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Modest Home Makeover

Last summer/fall, the Extreme Makeover Home Edition TV show came to town to build a new home for the Huber family in South Range. It was a wonderful thing, but several commenters on this website wrote that those efforts should continue without all the TV cameras and didn’t need to be so extreme.

A little something called Modest Home Makeover was started around that time, with the goal of raising $150,000 to build a new home for Rick & Brenda Hallfrisch. Fox 21 News did this story about it …

I bring this up now because volunteer meetings and fund-raising events are coming up soon. You can read about all of them at

Duluth home-movie footage from 1938

This 8mm home-movie depicts a 1938 fishing trip to Duluth.

P.O.W. David Wheat’s return to Duluth

A tip of the hat to Andrew Krueger at the News Tribune Attic for spotting this Feb. 7, 1973, WDIO-TV broadcast on YouTube. Nice to have you back in the attic, Andrew.

David Wheat, many of you may remember, was a prison mate of John McCain’s in North Vietnam and campaigned for him in 2008.

This video includes cameos by pre-toupée Dennis Anderson and Mayor Ben Boo, among others. An hilarious ad for “Pringle’s Newfangled Potato Chips” is at the end.

Anyone around here see this last night?

Video from an Iowa sheriff’s deputy’s dashboard camera, about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Breaking Glass releases new video

“Ease Back” is the first single from Breaking Glass’s inaugural Shatterproof CD.  These up and coming rockers from Esko play a variety of original and classic rock tunes. This music video was produced by FitzPhoto as part of a prize package from winning the 2009 Duluth-area Battle of the Bands contest, put on by Junior Achievement.

Breaking Glass will be performing at the Battle of the Bands Kickoff Party on Saturday, April 17, at Hell Burgers in Canal Park.  Showtime is 8 p.m. 

The band will also be opening the Battle of the Bands with a special performance at the DECC on Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m., followed by the battle, featuring 12 area high school garage bands.

It’s a whole new ballgame in Minneapolis

Time-lapse video by MPR’s Laura Gill

1961-1968 racing in Hartley Park

Twelve-year-old Harold “Bo” Conrad won the 1963 Duluth race where Hartley Nature Center is today and went on to win the All-American Soap Box Derby Race in Akron, Ohio, where there were 75,000 people watching.

Duluth’s Graffiti Graveyard

Video by Nathan Treanor.


Minnow Swallowing Contest in Duluth

St. Patrick’s Day, 1980. Quite a party in the West End.

Stuff I Like

My house, the alley, a train.

Why Google Should Choose Duluth

Satan’s Nightmare

Video ad created to promote Duluth as a Google Fiber candidate.

Actor: Kevin Craig
Idea, filming: Ben Marsen
Editing: Ben Marsen, Paul Broman

Trampled by Turtles TV Special @ Teatro Zuccone

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Thursday, March 25
Social at 7PM in the atrium lobby of the Zeitgeist Arts Building.
Concert screening at 8PM in the Teatro Zuccone live theater.
This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating available.
Drink specials!

To celebrate the launch of The Playlist a new PBS show celebrating the local arts scene, we will be screening the full PBS concert edit of a live Trampled by Turtles show (with band interviews) recently recorded at Pizza Luce in Duluth.

People attending will have a chance to win two free tickets to one of the TBT shows @ First Avenue in Minneapolis in April!

The Play-List on WDSE/WRPT helps you connect with loads of regional arts opportunities with a weekly show on PBS. Starting April 1, Thursdays at 9 PM, watch for live music in the studio every week, behind-the-scenes tours with area theater companies, visual and literary artists, arts events and more. Submit your ideas on our website at

What’s on your playlist? Also check us out on Facebook.

Retribution Gospel Choir – “Workin’ Hard”

New video from Duluth’s hardest working band.

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