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An awkward exchange from a recent Duluth news cast landed in Jimmy Fallon's monologue during Wednesday night's episode of "The Tonight Show." Fox 21's Sam Ali segued out of his sports coverage by saying of two local teams: "So hopefully they don't tie again, because no one likes ties. "I mean, I like bowties," added Ali, who was wearing a bowtie at the time. News anchor Dan Hanger asked if it was new and told his colleague that he looked like a birthday present. "So you wanna ... open me? Find out what's in?" Ali asked.
DULUTH — Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge, when seen from directly above, is an intimidating structure. The usual ground-view doesn't adequately show off its height and mass and the way it is put together, according to Whitney Horky, who has looked down from the seat of her paramotor to see the bridge directly beneath her dangling feet. (Though, when flying, Horky refers to her feet as "landing gear.") "It's incredible how humans on Earth get used to a certain view," she said.
DULUTH—Melissa Rainville did not take the Peeps pairing lightly. The head brewer from Hoops Brewing smelled the popular bunny-shaped, sugar-coated marshmallow, Easter basket candy. She gave it a nibble. She had a bartender pull three samples from the taps. Smell. Sip. Nibble. Frown. Repeat. When she found it, she knew immediately. "Porter's the right move," she said, referring to the brewery's English Porter, No. 91.
Dear JT. It famously rained in Miami during Super Bowl XLI. Splattered lenses captured the crowd chant-singing, clapping, "We Will Rock You" at the start of the halftime show. The stage: a glowing and wet illuminated symbol. Prince — blue suit, orange shirt, head wrapped — opened with "Let's Go Crazy." Rain, shrug. If he batted a wet lash, it wasn't noticeable. According to the lore, when the Super Bowl keepers contacted him to talk about the weather, he asked "Can you make it rain harder?" Thus, setting the bar for halftime shows of the future.
HIBBING, Minn. — The woman rumored to be the subject of Bob Dylan's song "Girl from the North Country" died last week in California, according to friends and Dylanophiles. Echo Star Casey, nee Helstrom, was in her late 70s and had lived in California for years, though she stayed in touch with her Hibbing roots. It was as a teenager in the Iron Range city when Casey — described as "striking" with white-blonde hair and dark eye makeup, the Brigitte Bardot of Hibbing — dated the eccentric folk singer, then a classmate at Hibbing High School.
DULUTH, Minn. — It might have taken eight years, but eventually Josh Rude made good on his engagement present to his wife Natalie Salminen Rude: a canoe paddle. They had met as canoe guides working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the late 1990s and had, during business hours, settled for any old paddle. For the gift, they were looking for something light with a double bent shaft, something beautiful. But nothing they found in stores was quite right, size or style-wise. Time passed, paddle-less.
DULUTH — A century-old downtown building that has housed tuxedos, boxers-in-training, a marketing company and more is scheduled to open later this month as a privately owned white box gallery. As of last week, Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. First Street, was still under construction with piles of wood, tools here and there, stacks of drywall. The concrete floors and exposed brick will remain unchanged. The movable white walls were in place, but the track lighting was still on the to-do list.
ELY, Minn. — A long-ish time ago, on an island in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, there lived a nurse who made root beer for passing canoeists. Cue the "O Dorothy Molter Waltz."
DULUTH — The story of a young girl who was, for years, raped by the leader of a Pine County-based religious cult will be featured on "20/20: In an Instant" — and the episode is directed by Duluth-gone-Hollywood filmmaker Sarah Kruchowski. This edition of the ABC television docudrama, which airs at 8 p.m. Saturay, June 10, is about Lindsay Tornambe, now an adult, whose family was a part of the River Road Fellowship in the mid-1990s. She was among a group of first-born girls, deemed "maidens," who cult leader Victor Barnard chose to live close to him.
DULUTH, Minn. — If you ask Bill Pagel, he will say there is no chance that Bob Dylan would stop by his childhood home in Duluth's Central Hillside on his birthday. No way. "This would be the last place on earth he would be," said Pagel, a Dylan memorabilia collector who has owned the duplex since 2001. "During Dylan Fest?"