Vermilion Community College

Courtesy Vermilion Community College

Community colleges around the Lake Superior region share a common ability to educate students specific to local workforce needs. For many students, these work-specific programs make the most sense – and make the most of their dollars. more »

Jun 16, 2014 11:47 AM Education

Better Late: Fulfilling Educational Bucket Lists

Ken Moran

David Walker was nervous on his first day at Lake Superior State University, like most students. But unlike the other freshmen, starting new chapters in their lives, David and his wife, Judy, were continuing one they began nearly 50 years earlier. more »

Nov 25, 2013 9:08 AM Education

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


Looping the Lake

Courtesy Algoma Region and Tourism Thunder Bay

After circling Lake Superior three times, I still discover places I’ve missed. That just means a good excuse to do it all again. Once you’ve done the Loop, it becomes a regular destination. more »

May 1, 2012 12:00 AM Travel

Recipe Box: Finding Culinary Creativity in Kraut & Kimchi

Jennifer Sauter Sargent / Spirit Creek Farm

The owners of Spirit Creek Farm built a commercial kitchen where they create a whole line of lacto-fermented sauerkrauts, kimchi and ginger carrots, along with pickled green beans and beets. more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Food/Recipes

Get Down to the Water

Felicia Schneiderhan

Public marinas and safe harbors also provide access to the Lake and boat-infused views for those traveling by land. Big or small, downtown or in the middle of nowhere, they can be fascinating even for those without boats. more »

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Pierre the Pantsless Voyageur, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Since the opening of the first highways (and maybe before), people have created those delightfully quirky sideshows for travelers called “roadside attractions” or, more simply, Big Things. more »

Mar 20, 2015 2:22 PM Travel

Sailing Ships on Lake Superior: The Early History

Painting by Tim Olsen / Lake Superior Maritime Collections, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Lake Superior, like all the Great Lakes, had its share of wooden-hulled, tall-masted ships sailing its sweet waters, even before creation of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie in 1855 allowed a freer flow of maritime traffic between the lakes. more »

Jun 1, 2010 1:41 PM Maritime

Engineering Better Health

Courtesy Michigan Tech

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Research coming out of Michigan Tech could create medical wonders, and highlighted here are a few of those innovations. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Last of the Gray Ghosts

Brent West

In the boreal forest north of Thunder Bay, two researchers begin their search for a mysterious North Woods denizen, a pale being sometimes called the gray ghost that passes silently through the black spruce and jack pines. more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Natural World

Microplastics: Pollutants in a Small Package

Jeremy Frech

Plastic pollutants, like microbeads and nurdles that sometimes end up in Lake Superior, soak up any toxins in the water, such as PCBs and dioxin. If wild critters ingest the plastics, the toxins can enter the food chain. more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Lake Superior

Paddling Pukaskwa

Layne Kennedy

For a long time, this place called “Pukaskwa” intrigued us. Pukaskwa National Park stretches down the far eastern side of the lake from Pic River near Hattie Cove to Pukaskwa River nearly 144 miles south. No interior roads lead to this wild coast. more »

Jul 1, 2002 12:00 AM Recreation

A Visit to Tahquamenon Falls Country

Thomas Brouwer

Near the naturally dark waters of the Tahquamenon River, you'll find waterfalls, good beer, friendly bears, shipwreck history, adventure and beauty. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Michigan

Better Late: Fulfilling Educational Bucket Lists

Ken Moran

David Walker was nervous on his first day at Lake Superior State University, like most students. But unlike the other freshmen, starting new chapters in their lives, David and his wife, Judy, were continuing one they began nearly 50 years earlier. more »

Nov 25, 2013 9:08 AM Education

Point to La Pointe

Don Albrecht, Bayfield

"Move! You're off course!" The voice came loud and serious. I was about a mile into the 2.1-mile Point to La Pointe Swim, from Bayfield to Madeline Island, swimming at a 90-degree angle directly into the North Channel, veering into Lake Superior. more »

Nov 5, 2013 4:29 PM Recreation

Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers

John Weiss, courtesy Rochester Post-Bulletin

Operating from a former parish house in Duluth's West End, the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers helps crewmen in trouble, crewmen with family emergencies in their native countries and crewmen in need of just a friendly person to whom they can talk. more »

Aug 1, 1985 12:00 AM Maritime

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

Dem Bones

Courtesy Paleo-DNA Lab Lakehead University

The team at Lakehead University’s Paleo-DNA Laboratory never knows what questions might come over the transom. They've traced ethnic lineage back to ancient times, they've done paternity testing – and then there are the gruesome cases. more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Health/Wellness 2 Comments

Camping with Kids

Jeremy Kershaw

Did the arrival of the stork make you roll up your sleeping bag? Don’t put away that gear, say five families who introduced their children to camping from an early age. more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

Healing Waters

Courtesy Joel Carter

Water lapping against the shore and a blue horizon stretching forever – we often experience the benefit of spending time beside the Big Lake in its calm moods and know how it seems to soothe us. Does water have actual restorative powers? more »

Jul 31, 2014 8:59 AM Health/Wellness

Young’s General Store in Wawa is well-known for the stuffed moose that greets visitors from the porch. People love posing for pictures with this true icon – sometimes the only moose that travelers will see while driving through Ontario. more »

Jul 19, 2011 12:00 AM Ontario

Lincoln Funeral Car

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Lincoln Funeral Car on Display at Duluth’s Depot

This summer, a full-size replica of the Lincoln funeral car is on display at Lake Superior Railroad Museum in the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot. more »

Jul 18, 2016 12:25 PM Superior Notes


Sparky Stensaas Collection

Lake Superior Journal: Perk's Floating Forest

An avid birder, Captain J.P. "Perk" Perkins decided not to let his career as a ship captain interfere with his passion for viewing birds. From the early 1930s through the early 1970s, Perk created his own on-deck forests. more »

Jan 18, 2011 8:09 PM Superior Notes 1 Comments

Fry Bread

Courtesy CookingPost.com

While many cultures have some sort of “fried” bread, what we call fry bread was created in Native American communities in the era following establishment of reservations. more »

Aug 1, 2008 12:00 AM Food/Recipes

Summer fare, especially on picnics, should be quick and simple. The recipes here create a complete menu: Smoked Turkey & Avocado Wraps, Hummus, Sweet-N-Salty Trail Mix and S'more Brownies. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Food/Recipes

Rabbit Island

Courtesy Rabbit Island Foundation

Rob Gorski wanted a getaway in the Keweenaw Peninsula and ended up buying an island and founding a retreat for creative souls. more »

Jun 1, 2015 10:18 AM Art/Photography


Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

At DaLou’s Bistro in Washburn, virtually everything is handcrafted by Dale and Louie Hanson using fresh ingredients, often from local farms and businesses. The wood-fired oven, imported from Italy, instills the pizza with a distinctive smoky flavor. more »

Jan 3, 2013 12:15 PM Wisconsin

Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Jim Marshall Collection

Still fully dressed in his diving suit, lacking only his brass helmet, Paul felt the barge capsizing beneath his feet. The storm had come out of nowhere, and now he was headed for the bottom loaded with weights and iron shoes, and no way to breathe. more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

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