Does anyone have any information about the carnival down by Bayfront? Specifically, times & cost? I can’t find anything anywhere about it…

The Rake’s Progress

It’s that time of year where I’m in need of your retired steel-tined leaf rake. It cannot be plastic or bamboo- it must be steel. I chop the tines off for thumb piano keys and I need a whole lot of them for a music program/workshop I’m doing later in the spring. If your rake is missing all but one of it’s tines, I’ll still take it. You can contact me through yelling loudly or the internet thingy.Rake3

Plan B meets Duluth School Board

Let Duluth Vote’s “Plan B” presentation to the Duluth School Board from Greenfield Communications on Vimeo.

It should be noted that this video is not a piece of independent journalism, but rather an informational video paid for by the Duluth School District. That being said, so you may take into account it was created with intent to persuade, I don’t believe it contains any misinformation. If I’m wrong, I’m sure we’ll all find out in the comments.

Voodoo Bus


There will be a chartered bus from Superior to Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield for the July 11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert. The round-trip costs $10 per person. It leaves at 5 p.m. from Wessman Arena on the UWS campus and will return that evening.

Seats can be reserved by calling the KUWS office at (715) 394-8530. Call on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and ask for Kim Gustafson.

Abandoned Plans: Hope Center

Hope Center Union Gospel Mission

This picture is hanging in the men’s room on the main floor of the Union Gospel Mission. And that’s amazing all in itself, bathroom decorating decisions. But there’s more … clearly it’s an architectural conception or rendering of a long forgotten plan for a place called “Hope Center.” Many of you will recognize the proposed site and the buildings involved. I used to work in one of them so I find this especially compelling and mysterious for that reason … also amusing, the happy strollers depicted for scale or mood, people in architectural drawings always just seem like life is going perfectly, don’t they?

Now, I did a google search on this project and came up with a goose egg, nothing on this. Which made me even more curious about all of this. My questions are: 1) When was this to have happened? The fashions and cars in the image got me thinking mid 80s, also that would measure up with my memories, because anytime after that I bet I would have remembered this. 2) Why didn’t it happen? And (for extra credit) 3) Are there other abandoned or not yet realized plans out there similar to this one? I mean clear plans like this one, not some wild dream sketched on the back of a cocktail napkin — I’ve got a few of those around myself.

Chester Bowl youth summer program

If you’ve got kids and need something for them to do this summer, there’s still open spots in the Chester Bowl summer program. They’re doing things like kayaking, hiking, field trips (Twins game, Valleyfair, park point sailing and swimming, and other places around town.) Scholarships are available. Details, fees, schedules and more can be found on the Chester Bowl Site.

Moving by Bicycle

In June of 2009 I made up my mind to move from one apartment to the other. I also made up my mind to make this move using only bicycles and bicycle trailers. After making up my mind to do this I did some research and found some great testimony to this from other individuals and groups having done this on the Internet.

Two days ago, after I’d decided to move I found out about a contest that Madsen Cycles was putting on. If you’re interested in helping me win, click this link to their site and check out their cool bicycles (it’ll open in a new tab/window). If not, read on and enjoy.

MADSEN Cargo Bikes

Glensheen Concerts by the Lake

Get out your dancing shoes- Glensheen’s Concerts by the Lake started this Wednesday, July 1!

Enjoy toe-tapping tunes from the Jim Melde Big Band on the shores of Lake Superior this week and every week in July: July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are FREE this year. (Don’t forget your lawn chair!)

More information about Glensheen is available at:

Lincoln Park Mountain Bike Challenge and Festival

The inaugural Lincoln Park Mountain Bike Challenge & Festival on Saturday, July 18th is going to be packed with people and full of excitement for the entire family. The event takes place from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm in Lincoln Park at the Pavilion and is open to the public.

Lincoln Park Mountain Bike Challenge & Festival features:

Children, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes
150-250 participants and 500-1,000 spectators are expected
Cash prizes for top placement in each class
First Advanced biker to reach trail-entry is the “King of the Hill” and wins $50
Paved and off-road sections of race for all levels of competition
Kids Bounce House
Awards ceremony on grandstand stage
“Party in the Park” with live-music performances
Grand Raffle Prize Drawing
Event Raffle Prize Drawings
Food Vendors and Retail Vendors
Beer Garden

Got a motorcycle?

come out and ride it. 20 riders last month..come down and add a few more!

Free coffee from the co-op.

Peace out, Duluth!

Maybe you’ve read this post from my Facebook note, but in case you haven’t succumbed to that monster …

As some of you already know, I will be moving out of town soon to be with the love of my life, the wonderful and lovely Rebecca Zaban, in St. Paul.

Stinky Hippies

Duluth’s Trampled By Turtles are playing an unannounced show at the Looch tonight. Mmmm patchouli and bluegrass.

Free Money … Workshop

Make the Most of Your Money

To jazz up this copy, I was gonna post a video of my favorite song about money (James Taylor’s Money Machine) to embed here, but I couldn’t find one. I did find it referenced in some music quotes though here

Is there too much month left at the end of your Money? In this class learn how to budget for you and your family and how to make the most of what you make!

The first 20 participants that complete the class will receive an earned interest gift of $50.00, a desk set to organize and budget for your financial future, and tools to make your money work for you!

Meets in the large conference room at the Building for Women on Wednesday, July 8th from 10 am to 4 pm call Kristi 218.727.3352 to reserve your spot, or just roll the dice and show up, maybe we’ll still have a spot for you. Click the Link above to download a flier with all the details.


Sponsored by Boyz II Dadz. Funded, in part, by a grant from the University of Minnesota Extension and a lot of other great people and organizations that want you to hold on to your money!

What next?

From the DNT, at 3:48 p.m. June 30. (Wish I knew how to screen shot. Help?)

No matter your perspective on the school plan front, seems the district is getting mighty upitty by demanding a water feature:

“Let Duluth Vote members said they posted bond today required to keep their anti-red plan lawsuit alive.

The Duluth school district, however, said the group did not meet the state rules for posting a surety pond, and it is calling for the case to be dismissed.”

Finally (part two)


Soon-to-be (?) U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn.

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