Racing the giant slalom with a garbage truck

Steep hills, narrow alleys and seven inches of snow can bring a garbage truck to its knees in Duluth. Trash days are Fridays in Chester Park. Unfortunately the city was socked with more than a half-foot of snow overnight. The storm turned streets and alleys into giant slalom runs with parked cars, utility polls and frozen … More Racing the giant slalom with a garbage truck

Massive waves pound Duluth ship canal: Video at 10

The Duluth ship canal looked like an overfilled bath tub yesterday. Waves big enough to take down a tug boat rolled across the concrete piers and just snuck under the lift bridge deck. On either side of the canal, Lake Superior pounded the shoreline with white water, rain and heavy winds. The temperature was 35 … More Massive waves pound Duluth ship canal: Video at 10

Spring comes to Zenith City

Paris is often called the “City of Light,” New Orleans is the “Crescent City,” and Detroit will always be known as the “Motor City.” For some reason, Duluth is called the “Zenith City.” An old brick building in Canal Park advertises “Zenith Machine.”  There’s an insurance company called “Zenith American Solutions.” A monthly entertainment publication … More Spring comes to Zenith City

When 710 cold-cranking amps might not be enough

Bitter cold temperatures always generate a car starting drama in my garage. This winter things are even worse: I live in Duluth and I have no garage. The last few days the backyard duck thermometer hasn’t flapped its wings over zero. The low Tuesday morning was -18. Wednesday it snowed. A cold snap like this makes a … More When 710 cold-cranking amps might not be enough