October 2010 Posts

Dear Press Release Writers:

Please do not include the day’s date when making a press release. I know what day it is. My email tells me the date received. The file will even tell me the creation date, if I’m that interested. It is anachronistic, and it is superfluous information.

Some other modern press release style notes I made for a friend after the break:

Great New Restaurant – Clearwater Grille

A few days ago, my wife and I went to check out the new Clearwater Grille, in the old Lakeview Castle building up the north shore (Here’s the map).  We always like to get out and see the new restaurants in town, of which there have been a lot over the past several years. 

We were both very happily surprised when we got there.  The new owners of the Clearwater Grille have done a lot of work and the bar and dining room are very nicely redone compared to the state they had fallen into over the past few years at this iconic building.  The bar looks great; very classy.  They replaced the nasty carpet with oak hardwood.  It’s all been painted of course and there are new tables and chairs.  They whole atmosphere is elegant without being pretentious, which some of the recent north shore restaurant additions are leaning toward.  But I enjoy them also when I’m in the mood.  This place is more approachable.

Author Jay Weiner to speak tonight at The Bookstore at Fitgers

Author Jay Weiner will be in Duluth tonight for a talk and book signing for his new book This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
5:00-8:00 pm
The Bookstore at Fitger’s
600 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

Carnival this weekend

There’s a carnival  from 11 until 3 on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W. College Street. Free admission and some free activities. Games, cake walk, fortune telling, Vasili the Clown, caramel apples, lunch items, and more. Open to everyone.

Amidst Storm, Vandals Break into East H.S.

DNT Story

Why was school called off yesterday anyway?

Fudge For Troops

November is Fudge for Troops month. For every customer who purchases one pound of fudge at either the Canal Park or Miller Mall store locations, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will send a free matching pound of their store made fudge to our troops overseas.

Mad Monster Party

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Just in time for the Elections Halloween, I stumbled across Mad Monster Party. I’ve seen a lot of Rankin/Bass stuff, but have never even heard of this one. This is a making of, split into two parts.

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It’s amazing how much these guys put out, we saw a Rankin/Bass marathon on cable a few years ago, and they seemed to cash in on pretty much every holiday. Some of them were pretty unwatchable. But we watched anyway.


I wish Jim Oberstar would either:

a) learn how to read from a Tele-Prompter


b) memorize any future on-air speeches.

Lost Dog

Hey everyone … our dog ran away yesterday in the Lester Park/Seven Bridges Road area by the hockey rinks. She’s a 10-year old yellow lab named Barley. She’s the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet, and we miss her! If anyone has seen her, please give me a call at 349-4243.

Sister Nations: A Celebration of Native American Women Writers

Come celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Native American women writers at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Featured writers include Heid E. Erdrich, Linda LeGarde Grover, Dr. Pauline Danforth, and Marcie Rendon.

Monday, Nov. 1 at 7pm
Fond du Lac Amphitheater
2101 14th St., Cloquet

This event is free and open to the public. Q & A and reception to follow.

Wild, Wonderful Word Fair — for kids

Wild, Wonderful Word Fair
Saturday, Oct. 30, 1-3 p.m.
Green Room at the Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St.
For kids 8 to early teens
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Halloween at R.T. Quinlan’s

Friday,  Oct. 29, 10pm – $5 – 21+
Black-eyed Snakes
The Acceleratti
American Rebels

Saturday, Oct. 30, 10pm – $5 – 21+
Rock Brigade
The Surfactants
w/ Special Guests

Hillside Laundry

Just got the news … Hillside Laundry is burning.

This week on the Playlist

A unique blend of gypsy-bluegrass; cross-country experiences with Roadtrip Nation; landscapes by Sue Pavlatos and a sneak peek at the College of Saint Scholastica’s production of Twelfth Night are in the spotlight on The PlayList, Thursday, Oct. 28 at 9pm on WDSE-WRPT’s PBS North (8.1/31.1). (The PlayList is repeated Fridays at midnight.)

Walking Dead at Zinema2

Dragon Port Games and Comics will host the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Oct. 31, Halloween night, at the Zinema2 movie theater in Downtown Duluth.

Robert Kirman’s award-winning comic series focuses on the human condition in a post-apocalyptic world, making for a fantastic adventure into the popular genre of zombies and drama. Follow Rick Grimes in his adventures as he awakens, alone and confused, trying to make his way home to his wife, Lori and son, Carl — all the while meeting new folks along the way and trying to survive.

The pilot introduces us to several main characters directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile) that will come across as both dramatic and emotional.

Tickets are available at Dragon Port Games and Comics with the purchase of any Walking Dead-related item.

3 S. Fourth Ave. W., Duluth
Open 11am-9pm M-Sat 12am-7pm Sun.
Call 218-260-2646 | sirjeff @ dragonportgames.com

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to begin living.