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Louis Nuttall

Before you reach the lighthouse you have to cross the Lake, and before you reach the Lake you have to drive the road – a long road to be sure, from Toronto to Lake Superior. more

Ontario

Lake Superior Journal: Our Little Cottage by the Big Lake

Daniel H. Thompson

I was 7 years old when Mom and Dad bought their “Little Cottage,” as they called it, on the Minnesota shore. more

Homes

Farewell Pine

Molly Hoeg

Waking in the early morning hours to blinding lightning, constant thunder and howling winds did little to prepare us for the devastation that we would find when dawn came – including the loss of a favorite pine tree. more

Natural World

Lake Superior Journal: Day One at the Crossroads

Dave Myers

My wife, our four little kids and I eagerly approached the trailhead of the Lake Superior Provincial Park Coastal Trail in Ontario. We were prepared to take our initial footsteps into a backpacking adventure. Then we saw the sign: “Bear Problems.” more

Recreation

Lake Superior Journal: Superior Blues

Amy Schwartz

Despite their resemblance to igneous rocks, the blue rocks we sought were not formed in the magmatic bowels of the earth, but rather in fires lit and stoked by men. In the late 1800s, several iron-smelting furnaces operated along that beach. more

Lake Superior

Lake Superior Journal: A Cruise Across Time

Marie Zhuikov

The nip in the air may be why the passengers of the Wenonah consisted of only me and two other women. Like me, they were traveling not just across the water on Minnesota's North Shore, but across time. more

Minnesota

Esko's Corner

Esko's Corner, an Illustrated History of Esko and Thomson Township

In early 2008, a dozen of us got together with the blessings of the Esko Historical Society and set out to compile a local history. more

Books & Video

Lake Superior Journal: The Island of Aunt Peg’s Dreams

Author's Collection

It started with Aunt Peg’s story, became a mystery that cast me and my cousin as family sleuths and ended in a stranger’s home on a storied Ontario peninsula. No, actually, the whole thing began in Ireland. Let me explain. more

Ontario

Lake Superior Journal: Iron Man

Felicia Schneiderhan

Fe, our family's little Iron Man, always wears a life jacket by the water. But on this day, when we stopped briefly at the boat before a hike, he was not. And on this day, our 2-year-old tumbled from the dock and fell in. more

Maritime

Journal: The First Stirrings

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

I can still bring to mind details of the weekend that triggered my ongoing romance with Lake Superior, Minnesota’s North Shore and Duluth. Four high school pals and I drove north from suburban Minneapolis. It was our first away-from-home adventure. more

Minnesota

Clicking on the Lynx

Mike Mikulich

You might say I’m a wildlife paparazzo. I spend many happy hours lurking along northwoods trails or shoreside beaches, trying to spot and shoot – with a camera only – the rock stars of our region. On this day, I sought the elusive Canada lynx. more

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Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Jim Marshall Collection

Still fully dressed in his diving suit, lacking only his brass helmet, Paul felt the barge capsizing beneath his feet. The storm had come out of nowhere, and now he was headed for the bottom loaded with weights and iron shoes, and no way to breathe. more

Maritime

Ups & Downs: My 8 Years Operating Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

For eight years, I supervised operation of the Aerial Lift Bridge and observed much from my perch above the Duluth Ship Canal. Here are the four worst and five best things I encountered, from bridge hangers-on to the unforgettable sunrise views. more

Apr 10, 2014 10:36 PM Superior Notes

Pebble Beach

Lyle Nicol

On a fall evening, I drove down a gravel road near Jackfish, Ontario, to Pebble Beach. What I saw coming over the ridge was not one, but two incredible feats of Lake Superior magic. more

Ontario 5 Comments

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Glenn Lind Collection

Lake Superior Journal: Building Skiffs, Crafting a Life

Glenn Lind grew up in the fishing village of Castle Danger, Minnesota. At the tender age of 6, he fell in love for the first time – with boats. For him and his dad, Glenn writes, boat building became a labor of love. more

Jul 15, 2013 9:00 AM Superior Notes 1 Comments

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Bob Skogen

The Ice-Fishing Fox

So there we were, two grown men in a 5-by-7-foot aluminum-framed, fold-up ice house watching little holes in the ice with high expectations. We thought catching fish would be the highlight of our day. We were way off. more

Apr 5, 2013 1:40 PM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Journal: Fishing with Sharon Jon

Growing up in an Army family, I had only distant connections with the fishing heritage on Minnesota’s North Shore. All of that changed when I started to work for Stanley Sivertson and his nephews Frank and Milford Johnson in spring 1973. more

Jul 30, 2011 1:50 PM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Journal: A Challenge for Charity

The Lake Superior wave hit my tiny craft with the force of a hammer blow. My narrow, single scull shuddered under the impact. Icy-cold water cascaded down my back, sluicing over the boat, washing through the small waterlogged cockpit over my feet. more

May 12, 2011 12:00 AM Superior Notes

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Lake Superior Journal: Perk's Floating Forest

An avid birder, Captain J.P. "Perk" Perkins decided not to let his career as a ship captain interfere with his passion for viewing birds. From the early 1930s through the early 1970s, Perk created his own on-deck forests. more

Jan 18, 2011 8:09 PM Superior Notes 1 Comments

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Ruth Anne Olson

Lake Superior Journal: We Shall Have to Take Care

Love of a wild place requires exercise of stewardship and acceptance of what one cannot control. Gold Award winner for Essay from the International Regional Magazine Association. more

Jul 14, 2010 6:06 AM Superior Notes

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