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Toys of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s Exhibit At The MN History Center Shatters Attendance Records

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 and breaking attendance records.  They will take you back to your childhood and is something you're entire family will enjoy!

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Did You Know There Is A Bridge Within A Bridge [VIDEO]

I learned this fascinating piece of history from my daughter Kylee one day as we were strolling along the Lake Walk.  She worked on the Vista and heard the speech on the history of the bridge almost daily.  I didn't believe her until we walked over and she showed me the span within a span.  Dave Campbell, the Aerial Lift Bridge Supervisor gives us the skinny on how it came to be.

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Get A Glimpse of What It’s Like to Be A Bridge Lift Operator [VIDEO]

 

A mishap on the Aerial Lift Bridge prompted me to write a blog asking what proper pedestrian bridge etiquette was.  After much discussion, the City of Duluth answered with an invite to the Aerial Lift Bridge's Operator house and I get to bring you with me.  This is the first video in a series of interesting facts, answers to your burning questions and some surprises about our iconic landmark.

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World War II C-47 Military Transport Plane Flight Over the Twin Ports [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

A World War II era C-47 transport plane that was part of the D-Day invasion is spending some time in Duluth this week, giving folks the opportunity to discover the rich history of the plane and learn the powerful history of the war it was built for.

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USS Duluth Anchor Will Be Installed On Lakewalk Prompting A Temporary Closure

A few months ago I had mentioned that an anchor was going to be transported from Texas to it's home in Duluth.  It was sitting in a scrap yard, how sad!  The anchor will now have a dignified final resting place.  In order for it to be placed on the Lakewalk they need to temporarily close a portion of it.

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Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images
Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images
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Happy 4th Of July! Take A Crash Course On the Holiday, You May Find Yourself Surprised By Some of the Facts [VIDEO]

Today is of course the day we celebrate our nation's independence, and here's to you getting to spend this holiday weekend with the people you love the most!

I found this Crash Course video series that is a little silly, but it does share some interesting facts about the 4th Of July.  For example, did you know that July 2nd is actually a more significant date for America?

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Own A Piece of Duluth History For All To Enjoy

The City of Duluth was just voted #1 in the Country for best Town in America to live in.  It's possible for you to OWN a piece of Northland history for residents and visitors to enjoy.  It's a conversation piece while enhancing the look of the Enger Tower property.  It's a guarantee that many people will enjoy using it.   Read on, I'll tell you how you can purchase a historic park bench.

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(Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images)
(Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images)
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Lunch With The History People Cancelled For Tomorrow Due To Weather

Due to the uncertainty of the weather, Gina’s presentation scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled and rescheduled. She will be back for her presentation on September 18, 2014.

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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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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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Leif Erickson Viking Ship to be Moved for Repairs and Restoration Thursday July 11th

The Leif Erickson Viking ship that is currently in Leif Erickson park will be lifted by crane and moved this Thursday to the City of Duluth's Park and Recreation building.  There it will undergo more restoration and repairs.  From that point it will be moved to it's permanent location, which has yet to be decided.

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Historic Newsreel Footage of the Hindenburg Crash From 77 Years Ago [Video]

 

It's been 77 years since the 804 foot long German Airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937.  There were 97 passengers, 36 of them perished in the disaster and it marked the end of the use of rigid airships in commercial air transportation.  It used hydrogen gas as fuel, but, according to History.com it was originally suppose to use helium gas.  Here is real footage of the Hindenburg disaster.

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