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Video Archive Posts

Video Archive: Hemlock Garage Collapse of 1979

Forty years ago the Hemlock Garage at 302 E. First St. collapsed under the weight of snow. WDIO-TV news anchor Dennis Anderson and reporter Tom Lindner had the story.

Video Archive: Duluth’s Chinese Lantern Restaurant

It was 25 years ago today — January 16, 1994 — when Duluth’s iconic Chinese Lantern restaurant was destroyed by fire. The video clip above is from the Asian Flavors documentary co-produced by the Minnesota Historical Society Press and Twin Cities Public Television in 2013. The full 28-minute documentary is below.

Video Archive: Tim Kaiser on PBS’ “Make”

It was ten years ago — January 2009 — when Duluth musician Tim Kaiser was featured on the public television program Make.

Video Archive: KDAL-TV Anniversary Video from 1974

Check out this video. If you’re a fan of 1974 TV in Duluth, then you’ll enjoy this. It’s a recording of KDAL-TV’s 20th anniversary as shown on the Town and Country Show with Kathy Linde. The video features many of the most recognizable personalities from the Channel 3 studios during that era.

Video Archive: World Wrestling Federation 1988 Duluth Promo

The World Wrestling Federation’s sixth-ever card at the Duluth Arena featured …

Andre the Giant vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Demolition vs. The Powers of Pain
“Outlaw” Ron Bass vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Video Archive: Duluth Election 2008

It was ten years ago today — Nov. 4, 2008 — that Barack Obama was elected to his first term as President of the United States. Obama took nearly 53 percent of the popular vote nationwide; in Duluth he hauled in more than 68 percent. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates swept every 2008 contest in Duluth.

Video Archive: The Tisdales – “Find it in Me”

Uploaded to YouTube 10 years ago today — Sept. 18, 2008 — is this track from Duluth band the Tisdales. The song “Find it in Me” appears on the group’s 2008 album “Bakers Dozen.”

Video Archive: Illgen Falls Huckamania

Andy McMurray uploaded this video to YouTube ten years ago today — Sept. 5, 2008. It shows a group of Duluth kayakers plunging down Illgen Falls at the Baptism River, about 60 miles northeast of Duluth. The video also details the work a video crew went through to set up shots — rigging highlines, pulleys and ropes.

The video was described on Perfect Duluth Day in 2008 as “tightrope walking meets kayak boating.”

Video Archive: Rick Rude vs. Kim Yates in Duluth, 1988

What Rick Rude would like right now is for all you fat, ugly, Duluth little boys to keep the noise down while he takes off his robe and shows the ladies what “simply ravishing” is all about.

Video Archive: Superstars of Wrestling in Duluth, 1988

Finally unearthed from the PDD video archive, clips from the May 10, 1988 World Wrestling Federation card at the Duluth Arena. The segments available here are matches that were broadcast on the syndicated television program Superstars of Wrestling on May 22 and 29, 1988. Numerous other matches were taped at the same Duluth card and broadcast in subsequent weeks.

Video Archive: Wabasha Books moves to First Street in 1998

It was July 1998 when Wabasha Books, longtime purveyor of adult paperbacks and other products, made plans to move from 13 E. Superior St. to 114 E. First St.

Video Archive: Duluth Dylan Fest at R.T. Quinlan’s, 1993

Duluth musicians perform Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” at R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon on May 14, 1993.

Video Archive: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage cut wrestling promos for 1988 Duluth show

Thirty years ago — May 10, 1988 — the World Wrestling Federation brought a card to Duluth for the sixth time. A television crew came along to capture matches for four episodes of the syndicated weekly program Superstars of Wrestling.

Video Archive: Surfers Before the Blizzard, 2008

High-definition videos of people surfing Lake Superior have become a fairly regular thing on Perfect Duluth Day in recent years. The short and fuzzy one above lacks the quality we’re used to these days, but is featured today because it’s ten years old and might be the first Lake Superior surf video published on PDD — or maybe anywhere else. (Prove that assertion wrong and find an older one.)

Barrett Chase posted this clip on April 10, 2008. He noted winds were at 40 m.p.h.

“Check out this short video snippet of some crazies surfing on Lake Insanity near Lester River today just before the onset of the blizzard,” he wrote.

Video Archive: Clammy after a night at the Red Star

From ten years ago today — April 5, 2008 — comes perhaps the weirdest video ever posted on Perfect Duluth Day.

It was originally published by the user “-berv” under the headline “Best watched while drunk, if at all,” and with the description “my sessile cephalopod friend gets drunk and vomits in the microwave.”