Chuck Haavik – “Wrestle with the Man”

Duluth’s Chuck Haavik has released his first single as a singer/songwriter. The track, “Wrestle With the Man,” is available on Bandcamp and DistroKid and soon will be available on Spotify.

Postcard from an Outbound Freighter

This undated postcard from Zenith Interstate News Company shows a freighter exiting the Duluth shipping canal into Lake Superior.

PDD Quiz: April 2021 in Review

Wake up your brain with this week’s current events quiz!

Duluth’s Old Central High School will be the focus of the next PDD quiz on May 16. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by May 12.

Gaelynn Lea: Three Performances for MPR

Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea was the Current‘s Minnesota Music Month featured artist of the day on April 23. This video is part of a series the singer-songwriter and violinist contributed as educational videos to YourClassical MPR.

“Things We Lost in the Fire” 20th Anniversary Visual Album

Duluth band Low has released a visualizer marking the 20th anniversary of the 2001 album Things We Lost in the Fire. Artists Shane Donahue, Julie Casper Roth and Allen Killian-Moore provide the visuals.

Video Archive: Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway, 1961

This 1960s-era film by Bruce Ward shows Duluth Missabe & Iron Range Railway 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone locomotives on excursions around and out of Duluth.

Selective Focus: Help Wanted

Perfect Duluth Day is looking for a new curator for its ongoing Selective Focus feature. Applications are being accepted through May 9.

Curator sounds artsier than coordinator, right? And it’s not really a writing thing, is it? Well, maybe it’s a bit of all three.

Frost River has gone solar

Frost River, a maker of canvas packs in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District, is now powering its manufacturing facility and retail store with solar panels. The new rooftop panels are from EPF Solar of Minneapolis and were installed by Belknap Electric.

Video Archive: Norway’s royal couple given stirring welcome

Although Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha of Norway did visit Duluth in 1939 for the dedication of Enger Tower, the footage in this silent film seems to all have been shot in Los Angeles a month earlier. Nevertheless, images of Duluth News Tribune stories are splashed across the screen at the start of the film.

Earth Day Special: “No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong)” with Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls

Hey Duluth, how do you fit into the story this video depicts?

Here are some resources for getting involved as well as upcoming events.

Come on Duluth, pull your socks up!

Looking at Duluth in isolation, it has shrunk by 20 percent since 1960. In real terms, Duluth netted a population loss far greater when viewed in a regional context that accounts for the modest growth rates of Fargo, Rochester and Sioux Falls cited in the article. Had Duluth kept pace with those cities since 1960, Duluth would today have a population of 300,000. A nice sized, comfortable metro city.

Why doesn’t Duluth work?

Shooting with Sparky: Odd Bull-moose Behavior

Mark “Sparky” Stensaas visited the Superior National Forest in January and recently put together the footage for this episode of “Shooting with Sparky.” Watch as a bull moose attempts to mount another bull who’d lost its antlers. Also: twelve spruce grouse, boreal chickadees and a great gray owl.

Rodolfo Nieto – “The Minnesota Beer Song”

Minneapolis-based actor/singer Rodolfo Nieto penned this new anthem for Minnesota beer, accompanied on piano by Jared Miller and backed by a chorus. The song references two breweries from northeast Minnesota — Bent Paddle Brewing and Castle Danger Brewing.

Nieto notes that he would “love it if others created their own pun-filled verses in the future, using the names of other Minnesota breweries.”

Making it Up North: Cedar and Stone Nordic Sauna

Justin Juntunen of Cedar and Stone Nordic Sauna extols the notion of Duluth becoming the spa capital of the Midwest.

WDSE-TV‘s Making it Up North explores stories of creative artists, artisans and entrepreneurs engaged in honing their skills, following their passion and realizing their dreams.

Duluth’s Old City Hall to become boutique hotel

Duluth restaurant and hospitality company Just Take Action is in the process of converting Duluth’s Old City Hall into a 13-room hotel with four hostel rooms and a Roaring Twenties theme.

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