Around the Circle This Week: February 20, 2015

Lake Superior's ice cover topped 90 percent this week, though the Apostle Islands ice caves are not yet accessible; Fort William built the world's largest snow maze; the first standalone craft brewery opened in Grand Marais, Minnesota; and more. more »

Feb 20, 2015 4:48 PM Superior Notes

Lake Level Report: Mid-February 2015

Lake Superior was 9 inches above its long-term January average. Net water supplies for the month were below average for the first time in nearly year. As a result, the Lake's level declined an inch more than normal for the month. more »

Feb 16, 2015 10:04 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: February 13, 2015

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, former Sault Ste. Marie mayor Jim McIntyre died in an accident and a Washburn resident was chosen to lead the International Ship Masters Association. more »

Feb 13, 2015 4:08 PM Superior Notes

Tau Kappa Epsilon's snow sculpture of London took first place in the annual Michigan Tech Winter Carnival statue competition.

Courtesy Michigan Technological University

Around the Circle This Week: February 6, 2015

Winter Study dispatches from researchers on Isle Royale, interest in perch fishing grows, the winners of MTU's snow sculpture competition were announced and the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships concluded in Cable. more »

Feb 6, 2015 4:24 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 30, 2015

Ryan Anderson wins the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, while Martha Schouweiler took the mid-distance title; a group convened in Duluth to guide Big Lake fisheries management; the Sault EDC bought Searchmont Resort; and more news. more »

Jan 30, 2015 4:10 PM Superior Notes

U.S. Coast Guard

Using Parachute System on Duluth-Made Plane, Pilot Safely Ditches in Pacific

An innovative safety system by Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft helped a pilot safely ditch his Cirrus SR22 in the Pacific on Sunday after the aircraft ran out of fuel. We featured Cirrus in the February/March issue of the magazine. more »

Jan 26, 2015 4:52 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 23, 2015

Grand Marais is in the running for America's Coolest Small Town, a spooky former nursing home in Duluth will make a TV appearance, John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon activities began ahead of the race start on Sunday. more »

Jan 23, 2015 3:01 PM Superior Notes

Courtesy Beyond the Porch Productions

Friends Bike Around the Lake in Keweenaw-Filmed "Superior" [Q&A + trailer]

Los Angeles-based Beyond the Porch Productions set up shop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last summer to film “Superior,” a coming-of-age story about friends who bike around Lake Superior in 1969. The team released a trailer in December. more »

Jan 23, 2015 10:30 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 16, 2015

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon start has been moved to Two Harbors from Duluth, Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre reached the summit of Mount McKinley and a port project could bring 1,000-footers to Escanaba for winter work. more »

Jan 16, 2015 2:26 PM Superior Notes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Level Report: Beginning of January 2015

Lake Superior's mean level in December was 8 inches above long-term average, the highest mark for that month since 1996, after declining an inch less than normal. more »

Jan 16, 2015 9:43 AM Superior Notes

Introducing Our Lake Superior Bus Tour: Another Way to Go Around the Lake

Readers continue to ask for an easy way to experience the Circle Tour, when they aren’t able to drive the 1,300-mile route themselves. Cindy and I have talked for years about organizing our own bus tour. This year, we’re finally getting around to it. more »

Jan 16, 2015 8:08 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 9, 2015

The Lake Carriers' Association reports that last winter's ice cost the economy $700 million; ice-breaking operations started on Lake Superior; the Madeline Island ferry shut down for the season; and a laker arrived in Duluth for winter layup. more »

Jan 9, 2015 2:52 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 2, 2015

Lake Superior State University unveiled its 40th annual Banished Words List; a photographer captured footage of steam devils on Lake Superior in Duluth; the U.S. Coast Guard started ice-breaking operations on the Big Lake; and more news. more »

Jan 2, 2015 4:51 PM Superior Notes


Our Most-Read Stories of 2014: An Icy Year in Review

It's easy to summarize 2014 on Lake Superior's shores: icy. The ice came early and stayed late; it delighted and it delayed. Here, now, are the most-read stories we published online in 2014, a list dominated by a winter to remember. more »

Dec 31, 2014 9:04 AM Superior Notes

SS Sørlandet approaches the DECC.

Bob Berg

Around the Circle This Week: December 26, 2014

Tall ships will return to Duluth in 2016 after the smash-hit 2013 festival; Great Lakes wolves were again placed under federal protection; the last saltie of the season left the Twin Ports as the end of the shipping season approaches; and more news. more »

Dec 26, 2014 10:00 AM Superior Notes

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: December 19, 2014

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will charge a $5 fee to visit the ice caves near Meyers Beach; what to do with Marquette's old ore dock; Bayfield teacher Rick Erickson won a national award; saving the iconic Wawa goose statue; and more news. more »

Dec 19, 2014 4:12 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: December 12, 2014

The Great Lakes water level slump is over, scientists said; Ashland lighthouse transferred to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; a drifter's voyage from Minnesota to Michigan; refugees learn winter survival skills; and more news. more »

Dec 12, 2014 4:32 PM Superior Notes

Mary Dougherty

"Words for Water" Participants Share Their Love of the Lake

“If you could speak for water, what would you say?” That’s the question behind Words for Water, a photography project and love story to Lake Superior by Bayfield resident Mary Dougherty. more »

Dec 11, 2014 11:44 AM Superior Notes

Courtesy Chippewa National Forest

Around the Circle This Week: December 5, 2014

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which came from Minnesota this year, reached Washington, D.C.; with numbers declining, lake trout quotas are expected to be cut next year; U.P. cities set November snowfall records; and more news. more »

Dec 5, 2014 4:17 PM Superior Notes

Lake Level Report: Beginning of December 2014

Lake Superior's November monthly mean was its highest for that month since 1996. The Lake is now 8 inches above long-term average. more »

Dec 4, 2014 11:50 AM Superior Notes

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