February 2010 Posts

Newspaper Guild Pickets the DNT

(The article below was originally posted to the Northern Worker blog at www.northernworker.wordpress.com)

by Adam Ritscher

On Thursday, February 25 about 80 members and supporters of the Lake Superior Newspaper Guild gathered in front of the Duluth News-Tribune offices for an informational picket. The Newspaper Guild represents the reporters and other workers at the DNT.

Bird or Buoy?

So, we were at Park Point on Sunday. It was pretty far away and after a 45 minute walk on the sand we finally realized what it was. Can you tell?
(picture by Michael Kehn)

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Daily Duluth Photo vs. Duluth Daily Photo

It struck me as a little odd a few days ago when a post on PDD announced the creation of Daily Duluth Photo. “Hasn’t that been around for a while?” I thought to myself.

Now the situation has been cleared up in the comments to that post. The previously existing site I was thinking of is Duluth Daily Photo, not Daily Duluth Photo.

Goodness gracious. I don’t think I can handle two photos a day.

Informational Picket

What: Informational Picket

Who: Lake Superior News Guild and supporters

When: Thursday, Feb. 25, noon to one

Where: In front of the Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. 1st Street

Why: The members of the Lake Superior Newspaper Guild would be glad to take a pay cut, but what we want in exchange from the paper’s owners, Forum Communications, is protection of jobs. Instead of working with the Guild, however, the company continues to lay off workers and diminish the quality of the paper. Help us send a message to Forum management that the Guild is more than willing to sit down at the bargaining table to achieve the savings the company desires in exchange for saving jobs here in Duluth. Tell the company that what it’s done to your newspaper is wrong. If you value having a newspaper in Duluth, please come out and support us. If you can’t make it, feel free to send an email to Forum owner Bill Marcil at [email protected] to let him know you’re concerned about the paper and you support the Guild’s efforts.

Cover: Free!

Sixth Annual H.O.T.D.I.S.H. Bakeoff

Sixth Annual H.O.T.D.I.S.H. Bakeoff
March 27, 2010
Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.
5:30-7pm Bakeoff (food, judging, prizes, repro health and justice political updates)
7pm Pamela Means (www.pamelameans.com benefit concert.

Going Through Old Files

Circa 2003.

The Ragbirds coming to Duluth tomorrow!

The Ragbirds, the infectious global groove band from Ann Arbor MI, are coming to Duluth tomorrow, Feb. 25, for a show at the Rex. One of the busiest touring bands from Michigan, the Ragbirds have performed 200 shows a year in 26 states, and Japan, and have played Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Summercamp, Wookiefoot’s Harvest Fest, and many more! Female violinist fronted, and full of upbeat and danceable positive gypsy, African, and folk-rock groove, we’re excited to be playing our first Duluth show! Please come out and spread the word!


Lundgren better be funny…

I’m in the mood for funny … so Paul Lundgren’s Happy Hour better be funny … dammit.

Paul Lundgren - Open Mic @ Carmody Irish Pub - HG08

What: Paul Lundgren and poet Ryan Vine share the stage
When: Tonight @ 6pm
Where: Teatro Zuccone

Think about showing up. Paul’s mom would like it if you did.

Help make the Twin Ports more bike and pedestrian friendly

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council is launching a new Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. This committee will advise the region’s transportation leaders and advocates on bicycle and pedestrian issues and opportunities that are faced in the Twin Ports.

The kickoff meeting is this Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6-7:30pm at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. More info at www.dsmic.org.

Turbo Rathvon & Wyatt Famous with Fearless M.I.

Saturday Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. at Hell Burgers in Canal Park.

Come see the rising stars of the Twin Ports music scene: Turbo Rathvon, Wyatt Famous, and Fearless Moral Inventory! No Cover!

CD Release Show @ the Rex Saturday

500 Million Society CD Release w/ special guests Coal Car Caboose and the Hotel Coral Essex, featuring a performance by the Spin Collective

Daily Duluth Photo

A new photo-a-day website has been launched, showcasing images from Duluth, MN. All images are submitted by people who visit the site.

Basically, by using the entry form, you are put into a pool for the current month. Your image may or may not be picked as the Photo of the Day for any given day of the month in which you submitted.

Learn to Curl

The Release

So you think that you can out-shoot Olympic Skip John Shuster? Here’s your chance to try the sport… (John won’t be there…)

Olympic Celebration Open House Clinics

Learn to curl at the Duluth Curling Club! All equipment supplied. Must bring clean shoes.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7-9PM
Friday, Feb. 26, 5-7PM and 7-9PM
Saturday, Feb. 27, 12 – 230PM and 2:30PM – 5PM
Sunday, Feb. 28, 12 – 230PM and 2:30PM – 5PM

Visit their website: http://www.duluthcurlingclub.org/

A Tribute to the ol’ Cooper SK-100 Helmet


As the outdoor ice melts on another hockey season, I’d like to take a moment to honor my Cooper SK-100 helmet. We’ve been through a lot together.

DNT Resorts to Interviewing its Publisher to Produce Content?

So I know that the whole ripping on the Duluth News Tribune theme gets a bit tiresome. Yet this article compels some response from anyone who knows better than to accept as journalism a story about the New Tribune’s publisher speaking before the Duluth Chamber. Ironically, in this story, the reporter quotes the DNT’s publisher stating that “What we don’t have is less local news content.” Well, I suppose if this article and advertisements qualify, that may be the case. But the newspaper is not even close to being “better than it was a year ago.” Read the story and you might understand my utter confusion at how anyone could possibly consider this story to be newsworthy.