"Riding can put your mind in a place it's not ordinarily in," said Tom Koehler, who has been a motorcyclist for 18 years. "Sometimes it can be kind of a meditative experience. There's a certain place my head goes on a ride that I can't describe exactly. Other riders would understand and those who don't wouldn't, even if I did try to explain." Still he gave it a try, vividly recalling a late-night trip along the North Shore to Two Harbors. "The only part of the world that existed was lit up by my headlight.
A highly visible piece of Duluth history has vanished, and no one is quite sure when or how. On Feb. 18 people started noting on social media that the concrete building off the shore of Canal Park, alternatively known as "the cribs," "the ice house" and "Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum," was missing something: the concrete pillar, roughly 10 feet in diameter, that stood in between the building and the shore. Like the mausoleum itself, the pillar was a prominent sight for Lakewalkers, boaters and photographers, and was popular for swimmers to climb and dive off.
Famed birdwatcher (or, more appropriately, "birder") Greg Miller will be the special guest at the Sax-Zim Bog fundraiser 5:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 at the Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Miller was a subject of the 2004 nonfiction book "The Big Year" by Mark Obmascik about the intense, competitive world of "birding," in which people travel the continent to view as many species of birds as possible. ("Birdwatching" is generally a term for more casual hobbyists.) The book was made into a 2011 film starring Steve Martin and Owen Wilson.
A year ago Taran Howard, then 12, was overweight, lonely and depressed. "One day he told me that he was going to go for a walk around the block and eventually his walking turned into running short distances at a time," according to his grandmother, Sharon Schaaf-Howard. The short distances became long distances and he developed healthy eating habits. On Sept. 20, his 13th birthday, he ran a half-marathon with a time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. A member of the St.
Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor ... There is usually no competition for the seats and thus little turnover, with supervisors serving for decades. But the upcoming Nov. 4 election may be a bit livelier than usual. Marcia Stromgren, incumbent for the South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District, Supervisor District II is running for her fourth term. She is perhaps best known as a longtime activist against the Red Plan of the Duluth Public Schools (District 709).