Susie Islands

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: April 29, 2016

The Grand Portage Band will get back Big Susie Island, giving the band ownership of the entire archipelago; the Algomarine embarked on its final voyage; Split Rock Lighthouse received a heritage grant; and more news. more »

Apr 29, 2016 1:53 PM , Superior Notes

Susie Island

Richard Hamilton Smith

Grand Portage Band Gets Back Big Susie Island

The full Susie Island archipelago likely will again be under ownership of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa thanks to the donation of Susie Island from The Nature Conservancy. more »

Apr 29, 2016 12:11 PM Superior Notes


Rolf Peterson

Around the Circle This Week: April 22, 2016

Updates on Isle Royale's wolves and the St. Louis River's sturgeon; a longtime Lake Superior Magazine advisory board member and contributor receives a prestigious award; Superior continues to develop a dog park; and more news. more »

Apr 22, 2016 1:55 PM , Superior Notes

Donn Larson and Steve Greenfield

Courtesy Steve Greenfield

Steve Greenfield Introduces Donn Larson, Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award at the Labos

Steve Greenfield’s introduction of Donn Larson as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards. more »

Apr 22, 2016 11:04 AM Superior Notes

Bayfield Mayor Larry MacDonald

Don Albrecht

Around the Circle This Week: April 15, 2016

Longtime Bayfield mayor reflects as retirement nears; Washburn students help plant the White House garden; Duluth's western scenic railroad will return; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, unveiled a new city flag; and more news. more »

Apr 15, 2016 10:23 AM Superior Notes

Montreal River Harbour

Northwoods Camera Network

Around the Circle This Week: April 8, 2016

Lake Superior’s level stayed steady in March, the documentary "From Wisconsin with Love" debuted at Northland College, the Minnesota DNR proposed an update to its Lake Superior fisheries plan and the Canadian prime minister visited the Lake. more »

Apr 8, 2016 11:49 AM Superior Notes

Northern Wisconsin Sasquatch Preserve

Courtesy Bayfield Regional Conservancy

Around the Circle This Week: April 1, 2016

How communities in the Big Lake neighborhood marked April Fools' Day; Silver Bay's ban of Bent Paddle beer draws criticism; lead paint halts the Herbert C. Jackson repowering project; a well-known bald eagle nest blows down near Grand Marais. more »

Apr 1, 2016 11:28 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: March 25, 2016

The Soo Locks open today, researching sediment core samples of Portage Lake, saying goodbye to the wolves of Isle Royale, a proposed direct-reduction iron plant, a scheduled space record and more news. more »

Mar 25, 2016 12:45 PM Superior Notes

Wolf tracks

Courtesy Isle Royale Wolf & Moose Project

Around the Circle This Week: March 18, 2016

Isle Royale officials narrowed a forthcoming environmental impact statement to wolves; cruise ships could soon return to Duluth; Michigan released its two-year fishing guide; signs of spring; and more news. more »

Mar 18, 2016 11:43 AM Superior Notes

Steamship America

Courtesy WDSE-WRPT

Around the Circle This Week: March 11, 2016

The Steamship America documentary will debut on Monday, March 14; local maritime supporters will receive awards this weekend; Duluth symposium will discuss water management issues; white-nose syndrome kills bats in northeastern Minnesota. more »

Mar 11, 2016 12:37 PM , , Superior Notes

Tall Ships Duluth 2013: Parade of Sail

Bob Berg

Around the Circle This Week: March 4, 2016

An update on Tall Ships Duluth lodging availability; a Duluth musician won a national contest; sea lamprey numbers are up in Lake Superior, but fisheries officials plan to hit them hard this year; and more news. more »

Mar 4, 2016 12:13 PM Superior Notes


Minnesota DNR

Around the Circle This Week: February 26, 2016

Anglers anticipate the trout season on the North Shore; the Nipigon River Bridge reopened; a famous winemaker with local roots died; and The Atlantic's James Fallows, who included Duluth in his March cover story, answered a few questions for us. more »

Feb 26, 2016 2:12 PM Superior Notes

Michigan Ice Film

Courtesy "The Michigan Ice Film"

Around the Circle This Week: February 19, 2016

A new documentary showcases ice climbing in Munising, Michigan, and the director tells us about the film and his love of winter; an ice-stacking video from Duluth went viral; Superior worked on plans for dune restoration; and more news. more »

Feb 19, 2016 12:04 PM Superior Notes

Norbert Mokros


Rev. Norbert Mokros, 1938-2016

Reverend Norbert Mokros died January 25, 2016, at the age of 77. A resident of Duluth for six decades, Norbert served as the founding director of the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, a position he held from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. more »

Feb 16, 2016 9:15 AM Superior Notes

James Fallows

James Fallows / Courtesy

Around the Circle This Week: February 12, 2016

Duluth was featured in an Atlantic magazine cover story, support grows for a National Marine Sanctuary on the Wisconsin shore, a wolf killed an off-leash dog at a Duluth park, the Michigan Ice Fest continues to grow and more news. more »

Feb 12, 2016 2:34 PM Superior Notes

Inn on Lake Superior webcam, Feb. 5, 2016

The Inn on Lake Superior

Around the Circle This Week: February 5, 2016

The Lake declined less than normal in January; Nathan Schroeder won his fourth John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon; checking in on Ashland's drinking water; brewery news from Duluth, Marquette and Washburn; and more news. more »

Feb 5, 2016 12:22 PM Superior Notes

Apostle Islands sea caves ice

Sea Caves Watch webcam

Around the Circle This Week: January 29, 2016

The ice at the Apostle Islands sea caves blew out again this week, reducing the likelihood that they'll be accessible by foot this year; Duluth's Sunshine Cafe reopened; and researchers announced new findings about the plight of Minnesota moose. more »

Jan 29, 2016 12:06 PM Superior Notes

Double-N Donn: More on the Great Hinckley Fire

Some readers may recall my article about the Hinckley Fire, “Surviving the Flames,” which appeared in the August/September 2014 issue. At the time I wrote the article I was unaware of a remarkable book about the fire by Daniel James Brown. more »

Jan 28, 2016 10:10 AM Superior Notes

World's Largest Rubber Duck

Eric Garcetti

Tall Ships Return to Duluth in August, with the World's Largest Rubber Duck in Tow

As if a dozen or so tall-masted ships arriving in Duluth would not generate enough buzz, the organizers of Tall Ships Duluth 2016 have signed up another iconic maritime figure: the World’s Largest Rubber Duck. more »

Jan 28, 2016 9:04 AM Superior Notes 5 Comments

Paul R. Tregurtha

Dennis O'Hara / Lake Superior Marine Museum Association webcam

Around the Circle This Week: January 22, 2016

The Lake Superior shipping season ended with the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha in the Twin Ports for winter layup; Isle Royale National Park seeks a master for the Ranger III; and the Nipigon River Bridge won't fully reopen for five weeks. more »

Jan 22, 2016 12:30 PM Superior Notes

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