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Video Archive: Don Ness elected mayor in 2007

For your Election Day amusement Perfect Duluth Day flashes back one decade to 2007, when Don Ness was elected mayor of Duluth. Above is WDIO-TV Eyewitness News footage from the primary on Sept. 11, and below is coverage by Fox 21 and WDIO from the general on Nov. 6.

Video: Amity Creek Gray Foxes

This 15-second clip shot by Richard Hoeg out his living room window shows two gray foxes feasting on sunflower seeds, cracked corn and apple slices.

“This canine pair generally hangs around for 15 to 30 minutes,” Hoeg wrote on his 365 Days of Birds blog.

The Films of Lance T. Karasti

Duluth’s Lance Karasti makes “micro-budget feature films” shot in his hometown. The video above is a montage of his work from five different productions. Warning: Grisly violence at the end.

The Little Black Books – “A Plum”

From Mark Lindquist’s basement in Baxter comes the new single by the Little Black Books, “A Plum.” The song will be available Nov. 21 as a flexible two-track record on Lindquist’s Baxtrax label. The video was shot in Duluth at R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon.

Coyote – “Quicksand” (Live from Studio A)

Duluth musicians Jerree Small and Marc Gartman have been making acoustic music as Coyote for a decade. In this clip from Sept. 29 they perform the song “Quicksand” in KUMD’s studio A.

The Electric Witch – “Hallowed”

Just in time for Halloween, the Electric Witch released its first official video, “Hallowed.”

Produced by Mike Scholtz and Valerie Coit. Music by Zac Bentz. Lyrics and vocals by Marcus Matthews.

Listen and download links:
Bandcamp
iTunes
Amazon
Spotify

October Clouds

Today’s clouds over West Duluth, 5ish p.m.

Autumn at Split Rock Lighthouse

Dawn LaPointe and Gary Fiedler of Radiant Spirit Gallery recently captured these scenes of Split Rock Lighthouse.

Arnold and Denny: Together at Last

A showdown for the ages.

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.