Lake Superior Magazine

My all-time favorite publication is Lake Superior Magazine, for its focus on the “Big Lake” and the people, nature and events that surround it. I have spent a lot of quality dock time at the cabin sitting in the sun, soaking up its stories and dreaming.

So it was a great pleasure to have my first story published there. And sweeter yet to be asked to become a regular contributor. Below are the stories I have written to date, and the issue in which they appear. Those with links have been posted on the Lake Superior Magazine website and can be read there.

Moments of Zen – August/September 2021
The Japanese Zen Garden in Enger Park celebrates the 30-year Sister City connection between Duluth and Isumi-machi.

Inside & Out – February/March 2021
The author’s regular bicycle route lets her watch an incredible blooming of an historic stone house, intriguing her to discover what’s inside, too.

Revisiting the Past – December/January 2021
A journal account of the Lodge Logic story sparking memories in a reader who stayed and worked in Sullivan’s Lodge.  His return was heartfelt and rewarding.

Christmas Spirit Rides the Rails – December/January 2020 (cover story)
The CP Holiday Train marks a start to the holiday season across our Ontario shore … and jumpstarts the giving spirit.

A Recreational Phenom – April/May 2019
Hansi Johnson’s mission is to make you get out & enjoy

Hanging Out at Camp Cordwood – December/January 2019
An engaging visit to a Keweenaw home packed with wit & wonder.

Weddings: Going to the Chapel Museum – February/March 2018
You know your wedding will make history…especially if you chose a site in the Lake region that brings a historic or off-beat twist.

Out of the Ashes – December/January 2018
When their Minnesota North Shore home burned to the ground, the Luhrsens found many willing helpers to rebuild their dream home.

Delivering a Taste of Home – December/January 2018
Pasties, potica, Persians, Trenary Toast and Yooper Bars – all these regional items can be shipped for gifts or brought home for the holidays.

The Pros Reveal What Makes It Memorable – February/March 2017
A photographer, wedding planner, caterer and musician name one of their favorite Big Lake nuptials and why they stay in their memories.

Farewell Pine – October/November 2016
A journal story recounting personal experiences of Duluth’s huge wind storm, and the neighbors who are memorializing the towering pine that was toppled.

Lodge Logic – August/September 2016
A former lodge property becomes the perfect retirement home and family getaway for this Lake-loving couple in Minnesota.

One River, Two Islands – April/May 2016 & Recreation OneRiver Logo smallGuide
St. Louis River is becoming a recreational gem, but its history also flows deep. Meet two islands with different stories on the same river.
Part of the “One River, Many Stories” journalism project

A Cabin Story – February/March 2016
How an heirloom property has grown with its expanding family.

Steeped in Stories – December/January 2016
An author’s storybook Christmas décor reflects her Norwegian heritage.

Meeting the Lake Superior Challenge – August/September 2015
The Big Lake awes many people with its power and beauty, but it inspires a chosen few to use its waters to truly test their limits.

Dawn of a New Superior – June/July 2015  (cover story)LSM Cover June July 2015
This Wisconsin sister of the Twin Ports has a new vitality with new industry, new stores and new restaurants on the rise.

Returning to the Scene of the Chimes – February/March 2015
Some couples pick their wedding venue so they can visit every year, to get romantic boosts, recreational escapes or new family traditions.

Restaurants: Book Fare – December/January 2015
A trend, especially on the Minnesota shores, is for restaurants to create cookbooks that give recipes and serve up their neighborhoods.

They Like to Move It, Move It – October/November 2014
Want to show off your knowledge about the latest maritime activity and season around our Big Lake? This story will put you in the know.

Outside In – August/September 2014
A couple finds décor inspiration in the woods beside their Lutsen home.

Get Down, Duluth – June/July 2014  (cover story)LSM Cover June July 2014
Boutique stores, microbreweries, restaurants, movies, live entertainment and quality residences: Meet the new downtown Duluth.

Healing Waters – April/May 2014
There is a flood of ways that water – and Big Lake living – keeps us well.

New Beginnings in the Old Neighborhood – April/May 2014
A Duluth native returns to Park Point to create his dream home.

Tying the Knot on a Shoestring – February/March 2014
Finding Options to Limit Costs & Still Be Creative.

Building Hoeg H’Arbor – February/March 2014
Seeking a shoreside haven, this couple discovered the right property for their true dream home was actually nestled in the woods.
(Note – this is actually the story of building our house!)

Lessons in Prevention – October/November 2013
Local hospitals invest in education on how to avoid needing their services.

Minding the Beaches – August/September 2013
Most every shore of the Big Lake does beach monitoring to test the water, but what do the advisories really mean for swimmers?

Net House to Playhouse – June/July 2013
Finding a new life for an aging structure.

The Cost per Frontage Foot – April/May 2013
A review of waterfront prices around all four shores of the Big Lake.

Buffing up your Resolve – February/March 2013
If your will to keep that New Year’s fitness resolution is flagging, don’t despair. Many regional support options help you meet your goals.

Loving the Loppet – December/January 2013
A journal account of taking a train to a remote spot and skiing the Wabos Loppet through the wilderness of Ontario.