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Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images
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Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources Announce Changes to Big, Little Rice Lakes Benefitting Waterfowl

Changes that the Minnesota DNR made are beginning to be rewarded.  It’s been about two years since the Department of Natural Resources designated Little Rice Lake in St. Louis County as a state game refuge, and more recently made Big Rice Lake nonmotorized for part of the year, but already the changes appear to be improving the number and diversity of waterfowl species using the two lakes.

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Where Do Bridge Operators Go To The Bathroom? [VIDEO]

OH, YES I DID!  After I looked around the pilot house on the Aerial Lift Bridge and didn't see any "facilities", I asked the inevitable human interest question.  "Where do you guys go to the bathroom".  The answer will surprise you!

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Could You Take A Ride On The Bridge? [VIDEO]

Ken and I found that there was much more than statistics to learn about our Aerial Lift Bridge.  After we got answers to what the Lift Bridge Operators have to do when there are people on the bridge and it needs to go up, Ken asked the question, "Can anyone ever ride on the Aerial Lift Bridge?"

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – What Happens When Lightning Strikes? [VIDEO]

As our Aerial Lift Bridge Series continues, so do questions that cross everyone's mind.  Ken and I got on the topic of weather when we were in the pilot house and I remembered an instance when I saw the bridge get hit by lightning.  We asked, "what happens then?"

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Five Way Intersection In West Duluth Closes Today For Post Flood Project

For many it's an inconvenience, but one that will be well worth waiting for.  It's the next phase  to reconstruct the five way intersection that was severely damaged by the June 2012 flood.  Here's what you need to know to make travel easier for you.

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The Aerial Lift Bridge And Enger Tower Go Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Two of our iconic landmarks, the Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower will, color up on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13th for Charlene's Lights, a Foundation for Ovarian Cancer. It will provide fantastic photo ops and there are other events planned for you to get involved.

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Duluth’s Lakewalk Slated For Seal Coating Next Week

At least the City waited until after the warmer summer days to plan scheduled maintenance.  We really shouldn't complain, the do a fantastic job of keeping our Lakewalk maintained for safety, beauty and functionality.  That's why you should be aware that they are scheduling some seal coating to be done next week and try to avoid the area they are working in.

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Ken Hayes
Ken Hayes
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Yard Machines 21″ Mower Product Review

Who's lawn mower breaks at the end of the season?  Mine does, of course.  After trying several attempts to revive the old "Montgomery Ward" mower, I gave up.  It had already been patched and jerry rigged enough times, I decided it was time to get a new one.   But I was on a budget, so I was looking for a bargain.

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
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Minnesota DNR Seeks Comment On Proposed Experimental Walleye Regulations in Northern Cook County

There could be new fishing regulations put in place, but before that happens, your input is requested.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on experimental walleye regulations being considered for Saganaga, Sea Gull, and Gull lakes, and the Sea Gull River. All are located in Cook County, on or near the Minnesota-Ontario border. Regulations may include a 17-inch minimum size requirement and a limit of three fish, with only one fish over 20 inches allowed.

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MN Mile 2011 Dan Swanson Photography
MN Mile 2011 Dan Swanson Photography
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DTA Detours During MN Mile Foot Race On Sunday, September 7

Grandma's Marathon is hosting another Minnesota Mile foot race this Sunday, September 7.  The race starts at 9a with the last race at 10:20a.  The race course is on Superior Street, downtown Duluth and that means that the DTA buses will need to be re-routed during that time.

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Ken Hayes
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Minnesota Archery Season Opens Next Weekend

The opening day for the deer archery season begins Saturday, September 13th!  Deer population is much lower this year in many parts of the state, so be sure to check your regulation handbook.  One big change this year is the amount of "Bucks only Harvest Areas."

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Joe Raedle - Getty Images
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Duluth Fire Department Issues Dangerous Swimming Warning for Park Point

Tourists are at a minimum and kids are back in school, but we want all to be save so I feel I should pass this important info along from the Duluth Fire Department.  They have issued a dangerous swimming conditions warning until 10a today. 

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