Weekly Wave: Digging up a Duluth Easter egg in a 1,100-page book – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Pop culture references for Duluth abound.

Entire libraries could be filled with books hating Duluth and the North Country. I still remember Chris Farley and David Spade passing a Duluth sign during their ill-fated sales trip in “Tommy Boy.” And seemingly every episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured a Duluth Easter egg among the jokes.

Still, it’s nice to come across a Duluth reference that’s either new to you or long-forgotten.

Recently I was reading Stephen King’s “The Stand” and read some very short but sweet paragraphs about a man in Duluth walking down Piedmont Avenue with a sandwich sign announcing the end of the world.

It’s probably been 30 years since I last read King’s great 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 a second thought.

I decided to pick up “The Stand” again as part of an insanely ambitious plan to read all of King’s novels and short stories in the order they were published. I’ll come back to that in four or five years after I’ve read those 80 books.

If you’ve ever read the unabridged version of “The Stand,” you’ll know that at 1153 pages, it’s both a mental and physical workout. It is certainly not light reading. (And if you’re reading it now in the age of COVID-19, you’ll get another interesting layer for this Constant Reader.)

But seeing the small but memorable inclusion of Duluth in one of my favorite books provided a light moment to stash somewhere in my head where I keep useless trivia.

Hope you all have a great weekend and catch a Duluth reference or two while consuming movies, books or music.

Here are some DNT highlights from the past week:

Owner Peter Gesell will talk about the 63-year-old Erickson House on Tuesday September 13, 2022. The 2,452-square-foot building, suspended over a creek in the Congdon neighborhood of Duluth, is up for sale.

Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

Stories of unique homes are always well-read, and the home DNT lifestyle reporter Melinda Lavine recently wrote about certainly qualifies as one-of-a-kind.

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

Lavine and DNT photographer Steve Kuchera took a look at the home near Congdon Park and shared their findings with readers over the past week.

Lavine writes, “The three bedrooms and three bathrooms have vaulted ceilings, an indoor pool, natural woodwork, a fireplace, and plenty of built-in shag carpeting with matching rugs and vanities. The vertical brick of the foyer extends to the exterior wall.”

Sounds like a fun and beautiful tree house for adults!

$750,000, right?

Can someone offer ‘Weekly Wave’ a loan?

As I search for some change among the cushions in my couch, you can read more about Lavine’s interesting home and see Kuchera’s photos here.

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

Contributed / Marcia Nelson

Last week, in the same spot in “Weekly Wave,” there was an article about how Cirrus is supporting a rescue program called Pilots N Paws that rescues dogs destined for euthanasia and matches them with families.

This week, Superior Telegram’s Maria Lockwood gives us a heartwarming story of teens and adults gathering around an injured bird of prey.

Aside from the story having a happy ending, “Weekly Wave” won’t spoil any other details. Click on this link and you can see how Marlys, a 4-year-old bald eagle, was rescued and how it is today.

Voyageurs National Park beaver with ear tags
A beaver who was imprisoned and fitted with metal ear tags before being released as part of an investigation by the National Park Service. Researchers at the separate Voyageurs Wolf Project found three of those metal ear tags among more than 7,000 wolf scrolls they analyzed.

Contributed / Travelers 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 further investigation, right?

Outsider John Myers finds some of the most fascinating stories we will ever publish. In this case, scientists learn interesting things about wolves from their feces.

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

When your breakfast is ready, learn more about what scientists are learning about wolves from the “clues” they leave behind.

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

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