James Fallows

James Fallows / Courtesy AirplaneGeeks.com

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

Cherishing Our Drinkable Sea

There is no denying that the glaciers gifted our northern neighborhood with a 3-quadrillion-gallon miracle. But we are not immune from aging pipes and water contaminants, and our “drinkable” sea remains so only as long as we remain diligent. more »

Jan 20, 2016 2:38 PM Superior Notes

Gunflint Mail Run

Nace Hagemann / Courtesy Gunflint Mail Run

Around the Circle This Week: January 15, 2016

The new Nipigon River Bridge split in last weekend's cold, halting traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway for nearly a day; the Soo Locks close tonight, marking the end of the shipping season; and the Gunflint Mail Run had two tight finishes. more »

Jan 15, 2016 12:21 PM Superior Notes

Ivory gull

Laura Erickson

Around the Circle This Week: January 8, 2016

Birders flocked to Duluth to see a rare bird; the lake levels got an unexpected winter boost in December; a popular band confused lakes Michigan and Superior in a new song; and more news. more »

Jan 8, 2016 2:06 PM Superior Notes

Brighton Beach

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from the magazine crew; Lake Superior State University released its annual Banished Words list; Duluth's Bentleyville set a new attendance record; and more news. more »

Dec 31, 2015 2:59 PM Superior Notes

Grand Marais After Snow

Paul Sundberg

Around the Circle This Week: December 25, 2015

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the magazine crew; Michigan Tech starts on bond projects; the Herbert C. Jackson moves from steam to diesel power; an Olympic contender returns to the Sault for the holidays; and two passings. more »

Dec 25, 2015 8:00 AM Superior Notes

Cornelia Departure

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

Around the Circle This Week: December 18, 2015

After six weeks in Duluth, the Cornelia finally departed for the Atlantic, though the environmental investigation will continue; discussions began for a Lake Superior National Marine Sanctuary in the Apostle Islands area; and more news. more »

Dec 18, 2015 10:54 AM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Surface Temperature: Dec. 10, 2015

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Around the Circle This Week: December 11, 2015

Warmer-than-normal temperatures this month mean Lake Superior is much warmer than normal, with no ice yet; the Great Lakes Aquarium seeks funds for a new exhibit; the iron ore trade continues to tumble; and more news. more »

Dec 11, 2015 1:38 PM Superior Notes

Marcia Hales light display

Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: December 4, 2015

Marcia Hales' Duluth lighting display will be featured on an ABC show this month; the lake levels remained high in November; and the Coast Guard says the oceangoing vessel Cornelia has been detained for discharging oily water. more »

Dec 4, 2015 1:33 PM Superior Notes

Tall Ships Duluth 2013: Parade of Sail

Paul L. Hayden

Around the Circle This Week: November 27, 2015

The Tall Ships festival returns to Duluth next year – August 18-21, 2016 – and tickets for the event went on sale at the stroke of midnight. Plus, a new tool for predicting stellar sunsets and more on the wolf delisting debate. more »

Nov 27, 2015 9:00 AM Superior Notes

Gray Wolf

Friends of Seney National Wildlife Refuge / Flickr

Around the Circle This Week: November 20, 2015

Wolf researchers called for delisting of the species in the Western Great Lakes region; a saltie remains held in Duluth while it's investigated for alleged environmental violations; Thunder Bay reported strong tourism numbers; and more. more »

Nov 20, 2015 11:31 AM , Superior Notes

Diving the Fitz

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and Emory Kristof, National Geographic Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: November 13, 2015

Communities around Lake Superior noted the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with memorials and stories, Lake Superior Magazine won six publishing awards, and more news. more »

Nov 13, 2015 1:55 PM Superior Notes

Roger Blough

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: November 6, 2015

Three lakers laid up early; Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft made national news when one of its planes used an emergency parachute to land safely; the chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa took a White House job; and more news. more »

Nov 6, 2015 11:48 AM , , Superior Notes

TV Show “Rock the Park” Dives Into the Apostle Islands

Courtesy Colton Smith and Jack Steward

Around the Circle This Week: October 30, 2015

The TV show "Rock the Park" dives into the Apostle Islands on this weekend's episode; emerald ash borer was found on Duluth's Park Point; a Chequamegon Bay breakwater project is nearly done; and Gunflint Trail signs brought out the grammar police. more »

Oct 30, 2015 12:22 PM Superior Notes

TV Show “Rock the Park” Dives Into the Apostle Islands

Courtesy Colton Smith and Jack Steward

TV Show “Rock the Park” Dives Into the Apostle Islands

The adventurer-hosts of TV program “Rock the Park” go hiking, kayaking and scuba diving in the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior in the episode that airs Sunday morning on Duluth’s ABC affiliate, WDIO-TV. more »

Oct 30, 2015 9:31 AM Superior Notes

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