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Comment on Thoughts on Anchorage: Community makes self-reliance possible by Eric Chandler

I lived in Alaska for three years and have been back to visit several times. You’re right. Northern MN has always had a mini-Alaska vibe to me.

Comment on Video Archive: World Wrestling Federation 1988 Duluth Promo by Helmut Flaag

While we’re on the subject of people pretending to be something they’re not, folks often ask me, ‘Helmut, how is it you can spot rapey weirdos like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Kevin Spacey sometimes years before the public finally catches on?’

You kno...

Comment on Duluth ranks among “Best College Towns to Live in Forever” by mnqueenb

This must be a joke. I have two degrees, none from Duluth, although I am from the area. There are very few jobs here … so like SWAN says, “if you can make a living.”

Good luck. I have been trying to escape for 20 years and even with an MBA, I c...

Comment on Postcards from Duluth’s Radisson Hotel by Gina Temple-Rhodes

MATTHIJS, thanks for that. My theory (backed up by some historical writing about Duluth that I’ve found) is that grand old hotels built near train stations quickly became passe as people became more mobile. If you were walking to the hotel from th...

Comment on New to Duluth by Digital Art Movement

We are moving from SC but spent 12 years in Port Huron, MI so weather should not be a problem 🙂 well … after the first 3 years of adapting that is! My concern is safety for my family. I fell in love with the Great Lakes but it’s hard to find a spo...

Comment on Postcards from Duluth’s Radisson Hotel by Matthijs

The article linked to by Gina refers to the Radisson as a “high-rise motor hotel,” which turns out to be a very particular concept that ties together a lot of the ideas in this post.

An architectural history of the Deville Motor Hotel describes h...

Comment on Summer of ’65: Trailer at Dredging Project Hit by Bomb by Paul Lundgren

Based on a PDD aerial video from 2017 it looks like there were more than 10 rides at the Head of the Lakes Fair (formerly the Tri-State Fair) in Superior … but I would say anecdotally there seem to be fewer venders of random junk than there used t...

Comment on Postcards from Duluth’s Radisson Hotel by Gina Temple-Rhodes

This link from a few years ago on PDD indicates the Radisson was the first downtown hotel built in 43 years … and also mentions the loss of hotel rooms from the urban renewal projects. Although from what I’ve read, many of those hotels had also go...

Comment on Summer of ’65: Trailer at Dredging Project Hit by Bomb by mnqueenb

So here is a question … although I highly doubt anybody will see this.

What happened to the local fairs? There are not any roller coasters at the local fairs unless you are a toddler. In the 1980s I remember the Superior fair being slightly bigger...

Comment on Summer of ’65: UFO Sightings Reported Over Duluth by mnqueenb

You know, about the time this post was being posted, I saw something strange in the sky. I had been living in the Gary neighborhood for about three years and was heading home from work. I remember turning into the trailer park, right by Stowe scho...

Comment on Info on ice photo from north shore by Nobody

That was indeed the photo my F-I-L was thinking of. Closing the loop on this one … found a copy on the big auction site a month or so ago. Saved search for the holiday present win!

Comment on Postcards from Duluth’s Radisson Hotel by Matthijs

Willard Munger Inn has been in continuous operation since 1954, which seems to make it the oldest still-in-operation lodging in Duluth. If you count it in the motel category, which seems reasonable, that would confirm that the no-hotels-for-43-yea...

Comment on Postcards from Duluth’s Radisson Hotel by Paul Lundgren

I might be missing something obvious, but it’s occurring to me that with the demolition of so many of Duluth’s grand old hotels, and the conversion of many of the smaller old hotels into apartment buildings, the Radisson might now be Duluth’s olde...

Comment on Postcards from Duluth’s Radisson Hotel by Rij

I can’t keep track of those built in the past five years.

Comment on Old Grand Marais Photos by katr

The second photo was taken by M.J. Humphrey of Grand Marais, MN. It is the Gunderson Fish House in Schroeder MN. on Lake Superior. Humphrey also hand-colored several photos which the family has. The other fish house photos were probably along the ...

Comment on Duluth Trunk Factory by Tony D.

It looks like Duluth Trunk moved around a bit, but always on the lower 200 block of West Superior St. Buchanan Block was at 208 W. Superior St. They were also at 214 E. Superior St. before they were at 220 W. Superior St., mentioned in the ad abov...

Comment on PDD Gift Guide 2018 by Paul Lundgren

The Duluth Experience, the region’s full-service tour and adventure company, has a Choose-your-own-adventure gift card.

Comment on Duluth Trunk Factory by hbh1

In the Saturday, July 30, 1898 edition of Labor World, it says that the Duluth Trunk Factory is owned by J. Chrudinsky, and employs four men. “A full line of trunks and traveling bags is handled.”

There are a lot of advertisements in the Duluth...

Comment on Hacienda del Sol building eyed by Lake Avenue Restaurant group by Paul Lundgren

Two years later update: Residential tower planned in downtown Duluth

Duluth’s Titanium Partners, Madison-based Landmark and Chicago developer Gerald Fogelson plan to build a 15-story apartment building that would replace the Voyageur Lakewalk Inn ...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Steph

Ha! Amazing. I’ve been so involved with the image quality and cropping, that I never would have connected the “two sets.” I wonder how many times I’ve skipped past these.

It shouldn’t be difficult at all to create some Photoshop filters to get exa...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Matthijs

Good find Gina! I started with Minnesota Reflections as well (as I always do for the mystery photos) and came up with nothing. This doesn’t seem to be exactly what Steph wants, which leads me to believe there might be a lack of clarity in what we ...

Comment on List of Duluth Winters and what they are Remembered For by Helmut Flaag

Side note: A curious fact about our seven Medal of Honor recipients who fought at Okinawa, is that the guy from Duluth, MN is the only one who was actually killed there. When you read all seven accounts, they each boggle the mind in their own way,...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Aha! Those Superior Street photos are somewhat oddly cataloged on Minnesota Reflections, but if you go to the main page and search for “Superior Street in 1963” you will find all 95 of the photos in that series, which includes the ones you are sea...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Gina Temple-Rhodes

I disagree. Those 1963 photos are so full of detail. I really believe that they are the same photos, especially that first link above, of the western corner of the old Lyceum building. The shadow on the building is the same, even. Perhaps the qual...

Comment on Rachael Kilgour – “Holy Are We” by Sam

We have been big fans for a good while, play her albums regularly, and are happy to see Kilgour’s success. She writes and performs so beautifully.

Comment on List of Duluth Winters and what they are Remembered For by Helmut Flaag

And if further proof is required that a harsh Duluth winter provides one with the true grit required to say win the Medal of Honor, one need look no further than the lost tale of one Henry Alexius Courtney Jr.

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Steph

Yeah, that “Superior Street 1963” series definitely includes, if not all the same buildings, certainly a lot of them, but there’s also something special about the quality of the specific series I’ve been searching for… It’s the combination of the ...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Here’s another match for the right side of the Lyceum theater.

The Saddle Shop and Zenith Sportswear are still open, but the unnamed storefront to the right has one of the ubiquitous CLOSED signs that can be seen on lots of buildings in that year...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Gina Temple-Rhodes

This link matches for the corner of the old Lyceum building.

This also matches one that you have of 500 W. Superior St. block on that photo stream page, even if not the small panoramas.

I have actually thought about trying to stitch/paste these ...

Comment on PDD Gift Guide 2018 by Paul Lundgren

Perhaps a few people on your list would like a CSB to go with their CSA. Why not wash down those community-supported agriculture products from local farmers with a little community-supported beer from local brewers?

Hoops Brewing has a Crowler-of...

Comment on New to Duluth by Helmut Flaag

It’s certainly not any worse than places in the Deep South.

Comment on List of Duluth Winters and what they are Remembered For by Helmut Flaag

Word LesterLynn, winter should leave you making promises you won’t keep to your creator… Actual F’N Snow, and the minimum amount I require to sustain my chakras. Maybe even build a jump. But for the remainder, how about, One Inch MN Winters Forev...

Comment on Old photos sleuths: where did I get these? by Steph

Matthijs, if I don’t get a concrete hit on this post today, I’m definitely going to contact Garon. Thanks for making that connection!

I’m not sure how many photos there are. I think there are 4 shots per block, so you could probably do the math, b...