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Crime Increases? Please share your stories

Its been a busy couple of weeks here in Duluth. Last week our house in East Hillside was entered by a stranger who tried to coax us outside for who knows what reason. Last week also brought a terrible gang beating of my girlfriend’s co-worker and a violent mugging on the Lakewalk. This morning on my way to work I was nearly run over in my front yard by a group of police and search dogs. Someone was shot by the co-op a few weeks ago. We know the local news has been trying to put stories together about the increase in crime in Duluth and are being met with silence from law enforcement. It seems terribly unfair to keep neighborhoods in the dark about crime activity in their back yards. Would folks be comfortable sharing what they see and know in this space? Also – does Duluth’s hillside have any organized neighborhood watch programs? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Rally for Max Pelofske in Proctor

A young gay man was assaulted in New Independence Township on Saturday evening after being confronted about his sexual identity at a party characterized as a send-off for graduating Proctor High School seniors. He sustained injuries from the beating that landed him in the hospital after being attacked by as many as 15 party attendees.  We are meeting in Proctor on Monday, May 28, 4 p.m., at the train on Hwy 2 to stand against hatred, to hold a healing space for Max and his family, and to provide support for all members of the GLBTAQI community throughout the Twin Ports.  We would love to invite you all and your friends and families to join us as we peacefully demonstrate against hate crimes in our area.

Harbor Symphony

Do you (or a friend) have access to a boat (ship, tug, tanker, trawler, yacht…) with a loud horn or whistle? Do you play a loud, low acoustic instrument audible from at least 200 yards (Sousaphone, tuba, trombone, foghorn, chain saw, Alphorn, hammer/anvil, church carillon, or are you part of a drum circle or Dykes on Bikes)? Are you near Duluth-Superior on Labor Day Saturday and available to premiere a giant piece of music during DS Pride celebrations? We need your help!

Philip Blackburn, St. Paul based environmental sound artist, through an Artist Initiative fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, is composing a Harbor Serenade for as many community participants as possible; all honking, blowing, hooting and tooting across the water (and a few on the shoreline).

Bands for Pride

Duluth Superior Pride is doing something different this year — taking submissions and suggestions for the festival. Please submit interest with contact info, a description of what you do, and a sample. We are gonna do something interactive and fill four slots at Bayfront Park on Saturday, Sept 3. Send to twinportspride @ gmail.com.

Baby, it’s cold outside …

But it will be hot in here!

If you have ever attended one of Harvey Plasch’s BarBQueer events you can imagine how much fun this will be! Dinner and an aerialist performance followed by DJ extraordinare David Vipond (you may remember him as judge’s choice from this year’s Minnesota Ballet Celebrity Dance Challenge) and dancing!

Duluth Superior Pride Logo Contest! $300

Duluth Superior Pride is looking for an artist type to design our logo! We have two theme ideas for you to base your work on. 1. Some version of “These colors don’t run” or “After 25 years, These colors still don’t run” that incorporated the queer rainbow. 2. Silver going for the Gold. ( A play on 25 being the silver anniversary since its our 25th anniversary of the Pride Festival in the Twin Ports.)

Great Class for Parents-to-be

Natural Parenting Workshop offered through Duluth Community Ed runs for three Wednesdays beginning June 16. Topics include choosing your birth team (OBs/Midwives/Doulas), birth place (options for home birth, hospital birth and birthing centers), what is labor and delivery *really* like?, birth plans, nighttime parenting, breastfeeding and babywearing.

Cost of the class is $25/couple.  Register through Duluth Community Ed.

Natural Parenting Workshop

Duluth area Birth Doulas Jesse Dykhuis and Sara Weik bring you round two of the Natural Parenting Workshop starting Wednesday, April 21.

Brrrr-B-Queer – “Cruise Into Spring”

Duluth Superior Pride

Duluth Superior GLBTQAI Pride is having its First Annual Brrr-B-Queer this Saturday evening (March 27, 2010) at the Board of Trade Building. We will be partying in the spirit of the the infamous summer Bar-B-Queer and raising money for the Duluth Superior Pride Festival. Break out your cruise-wear, wear white before Memorial Day, feel the linen on your thighs …

Doors open at 7pm. There will be food, open bar and entertainment sure to please even the fussiest of allies. We will be dancing and shmoozing all night long!

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at A Touch of Plasch, the Main Club or the Flame Nightclub. We anticipate a sell-out – so giddy-up!

Natural Parenting Workshop

Natural Parenting Workshop

Local Doulas Sara Weik and Jesse Dykhuis are teaching a Winter Session Natural Parenting Workshop through Duluth Community Ed. The class will run for three Wednesdays beginning 2/27. The cost of the whole session is $25/person or per couple.

Extreme Home Makover Party at Ace’s on 29th


Ace’s on 29th is hosting a free party celebrating Extreme Makeover Home Edition tonight. We will be offering FREE FOOD and $1 taps of Michelob Golden Draft Light in the  back room from 5pm – 8:30pm.

Ace’s on 29th is a non-smoking bar/restaurant and is a family friendly place to watch the 2 hour debut featuring our own Huber Family.

Extreme Home Makeover – Huber Edition

It has ben confirmed that Sunday September 27 will be the season premier of Extreme Makeover – Home Edition and that the first show if the season will feature none other than our South Shore friends the Huber family.  Ace’s on 29th in Superior will be hosting a party during the show – offering FREE appetizers and snacks during the show.  The back room will feature EM – HE on all the TVs and we will celebrate Superior’s amazing role in the life changing event.  Producers of the show say that the residents and businesses in the Twin Ports turned out in droves, maybe the most local support they have seen in the history of the show.  So come on down to Ace’s on 29th in Superior on 9/27 and celebrate the Huber’s joy and watch your fellow Northlanders on TV.

Duluth Domestic Partnership Registry

I am trying to organize a group of follks to go down to City Hall on Friday and take advantage of the Domestic Partnership Registry.  Both same sex and opposite sex couples are encouraged to join us.  If this is of any interest to you please let me know.

A & Dubs

I am new to Duluth and live over here in West End…My son and I are concerned about A&Dubs.  Does anyone know when it usually opens? Will it survive the new jr high school renovations?  I tried to call the number and it is disconnected.  I though maybe it opens like Memorial Day or something and folks who are more in the loop would just already know that.