Around the circle this week: January 28, 2022

Of course you are, so we thought we’d start with Paul Scinocca’s photo from the Arthur M. Anderson last arrival of the season in Duluth on January 13. Paul adds these nifty notes: “Their 25th and final arrival in Duluth this season. Take the CN platform after the Munson! They arrived on 1/13/2022 at 5:53 p.m. which made me a bit late for dinner. Sailed to CN to load iron ore for the next 11.4 hours. They left on 01/14/2022 at 07:17, having spent a total of 13.4 hours in port. This season they: visited Duluth 25 times, spent 681.4 hours in port, 186.7 hours unloading, 373.6 hours loading. Visited two ports 6 times, spent 62.7 hours in port, 59.4 hours loading. They delivered to: Conneaut 7 times; Gary IN 19 times; Nanticoke ON 2 times. Thank you for the beautiful summary of a maritime season for a Great Lakes freighter, Paul. And if you want to see the freighter in motion… check out Paul’s video.

On Tracks: A number of railroads in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Ontario, including the one that carries the popular Agawa Canyon Tour, will soon be in Watco’s hands. David Helwig reports for Northern Ontario Businesses that 250 miles of former Algoma Central Railway tracks are among those sold to Watco Companies LLC, a Kansas-based single-source transportation services company. David reports that for the tourist train departing from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, it will do business as the Agawa Canyon Railroad, merging the former train names Algoma Central Railway and Agawa Canyon Tour. According to Bill Stephens on, the Algoma Central Railroad will begin operating under Watco management on February 1. Marie and Oba, Watco aims to restore scenic passenger rail service through the Agawa Canyon.” This map on, credited to Watco, shows the lines the company operates throughout the Lake Superior region and in southern Wisconsin.

New look for the new year: For those who haven’t seen it yet, we’re excited to bring you our modified look, launching with the debut of our 44th volume. (The magazine started in 1979 with Vol. 1, so this is our 44th year of publication…although in human years we’d be 43). The magazine maintains the same focus – Lake Superior and its people. Lake Superior Magazine is no stranger to changes, as seen in this photo below with the four previous incarnations, including changes to the original name and logo. For subscribers, the new issue is in the mail and should arrive soon. It features the winners of the Lake Superior Photo Contest, an introduction to cruise ships and tall ships that arrive in the summer; a special section to enjoy the details of weddings, as well as cookies and cocktails for your Valentine, two young wellness and fat bike entrepreneurs, mitten stitching and all around winter fun. Enjoy!

A tasty recap: Posted this week on the Katie Mumm Photography Facebook page about a popular establishment in Grand Marais, Minn. and fresh fish! We are the PROUD new owners of The Fisherman’s Daughter in the Grand Marais (effective February 1)! We feel incredibly honored to carry on the traditions started by Shele and Harley Toftey and more recently Abby, Sam, Kate and Jeremy. ⁣ ⁣As owners of The Fishermen’s Daughter, we will continue⁣ to pay homage and recognize the restaurant’s history while remaining a Grand Marais staple with incredible food (and FLAVORS🤤), incredible hospitality and a sense of community.⁣⁣We fully understand the fishing heritage that runs deep in this community and are committed to making it a top priority.Our goal at TFD is to keep our offerings as local as possible and we will continue to support our local anglers as well as other Lak e Superior anglers. ⁣⁣This is a dream come true and we are extremely grateful to everyone who helped us on our journey! See you soon at TFD!” Good luck and thanks for all the fish, Katie and Parker.

Don’t waste the weekend! : With all this stuff going on, there’s really no excuse not to go out and do some fun stuff.

• Mount your ponies, compadres UP, for the Saddle Up! Music video and album release party tonight and Saturday. Northern Michigan University alumnus Ethan Bott (pictured), whose personal invite is on a video, releases his latest album (or EP) “Saddle Up!” and the music video “I Like Bein’ A Redneck”, directed by fellow Marquette local, Nels Lindquist. The party starts at 8 p.m. ET tonight at the Ore Dock Brewing Co., then moves to Superior Culture at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday.

• Downtown Negaunee is ready to warm up (or rather cool down) for the Heikki Lunta Winter Festival to celebrate all things winter.

Fun includes tonight’s Irontown Rail Jam and Teal Lake Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, activities at UP Luge Club Lucy Hill and Freeze Yer

Fanny Fat Tire bike race. There’s also the Gourmet S’mores Bar with these specially made Heikki Lunta Marshmallow Roasters from UP Fabricating. And don’t forget the Heikki Lunta Student Art Exhibit at St. Paul’s Gymnasium, 1-3 p.m. ET Saturday. Follow all the fun on the Negaunee Downtown Development Authority Facebook page. Lest you forget Heikki Lunta’s origins, check out this story by Doug Garrison for Word on the Street.

• Don’t feel like going out, but still want to have a good time? Attend the 7 p.m. CT performance sponsored by Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua that celebrates the culture, history and spirit of the Anishinaabe people, in a musical theater experience that honors the Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region. This week’s Tiny Tent Show & Virtual Tent Show Radio features Anishinaabe Dibaajimowin: An Ojibwe Story, conducted by Michael Laughing Fox Charette and features a cast of regional artists with the Blue Canvas Orchestra.

• Waylon makes a special appearance at the Winter Sunday Funday sponsored by Howl Adventure Center in Bayfield, Wis., to

give a demonstration of ski joëring. Or discover Nordic skis, snowshoes and fat bikes for free. Then warm up with cocoa or a good local beer by the campfire at Adventure Club Brewing. Then on Tuesday, people are encouraged to get into the spirit of the Winter Olympics with a three-part challenge: ski to the Mount Ashwabay sugar shack; snowshoe to Lost Creek Falls; and fat bike to the top of Mount Ashwabay. To enter the challenge, post photos of yourself at all three locations/activities on Howl’s Facebook page and tag Howl Adventure Center on Instagram. “Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a pair of Team USA socks and be entered into a raffle for a $100 Howl gift card. Gear rentals available from Howl if needed. Challenge runs from February 1 to February 28.”

Photo and graphic credits: Paul Scinocca; Watco Companies LLC; Lake Superior Magazine; Katie Mumm Photography; Ethan Bott; Heikki Luna Winter Festival; Howl Adventure Center

Around the circle this week, editor: Konnie LeMay

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