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It's about this time of year when Mark Connolly gets a few messages from enthusiasts around the country looking for a product he hasn't been associated with for years, but that still bears his family name: Connolly's Tom & Jerry Batter. Mark Connolly's father, Jack, created the recipe in the back of his shop -- Connolly's Bakery, a mainstay on Belknap Street in Superior from the late 1940s until the mid-1980s. "Last week I just got a Facebook message from someone in Tennessee," said Connolly, father of 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Jack Connolly.
Cloquet native Jessica Lange won an Emmy Award on Sunday night for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Lange won for her role as Constance Langdon, a dramatic busybody neighbor, in the first season of the FX series "American Horror Story." In its first season, the series was the story of a family that moved to a sketchy mansion in Los Angeles, a place where the dead interact with the living. It is the second Emmy Award of Lange's career and fourth nomination.
A local restaurant owner is opening a craft beer and burger spot in the former Ragstock location on Superior Street. Rick Lampton, the local managing partner of three Grizzly's locations, is in the early stages of 7 West Tap House, a non-Grizzly's venture. It is expected to be open at the end of September or early October. Lampton said he wanted to do something small and focused and open for a lunch crowd in downtown Duluth. "We like the idea of doing something smaller that focuses on just burgers," he said. "You'll see a lot more places cropping up that specialize.
The headliner for Duluth's Fourth Fest this year will channel a longtime singer-songwriter famous for the song "They're Coming to America." Minnesota native Martin Zellar is bringing his popular Neil Diamond Tribute show to Bayfront Festival Park. Gates to the park open at 4 p.m. and music, including Zellar, the local soul/funk band Big Wave Dave and the Ripples and Lake City Smokin' Section, starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10:10 p.m.
Chester Park regularly draws runners, hikers, dog walkers and skiers. On Monday evening it drew the same crowd and more -- but they came to rake, carry branches and haul dirt. The park off East Skyline was hit hard in Wednesday's storm, including erosion on the trails, damage to park structures, the loss of a pond and the remains of debris left behind from the flood. Last week officials estimated damage at $3 million to $4 million.
Are you all about Katniss Everdeen? Have you been waiting forever to see her on the big screen in "The Hunger Games"? The News Tribune is looking for fans of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins to talk about how they plan to celebrate the film's opening. Are you going in costume? Will you wear your replica mockingjay pin? Have you volunteered to do grueling chores in place of your little sister? Have you been practicing your archery? Most importantly: Are you on Team Gale or Team Peeta? Let's talk about post-apocalyptic Panem.
he second-biggest mistake travelers to Phoenix make, the cab driver says, is renting a car from the wrong airport. We're on our way from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (where we exit on the tarmac on a warm night, greeted by a cactus and a half-dozen wheelchairs) to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to pick up my mis-reserved wheels. The cost for this lesson: $60+. I took Allegiant Air's inaugural direct flight from Duluth to Phoenix last weekend, an event that included sheet cake at the airport, a complimentary sleeve of golf balls and the words "maiden voyage" repeated so often that I was su
Matt's Big Breakfast Matt's Big Breakfast, 801 N. First St., mattsbigbreakfast.com, is a favored brunch spot among locals and travelers. The small diner is close to Arizona State University's downtown campus and the food is billed as local-when-possible, grass-fed and cage-free. Servers have a quick trigger for coffee refills and portion sizes are at least two stomachfuls. The diner keeps just breakfast and lunch hours, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
You can get a direct roundtrip flight from Duluth to the Phoenix area for bare-bones prices if you mind your mouse clicks -- and for less yet if you go to Duluth International Airport and book your flight through a ticket agent. Allegiant Air's flights have a la carte upgrades, some that are the automatic setting for online booking, which can increase the fare by more than $100.