Northern Michigan University

Is your dining room table piled with college brochures? Is the family calendar dotted with campus visits? You might have a high school junior under your roof. While the application essays loom over their heads, the cost of it all looms over yours. more

Jan 23, 2012 3:08 PM Lifestyle

It’s the story of beauty and the basalt … a story begun in fiery forges more than 2 billion years ago. The two “greenstones” of Lake Superior share a name and a link to ancient lava flows. more

Feb 1, 1999 12:00 AM Natural World

Find out more about Lake Superior Magazine's featured supporters through February's Great Lake Destinations. Links, Maps, Video, Facebook and more. more


Ice Climbing

Courtesy Michigan Ice Fest

The abundance of climbable ice by the Big Lake had been an accidental secret of climbers since the early 1980s. But that’s changing, thanks to increased interest in the sport and to the growth of events like Michigan Ice Fest and Nipigon Ice Fest. more

Nov 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

Lake Superior Journal: Our Cloud Bay

We weren’t looking for a vacation home, but were curious enough to call the owners and arrange to see this coastal inlet in Ontario about which we knew nothing. more

Jul 15, 2008 12:00 AM Superior Notes 2 Comments

Snowsporting Mom & Son Go Global

Tom Buchkoe

The Waara-Thorley family of Marquette is something of a Lake Superior snow dynasty. Frida Waara and her husband, Ron Thorley, raised their two children surrounded by plenty of Upper Peninsula snow. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Recreation

Chocolate has long had a “love” connection. Some claim it eases the pain of a break-up. Love of chocolate can also bring couples together. more

Jan 17, 2010 5:07 AM Food/Recipes 1 Comments

Dream Weaver

Courtesy Copper Town Construction

You might say that Jeff Twardzik is a special kind of magician. He turns back-of-napkin sketches and ideas into dream homes, newly constructed or freshly remodeled. Jeff has six solid tips for those planning home remodels or constructions. more

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Homes

Barkie Birkie

James Netz / Courtesy American Birkebeiner

The American Birkebeiner team didn’t start out to organize skijoring races, but the popularity of a demonstration a few years ago spurred them to add the Barkie Birkie. more

Feb 17, 2016 11:38 AM Recreation


Molly Hoeg

Lake Superior Journal: Loving the Loppet

About a year earlier, my husband and I had read about the Wabos Loppet in a cross-country skiing magazine. Once the idea was planted in our heads, we knew we would do it. more

Feb 28, 2013 8:27 AM Superior Notes

Sunshine Cafe

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

When you’re hungry in Duluth, head to a not-exactly hidden food gem by taking the Central Avenue exit, south or north on I-35. This West Duluth neighborhood brims with homestyle eateries. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Minnesota

For more than two decades, readers of Lake Superior Magazine have shared their favorite spots and sights, restaurants and recreation, to help us compile the annual Best of the Lake list. more

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Superior Ice

Dennis O'Hara

Picturing the Big Lake: 7 Winter Photography Tips

Photographer Dennis O'Hara gives us seven simple tips for photography during the winter, a special season of quiet snowfalls, pristine white landscapes and clear blue skies. more

Jan 4, 2013 10:34 AM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Journal: The Old Man & the Ski

What would life be like without a hero? I met one of my heroes over a decade ago. At first I watched this unimposing cross-country skier munching on a pasty in Calumet, Michigan, after the Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon. I had to meet him. more

Nov 13, 2011 12:01 AM Superior Notes 3 Comments

Jeannie Thoren

Julia Cheng

For 30 years, Jeannie Thoren's mission has been to get women to have fun on skis. But rather than hand warmers, cocktails or discount lift tickets, her lure has been a screwdriver … and a simple promise to make the ski work better with the woman. more

Nov 1, 2006 9:59 AM Recreation

Snowball Fight

Bob Paterson

Despite my explanation about what the weather was dishing out, I soon found the boys dressed in full winter armor – coats, boots, long underwear, mittens, face masks, scarves and, of course, their snowboard. more

Feb 1, 2003 12:00 AM Recreation

Finding the Perfect Romantic Winter Getaway

Courtesy Grand Superior Lodge

What do you call “romantic”? A cozy snowed-in cabin with a cheery fire in the stone fireplace? A stylish room in a high-class hotel or an elegant stay in an historic bed-and-breakfast inn? more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Travel

My 5 Favorite Fireplaces

Marty Faassen

I’ve become something of a fireplace aficionado, scoping out hearths in the homes of my friends and neighbors. For those who might also appreciate a cheery fire, please indulge me as I share five of my fireplace faves with you. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

Eric Larsen and Lonnie Dupre

Courtesy One World Expedition

We are in northern Minnesota, it’s early February and the ground is covered with snow. Nearly every lake, pond and river within a 300-mile radius of me is frozen solid … yet I am sitting on snow in a small canoe, which is harnessed to Lonnie Dupre. more

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM Recreation


James Smedley

True, there’s the cold and the barrier of ice between you and the fish. But fair-weather anglers harbour a sneaking suspicion that we might actually be having fun on the ice and catching fish they’re missing. The next step is to join us. Here's how. more

Jan 24, 2013 11:08 AM Recreation

What do you crave for dinner after a day dashing in and out of bone-chilling temperatures? Comfort food. more

Jan 22, 2009 9:31 AM Food/Recipes

Building an Off-the-Grid Home

Jim Megas

The dream location that Jim and Ann Megas found for a second home had everything – except access to the power grid. So when they built their one-of-a-kind log home, the couple invested in state-of-the-art off-the-grid systems. more

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM Homes

Split Rock Moonrise

Paul Sundberg

Recently I lined up next to 60 other photographers along Minnesota’s North Shore anxiously waiting for the winter moon to rise above Split Rock Lighthouse. For many years, though, site manager Lee Radzak and I were the only photographers in sight. more

Dec 8, 2014 11:34 AM Art/Photography

Get the Skinny on Winter Skin Care

Courtesy Jennifer Baldwin

Living near Lake Superior, we naturally know how to handle winter. But even the hardiest winter warriors sometimes disregard the special care needed for our body’s first line of defense – our skin. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness


George W. Robinson

It took Bob Barron 10 years, countless permits and a barge to remove a 20-ton copper chunk from the bottom of Lake Superior and move it to its home at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum on the campus of Michigan Technological University. more

Jun 23, 2002 4:59 PM Natural World

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