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Phil Bencomo

Susie Islands

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: April 29, 2016

The Grand Portage Band will get back Big Susie Island, giving the band ownership of the entire archipelago; the Algomarine embarked on its final voyage; Split Rock Lighthouse received a heritage grant; and more news. more »

Apr 29, 2016 1:53 PM , Superior Notes

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Rolf Peterson

Around the Circle This Week: April 22, 2016

Updates on Isle Royale's wolves and the St. Louis River's sturgeon; a longtime Lake Superior Magazine advisory board member and contributor receives a prestigious award; Superior continues to develop a dog park; and more news. more »

Apr 22, 2016 1:55 PM , Superior Notes

Bayfield Mayor Larry MacDonald

Don Albrecht

Around the Circle This Week: April 15, 2016

Longtime Bayfield mayor reflects as retirement nears; Washburn students help plant the White House garden; Duluth's western scenic railroad will return; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, unveiled a new city flag; and more news. more »

Apr 15, 2016 10:23 AM Superior Notes

Montreal River Harbour

Northwoods Camera Network

Around the Circle This Week: April 8, 2016

Lake Superior’s level stayed steady in March, the documentary "From Wisconsin with Love" debuted at Northland College, the Minnesota DNR proposed an update to its Lake Superior fisheries plan and the Canadian prime minister visited the Lake. more »

Apr 8, 2016 11:49 AM Superior Notes

Northern Wisconsin Sasquatch Preserve

Courtesy Bayfield Regional Conservancy

Around the Circle This Week: April 1, 2016

How communities in the Big Lake neighborhood marked April Fools' Day; Silver Bay's ban of Bent Paddle beer draws criticism; lead paint halts the Herbert C. Jackson repowering project; a well-known bald eagle nest blows down near Grand Marais. more »

Apr 1, 2016 11:28 AM Superior Notes

Wolf tracks

Courtesy Isle Royale Wolf & Moose Project

Around the Circle This Week: March 18, 2016

Isle Royale officials narrowed a forthcoming environmental impact statement to wolves; cruise ships could soon return to Duluth; Michigan released its two-year fishing guide; signs of spring; and more news. more »

Mar 18, 2016 11:43 AM Superior Notes

Steamship America

Courtesy WDSE-WRPT

Around the Circle This Week: March 11, 2016

The Steamship America documentary will debut on Monday, March 14; local maritime supporters will receive awards this weekend; Duluth symposium will discuss water management issues; white-nose syndrome kills bats in northeastern Minnesota. more »

Mar 11, 2016 12:37 PM , , Superior Notes

Tall Ships Duluth 2013: Parade of Sail

Bob Berg

Around the Circle This Week: March 4, 2016

An update on Tall Ships Duluth lodging availability; a Duluth musician won a national contest; sea lamprey numbers are up in Lake Superior, but fisheries officials plan to hit them hard this year; and more news. more »

Mar 4, 2016 12:13 PM Superior Notes

Steelhead

Minnesota DNR

Around the Circle This Week: February 26, 2016

Anglers anticipate the trout season on the North Shore; the Nipigon River Bridge reopened; a famous winemaker with local roots died; and The Atlantic's James Fallows, who included Duluth in his March cover story, answered a few questions for us. more »

Feb 26, 2016 2:12 PM Superior Notes

Michigan Ice Film

Courtesy "The Michigan Ice Film"

Around the Circle This Week: February 19, 2016

A new documentary showcases ice climbing in Munising, Michigan, and the director tells us about the film and his love of winter; an ice-stacking video from Duluth went viral; Superior worked on plans for dune restoration; and more news. more »

Feb 19, 2016 12:04 PM Superior Notes

James Fallows

James Fallows / Courtesy AirplaneGeeks.com

Around the Circle This Week: February 12, 2016

Duluth was featured in an Atlantic magazine cover story, support grows for a National Marine Sanctuary on the Wisconsin shore, a wolf killed an off-leash dog at a Duluth park, the Michigan Ice Fest continues to grow and more news. more »

Feb 12, 2016 2:34 PM Superior Notes

Inn on Lake Superior webcam, Feb. 5, 2016

The Inn on Lake Superior

Around the Circle This Week: February 5, 2016

The Lake declined less than normal in January; Nathan Schroeder won his fourth John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon; checking in on Ashland's drinking water; brewery news from Duluth, Marquette and Washburn; and more news. more »

Feb 5, 2016 12:22 PM Superior Notes

Apostle Islands sea caves ice

Sea Caves Watch webcam

Around the Circle This Week: January 29, 2016

The ice at the Apostle Islands sea caves blew out again this week, reducing the likelihood that they'll be accessible by foot this year; Duluth's Sunshine Cafe reopened; and researchers announced new findings about the plight of Minnesota moose. more »

Jan 29, 2016 12:06 PM Superior Notes

Paul R. Tregurtha

Dennis O'Hara / Lake Superior Marine Museum Association webcam

Around the Circle This Week: January 22, 2016

The Lake Superior shipping season ended with the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha in the Twin Ports for winter layup; Isle Royale National Park seeks a master for the Ranger III; and the Nipigon River Bridge won't fully reopen for five weeks. more »

Jan 22, 2016 12:30 PM Superior Notes

Gunflint Mail Run

Nace Hagemann / Courtesy Gunflint Mail Run

Around the Circle This Week: January 15, 2016

The new Nipigon River Bridge split in last weekend's cold, halting traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway for nearly a day; the Soo Locks close tonight, marking the end of the shipping season; and the Gunflint Mail Run had two tight finishes. more »

Jan 15, 2016 12:21 PM Superior Notes

Ivory gull

Laura Erickson

Around the Circle This Week: January 8, 2016

Birders flocked to Duluth to see a rare bird; the lake levels got an unexpected winter boost in December; a popular band confused lakes Michigan and Superior in a new song; and more news. more »

Jan 8, 2016 2:06 PM Superior Notes

Brighton Beach

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from the magazine crew; Lake Superior State University released its annual Banished Words list; Duluth's Bentleyville set a new attendance record; and more news. more »

Dec 31, 2015 2:59 PM Superior Notes

Grand Marais After Snow

Paul Sundberg

Around the Circle This Week: December 25, 2015

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the magazine crew; Michigan Tech starts on bond projects; the Herbert C. Jackson moves from steam to diesel power; an Olympic contender returns to the Sault for the holidays; and two passings. more »

Dec 25, 2015 8:00 AM Superior Notes

Cornelia Departure

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

Around the Circle This Week: December 18, 2015

After six weeks in Duluth, the Cornelia finally departed for the Atlantic, though the environmental investigation will continue; discussions began for a Lake Superior National Marine Sanctuary in the Apostle Islands area; and more news. more »

Dec 18, 2015 10:54 AM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Surface Temperature: Dec. 10, 2015

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Around the Circle This Week: December 11, 2015

Warmer-than-normal temperatures this month mean Lake Superior is much warmer than normal, with no ice yet; the Great Lakes Aquarium seeks funds for a new exhibit; the iron ore trade continues to tumble; and more news. more »

Dec 11, 2015 1:38 PM Superior Notes