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How the Olympics can inspire us all

March 2, 2010

After 16 days of spectacular events, it was time to become unglued from the television. The Olympics seem to have a way of inspiring us all. Especially the Winter Olympics, sporting events we can really relate to here in the Northland!  It brings out our national pride (GO USA) and also showcases so many different nations from around the world and we learn athletes stories that you can’t help but root for them!

Now that the games have concluded I got off the coach and went on a search to find Olympic inspiration in my own community and I urge you to do the same in yours!

I found a “Learn to Curl for Free” event in town at the Duluth Curling Club. Thank you for the lesson! I enjoyed myself but don’t think I could make the 2014 team, it’s much harder than it looks. The free lesssons filled up fast, so I know there were many inspired folks in town.


After Curling, I went out to search for another Olympic event. I found the Chester Bowl Ski Jumps. No longer regulation, these ski jumps are no longer used for competitions but every year Chester Bowl offers free ski jumping lessons to carry on the rich tradition to our local youth. As you can see the jumps are pretty high up there, so I passed on strapping on ski’s and giving it a go and moved on to the next Olympic venue I could find, which was Nordic Skiing. I went home, strapped on my X-C skis and headed out for an Olympic workout. Well first off, I didn’t look like an Olympian without a one piece spandex suit, but I gave it my best shot. I have a long way to go before I would make any Olympic team so I headed out to find anything else Olympic related. Low and behold I found the closing ceremonies for the Duluth Snowlympics. Complete with all the local kids skiing down the hill after the torch for the lighting ceremony. Yes, we even had our own “Olympic” torch! The festivities concluded with a spectacular fireworks display. I hope the Olympics has inspired a little bit in all of us, to get up, get out, and enjoy!


The Lowdown

A Brief History of our “Zenith” City

April 27, 2009


In 1886, Duluth, Minnesota was called the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. A fitting name to all who have visited or live here. The home of the Original Duluth Pack has a rich history. A brief synopsis follows.

Our most famous landmark: the Aerial Lift Bridge

Originally this land was inhabited by the Sioux and Ojibway tribes when they were pushed further east by settlers. The 1600’s brought the French Voyaguers here for the fur trading. In 1855 when the Sault Ste. Marie canal opened it made Duluth the only port able to access both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By 1869 Duluth was the fastest growing city in the nation. The stock market crash of 1873 put a stop to our rapid growth, we peaked about 100,000 people.

With the area’s abundance of lumber and mining coupled with a vibrant shipping and railroad industries, by the early 1900 Duluth boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country.

Today you can still revisit the past with our many historical buildings still preserved today.

Our flagship store in Canal Park (365 Canal Park Drive) is a block from the historic Aerial Lift Bridge, come by and tour our remarkable Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. If you do, be sure to stop in at our factory and take a tour of our shop, it’s a pretty cool place!