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Krmpotich

Featured Event: The Olympic Experience

Thursday, April 7, 2016  •  7:00 pm

Spirit of the North Theater, Fitger's Brewery Complex, 600 E. Superior St.

David Krmpotich grew up in Duluth and began rowing with the Duluth Rowing Club as a teenager in the 1970s.  He went on to have a stellar rowing career competing on the international level and in 1988 won an Olympic silver medal in Seoul, Korea. Still active in rowing and coaching in Philadelphia, Dave returns to Duluth to share his Olympic experience and how it relates to those of the young men featured in The Boys in the Boat. 

There will be appetizers and a cash bar at 6:30, before the talk.






Duluth Boat Club Exhibit

March 14 - April 30

Duluth Public Library Reference & Information area, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth

Artifacts and memorabilia from the Duluth Boat Club will be on display in the library, courtesy of the St. Louis County Historical Society. The Society’s collection was featured in Michael Cochran’s book Invincible.


When Duluth Rowers Were Invincible

Saturday, March 19 • 10:30 am

Cloquet Public Library, 320 4th St., Cloquet

Michael Cochran, a competitive rower since 1967, will talk about the history and future of the Duluth Boat Club. During the late 19th/early 20th century, the Duluth Boat Club’s rowing achievements brought national fame to Duluth and included a team of four men who were unbeaten during four years of national competition, winning 22 races. Cochran is the author of Invincible: History of the Duluth Boat Club.


When Duluth Rowers Were Invincible

Saturday, March 19 • 2 pm

Duluth Public Library Green Room, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth

Michael Cochran, a competitive rower since 1967, will talk about the history and future of the Duluth Boat Club. During the late 19th/early 20th century, the Duluth Boat Club’s rowing achievements brought national fame to Duluth and included a team of four men who were unbeaten during four years of national competition, winning 22 races. Cochran is the author of Invincible: History of the Duluth Boat Club.


Duluth Rowing Club's 50,000 Meter Rowing Challenge

Sunday, March 20 - Saturday, April 30

Row 50,000 meters on a rowing machine at participating fitness centers between March 20 and April 30 and you'll be entered into a prize drawing. Pick up a Rowing Challenge registration form to log how many meters you row. Forms will be available at the fitness centers' front desks or from the managers. Watch for dates when Duluth Rowing Club members will be on site to provide training on proper rowing technique. Completed forms must be returned by May 3 to be entered into the prize drawing.

Participating fitness centers: Anytime Fitness (1502 E. Superior St., Duluth); Essentia Health Fitness Center (402 E. 2nd St., Duluth); YMCA (302 W. 1st St., Duluth); CrossFit 218 (4176 Thunderchief Lane, Hermantown); Superior Douglas County Family YMCA (9 N 21st St, Superior)


Book Discussion

Monday, March 21 • 6:30 pm

Cloquet Public Library, 320 4th St., Cloquet

The Cloquet Library Reading Club will discuss The Boys in the Boat. 


The Bio-mechanics of Olympic Rowing

Tuesday, March 22 • 7-8:30 pm

Engineering 290, UMD, 1303 Ordean Court, Duluth

Reading The Boys in the Boat, one learns about the dedication, equipment, teamwork and training required to compete at an Olympic level. But words and imagination can only provide so much insight. What does it mean to row at a rate of 32, 36, or 40? How tough is it to synchronize the movements of two, four, and eight rowers? Dr. Morris Levy and Chuck Fountaine, from UMD’s Department of Applied Human Sciences, will demonstrate tools and methods to measure the performance, effort and efficiency of the athlete. You’ll see a real demonstration of the muscles, coordination and skills needed by a rower. (Note: free parking in Lot C, or Maroon Lot, by the UMD Library)


Book Discussion

Wednesday, March 23 • 11:30 am

WITC-Superior, 600 N. 21st St., Superior

Everyone is welcome to join this discussion of The Boys in the Boat. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by March 10 to Alison or Nellie at 715-394-6677, ext. 6610 or 6611.


Cloquet’s Past Olympians

Monday, March 28 • 6:30 pm

Cloquet Public Library, 320 4th St., Cloquet

Former Olympic athletes from Cloquet will share their experiences training and competing in Olympic events. 


Movie: The Jesse Owens Story

Tuesday, March 29 • 6:30 pm

Cloquet Public Library, 320 4th St., Cloquet

Follow Jesse Owens from his collegiate career to his pinnacle at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals, much to the dismay of Adolf Hitler. (Rated G; 3 hours, 20 minutes)


Wisconsin State Parks and the New Deal: History and Legacy
Wednesday, March 30 • 7:00 pm

Superior Public Library Meeting Room, 1530 Tower Ave., Superior

Wisconsin State Park rangers Jacob Anderson and Natalie Brown will talk about the role the New Deal’s CCC and WPA programs of the 1930s played in the history and development of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks. During the Great Depression, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and WPA (Works Progress Administration) projects accomplished two goals: providing employment opportunities to out-of-work Americans and completing public works and conservation projects around the U.S. 


1930s Jazz with Vocalist Kate F. Kulas

Sunday, April 3 • 1:00 p.m.

Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 4th St, Cloquet

Jazz music is a backdrop to several scenes in The Boys in the Boat. Vocalist Kate Kulas will perform songs from the 1930s, directed by Jim Sheetz. Ms. Kulas has performed with the Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) and is a former music professor at UMD. This concert is sponsored by the Concerts on 4th series and the Cloquet Public Library.


Movie: Unbroken

Tuesday, April 5 • 6:30 pm

Cloquet Public Library, 320 4th St., Cloquet

The true story of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II only to fight for his life as a prisoner of war. (Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 17 minutes)


The Olympic Experience
Thursday, April 7 • Noon

Virginia Public Library Auditorium, 215 5th Avenue S., Virginia

David Krmpotich began rowing with the Duluth Rowing Club as a teenager in the 1970s.  He went on to have a stellar rowing career competing on the international level and in 1988 won an Olympic silver medal in Seoul, Korea. Still active in rowing and coaching in Philadelphia, Dave will share his Olympic experience and how it relates to those of the young men featured in The Boys in the Boat. Discussion of the One Book Northland selection will follow.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Virginia Public Library.  Call 218-748-7525 for more information.  


Paddling Opportunities in the Northland

Monday, April 18 • 7:00 pm

Duluth Public Library Green Room, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth

Lake Superior & the Duluth area offer many paddling opportunities. Pat Kohlin, sea kayak supervisor with UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, will highlight some of the more popular places to paddle, as well as share a few hidden gems. He’ll also talk about how you can learn the skills and acquire the gear needed to get to these places safely.


Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 19  •  6:30 - 8 pm

Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors

Bob & Barb Liukkonen will lead a discussion of The Boys in the Boat. Consider this: would a team now be willing to put up with as many hardships as the 1936 crew? Call 218-834-3148 for more information.


Finding your Passion

Saturday, April 23 • 2 pm

Duluth Public Library Green Room, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth

What does it take to become a champion? Former Olympic hockey player Henry Boucha will talk about pursuing your passion while maintaining ethical, accountable behaviors and attitudes. His firsthand account of the triumphs and tragedies he experienced, going from humble Minnesota beginnings to playing professional hockey with the Detroit Red Wings, explains what it takes to become the best of the best.


Duluth Rowing Club Spring Open House

Saturday, May 21 • 10 am – noon

Duluth Rowing Club, 3711 Minnesota Ave., Duluth

Visit the historic Duluth Rowing Club boathouse. See the Club’s rowing shells – 8’s, 4’s, doubles, and singles – including some wooden Pocock shells, as described in The Boys in the Boat. Visitors can try rowing on the indoor rowing ergometer. Information on summer youth and adult programs and learn-to-row classes will be available.


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