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Duluth Skate

Daredevil downhilling in a video from Andrew Kilness. Giving new meaning to multi-use trails.

Selective Focus: Matthew Olin

Matt Olin is one of those artists whose work is impossible to have not seen. We get a look at some of his other creations as well as the sense of humor that finds its way into many of his projects.

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Please tell us about the medium you work in and how you came to work in your style.
I typically work in Birkenstocks. Most people would refer to wearing Birkenstocks year-round in Duluth as a stylistic choice, so I guess you could say I come to work everyday in my style. When at work, I teach Interactive Design at UMD and create both self-initiated and client-based design solutions in my Birkenstocks.

PDD Calendar Index: Russian fairy tale ballet

MinnBallet-FirebirdFriday: Minnesota Ballet’s Firebird
Friday: Ann Kathryn, et. al.
Saturday: Edward Martin and William Bastian
Saturday: Hairball
Saturday: Ides of March Finale
Sunday: Squishy Mud
Monday: Woodblind
Tuesday: Music in the Studio with The PlayList
Wednesday: Coyote
Thursday: Zoo-La Palooza

For a complete look at what’s happening today, tomorrow and on into infinity, visit perfectduluthday.com/calendar.

Duluth native on Fortune’s list of world’s greatest leaders

Black Lives Matter Activists Group Continues To Protest Police Shooting Of Jamar ClarkFortune magazine’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” includes Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, a native Duluthian. Harteau is positioned at #22 on the list, just behind U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and just ahead of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Harteau graduated from Denfeld High School in 1982 and earned a law enforcement degree at Hibbing Community College before joining the Minneapolis Police Department at the age of 22. She was sworn in as chief in 2012.

UMD Spring Break on the Appalachian Trail

Videographer David Cowardin tags along on a University of Minnesota Duluth Rec Sports’ spring break trip hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail in the state of Virginia.

Duluth Coffee Company expansion underway

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Duluth Coffee Company is expanding its footprint on the 100 block of East Superior Street with plans for a major upgrade to its roasting operations and more space for events and education.

The coffee roasting business and over-the-counter java shop has occupied 105 E. Superior St. since 2012. Owner Eric Faust recently took over the former BB Makeup location two doors down at 101 E. Superior St. and renovation work there is underway. When the project is completed, Duluth Coffee will move its roasting operations into the new location on the corner of the block while retaining the original coffee-shop space.

Video: Duluth State of the City Address 2017

Duluth and the United Nations

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A new posting at Vintage Duluth / Duluth Public Library (formerly Reference @ Duluth) is about “Duluth’s bid to become headquarters of the U.N.” in 1945.

Duluth Golden Girl Friendship Postcard

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An oddity circa the 1970s from the minds at Gallagher’s Studio of Photography in Duluth.

Three Events: SuperMonster市City, Gao Hong and Sarah Deer

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This past week, I went to see Gao Hong, Sarah Deer and Ed Downs give public talks, each a kind of rethinking for me.

A Zenith City Ballad

I am studying abroad in Rotterdam, Netherlands via UMD. Today I missed Duluth a little more than normal and wrote a piece for my own blog, but I wanted to share it with you all because the PDD community inspired it.

Homegrown Rawk and/or Roll: Jim Hall’s Mix

Jim Hall's Mix - Homegrown Rawk and or RollAvailable now for free download on Bandcamp, 117 megabytes of local rawk and/or roll selected by Jim Hall. It’s the eighth mix in the Homegrown Music Festival‘s series of compilations highlighting music that has shaped the Duluth music scene.

Thirty Seconds at the Beach

Wilma Wisconsin PointSpring is the best time of year for exploring the white sand beaches of Wisconsin Point. The “white sand” is slowly melting and will soon be gone, opening up the true beach season … but it’s fun to climb the temporary icy cliffs while they last and watch the slush heave.

Of course, be careful out there.

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On the Duluth Lakewalk.

Sonic Divide: States

Great Divide Mountain Bike RouteThis short art video by Payton MacDonald features paintings by Duluth’s Kenneth D. Johnson. Sonic Divide documents a performance-art piece in which MacDonald mountain biked over 2,500 miles — from Mexico to Canada — while periodically stopping to perform music.