reads Perfect Duluth Day

Mpls/St.Paul magazine, Feb 2010

Mpls/St.Paul magazine, Feb 2010

Minnesota Mama street-skating in Hibbing

Lundgren won a thing

Congrats to Mr. Lundgren for winning this thing.

I like the part where Enger seems to think Goggleye is a made up character.

Brewhouse Triathlon, 1927

Well …

R.I.P. Howard Zinn, 1922-2010


Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and many other books died this week.

Here are references I found to Duluth and Minnesota in “A People’s History of the United States”

Moon Over Old Central


Not that my photo (from Tuesday) is special at all, but the moon has been kind of impressive this week, hasn’t it? Must be how clear the skies have been. Full moon action is tomorrow. Get your werewolf on.


Jitterbug Julie Pearce is leaving the Northland’s NewsCenter. She says this will be her last weekend anchoring the newscasts.

Hello all, yes, the rumors are true… this weekend will be my last weekend as a news anchor for the NewsCenter. This has been a hard decision for me. I’ve been with the NewsCenter now for about 4 years. I work with some amazing people and have truly enjoyed my time there. The big bright studio lights, the cameras, and… deep connection to our community have been extremely rewarding and exciting.

from her facebook page.

After a couple of weeks doing nursing and helping people in Belize she came back and bought a one-way ticket to Haiti to do medical support for people there who have been devastated.

Jeremy Messersmith and Dave Mehling

This Saturday night, the 30th of January, UMD’s Late Night Kirby will be hosting a night of wonderful Minnesota music!

Jeremy Messersmith and Duluth’s own Dave Mehling will be playing at the Rafters on the third floor of the Kirby Student center at UMD. This event will be FREE for all UMD students and $5 to the public.

Please come by and enjoy the infectious sounds of one of Minneapolis’s favorite singer/songwriters and the musical stylings of UMD alum Dave Mehling!

With You, Haiti Cherie: Benefit concert for Haitian relief

The College of St. Scholastica is hosting a benefit concert for Haitian relief on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus.  Doors open at 6:15 p.m.  Seating is limited, so please arrive early.  The event is free but a goodwill donation is requested.   A silent auction begins at 6 p.m. in Mitchell’s upper and lower lobbies.  T-shirts, books, CDs, etc. will also be for sale.

Performers include “Bonga and the Drums of Haiti,” Echoes of Peace Choir, First Lutheran Church Choir, CSS Hand Drum Ensemble, storyteller Elizabeth Nordell and a slide show accompanied by music from violinist Rudy Perrault.  Michelle Lee from KBJR-TV will emcee.

Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services and Partners in Health.  For more information see haiti.css.edu.