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COURTESY PATTY MESTER

In the last years of her father Walter’s life, Patty Mester drove every weekend the 80 miles from Duluth to Grand Rapids so that they could sit together for hours in a back bedroom filled with photos, news clippings and other family documents. more

Health/Wellness

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CATHERINE KILBANE

When Denny Kilbane and his late wife, Georgann, bought the brownstone pump house from the city of Washburn, Wisconsin, they got a lakeshore property with 120 years of history … more

Homes

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LESLEY DuTEMPLE

When winter starts releasing its grip and spring slowly emerges, gardeners’ thoughts turn to greenery and to planting, but those of us who live in the Lake Superior region know one important maxim: more

Homes

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KELLIE RAE STUDIO

Provenance: A place of origin or earliest known history of something. more

Homes

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY RYAN BOLEN; KARYL CLARK AND TERRACE BAY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Jerry Roehm’s first call as the volunteer fire chief for Ontonagon, Michigan, was a structural fire that engulfed almost an entire block of side-by-side buildings. more

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As the summer sun slants across our decks and shadows lengthen, let’s get serious about pie. more

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Paul Hayden

When Todd and Robin Winkler and their children, Rachel and Caleb, moved into their Wakefield, Michigan, home in 2003, they had no idea it had a special history. more

Homes

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KONNIE LeMAY

So you’ve decided to travel around Lake Superior and earn your Circle Tour bragging rights. The excitement (and maybe some anxiety) of this epic journey can span months of careful planning for some. more

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During her years as a North Shore expatriate in the Twin Cities, Jan Swart, a Two Harbors, Minnesota, native, loved using photos of Lake Superior as her computer’s desktop image to remind her of home. more

Art/Photography

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TRAVIS NOVITSKY

The most likely time to spot lightning on Lake Superior is between the third week of June and the second week of August, says Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Marquette. more

Art/Photography

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BRYAN HANSEL

Savvy photographers know that a camera can be your passport to exploring the world. more

Art/Photography

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COURTESY CATHE HAHN

Paddling upwind and sugargliding home. That’s Marquette resident and sailmaker Cathe Hahn’s phrase for what she hopes every standup paddleboarder will experience with her latest invention, the Sugarglider sail. more

Recreation

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COURTESY BAYFIELD COUNTY TOURISM

At our local farm markets, the heaped tables deliver a living calendar detailing our harvest bounty, week by week. more

Food/Recipes

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DENICE SMITH

Copper Harbor, Michigan, population 108, loves its one-room schoolhouse. more

Education

Salads say summer. More than any other dish, the toss up of cool, crisp, refreshing ingredients is the essence of this bountiful season. more

Food/Recipes

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