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Wrenshall Residents Make The Most Of A Sticky Situation [Video]

Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years.  Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall.  Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.

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Homie Kates
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Wrenshall Residents Make The Most Of A Sticky Situation [Video]

Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years.  Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall.  Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.

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“Edible Duluth” Promotes Community Gardening, Seeks Volunteers for Orchards

You may not be familiar with "Edible Duluth", launched through the City Of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, but it is a great community project and they could use your help.

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Keep Your Storm Drains Clean, Citizens Asked To Use Road Sand Collection Sites

We've been getting rain and a our first thunderstorm is predicted, we need to start thinking about where all that sand that was put on our slippery roads will end up.  We need to try to keep it out of our storm drains and thus out of our streams and Lake Superior. The City of Duluth knows that there is a cleaning process ahead, but with your help a lot of additional work can be avoided and lots of debris can be diverted.   Here is a list of road sand collection sites you can use.

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Keep Your Storm Drains Clean, Citizens Asked To Use Road Sand Collection Sites

We've been getting rain and a our first thunderstorm is predicted, we need to start thinking about where all that sand that was put on our slippery roads will end up.  We need to try to keep it out of our storm drains and thus out of our streams and Lake Superior. The City of Duluth knows that there is a cleaning process ahead, but with your help a lot of additional work can be avoided and lots of debris can be diverted.   Here is a list of road sand collection sites you can use.

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Applications Being Taken Now To Swim Around Madeline Island In The Apostle Island Relay

While I was a lifeguard and taught Red Cross certified swimming lessons in the Wrenshall School pool, I was not a great swimmer in a lake.  Especially Lake Superior!  However, if that's your thing, here's a new challenge you may not know about.  The Apostle Island Relay Swim!

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Local Photographer Captures A Spectacular Northern Lights Display

We were told that we had a pretty good chance at viewing the dancing Northern Lights in the Northland.  There were to be very active last evening into the early hours this morning. One local photographer, Tim Mlodozyniec caught the phenomenon beautifully and gave me permission to share with those that may have still been snuggling in bed.

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Coast Guard Advises Ice Anglers As Spring Ice Breaking Begins

I can't believe how many ice fishing houses I've seen out on Lake Superior lately.  Especially right out from 21st Avenue East, it's like a little fishing village.  With Spring just two weeks away, the U.S. Coast Guard warns the ice anglers.

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Lake Superior Ice Caves Will Close Temporarily Due To Inclement Weather

Did you get to see the ice caves this past weekend?  If not you missed out being one of the 12,00 people that did.  If you were planning on visiting today or tomorrow you'll have to postpone due to a winter storm.

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UPDATE: Lake Superior Ice Caves WILL Open Saturday Barring Any Inclement Weather

Did you get to see the ice caves last year?  I  regret I couldn't find the time to travel to Bayfield and see the amazing Wisconsin Ice Caves.  I just may get the chance this year based on the most recent decision of the US Park Rangers, in fact, keep this weekend open!

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UPDATE: If Weather Conditions Hold, Lake Superior Ice Caves Near Apostle Islands Could Open For The Weekend

Did you get to see the ice caves last year?  I  regret I couldn't find the time to travel to Bayfield and see the amazing Wisconsin Ice Caves.  Original predictions looked good that we may get the chance to visit them again this year.  The verdict has wavered since then, but as of yesterday are once again looking somewhat favorable.

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Is Minnesota’s Moose Population Declining?

I can honestly say I've only witnessed a live moose in the wild once in my life.  It was just outside of Remer, MN on our way back from Walker.  He was standing in the ditch near the road lazily chewing his cud not really caring that we had stopped to gawk at him.  I guess we were gawking because you just don't see that animal out in their natural habitat very often.

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