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UMD Senior Spirit: Richard Gurske

Richard Gurske has been attending University of Minnesota Duluth athletic events since before there was a University of Minnesota Duluth.

Dan and Joanne Devine, Fall 1947

It’s Homecoming Weekend at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and in the spirit of that we roll out this relic from 1947, supplied by Kristy Roschke, managing director of the News Co/Lab at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The photo is of her grandparents, Dan and Joanne Devine, partaking in homecoming festivities at UMD. Joanne was homecoming queen; Dan was captain of the football and basketball teams.

Twins done; Trampled by Turtles’ National Anthem video lives

The Minnesota Twins ended an historic season by bowing to the New York Yankees in three straight playoff games. But Duluth band Trampled by Turtles was able to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before it was all over. Video via Jumbotron above.

Trampled by Turtles to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Monday

Duluth band Trampled by Turtles will sing the National Anthem when the Minnesota Twins host the New York Yankees at Target Field in Minneapolis on Monday. The best-of-five American League playoff series begins tonight. TBT’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will happen prior to Game 3 on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:40 p.m.

Maxxis Tires visits Duluth

Maxxis Tires, a manufacturer of a variety of tires, including bike tires, sent cyclist/videographer Brice Shirbach to Duluth to show off the world-class bike trails.

Duluth Library Wildcats Women’s Hockey Team of 1929

Not much is known about the Duluth Library Wildcats. The photo above is from the Duluth Public Library’s Facebook page, and is from a slide titled “Library Wildcats,” found in the staff section of the library’s slides.

“There isn’t a lot more information than that, but a librarian is on the case and she’ll be looking for more on this story,” the library’s Facebook post noted.

Denfeld High School Football Team of 1944

Here’s a peek at what the Denfeld Hunters gridiron crew looked like 75 years ago, in the fall of 1944. That’s legendary coach Walt Hunting up top and center.

Grandma’s Marathon 2019 Video

Because this video of the marathon automatically starts playing, it appears after the “read more” tag instead of on the home page.

Rawkers top Rollers 4-3 to even Homegrown kickball series

The Friday Rawkers bounced back from last year’s loss to the Saturday Rollers by winning 4-3 in the 20th Homegrown Kickball Classic. The series is tied at 10-10.

The 20th Homegrown Kickball Classic had the sides of the Friday Rawkers and the Saturday Rollers right back where they were two decades ago when the competition started, tied up. Friday mustered a comeback 4-3 win over Saturday to tie the overall series at 10 games apiece. Friday had ripped off three straight wins before losing in 2018, allowing Saturday the bragging rights for a year with a one-game series lead.

Selective Focus: 2019 Frozen Four Champion UMD Bulldogs

Instagram images related to the UMD Bulldogs 2019 Frozen Four championship.

UMD All Hockey Pep Band Hair Team

Check out the “Perfect Duluth Hay.” Go Dogs!

Minnesota All Hockey Hair Team 2019

John King returns with his 10th annual review of the finest hair styles at the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament. He says this is the final video in the series — the “Grand Flownale.”

Congratulations to Duluth East sophomore forward Jacob Jeannette, who took top honors for his “vintage” and “gorgeous” flow. Even “Nature Boy” Ric Flair had to give it a “whooooo!”

Upper Chester Unofficial Official Neighorhood Luge Course

PDD Quiz: Sports Go Sports!

With a nod to the recent Super Bowl (and a Garfunkel and Oates song), this month’s PDD Quiz explores athletics in Duluth. Step up to the plate, sports fan, and see if you can knock this quiz out of the park!

Zenith City Online was an invaluable source of research for this quiz in case you want to cheat study beforehand.

The next PDD quiz, on the happenings that made headlines this month, will be published on Feb. 24. Please email question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Feb. 21.

Duluth Blogs: How to Collect Baseball Cards

Today, I point to another blog by a Duluthian, this time John Boucha. You can tell because his name is the URL.