Tying the Knot on a Shoestring

Nik and Dana Fiorito, Ilo Photo

Tying the Knot on a Shoestring

Emma and Tim Baxter’s Thunder Bay wedding day had everything Emma dreamed it would have, except for one crucial thing – an over-hefty price tag. In the Lake Superior region, brides are finding that a magical wedding doesn't have to break the budget.

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Positioned atop a heavily wooded hill, the Hoeg home takes advantage of large banks of windows, these revealing the interior great room as seen from beside the covered patio and the woods adjacent to the city park. Cross-country ski trails start near the home.

Andrea Rugg / Andrea Rugg Photography

Building Hoeg H'Arbor

We had often dreamed of living right on the Lake Superior shore. But the wooded lot so suited our active outdoor lifestyle that we realized this was something even better than our original dream. "Arbor" became more desirable than "harbor." more »

Mar 21, 2014 Homes

Recipe Box: Cold Nights and Chili Days

It might have beans – or not. It could be made with beef, chicken or even fish. The consistency might be brothy to stew-like. The flavors can run from five-alarm spicy to Scandinavian-friendly mild. When days turn chilly, I love turning to chili. more »

Mar 5, 2014 Food/Recipes

Each Sammy's restaurant is different, with some offering a full menu including steaks and chicken or a full-service bar.

Jack Rendulich

The Sammy's Pizza Story

Founded in 1954 by Sam and Louise Perrella in Hibbing, Minnesota, Sammy's Pizza now has 17 outlets across the region and, after 20 million pizzas sold, has become a tradition for so many families – including Sam's. more »

Jan 20, 2014 Food/Recipes (1 Comments)

Children's Book Roundup

With the holidays approaching, we review three worthy books for the young readers in your life: Big Little Mother, by Kevin Kling; What I Saw on Mackinac, by Jennifer Margaret Powell; and The Guardians of the Straits, by Tyler Benson. more »

Nov 19, 2013 Books, Video & More

Recipe Box: Slow Cooking

The good meal waiting just means you had the foresight to plug in the Crock-Pot before leaving for work this morning. more »

Mar 16, 2011 Food/Recipes

Want to Buy a B&B?

Ever dream of owning a business by Lake Superior, starting a second career, working for yourself and living on the shore? This might be the time for that move. Three bed-and-breakfast inns near the Lake are for sale. more »

Jul 3, 2013 Lifestyle

The view of the ledge rock, facing west away from the Grand Marais Harbor, at Mike and Francine Martin’s newly purchased dream property in Minnesota.

Mike and Francine Martin

Buying by the (Frontage) Foot

Our survey of real estate agents around Lake Superior in early 2013 reveals that market activity eventually dropped significantly after the bursting of the housing bubble. Realtors say the Big Lake is affordable again. more »

May 29, 2013 Homes (1 Comments)

Recipe Box: How Sweet It Is

Try these honey-infused recipes with the local stuff for a true taste of place. By Lake Superior, honey flavors reflect the northwoods flora and are gathered by a growing number of local beekeepers. more »

Nov 14, 2013 Food/Recipes

In the right weather conditions, the little ’kopter gives Dennis O’Hara new views places like Duluth’s Enger Tower.

Dennis O'Hara

Nice Shots – Getting Above It All

Nowadays, a photographer who wants to capture scenes from the skies can keep his feet on the ground and use a remote-controlled device such as a blimp, kite, miniature plane or helicopter to carry the camera. more »

Jun 14, 2013 Art/Photography

Don’t panic – the images of these ticks are much enlarged, as you can tell by the comparison to the dime at top. The blacklegged – or “deer” – tick can carry Lyme disease and other maladies, which it acquires by feeding on infected animals. Dog ticks, found in much of North America, do not carry Lyme.

Centers for Disease Control

Keeping Bug-Borne Illness at Bay

In our North Woods, ticks and mosquitoes are an unfortunate – and all too abundant – part of the outdoor experience. These blood-sucking creepy-crawlies may even carry diseases, but a few simple precautions can keep them at bay. more »

Jun 6, 2013 Health/Wellness

Jack Rendulich

10 Tips From a Kitchen Expert

Here are a few kitchen design ideas from Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer Rebecca Lindquist. more »

Mar 8, 2007 Homes

Notable Nuptials

Lake Superior as a backdrop is one sure way to make a wedding memorable. We asked a few newlyweds what, for them, made the Big Lake the perfect place for their big day. more »

Apr 11, 2013 Lifestyle

Adding nordic walking poles to your stroll can enhance your workout and make it more fun, as these walkers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum discovered.

Courtesy Linda Lemke

Buffing Up Your Resolve

Plenty of support exists around the Big Lake for you to meet your fitness goals. Some people even travel here just to join programs that help them get healthier. more »

Apr 5, 2013 Health/Wellness

Timing and the right position are key to capturing that perfect image, like this post-reception shot of newlyweds Jillian and Jay Lampert.

Amanda Hansmeyer

Nice Shots – Capturing a Magic Moment

How many times do we interrupt true moments to get that posed photo? Too often. Let’s remind ourselves to fight those instincts and allow situations to unfold around us. Amanda Hansmeyer shares how to capture what’s really meaningful. more »

Mar 5, 2013 Art/Photography

The Rittenhouse Inn's Santa Baby Cosmo features a tart cranberry pureé.

Mark Phillips / Rittenhouse Inn

Recipe Box: Mixing It Up

Popular “retro” television shows like “Mad Men” are bringing back the interest in cocktails and socializing before dinner. But at the Rittenhouse Inn, at least, flavorful and fun cocktails never went out of style. more »

Feb 14, 2013 Food/Recipes

An Artistic Dynasty

The profusion of Lake Superior art produced by the Sivertsons has become even more highly prized than the fish that Sivertson ancestors produced from the Lake. more »

Mar 5, 2001 Art/Photography

Recipe Box: Ample Apples

My friend bought a big white farmhouse on the outskirts of Duluth. She fell in love with the old-fashioned kitchen cabinets, the 1920s floor plan and the three bedrooms. It also came with a garage and a field. The apple tree was a surprise. more »

Nov 16, 2012 Food/Recipes

Adventures in Geocaching

You walk, hike, drive and even boat past them all the time: containers of all sizes and shapes, hidden in the bramble, or sometimes in plain view. The geocache is the treasure in a sport started by nerds, now embraced by those from all walks of life. more »

Apr 29, 2012 Recreation (1 Comments)

Not Lost in Translation

A New Device Developed in Duluth Can Save Lives. It could be the stuff of nightmares: You have a medical crisis in a foreign country and no one in the hospital can speak your language as you desperately try to explain your emergency. more »

Jan 23, 2012 Health/Wellness

Voting for Lake Superior Magazine's 2014 Best of the Lake awards ends on June 1. Choose your favorite for each state and province in 12 categories, from Best In-town Hike to Best Annual Event.Take the annual Best of the Lake survey and tell us what you think is The Best. Results will be published in Lake Superior Magazine's August/September issue.

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    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.

    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.

    Apr 10, 2014 Superior Notes

  • Lake Level Report: April 7, 2014

    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.

    Apr 7, 2014 Superior Notes

  • Callaway and Munson at the Soo Locks

    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.

    Apr 4, 2014 Superior Notes