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Welcome back to Duluth, Denny Hecker

Former Twin Cities automobile mogul Denny Hecker, now seven years into a 10-year sentence for fraud, has been relocated to Duluth’s low-security Federal Prison Camp. Toward the front end of his sentence he spent nearly a year in Duluth, a period spanning March 2011 to February 2012.

Hecker once owned a network of car dealerships in the Twin Cities. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to hiding assets in bankruptcy and defrauding lenders.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars – “Castles”

Rich Mattson and the Northstars have released a new album, Aeroplane Mode. The video for the single “Castles” is a bit of space rock put together by Reggie Pype.

North Country Trail Hike 100 Challenge … accepted

Linda O’Connell of Onalaska recently completed a North Country Trail Hike 100 Challenge. She went on four separate hikes from June to October, passing through Pictured Rocks, the Chequamegon National Forest, Brule River State Park Forest and Douglas County Forest, to reach a total of 100 miles.

“I had some struggles along the way,” she writes on the YouTube description. “I fell at Cheq & had blisters at Superior but I managed to achieve the 100 miles.”

Hiking Carlton Peak during fall colors

Video by Bill Thornton; music by Bill Frisell.

There’s no place like home …

Video and music by Hans Johnson. Soundtrack available at on SoundCloud.

Video Archive: Wally the Beer Man

As the Minnesota Twins attempt another playoff run, we take a look back 30 years ago to 1987 — when the team won its first World Series and Wally the Beer Man was in the limelight.

PDD Video Lab: Another Day

In this edition of PDD Video Lab we present 41 seconds of Duluthiness cut out of a 17-minute-long set of old movie clips that for the most part don’t seem to be shot in Duluth.

Remembering the Vietnam War

WDSE-TV, working in collaboration with veteran’s organizations, community partners and the statewide Minnesota Public Television Association, produced this two-part documentary featuring Duluth-area veterans telling their stories of the Vietnam War.

Glen’s Neighbor – “Time To Go”

Here’s the video for the latest single from Duluth-based bluegrass band Glen’s Neighbor off the album Your Unknown. Directed and edited by Shane Rock Nelson with cinematography by Dan Huiting.

Trail City: The Bikers, Builders and Believers of Duluth, MN

Filmed and edited by Kyle Ilenda and Spencer Johnson for Freehub Magazine.

Video Archive: Denfeld Class of 1992

Break out the Aqua Net and backward baseball caps, we’ve dug 25 years deep into the video vault to bring you a little “DHS VHS.” Yes, it’s the full and glorious one-hour and 13 minutes of the clumsily titled Duluth Denfeld Senior High School Class of ’92 Senior Class Video, compiled by Cyborg Productions of Prior Lake, Minn.

Go Skateboarding Day 2017

Call us three months late in the celebration, but Damage Board Shop skate team member Stephen Pestalozzi just recently uploaded this clip from June 21 — National Go Skateboarding Day.

Charlie Parr interview for Issue magazine

In this interview for Issue magazine, Duluth musician Charlie Parr discusses his musical influences, his writing methods and his experience recording for the first time ever using a full band. Video by Jan-Willem Dikker.

Parr’s new album, Dog, is out now on Red House Records.

Duluth reference on “The Deuce”

According to Perfect Duluth Day’s highly reputable sources, the HBO series The Deuce recently made a reference to Duluth.

In episode #2 a prostitute named Lori, who is a new arrival in New York City via Minnesota, is about to be arrested when her pimp stabs the cop and explains the guy is not really a cop. He searches the guy and finds rope and other torture instruments, then says, “We ain’t in Duluth no more, Dorothy.”

Find a clip of the scene to win the internet for a day.

Climbing Ely’s Peak

A quick setup and single-run at Ely’s Peak on the western edge of Duluth.