I’m no chess master but I can outsmart a bunch of third graders. At least that’s what I thought when a teacher asked me to start a chess club at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth this spring. It turns out the video game generation can learn the rules, pieces and strategy of old-fashioned board games … More The chess master speaks…
The sky put on a magic show during our stay at Grand Marais last weekend. Jen and I hiked out to the harbor light house as the sun was going down behind Cook County hills Friday night. We were staying in town for the Le Grand Du Nord gravel cycling race. I endured the painful … More Grand Marais magic
A used bookstore in Washington is a strange place to discover a little Minnesota Iron Range history, but there it was in a discount bin last week. Jen and I were looking for breakfast on a quiet, zigzagging, residential street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood when we stumbled upon Twice Sold Tales. After a plate of eggs and … More Bringing the Iron Range home
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
It takes more than two men to move a clawfoot tub up a stairway. Unfortunately, the NickMoore Hotel bathroom remodeling crew didn’t know this rule. Last week our contractor sent two hammer-swingers, a shoulder strap and a World’s Strongest Man highlight tape to move a 400-pound cast iron tub to the second floor bathroom. It … More Climbing the stairs with a clawfoot tub
Cows like to ride the rails too. I snapped this picture at the Hammond Avenue railroad crossing in Superior, Wis. last Monday. My truck was the second vehicle in line heading north back to Duluth when a freight train passed through town. The automatic stop arms halted traffic. I saw this image coming down the … More A Canadian cow hops freight to Superior
Perhaps you didn’t know there was a third Wright brother who decided not to experiment with flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Instead of testing his inventions on the Atlantic Coast, he moved to the shores of Lake Superior and developed his own futuristic transportation ideas. Utilizing the strong lake winds, eight months of frozen … More Minnesota or Wisconsin or Kitty Hawk?