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Do You Have A Knowledge Or Interest In Ojibwe, St. Louis County Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer docents for its new Ojibwe Gallery.  Training will be provided immediately for those who are interested. The Ojibwe Gallery features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson.

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(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for The Franklin Mint)
(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for The Franklin Mint)
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See History Unfold, Get Answers to the Questions Why, The History Fair Friday May 8th

Over a dozen history organizations are gathering May 8th at the Great Hall of the St. Louis Heritage & Arts Center (The Depot) to present the History Fair. They will showcase  artifacts and interesting pieces of our local rich history.

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The Portland Malt Shoppe Is OPEN! Did You Know What The Building Was Previously Used For?

We drove past the Portland Malt Shoppe on Superior Street and I was surprised to see the OPEN sign illuminated!  It sparked excitement because that's the gateway to summer, but also evoked a giggle since we had been receiving small snow squalls all day.

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Over or Under? Age Old Toilet Paper Question Answered!

My take is:  the toilet paper should come OVER the top.  That way when you can't find the end or you're in the dark you can just spin it downward and the end will eventually come off leaving it easy to grab. I've had people argue that fact, but now there's proof.

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Can You Guess Who This Portrait of A Famous Northland Person Is?

History is pretty cool, and I love learning about local history.  The other day I had a chance to learn quite a bit of stuff, including a lot about this man.  Who was he?

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Toys of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s Exhibit At The MN History Center Extends Hours For Final Days

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 has been breaking attendance records.  They will take you back to your childhood and is something you're entire family will enjoy, but time is running out!

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Minnesota Historical Society
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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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Tony Hart/TSM Photojournalist
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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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Tony Hart/TSM Photojournalist
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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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(Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth)
(Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth)
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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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