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"Is your stove propane or electric?" "It's both." "Any lizards with a heat lamp or a pottery kiln?" "No." Like an energy-efficiency detective, David Lake rattled questions off in Clint Massie's kitchen. During a home energy analysis, an auditor analyzes water heaters, devices and faucet flows to find ways to save energy and, potentially, money. Minnesota Power conducts about 500 audits a year, said Chad Trebilcock, senior energy efficiency analyst. It's a free service for clients, and the process has changed along with technology, he said.
They huddled around the kitchen island shredding chicken into a big metal bowl. "It's always teamwork," said Dan Smith. It was almost dinnertime at the Duluth Fire Department, and Smith stirred a simmering red sauce with onions, roasted poblano peppers, cumin, chili powder, garlic, diced tomatoes and spicy hot V8. On the menu was an updated eggplant enchilada recipe he found online.
You always want to assume that you're invisible. That's a good safety reminder to be diligent and aware of cars when riding a bike, said Shawna Mullen. She led the pack in a group ride early Friday from Leif Erickson Park to Minnesota Power Plaza as part of the International Winter Bike to Work Day. While she has a car, Mullen is a yearlong bike commuter in Duluth. She rides every day, and has for about three years.
Many Duluth bars and restaurants have game-day viewing traditions, while others are hoping to create theirs this year. Whatever's on the menu, some local businesses shared their Super Bowl party plans and football-watching legacies. Italian buffet They open their doors at 4 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday at Grandma's Sports Garden, said general manager Matt Baumgartner.
When he was a kid, Tim Cortes wanted to be a professional hockey player or an artist. He got as far as playing goalie for the University of Minnesota Duluth before pursuing art full time, and today, he mixes his love of sports and art on a daily basis. As a nationally recognized sports artist, his client list ranges from Amsoil Arena and Tall Ships Duluth to the National Football League and Notre Dame.
From phantoms to "Star Trek" marathons to cleaning out ashtrays — there are endless stories about the venerable NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth. As the NorShor prepares to reopen, the News Tribune gathered memories from readers about various eras of the theater. Here are those stories, in the words of the people who shared them: Jim Greenfield
When Mark Eskola was filling in for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, he built an electric cello. He wanted to practice while he traveled. "The only trouble we had was getting it across the border because they thought it was a crossbow," he said.
The post-holiday lulls are a prime time to play with paints, an old instrument from high school — or your hair. Duluth stylists Sarah Ingle and Leanaya Miller, of Rue 48 On the Canal Salon and Spa, shared four DIY 'dos.
Fresh snow, January temps, it's the perfect setting for the full-body workout of cross-country skiing. It's one of the most recommended outdoor activities, said Dr. Sam Harms, orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Associates of Duluth. There are two styles of cross-country skiing: classic and skate. Both call for skis, boots and bindings. In classic, skiers push in a forward-leaning motion using skis and poles. In skate skiing, similar to rollerblading, maneuvers are made forward in V-shaped motions. Physically, both have tremendous health benefits, Harms said.
Lis Hendrickson has two hangars and an airstrip at her home. She also has three planes: a Cessna 170, a Cessna 120 and a Piper Super Cub. (The latter has floats and skis on the wheels right now, she said.) Hendrickson is chief flight instructor and operations director of Fly Duluth / Duluth Flying Club, a privately owned pilot training center. Before that, she wore other hats: chief flight instructor at Lake Superior College, a corporate pilot for Cirrus, flight instructor at Cloquet Airport.