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Grandma’s Marathon Rudy Perpich Public Service Award Nominations Taken Through April 11

Grandma's Marathon is grateful for their numerous volunteers that put in countless hours before, during and after the race.  For years, they have recognized, a public employee or elected official that is worthy of  receiving the prestigious Rudy Perpich Public Service Award.  Who will you nominate this year??

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See Johnny Cash’s First Video Release From His Anticipated Album “Out Among the Stars” Due Out March 25 [VIDEO]

Solid Gold Saturday fans!  A treat from Johnny Cash!!!  A new video has just been released for a recently discovered recording "She Used To Love Me A Lot".  A new album will be coming out the end of this month titled "Out Among the Stars".  Can't wait!

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Is Your Favorite Toy In The National Traveling Exhibit Coming To The MN History Center [Guaranteed Memories and Smiles]

Remember these cute little bugs?  The Cootie Bug game was one of my favorites as a child, along with Parcheesi, Yahtzee and Life! (not a fan of Monopoly due to my crappy math ability, although it did teach me to make change).   But, everybody had their favorites.  "Toys" is a national traveling exhibit of toys making stop at the MN History Center.  They will take you back to your childhood and is something you're entire family will enjoy!

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Unbroken Official Olympics Preview Trailer Directed by Angelina Jolie [Intriguing Video]

I want to see this movie!  What an inspiration and interesting life this man has lead.  I saw the official movie trailer during the broadcast of the Olympics and was intrigued that it is directed by Angelina Jolie.  It's part of history and a must-see!  What the trailer and you'll be waiting for it's release like I am.

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Grab a Slice of Life and Celebrate National Pie Day, January 23

Yes, there is a National Day for a lot of things, so why should pie be left out?!?!  My favorite is pecan with whipped cream or french silk.  My hubby and daughter are pumpkin fans.  Today is a day to celebrate and indulge in YOUR favorite.  It would make the American Pie Council very happy!

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Cathy Kates' Metrodome Seats
Cathy Kates' Metrodome Seats
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A Bittersweet Look at the Awe-Inspiring Internal MOA Metrodome Destruction with Cathy Kates as She Picks Up Her Dome Memorabilia [VIDEO]

The day started out grand!  We were heading to the MOA field, the Metrodome to pick up our Viking's Season Ticket seats we had owned for the past 26 years.  Who knew the adventure that lay ahead would be SUCH a fiasco?  However, the extra time did allow me to take some great video of the Metrodome destruction.  Check out the amazing destruction in this "last look" video before it's demolished forever.

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We’re Buying Our Metrodome Viking’s Season Ticket Chairs!

We have been Minnesota Viking's Season Ticket holders for 26 years.  Yes, they've had their ups and downs, but we were always excited to sit front row in an end zone at an NFL game.  Many friends and family members used our tickets when we couldn't go, so why not buy the chairs that we called "ours" for so many years.

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Interesting Facts About the Peppermint Stick AKA: Candy Cane [Video]

 

Candy canes, what do you know about them?  The most popular flavor is peppermint, they're red and white striped and usually only available around Christmas.  Some people eat them, others use them for decoration and crafts.  But, times have changed, flavors have changed and believe it or not, the shape has changed from when they were first introduced as a peppermint stick.

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Shore of Lake Superior
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Three New Information Kiosks on Duluth’s Lakewalk are the First of Their Kind, with More to Come

You will soon find new additions to the Lakewalk in Duluth.  The Friends of the Lakewalk, in partnership with the City of Duluth,will start by installing three new information kiosks, with more to come.  You don't have to be a tourist to appreciate information about things we have come to take for granted in our city.

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Photo possibly taken by Karl Jaros of DNT or other citizen, was given to our family in 1963.
Photo possibly taken by Karl Jaros of DNT or other citizen, was given to our family in 1963.
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The Day My Grandpa Les Singleton Met JFK on Superior Street in Duluth, Minnesota

All this week, we've seen a lot of specials on the assassination of JFK as we mark the 50th anniversary of that fateful day in Dallas.  About two months before his trip to Dallas, he visited Duluth.  He was in the Northland on September 24th, 1963 and spent a night at the Hotel Duluth, now the Greysolon Plaza.  He was scheduled to give a speech at UMD and there was to be a motorcade in Downtown Duluth.  That's when my Grandpa Les Singleton, a firefighter at the time, came up with his plan.

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Photo: Cathy Kates
Photo: Cathy Kates
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It’s 11.12.13, How Will You Spend the Second Last Sequential Date of this Century?

Between my co-host Ken Hayes and I, I'm the one that pays attention to fun things that happen with calendar numbers.  That's unusual since I don't do well with math and try to shy away from anything having to do with numbers.  It is a very significant day 11.12.13, the second last sequential date of the century.

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Childhood Memories Revived: Remember Krazy Straws [VINTAGE VIDEO]

My husband and I were talking about drinking through a straw last night and I said, "Remember those crazy straws?  The ones that were all curly? I use to love drinking my chocolate milk through it!"  He said, "YES!  Loved mine, EVERY kid had one of those growing up!"  Really?  Every kid?

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