April 2015

Found 12 blog entries for April 2015.


Tom’s Historic Logging Camp is Duluth’s is an authentic duplicate of a typical Northern Minnesota Logging Camp that you can visit to experience an era from the past. It contains buildings, articles, original tools and equipment from the past that you can visit seven days a week.

While books have been written and stories told of the Historic Logging camp days, not even motion pictures made of the time can really make you feel what life was like for the rugged men and tough animals that had to survive the heavy snow in order to harvest the might forests of Northern Minnesota.

Since these camps, horses and men are gone today because machines, trucks and power saws have taken over, the era has ended and now you can only experience it through this

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The two-bus collision in downtown Duluth two weeks ago claimed one life – that of Michael J. Mooney, American hero. A former Marine, Mooney had left his seat and was rushing to give aid to the obviously distressed bus driver seconds before the crash. It always amazes me when I hear stories of soldiers and veterans who think nothing of rushing INTO a disaster instead of paying heed to our inner urge to flee. It takes more than courage -- it takes caring for the safety of others ahead of your own.

Although Mooney, 53, was an Illinois native, he had lived in Duluth since the 1990s, upon his honorable discharge from a 10-year career in the U.S. Marines Corps. He was many things to many people, but the role he took the most pride in was that of father

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Stadium - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/PatrickBlaise-583952/

Duluth is a city that believes in keeping the rich tradition of athletics alive. We are, after all, among the first to have professional football franchises and we boast a renowned hockey legacy. Some of the state’s best sport tournament venues are located right here in Duluth which is great for sports fan that need a place for their team to go.

Whether you’re looking for a place to host your soccer event, bowling, softball or even bocce ball, your team can play in a few great venues located only in Duluth. Bring in the competition and enjoy the areas around the venues between dining, parks, shopping and other attractions. Here are the sports you can host around Duluth.


There are two rinks at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. The

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East Duluth is not only a great place to vacation; there are a ton of places you can stay. Here’s a quick look at a few of the options if you are visiting or need to put up family when they visit you in Duluth.

Bed and Breakfast is a Good Place to Start

There are some gorgeous bed and breakfasts in the area. The Cotton Mansion is an amazing way to take a trip back in time and enjoy your gorgeous surroundings. There's a library and a sunroom to enjoy. A Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast is right at Lake Superior so you can sit out on the porch and she ships coming in.

Another great lodging choice in the area is the Olcott House. It mixes the charm of a bed and breakfast with a rich history in the area. It was belt in 1904 with gorgeous antebellum

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Many a Duluthian’s dreams of late feature tying into ol’ bucketmouth – we’re that excruciatingly close to the season opener here in Duluth. The 2015 season for us starts May 9th, while our neighbors to the west of us can catch and release only for the two weeks until the regular harvest season opens on May 23rd.

Sure, they’re basic, but here are three ways to get ready for the season:

1. Buy a license

Many Duluth newcomers don’t know that they’ll need a license to fish anywhere in the state. To apply, they’ll ask for your name, address, date of birth, social security number and driver’s license number.

You can apply for a license from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources or from local merchants that are authorized by the DNR to

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Lutsen Mountain - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rauckhaus/8517961744

Imagine a weekend of skiing for the whole family. All day, you ski down perfectly groomed slopes and at night, all of you cuddle around a roaring fire while drinking hot cocoa and listening to local music. Lutsen Mountains provides a wonderful skiing experience for the whole family.

Perfectly Groomed Slopes

With four mountains and over 95 dedicated ski runs, there is sure to be a skiing experience perfect for everyone in the family. Beginner slopes will help the little ones learn to ski and skiing coaches are available to teach the kids to ski safely and properly.

High-impact nature runs allow experienced skiing enthusiasts to try new jumps and tricks. Experts will enjoy one of the longest cross-country skiing trails in the United States. All

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April is National Volunteer Month and we’ve come up with three Duluth organizations that can really use your help.

Grant Wishes for Kids

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is best known for granting wishes to children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions and they need your help right here in Duluth.

This volunteer position involves meeting children and their families and helping the children determine their wish.  Wish granting volunteers work in teams to plan and grant each wish – what could be more satisfying?

Volunteers must be age 18 or older, pass a background check and attend orientation or training. Find out how you can help Duluth children by visiting Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s website.

Assist the Elderly

The Arrowhead

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Lodge - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/suryo-3396/

Canal Park is a hot spot for fun in Duluth, full of boutique shops and excellent dining options. This was once a barren warehouse district but now it’s full of dozens of shops and restaurants and people spending time here. You can walk the Lakewalk or watch the ships that pass under the famous Aerial Lift Bridge.

Many people come here to check out the Great Lakes Aquarium, grab a bite to eat or dance the night away. The best part about visiting Canal Park might be the fact that they have some of the city’s newest hotels with elaborate Jacuzzi suites or space for your whole family. Here is a glance at Canal Park area lodging.

Hampton Inn – 310 Canal Park, Duluth

Located on Lake Superior in Canal Park is the Hampton Inn. You’ll have access to a

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One of the things we love the most about our Duluth is that it’s possible to find a number of amazing homes priced just right for a first-time homebuyer or those on a tight budget. We’ve chosen three to feature from among the current listings of homes for sale in Duluth.


Spirit Valley-Denfield-Norton Park

If you’re one of those folks who can envision possibilities where few currently exist, you need to check out this house. Built in 1849, it features a sunny living room with wood floors – in fact, the home has wood floors throughout and baseboard heat in all rooms.

This isn’t a large home; it has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 792 square feet of living space. The home sits on a small lot. It does need some work, and may qualify for the FHA

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The Duluth Depot - Image Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DepotDuluthMN.jpg

Veteran’s Memorial Hall is Duluth’s museum for gathering, preserving, interpreting and promoting the human experiences of United States Military service veterans. Its focus is on the veterans and their families of northeastern Minnesota.

The Hall features a museum, archival and educational programs that is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Here is a look at what you’ll experience upon visiting the Veteran’s Memorial Hall located at 506 West Michigan Street.

About Veteran’s Memorial Hall

Veteran’s Memorial Hall is in the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot, and is maintained by the St. Louis County Historical Society as well as military service veterans of the Arrowhead region. There are over 1,500 artifacts

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