September 2019 Posts

Guide to Duluth-area Podcasts in 2019

Podcasts have been a thing for about 15 years, but the medium has only been popular for maybe five years. Duluth has followed that trend, going from just one or two downloadable online audio productions in the early days to more than a two-dozen now. Some are specifically about Duluth, others feature people from the region speaking to the world about subject matter ranging from popular culture to health and wellness.

PDD Quiz: September 2019 in Review

Test your knowledge of local headlines with this month’s quiz!

The next PDD quiz, on the history of the Hunters Park neighborhood, will be published on Oct. 13. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Oct. 8.

Lady Aurora at Boulder Lake

Airtime: Interview with Dale Klapmeier of Cirrus Aircraft

Business consulting company Elixirr produces a show where the interviews with entrepreneurs are conducted in an airplane. Episode Two features Dale Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft. From the Airtime website:

By flying them over the places that shaped who they are today, Airtime brings you the stories of inspirational entrepreneurs. Find out where they get their drive from, how they made it, and who shaped them along the way. These are the stories of the founders of some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive companies. All told at 3,000 feet.

Charlie Parr back with new album and tour

Unnamed Minneapolis developer has purchase agreement for Duluth News Tribune building

The News Tribune would lease back around 8,500 square feet in the building’s top floor.

Minnesota North Shore Fall Colors Report 2019

North Shore Fall Colors Report

Fall colors in Duluth and the North Shore of Minnesota area are starting to pop. In most cases along the North Shore the Fall colors will peak sooner as you get away from Lake Superior a few miles. Great spots to check out away from the lake would be to drive up the Sawbill Trail near Tofte, Caribou Trail near Lutsen or the Temperance River Road near Schroeder. We have found some of the best maple patches with a lot of fiery red colors if you explore further up the North Shore north of Grand Marais.

Selective Focus: Fall Colors 2019

Fall in Minnesota is just the best. Here’s proof.

Track the progression of fall and peak color at the DNR Fall Color Finder website.

Upset Duluth: Collapsing Driveway Edition

Here’s the latest addition to PDD’s ongoing “Upset Duluth” series, in which we feature Duluth News Tribune photos of people who are upset.

Story link: “Duluth pastor tweets to appeal church matter

And don’t forget to check out the ever-expanding Upset Duluth Gallery.

The Day the Brother of John Wilkes Booth Came to the Grand Opera House of Duluth

While John Wilkes Booth remains infamous as the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, his older brother Edwin was actually the better known of the two prior to Lincoln’s assassination as he was considered one of the greatest Shakespearean performers of the 19th century. Edwin Booth feared that his brother’s crime would destroy his own reputation and career even though he was not only a supporter of Lincoln, but also once saved the life of Lincoln’s son by grabbing him as he fell from a train. Edwin Booth’s open expression of horror at what his brother had done led to continued public support after Lincoln’s assassination and he remained a successful actor until his death. To this day, no actor has performed the role of Hamlet more times than him.

City Pages delves into those Arlington Avenue coffins

Maxxis Tires visits Duluth

Maxxis Tires, a manufacturer of a variety of tires, including bike tires, sent cyclist/videographer Brice Shirbach to Duluth to show off the world-class bike trails.

Duluth Library Wildcats Women’s Hockey Team of 1929

Not much is known about the Duluth Library Wildcats. The photo above is from the Duluth Public Library’s Facebook page, and is from a slide titled “Library Wildcats,” found in the staff section of the library’s slides.

“There isn’t a lot more information than that, but a librarian is on the case and she’ll be looking for more on this story,” the library’s Facebook post noted.

Duluth Trivia Deck Sampler #21

Another Duluth Trivia card, from a board game found at Savers, below.

National Geographic’s Duluth of 1949

Roy and Edythe Halvorson of Duluth sit in their living room and look out at skiers. Kodachrome photo from National Geographic, September 1949.

National Geographic magazine published a feature story on Minnesota 70 years ago in its September 1949 issue. The article marked Minnesota’s 100th year in legal existence as a territory of the United States.

Duluth, the Iron Range and Superior National Forest were part of the story, titled “Minnesota Makes Ideas Pay,” which features numerous photos by B. Anthony Stewart and Jack E. Fletcher.