Residents by Lake Superior could get a rare holiday opportunity. Really, if we wanted, we could embrace two Thanksgivings – the Canadian one on October 8 this year (always a Monday) and the American version on November 22 (always a Thursday). Read more


Marcia Hales Lighting Display

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The evening's first visitors at Marcia Hales' Park Point lighting display were a trio of bundled-up women. “Shirley will show you around,” Marcia joked, gesturing toward her bearded collie. “Or you can follow the cats.” The ladies were skeptical. Read more


Our northern region is rich with the traditions of holiday breads. Traditional holiday breads from the Nordic and East European traditions differ primarily in their shapes, seasonings and fillings. Read more



Amy Russell

I looked to our magazine family for a few of their holiday favorites. Try Siiri's Sandbakkels, Nancy's Popcorn Salad and Super Simple Cheesecake, and Juli's Cheesy Potatoes. Read more


Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen in Knife River

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This year’s holiday celebration in the predominantly Scandinavian North Shore community of Knife River is modeled after a Norwegian “Julebyen,” or Christmas village. Read more


Marquette Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade

Alison Simmons / Courtesy Marquette Downtown Development Authority

December in downtown Marquette brings two year-end events you don’t want to miss: the Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade and tree lighting, early in the month, and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Read more


All Souls Night

Courtesy Michael K. Anderson

With their skeleton costumes and white painted faces, the participants at All Souls Night in Duluth might look strange and dreadful to those unfamiliar with the event. But the aim is an upbeat and hopeful gathering. Read more


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Mark Phillips / Rittenhouse Inn

Popular “retro” television shows like “Mad Men” are bringing back the interest in cocktails and socializing before dinner. But at the Rittenhouse Inn, at least, flavorful and fun cocktails never went out of style. Read more


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Paul von Goertz

Featured Photo, 12/18/12 – A Shining Light

Paul von Goertz mounted a replica steamship's mast on his lakeside deck, topped with a flag and the masthead light from the Governor Miller. It will be a memorial, he writes, "to all those sailors who lost their lives on Lake Superior." Read more

Dec 18, 2012 9:00 AM My Lake Superior



From Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Christmas is portrayed as a snowy time. For the Lake Superior region, it almost certainly will be. Read more

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Seven Duluth bed-and-breakfast inns will open their doors and show off the beautiful seasonal decorations to the general public for the sixth time as part of a self-guided holiday tour, Sunday, December 9, 2012. Read more



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Interior photos of the B&Bs on the holiday tour. Read more


Eric Fredrickson

Two years ago, Eric and Jackie Fredrickson of Thunder Bay hopped in the car with their kids, Daniel, 6, Katie, 8, and Riley, 9, and drove off to find the perfect Christmas tree. But this wasn’t your routine tree search. Read more



Dennis O'Hara

In Marcia Hales’ back yard this holiday season, you can expect to see thousands of lights and annual favorites like the penguins. There's even a laser spotlight that shines “thousands of little green lights” resembling fireflies in the trees. Read more

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Wassailing the Rittenhouse Way

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

Imagine – festive red-and-white Christmas decorations and a gorgeous pine tree nestled next to a sweeping staircase. The scents of evergreen and cake waft through the hallway. People chat over amazing food, and carolers fill the hall with music. Read more


Lake Superior Journal: Our Thanksgiving by the Lake

Liz Brekke

Our cabin on the shore is a haven, a place to reconnect with self, to be quiet and to let time flow without the continual punctuation of things to do and deadlines to meet. It’s the perfect place for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Read more



Bruce Ojard

A stay at any Lake Superior bed-and-breakfast inn during the holiday season could melt even a Scrooge’s heart. Read more

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