David Beard Posts

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grants

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council recently approved grant applications totaling $43,440 to be awarded in ARAC Art Project Grants.

ARAC Arts Awards

Two Arrowhead Regional Arts Council news releases below.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council at its March 17, 2011, meeting approved grant applications totaling $13,500 to be awarded in Small Capital Grants.

Unspeakable Horrors at Collector’s Connection; Warfare at DragonPort

I spent Friday night playing Munchkin Cthulhu at Collector’s Connection near the Mall.

Mesaba Animal Hospital and Wildlife Rehab

Via Wildwoods Rehabilitation: If you live up on the Range and love wildlife, great news! Mesaba Animal Hospital in Hibbing is interested in supporting wildlife rehab! This is wonderful, because for the longest time, there’s been nobody up there for people to bring wounded wildlife they find. Their two great vets, Dr. Kalinowski and Dr. Kellar, as well as their clinic manager, Tammy, are committed to helping wild animals in need.

New ARAC Grant Application Deadlines

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s upcoming deadlines and workshop dates:

August 26, 4:30 p.m. | Career Development and A&CHF Community Art Learning Grant Deadline (A postmark by 4:30 p.m. on this date is also acceptable.)

Guidelines and application forms are available at aracouncil.org. If you prefer hard copy, contact the ARAC office at 1301 Rice Lake Road, Suite 120, Duluth, MN 55811; call 218-722-0952 or 1-800-569-8134 or email info @ aracouncil.org.

Funding for these grant programs is made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, the McKnight Foundation, and with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Arts Wisconsin’s Rural Arts Management Institute

From: Sam Black of ARAC Duluth and Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin

The 5th season of Arts Wisconsin’s Rural Arts Management Institute 2011-2012 begins in October 2011. The resources, networking, and contacts gained from this experience are outstanding and invaluable, according to past participants. There are very few programs like this available for rural arts leaders — comprehensive learning communities that provide a foundation of knowledge and an enduring network of peers, friends and colleagues.

Cookie Temptations

Today, after exiting the lunch buffet at Sala Thai, I stopped in Cookie Temptations.

Think bakery + florist. CT creates sugar cookies that are designed in chocolate, baked in Duluth.

Besides custom cookie orders (that’s the “florist” part as I see it), they sell individually wrapped cookies. One cookie a month is a “benefit” cookie, proceeds to a charity or needy cause.

The young lady behind the counter was awesome, informative, and helpful; the cookie we bought rocked.

Recommendations for non-profit help

Hi, Wildwoods Rehabilitation is interested in a booth at the Harvest Festival. We have a few questions and wonder whether the PDD community might have some answers.

1. Would an agency who has already exhibited at Harvest Fest be willing to share rough numbers (how many t-shirts, brochures, etc. to bring, how many volunteers to staff the booth)?
2. We’re looking for good rates to produce t-shirts locally. Any recommendations?
3. We’re looking for good rates to produce buttons, magnets, and bumper stickers locally. Suggestions?

We’re also looking for other suggestions of ways to get our organization out into the community. Thanks as always, PDD& community, for giving us a forum to get the word out.

“Why yes, that’s an Eagle in our back seat”

Blue Jays are hungry

Today, we delivered three blue jays, a woodpecker, a raven, and a juvenile bald eagle from Wildwoods Rehabilitation to the Twin Cities.


My wife found this info at four news sources:

PARSONS, Tenn. (WVLT) — U.S. Marshals arrested a convicted sex offender in Minnesota wanted for questioning in connection with the Holly Bobo’s disappearance. Marshals found 43-year-old [name excluded just to be safe — innocent until proven guilty, etc.] in Duluth, Minnesota Thursday at his girlfriend’s house.

We can’t find any reference at DNT or local TV websites? FYI, in any case.

Twist of Noir

Local creative writing enthusiast and editor Chris Grant edits Twist of Noir, a website of noir-style mystery fiction.

Twist of Noir Logo is by the multi-talented Walter Conley. Copyright 2011

Twist of Noir Logo by Walter Conley. Copyright 2011

Chris wants to see stories that are well-written, engaging and interesting crime and noir stories.

Duluth Blogs

I’ve just started following Ennyman’s blog.

He goes to a lot of art openings that I’m not cool enough to even know are happening until after they happen. (I’d walked past Ochre Ghost Gallery a hundred times and never thought to ask whether it had a mailing list.)

What other local blogs (beside this one) would you recommend following to get a taste of Duluth?

TrollHunter rocks

As I figured, eventually I started to take Zinema 2 for granted, and even to vaguely feel uncool enough for it.

Then, today, I saw TrollHunter.

Trollhunter poster

“The TrollHunter” is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, “The Trollhunter” delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

If you haven’t gone, this is the way to beat the heat!

Various Critters

Mink, or Marten -- I've been told both -- with a spinal injury

Mink, or Marten -- I've been told both -- with a spinal injury

Summer’s long days are the busiest days at Wildwoods. Following on yesterday’s eagle, here is info on other species passing through.

Busy week …

I enjoyed Fourth Fest a lot — the carnival was a treat, and the local food vendors make the fireworks a filling, as well as visually appealing, spectacle.

Ahead, for me, this week:

Downtown Duluth hosts a street festival.
Teatro Zuccone hosts a burlesque.
And there is Taste of Greece.
Two Harbors also hosts a festival, I think.

What would you do? Have I missed the real gem?

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