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Pedestrian And Travel Advisory For The Dragon Boat Festival At Barker’s Island This Weekend

It is a 14 year tradition that has been anticipated by many all summer.  The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. It is coming up this weekend, August 21 and 22 at Barker's Island in Superior and involves several people from spectators to teams to volunteers.  With this blog you can be informed on where to park, what roads will be busiest and where you can grab a shuttle to the FREE event.

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I Was Surprised To See A Water Skier So Close To The Canal Park Piers

We took advantage of the high humidity on Sunday morning that warmed Duluth's famous Lakewalk and took a walk.  (I'm still unable to run until this Wednesday). We were just behind the row of hotels in the canal and something caught my eye moving on Lake Superior that was very unusual.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Superior Hiking Trail Earns $75,000 from Outdoors Retailer REI

One of the big beneficiaries of a national contest from outdoor retailer REI is right here in our backyard.

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5 Deadly Historic Lake Superior Shipwrecks You’ve Never Heard About

When you think of historic Lake Superior Shipwrecks, most think of The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald.  It's no doubt the most recent and deadly shipwreck on Lake Superior.  But did you know there have been hundreds of shipwrecks?  Some of them even took place right outside of the Aerial Lift Bridge!

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Only In The Northland is it 46 Degrees and You’re Mowing Your Lawn

I know I wasn't the only one today wearing a jacket and mowing my lawn.  I saw several other people bundled up and clipping grass today too.  After yesterday's near 90 degree day, that lake roared it's ugly head and chilled us pretty good. 

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MIX 108 on YouTube
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Watch Surfers Catch a Wave Near Duluth’s Brighton Beach on Lake Superior [VIDEO]

A day of gusty east winds made for perfect conditions for a group of surfers to catch a wave off Brighton Beach on Lake Superior this afternoon.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Watch the First Saltie of the 2015 Season Arrive in Duluth Harbor [VIDEO]

At around noon on Monday (April 13), the Twin Ports welcomed the first ocean-going ship into the harbor for the 2015 shipping season.

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When Will It Green Up This Spring? Here Are the Average Dates of When the Vegetation around the Twin Ports Comes to Life for the Year

This spring's constant back-and-forth between 30 degree and 60 degree days is making it seem like it is taking forever for spring to finally show up. Just how far off from average are we from seeing our lawns and trees greening up for the season?

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Nick Cooper/TSM Duluth
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Guess When the First Saltie Will Arrive in Duluth and You Could Win a Prize

The shipping season has begun in Duluth, but we have yet to see the first 'saltie' of the year come into the harbor.  If you can guess when the moment will arrive, you could win prizes from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Visit Duluth.

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Tim Mlodozyniec Photography
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Is Spring Here? Shipping Season Started This Week In Duluth’s Harbor [VIDEO]

Mother nature apparently doesn't realize that our 2015 shipping season has started since we're expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight through Thursday, but the first laker, the John G. Munson departed the harbor on Monday to kick it off!

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Safety Concerns Close Apostle Islands Ice Caves for 2015 Season

People hoping to see the Apostle Islands Ice Caves this season had a very short window. Unseasonably warm temperatures and forecasted strong winds for Monday night have prompted park officials to close the caves for the season.

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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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