Molly Hoeg / Superior Footprints

Around the Circle This Week: April 18, 2014

With the commercial fishing season starting slowly, the region faces a whitefish shortfall; Molly Hoeg explored the Duluth Harbor; Thunder Bay burned its last piece of coal; the governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Marquette. more »

Apr 18, 2014 Superior Notes

Mary Carlin Dougherty captured this magical scene at Houghton Falls State Natural Area in Wisconsin.

Mary Carlin Dougherty / The Cookery Maven

Around the Circle This Week: April 11, 2014

Mary Carlin Dougherty recounted a magical spring sight in northern Wisconsin; Lake Superior reached its long-term average level in March; ice continued to slow (and damage) vessels on Lake Superior; and more news from the week. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Superior Notes

Ups & Downs: My 8 Years Operating Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

For eight years, I supervised operation of the Aerial Lift Bridge and observed much from my perch above the Duluth Ship Canal. Here are the four worst and five best things I encountered, from bridge hangers-on to the unforgettable sunrise views. more »

Apr 10, 2014 Superior Notes

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Level Report: April 7, 2014

After more than 15 years of low levels, the Big Lake has reached its long-term average level, thanks in part – yes, thanks – to the long and hard winter. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Superior Notes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Around the Circle This Week: April 4, 2014

The first commercial vessels of the season finally reached Sault Ste. Marie, 11 days after the Soo Locks opened; ice conditions remain challenging across the Lake; researchers on Isle Royale posted their final update of the winter; and more news. more »

Apr 4, 2014 Superior Notes

Lake Superior remained nearly 90 percent ice-covered on Monday. No laker has yet reached the Soo Locks a week after the March 25 opening.

NASA/MODIS

"Horrible" Ice Conditions Stall Shipping Season

One week into the shipping season, ice on Lake Superior has sent two vessels – including an icebreaker – limping back to port, and no laker has yet reached the Soo Locks. more »

Mar 31, 2014 Superior Notes

Continued ice cover on Lake Superior this spring has hampered the start of the shipping season. The Soo Locks opened on March 25, but no laker has yet made it to the locks.

NASA/MODIS

Around the Circle This Week: March 28, 2014

Heavy ice slowed the start of the shipping season, leaving the Soo Locks unused days after their opening. After leaving Duluth, the Presque Isle turned back near Thunder Bay, and a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker broke down in the Thunder Bay harbor. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Superior Notes

Kim Kosmatka

Around the Circle This Week: March 21, 2014

Coast Guard cutters broke ice on Lake Superior and in its harbors, preparing for the March 25 start of the shipping season; Lake Superior State University held its annual snowman burning; and more news from the week that was. more »

Mar 21, 2014 Superior Notes

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: March 14, 2014

Apostle Islands officials announced that the ice caves will close after the weekend; the Isle Royale wolf that crossed to the mainland was killed by a pellet gun, according to a necropsy; ice-breaking continued on Lake Superior; and more stories. more »

Mar 14, 2014 Superior Notes

In Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, Jake Golton won the CopperDog 150 last weekend.

Mark Upton

Around the Circle This Week: March 7, 2014

Ice-breaking started on Lake Superior; Jake Golton won the CopperDog race; an economic report on U.S. national parks was released; the Lake could climb above average this month; and more stories from the week that was. more »

Mar 7, 2014 Superior Notes

The Mackinaw will start breaking ice in Sturgeon Bay and the St. Marys River next week, ahead of the opening of the Soo Locks on March 25. In Duluth, the Alder began work in the harbor on Tuesday.

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Ice-Breaking is Underway

Ice-breaking has started on Lake Superior in preparation for the opening of the Soo Locks – and the start of the shipping season – on March 25. Following an extraordinary winter, it’ll be a challenge this year, says the U.S. Coast Guard. more »

Mar 7, 2014 Superior Notes

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Level Report: March 3, 2014

Lake Superior was just 0.84 inches below its long-term average in February – and this spring the Lake could climb back to normal for the first time in nearly 16 years. more »

Mar 3, 2014 Superior Notes

Carl Gawboy / Courtesy Grand Portage National Monument

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 28, 2014

A winter for the record books; Wisconsin Sea Grant received funding from the National Sea Grant College Program; an Isle Royale wolf crossed the ice to the mainland and was later found dead in northeastern Minnesota. more »

Feb 28, 2014 Superior Notes

Isabelle, a lone wolf who was nearly killed on two occasions last year by a pack, was last seen on the island on Jan. 21. She was found dead on the mainland earlier this month.

Courtesy Rolf Peterson

Isle Royale Wolf Found Dead on Mainland

An Isle Royale wolf has been found dead on the mainland, along the Grand Portage Indian Reservation shore, after using an ice bridge to leave the island. more »

Feb 25, 2014 Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 21, 2014

A snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the region, including 14.3 inches at our offices in Duluth; and two initiatives announced this week will help restore Minnesota's St. Louis River. more »

Feb 21, 2014 Superior Notes

Winds out of the south pushed the enormous sheets of ice covering Lake Superior.

NASA/MODIS

Lake Superior Ice, at More Than 90 Percent, Moves with the Wind

A shift in the winds this week pushed the ice on Lake Superior to the northeast, opening up the south shore. Over the weekend, the ice was holding fast to all but the northeastern shore. The concentration of ice remains at more than 90 percent. more »

Feb 19, 2014 Superior Notes

Hungarian poet Gabor G. Gyukics visited Ojibwe poet/author Jim Northrup at his Sawyer, Minnesota, home in winter a few years ago and this week Jim went to visit Hungary.

Ivy Vainio

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 14, 2014

A local author-poet visited a Hungarian counterpart; the Apostle Islands coped with unprecedented visitation this winter; ice cover topped 95 percent, which meteorologists say will have year-long impacts; and more stories from the week that was. more »

Feb 14, 2014 , Superior Notes

Mary Carlin Dougherty / The Cookery Maven

The Cookery Maven: Water, Interrupted

At The Cookery Maven, Mary Carlin Dougherty writes of a Madeline Island adventure and the winter wonder of Lake Superior. more »

Feb 12, 2014 Superior Notes

NASA/MODIS

Ice Cover Hits 95 Percent

After weeks of subzero lows by the Lake, ice cover on Lake Superior reached 95.28 percent yesterday. This MODIS image, from NASA's Aqua satellite, shows the few areas of open water, off Isle Royale and along Minnesota's North Shore. more »

Feb 12, 2014 Superior Notes

The Duluth waterfront on a frigid morning. (LSM file photo)

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Duluth Breaks Record Streak of Subzero Days

If it’s going to be this cold for this long, we might as well break a record. On Tuesday, Duluth set a new one with its 23rd consecutive day with a subzero low. The good news? The streak may end Wednesday. more »

Feb 10, 2014 Superior Notes

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