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


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


Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Snowman on Ice

Only this lone snowman remains on the unstable ice near Duluth's Brighton Beach, like a wintry scarecrow. It's become something of a local curiosity. Residents drive past and look to see if the snowman and the ice have survived another night. more »

Apr 3, 2014 My Lake Superior

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.


"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.


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

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