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Billy Mays shocks and dismays.

Read and discuss. 🙂

Trouble in Thunder Bay

People may complain about crime in Duluth, but it appears our sister city to the north is having a really, really bad year.

According to Thunder Bay’s daily newspaper, the Chronicle Journal, the city just recorded its sixth homicide of the year. And we’re only in August. That may give Thunder Bay the highest per-capita murder rate in Canada.

I love visiting up there, but… yikes.

Historic Day at Denfeld


Ten new members were inducted into Denfeld High School’s Hunter Hall of Fame on Saturday. At the end of the ceremony, descendants of Robert E. Denfeld and Walter Hunting were brought to the stage. Although the phrase “Denfeld Hunters” has been around since the 1930s, the Denfeld and Hunting families had never met before. (Photo by Butch Williams)

Looking for Randy Lee – or equivalent

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I’m looking for somebody to provide about 60 minutes of “background” music for an event being held at St. Scholastica on September 17th [I’ll post more on that later]. Need to find a group who can set the vibe. T-57 is busy. Randy Lee was suggested – anybody know how I can get a hold of him or similar alternative? You can email me directly: recovery at

National Night Out

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National Night Out (NNO) is this coming Tuesday, August 4th.

Ball Slasher on Controverse

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It’s around timecode 3:25.

River Walk West

Spirit Valley Land Co., developer of BayHill on the River townhomes, is planning another development in West Duluth. Read John Ramos’ report on the Cheerleader Blog.

Hibbing High School reunion makes international news

Last weekend was the 50th reunion of the Hibbing High School Class of 1959.

Why is that notable? In that class was Bobby Zimmerman, later to become Bob Dylan.

It appears Dylan did not show – but a British journalist did, and he wrote a pretty long story about it that’s posted on the Daily Telegraph Web site this morning.

3D “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

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Free Range Film Festival this weekend


Free Range Film Festival
July 24th and 25th
Wrenshall, MN

Motion Pictures in a Barn

Miss West Duluth Pageant 2009

An annual tradition that goes along with the Miss West Duluth Pageant is my attempts to stir up controversy about it.

My initial objection came in 1987, when the first Miss West Duluth was a young lady from Morgan Park. It seemed to me that if the title was going to be “Miss West Duluth,” the contestants should all be from West Duluth.

I was told back then the criteria was that girls must live within the attendance boundary for Denfeld High School to be eligible. Although I thought “Miss Western Duluth” might be a more appropriate name, I was satisfied with this Denfeld rule, so I shut up about it for a few years.

Then, in 1996, a graduate of Hermantown High School was a contestant. I assumed she lived in the Denfeld area but chose to attend Hermantown, which would get around the rules enough to allow her to compete. In subsequent years I’ve noticed Proctor High School students in the list of contestants.

Give a contest an inch and it takes a mile. One of this year’s contestants is a senior at East High School, according to the Spirit Valleys Days insert in the Budgeteer News. (UPDATE: She lives in Morgan Park, according to comments to this post.)

Now, I don’t mean to fan the east/west flames here, so I’m just going to suggest we call this thing the Miss North America Pageant already and get it over with.

21st Annual Bayfront Blues Festival

Duluth Bayfront Blues Fest 2009 | August 7, 8, 9.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?

Anybody have any suggestions on must see artists this year?

Duluth Bayfront Blue Fest

Duluth Bayfront Blues Fest 2009

To view 2009 performance lineup on both stages click continue reading below.

Bayfront Blues Festival Lodging Availability

Duluth Domestic Partnership Registry

I am trying to organize a group of follks to go down to City Hall on Friday and take advantage of the Domestic Partnership Registry.  Both same sex and opposite sex couples are encouraged to join us.  If this is of any interest to you please let me know.

Lake Superior Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Open House

Lake Superior Port Cities Inc., publishers of Lake Superior Magazine, will host an Open House on July 16 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Refreshments will be served during the Open House from 3 to 7 p.m. in the magazine offices at 310 E. Superior St.

There will be drawings for door prizes and those who attend can enter the “Subscription-a-Day” drawings that will continue through August 30. There will also be a Grand Prize drawing, valued at more than $300, awarded on August 31.

The Commemorative Issue of Lake Superior Magazine, which includes a special fold-out poster of a photo by Jay Steinke, will be available at the event and on newsstands shortly afterward.

Those who can’t attend the Open House, but would like to enter the drawings, may drop in any time before the end of August.

Ninety percent of all magazine startups do not survive their first decade, so Lake Superior Magazine plans more than a month’s worth of celebrating . . . that makes it a good time to drop by the office and share the excitement.

For more information, call 888-BIG-LAKE (888-244-5253) or log on to

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Tuesday, July 14
12 noon

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with representatives from the Marshall Alworth Planetarium


Slip away from work and learn a thing or two about the universe. Join staff from the Alworth Planetarium as they guide you through an exploration of your planetary neighborhood.