Paul Lundgren Posts

Go Sit on a Wall – PDD Photo Contest

It’s contest time again at PDD. This one’s best suited to those of you with children in need of entertainment. The prize is four tickets to Rubber Chicken Theater‘s production of Humpty Dumpty, which runs May 22-24 and 29-31 at the Historic Scottish Rite Auditorium.

Here’s how to play:

Shoot a photo of yourself and/or friends or family members sitting on a wall. (Depictions of a great fall are optional.) E-mail the photo to contest @ and include your telephone number. Whoever sends the best photo wins. Deadline is noon Friday, May 22.

Any questions? Direct them to the e-mail address above or use the comments section of this post. Good luck. We’ll have all the kings horses and men on standby, but keep in mind that their abilities are limited.

New PDD Feature: Rating Posts

As some of you have already figured out, we added a tool on PDD in which readers can rate how useful or enjoyable they find particular posts.

[UPDATE: Ratings were taken down 15 days after this post went up, so don’t look for them and feel stupid.]

See that row of stars at the bottom of this (and every other) post? That’s where the rating happens. All you have to do is click on the appropriate star to gauge your appreciation. The meaning behind the stars is basically this:

1 star – Lame
2 stars – Somewhat appreciated, but still kind of lame
3 stars – Above average
4 stars – Mint
5 stars – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

A NOTE ABOUT RATING THIS PARTICULAR POST: Rather than rating the quality of this post, please rate the whole idea of having ratings at all, as that will be useful to know. And feel free to comment about it as well.

Upon Reflection

The best thing I witnessed today was a child in a big, green, probably homemade helmet shouting at his friends, “Hey! Somebody punch me!”

Beat that.

Stop! Thief!


Obligatory first tick(s) of the season post

It’s official, yesterday was the Perfect Duluth Day. The ticks are out today. I plucked off my first one at 4:35 p.m. and the second at 4:37 p.m.

And yes, I do post on PDD about ticks pretty much every  spring. It’s what I do.

June 8, 2008
May 11, 2007
June 6, 2005

What Were You Watching?

Taviette Film Productions: Trailer 2008

Parts of this new movie were shot in Duluth.

The premiere is Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m., at the Suburban World Theatre, 3022 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. It’s free.

Homegrown Lost and Found

I dropped my camera at the Main Club last night and didn’t realize the  memory card popped out until today. Anybody find it?

Someone lost a Nikon lens cover at the Main Club last night. It’s available at the bar.

Congratulations to Sven and Louis

svensundgaard348957louisjenkins348957Former Duluth meteorologist  Sven Sundgaard was named Best TV Weather-person in City Pages’ Best of the Twin Cities issue.

Current Duluthian Louis Jenkins was named Best Poet.

Duluth-area Auto Salvage


For the benefit of the general public, I’m sharing the results of today’s research project, entitled Which Junkyard Will Take My Useless Old Car and What Will They Give Me For It?

There are several places that will take your car if you strip the gas tank off, drain all the fluids, etc.

If you want someone to take it as is, the closest place to Duluth is Calvary Auto & Salvage in the Rice Lake Township (4825 Rice Lake Road | 723-1294).

A little farther away is Chesney Auto Salvage in the Fredenberg Township (6250 Beaver River Road | 721-4874).

Both offered $50 for my 1990 Ford Taurus, on the conditions that I deliver it to them and bring the title.

Growler Review

brewhousegrowler48567It’s no secret that Fitger’s Brewhouse beers are outstanding, but what happens when you mix a bunch of them together?

Having recently had 11 different Brewhouse beers available at an event, I was faced at the end of the night with many growlers that had less than an inch of beer left. So a consolidation into one growler seemed like the best idea.

The answer to the question at hand is this: If Wildfire Lager is one of the beers involved in the mix, the mix will taste like Wildfire Lager.

2009 Geek Royalty


All hail the new King and Queen of Geek Prom, James Ellingson and Rachael Gilman.


A number of Minnesota’s finest, including Baron Von Rashke, Kenny “the Sodbuster” Jay and Duluth’s own Lenny Lane are featured in the movie Jobbers, due out later this year.

From the Photo Archive | 1979


Thirty years ago, Bud James was one of the custodians at Laura MacArthur Elementary School. All the kids loved him.

Because I was so young then, my memory of Mr. James is fuzzy. What I do remember is that he used to sing all the time, whether it was at assemblies or just randomly in the halls while cleaning up puke. I don’t remember if he was good at singing, or if he was just a ham, but it was great either way.

Every kid should grow up with a singing janitor. Thank you, Mr. James.

Happy 100th, West Duluth Masonic Temple


Euclid Masonic Lodge 198 was dedicated on March 31, 1909. State Grand Master Eugene Swan presided over the services. About 800 people attended.

One hundred years later, it appears vacant and up for sale. The location is 611 N. Central Ave.

Blogging Policies Revisited

By the power vested in me by the founders of Perfect Duluth Day, I present this update to PDD’s blogging policies.

Promotional Content

It’s perfectly acceptable to promote and sell things through posts on PDD. Just don’t abuse the power.

If you’re planning a quaint yard sale and want to hype all the Judy Collins records you’re selling, that’s fine. If you represent Wham-o, Inc. and post a rant about the awesomeness of the Pop Bang Target Game, which is available for the amazing low price of $24.99, your post will be removed.

Obviously there is a gray area between those examples, but as long as what you’re posting has local relevance and doesn’t come off like an advertorial, there should be few complaints.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!