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The downhill races at the annual Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival are the highlight of the event for me. Climbing down the "Calculated Risk" trail at Spirit Mountain last Saturday, I thought about how challenging it was to negotiate the bedrock outcroppings on foot, much less on a bike. Crowds gathered at the bottom of the biggest rock face and people lined the steep course wherever there was a place to hang on.
Kayak enthusiasts enjoyed a variety of races and activities Saturday in Two Harbors for the 20th annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival, which organizers recently announced will be the event's last year.
The damp, foggy weather that wrapped around the South St. Louis County Fair on Wednesday afternoon in Proctor was more typical of late April than mid-July. It was a quiet yet purposeful day at the fair. People cared for their animals, checked in displays for judging and managed to sneak in a ride or two on the midway despite the weather. The fair continues through Sunday, and the weather is only going to get better with a summer-like forecast of sunny days and temperatures in the upper 70s.
Most Tuesday evenings during the summer at Chester Bowl in Duluth are musical, vibrant and dynamic because of the Chester Creek concert series taking place at the park. This is the 35th year of concerts by local musicians bringing families, groups of friends and even neighborhood dogs to enjoy warm evenings while listening to live music. About 750 people attended the free performance by the Pot Bellied Stallions on Tuesday, according to Dave Schaeffer, executive director of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club.
For as long as I can remember, I always thought it would be fantastic to attach a camera to a remote control airplane or helicopter to be able to capture views of our world from above. With the arrival of drones, this dream is now reality. The News Tribune recently purchased a couple of drones. There are six staff members that are certified or in the process of getting certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. Our drones will capture still images and video to accompany stories that we publish.
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship for the first time since 2011. In preparing for this week's coverage, I revisited the archive of my images from games this season to select photos to run with the articles that previewed the tournament. While looking through thousands of images, I realized how many did not get published in the paper. One challenge of photographing hockey is to get a image that reflects the story or mood of the game.
I noticed a person riding a bike on the Park Point Beach in the distance Wednesday evening and guessed that they were traveling on a fat bike. When Adam Johnson of Duluth approached, he was riding a drop bar commuter style bike with skinny tires. Usually the sand on the beach is soft and loose, making it impossible to ride this style of bike on the beach. Cold temperatures froze the sand in place creating a pavement-like surface that a bike with thin tires could travel on.
Second-graders at North Shore Community School near Duluth took part in the school's 10th annual "Ikidarod" race on Friday. The event was the culmination of a month of learning about dogsledding in class, including the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The students pretended to be a sled dog team and ran a race on the school's nature trail.
University of Minnesota Duluth students participate in cardboard boat races on Rock Pond at Bagley Nature Area in Duluth. Video by Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
Great Lakes Aquarium employees Laura Jorissen (from left), Carol Dillenburg, and Dana Gilbertson all of Duluth pose with the Minnesota Vikings original Gjallarhorn Tuesday afternoon at the aquarium in Duluth...