Bayfield or Bust: Our 10-Stop Dining Roadtrip to Wisconsin’s South Shore

If you’re one of the thousands of people heading north and east to Wisconsin’s famous Bayfield Apple Festival this weekend, wear some stretchy pants—the crescent-shaped land of Chequamegon Bay has a lot more than fruit to offer its visitors. The South Shore community is relatively small—about 30,000 people living in the coastal counties of Ashland and … [ Read more]

First Course: Revolution!

A ‘Guerrilla Harvest Dinner’ heralded the birth of the Ashland and Bayfield chapter of the Wisconsin Farmers Union I. An Improvised Feast The spreadsheet for the harvest dinner stretched 49 lines deep. Each line was an offering from an individual that reflected a different aspect of the harvest: “Two pecks of apples and some onions.” … [ Read more]

Lake Superior as Dinner Table: Q&A with the author of ‘Life in a Northern Town’

Lake Superior roosts above the Upper Midwest like a temperamental god. From its bulk (it contains 10 percent of Earth’s fresh surface water) to the age of its oldest rocks (about 2.7 billion years) to its forceful power (at least 350 shipwrecks), the lake is a titan that influences everything within hundreds of miles of its … [ Read more]

Superior Sounds: Great summer concerts along the shores of the greatest Great Lake

Summer in the Upper Midwest—so much to do, so little time! Like any other Minnesotan, I enjoy hopping a plane to somewhere warmer for a week or so in the winter, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy local offerings out on the open road. Some vacation for leisure; others for adventure. I always … [ Read more]

On the Shores of the ‘Great Water’: The Ojibwe people’s migration to Gichigamiing

To the Ojibwe people, Lake Superior is “Gichigamiing”—the “great water” or “sea.” Today, Ojibwe communities are scattered around the northern and southern regions of Gichigamiing, including throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario. The Ojibwe have a culturally and historically significant relationship to Gichigamiing going back hundreds of years, when they first migrated to the region.  … [ Read more]

Microscopic Michigan: Dr. Emily Geiger is taming wild yeast on the shores of Superior

Walk along the shoreline of Lake Superior outside of the Upper Peninsula town of Hancock, Michigan, and you might stumble across a half-filled mason jar covered in a cloth. Don’t disturb it. It’s not a forgotten glass of beer from a picnic or beach party, but one of Dr. Emily Geiger’s carefully laid traps. Call … [ Read more]

Fitger’s Bockfest 2018

Bock Fest is the German celebration of spring, and Fitger’s Courtyard is the place to be. The 23rd annual Fitger’s Bock Fest will be running the weekend of March 15-17. There will be a campfire in the courtyard around which to drink the traditional Lake Superior Split Rock Bock beer. Thursday: ‘The blessing of the … [ Read more]

Paddles, pinot, & porter: My spirited Apostle Islands kayak adventure

Lake Superior, the largest body of fresh water on the North American continent, is so cold and clean you can see nearly 10 feet down. Surrounded by long stretches of sandy beaches and deep piney forests, it’s a paradise for kayakers and hikers. And while its physical charms are immediately evident the moment one hits … [ Read more]

Lake Superior one of the fastest warming lakes on Earth

A new study released by NASA and the National Science Foundation in December shows that lakes are warming faster than the oceans, reports MPR News. The study focused on 235 lakes on six continents over 25 years and concluded that lakes are warming at an average rate of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit every decade. Four of the five … [ Read more]

The Great Outdoors…With Beer

Dave Hoops dishes on his favorite places in northern Minnesota. By Dave Hoops  In this issue I am going to talk about some of my favorite places in northern Minnesota to hike, bike, camp, relax, swim, and of course enjoy a great beer. In 2006, the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan showed a staggering 11,862 … [ Read more]

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GetKnit North Shore Brewery Tour

We’ll admit, we’re a little late on this one — we had the opportunity to go on GetKnit’s first ever North Shore Brewery Tour way back in April — but better late than never, right? Let’s get right down to it, the North Shore Brewery Tour is awesome for a few reasons. First, if we went back … [ Read more]