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Are the Blatnik and Bong Bridges Open? Here’s How You Find Out

Just about every time we have snowy and windy conditions here in the Twin Ports, someone inevitably blurts out, "they are going to close the bridges!"  And all of us who work across the bridge  (Duluth or Superior side) start to panic we won't make it home.  The frustrating part of this whole situation is that 99% of the time, the bridges don't close, but misinformation is spread anyway by rumors.  Here's where you can go to find out for yourself.

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Ride Safe this Spring, Sign Up for a Motorcycle Training Course, Introduction, Basic, Refresher and Others

After reading the that last year was the most deadly motorcyclists, I started doing research to see how we could combat that or at least reduce that number.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) suggests taking a training course,  whether it's your first license, or a refresher course .  It's affordable and you gain critical riding skills. Classes are coming to Duluth soon!

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Road Construction Update: Northbound I-35, Duluth Bound I-535 Restrictions Start March 21

It's March, you think you wouldn't have to worry about finding an alternative route to work or school.  But, starting March 21, if your travel includes Northbound I-35 or Duluth bound I-525, you will.  Here's the specifics:

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Duluth Lakewalk Extension will Cause Detours of Highway & Scenic 61 Traffic

Little by little, the Duluth Lakewalk is being extended, offering even more scenic beauty for exercise and recreation. (not that exercising can't be fun)!  I realize that during the construction period it can be frustrating with delays and travel inconveniences, but if you are aware of the detours ahead of time that frustration can be avoided.  Here's the detours we know of at this time.

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Duluth Police Department Warns to Limit Travel and Observe Alternate Side Parking Rules for Snowplowing Accessibility

According to Facebook, many of my friends are hunkering down and loving the fact that they are inside with family playing games, cooking, baking and getting ready to watch the Grammy's (Go Miranda & Blake!).  But, I received a great reminder from the Duluth Police Department, not only to limit travel on our treacherous roads, but about alternate side parking.  Stay safe, here's the details.

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What’s it Like to Go to the Super Bowl As a Fan? One Writer’s Journey

The Super Bowl is the biggest of all the Big Games and New Orleans is the best city* to host such a big game.

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Travel On The Rise as 2012 Was Second Busiest Year for Duluth International Airport

With more airlines and a recovering economy, people of the Northland increased their travel in 2012.

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Cold Weather Brings Additional Driving Challenges so MnDOT Urges Motorists to Slow Down

Extreme cold means slippery areas and black ice potential.  With that in mind, MnDOT sent out a reminder today urging motorists to slow down in Northeast Minnesota.

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TSA To Remove All Body Imaging Scanners From Airports By June

The TSA has announced that they will begin to remove all body image scanners or aka "backscatter" machines by June.  Unfortunately, they were still in operation at the Memphis airport yesterday when I flew back to Minnesota.  I can tell you from personal experience that this is an incredibly idiotic security system.  I'll get to that later.

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What is Black Ice? What Do You Do When You Encounter Black Ice?

We hear of black ice, but you don't SEE it.  That's because it's defined as "invisible".  It forms when air temperature is warmer than the temperature of the pavement. This creates a thin layer of transparent ice on the roadway.   Because of this, drivers are completely unaware of it's presence.  Here's tips on what to do, when you encounter black ice, from the MN Department of Transportation.

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Local government officials prepare to cut the ribbon. MnDOT and Jay Cooke State Park staff and members of the community help hold the ribbon - Photo by Beth Petrowske, MnDOT D1
Local government officials prepare to cut the ribbon. MnDOT and Jay Cooke State Park staff and members of the community help hold the ribbon - Photo by Beth Petrowske, MnDOT D1
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Highway 210, Thomson Bridge Project Completion Celebrated

We have so many construction projects every year, so why not celebrate when one is actually completed?

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The City of Duluth Police Department Suggests You Plan Ahead for a Sober Ride, Enhanced DWI Patrols Starts Today in the Northland

 

Lot of holiday parties on your calendar?  That means lots of friends, fun, laughter, eating and....yes, for most, drinking.  The ability and privilege to drive is often taken for granted, until we lose it because of too much fun at a party one night.  Don't create a statistic or BE one, because law enforcement officers are out looking for those wanting to give up their driver's license in exchange for a stupid mistake.

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