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Around the Circle This Week: February 20, 2015

Lake Superior's ice cover topped 90 percent this week, though the Apostle Islands ice caves are not yet accessible; Fort William built the world's largest snow maze; the first standalone craft brewery opened in Grand Marais, Minnesota; and more. more »

Feb 20, 2015 4:48 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: February 13, 2015

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, former Sault Ste. Marie mayor Jim McIntyre died in an accident and a Washburn resident was chosen to lead the International Ship Masters Association. more »

Feb 13, 2015 4:08 PM Superior Notes

Tau Kappa Epsilon's snow sculpture of London took first place in the annual Michigan Tech Winter Carnival statue competition.

Courtesy Michigan Technological University

Around the Circle This Week: February 6, 2015

Winter Study dispatches from researchers on Isle Royale, interest in perch fishing grows, the winners of MTU's snow sculpture competition were announced and the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships concluded in Cable. more »

Feb 6, 2015 4:24 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 30, 2015

Ryan Anderson wins the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, while Martha Schouweiler took the mid-distance title; a group convened in Duluth to guide Big Lake fisheries management; the Sault EDC bought Searchmont Resort; and more news. more »

Jan 30, 2015 4:10 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 23, 2015

Grand Marais is in the running for America's Coolest Small Town, a spooky former nursing home in Duluth will make a TV appearance, John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon activities began ahead of the race start on Sunday. more »

Jan 23, 2015 3:01 PM Superior Notes

Courtesy Beyond the Porch Productions

Friends Bike Around the Lake in Keweenaw-Filmed "Superior" [Q&A + trailer]

Los Angeles-based Beyond the Porch Productions set up shop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last summer to film “Superior,” a coming-of-age story about friends who bike around Lake Superior in 1969. The team released a trailer in December. more »

Jan 23, 2015 10:30 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 16, 2015

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon start has been moved to Two Harbors from Duluth, Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre reached the summit of Mount McKinley and a port project could bring 1,000-footers to Escanaba for winter work. more »

Jan 16, 2015 2:26 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 9, 2015

The Lake Carriers' Association reports that last winter's ice cost the economy $700 million; ice-breaking operations started on Lake Superior; the Madeline Island ferry shut down for the season; and a laker arrived in Duluth for winter layup. more »

Jan 9, 2015 2:52 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: January 2, 2015

Lake Superior State University unveiled its 40th annual Banished Words List; a photographer captured footage of steam devils on Lake Superior in Duluth; the U.S. Coast Guard started ice-breaking operations on the Big Lake; and more news. more »

Jan 2, 2015 4:51 PM Superior Notes

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Our Most-Read Stories of 2014: An Icy Year in Review

It's easy to summarize 2014 on Lake Superior's shores: icy. The ice came early and stayed late; it delighted and it delayed. Here, now, are the most-read stories we published online in 2014, a list dominated by a winter to remember. more »

Dec 31, 2014 9:04 AM Superior Notes

SS Sørlandet approaches the DECC.

Bob Berg

Around the Circle This Week: December 26, 2014

Tall ships will return to Duluth in 2016 after the smash-hit 2013 festival; Great Lakes wolves were again placed under federal protection; the last saltie of the season left the Twin Ports as the end of the shipping season approaches; and more news. more »

Dec 26, 2014 10:00 AM Superior Notes

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Around the Circle This Week: December 19, 2014

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will charge a $5 fee to visit the ice caves near Meyers Beach; what to do with Marquette's old ore dock; Bayfield teacher Rick Erickson won a national award; saving the iconic Wawa goose statue; and more news. more »

Dec 19, 2014 4:12 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: December 12, 2014

The Great Lakes water level slump is over, scientists said; Ashland lighthouse transferred to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; a drifter's voyage from Minnesota to Michigan; refugees learn winter survival skills; and more news. more »

Dec 12, 2014 4:32 PM Superior Notes

Mary Dougherty

"Words for Water" Participants Share Their Love of the Lake

“If you could speak for water, what would you say?” That’s the question behind Words for Water, a photography project and love story to Lake Superior by Bayfield resident Mary Dougherty. more »

Dec 11, 2014 11:44 AM Superior Notes

Courtesy Chippewa National Forest

Around the Circle This Week: December 5, 2014

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which came from Minnesota this year, reached Washington, D.C.; with numbers declining, lake trout quotas are expected to be cut next year; U.P. cities set November snowfall records; and more news. more »

Dec 5, 2014 4:17 PM Superior Notes

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Around the Circle This Week: November 28, 2014

Michigan Tech announced an expansion of its Peace Corps program; Bicycling Magazine interviewed Duluth Mayor Don Ness about the city's trails; photographer Paul Sundberg shared some stormy photos; and more news from the week. more »

Nov 28, 2014 1:00 PM Superior Notes

It was another chilly week by the Big Lake, whose harbors are icing up weeks earlier than normal. Here, on the Duluth Lakewalk, ice dangles from a fallen tree branch.

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: November 21, 2014

We celebrated our 35th anniversary; Ontario residents were encouraged to apply to be a Pan Am Games torchbearer; "Cruise of a Lifetime" winners were announced; Editor Konnie LeMay helped solve an ore boat mystery; and more news. more »

Nov 21, 2014 4:58 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: November 14, 2014

The first snowstorm of the season dropped as much as 50 inches of snow; Lake Superior Magazine received four awards from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association; Paul Sundberg photographed the memorial beacon lighting at Split Rock; and more. more »

Nov 14, 2014 5:11 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: November 7, 2014

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Duluth; the Michigan Department of Transportation looks for Road Watchers in the U.P.; Atlantic salmon reproduce in the St. Marys River; Apostle Islands wrapped up restoration work; and more. more »

Nov 7, 2014 4:00 PM Superior Notes

Expect a few zombies around Washburn Oct. 24-25, 2014.

Jamey Penney-Ritter / Courtesy Washburn Chamber of Commerce

Around the Circle This Week: October 31, 2014

We celebrate Halloween by sharing a few spooky Superior stories, the University of Wisconsin-Superior announced a new international partnership, Castle Danger Brewery unveiled their first cans and a North Shore beach may again open to the public. more »

Oct 31, 2014 3:30 PM Superior Notes