Paul Lundgren Posts

Is that grass on the roof of the new student union at UW-Superior?


Hey Hardee’s, are you serious?


Beaner’s One Week Live, Day Two

Tuesday, Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. | Beaner’s Central | $6
Three Song Sunday
Sam Dull
Matches For Candles
Clyde Iron
Duray & Green
Stelly & Lefty

PDD is once again giving away a spot (x2) on the guest list. Be the fourth person to comment on this post and tonight’s show is free for you and a guest. Cheating encouraged.

Beaner’s One Week Live, Day One

Monday, Sept. 21 | 7 p.m. | Beaner’s Central | $6
Daredevil Christopher Wright
Jason Shannon Band
Mary Mack
Caleb Hawley

Here’s some video of the hilarious Mary Mack.

PDD is giving away a spot (x2) on the guest list to caller #4 … er, I mean commenter #4. Be the fourth person to comment on this post and tonight’s show is free for you and a guest.

Have you seen any Greg Cougar Conley look-alikes lately?

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On the left is Twin Cities’ writer Brian Beatty, and on the right is some dude who was at Carmody Irish Pub last night. Below, Greg Cougar Conley.


Families of hikers held in Iran speak out on the Today Show

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Local connection to this story: One of the hikers, Shane Bauer, is brother-in-law to Nate Lindstrom, who is a local photographer and manager of the Superior Papa Murphy’s.

Free the Hikers fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Spiritual Deli, 3 W. Superior St., Duluth

Unnecessary Quotation Marks


I would feel a lot more comfortable eating food at the DECC if it came from a catering kitchen instead of a “catering kitchen.”

United Way Chili Cook-off Tips


Having attended the United Way Chili Cook-off numerous times, I have two pieces of advice to those who either have never gone before or don’t easily learn from past mistakes:

1) Don’t wear a jacket or sweatshirt into the event. It’s pretty warm outside this year, so maybe you wouldn’t have done that anyway, but my point is that no matter what the weather is like outside, there are 40 different kinds of chili being cooked for a giant crowd of people inside. It gets hot.

2) It’s best to go to this event with someone you don’t mind sharing food with. Instead of the two of you getting two portions of everything, just get one portion and share. If you like that particular chili, get a second portion. If you don’t, move on. You don’t want to waste a lot of time and stomach on a chili you don’t like, because there are many that you will like if you can get to them before they run out.

2009 United Way Chili Cook-off
Sept. 17 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | DECC
$6 for adults; $3 for kids

Also, I should note two art openings going on tonight (Sept. 17) for your post-chilifest enjoyment:

1) “Burning Bridges,” new paintings by Eric Dubnicka at Washington Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.

2) Photography by Nate Lindstrom at the Spiritual Deli from 7 to 9 p.m.

Since when are trampolines so damn popular? I mean, sheesh!


A neighbor of mine put up a big trampoline in his back yard yesterday. The weird thing about this, other than that mid-September is a strange time to assemble something that will have to be taken apart in October, is that I have two other neighbors with trampolines.

Can anyone out there identify a city block in Duluth with more than three trampolines? I think my block might have the record.

Duluth 2009 Primary Election Results


41 of 41 precincts counted; 11,691 total ballots cast.

Duluth Fourth District City Councilor
Top two candidates advance
Kerry Gauthier – 1,006 | 44%
Gordon Grant – 565 | 25%
Heath Hickok – 472 | 21%
Matt Potter – 135 | 6%
Celia Scheer – 110 | 4%

Duluth At-large City Councilor
Top four candidates advance
Beth Olson – 5,429 | 26%
Dan Hartman – 4,749 | 23%
James Stauber – 4,464 | 21%
Becky Hall – 3,743 | 18%
Mike Akervik – 2,629 | 12%

Duluth District One School Board
Top two candidates advance
Ann Wasson – 1,394 | 50%
Marcia Stromgren – 1,016 | 36%
Gary Glass – 396 | 14%

Duluth At-large School Board
Top four candidates advance
Tom Kasper – 6,668 | 33%
Mary Cameron – 4,729 | 24%
Nancy Nilsen – 4,164 | 21%
Maureen Booth – 2,409 | 12%
Bryan Jensen – 1,965 | 10%

The Ones That Got Away


This little snake managed to make the swim across Bent Trout Lake in Barnum without getting snatched into our boat. Roger had one lunge at it before it found refuge in the weeds.

A conversation that occurred about two hours later, when we saw a circle of small waves nearby on an otherwise calm lake:

Roger: What the hell is that over there?
Paul: Holy crap. Is that a whole school of fish?
Roger: I’ve never seen anything like it. Something’s going on over there.
Paul: Troll over! That’s gotta be fish or beaver or something.
Voice from the shore: Those aren’t fish! Those are scuba divers!
Paul: OK. Well, I guess we’re idiots then.
Roger: Yep. Pretty much.

References to Duluth in Popular Literature

Ernest Hemmingway - The Torrents of SpringErnest Hemingway’s The Torrents of Spring
“The foreman was a short, iron-jawed man. He had once made a trip as far as Duluth. Duluth was far across the blue waters of the lake in the hills of Minnesota. A wonderful thing had happened to him there.”

F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
“A few days later he took him to Duluth and bought him a blue coat, six pair of white duck trousers, and a yachting cap.”

Dalton Trumbo LettersDalton Trumbo’s letter to Guy Endore
“I’ve seen their faces in a miners’ union hall in Duluth on a night when the wind off the lake blew the snow so killingly and so deep that cars couldn’t be used and everybody walked to the meeting.”

Willa Cather - The Song of the LarkWilla Cather’s The Song of the Lark
“I must go now. I had to give my lesson hour this morning to a Duluth woman who has come on to coach, and I must go and play ‘On Mighty Pens’ for her. Please tell Mr. Harsanyi that I think oratorio is a great chance for bluffers.”

Where in Duluth?


A special holiday edition of PDD’s photo geographical identification competition sensation thing or something.

As usual with “Where in Duluth?” there is no prize for being the first to identify the location of this photo, other than bragging rights.

Looner playing TPB Sept. 11

Now would someone kindly explain to me what a tamagotchee is? Not knowing is making me want to wang chung all over Sussudio.

Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Friday, Sept. 11 | 9 p.m.

Bumper Pool


When was the last time you played bumper pool? For me, I think it was in my grandmother’s basement in about 1984. I’m totally in the mood for a game right now. I must get the bumper pool itch every 25 years.

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