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Welcome back to Duluth, Denny Hecker

Former Twin Cities automobile mogul Denny Hecker, now seven years into a 10-year sentence for fraud, has been relocated to Duluth’s low-security Federal Prison Camp. Toward the front end of his sentence he spent nearly a year in Duluth, a period spanning March 2011 to February 2012.

Hecker once owned a network of car dealerships in the Twin Cities. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to hiding assets in bankruptcy and defrauding lenders.

The Great Target Parking Lot Flood of 2007

Five years before Duluth’s most famous flood came Duluth’s least famous flood. Ten years ago today — Oct. 18, 2007 — heavy rainfall caused Miller Creek to swell and parking lot runoff to form a pool on the outer edge of Duluth’s Miller Hill Target store property. One driver managed to land in a sink hole; two Perfect Duluth Day contributors snapped photos. (Top photo by yours truly Paul Lundgren; bottom photos by Barrett Chase.)

PDD Calendar Index: Elderly on Parade

Wednesday: Duluth Senior Expo
Wednesday: Meat & Greet
Thursday: Chamber Annual Meeting and Dinner
Thursday: Born of Osiris
Thursday: Madagascar
Friday: Clowns and Others
Friday: Dinner Show with Clearwater Hotclub Quartet
Friday: Goin’ Postal Fall Music Show
Saturday: Boo at the Zoo
Saturday: UMD Homecoming Parade

To view just Halloween-related events in the PDD Calendar, visit the Halloween tag.

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

Duluth Pottery is back in Duluth; grand opening Oct. 21

Remodeling of the former P&J Paint building is complete and Karin Kraemer is ready to launch her new Duluth Pottery studio at 1924 W. Superior St.

The shop opens at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. A grand opening reception starts at 5 p.m. with Kraemer’s art on display along with works by Luke Krisak and other friends of Duluth Pottery. Live music by Cousin Dad begins at 8 p.m.

Elevator Row at Rice’s Point in Duluth

Photographer unknown; date unknown.

R.I.P. Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill

Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill announced on Facebook today it has closed after 32 years in business. The bar will become part of the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar, which is also replacing Porter’s restaurant as part of a series of renovation projects at Duluth’s Holiday Center.

A news release by Holiday Inn & Suites-Duluth and Lion Hotel Group notes the Lyric will open for business on Oct. 30 and will feature “a full bar and light-hearted dining experience that celebrates all things Duluth.” The menu will include burgers, pizzas and steaks. Breakfast will be served seven days a week.

Where very near Duluth?

For the 163rd installment of Perfect Duluth Day’s ultra-thrilling photo-trivia sensation “Where in Duluth?” we present this closeup shot of a rock with a distinguishing etching. It is located so close to the city border it’s hard to definitively say whether it’s technically in Duluth or not.

Describe where this rock is in the comments to become internet champion of the day.

Crystal Spring Gibbins and Holy Cow at Twin Cities Book Festival

On Saturday at the Twin Cities Book Festival, Gary Boelhower, Joan Henrik, Miriam Karmel and Crystal Gibbins celebrated the 40th anniversary of Duluth’s Holy Cow! Press.

The panel, moderated by Jim Perlman, was basically short readings followed by a book signing. It was great to see friends at this celebration of literary culture.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars – “Castles”

Rich Mattson and the Northstars have released a new album, Aeroplane Mode. The video for the single “Castles” is a bit of space rock put together by Reggie Pype.

PDD Quiz: Northland Beer and Breweries

In honor of Oktoberfest, this edition of the quiz features … beer. Each question is the name of a craft beer produced in the region. Can you match the beer with the name of the brewery or brewpub that markets it? Belly up to the quiz and test your skill!

Coffee, dessert and football in Duluth

Does anyone know of a quiet location to watch the Packers/Vikings game? Preferably one with good desserts and coffee?

Don’t Worry About It

I played football at UMD for two years.

No I didn’t.

I was on the UMD football team for two years. I had a locker and got equipment that wasn’t as nice as what important players got. I received most of the on-and-off-campus benefits that came with being in the football fold. I made it onto the lower tier of the second-string roster for a few practices by the end of my sophomore season in 1990. I was a legit but inconsequential member of the team. I never really played. I haven’t actually played football since November 1989, when my senior season as a Rochester John Marshall Rocket ended with a loss to the Winona Winhawks.

Some fellow seniors cried on the sideline of Winona’s stadium as our high-school football identities ticked away. I felt bad about not being able to muster that emotion. I couldn’t have said it this way then, but now I know I just didn’t much care. I mean . . . I suppose I would have preferred to win. It’s just that losing didn’t really bother me and I wasn’t bereft about that season ending.

No part of football for me had to do with feeling driven to win or averse to losing. Somewhere in my dudebro teenage brain I already knew that many aspects of football are stupid and creepy and “winning” and “losing” are illusory stories we tell ourselves to create meaning we can understand in an existence we can’t.

Lost and Found Duluth Relics from Morgan Park and WDSM

Above are the letters that adorned the exterior wall near the entrance to Morgan Park School. They are for sale at Bauer Brothers salvage in Minneapolis. Below is an old WDSM-TV camera discovered at Axman Surplus in St. Paul.

Selective Focus: Reggie Asplund

Reggie Asplund recently moved his business out of his basement and into a new studio. But it’s not like moving any business, he’s working with hundred-year-old printing presses. He’s one of a handful of people in town bringing the huge heavy manual presses back to life and making unique art with them.

R.A.: Middle school was most likely the first time I worked with printmaking, somehow a traced woodpecker comes to mind, but that was about it for a good six years. While I found art interesting and an occasional hobby, my interests and education lead me to end up as an undergraduate studying civil engineering. While a sophomore in undergrad I was approached by an old friend to apply as an intern to her aunt’s letterpress studio in Minneapolis. Desperate for a break from thermodynamics and load-bearing structures, I hastily applied and was offered a position. It didn’t take long to realize how much more I enjoyed the process of printmaking and as a blend of art, mechanical troubleshooting, and hands-on labor, it kept all sides of my brain content. After moving to Duluth to finish up my degree I acquired my first printing press and under the guidance of the stellar Kenspeckle Letterpress crew began the plunge into the addiction to ink, metal and paper.

Duluth 2017 General Election Sample Ballot

District city council and school board races will appear only on ballots in the appropriate precincts. The location of candidates’ names will be different in each precinct; the names are rotated in accordance with the law.

The League of Women Voters 2017 Voter Guide is available in PDF format at lwvduluth.org.