March 2013 Posts

Homegrown Band Publicity Photo Showdown: Dead Guys vs. Mary Bue

Dead Guys (photo by Nate Rendulich)

Mary Bue (photo by Ryan Dahlberg)

With the Homegrown Music Festival coming up PDD launched a series of polls four weeks ago, tournament style, to determine which Duluth-area band has the sweetest pic. Last week the Tisdales defeated Ryan Van Slooten. This week we ask …

Which band has the better publicity photo?

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This poll is now closed. The results were:

Dead Guys – 61.5 percent
Mary Bue – 38.5 percent

Note: Only people who are logged in to their Perfect Duluth Day blogging account are allowed to vote (to prevent people from voting multiple times). To create an account, click here. If you need help figuring it out, click here.

Old Duluth Photos on Shorpy

While watching Lost Duluth 2 on WDSE-TV (great show!), I wanted to pass along some awesome old photos that have been scanned in very high resolution and submitted to the wonderful archive site Anyone who likes looking at good historic photos of Duluth will love these large images. Most of these were taken in 1905 and were published by the Detroit Publishing Co. using glass negatives.

Eagle Watching

You think you’re cold? Watch these guys, brought to you by the DNR …

2013 State of the City

Has anyone recently looked at the Unfair Campaign?

There are a bunch of posts promoting radical leaders who advocate racial genocide on the Un-fair Campaign’s Facebook page! Yipes! Is this what Duluth has come to?

Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound


If you’ve heard enough about the Duluth music scene, maybe it’s time to read up on the Iron Range music scene. The Current recently profiled Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound.

This week: umlauts, empathy and robots


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

Mayor Ness will deliver the State of the City via video tonight. People are gathering to view the virtual mayor at Clyde Iron. Rumors of the mayor doing the Harlem Shake during the State of the City are unconfirmed.

Osmo Vänskä has little else to do being shut out of his orchestra, so he’s bringing his clarinet and umlauts to Mitchell Auditorium on Tuesday.

You can cultivate a little empathy at UMD on Wednesday and learn about diversity from two white women. Clearly I need to take this workshop.

I, for one, plan to welcome our new robotic overlords at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, running Thursday through Saturday at the DECC.

Text, a text based art exhibition, opens at the Prøve on Friday.

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

Snow coming

We have been warned. Frankie the DIY Weatherman is watching this storm from Nova Scotia.

A Stroll by the Lake

Why are we not?

I just headed down to Goodwill to pick up a suitcase. I’m heading to Scotland to work on an organic vegetable farm for a couple of months. As I was coming back up the hill, I happened to look at the freeway and the thought came to me: Why is it that there are no solar photovoltaics on the south-facing sides of the freeway? What a perfect spot. Out of the way, not doing anything. Some places 20 to 30 feet from the ground to the road bed. South facing. Don’t have to take anything down. We own the right away. Why don’t we do something like that in Duluth? Apathy, ignorance, afraid of change, sold out to power companies, scared, need the money for hockey rinks … what’s the reason? I just don’t get it.

This is a revolution that is sweeping the world. The cost of solarvoltaics is cheaper then fossil fuels in some places. We can’t even try something so small as one solar street light. For 15 years I’ve been going on this rant. Is it going to be another 15 years? Is Duluth going to be that far behind the rest of the world? I just don’t get it.

4x photo submission deadline extended

The 4x (meaning “4 by” as in 4×6 print, or 4×26 print) exhibit at the Duluth Photography Institute has extended the deadline for its call for submissions until Monday, March 4. This exhibit is open to everyone. Just attach your 4xsomething print to a stiff backing, put your name and contact info on the back, and drop it off or mail it to the DPI. We are accepting drop-offs on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more important details, please see the “Events” page of the DPI website or call Brian at 218.393.2468.

Save the Old Globe Elevator

When I feel like some couch surfing, I watch Ax Men. When I’m smart, I listen to Wisconsin Public Radio. The two came together for me yesterday when I found out that the Old Globe Elevator in Superior is in trouble:

Save the Globe

I love the shipping history of Duluth/Superior, I love Ax Men, and I love the environment. That’s a triple threat that caused me to contribute. How about you? Is it worth it? Go to for more information.