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Scooters in Duluth

ScootersI’m considering a 49cc scooter for getting around town, primarily from Lakeside up to work at UMD, during the non-snow months. I’m wondering if one that small can haul me, or my husband, up the hill. I’ve Googled to not a ton of help. Has anyone over, say, 200 lbs. used one? I won’t require you to divulge your actual weight.

Champ Wants You

…to be in the UMD Homecoming parade!


Tanks a lot

Anybody know who might remove an old pretty-much-empty oil tank from my basement?

Banner Photo Info: Where’s the Party?


I found the graphic of all the banner photos, which was great fun to look at.  But I want to know: what’s going on in this photo?  Obviously a somber gathering, but what are the details? Of course, apologies if I just didn’t search well enough.

Coming to America

Sharita Turner

In which Karl Ove Knausgaard’s NYT series about travelling to the United States visits Duluth, Superior and more.

My Saga, Part 2: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Passage Through America

35,000 miles of scenic highway routes


Slate ran an article today from “The Vault,” its associated history blog. Titled “A beautiful Depression-era route map makes transcontinental bus travel look glamorous,” it details the history of Pacific Greyhound Lines, the company that eventually became Greyhound. The map above is from 1935.

I was struck by the amount of routes covering Minnesota — all the way up to Thunder Bay makes sense, but no state other than Ohio seems to have the saturation that Minnesota does. What gives?

Punkin’ Chunkin’

One of our holiday traditions the past few years has been to watch Punkin’ Chunkin’ on the Discovery Channel. I just read that it was cancelled for this year, which is sad and means we’ll have to find some other boob tube diversion that night.

Got me thinking, though: does anyone do this in the area?

Happy UMD Homecoming!

UMD Chancellor Lendley Black had a busy homecoming week, but with a nod to Jimmy Fallon and a cameo from our favorite shark-attack-preventing mayor, he’s taking some time to write out his thank you notes.

Don’t miss the Bulldog football game Saturday at 1 p.m. Tailgating starts at 11 a.m.

Woodworking supplies in Duluth

I’m trying to find aniline dye to use on wood. Google’s failing to find me anything local, but the results seem to suggest I need a woodworking supply shop. Is there such a thing in town? Google’s failing me on that search, too.

Ummm … seriously? Arby’s is airing a 13-hour Duluth-only commercial?

So, according to this Slate article, not only is Arby’s showing a 13-hour commercial, but it’s only airing in Duluth.

Arby’s is airing 13 straight hours of smoked brisket on television

I checked the date, and it’s not April 1, and I don’t think the NSA has gone so low as to manipulate my poor MacBook Air to fool me.

File Discrimination

If I were a jpg, I’d be calling my lawyer.

Matilda says: “Duluth is to Ticket to Ride what Madagascar is to Pandemic.”

I’m assuming this has something to do with the tabletop games, but I’ve never played either. Just another addition to the random Duluth mention files…

Another accolade for Duluth

“America’s Best College Towns” from Travel & Leisure


Too much?

I’m looking for gluten-free lefse. Has anyone seen any around?

Wood rings?

Does anyone know of a local jeweler/craftsperson who makes wood engagement rings? A friend has a loose diamond that he’d like made into a ring for his sweetie, preferably in wood.