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Comment on Charlie Parr has the “Best Song to Cry To” by Helmut Flaag

Yes, I think of mentally disabled people being shot to death in Syria, and Charlie Parr not being heard over a crowd is more tragic.

I cry to Marty Robbins.

Comment on Ingeborg von Agassiz – “Oh, the Hillside” by Bill Nash

Great song! Great Video! Job well done to all involved, and thanks for sharing!

Comment on Charlie Parr has the “Best Song to Cry To” by TimK

If you really want to cry over a Charlie Parr tune, find a Facebook video of Charlie playing a local venue. It will consist mostly of the audience talking loudly over the occasional twang. Crowds up here seem to be getting more rude.

Comment on Duluth Mystery Photo #11: 1891 Couple by Paul Lundgren

I’m confused. The Johnson’s Furniture locations on the 1900 block of West Superior Street would have been three blocks from the Lars N. Liden studio on the 1600 block — not “on each end” of it. Or am I missing something?

Comment on Duluth Mystery Photo #11: 1891 Couple by K Hollywood

These two places were apparently on each end of 1619 W. Superior St. in Duluth’s West End.

However I honestly know nothing of this place. I just saw a pic while looking at randomness and it seemed interesting. I’m a certified (for a whooping thre...

Comment on Trespassing at UMD’s Old Main in 1992 by [email protected]

I was stationed at Torrance Hall in 1984. It had freshman kids at that time. We had so much snow that winter season they had to use a cherry-picker type crane to bring food up to 2nd floor. We were snowed in and we loved it!

We also explored the b...

Comment on Duluth-Superior Transit Company Token by Joel Hawes

I have a token but I can’t read the treasurer’s name. Worst handwriting ever. First and middle initials, eight-or-so letter last name. Anyways let me know what it says, please.

Comment on Video Archive: Surfers Before the Blizzard, 2008 by Steven Smith

Check out the Great Lakes Surf film Unsalted that came out in 2005. The film includes some local Superior surf pioneers and a few pros surfing at Stoney Point. The locals featured in the film are among a small crew that started surfing the lake re...

Comment on Perfect Duluth Day launching two new community websites — Perfect East Duluth Day and Perfect West Duluth Day by Paul Lundgren

Some readers thought this April Fools joke was hilarious, but most didn’t understand what it was picking on. And just four days after it was picked on, the Weekly Observer called it quits. So now it seems I was just being mean, which I guess makes...

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by Sam

It turns out that Rick Steves’ brother-in-law is the president of my college.

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by Sam

Nevermind. I went to the son’s college. The daughter went to the “other” college, as we used to say.

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by Sam

Maybe Rick Steves is just making a joke about the weather, which is pretty common for people when they think about Duluth.

Karl, I went to college with Rick’s daughter when she was there, so we must have gone to the same place. Rick Steves gave ...

Comment on Devil’s Right Hand by Dave Sorensen

I spent enough time around guns as a youth to not be freaked out by terms like “semi-automatic,” but assault rifles don’t just differ in appearance — the damage they do is much greater than conventional guns.

I support peoples’ rights to own a gun...

Comment on Devil’s Right Hand by Helmut Flaag

But lead is poison too. And common sense has nothing to do with this.

Comment on Devil’s Right Hand by Helmut Flaag

…there are people who hate AR-15s and other guns more because of what they think they know about who owns those guns — because they sanctimoniously think moral and intellectual and cultural deficiencies are the primary or only explanation for want...

Comment on Duluth Trivia, April 1 Edition (no April Fools here) by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Because I am a library nerd, I checked the Polk City Directories for Paddy Dorna’s or anything related in Restaurants or even Dorna family. Nothing in ’56, 50, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85 or even ’91. Given the spelling errors in some of the other question...

Comment on Historic heart of Superior’s East End faces changes by Len Moskalyk

Very sad. I live in Thunder Bay and we stumbled across this old building a few years ago. We popped into the bar next door for a beer and some of the local people gave me a bit of history on the building and the owner.

I also asked about the East ...

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by Helmut Flaag

Problem is these skateboard kids will get ahold of his dad-core style and turn him into a fashion icon. You laugh now, but mark my words…

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by Helmut Flaag

Could be from the moment he arrived nobody once stopped talking about how great it was. Which in turn was a little too close to home for him. I’ve spent months where he lives and while both places have pros and cons, there’s bumper to bumper U-Hau...

Comment on Exploring Duluth and the North Shore by jcr

Roel, nice footage! And great footage at the Minnesota State Fair. What camera/lenses are you using?

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by hbh1

To me it’s just an echo of the general attitude that people have had for generations about Duluth being the “end of the world” or just generally off the map. I mean, we’ve been a punchline like “Timbuktu” forever, like if you fuck up at your job, ...

Comment on Duluth Trivia, April 1 Edition (no April Fools here) by The Jackal

What was the first building erected on the present site of the UMD campus?

Yes, the Science Building (currently the Chemistry Building) still stands. It’s being replaced with the new Heikkila Chemistry & Advanced Materials Science Building. The ol...

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by Karl

I went to college with Rick’s daughter. We were part of the same orientation program, though we did not know each other well. Amused by this fact, several friends from home and I devised a Rick Steves Drinking Game. (Drink every time Rick uses wor...

Comment on What’s Rick Steves’ deal with Duluth? by -Berv

Maybe it’s not marijuana-y enough for him.

Comment on Duluth Trivia, April 1 Edition (no April Fools here) by Paul Lundgren

Google would have helped with finding info on the master stone carver, but the name is wrong. It isn’t George Thorne, it’s George Thrana, or Ole Georgurius Thrana.

Thrana came from Norway in 1889. He carved in sandstone, granite, marble and limest...

Comment on Duluth Store Equipment by Gina Temple-Rhodes

The last time this company appears in the Duluth City Directory is 1935. The Depression must have caught up with them. Interesting how some of their ads were trying to help businesses combat “mail order” competition, likely the Sears Catalog, yest...

Comment on Duluth’s Point of Rocks by Kathie

I realize it’s years after the fact, but I just now stumbled on the whole discussion about the “Whoopee Wall” and wanted to clear up some misconceptions.

First, no, the word “Whope” that was spray painted on the rocks was not meant as a slur towa...

Comment on Low on “Fear the Walking Dead” by Helmut Flaag

That’s funny, because my heart melts when I hear the Ecstacy of Gold.

Comment on Eat Yourself Help by Paul Lundgren

I’m fine. I wrote “Eat Yourself Help” about 18 years ago. Believe it or not, I think it’s actually only the second-silliest thing I’ve even written. But yes, probably at the time I wasn’t getting enough outdoor activity.

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Comment on Eat Yourself Help by David Beard

See also “Dinner TIme.”