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Pavement Restoration On East Central Entrance North Of Rice Lake Road Starts This Week

Even though the weather has turned colder and there is a few snowflakes in our forecast, road construction in the Northland continues.  There is scheduled road construction for this week that may affect your travel, check this out and see if it means you'll need to alter your route to get to your destination on time.

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Cathy Kates’ Dog Bauer Reminds You To Vote For Duluth In Flannel City Face-Off [VIDEO]

For a Northland girl, flannel is truely a wardrobe staple.  It's not only fashionable, but will keep you cozy in the chilly Twin Ports autumn weather.  What's not to like?  Those comfy flannel shirts come in an array of colors and go great with jeans and a pair of knee-high boots.  I'm not jumping on the flannel bandwagon either, my dog even had his own flannel jacket long before the quest to be the most flannel city!

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Volunteers Needed to Combat Buckthorn & Japanese Knotweed In Our Local Parks

I didn't even KNOW what Buckthorn  or Japanese Knotweed was, let alone know they were dangerous.  I thought buckthorn looked pretty until I began to read that they can choke out our native plants and make our wildlife ill.  The City of Duluth is looking for volunteers to help remove a couple different species of invasive plants from our parks in the upcoming weeks.  Can you help with this important task?

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Swain Cross Country Meet At Enger Golf Course: Traffic Alert

The Swain Cross Country Meet has years of heritage and thousands of attendees, both runners and spectators.  That makes for some traffic snarls near the Enger Golf Course and Enger Tower on Saturday, October 4.  Here is the Duluth Police Department's traffic advisory about the event.

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Travel Alert: Road Improvements Start Next Monday To Skyline Parkway Near Kenwood Avenue

It's nice that the City of Duluth has been giving us heads up about where they are planning to do road construction. That way, if it's the route you usually travel, you can choose an alternate route.  Next Monday, September 29, they will be working near 11th Avenue East and Skyline.  Here's the full details, share them on social media with friends and family it may also affect.

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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Did You Know There Is A Bridge Within A Bridge [VIDEO]

I learned this fascinating piece of history from my daughter Kylee one day as we were strolling along the Lake Walk.  She worked on the Vista and heard the speech on the history of the bridge almost daily.  I didn't believe her until we walked over and she showed me the span within a span.  Dave Campbell, the Aerial Lift Bridge Supervisor gives us the skinny on how it came to be.

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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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Ken & Cathy Visit The Aerial Lift Bridge – Get A Glimpse of What It’s Like to Be A Bridge Lift Operator [VIDEO]

 

A mishap on the Aerial Lift Bridge prompted me to write a blog asking what proper pedestrian bridge etiquette was.  After much discussion, the City of Duluth answered with an invite to the Aerial Lift Bridge's Operator house and I get to bring you with me.  This is the first video in a series of interesting facts, answers to your burning questions and some surprises about our iconic landmark.

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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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Commemorate 9/11 This Thursday With The Northland Veterans Service Committee In Duluth

Ok, I admit that I did a horrible job taking this pic.  I cut the Statue of Liberty's head off, but it's because I was trying to make sure I got the dog in the picture.  My apologies.  Little did I know that when I was taking the pic of my daughter Kylee as we were out for a walk near the harbor two weeks ago, that I'd be using it to explain where they will commemorate 9/11 this year.  Here are the details:

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