The Weekly Wave: The Duluth Easter Egg Revealed in a 1100-page Book – Duluth News Tribune


Duluth – The pop culture references to Duluth are countless.

Entire libraries could be filled with books that tip a hat to Duluth and Northland. I can still remember Chris Farley and David Spade passing the Duluth Mark during their ill-fated sales trip in the movie “Tommy Boy”. Apparently every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 included a Duluth Easter egg among the wise.

Still, it’s fun to bump into a Duluth reference that’s new to you or a long-forgotten one.

Last night I was reading “The Stand” by Stephen King and I read a very short but cute paragraph or two about a man in Duluth walking down Piedmont Street with a sandwich board announcing the end of the world.

It may have been 30 years since I last read King’s star-studded harrowing novel about the struggles of deadly flu pandemic survivors, but since I wasn’t living in Duluth at the time, I probably read that part without a second thought.

She decided to pick “The Stand” again as part of an insanely ambitious plan to read each of King’s novels and short stories in the order of their publication. I’ll get back to you on that in four or five years when I’ve finished reading those eighty or so books.

If you’ve ever read the full version of “The Stand,” you know that at 1,153 pages, it’s a mental and physical exercise. It’s definitely not a light read. (And reading it now in the age of COVID-19 provides another interesting layer for this persistent reader.)

But seeing Duluth’s small but memorable inclusion in one of my favorite books provided a light moment to pack it up somewhere in my brain where I store useless things.

I hope you all have a great weekend and get a Duluth reference or two while eating movies, books or music.

Here are some of the highlights from last week’s DNT:

man outside the house.

Owner Peter Giselle talks about 63-year-old Erickson’s home on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The 2,452-square-foot structure, suspended above a stream in the Congdon neighborhood of Duluth, is for sale.

Steve Kuchera / The Duluth News Tribune

Stories about unique homes are always well-read, and DNT Home Lifestyle Reporter Melinda Lavigne wrote recently about it being definitely one of a kind.

As the title says, “The Duluth ‘Floating House’ is yours for $750,000.”

Lavine and DNT photographer Steve Kuchera examined a Congdon Park neighborhood home and shared their findings with readers last week.

Lavigne writes, “The three-bedroom, three-bathroom features vaulted ceilings, indoor pool, natural woodwork, fireplace, built-in paneling, herringbone rugs with rugs, and matching decorative units. The hall’s vertical brick extends to the exterior wall.”

Looks like a fun and luxurious tree house for adults!

$750 thousand, right?

Can someone float a ‘weekly wave’ loan?

As I dig between the cushions in my sofa for some extra change,

You can read more about the interesting home from Lavine and check out pictures of Kuchera here.

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Dylan Swering, 16, of Maple reaches out to a wounded bald eagle on the side of Wisconsin Highway 13 in Lakeside Town on September 8, 2022. The eagle, named Marleys, recovers at Winged Freedom Raptor Hospital in Spooner.

Contribute / Marcia Nelson

Last week at the same location, “Weekly Wave” featured an article about how Cirrus supports a rescue program called Pilots N Paws that rescues dogs destined for euthanasia and pairs them with families.

This week, Maria Lockwood of The Superior Telegram brings us a heartwarming story of teens and adults gathering around a wounded bird of prey.

Other than telling you that the story has a happy ending, Weekly Wave won’t spoil any other details.

Click this link and you can find out how a 4-year-old bald eagle was saved, and how the Marleys is being rescued today.

Voyageurs National Park beaver with ear tags

A beaver trapped and fitted with metal ear tags prior to release as part of a National Park Service study. Researchers at the separate Voyageurs Wolf Project found three of these metallic ear tags among the more than 7,000 wolf excrements they analyzed.

Contribute / The Voyageurs Wolf . Project

You may want to read this story after breakfast, not during. But the wait will be worth it.

I mean, the headline “Beaver bling found in wolf dung” requires more investigation, right?

Outdoors reporter John Myers finds some of the most amazing stories we’ll ever publish. In this case, scientists learn interesting things about wolves from their droppings.

Fortunately for Meyers, writing his in-depth story did not require him to actually do a doo-do investigation; His sources were happy to provide that information. Beavers, not so much.

Once you have finished your breakfast,

Please read more about what scientists learn about wolves from the “clues” they leave behind.

Here are some other stories from the past week that I thought you might enjoy:

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