Weekly Wave: Unearths a Duluth Easter Egg in 1,100-Page Book – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Pop culture references for Duluth are countless.

Entire libraries could be filled with books that tip a hat to Duluth and the Northland. I still remember Chris Farley and David Spade passing a Duluth sign during their ill-fated “Tommy Boy” sales tour. And apparently every episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured a Duluth Easter egg among the tricks.

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

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

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

I decided to pick up “The Stand” again as part of a wildly ambitious plan to read every single one of King’s novels and short stories in the order they were published. I’ll get back to you on that in four or five years when I’ve finished reading the 80 or so books.

If you’ve ever read the unabridged version of “The Stand,” you know that at 1,153 pages it’s both a mental and physical workout. It is certainly not easy reading. (And reading it now in the age of COVID-19 adds another interesting layer to this constant reader.)

But seeing Duluth’s small but memorable inclusion in one of my favorite books provided an easy moment to pack away a place in my brain where I store useless trivia.

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

Here are some DNT highlights from the past week:

Man outside a house.

Owner Peter Gesell talks about the 63-year-old Erickson House on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. The 2,452-square-foot structure, suspended over a creek in Duluth’s Congdon neighborhood, is for sale.

Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

Stories about unique houses are always well-read, and the house DNT lifestyle reporter Melinda Lavine recently wrote about definitely qualifies as unique.

As the headline says, “Duluth ‘floating’ house is yours for $750,000.”

Lavine and DNT photographer Steve Kuchera checked out Congdon Park neighborhood homes and shared their findings with readers this past week.

Lavine writes that “The three-bedroom, three-bathroom features vaulted ceilings, an indoor pool, natural woodwork, a fireplace and plenty of built-ins, shag rugs with rugs and vanities to match. The foyer’s vertical brickwork extends to the outer wall.”

Sounds like a fun and fancy grown-up treehouse!

$750,000, right?

Could someone give “Weekly Wave” a loan?

While I dig between the cushions of my sofa after a little extra change, you can read more about the interesting house from Lavine and see Kuchera’s photos here.

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Dylan Soyring, 16, of Maple reaches out to an injured bald eagle along the side of Wisconsin Highway 13 in the town of Lakeside on Sept. 8, 2022. The eagle, named Marlys, is recovering at Winged Freedom Raptor Hospital in Spooner.

Contributed / Marcia Nelson

Last week in the same location, the “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, Superior Telegram’s Maria Lockwood brings us a heartwarming story about teenagers and adults rallying around a wounded raptor.

Besides telling you the story has a happy ending, “Weekly Wave” won’t spoil any other details. Click on this link and you can find out how Marlys, a 4-year-old bald eagle, was rescued and how she is doing today.

Voyageurs National Park beavers with ear tags

A beaver captured and fitted with metal ear tags before being released as part of an investigation by the National Park Service. Researchers for the separate Voyageurs Wolf Project found three of these metal ear tags among more than 7,000 wolf burrows they analyzed.

Contribution / Traveling Wolf Project

You might 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” warrants further investigation, doesn’t it?

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

Fortunately for Myers, writing his in-depth story didn’t require him to actually do the doo-doo investigation; his sources were happy to provide that information. The beavers, not so much.

After your breakfast is finished, read more about what scientists are learning about wolves from the “tracks” they leave behind.

Here are a few more stories from the past week that I thought you might enjoy:

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