Monday, April 28, 2008

This Week's BONUS Shameless Budgeteer Plug

It's only Monday, but the online exclusives are already starting to pile up:

"Discover Duluth: Amnicon Falls, Vol. II" :: Like the majority of its Northland counterparts, Amnicon State Park outside Superior is alive with the sound of raging rapids. For this online exclusive, my photo essay series returns to one of my favorite area parks for a special "spring thaw" edition.

"Success Won't Change Dane Schmidt" :: While one of his groups, Sing It Loud, recently signed to punk powerhouse Epitaph Records, Duluth native Dane Schmidt still plugs away at his first recording project, Jamestown Story. A brief Q-and-A with the prolific musician. (UPDATE: Since I conducted my e-mail "interview" with Schmidt, his good buddy Kieren Smith has left Jamestown Story to concentrate on the continued success of Sing It Loud. A plain shame for Schmidt, who is now that first group's sole remaining member.)

Finally, two I neglected to mention in previous shameless plugs: Two issues ago I contributed a photo to Tom Kasper's column "Every Day is Earth Day" and the current issue, which sports a April 27 publication date, features a photo from yours truly on its cover. A variation of that image is above. (In case you can't read it, the bicyclist's "humble little billboards" read KEEP EARTH ALIVE, DON'T DRIVE. As you can tell from the image, that concept hasn't really caught on in the Twin Ports as much as he'd probably like.)

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