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Posts by Tony Dierckins

All Books 25% Off All Winter! Gift Sets 33% Off!

From now until April 2020 all of our books are on sale for 25% off, and if you buy one of our bundles, you’ll save 33%! History Gift Set: All 4 of our illustrated histories for just $65 (Regularly $97) Glensheen Gift Set: All 3 three of our Glensheen-related books for $40  (Regularly $62) Preview…

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ZCP’s Tony Dierckins signing at Bookstore@Fitger’s this Saturday

Zenith City Press publisher Tony Dierckins will be signing copies of his six Duluth history book this Saturday, December 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bookstore@Fitger’s within the Fitger’s Complex. Due to last weekend’s blizzard, Duluth’s homegrown retailers missed out on Small Business Saturday. Here’s your chance to show your support of…

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Duluth: An Urban Biography coming April 2020

Zenith City Press publisher Tony Dierckins has a new book coming out in April 2020—and it won’t be published by Zenith City Press. The good folks at Minnesota Historical Society Press are publishing a series of “urban biographies” of Minnesota’s four largest cities—Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, and Duluth—and Dierckins is writing the Duluth book. It…

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Free presentation on Oliver Traphagen, Duluth’s Quintessential Architect

Zenith City press publisher Tony Dierckins will present on “Oliver Traphagen: Duluth’s Quintessential Architect” Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gold Room of the  Duluth Public Library’s main branch in downtown Duluth. The event is FREE and the first lecture in the library’s new Maryanne Norton Lecture Series. Norton co-authored Lost Duluth—a finalist…

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Duluth & Sunday Liquor: A Long History of Ignoring the Law

While the sale of liquor on Sundays was illegal in Minnesota starting in 1856, Duluth’s early history shows a revolving-door policy regarding adherence to the statute even though the city paid keen attention to liquor issues from its start—the very first ordinance passed by Duluth city officials regulated the “trading in intoxicants.” On July 21,…

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Workin’ on the Rail Road…book…

Thanks to everyone who turned out to Glensheen for our annual February of Wednesday night Zenith City on Taps—and of course thanks to Glensheen’s fantastic staff for hosting the event and making it free for anyone who wants to attend, and to Bellesio’s for bringing the beer and wine. Next year’s presentations will include “Prohibition…

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Beer, or Down Comes the House!

In mid-January 1884 a group of Duluthians of German extraction objected to the marriage of “the ancient and much married” Peter Arimond, a seventy-one-year-old five-time widower, to a twenty-four-year-old German immigrant named Louise, who lived in St. Paul. It would take beer made with pure Lake Superior water to calm a raging mob. Arimond, also…

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Subverting Duluth’s Sunday Liquor Laws, 1870–2017

While the sale of liquor on Sundays was illegal in Minnesota starting in 1856, Duluth’s early history shows a revolving-door policy regarding adherence to the statute even though the city paid keen attention to liquor issues from its start—the very first ordinance passed by Duluth city officials regulated the “trading in intoxicants.” On July 21,…

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