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Video Archive: Ice Cracking on Lake Superior

The 2016-’17 winter hasn’t been great for ice on Lake Superior, but ten years ago was one of the most magical freeze-overs in modern memory. In this video from Feb. 18, 2007, Zac Bentz captures the sounds of shifting and cracking ice off Park Point.

A Winter Downpour: Oh, This Pleasant Lake singles

New singles from A Winter Downpour’s album Oh This Pleasant Lake — “Forever” and “Wake Up Drunk.” Thanks to Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for support of the album.

Find it at: SpotifyBandcamp | CD Baby

Teague Alexy’s new “Wisecracks & Roadside Flats” podcast

Teague Alexy's Wisecracks and Roadside FlatsWisecracks & Roadside Flats is a news podcast featuring American stories and folktales from musician, author and storyteller Teague Alexy. The debut episode, “Million Dollar Magic Take,” is Teague’s experience with the classic Bob Dylan and the Band album The Basement Tapes. Teague first hears the album on a solo road trip and years later finds himself as part of a tribute show to the album in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Duluth.

Subscribe to the Wisecracks & Roadside Flats podcast for free on iTunes and Stitcher.

This debut episode features unreleased music from Teague Alexy, Marc Gartman, Sarah Krueger, Lee Martin and Veikko Lepisto performing as the Duluth Basement Tapes Band. Get their recording of “Million Dollar Bash” exclusively when you pre-order Teague Alexy’s new album Circuit Sessions (release date April 7) at teaguealexy.com. See the Duluth Basement Tapes Band perform live on Bob Dylan’s birthday Wednesday, May 24, at Rex Bar as part of the seventh annual Duluth Dylan Fest and Thursday, May 25, at Pioneer Place Theater in St. Cloud.

Selective Focus: Heidi Ash

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This week’s Selective Focus subject is our most delicious one yet. Heidi Ash has made chocolate her medium of choice.

H.A.: My goal is to make life more beautiful and delicious one truffle at a time. I work with French chocolate, hand-made caramel sauces, and the best ingredients possible. What gets left out is just as important: preservatives, corn syrup and RBST from the whipping cream and butter.

185Chocolat is a culmination of passions. The 185 represents the number of my heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic, which not only saved my life but altered the quality of it for the better in ways I could not imagine.

R.I.P. Farmer Hank

STRAUSSBOSCORNThe Duluth News Tribune reports Farmer Hank Bos died Feb. 4 after battling lung cancer. He was 79.

Bos was known in West Duluth for selling his produce on Grand Avenue near the Minit Mart convenience store, formerly known as Little Store. The DNT reports Bos “for decades faithfully drove the 94 miles from his Shell Lake, Wis., farm to western Duluth daily from July to late October to sell produce from next to his pickup truck.”

What is this brick pillar in the sidewalk?

West End Thing

The above image landed in my inbox this morning with the following question from a fellow named Ben: “Any idea what this is? It’s on West Superior Street at 17th Avenue West. There’s nothing on it or attached to it.”

Well, it just so happens I have a pretty good idea what it is.

Augustus B. Wolvin and the Duluth Stoker Co.

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This advertisement is from The Directory of Licensed Stationary Engineers of the State of Ohio, 1903, published by the Engineers Directory Co. of Columbus, Ohio. It highlights the features of the Duluth Stoker, a mechanical stoker designed for use on steamships.

The Boomchucks – “Birkie Fever”

BirkieA silly little ditty by Duluth band the Boomchucks, all about the North American Birkebeiner. The 44th annual cross-country ski race from Cable to Hayward happens Feb. 25.

Duluth and Beyond

Thomas Hays of Minneapolis produced this video of highlights from a recent trip to Duluth, Two Harbors and Gooseberry Falls. Perfect Duluth Day probably publishes about eight of these “trip to Duluth” videos a year, but this one has a pretty distinct style compared to others.

Tuesday at Lutsen

The days of fresh, fluffy powder seem rarer and rarer. Ben Olson and Barry Buhr took advantage at Lutsen Mountains last week, before the heat wave set in.

Duluth Cross City Trail plan reveals new West Duluth route

Duluth-Cross-City-Trail-Mini-Master-PlanThe final draft of the Cross City Trail Mini-Master Plan was released today by Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division. It outlines the vision for a 10.3-mile multi-purpose paved trail system that connects the Duluth Lakewalk with the Willard Munger State Trail. Much of the trail has already been constructed over the past five years.

The plan is the culmination of more than 12 years of planning and development work. The public entered the process in 2010, when maps of potential routes were released for feedback. Several controversial alternate routes through West Duluth were discussed in the ensuing years when certain right-of-ways became unavailable, but a new route similar to what was initially presented has emerged.

Pending approval of the plan by the Duluth City Council, construction will start on a major new segment called the “River Route,” which will run from the current western end of the Cross City Trail at Carlton Street, under the ore docks, across Interstate 35 and through the riverfront area. The new segment will end at Irving Park. Two proposed connecting trails would create a loop between Irving and the Munger Trail terminus that would include a section completed last summer on the DWP Trail.

Video: Full moon drifting through Aerial Lift Bridge

For your Valentine’s Day pleasure, here are 19 seconds of images shot by Dennis O’Hara over the weekend, showing the Full Snow Moon drifting skyward behind the Aerial Lift Bridge.

When principals tried to run Mötley Crüe out of Duluth

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Left: Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe performing at the Duluth Arena on Nov. 5, 1985; photo by Bob King for the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald. Right: Clipping from Nov. 22, 1985.

Oh, the profanity! Mötley Crüe got Duluth-area principals’ undies in a bunch back in 1985. Attempts to ban the Los Angeles-based glam metal band went nowhere. Mötley Crüe returned to Duluth for two more concerts, one in 1990 and another in 1998.

Video Archive: Al Franken’s first run for U.S. Senate

Al_Franken,_official_portrait,_114th_CongressTen years ago today, Feb. 13, 2007, Al Franken published the above video announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate representing Minnesota.

He won the DFL nomination with 65 percent of the vote, but in November 2008 appeared to have lost the the General Election by 215 votes to Republican Norm Coleman. On Jan. 5, 2009, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified the recounted vote totals, with Franken winning by 225 votes. Subsequent challenges prevented him from taking his senate seat until July 7, 2009.

Franken was reelected in 2014, defeating Republican Mike McFadden with 54 percent of the vote. His second term ends Jan. 3, 2021.

Blues Monday: Bob Dylan Edition

The Adjustments play Bob Dylan’s classic “Meet Me in the Morning” at their home studio. Catch the blues/rock band live at Players Sports Bar on March 11 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Audio and video recorded by the Adjustments, with help from Andrew Holien. Edited by Alex Nelson.