Do You Remember These 4 Things That Got The Northland Talking In 2016, Plus One Personal
As I was thinking about changes I need to make for 2017, I took time to reflect on what has gotten Northlanders talking and expressing their opinions. Our celebrations and things we endured together that made us stronger as a community. I came up with a top 4 and added one personal memorable moment.
One of the most talked about events was the 50th Anniversary of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, formerly known as the Duluth Arena. There was an all-employee reunion and an unforgettable performance by the Beach Boys and the Temptations. There are so many memories of the DECC that we turned it into a very interesting video series with Dan Russell, Executive Director of the DECC.
It caught us off guard and hit when most people were sleeping. Power was lost and for the first time I can remember in my 20 years in radio, I showed up to a dark, silent studio. Then, pictures started appearing on Facebook of uprooted trees, severely damaged business signs and the realization that power was out and for many it would be days until it was restored. Ken and I tried our best to get information to you with a Facebook live video.
Most people were apprehensive about the roundabout on the Superior side of the Bong Bridge. I have to admit I wasn't thrilled about the change, but now that I have mastered it I have to admit it does make the traffic flow better. My co-host Ken Hayes was helpful at the time it opened by posting a video on how to use a roundabout.
When the Tall Ships come to Duluth it always draws thousands of visitors, which is an incredible boost for our tourism and revenue brought to the Northland. Visitors and locals alike are in awe of the Tall Ships and this year we got a bonus with a visit from the world's largest rubber duck.
This one is personal, but was a definite highlight of my family's 2016. Kylee graduated from UMD. It seems that I was just writing a blog about her graduating from high school and getting use to her being out of the house and in college and BOOM, 4 years had passed and I was being a proud mama as she walked across the stage to get her degree.