Molly Hoeg



“I want this house back.” It was as simple as that for Mike Luhrsen as he stared into the ashes of his beloved Lake Superior-view dream home. He instantly knew he wanted to recreate it and his wife, Chrysa, signed on immediately. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:43 AM Homes



The package arrives days before Christmas (or the start of Hanukkah, your birthday or wedding). It’s labeled perishable, so no use waiting … you open it right away. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:32 AM Food/Recipes

Pros Reveal How to Plan a Memorable Wedding

William Schumann Photography

What makes for a memorable wedding? We decided to ask a photographer, a wedding planner, a caterer and a musician to describe one Lake Superior-region event that lingers with them. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Lifestyle

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

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Natural World

Lodge Logic: Turning an Old Commercial Property into a Dream Retirement Home

Jack Rendulich

On the lakeshore adjacent to the Sucker River about 10 miles outside of Duluth, Beth and Jon Luikart built their retirement home where the old Sullivan's Lodge once stood. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

One River, Two Islands

Richard Hamilton Smith / Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Two islands – one a sprawling half-mile square and the other barely covering a couple city blocks – reflect evolving attitudes about the St. Louis River and its value to the community. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

A Cabin Story

Jack Rendulich

Kay Harris’ family “moved to the cabin” each summer. Three generations shared that rectangular pre-fab perched high on the hill above the lake. After a renovation and additions, the cabin continues to be a cherished family getaway. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

Echoes of Norway Charm an Author’s Storybook Home

Jack Rendulich

Enter Lise Lunge-Larsen’s Duluth home, especially at Christmas, and it won’t take long to know her birthplace. Just as “the Troll Lady” fills her storytelling with echoes of her home country, so has she filled her home with reverberations of Norway. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

Superior Challenge

Jared Munch

The Big Lake awes many people with its power and beauty, but it inspires some to test their limits. Meet individuals who set out on the water as a challenge and returned with a better understanding of themselves and our Sweetwater Sea. more

Jul 29, 2015 3:18 PM Recreation

Dawn of a New Superior

John Heino

“Welcome to Superior – Living up to our name.” This message, prominently displayed above Center City Park at Belknap Street and Tower Avenue, perfectly captures the energized local optimism of this Wisconsin city. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Wisconsin

Returning to the Scene of the Chimes

Lacey Criswell / Lace/Hanky Photography

By choosing a wedding location that they treasure and love to visit, these couples set their stage for a popular trend in destination weddings – venues close enough to home for regular romantic visits that spark old memories while creating new ones. more

Mar 1, 2015 12:00 AM Lifestyle

Pie Place Cafe

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

A growing trend around Lake Superior is transforming cookbooks into keepsakes as local restaurants publish books that feature their recipes, their philosophies and often a heaping slice of their Big Lake neighbors and neighborhoods. more

Dec 1, 2014 3:53 PM Food/Recipes

They Like to Move It, Move It

Diane Hilden

Want to show off your knowledge about the latest maritime activity and season around our Big Lake? This story will put you in the know. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

New Beginnings in the Old Neighborhood

Courtesy Lynn Wegner

Lynn Wegner grew up on Park Point, that long sandy peninsula in Duluth. After more than 30 years away, he returned to build his retirement home. more

Aug 26, 2014 4:31 PM Homes

Outside In

Molly Hoeg

Big Lake and Great North Woods inspirations abound in the decorating details and atmosphere that make this home comfortable and unique. The living room takes advantage of the outside décor, with 30-foot windows that open onto a Lake Superior vista. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Homes

Healing Waters

Courtesy Joel Carter

Water lapping against the shore and a blue horizon stretching forever – we often experience the benefit of spending time beside the Big Lake in its calm moods and know how it seems to soothe us. Does water have actual restorative powers? more

Jul 31, 2014 8:59 AM Health/Wellness

Get Down, Duluth

Jack Rendulich

Boutique stores, microbreweries, restaurants, movies, live entertainment and quality residences: Meet the new downtown Duluth. The city’s heart once again feels more like its hub of activity. more

Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM Minnesota

Building Hoeg H'Arbor

Andrea Rugg / Andrea Rugg Photography

We had often dreamed of living right on the Lake Superior shore. But the wooded lot so suited our active outdoor lifestyle that we realized this was something even better than our original dream. "Arbor" became more desirable than "harbor." more

Mar 21, 2014 11:49 AM Homes

Tying the Knot on a Shoestring

Nik and Dana Fiorito, Ilo Photo

Emma and Tim Baxter’s Thunder Bay wedding day had everything Emma dreamed it would have, except for one crucial thing – an over-hefty price tag. In the Lake Superior region, brides are finding that a magical wedding doesn't have to break the budget. more

Mar 19, 2014 3:30 PM Lifestyle

Net House to Playhouse

Jack Rendulich

Mary and Paul von Goertz transformed an aging net house on their property near Lake Superior into a playhouse for their six grandchildren and their friends, while retaining much of the exterior's original character. more

Jul 31, 2013 8:47 AM Homes

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