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Homie Kates
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Does Minnesota Have As Many Snowmobile Enthusiasts As Wisconsin

My father always had snowmobiles. We had a Polaris, a Ski-doo and some of you may remember the Scorpion brand, we had one with the red seat sporting the raised scorpion logo.  I haven’t been on a sled for years and back then a sled referred to a child's toy. Recently while on a trip to my sisters in the heart of WI (and a snow belt) I was shocked to see all the trails and people on snowmobiles. Especially when we went to the Cross Country Bar in Rhineland.

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The Cold Moon Rises Over Cornwall
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Snowshoe Under A Full Moon Friday Night In Superior

Want something new and unique to do with the family?  The weather is warming up perfectly for snowshoeing and the bonus is you can do it under a full moon.  I would be able to tell my husband to leave his head lamp at home!  No worries if you don't own snow shoes, Superior Adventure through UW-Superior will provide them.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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What’s Your Opinion On The Warmest Brand Of Boots To Wear To The Lake Superior Ice Festival

Originally, I suggested battery operated socks to keep your tootsies toasty while enjoying all that the Lake Superior Ice Festival has to offer, but on Facebook Brad brought up the fact that a warm pair of boots might just do the trick and that got me thinking. 

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Cathy's Battery Operated Socks
Homie Kates
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Use Battery Operated Socks For Comfort And Warmth At the Lake Superior Ice Festival

Battery operated socks rock!  Honestly there is so much to do the entire weekend at the Lake Superior Ice Festival you'll want to pack extra batteries for your socks.  I'm ALWAYS cold, I even use an electric blanket in July, but I'm not willing to sit out on any of the frozen fun and memories waiting to be made at the Lake Superior Ice Festival so I'm pulling out the long johns, my thermal cuddle duds and battery operated socks.

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Photo courtesy of gonzonomicron Via YouTube
Photo courtesy of gonzonomicron Via YouTube
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Duluth Man Actually Skated on the Lakewalk This Past Weekend [VIDEO]

We all now that many of the roads in the Twin Ports are glare Ice, now a dusting of snow, but sidewalks and the Lakewalk are just as bad.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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7 Northland Winter Wonders You Need to Experience

We are truly lucky to have such an abundance of beauty in the Duluth/Superior area and along the North and South Shores. Winter puts a whole different twist on it all, making for unforgettable scenery.

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Category: Featured, Outdoors
Grain Silos Become Ice Climbing Destination In Iowa
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5 Winter Ice Related Activities To Do In Wisconsin

Our Fall was mild and it appeared that winter would never arrive, then seemingly overnight it changed and now we have wind chill advisories and temps in the single digits...

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Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images
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What Type Of Tree Makes The Best Christmas Tree

If you use a real tree to decorate for Christmas, you may already have a favorite.  Perhaps your fave is based on what your family used when you were a child or the length of the needles that will be holding your precious heirloom ornaments.  Are any trees better than others?  Here's my take after reading about tree types with the National Christmas Tree Association.

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Berlin Citizens Shop For Christmas Trees
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31 Years Of Christmas Trees And Memories At The Chub Lake Tree Farm

This was one of my favorite blogs to write all year because I got the honor of visiting with Jim and Bev Whorton, owners of the Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton.  The business is dear to me because it holds precious memories of when my mother and I would go there to get our Christmas trees.  This is their 31st year in business and are once again involved with Trees for Troops.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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A Plea For Pet Owners To Clean Up After Their Dogs On The Lakewalk [VIDEO]

Please excuse my rant, but we are very lucky in the Northland to have several dog parks, nature trails and the Lakewalk to exercise our pets.  It amazes me that so many pet owners either don't take pride in our scenic beauty or care about keeping it nice for others.  This past weekend I found this, which is impressive for the dog's aim, but not impressive that it was left there by the owner for me to clean up.

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UPDATE: The City Of Duluth No Longer Accepting Bagged Leaves For The Rose Garden

As you lazily stretch and yawn, you watch your neighbor through your front window raking their leaves.  UGH!  You know it's something on your never ending to-do list, but what  do you do with all those bags of leaves. 

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Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
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You Can Help Construct A Boardwalk At Pattison State Park And Camp In The Process

Pattison State Park was one of my mom's favorite place for picnics when I was a child.  I loved it because I got to swim!  Eve, a Facebook friend shared that they will be working on changing the infrastructure of Pattison Park and your help would be appreciated, plus you can camp overnight for free because it will be a two day process.  Are you in?

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