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A local restaurant owner is opening a craft beer and burger spot in the former Ragstock location on Superior Street. Rick Lampton, the local managing partner of three Grizzly's locations, is in the early stages of 7 West Tap House, a non-Grizzly's venture. It is expected to be open at the end of September or early October. Lampton said he wanted to do something small and focused and open for a lunch crowd in downtown Duluth. "We like the idea of doing something smaller that focuses on just burgers," he said. "You'll see a lot more places cropping up that specialize.
The headliner for Duluth's Fourth Fest this year will channel a longtime singer-songwriter famous for the song "They're Coming to America." Minnesota native Martin Zellar is bringing his popular Neil Diamond Tribute show to Bayfront Festival Park. Gates to the park open at 4 p.m. and music, including Zellar, the local soul/funk band Big Wave Dave and the Ripples and Lake City Smokin' Section, starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10:10 p.m.
Chester Park regularly draws runners, hikers, dog walkers and skiers. On Monday evening it drew the same crowd and more -- but they came to rake, carry branches and haul dirt. The park off East Skyline was hit hard in Wednesday's storm, including erosion on the trails, damage to park structures, the loss of a pond and the remains of debris left behind from the flood. Last week officials estimated damage at $3 million to $4 million.
A Two Harbors native's poker-themed musical will premiere at The Ritz Theater in Minneapolis in mid-April. Tom Broadbent's "Deal! The Musical" is co-written with Jerry Seifert and follows the weekly poker games played in the basement of Art and Elsie Swenson, a poor farming family from Stacey, Minn.
Are you all about Katniss Everdeen? Have you been waiting forever to see her on the big screen in "The Hunger Games"? The News Tribune is looking for fans of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins to talk about how they plan to celebrate the film's opening. Are you going in costume? Will you wear your replica mockingjay pin? Have you volunteered to do grueling chores in place of your little sister? Have you been practicing your archery? Most importantly: Are you on Team Gale or Team Peeta? Let's talk about post-apocalyptic Panem.
You can get a direct roundtrip flight from Duluth to the Phoenix area for bare-bones prices if you mind your mouse clicks -- and for less yet if you go to Duluth International Airport and book your flight through a ticket agent. Allegiant Air's flights have a la carte upgrades, some that are the automatic setting for online booking, which can increase the fare by more than $100.
Matt's Big Breakfast Matt's Big Breakfast, 801 N. First St., mattsbigbreakfast.com, is a favored brunch spot among locals and travelers. The small diner is close to Arizona State University's downtown campus and the food is billed as local-when-possible, grass-fed and cage-free. Servers have a quick trigger for coffee refills and portion sizes are at least two stomachfuls. The diner keeps just breakfast and lunch hours, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
he second-biggest mistake travelers to Phoenix make, the cab driver says, is renting a car from the wrong airport. We're on our way from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (where we exit on the tarmac on a warm night, greeted by a cactus and a half-dozen wheelchairs) to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to pick up my mis-reserved wheels. The cost for this lesson: $60+. I took Allegiant Air's inaugural direct flight from Duluth to Phoenix last weekend, an event that included sheet cake at the airport, a complimentary sleeve of golf balls and the words "maiden voyage" repeated so often that I was su
Those crochet cuffs, the size of armbands, wrapped around the base of parking meters in downtown Duluth aren't just willy-nilly decorations. They are the work of guerilla knitters and crochet artists who anonymously hang their wares from trees and metal signs, weave their work into fences and wrap it around railings. It is yarn-bombing, a worldwide form of public art. "It's fiber graffiti," said Kathy Thomas, owner of Yarn Harbor at the Mount Royal Shopping Center. "It's removable and doesn't cost anything to get rid of.
When Todd Olson was 10 and hospitalized with cancer, he received 1,000 paper cranes as a get-well gift. "That was my inspiration to get into paper folding," he said. More than 20 years later, he is legally blind in his left eye and doesn't have full vision in his right, either. But the origami has been a constant. Olson knows more than 50 folding patterns -- enough for a full origami zoo. Olson is one of the artists involved with the Disability Mural Project, in which local artists created pieces of art on uniformly sized tiles.