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Kitschy Kitchi Gami: Big Stuff by the Big Lake

Since the opening of the first highways (and maybe before), people have created those delightfully quirky sideshows for travelers called “roadside attractions” or, more simply, Big Things. more »

Mar 20, 2015 2:22 PM Travel

Book Reviews: A Focus on Our History

Reviews of three books of regional history: "Images of America: Hancock," "Twin Ports by Trolley" and "Death at the Lighthouse: A Grand Island Riddle." more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Books, Video & More

Book Reviews: Local Ties and Children's Choices

Reviews of seven kid-friendly books: "Winter Bees," "My Puppy Gave to Me," "The Best Part of a Sauna," "Rhoda's Rock Hunt," "Plant a Pocket of Prairie," "Babies of the Wild" and "One Gorilla." more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Books, Video & More

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Harvested in Chippewa National Forest, Capitol Christmas Tree Stops by Duluth

An 88-foot-tall harbinger of Christmas will stop by Duluth today on its way to Washington, D.C. The white spruce that will become the Christmas Tree for the nation was harvested in Chippewa National Forest on lands of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. more »

Nov 5, 2014 2:49 PM Superior Notes

Daniel Desmarais / Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Brings "Dralion" to the Big Lake

For three decades, since 1984, the Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil has thrilled audiences with live performances that combine theater, acrobatics and funky storylines and costumes. The troupe will be bringing “Dralion” to the Big Lake this fall. more »

Oct 28, 2014 4:56 PM Travel

The Risks and Realities of Radon in Our Homes

Inhaled over an extended period of time, radon’s radioactive particles can cause lung cancer. Fortunately, it’s easy to test your home and there are ways to reduce the gas in the house. more »

Oct 21, 2014 9:47 AM Health/Wellness 1 Comments

Book Reviews: Scoop, Yankee Yooper

Reviews of "Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop" and "Yankee Yooper on the Keweenaw." more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM , Books, Video & More

2014 Achievement Award Winner: Split Rock's Lee Radzak

For decades of dedication and service, beyond the call of work, to the restoration and preservation of Split Rock Lighthouse and for helping to create a thriving local community with his volunteer efforts, Lee Radzak is our Achievement Award winner. more »

Sep 19, 2014 9:10 AM The Lake

"Native Skywatchers" Revives Indigenous Star Knowledge

As you marveled at the beauty of the night sky, have you ever wondered why you – of Scandinavian, Ojibwe or Irish descent, perhaps – are seeing Greek guys up there? A Duluth art exhibit examines the constellations of the region's indigenous people. more »

Aug 13, 2014 12:03 PM Natural World

Book Reviews: By & About the Anishinaabeg

Reviews of five books about traditional and modern Anishinaabeg culture: "Original Local," "Hungry Johnny," "The Road Back to Sweetgrass," "Talking Sky" and "Spirit of the Ojibwe." more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Books, Video & More

Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus sets up a trailside learning table in Tettegouche State Park. (Dogs are welcome, too, on leashes.)

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: July 11, 2014

A new center, a return of Russ Kendall's and wandering Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. more »

Jul 11, 2014 3:30 PM , Superior Notes

The Viewing Circle, a place to contemplate the Sleeping Giant on the horizon across the bay, is a new feature of the Thunder Bay project along its urban shores.

David Whittaker / Courtesy Brook McIlroy

Waking Up Our Waterfronts: The 2014 State of the Lake Report

Recent decades have seen an amazing investment and revitalization of our city waterfronts into welcoming places for residents and visitors. Three writers take us to the Big Lake’s major cities to witness the waking up of our waterfronts. more »

Jun 16, 2014 12:46 PM , , Lake Superior 1 Comments

Book Reviews: A Yooper's Summer on Isle Royale, From the Top, Discovering the Penokees

Reviews of Dan Kemp's "A Yooper's Summer on Isle Royale," Michael Perry's "From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio" and Joel Austin's "Discovering the Penokees." more »

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Books, Video & More

Hungarian poet Gabor G. Gyukics visited Ojibwe poet/author Jim Northrup at his Sawyer, Minnesota, home in winter a few years ago and this week Jim went to visit Hungary.

Ivy Vainio

Around the Circle This Week: Feb. 14, 2014

A local author-poet visited a Hungarian counterpart; the Apostle Islands coped with unprecedented visitation this winter; ice cover topped 95 percent, which meteorologists say will have year-long impacts; and more stories from the week that was. more »

Feb 14, 2014 4:56 PM , Superior Notes

The Duluth waterfront on a frigid morning. (LSM file photo)

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Duluth Breaks Record Streak of Subzero Days

If it’s going to be this cold for this long, we might as well break a record. On Tuesday, Duluth set a new one with its 23rd consecutive day with a subzero low. The good news? The streak may end Wednesday. more »

Feb 10, 2014 10:54 AM Superior Notes

Cynthia Holmes

Cynthia Holmes

"Blood Memoirs": A View of Ourselves

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth invited Amber-Dawn Bear Robe to explore its permanent collection, to view it through her perspectives as an art curator, a visual fiber artist and woman of the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot), and to create an exhibit. more »

Feb 7, 2014 3:09 PM Art/Photography

Book Reviews: Mashkiki Rapids, Two Bucks and a Can of Gas, Isle Royale Families Cookbook

Reviews of Anne Rud Miller's "Mashkiki Rapids," Robert R. Olson's "Two Bucks and a Can of Gas" and the Isle Royale Families & Friends Association's cookbook. more »

Feb 1, 2014 12:21 PM Books, Video & More

Clear & Cold Cinema

Filmmaker Aaron Peterson Talks Fat Tire Bikes and "Cold Rolled"

Wondering what goes on in Marquette when the snow is high and the cold is deep? Folks go for a bicycle ride, of course. Local photographer-filmmaker Aaron Peterson talks with us about this rising, wild sport of riding bikes in snow. more »

Jan 24, 2014 3:25 PM Recreation

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