PDD Quiz: Coming Attractions in 2020

Peer into the future with this edition of the PDD quiz, which previews events coming Duluth’s way in 2020.

The next PDD quiz, reviewing this month’s headlines and happenings, will be published on Jan. 26. Please submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Jan. 23.

Postcards from the Kitchi Gammi Club

This postcard was mailed 100 years ago today — Jan. 12, 1920. It shows the clubhouse of the Kitchi Gammi Club, which opened six years before the postcard hit the mailbag. The building still stands at 831 E. Superior St., and the organization is still active. The Kitchi Gammi Club formed in 1883, making it the oldest incorporated club in Minnesota.

Grant secures 44 acres of western Skyline Parkway land

Jessica Lange: Behind the Lens (in Duluth)

Posted after the read-more button because the video auto-plays on some devices: A CBS feature on Jessica Lang’s photography and her roots in Minnesota. She gives a tour of the area with emphasis on Highway 61, the title of her book of photography.

Vomit Detective

When partially digested nourishment is involuntarily ejected through the mouth, one of the first reactions is to wonder what caused it to happen. Was rancid meat recently consumed? Is there a norovirus going around?

Sometimes excessive alcohol is to blame and there isn’t a lot of detective work necessary. When that isn’t the case, however, the cause of a sudden retching can be difficult to track.

I have some recent experience as a vomit detective, following an incident that preceded the Christmas holiday. After a full month on the case, I can confidently state that the evidence points toward the culprit being either a cookie, a bowl of chili, or really just about anything else I encountered around that time.

That’s right, I’m getting ready to wrap up my investigation and file it as a cold case.

What’s worse is that information gathered in my latest probe has called into question a case from 2015. I might have wrongfully convicted a local fast-food chain restaurant of food poisoning.

Selective Focus: Duluth-area Film Festivals in 2020

If you’re a fan of film or an aspiring filmmaker, here’s a quick list of festivals in the area you can get involved in by attending or submitting your work. Each has a different focus and flavor, but for those interested in the art of filmmaking, there are opportunities for involvement at many of levels beyond being an audience member.

Duluth Schools of the 1890s

Courtesy of the New York Public Library and Google Books, detailed Duluth School Board annual reports from 125 years ago are available online to geek out on.

Links:
Report of the Board of Education of the City of Duluth, Minnesota (1891 to 1894)
Report of the Board of Education of the City of Duluth, Minnesota (1895 to 1901)

Video: Duluth Inauguration 2020

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and newly elected city council members were sworn in at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on Jan. 6.

Postcard from the Spalding Hotel: “Duluth’s Popular Rendezvous”

This undated postcard, printed by Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, depicts the Spalding Hotel in Downtown Duluth. The back of the card notes the Spalding was “Duluth’s Popular Rendezvous” and offered a coffee shop, cocktail lounge and bar.

The Spalding opened at 428 W. Superior St. on June 6, 1889 and was demolished on Sept. 25, 1963.

St. Louis River remedial action plan open to public comment

A draft version of the 2019 St. Louis River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan is available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s website. Public comments are being accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Duluth Trivia Deck Sampler #35

Another trivia card from a board game purchased at Savers.

Historic Inauguration of Duluth City Councilor Janet Kennedy

Duluth’s 2020 Inauguration was historic as the city welcomed its first African-heritage person to serve on the city council. Janet Kennedy has long been serving the city as a leader in the local NAACP as its first vice president and chair for the Health & Environmental Equity Committee. Kennedy now represents District 5 in western Duluth on the council. She joins Renee Van Nett of District 4, who was part of another historic inauguration in 2018 as the council’s first Native American woman.

JamesG brings the Heely tricks on TikTok

Who’s that guy wearing the University of Minnesota Duluth hoodie while doing Heely tricks on Tik Tok? It’s James Geisler, also known as the hip-hop artist JamesG. The former Duluthian is generating views by the thousands on the short-form mobile video service, while performing stunts on wheeled sneakers around the Twin Cities area.

Check it out at tiktok.com/@jamesmakesmusic.

Lake Wood Designs to renovate Anderson Furniture building

Charlie Parr – “Where You Gonna Be (When the Good Lord Calls You Home)”

According to Charlie’s Facebook page, this video was nine years in the making.

Director of Photography – Erik Murphy
Sound Engineer – Jon Oelke
Editor – Lei Shi
Director – Lance Lundahl