Phil Bencomo


Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Acupuncture – the ancient Chinese practice of using carefully placed needles to treat a variety of maladies – has moved into the modern medical mainstream nationally and Big Lake locally. Read more


Trans Superior Race

Wally McMinn / Great Lakes Singlehanded Society

Around the Circle This Week: Aug. 4, 2017

The Trans Superior Race across the Big Lake begins on Saturday afternoon; Great Lakes wolves stay on the endangered list; Duluth firefighters test an unmanned rescue drone named EMILY; the Great Lakes’ Coast Guard commander retires. Read more

Aug 4, 2017 10:22 AM , , Superior Notes

Crossing Lake Superior

Mike Stout

Around the Circle This Week: July 28, 2017

It's been a busy summer for paddlers with big ambitions on the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior; a new cruise ship will visit Lake Superior ports next summer; heavy rains washed out part of the Trans-Canada Highway, causing a temporary closure. Read more

Jul 28, 2017 2:20 PM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Ontario Parks

Around the Circle This Week: July 21, 2017

It's a big week for Ontario Parks, with a free day, birthday and new offerings; Duluth's Lincoln Park will get big improvements; raspberries are ready for harvest; Northland College divests from fossil fuels; and more news. Read more

Jul 21, 2017 1:34 PM Superior Notes

Bill Michl

Bill Michl

Around the Circle This Week: July 14, 2017

Bill Michl, a Lions Club member from Fort Frances, Ontario, decided to raise money this summer for the Lions Clubs International Foundation. He really wanted to make a splash with his project, and so he’s running around Lake Superior. Read more

Jul 14, 2017 2:05 PM Superior Notes

Peregrine Falcons Return to U.P. Bridges

Liz Stewart

Around the Circle This Week: July 7, 2017

Peregrine falcons are nesting on two famous U.P. bridges, rebuilding continues from the 2016 South Shore flood, the results of Thunder Bay’s second annual Persian Eating Contest, the “American Pickers” are coming to the U.P. and more news. Read more

Jul 7, 2017 1:56 PM Superior Notes

Circle Tour bicyclists

Konnie LeMay / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: June 30, 2017

All kinds of folks visit our offices and Outlet Store in Duluth. This week’s visitors included two bicyclists who had just completed the Circle Tour. Plus: Ontario preps for Canada Day and the country’s 150th birthday, a race against time and more. Read more

Jun 30, 2017 1:56 PM Superior Notes

TickPick CEO at Blackrocks

Amber Johnston

Around the Circle This Week: June 23, 2017

New York City-based ticket reseller TickPick irked Yoopers by omitting the U.P. from its map of the United States. A customer service rep made it worse with some dismissive remarks. But the CEO made things right with a personal apology in Marquette. Read more

Jun 23, 2017 11:45 AM Superior Notes

Alexander Henry

Courtesy Lakehead Transportation Museum Society

Around the Circle This Week: June 16, 2017

A decommissioned Canadian icebreaker will have a new home in Thunder Bay; Duluth prepped for Grandma’s Marathon; a Superior hospital reunited a patient with his service dog; Bridgefest turns 30; and more news. Read more

Jun 16, 2017 2:40 PM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Water Trail

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

Around the Circle This Week: June 9, 2017

The Lake Superior Water Trail was completed along the Ontario shore, Ontonagon almost ended its long shipping hiatus but the river proved too shallow, a historic investment will shake up northern power production, and more news. Read more

Jun 9, 2017 3:27 PM Superior Notes

Copper Harbor Trail

Copper Harbor Trails Club

Around the Circle This Week: June 2, 2017

National Geographic posted its list of America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns and two Lake Superior cities – Copper Harbor, Michigan, and Duluth, Minnesota – made the cut. Plus, Saxon Harbor received federal funding for its harbor rebuild. Read more

Jun 2, 2017 1:59 PM , Superior Notes

Thunder Bay Pagoda

Visit Thunder Bay

Around the Circle This Week: May 26, 2017

The city of Thunder Bay and Parks Canada unveiled a plaque this week at the landmark Pagoda as it received a historical designation. Plus, an outdoor adventure gone wrong, Outside magazine does the Circle Tour, spring waterfall flow and more. Read more

May 26, 2017 12:03 PM Superior Notes

Marquette Lighthouse

City of Marquette

Around the Circle This Week: May 12, 2017

The future of Marquette's lighthouse; Lutsen Mountains continues expansion plans; more erosion at Pictured Rocks; the Lake Superior Circle Tour gets high praise from motorcyclists; and a Mother's Day dilemma. Read more

May 12, 2017 11:00 AM , Superior Notes

Apostle Islands

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Around the Circle This Week: May 5, 2017

Visitation at U.S. parks around Lake Superior seemed to be up during the 100th anniversary in 2016 of the National Park Service. Plus, Great Lakes Aquarium news, surfing on the Minnesota shore and skating with the world's oldest hockey player. Read more

May 5, 2017 11:30 AM Superior Notes

April 2017 Ice Storm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Around the Circle This Week: April 28, 2017

Last weekend, temps soared to 70 degrees. By mid-week, we were being pelted by snow, sleet and freezing rain. Plus, the piping plover comeback stalls, remembering a loss 50 years later, a local brewery expands, and more news. Read more

Apr 28, 2017 2:14 PM Superior Notes

Isle Royale Wolves

Michigan Tech

Around the Circle This Week: April 21, 2017

The last two Isle Royale wolves are hanging on, but with the predators on the brink of extirpation, the largely unchecked moose population has grown to more than 1,600 animals. Plus, spring slowly arrives, a sunken fishing boat was raised, and more. Read more

Apr 21, 2017 1:55 PM Superior Notes

Moose Rescue on Hungry Jack Lake

Jim Morrison

Around the Circle This Week: April 14, 2017

A moose was rescued after plunging through ice on Minnesota lake; viewing the Big Lake from space after dark; powerful storms battered the U.P.; Thunder Bay greeted its first saltie of the season; and more news. Read more

Apr 14, 2017 1:55 PM Superior Notes

First Saltie of 2017

Visit Duluth

Around the Circle This Week: April 7, 2017

The season's first saltie arrived in Duluth on Sunday, departing on Wednesday with a load of wheat destined for Italy; the Log Slide Overlook tumbled at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore; and how you could spend the summer at a lighthouse. Read more

Apr 7, 2017 2:07 PM Superior Notes

Big Trout Bay

Mhairi McFarlane

Around the Circle This Week: March 31, 2017

The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced the purchase of 2,517 acres of undeveloped coastal boreal forest on Big Trout Bay, the Duluth port unveiled its new intermodal terminal, the Rock of Ages Lighthouse will be restored, and more news. Read more

Mar 31, 2017 12:22 PM Superior Notes

Roger Blough, March 22, 2017

LSMMA webcam

Around the Circle This Week: March 24, 2017

With the Soo Locks due to open at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, many vessels left winter layup and returned to the Great Lakes this week, kicking off the 2017-18 shipping season. Read more

Mar 24, 2017 3:24 PM Superior Notes

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