December 2012 Posts

Perfect Duluth Day’s Best Videos of 2012

Best Videos of 2012

Here it is: the best way to waste time in front of a computer during the New Year’s holiday — PDD’s compilation of the Best Videos of 2012.

This week: resolutions, giant harps and the greatest adventure is what lies ahead


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Happy New Year! There are a lot of New Year’s Eve gatherings today including:

And lots, lots more. What are you doing tonight?

On Friday you can catch a basketball game between UMD and Minot State at Romano Gymnasium or a hockey game between St. Scholastica and Augsburg at Mars Lakeview Arena.

On Saturday Zinema 2 starts its series of family films with the Hobbit! No, not that one, the 1977 Rankin Bass animated movie. Oh, yeah!

Also on Saturday Breanne Marie has a release party for her new CD at Beaner’s.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know!

Mont du Lac Snowboarding

New Year Brunch

Most of you will probably be nursing a hangover, but my favorite way to celebrate the New Year is with food. Does anyone know of an actual brunch being put on anywhere? It’s easy when it lands on a Sunday, but this year is on a Tuesday.

Getting to that time of year

So, I am curious, as I prepare my next ‘The Local’ show (1/9) for KUMD I am filling it up with music from last year. On the not completely impossible chance I’ve missed something local and great from 2012 I’d love to know people’s favorite local albums, EPs. etc from this past year. Listmania away!

I think I got a Boy Scout in trouble

I was at Super One in Kenwood last week, and a local Boy Scout troupe was bagging groceries. I didn’t want to give them a hard time, but I am opposed to the organization’s stand on gay rights, and so I finally said to the Scout Master adult, “Look, I’m not going to give you any money because of your stand on gay rights,” and offered to bag my own groceries (nicely, I hope). The Boy Scouts both proceeded to bag my groceries. I thanked them and said, “When your organization’s stand on gay rights changes, I’ll give you all the money I have.” Whereupon one of the young Scouts told me, “Well, actually, there is a movement at Minnesota State Scout Headquarters to change the State Scout charter in support of gay rights,” etc., and this kid looked totally excited about it! Then his Scout Master comes up and starts running his hand under the young man’s uniform collar, as if to shut him up, in a vaguely threatening manner.

Anyway, I profusely thanked this (very brave for incurring his Scout Master’s wrath) young man for the information, and I told him I certainly hope Minnesota Scouts does change its position.

I haven’t researched this yet, as I then went home and got extremely sick, so if anyone knows about it, please let me know. And thank you, brave Boy Scout, for the information!

Out-of-towners who like to party want to know …

Where is the best New Year’s bash at (besides your house)?  We are a group that are here on a long-term training assignment for “the man” (it’s corporate and will bore you).  We only get New Year’s Day off and so are looking for the perfect place to celebrate/welcome 2013.  We are a rainbow of colors/sexuality.  Duluthians, please help … where should we ring in the new year?  Forget dinner — it’s all about the cocktails and midnight.

Rice’s Point on an Icy December Day

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Where in Duluth (easy edition)

Assignment: Have a PDD

I’m trying to decide if I should: a) wander around Rice’s and Connors points in search of the elusive snowy owl, b) ice skate up the St. Louis River, or c) visit the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Or maybe you have a better idea. I await your recommendation.

We’re feeling used

Perfect Duluth Day hit a seemingly significant, though maybe not legitimately significant, milestone recently when it crossed the threshold of having 2,000 registered users.

Registered users, of course, are the people who have created an account on this site and are able to create posts and comment on posts. (Anyone can read PDD, but in order to be involved in discussions here you must create an account and log in.)

In recognition of 2,000+ users, we present a bunch of yammering, er, useful information, about PDD user accounts. Call it answers to frequently or not-so-frequently asked questions.

Mont du Laps, Episode 2

[This post originally contained an embedded video that is no longer available at its source.]

This video is a collaboration between Mont du Lac Recreation, Jambox Shred Gear and videographer Hunter Gulan, featuring riding by Dan Spooner, Kai Sandal, Paul Lavold, James Olson, Jackson Brown and Danny Kiolbasa.

This week: lights, skis and dolls


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Merry Christmas! As we enter the 12 days of Christmas there are lots of merry gatherings to be had.

KUMD will be rebroadcasting the theatrical UMD radio production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” today, which, if you didn’t catch it on the stage, you really should tune in.

You only have a few days left to tour Bentleyville which closes on Wednesday.

Marshall School will be holding a 3 day ski camp Wednesday through Friday.

This is the last weekend for the Rubber Chicken Holiday Revue Show – “A Flood of Christmas Cheer, or, What Seal Is This?” at Fitger’s with a special show on New Year’s Eve.

The Duluth Dolls will be nice and naughty at their burlesque show Saturday at the Teatro Zuccone.

The BRRRRDathon Marathon starts on Saturday, a birding photography fundraiser extravaganza to perserve land in the Sax-Zim Bog. The name alone deserves preservation.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know!

Bev’s Jook Joint for Sale or Lease

Bev’s Jook Joint for sale or lease.” Bev Robinson – jjointmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Casket Quarry | Duluth Crushed Stone Co.


According to the 1943 book Mineral Resources of Minnesota, edited by William H. Emmons and Frank F. Grout, “the Duluth Crushed Stone Company quarried gabbro at Duluth for road stone, railroad ballast, concrete aggregate, rubble for retaining walls, and riprap (large fragments for piers, breakwaters, etc.).”