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Duluthians, how are you liking the fancy DTV so far?

WDIO dropped its analog signal and went fully digital last night. Folks with digital televisions (or with converter boxes) have to rescan channels in order for WDIO to come in. The station will not be at full power until Feb. 20. In the meantime, don’t break your rabbit ears.

Moon for the Misbegotten

Revival performances of last years critically aclaimed “A Moon For The Misbegotten” by Eugene O’Neill to benefit The Duluth Bethel Port Rehabilitation Center for Men.
Starring Jim Neumann, Carolyn LePine, Zachary Stofer, Nathan St. Germain and Cody Ryder
Directed by Molly O’Neill
Six performances March 12-14 March 19-21 7:30 pm

Alan Zeppa and the Zeppa Foundation donated Teatro Zuccone for this event.

Ever wonder about the street preachers in Duluth?

I stumbled upon this a while ago.   I don’t want to start a flame war so am disabling comments (don’t want this to turn into DCB), just posting for those who are/were curious.




From the Those-Who-Cannot-Learn-History-Are-Doomed-To-Repeat-It Department

A helpful primer from the DNT letters section:

With all the news about the stimulus package, one thing no one has brought up is the theory of this package. It is taken from the 1930s by an economist named Cain and was the theory used for many years until the late 1970s or early 1980s recession….


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Renegade Opens Its 2009 Season!



(Duluth, MN) – Renegade Comedy Theatre is proud to announce the kick-off of their 2009 season with a production of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s uproarious comedy smash, WONDER OF THE WORLD! This production runs Thursdays through Saturdays, February 12th through the 28th at the Teatro Zuccone in downtown Duluth. All performances are at 8pm and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Call 218-336-1414 for tickets or purchase them online at www.teatrozuccone.com.

The play follows Cass, a young woman who finds a secret in her husband’s sweater drawer so shocking that she has no choice but to leave him and begin a frantic search for the life she missed out on. Armed with only a suitcase, some jello molded in the shape of a fish and a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies, she boards a bus bound for Niagara Falls. What follows is a hysterical adventure as Cass befriends a blithely suicidal alcoholic, finds true love with a lonely tour boat captain and tries to avoid her husband and the pair of bickering private detectives he’s hired to track her down. Will Cass find a new life or take a barrel ride over the falls?

“I rarely laugh out loud when I see plays, even less when reading them,” admits Artistic Director Katy Helbacka, who’s directing the play. “But when I read this play, I laughed out loud … a lot. This is one of those rare plays that features an abundance of strong roles for women. In theatre, there is a large disparity between the number of actresses and the number of good roles. As an actress, I can attest to how boring it can be playing the damsel-in-distress, the girlfriend or the sassy best friend. This play offers our local talented actresses the chance to take the lead in telling the story. The men are the supporting cast this time. In this show, it’s all about the ladies!”

“We felt this was the perfect show to kick-off our 2009 season, as it reminds audiences that Renegade is committed to entertaining our audiences. As it has been for the past 17 years, a large amount of that entertainment comes from making people laugh, and that won’t change. This show serves as a reminder of what we do best, but also offers a peek into the new direction we’re heading with attention paid to the technical aspects of productions as well as a desire to tell moving, fascinating and meaningful stories in a fresh, bold, new way.”

Six-Word Memoirs: Valentine Edition


On NPR yesterday there was a segment about Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak that was published in Smith Magazine. Inspired by novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, when asked to write a full story in six words, responded: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

It was a great listen and now in honor of Saint Valentine it is your turn. My submission is above, leave yours in the comments.

Bell’s Beer Dinner at Hell’s Kitchen


We will be doing a Bell’s beer dinner on March 4th at 7 pm. It will
be $45 a seat prepay only, gratuity extra. Seats can be reserved by
visiting or calling the Duluth Hell’s Kitchen. We will also be
offering buy 4 get 1 special on the seats. There will be a limit of
forty seats. Jason Gillum of Bell’s Brewing will be on hand to answer

Dinner Name: “Untamed Beer Dinner” The idea is that the wild game
and beer are both untamed.

courses as follows–
1 & 2. Winter White & Porter- cheese and meats for the pre-hour for people when they arrive

3. 1st Course: Wild Game Stew—Third Coast Old Ale

4. 2nd Course: Smoked Duck— Consecrator Doppelbock

5. 3rd Course: (Entree) Roasted Pheasant—Two Hearted (Cask)

6. 4th Course: (Intermezzo) Northwood’s Spring Rolls—Lager of the Lakes

7. 5th Course: (Desert) Chocolate Stout Cake—Expedition Stout (draft)

8. Toast: Hopslam (draft)

We will be set up to accept reservations for this after 4pm today (feb 12)

Hell’s Kitchen 310 S Lake Ave (218) 727-1620

Wanna Shoot my Moon?

queen of spades

I am really bad at Hearts but I love the game. Looking for some other folks that enjoy playing and wouldn’t mind giving me some pointers. Playing online just isn’t conducive to learning and people get so nasty.

Burrito Union, Carmody Pub or Luce all have pretty good size tables so if you are interested let me know. Tuesdays and Thursdays are good for me.

Girl Power! Program wants to craft


Looking to get a jump start on spring cleaning? The YWCA after-school girl empowerment program is seeking donations of craft supplies. We will basically take anything, but are especially looking for:
*Craft paper
*Notions- buttons, thread, needles, ect.
*Used sewing machines
*Magazines for collage/decoupage
*Ironing table

We are also looking for used dishes (down with Styrofoam!) and gardening tools for the summer.

Girl power! is mostly girls in 4th, 5th and 6th grades from various schools in Duluth. For an entrepreneur project, they have decided to start their own business creating and selling crafts at craft fairs. We are located in the Washington Center, and are generally there from 10-5:30 Mon.-Fri. Call 218-340-1531 or email [email protected] if you would like to donate. Much thanks and happy crafting!

Where can I get kerosene?

I just acquired a nifty little kerosene heater to use when working out in the garage, or – maybe starting this week – to use when the power goes out at my house.

But, I’m not sure where the best place is to get kerosene to fuel the thing.

Hardware stores have kerosene in little metal jugs, but the price is almost $10 a gallon. It has to be available for cheaper than that, right?

The only gas station listed under “kerosene” in the phone book said they don’t carry it anymore.

So, does anyone know where I can get kerosene in Duluth? (Time is running out before the freezing rain starts)

Open letter to the DNT

Dear Duluth News Tribune,

Any time I find a stray newspaper at a coffee shop, or waiting room, my initial course of action is to go straight to The Family Circus so that I may gawk at the daily track-wreck of comedy it provides. The philosophical beating I take by trying to riddle out just what is it that Bil & Jeffy Keane think I should be laughing at has somehow become a masochist treat for my brain as the years go by.

In recent months though, this pleasure seems to be unhinged by the horrible way your layout editors treat this sacred circle. Attached is the comic as it appears from the syndication source, immediately followed by the beaten and bloodied corpse that gets spat onto your printed comics page.

The DNT F's it up again.

The Family Oval shall not suffice. I’m sure Bil & Jeffy Keane would be aghast by the treatment you give their comic. Without a doubt, the Keane’s go to great lengths to make sure that Billy, Dolly, and little PJ’s heads perfectly resemble testicles in each and every one of their daily discs of unfunny. To unprofessionally scale them in the way that you repeatably do, should be taken as nothing less then an open handed slap to the face of both Bil & Jeffy Keane as you disgrace their little works of art.

Please, give the editor back his shift key so he can resize his images while constraining proportions. It will make us all happier at the end of the day.

K. Praslowicz


Did I miss the diaramarama? Did I spell that right? Should I save my shoe box? I could be wrong of course, but I thought it was around this time of year. I’m probably way off, but will save my shoe box anyway.

Friday Night Show

Trampled By Turtles & Devils Flying Machine @ Luce Friday night for the ongoing “Music Heals” series. Show starts about 10 pm. See ya’ll there… feb62

Fundraiser/Meet and Greet

Jamie Ness and Father Hennepin will be performing in support of the RNC8 this coming Saturday, February 7 at Carmody Irish Pub. The shindig kicks off at 9PM and is $5. A few of the RNC 8 will be on hand to chat with.

More info below.


Defend the RNC 8!

The RNC 8 are organizers against the 2008 Twin Cities Republican National Convention who have been falsely charged with terrorism in response to their political organizing. Luce Guillen-Givins, Max Specktor, Nathanael Secor, Eryn Trimmer, Monica Bicking, Erik Oseland, Robert Czernik and Garrett Fitzgerald were all members of or associated with the Welcoming Committee, an anarchist collective that helped arrange food, housing and communications for the thousands of people who converged on St Paul in September to protest the RNC. None of the 8 committed any act of violence, and most were arrested during FBI raids of activist centers and homes before the protests even began. Now they are facing multiple felony conspiracy charges, including two counts of “furthering terrorism” under Minnesota’s version of the Patriot Act.

The reach of this case falls far beyond the eight defendants. It should be followed by every union member, every environmentalist, every community organizer, and every Minnesotan who cares about civil liberties. By charging the RNC 8 for what they may have been thinking, and by invoking a law which redefines terrorism to include even civil disobedience, Ramsey County prosecutors have not only attacked these 8 organizers, but the right to organize itself. Please come out and show your support for the RNC 8… because you could be next.


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