The great Greyhounds vs. Bluejackets mix-up myth

The Hibbing Memorial Building Arena is a historic, well-kept and beautiful place to watch hockey. It has a massive arched ceiling, black art deco doorways and concrete block corridors beneath the bleachers. But there’s something odd planted in the middle of its ice sheet. An anchor. A big blue anchor with an attached rope and … More The great Greyhounds vs. Bluejackets mix-up myth

A porch, a creek, another amazing estate sale

I’m not sure what generates my biggest attraction to estate sales: the possibility of finding odd, antique treasures or snooping through the basements and bedrooms of an old house. Last week, I scored on both counts. An advertisement in the Saturday morning Duluth News Tribune showed a sale at the London Road home of a “former musician, … More A porch, a creek, another amazing estate sale

A trolley bus, an accordion and a legend named Starfire

A magical trolley bus, an amazing accordion band and a tale of misfortune dripping with irony brought an end to my week prowling the biggest music festival/birthday party in the northland last Saturday night. The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is an eight-day extravaganza featuring some 200 local bands, dozens of Twin Ports venues and more than 5,000 wristband-wearing … More A trolley bus, an accordion and a legend named Starfire

Sidewalk mini-dramas outside the Super One grocery store

Sidewalk mini-dramas are a frequent occurrence outside the East Hillside Duluth Super One grocery store. I always take my time crossing from the parking lot to the sliding glass doors. Sometimes I pick up great conversations. Here’s one I overheard between a man and a woman huddled around a cart loaded with plastic grocery sacks: … More Sidewalk mini-dramas outside the Super One grocery store