Spilling the Beans

Jack Rendulich

Big Lake Coffee Roasters Search for the Perfect Cup

You don’t need to go far these days to find a locally roasted cup of coffee to enjoy while looking out over Lake Superior. Like the rise in micro-brewed beers, local coffee roasting has boomed recently, too.

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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 3:27 PM Food/Recipes

In her new cookbook, Bea pairs butternut squash & onion soup with delectable quick yeast buns.

Courtesy Rodale Books

Recipe Box: Soup and Bread, Perfect Pairings

Duluth cooking star Beatrice Ojakangas, a James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame winner and the celebrated author of 28 cookbooks spanning 25 years, has broken down the art and science of the perfect pairing of soup and bread. more »

Sep 2, 2014 11:00 AM Food/Recipes

Peeking from behind a boat bow, sitting next to another boat, seems natural for Lynn Wegner at his new home in his old Park Point neighborhood in Duluth.

Courtesy Lynn Wegner

For One Park Pointer, New Beginnings in the Old Neighborhood

Lynn Wegner grew up on Park Point, that long sandy peninsula in Duluth. After more than 30 years away, he returned to build his retirement home. more »

Aug 26, 2014 4:31 PM Homes

Games like “Crutch Club Soccer” are organized to make use of children’s abilities at whatever level.

Courtesy Bay Cliff Camp

Bay Cliff: A Camp for Health & Happiness

High on a cliff overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Superior, the 170 acres of Bay Cliff Health Camp are home to the Lake’s largest, and oldest, year-round camp mainly serving disabled children. more »

Apr 30, 2014 8:43 AM Health/Wellness

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 11:49 AM Homes

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 5:01 PM 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 3:28 PM 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 11:00 AM 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 9:17 AM 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 11:02 AM 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 10:11 AM 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 8:46 AM 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 9:13 AM 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 1:00 AM 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 9:17 AM 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 2:08 PM 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 12:21 PM 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 10:58 AM 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 9:52 AM 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 8:00 AM Food/Recipes

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