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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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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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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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Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images
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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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(Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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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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Gas Prices Drop In Time For Thanksgiving – How Far Do You Travel? [POLL]

Gas prices in the twin ports are down to about $3.23 a gallon, which is roughly down 76 cents since September's high price of $3.99.  This is obviously a welcomed change as many people travel by car to spend the holidays with their family.  So that brings up the question:  How far do you travel for thanksgiving?  Take the poll and see how you compare to others locally.

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Scott Barbour/Getty Images
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Highway 210 Bridge at Thomson Scheduled to Reopen in Early-December

If you travel on Highway 210, your route is about get easier.

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Santa is very relaxed and ready for Christmas - Photo by James McCauley/Harrods via Getty Images
Santa is very relaxed and ready for Christmas - Photo by James McCauley/Harrods via Getty Images
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DTA Buses to be Detoured Friday for the Christmas City Of The North Parade

Hard to believe that the Christmas City Of The North Parade is coming up on Friday already.  The parade will take the same downtown Duluth route it's taken the past several years, which will lead to some changes in traffic and bus routes.

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Detour downtown Duluth Wednesday - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Detour downtown Duluth Wednesday - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
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Part of First Street in Downtown Duluth to be Closed Wednesday Morning

If you travel through downtown Duluth in the morning hours, be prepared for  a small section to be closed on Wednesday morning.

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Picture from Ken Hayes
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Highway 53 Relocation Project Open House Scheduled For November 15th in Mountain Iron

Soon Highway 53 will need to be rerouted in Virginia due to a termination of easement rights, which will have a big impact on travelers.  Don't miss this opportunity to see where the new route will be

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