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Paul Whyte

Venus DeMars

Venus DeMars remains one of the longest lasting, most tenacious and hard rocking individuals that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been hanging out in bars and going to shows for over a decade.

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North Shore Notes

Harry Drabik

Seventeen and seventy

I had a birthday recently. By the title you can rightly guess the day’s number. Whether or not I celebrated the day depends on your idea of celebration. If celebrate means recognize, then I celebrated the day as well as anyone could.

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Trish Waltman


Okay, the kid has moved out. Luckily, she weaned me from her presence this summer when she was never home.

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Melvyn Magree

Riding a rocket to a standstill

Our son and his four-year-old son were coming from Japan to the Twin Cities in the last week of August.  My wife planned to stay in the Twin Cities until Labor Day and then bring our grandson back to Duluth with her. 

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Jane Hoffman

Celebrity Death Wish

I once met Lauren Bacall at Spagos in West Hollywood. She would have never dared to die before ripening to legendary. This year, at age 89, she finally did.

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The Lowdown

Jim Hightower

Burger King pulls a Whopper on us

Burger King, the fast food giant, bills itself as “Home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is jumbo, chockfull, and a whale of a deal.

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Eat & Drink

Jim Lundstrom

The Kaiser Creeps Me Out

The Kaiser, a 9.5 percent Imperial Oktoberfest, part of the “Dictator Series” from Avery Brewing Co. of Boulder, Colo., is big and fruity, kind of like Kaiser Wilhelm himself.

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Emily Stone

The Woods are Not Silent

Early September is the perfect time for a trip to the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. The bugs are almost gone, the sun is still high, and crisp mornings make hot drinks taste even better.

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John Gilbert

Bauer, Lauters Help Avoid Upset

Over 5,000 rabid UMD football fans tailgated themselves into being prepared to watch their Bulldogs open the 2014 football season and could be excused for anticipating a dominating, lopsided triumph over Concordia of St. Paul.

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