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JENNIFER JOHNSON

It started earlier this year with a phone call from Stan Johnson, president of the Marathon & District Historical Society in Marathon, Ontario. more

Ontario

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JILL JONES

Driving in the Ashland/Washburn area, plan two stops for a true taste of Wisconsin with regional cheese at Benoit Cheese Haus and couldn’t-be-fresher ice cream and milk at Tetzner’s Dairy and its self-serve store more

Wisconsin

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AmberBeth VanNingen / MINNESOTA DNR

FYI on SNAs: On Sugarloaf Point near Little Marais, a rugged shoreline testifies to basalt lava flows dating more than 1 billion years ago. On part of Minnesota Point in Duluth, red and white pines 150 to 270 years old dominate a unique nearly forgo more

Minnesota

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RHONDA SILENCE / WTIP RADIO

Many Options for Holiday Events: Oohs, aahs and whistles from fireworks fans will be heard in waves along the western shores of Lake Superior on the Fourth of July. But perhaps the best part of celebrating independence is parading with the neighbors. more

Minnesota

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BEATRICE RINGENBACK

In his first season as executive director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Doug Day realizes he’s inherited a lot of history for the organization born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in 1991. more

Michigan

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BOB BERG / LAKES SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

A Scenic Overlook to Start Your Trip: Many visitors stop at Thompson Hill Welcome Center off Interstate 35 near Spirit Mountain to pick up some information for their trip to Duluth or the North Shore. more

Minnesota

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BOB BERG / LAKE SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

Hands-on in Superior: An interactive exhibit at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island encourages you to reach into cups hiding objects from nature. more

Wisconsin

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BOB BERG / LAKE SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

Unusual Landscape: For years, locals and tourists visited Black Beach near Silver Bay to hang out on the cool spot with the distinctive charcoal-colored sands despite the beach being privately owned by Cleveland-Cliffs. more

Minnesota

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LAKEHEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM SOCIETY

Local Hero: Step aboard the retired Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Alexander Henry in Thunder Bay’s Marina Park and check out the view from the wheelhouse or explore the captain’s quarters. more

Ontario

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PETRONELLA YTSMA

Meet the Artists: At Sara Mustonen’s studio in Herbster, you’ll see handwoven wool rugs, cotton towels and scarves made of Tencel (a fiber made from wood pulp), bamboo and silk. more

Wisconsin

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AARON PETERSON

Preparing for a few days rest and recreation in Marquette, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options in and around this modest-sized city that happens to be the largest U.P. metro. more

Michigan

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TAHQUAMENON FALLS STATE PARK

Harvest Fest Fun: If you plan to camp at Tahquamenon Falls State Park on October 13, you’re in for a few treats (and you might want to bring a few to give away, too). more

Michigan

Discover the Rare Features in These Scientific & Natural Areas more

Minnesota

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PAUL L. HAYDEN / LAKE SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

Heart of a Community: Built in 1914, the one-room Larsmont schoolhouse has always been a community focal point. more

Minnesota

Ship Shape: The Col. James M. Schoonmaker made an impression on Paul LaMarre III long before he ever saw the 617-foot freighter. more

Minnesota

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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL COLLECTION / WIKIPEDIA

Semisepticentennial. It’s going to be hard to fit that on an anniversary mug, but organizers plan to fit a lot of celebrating into Sault Ste. Marie’s semisepticentennial year – that’s 350, half or “semi” of 700 or “septicentennial.” more

Michigan

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KONNIE LEMAY / LAKE SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

Supporting the Community: At the new Duluth restaurant Martha’s Daughter, owner and chef Nyanyika Banda offers dishes influenced by flavors from around the world refashioned to support local producers. more

Minnesota

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CHRISTINE BREZDEN

Tradition with a New Flair: To celebrate turning 100 in May, Thunder Bay’s beloved Hoito Restaurant has been collaborating each month with a different guest chef to offer a brand-new dish based on the Hoito’s signature Finnish pancakes. more

Ontario

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KONNIE LeMAY / LAKE SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

The Long Trek to Sainthood for Father Frederic Baraga more

Michigan

You might think that when we tally up the votes for our annual Lake Superior Best of the Lake survey that we find that the same names keep coming to the top. more

Travel

The Travel Guide

2018 Lake Superior Travel Guide

Planning a Big Lake trip? Updated annually by our editors, this mile-by-mile guide covers the entire Lake Superior Circle Tour, including side trips, and comes with a handy tear-out map. 136 pages, magazine format. $9.95.

The Ultimate Guide

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The Ultimate Guide to the Region is filled with even more information, insider tips and photos. 294 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ½", softcover book. $19.95.

Best of the Lake 2017

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The votes are tallied and the results are in. See what readers chose as their favorites in this year’s categories.

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