Take The Attic Challenge

As an addendum to the previous Attic post – all about Duluth’s Miss Teen of America Pageant experience in the mid-1980s – there are a few more photos I would like to present as evidence of the big hair, flashy wardrobe, over-the-top, wacky decade that most of us recognize, and some of us love – including me. And…
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Duluth, In All Its Pageantry

Contestants for the Miss Teen of America Pageant practice a dnce performance in the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center Auditorium. (1987 file / News Tribune) From 1983-87, Duluth played host to a gaggle of exuberant, prim and proper teens who were contestants for the Miss Teen of America Pageant. In the 1980s "beauty" pageants were in…
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Mr. Twin Ports Physique, You’ve Got Some Explaining To Do

In January 1980 there was a contest looking for Duluth’s premiere hard-body. It was called Mr. Twin Ports Physique. As far as this photo will tell me, there were at least four contestants, listed from the left, Jason (no last name); Brad Estrom; Ted Shaffer; and Tom Haugen. But that’s all I’ve got to go on, other than that their…
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Greetings From Steeltown

Morgan Park again jumped to the forefront of Duluth’s fascination with the history of its neighborhoods when it was featured recently on "This Old House" magazine’s Web site as one of the Best Old House Neighborhoods in the Midwest. In the article it said, "Morgan Park might be the most interesting neighborhoods to make our list." And it does…
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Love For Spirit Valley

 This year marks the 33rd annual Duluth neighborhood festival known as Spirit Valley Days. It’s a nearly weeklong celebration featuring the ever-popular pancake dinner, Miss West Duluth contest, family actvities, lots of food and music – and what festival would be complete without a parade?   The Spirit Valley Days parade is the highlight of the hometown festival for many, including Anna Berg…
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