July 2020 Posts

Aerial video from Amity Creek

Adam Jagunich offers a bird’s eye view of Amity Creek as he flies his drone along Seven Bridges Road at Lester Park.

City Pages honors Mary Bue and Sam Cook

Former Duluth-based musician Mary Bue and Duluth News Tribune columnist Sam Cook were honored by City Pages this week in its annual Best of the Twin Cities issue.

JamesG – “Toes Up”

Former Duluthian James Geisler, aka hip-hop artist JamesG, has just released this music video, featuring the usual wheeled-sneaker stunts that have made him a TikTok star.

Selective Focus: Indigenous First Art and Gift Shop

Located in the AICHO building at 202 W. 2nd St. in downtown Duluth, Indiginous First opened in 2017, and has been promoting and investing in Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs through their physical space, and now through their online store. This week, Jazmin Wong, coordinator for Indiginous First, discusses the mission guiding the shop, challenges and adaptations due to COVID-19, and a new CSA partnership to bring farm fresh foods to Duluth and Superior.

JW: We sell quality gifts and goods with a mission of advancing, promoting, and investing in Indigenous and diverse artists, authors, agriculturalist and entrepreneurs! Indigenous First is a continuously expanding social enterprise run by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in Duluth, MN. Our doors opened in July 2017!

“The Snowbirds are coming!” Duluth Airbase Open House, 1980

Forty years ago today.

Social Animals – “Something to Keep Me Awake”

Social Animals have a new music video for the single “Something to Keep Me Awake.” The footage was shot in Europe by Brendon Marti in pre-pandemic 2020.

Singer Dedric Clark stated on Facebook that he wrote “Something to Keep Me Awake” on a 14-hour trip from Cloquet to Nashville in his mother’s old Ford Taurus.

Charles Obije, et. al. – “Let it Shine”

Duluth-area musicians join forces with DanSan Creatives, the city of Duluth and the U.S. Census Bureau in this music video encouraging everyone to complete the 2020 census form.

Saints Duluth Roller Skating Center, 1978

Forty-two years ago today — July 30, 1978 — the Duluth News Tribune published a feature about the Saints Duluth Roller Skating Center on the cover of its Today’s Living section. Featured in photos were Rory Wohlstrom, Tammy Bergman, Lynda Gill, Tommi Peterson and Henry Miltakis.

Vansplaining, Episode 1: Our Girl

Duluth’s Alan Sparhawk, a musician in various bands, most prominently Low, has a new web series called Vanspaining in which he chats with other musicians while helping them unload and load gear at shows.

In the inaugural episode, Sparhawk talks with the Brighton-by-way-of-London-based band, Our Girl about magnets. Featured in the next four episodes are Lord Friday the 13th, Cat Clyde, Mikaela Davis and Southern Star, and Chelsea Wolfe.

Postcard from the Spruce Mine at Eveleth

The undated postcard shown here is a scene from the Spruce Mine in Eveleth, about 50 miles north of Duluth. The card was published by David Milavetz News Company of Virginia, Minn. and produced by E. C. Kropp Co. of Milwaukee, Wis.

Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton – “Duluth”

Duluth native Ben Rosenbush penned a song about the Zenith City for his band’s second album. Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton‘s 2012 release, A Wild Hunger, included a track titled simply “Duluth.”

The Slice: Red Head Mountain Bike Park

The Slice follows the recreation group Mesabi Outdoor Adventures as members try out the new Red Head Mountain Bike Park, built on former Iron Range mineland near the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, about 60 miles northwest of Duluth.

In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

Duluth You & Me: Downtown Lakewalk

Use the link below for a printable PDF for your drawing and coloring pleasure.
Duluth You & Me: Downtown Lakewalk

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Ken Bloom on his photography

Ken Bloom recently lectured about his photography for Coldsnap Photography. Check out the presentation on Zoom.

PDD Quiz: July 2020 in Review

The fleeting summer continues to fly by. How closely did you pay attention to local headlines? Quiz on to test your memory!

The next PDD quiz, on the topic of street namesakes, will be published on Aug. 16. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Aug. 12.