Welcome to the 7th Annual Learning & Libations

An evening of dazzling interactions with the best and brightest of Duluth

An evening of dazzling interactions with the best and brightest of Duluth

Featuring author William Kent Krueger, with time to meet and mingle in the stacks.

A wonderful evening in support of the Duluth Public Library.

Delicious food, select wines, craft beer, stunning jewelry raffle, and enchanting silent auction.
Hear two of eight outstanding speakers! A description of each speaker and presentation follows.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

agriculture as mediator:
The Food farm

Janaki Fisher-Merritt and Annie Dugan, Owners
Food Farm

"Agriculture must mediate between nature and the human community, with ties and obligations in both directions."- Wendell Berry

Janaki and Annie own the Food Farm in Wrenshall, Minnesota. Last year this organic farm provided almost 2 million servings of vegetables to the area watershed. This is the 26th year the Food Farm has operated with the model of Community Supported Agriculture. The couple will share their perspective on the work of farming and how this work plays a vital role in the fabric of our community.

Meet Annie & Janaki

Janaki and Annie own the Food Farm in Wrenshall, Minnesota. Their view matches that of Wendell Berry: “Agriculture must mediate between nature and the human community, with ties and obligations in both directions. To farm well requires an elaborate courtesy toward all creatures, animate and inanimate… The small family farm is one of the last places where men and women can answer that call to be an artist, to learn to give love to the work of their hands. It is one of the last places where the maker - and some farmers still do talk about ‘making the crops’ - is responsible, from start to finish, for the thing made.”

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

Simple, Honest, Aware:
Scandinavian Influence

Scott Graden, Executive Chef/Owner
New Scenic Café

Scott regularly considers and incorporates some of the core ideas of Scandinavian design into all of his work, namely, keeping his creations simple, honest, and aware. Simple means essential, absent of clutter, and minimal: not without, but with awareness. Honest is sincere, humble, genuine, and marked by integrity. To be aware is to be mindful, to operate with intention, and to purposely create efficiency. Scott will discuss all of these ideas and more throughout a live cooking demonstration, and will discuss how they can relate to just about any of life's pursuits.

Meet Scott

Scott Graden is an artist, an innovator, an educator, and an entrepreneur. One of his primary roles since 1999 has been as the chef and proprietor of the New Scenic Café.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

The Cloquet Fires of 1918

Dan Hartman, Executive Director
Glensheen Historic Estate

In the summer of 1918, two calamities had taken a heavy toll on northern Minnesota: men were sent to fight in the war in Europe, and the deadly Spanish flu pandemic arrived, killing many Northlanders. Just when it seemed that things couldn't get worse, the fires started burning in Cloquet.


Dan will ably recount the history of the tragic fire that savaged the Northland in 1918.

Meet Dan

Dan Hartman is the executive director of Glensheen Historic Estate and has directed and overseen the improvement of the mansion, its grounds, and attendance. Dan served as a Duluth Economic Development Authority commissioner. He was President, Vice President, and Councilor on the Duluth City Council. He was Program Curator of Veterans’ Memorial Hall of the St. Louis County Historical Society. He served on the Duluth Public Utilities Commission and was a board member on Visit Duluth as well as Neighborhood Housing Services. Dan was selected as Young Professional of the Year by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and as one of “20 Under 40” by the Duluth News Tribune in 2009. He was awarded the Sieur Du Luth Award from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2005.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

The Transformative Power of STories

William Kent Krueger
New York Times Best Selling Author

Stories have always been an integral part of the human experience. Across countless millennia, they have entertained us, enlightened us, encouraged us, and inspired us. In very real ways, stories hold the potential to help us become the people we would like to be. This presentation will offer examples of stories—some familiar, others not—that illustrate the profound influence stories can have in our lives.

Meet Kent

William Kent Krueger is a New York Times bestselling author. Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last eight novels were all New York Times bestsellers. Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. Desolation Mountain, number seventeen in his Cork O’Connor series, will be released in August 2018.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

Getting your home ready to be put on the market: Principles & practices

Dennis Lamkin
Designer Extraordinaire

Dennis Lamkin has been staging homes for several years with great success. Dennis’ presentation will focus on the psychology of the buyer and what the homeowner can do to increase their sales price and reduce the amount of time their home is on the market. The presentation will include several tips and techniques to present your home in the very best light, to highlight its character and charm and, most importantly, remove any objections or negativity a prospective buyer may have. Dennis has several examples of well-staged rooms and a few that will make you shudder. As always, there will be a bit of humor along the way.

Meet Dennis

Dennis Lamkin is an avid historian. He has served for about 20 years on the board of the Duluth Preservation Alliance. Dennis also serves on the Executive Council of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Great Lakes Aquarium, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Restoration Committee for the NorShor Theater, and the City of Duluth Charter Commission, and he volunteers his time to direct the restoration of some of Duluth's large and historic homes. Dennis retired in 2014 from US Bank, where he was the Senior National Property Manager and Lead Legal Council for the Real Estate Group. He has served for 35 years on the Advisory Board at Glensheen.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

Homegrown turns 20,
still clucking

Melissa LaTour, Executive Director
Homegrown Music Festival

Melissa will discuss the Chicken, the egg, and the history of the first twenty years of celebrating all things in the local rawk and/or roll scene. She will celebrate the profound impact of partnerships between local artists and businesses that made this beloved week-long music festival of the Duluth/Superior area--which includes Minnesota's Iron Range and communities on the north and south shores of Lake Superior--the squawk of the town.

Meet Melissa

Melissa “Ginger” La Tour is serving her third year as Homegrown Music Festival’s Executive Director. Prior to that position, Melissa was Homegrown’s Volunteer Coordinator for 5 years and involved as a volunteer every year prior. Melissa has been involved with Homegrown in several roles since 1999. She also performs during Homegrown as a member of Sing! A Women’s Chorus.

In 2007, Melissa founded Harbor City Roller Dames, the Twin Port’s first women’s flat track roller derby league. She is a Commissioner with Duluth Public Arts Commission and has worked for local Indie record label, Chaperone Records. In her spare time, she is a DJ for KUMD’s Women’s Music Show and is an active member of Junior League of Duluth.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

The Norwegian Troll and its history

Lisa Lunge-Larsen
Troll Expert, Storyteller, Author

Trolls! Endlessly fascinating, their very mention sends chills and thrills down our spines even today. Lise Lunge-Larsen, a native of Norway and an expert on Norwegian folklore, and trolls in particular, will talk about the unique character of the Norwegian trolls, their place in Norse mythology, and their role in Norwegian history and in shaping a uniquely Norwegian identity separate from her Scandinavian neighbors as Norway struggled to emerge as an independent country after hundreds of years under Danish and Swedish rule.

Meet Lise

Lise Lunge-Larsen is an award-winning author and a professional storyteller specializing in the folklore of trolls and Norway, where she was born and raised. She concurs with G. K. Chesterton, who wrote, “Fairytales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

Que Syrah, Syrah
(Syrah vs Shiraz)

Ross Otto, Wine Director
Beanery Cafe Wine Bar

Two famous red wines, Syrah and Shiraz, are made from genetically the same grape, but the wines they produce can be very different in style, depending on their origin. We will sample wines from both the Old World and the New World made from the same grape. This will illustrate how place and style can effect the finished product. The climate, the wine traditions, and the current expectations of the consumer drive the wine styles in different parts of the world. Discover the difference, determine what you like.

Meet Ross

Ross Otto is a wine enthusiast from Aitkin, MN. He is the wine director for the Beanery Cafe Wine Bar and has conducted over 130 educational wine classes for the Northern Lights Wine Club, as well as many corporate and private tastings since 2006. He recently served as a judge for the 2016 International Cold Climate Wine Competition at the University of Minnesota.

Learning & Libations at the Library · September 15, 2018 · 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. · Duluth Public Library

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