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Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Cathy Kates
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The Renaissance Festival Is Guaranteed Family Fun [PHOTOS]

Despite the threat of severe thunderstorms, we ventured to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this past weekend.  While it was windy, we managed to enjoy the shows, animals, shop, eat and drink before the rains hit.  This is truly a magical place that you can enjoy while you learn of the Renaissance era. 

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DTA/Heath Hickok
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UPDATE: Phase 2 Northwest Skywalk Passage With Day And Night Traffic I-35 Closures

Construction in the Twin Ports continues with work being done on the Bong Bridge and the opening of it's roundabout, the new Whole Foods Co-op in West Duluth is coming along nicely, as well as the maurices Corporation building and DTA's downtown transportation center (to name just a few).  There are additional nighttime closures of Northbound I-35 that you should be aware of.

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Phase 2 Passageway Reconstruction
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UPDATE: Phase 2 Northwest Skywalk Passage With Day And Night Traffic I-35 Closures

Construction in the Twin Ports continues with work being done on the Bong Bridge and the opening of it's roundabout August 14, the new Whole Foods Co-op in West Duluth, the maurices Corporation building and DTA's downtown transportation center (to name a few).  The Phase 2 & 3 nighttime closure of both northbound and southbound I-35 began last night at 9:00 p.m.  There is daytime partial-lane closures of southbound I-35 scheduled to begin today, August 10.

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The Roundabout at the Bong Bridge Will Open on August 14th, But How Do You Use It? [VIDEO]

The Twin Ports first roundabout will open this coming Friday.  I'm sure there will be a number of drivers that will be confused on how a roundabout works, so here's a video.  It actually looks like a great idea!

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TSM Duluth
TSM Duluth
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5 Best Day Road Trips From The Duluth Superior Area

Sometimes you want (or need) a vacation, but it isn't always easy to find time to leave town for more than a day. Here are the five best getaways from the Twin Ports to get out on the open road, crank up some tunes, and recharge your batteries while still being able to be back in your own bed that same night

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Public is Encouraged to Move Vehicles While City of Duluth Begins Snow Removal

If your vehicle is parked in the areas that the City of Duluth will be removing snow on Thursday, it may be towed.  Find out where the crews will be working here.

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Spring Training is almost here - Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Spring Training is almost here - Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
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Twins Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale Via Phone and Web on Saturday

It's been a cold week, so close you eyes and picture yourself in the warm summer sun with a cold one in your hand while you watch the Minnesota Twins.  I've never been to Spring Training, but with each passing year I get closer and closer to making it happen.  If you're in the same boat, you can get your tickets starting tomorrow.

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Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images
Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images
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Parking Info and Traffic Advisory for Friday’s Christmas City of the North Parade

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the most anticipated parade of the season.  The Christmas City of the North Parade!  Bundle up the family and continue a tradition that started in 1957.  Or course, you'll want to know the best roadways into the city and where to park.  The Duluth Police Department has provided useful information that will make your night most enjoyable.

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Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images
Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images
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Parking Info and Traffic Advisory for Friday’s Christmas City of the North Parade

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the most anticipated parade of the season.  The Christmas City of the North Parade!  Bundle up the family and continue a tradition that started in 1957.  Or course, you'll want to know the best roadways into the city and where to park.  The Duluth Police Department has provided useful information that will make your night most enjoyable.

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UPDATE ROUND 2: Flashing Yellow Light Reactivated On Highway 33 With Explanation

The flashing yellow lights were installed in the Duluth area some time ago and I do admit that I feel a bit funny "going on yellow".  The process has now expanded to the Cloquet area and has some of the residents confused.  I posted this awhile back to inform motorists, then they pulled the flashing yellow light because it caused confusion and thus, accidents.   I'm updating the blog for the second time with news that they've now added signage and the flashing yellow light is back on.

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DTA MultimodalTransportation Center
Photo Credit: Heath Hickok
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Construction On Duluth Transit Authority Multimodal Transportation Center Causes Road Closure Next Week

The construction that continues on the new Duluth Transit Authority Multimodal Transportation Center will cause a downtown Duluth road closure for a couple of days.  If you work or plan to be in that area you should plan an alternative route.

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bong bridge
Steven Tanko
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Richard I. Bong Bridge Will Re-Open Friday Morning

It's something that has been a source of frustration several times this summer.  My husband and I would keep forgetting part of the Bong Bridge was closed and drive in that direction only to have to turn around (we eventually started laughing at ourselves, DUH!).  But tomorrow that frustration is over as the Bong Bridge is scheduled to re-open!

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