Building Hoeg H'Arbor

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 »


Mary and Paul von Goertz saved an aging net house on their property near Lake Superior by retaining much of the outside character while remaking the interior as a place to please their six grandchildren and their friends.

Jack Rendulich

Net House to Playhouse

Mary and Paul von Goertz transformed an aging net house on their property near Lake Superior into a playhouse for their six grandchildren and their friends, while retaining much of the exterior's original character. more »

Jul 31, 2013 Homes

This impressive log house near Copper Harbor is home to Ruth and Ole Van Goor and can be your home away from home, too, since it is also Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast.

Courtesy Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast and Dapple-Gray Antiques

Inside the Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast

Ruth and Ole Van Goor created the splendid Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast at their impressive log home just west of Copper Harbor. Today, the thriving enterprise provides Ruth and Ole with a dream home and the means to live in paradise. more »

Aug 7, 2013 Homes (2 Comments)

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)

The natural wood on the exterior of Tom and Nicole Wolfe’s home nestles comfortably into the Wisconsin north woods.

Troy Thies

Born of a Barn

When Tom and Nicole Wolfe decided to build their dream getaway lodge on the south shore of Lake Superior, they knew they had to think big. They figured they’d need a place the size of a barn to fit the extended family. So that’s what they built. more »

Feb 13, 2013 Homes

At first glance, Johanna Marie Davis’ beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan, home looks like it’s made of stone. It’s actually cordwood – yup, the same as from your woodpile.

Lesley DuTemple

Homes by the Cord

Recently a traditional wood construction method has been enjoying a comeback. more »

Sep 19, 2012 Homes

Local Builders Lend a Helping Hand

A 20-year Navy veteran, Lyle Berg didn’t have the means to make much-needed repairs to his West Duluth home, putting the 74-year-old’s homeowner’s insurance – and peace of mind – at risk. more »

Sep 13, 2012 Homes

Unfriendly Waters . . . and Other Dangers for the Northern Home

As the Lake Superior region enters winter, now is a great time to review what coverage you have on your home before it – and you – become victims of any ice storms, heavy snow damage or spring flooding that may arrive. more »

Aug 17, 2010 Homes

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

Michele and Clayton Oslund

Hosting Hostas

Hostas, the trendy but tough perennials, may well be the best friends that gardeners – with or without green thumbs – can find for the Lake Superior region. more »

Jul 9, 2003 Homes

Flush With Ideas

Septic systems can create challenges for lake basin homes. more »

May 6, 2004 Homes

Jack Rendulich

Finding a Better Beat in the Heart of the Home

A kitchen makeover by Rebecca Lindquist of Lindquist and Company, Kitchens and Baths has a major impact on one Duluth family. more »

Aug 17, 2010 Homes

7 chickens, 2 dogs & 485,000 worms: The Literary Life of a Green ‘Heloise’

"Green" housekeeping expert Ellen Sandbeck cares deeply about the effects of household chemicals on the environment, water and wildlife. more »

Nov 6, 2007 Homes

Superior Notes (right)

  • Morning Harbor Rounds

    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.

    Apr 18, 2014 Superior Notes

  • Houghton Falls Magic

    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

LSM on Twitter