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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grandma Marathon---- Music edition.

This weekend is a big weekend for Duluth. This weekend is the running of Grandmas Marathon, the event brings in thousands of dollars to our community.

People from around the world travel to Duluth for this event. The weekend of course features the race, but that is not what I want to talk about in this post. The event also has a number of other things tied to the race.

Every year there is music in the parking lot near grandmas sports garden in the Canal Park. There are three shows Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. It feature regional acts that include headliner GB Leight also Doctor Salty,Lola and the red hots, and Saturday afternoon only Steel Lefty, and Friends. It is a lot of fun to take in the music.

Friday nights tent cover has been reduced to $5.00 with music starting at 8pm and going till 1am. Saturday night's cover is $8.00 with music starting at 8PM as well. Well Friday and Saturdays night is a lot of fun, what gets lost is that Saturday afternoon there is a free family friendly music set.

The afternoon show starts at 11:30am and runs till 5:15pm it features all the acts that play at night, so yes you get to see GB Leight. It also has one of its own acts Steel, Lefty and Friends. It is a lot of fun and I would hope more take advantaged of it. Bring the kids and have fun.

Yes Friday and Saturday night are a lot of fun, they are of course more "wild" and you and must be 21 or older to get in to the night shows.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Oh boy, I am so excited.

I am just so excited about the city of Duluth new purchase. The city closed yesterday on the sale of the Norshor and another property yesterday.

I was against the sale because the only reason the city wanted the property was to get a legal business out of the Norshor. I don't like the type of business that was located there however it was a legal stripe club. To run a business out such as the city and the owner of the building did is wrong.

That said it is now our Norshor, that will be a huge disaster. Well I hope it is successful it will be hard to turn a profit and have any success, even with the Duluth play house operating it. I think that is the best organization the city could have put in charge of the operation. I just am not sure it will be enough to a success. I guess only time will tell.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

One tall ship is out.

Duluth will host it's second tall ship festival this summer. The festival that was very well attended last year looks for the same this year. The festival last year had some criticism of how it handled or did not handle the large crowds. Visit Duluth hopes to have that problem dealt with this year.

This years festival was to have nine ships. Now one of the ships will not be able
to make it to Duluth for the event, that is being held July 29th to Au guest 1st. The Amistad will not sail to Duluth because of damage done to it in the Caribbean. The ship is now being worked on but will not be ready in time to make it's commitment to Duluth.

Gene Shaw of visit Duluth said "It's a sad situation because I think everyone was looking forward to it coming." The ship is a replica of a slave rebellion ship.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Rain canceles events.

The rain in Duluth today has canceled or postponed a number of events.

The Duluth Huskies will not play tonight. More on the sports page.

The chester bowl concert has been rescheduled to August 10th. Today was going to start the concert series.

Also men's and women's fast pitch softball along with most other softball leagues have been canceled for today.

Huskies drop home opener.

I will have much more a little later today, in the sports section of the blog. The Duluth Huskies dropped there home opener last night by 2-0 score. There where more then 1,100 fans.

Again more a little later, this is just a quick, report now time for a nap just got home frome work.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Fish lake.

First I must say the owner of hi-banks resort on fish lake is wrong, when he. said everyone would go to Island lake if the limits took effect. People would still fish at the lake in fact it is possible that it would increase fishing. Plus it would promote caught and release, always a good thing.

Slot limits would be a good thing on all inland lakes I believe. The DNR has a responsibility to protect the sport of fishing. Inland lakes especially up north have seen a huge drop in walleye population (what most people fish for).

They was a meeting held at fish lake about limits or some other type of regulation. The thirty people at the meeting supported the limits. Then a group of people came out against the regulations and this is where the fuse started.

The fuse included commissioner Fink who owns property on the lake. When asked about why he brought the regulations he said "The DNR hosted a meeting in late March that they described as a result from some pressure by a Metro area legislator. They discussed the results of a shock test on a portion of Fish Lake. The issue was, should the DNR impose special regulation (maybe slot limits) on Fish Lake. Thirty people attended the meeting. The DNR presented data collected and projected future outcomes based on that data. They said it would take approximately 5 years before they would be ready to impose special regulations under the current process and presented a time line." He added that he did a lot of research.

Fink tells Duluth Politics that he had no stake on way or the other on this issue, "
I have a reputation of getting things done. You can come to me for results. And Environmental and Natural Resources is my speciality. I did not act on impulse. The information was not bad as proof by the DNR's own data shows. "

The entire Fink email can be read at

Friday, June 04, 2010

Duluth Politics to cover the Duluth Huskies.

Duluth Politics will be covering the Duluth Huskies this season. We will have access to every game with a press pass. Games that I can not make I will still report on with help from other sources and contacts.

I will also have the chance to talk to some players and coaches from time to time and I hope to bring you that much closer to the game of baseball and the Duluth Huskies.

Tonight's game in Thunder Bay was rained out, more on that in the sports page.

The home opener is Monday, please head out to the wade and support the team.

Brandon Stahl.

Brandon Stahl who was reporting on city issues for the Duluth News Tribune will be moving on to a new job at the paper.

I thought Stahl did a great job plus he did a great job with the buzz blog, you can view it by going to the papers site and clicking on blogs. His last blog post is interesting check it out. He outlines some of his predication's.

Brandon seemed to be a person you like or you did not, I liked him and I thought he was fair with his reporting. Good luck in the future Brandon.

Baseball and a Governor candidate.

Independence night at the ball park. The Minnesota Independence party is have a fun event in St.Paul, you get to go watch St.Paul Saints play a game well helping support there candidate for Governor Tom Horner.

The event is Saturday June 26th and cost is $25.00 you get a ticket to the game plus food at the tailgate party before the game. The tailgate will take place in picnic area D and starts at 5:00pm. After dinner at 6:00pm they Horner campaign will be passing out broaches.

Tom may be throwing out the first pitch of the game. It will be right down sensible center.

You can get tickets by going to but they are limited so log on today and get them. I would encourage you to take advantage of this great event and you can meet Tom if you have not yet done so. He is a great guy and I hope he can win come November.

Fish lake.

I am hoping to have a good post up soon about the fish lake issue, regarding the size limit regulation that was proposed but vetoed by the Governor.

I am working on getting information. This is an issue that has been in the news and I want to get the facts, unlike the news media has done.

The cub is still missing.

****UPDATE*** Hope has been spotted a live and seems to be well. The DNT reports.

Hope the bear cub is missing again for a second time. Again it seems to be getting a lot of media.

This time the cub is found will not be returned to its mother, as she seems to have abandoned it.

I wish media would move on to the big issues facing our city and state.

Sports page upadated.

The sports page has been updated again. Twins and huskies notes check it out.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Sports page updated.

Check out the sports page, as it has been updated.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Summer time is busy.

I hope to post as much as possible but with summer here I am busy. I will work hard to keep evereyone up to date on the issues.