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Duluth-area Babysitters

Our stable of reliable and friendly UMD and CSS babysitters is no longer available. Does anyone have leads on people to occasionally watch an almost-4-year-old boy, and once in a while his 8-year-old sister?

Please direct them to thomdonaldson (a) gmail (dot) com or 218-340-6153. Thank you!

Looking for a paleo baker in Duluth

I need a rich, delicious, paleo, local, homemade chocolate birthday cake in about a week.

Know anybody?

Selective Focus: UMD Bathroom Reviews

Students and faculty may not be on UMD’s campus for a few more weeks due to Coronavirus concerns, but you can enjoy a virtual tour thanks to the UMD Bathroom Reviews Instagram account.

Guide to Duluth-related Blogs in 2020

While social media platforms with single-sentence content and auto-deleting videos get all the hype, old-school blogging remains as popular as ever. A cataloging of Duluth-related web logs reveals there might be more of them than ever. So if you’re interested in following the musings of those who do more than tweet, snap, tik and tok, read on.

Duluth blog brings Bible to Recent Events

I follow Paving Stones Ministries, and I love the new post about “All Lives Matter” from a scriptural perspective.

There are people in today’s society for whom racism and marginalization are a constant and persistent problem. I have seen it on the streets of our cities. I have seen it in the hallways of our universities. Unfortunately, racism is alive and rampant in our country, and there are people who are being crushed to powder under its millstone. They are broken, they are hurting, and they are weary. THEY are the ones who need our ministry right now.

Duluth Urban Design Project: Highway 61 Revisited

What better time could there be for sharing grand expensive visions than during a pandemic, when Duluth and virtually all municipalities are under tremendous financial duress?

Hey, ideas are just ideas, right?

A group of designers and unofficial community planners known as the Duluth Waterfront Collective has been working on a “what-if?” project called Highway 61 Revisited. The basic task is to redesign the I-35 corridor where it splits Downtown Duluth and the Canal Park Business District.

Duluth Dishwasher Repair

Any leads/recommendations on a dishwasher repair person in Duluth?

Tim Kaiser is performing live online on Sundays


 

… and the shows have been amazing.

Kaiser is a nationally recognized composer, musician and instrument builder. That he is digitally in my home every week is a blessing.

Local Poet on Social Distancing: “Viral Two-Step”

Julie Gard’s prose poem on social distancing, “Viral Two-Step,” appears in issue 25 of the online poetry journal Unbroken. You should read it.

Fairhaven Farm: Segment 1 of Northern Roots 2: Revitalizing Local Food in the Western Lake Superior Region

Local food is where it’s at! This video profiles Fairhaven Farm, an organic farm featuring an outdoor pizza oven located near Duluth. Information about how to sign up for community-supported agriculture shares is at fairhaven.farm.

Charlie is Antiviral

We washed dishes while watching the best concert ever.

I reviewed Charlie Parr’s March 25 Duluth Cider concert. We’re lucky to have him. Check it out here: Charlie is Antiviral.

Yellow Bikes Adjacent to Swimming Pools

Photos by Yellow Bike Coffee.

I went to the Hermantown YMCA, which is somehow, I don’t entirely understand how, co-branded with Essentia. It’s an amazing complex, not least of which because it contains, as well, a Yellow Bike Coffeeshop.

Selective Focus: Holiday Pop-ups

The Thanksgiving weekend blizzard wreaked havoc on Small Biz Saturday and some of the Pop-Ups in town, but we have tried to update this list with the rescheduled events.

These are the true “get ’em while you can” offerings, pop-up markets where a wide variety of art, food products, clothing products and more are on display. There are usually snacks, maybe some hot chocolate, and lots of other people milling about, so the atmosphere is a lot more fun that adding things to your online cart.

Some are small, some are huge. Each market has its own vibe, check the websites and event pages for special instructions on parking, hours etc.

Let us know what markets we’ve missed in the comments, or by sending an email.

PDD Gift Guide 2019

Happy ho ho holidays. It’s time once again for the Perfect Duluth Day Gift Guide, a list of nifty gifty things made locally or with a connection to the area. We’ve highlighted 15 items; if you know of others, let us know by dropping us a note or add suggestions in the comments.

Countdown to Halloween: Duluth Paranormal Society

The Duluth Paranormal Society has been featured in the Duluth News Tribune. Most interesting is its research into Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake.

The DNT article includes links to other resources:

Minnesota Paranormal Study Group

Iron Range Paranormal Research

Happy Halloween. 🙂

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