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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

Free talk to make you smarter


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.

YWCA Open House and unveiling of the Herstory Wall

You are invited to an Open House and unveiling of the YWCA Herstory Wall highlighting 116 years of perseverance by area women.

The permanent museum quality display is on exhibit at the new administration offices of the YWCA at the Building for Women, 32 E First St.

Please join our Board and Staff for tours of our new offices as well. Hors d’ oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, July 16, 3:30-6PM

Admission is free.

Renegade’s Latest Production, Opening 7/9

Call 218-336-1414 for tickets or visit

Golf Fore Pride

Golf Fore Pride

Palin 2012

No shit – I just saw a “Palin for President – 2012” on the digital billboard set up by the Enterprise Rental Shop. That went up fast.

Plan B meets Duluth School Board

Let Duluth Vote’s “Plan B” presentation to the Duluth School Board from Greenfield Communications on Vimeo.

It should be noted that this video is not a piece of independent journalism, but rather an informational video paid for by the Duluth School District. That being said, so you may take into account it was created with intent to persuade, I don’t believe it contains any misinformation. If I’m wrong, I’m sure we’ll all find out in the comments.

Got a motorcycle?

come out and ride it. 20 riders last month..come down and add a few more!

Free coffee from the co-op.

Peace out, Duluth!

Maybe you’ve read this post from my Facebook note, but in case you haven’t succumbed to that monster …

As some of you already know, I will be moving out of town soon to be with the love of my life, the wonderful and lovely Rebecca Zaban, in St. Paul.

Finally (part two)


Soon-to-be (?) U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn.