Duluth News Tribune Pursuits

February 21, 2020

“Puppy photos kindle memories of an old friend”

Every morning when we open the News Tribune, after reading the main sections, we wander to the classifieds section and eyeball the puppies. Every one of them is so darn cute. We talked about maybe getting one and then decided, no, it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. We’re gone too much.

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January 24, 2020

“Winter’s Challenge a Cycle of Snow”

After moving to Duluth, I struggled with the amount of snow we had to get rid of.

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January 10, 2020

“It’s the Little Things We Miss”

Handkerchiefs and socks have a way of disappearing.

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December 20, 2019

“Telling the Stories of Holidays Past”

One uncle, in his enthusiasm for tree decorating, went right out to the front yard and dropped a large spruce.

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December 19, 2019

“Fond Memories of Seeking the Perfect Tree”

There were always snowball fights and kids running around in circles and the occasional howl from a 2- or 3-year-old.

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November 29, 2019

“When the Caffiene Makes You See Faces “

There was very little artistic flair on the surface of the floating foam — until the faces started showing up.

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November 15, 2019

“Better to be Lucky than Smart”

There’s apparently no end to the list of things I’ll leave on top of my car before driving away.

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October 18, 2019

“A Trip on the Big Lake with a True Fisherman”

A traumatic brain injury years ago doesn’t stop a love of travel and sport.”

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September 20, 2019

“Setting Sail with Friendships”

You can’t depend on the wind alone to set a course; it’s there to help, but the captain’s in charge.

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September 6, 2019

“Shattered Gets Back on Track”

How do you finish making a latte when there’s glass all over the floor, large pieces to finely ground sand-sized bits?


August 23, 2019

“Marking Time Through Tire Tracks”

“Many of my remembrances are linked to cars that have driven through my life. Maybe that’s why I’m a motorhead who has “Car and Driver” and “Motor Trend” magazines strewn around the living room. The automobiles of my life have bracketed the passing of years like bookends.</>

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August 9, 2019

“When Scammers Come Calling”

“Short of retreating to the wilderness, living off the grid and ignoring spam, Twitter and Facebook, is there a middle ground to avoiding scam artists?”


July 19, 2019

“The Final Leg of a Lifetime of Mowing”

“You know, Doug, the grass is gonna need mowing before the weekend company comes.”

Alas, I am only too aware of my familial responsibilities having been conditioned from an early age to mow frequently and cut often. Can you blame me if I have a love-hate relationship with the lawn?


July 5, 2019

“A First Fishing Trip”

This past week I returned from a few days fishing in Canada with my seven year-old grandson and son-in-law. I have been going to Frog Rapids Camp in Sioux Lookout Ontario for over thirty years and John has gone up with me several times, but this was Declan’s first trip. We were pumped about going together.

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June 2, 2019

“Visits by Fellow Creatures of the Morning”

The girls come through our yard on a regular schedule. At least that’s what we’ve called these early-morning visitors. Most times it’s just before sunrise. They stick to the same pattern, but it takes an early riser to see them, standing there in the twilight with watchful brown eyes surveying the tree line.

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May 14, 2019

“When the Sounds of Spring Come at Night”

One evening a few weeks ago after the sun left for the day and night settled in, my wife and I were quietly reading in the living room by the fireplace when she remarked, “Did you hear that?”

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April 7, 2019

“Thoughts on one of the Northland’s deep problems”

There are fifty five million potholes in the United States according to recent research. Throw in Canada’s contribution to this continent-wide test of endurance and the numbers stun. This time of year as we emerge from underneath feet of snow, the problem of finding a smooth path to any destination jumps in the car too.


March 3, 2019

“The Ups and Downs of Sharing the Cooking”

When I’m in charge of supper, it’s not like I don’t know where stuff is. It’s just easier to ask instead of fumbling around in the spices for a half hour. By getting an answer, there won’t be the chance of my opening the wrong cabinet and having a large bottle of olive oil fall on my head. A concussed cook may not be able to pull off the evening meal. 
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February 24, 2019

“A Lesson Learned the Hard Way”

Cross-country skiing is a gift given to those who stay here in the winter months. Years ago after a brother-in-law cut some trails adjacent to his property near the Chippewa National Forest in Bemidji, he introduced me to the pleasures of gliding through a silent forest.

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https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/lifestyle/4575380-doug-lewandowski-column-home-a-lesson-learned-the -hard-way

February 3, 2019

“Home Improvement and Relationships, One Step at a Time”

This time of year provides ample free time for indoor projects neglected
during times of the year when it’s easier to play outside. My kids used to
watch “Home Improvement” when they were growing up in the ’90s. I’m
not much of a TV watcher, but one night, they yelled at me to come in and
watch a part of the show called “Tool Time.” It was a lot like my own “Tool Times.”

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https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/lifestyle/4564857-doug-lewandowski-column-home-improvement-and- relationships- one-step-time

January 27, 2019

“Saying Goodbye to the Season is in the Details”

It’s over, another season that stretched from Halloween through   mid-January. Despite the best efforts of the world of commerce to extend it from September to February, Father Time pushed the chunky guy with the white beard out the door along with the red-nosed deer, and started the prep work for lawnmower sales.

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December23, 2018

“Ready for the Many Rituals of Snow”

Most folks who grumble about snow ignore its finer points. That’s not to say it isn’t inconvenient and a mess to clean up, but there is fascination and beauty in its arrival.

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January 6, 2018

“Ice Demons Take their Perch”

It is possible to stay ahead of the icy ridges on a roof’s edge by religiously scraping every last snowflake each time it snows. This requires obsessive attention to predictions flowing from weather forecasters. There are ways of coping with the dams, some verbal or chemical, others labor intensive. Still others rely on the magic of modern electricity.

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