Roger Blough, March 22, 2017

LSMMA webcam

Around the Circle This Week: March 24, 2017

With the Soo Locks due to open at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, many vessels left winter layup and returned to the Great Lakes this week, kicking off the 2017-18 shipping season. more

Mar 24, 2017 3:24 PM Superior Notes

Alder Breaks Ice, March 16, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard

Around the Circle This Week: March 17, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder broke ice in Duluth-Superior ahead of next week's start of the shipping season. Plus: Local impacts of the proposed federal budget cuts, celebrating saints, a piece of history returns to Russ Kendall's and more news. more

Mar 17, 2017 2:43 PM , Superior Notes

March 2017 Storm

Still from Christian Dalbec Photography video

Around the Circle This Week: March 10, 2017

It’s been a weird weather week by the Big Lake. Last weekend ended with high temps in the 50s; today the mercury dropped below 0° F. In between, the Lake region was buffeted by wind gusts that topped 70 mph on Tuesday. more

Mar 10, 2017 1:44 PM Superior Notes

Paul R. Tregurtha

Paul Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: March 3, 2017

Intra-lake shipping is starting up thanks to minimal ice cover on the Great Lakes, though the Soo Locks won't open until the end of the month. Plus, a shipyard revived in Thunder Bay and possible cuts to Great Lakes restoration funding. more

Mar 3, 2017 1:48 PM Superior Notes

Snowless Birkie

Courtesy American Birkebeiner

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 24, 2017

The American Birkebeiner race, which draws more than 10,000 skiers to northern Wisconsin, has been canceled after a stretch of spring-like weather melted much of the area's snow. Mild weather also halted exploratory drilling in the Porkies. more

Feb 24, 2017 1:59 PM Superior Notes

Copper Harbor Light

U.S. Coast Guard

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 17, 2017

The Coast Guard repaired Copper Harbor Light; recovery options for the Nemadji River and ways to keep its sediment out of Lake Superior; there's no Madeline Island ice road or Apostle Islands ice caves this year, but winter fun remains. more

Feb 17, 2017 2:05 PM Superior Notes

Sault Mural

Courtesy Sault Ste. Marie Recreation & Culture

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 10, 2017

Creating a community mural in Sault Ste. Marie for Canada's 150th; exploratory drilling in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan; building a Big Lake boat; Michigan Tech Winter Carnival snow sculpture winners; and more. more

Feb 10, 2017 11:00 AM , Superior Notes

Isle Royale Wolves

Courtesy Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 3, 2017

Isle Royale National Park continues to weigh its options for the island’s dwindling wolf population and will field questions at two open houses this month. Plus: how the hiring freeze could impact our parks, and a historic tug needs help. more

Feb 3, 2017 2:10 PM Superior Notes

Madeline Island Ice Road

Madeline Island Ferry Line

Around the Circle This Week: Jan. 27, 2017

Warm weather has caused a few hiccups for winter events and activities; the Madeline Island Ferry Line is still running; the Beargrease will go on as planned; Wisconsin Point restoration plans moved forward; and more news. more

Jan 27, 2017 3:58 PM Superior Notes

Presque Isle through the Soo Locks

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Around the Circle This Week: January 20, 2017

The Soo Locks closed for the season; Thunder Bay revealed a plan to develop mountain bike trails; the Apostle Islands ice cave outlook turned gloomy; new details about last year's Roger Blough grounding; and more news. more

Jan 20, 2017 1:53 PM Superior Notes

Paul R. Tregurtha

Dennis O'Hara /

Around the Circle This Week: January 13, 2017

The shipping season is winding down, with several lakers heading into winter layup; the Apostle Islands ice caves aren't yet accessible, but ice is forming along the shore; a Thunder Bay drone video goes viral; and more news. more

Jan 13, 2017 9:00 AM Superior Notes

Aqua Kids visit Lake Superior

Aqua Kids

Around the Circle This Week: January 6, 2017

The educational TV show "Aqua Kids" came to Lake Superior last summer, and those episodes are now available to watch; Lake Superior State University released its Banished Words List; an update on lake levels; and more news. more

Jan 6, 2017 1:57 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: December 30, 2016

Is Lake Superior's herring fishery in good health? The Thunder Bay airport courts U.S. travelers for overseas flights; 10 anglers were rescued from Chequamegon Bay; the Coast Guard broke ice in Duluth; and more news. more

Dec 30, 2016 12:33 PM Superior Notes


U.S. Coast Guard

Around the Circle This Week: December 23, 2016

Icebreaking began on Lake Superior and the St. Marys River; where plastic pollution ends up on Lake Superior's shores; the Blue Heron returned home; and more news. more

Dec 23, 2016 4:11 PM Superior Notes

December 2016 Lake Effect Snow


Around the Circle This Week: December 16, 2016

The lake effect snow machine fired up this week and buried huge swaths of the region under more than 2 feet of snow. Plus: educating about plastic pollution in Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park seeks comments on wolves, and more. more

Dec 16, 2016 2:06 PM Superior Notes

Lutefisk Dinner

Screengrab of WDIO video

Around the Circle This Week: December 9, 2016

Ah, the traditions of the holiday season in Duluth: the Christmas City of the North Parade, Bentleyville Tour of Lights and rookie reporters eating lutefisk on live TV. Plus, an unusual bird sighting in Wawa, food chain changes and more. more

Dec 9, 2016 2:11 PM Superior Notes

Lutsen Mountains

Courtesy Lutsen Mountains

Around the Circle This Week: December 2, 2016

Where's the snow? Warm weather and November rain delayed the opening of some ski openers. A few opened up for Thanksgiving, but most expect to start the season next week at the earliest. more

Dec 2, 2016 1:51 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: November 25, 2016

The whole Lake Superior Magazine team hopes our U.S. readers enjoyed Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. We gave thanks for all of our readers, supporters, partners and, of course, the big blue Lake that sustains us (in more ways than one). more

Nov 25, 2016 9:30 AM , , Superior Notes

Lake Baikal

Ted Ozersky

Around the Circle This Week: November 18, 2016

Could major algal blooms, like those that struck a Lake Superior sister lake, happen here? Plus, winter weather arrived in the Lake region; a storm brought strong winds and whiteout conditions. more

Nov 18, 2016 2:33 PM , Superior Notes

Grandma's Saloon & Grill

Courtesy Grandma's Restaurants

From Dishwasher to President: Brian Daugherty of Grandma’s Restaurants

Grandma's Restaurants President Brian Daugherty talks about what it takes to make a successful restaurant and also about his own path within the company, from dishwasher-slash-bus-boy to president. more

Nov 16, 2016 12:35 PM Superior Notes

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