Duluth Lynchings Legacy

The Minnesota Historical Society is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1920 Duluth lynchings with a week of remembrance and conversations about its legacy. A collection of resources is available at mnhs.org/duluthlynchings. Below are short video commentaries offering modern perspectives on the past and thoughts about the present and future.

I Can’t Breathe: A CJM Memorial Documentary

This documentary by DanSan Creatives honors the victims of the 1920 Duluth lynchings with modern perspectives on police brutality and the murder of George Floyd.

Heely Tricks with JamesG: May 2020

Another fresh batch of wheeled-sneaker stunts from former Duluthian James Geisler, also known as the hip-hop artist JamesG.

He has more than 42,000 followers on TikTok.

The St. Louis River Estuary, Our Home

This short video from the St. Louis River Alliance tells the story of the river’s transformation and is an invitation to help protect, restore and enhance the waterway.

Duluth East 2020 Virtual Graduation

Celebrate Duluth East High School’s graduating seniors with some of the students’ and teachers’ favorite memories in this virtual graduation video, produced and edited by Mike Scholtz for WDSE-TV.

Denfeld 2020 Virtual Graduation

Though the COVID-19 pandemic kept Denfeld’s class of 2020 from gathering in the school’s auditorium for commencement, many of the school’s traditions were kept. WDSE-TV and producer/editor Mike Scholtz captured the highlights in this documentary.

The Schnapps-o-Flex

Duluth photographer Kip Praslowicz answers questions every photographer has about the loading and basic usage of the Schnapps-o-Flex.

PDD Video Lab: Old Highway 61 Footage

Take a cruise up Highway 61 in this edition of the PDD Video Lab, featuring old footage from Duluth’s Lester River, past the Loneyville Motel to the edge of Silver Creek Cliff before a tunnel was built there, and on to Gooseberry Falls State Park and Silver Bay.

For music, an excerpt of a cover version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” by Sparklehorse & Thom Yorke from the soundtrack to the 2005 movie Lords of Dogtown.

Virtual Field Trip: Lester River Fish Hatchery

For this report we turn to our junior news team at Raleigh Edison Charter School.

Beyondbliss – “Minneapolis Burns”

Duluth rapper Beyondbliss cuts a rhyme-rant ala N.W.A. in his latest video.

Cities Never Sleep – “Trying to Make a Dollar Out of What Makes Sense” (Quarantine Sessions)

In this new quarantine video, members of the Duluth band Cities Never Sleep play with themselves … together.

Ruffed Grouse Drumming Encore

Back by popular demand, northeastern Minnesota’s favorite musical grouse.

Gary-New Duluth Memorial Day Program 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional Memorial Day ceremony at the Gary-New Duluth Veterans Memorial was not held. A ceremony was instead videotaped in advance of Memorial Day. Above is a short clip from WDSE-TV, below is the full memorial service video.

The Drumming Log

Grand Portage-based photographer Travis Notvitsky captured this ruffed grouse performing a drum solo atop a log. Drumming is the male grouse’s way of saying: “Yo, this is my territory and I’m ready to mate if anyone is interested.”


A short video by Justin Peck, starring Jody Kujawa, Jason Scorich and Peck.