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Watch Spike the Lake Superior Zoo porcupine dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmdmO4mdam8

Spike is an orphaned, hand-reared porcupine who, due to his close relationship to humans, was deemed unreleasable. Lake Superior Zoo gave him a forever home. Jessica Shold, Spike’s keeper at the zoo, says he has exhibited this “dancing” behavior his entire life — the result of being raised by humans instead of porcupines.

“We have a daily enrichment and natural feeding program in place as well as positive reinforcement training to ensure he has the best possible welfare and is content for his entire life,” Shold says.

Music: ZZ Top vs. Pink.

Diving the Condos, Early September

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POj01Z_o6AI

Duluth has a stretch of Lakewalk with condos plopped down on it. I am used to diving farther up the shore a ways, but took the day to dive in front of the condos to see what was down there. This was early September, a weekend morning, the last truly great dive day of the summer: warm air, warm water, excellent visibility, and blue skies. I spent several hours in the water in a state of bliss. For a while there was the gentlest of currents and I just let it sweep me up the shore. As soon as I got out the weather turned — I had caught the last of these perfect conditions. This is my favorite form of recreation in this northernmost beach town. Here is what I saw. I wasn’t setting any depth records, average depth 10 feet or so but so fulfilling. Thanks for watching.

Video Archive: Nesbitt Island on Pokegama Lake, 1978

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlxFgxPalqg

Jay Freborg’s YouTube description:

In the mid-1970s the drinking age was 18 and friends built elaborate houseboats from whatever material they could find. Going out to “The Island” is what the typical high schooler tried to to do every weekend in the summer. It wasn’t uncommon to have 300-500 people under the age of 21 along the shores of Nesbitt. Over the years, Nesbitt Island’s sandbars and beaches have eroded but the memories have not. Thanks to Bernie Orhn for his forsight to shoot this 8MM film that I edited and put to music.

Fairyland Park near Marble, Minnesota

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This undated postcard depicts “Alice in Wonderland,” one of more than 30 scenes from favorite fairytales at Fairyland, a roadside attraction that operated from 1948 to 1972 just west of the village of Marble, about 80 miles northwest of Duluth. Pretty much anything one might want to know about Fairyland can be found on a PDF compiled by Tim Wick, son of Melvin and Faith Wick, who bought the park in 1960.

The Silver Lining

https://vimeo.com/181988890

chris-eckoffThis short video is by Duluth’s Chris Eckhoff and his Canon T3i. The music is Claude Debussy’s “Clair De Lune,” the third movement of his Suite bergamasque.

Visit the USA: Duluth

https://vimeo.com/181687677

duluth-us-mapWritten and hosted by Heiko Obermoeller for Brand USA’s “Visit the USA” website. Get your German on.

Rachael Kilgour – “Rabbit in the Road”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIdzu45UYhM

Rachael Kilgour 2015Rachael Kilgour performed in KUMD’s Studio A this week in support of her upcoming album, Rabbit in the Road and her Sept. 11 performance at Sacred Heart music Center.

UW-Superior Opening Weekend 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRcdPujDNgc

UWS 2016Two weeks ago a video post on PDD showed clips from UMD Welcome Week. Here’s some equal time for the U across the bridge — scenes from opening weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

This year’s UWS freshmen come from 175 different high schools and from 11 states — including Alaska, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and obviously Wisconsin. Nearly 225 international students are attending this year, the largest and most diverse international enrollment in the university’s history.

Itasca Conversations: Tales of Bovey (Part 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB5hgrRoqHE

BoveyAgnes Hromyak, Lorraine Andrews, Ethel Deal, Patricia Walls and Meredith Jakovich meet at the Bovey City Hall Library to recount life growing up on the Iron Range. Video by A Plus B Productions.

The Color Run

https://vimeo.com/181146299

color run 2016With the 2016 Color Run just two weeks away we take a glimpse at last year’s run through the eyes of James Gottfried.

Duluth Sailing

https://vimeo.com/181092203

Duluth SailingJay Erickson philosophizes about sailing on Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor in this 37-second video by Chris Ramisch.

Charlie Parr – “Moonshiner”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PYz-c2EyrE

Charlie Parr on a blue chairAn intimate performance by Duluth’s Charlie Parr for the Blue Chair Chronicles.

Another Lift Bridge Time Lapse

https://vimeo.com/180438153

Roux Duncan captures a few ups and downs of the Aerial Lift Bridge on a lovely summer day/night.

Duluth Duluth Duluth is on fire

https://vimeo.com/180457995

Duluth is on fireTall Ships make James Gottfried wanna dance dance dance.

Cthonic Bedrock and Devonian Boulders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OY2Wp3c9Gk

Patrolling Lake Superior’s Cthonic bedrock formations and Devonian boulders. Basaltic rock is dried lava sheets that decay into shelves littered with boulders at the edges. That is what we see here. Max depth 20 feet give or take a couple. Water has been cloudy this year due to rain, but finally cleared up enough here at the end of the summer to get this footage at one of my fave freediving spots.