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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
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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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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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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Fall Colors 2016: Where to Find the Best Autumn Leaves Near Duluth and Superior in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin [MAP]

Fall in the Northland is a uniquely beautiful experience. Within a short driving distance, you can enjoy the vibrant beauty our area has to offer with a number of different backdrops; from Lake Superior to the rolling hills of Northern Wisconsin or the rugged country of the Iron Range.

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Permission: U.S. Forest Service
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Love To Be In The Great Outdoors? The U.S. Forest Service Is Having A Hiring Fair

If you love to work outdoors or recently graduated with a major that would have you seeking a position with the Forestry Service, there's a hiring fair coming up that could help you realize your career goals.  There will be a Student and Recent Graduate Hiring Event with the U.S. Forestry Service coming up in November.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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When Will Fall Colors Peak in Duluth and on the North Shore This Year?

According to the Minnesota DNR, conditions are shaping up for the potential of a brilliant fall colors season. The DNR's forest health specialists say we had enough rain to set up the early stages of what's necessary for vibrant fall colors, but temperatures are the big factor moving forward.

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Cathy Kates
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A New Kind Of Boat Race In Brimson: Ice Fishing Houses [VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY]

Camping in Brimson is always a treat.  There's campfires, ATV rides, running, Hugo's, Pequaywan Inn fish fry, biking, kayaking, eating and fishing.  This time, Labor Day brought another surprise, Ice Fishing House races.  Wait.....what?  How does that work?

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St. Patrick's Day 2016
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Duluth Police Department Hosting Kids, Cops, And Cars Event

The Duluth Police Department is gearing up to host the 4th annual Kids, Cars and Cops Event next week.

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Canadian Tour - Day 6
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How Do They Check Float Planes For Invasive Species, Or Do They

Recently we were inspected for invasive species while putting our kayaks and my daughters Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) in Pike Lake.  This had previously happened with our fishing boat, but was surprised to find that they also checked kayaks.  Something caught our eye on the lake that raised the question of what they do and do not inspect.

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Gary-New Duluth Bike Rodeo And Child Safety Day Is This Wednesday

The Gary-New Duluth Community Center along with the Duluth Police Department and Healthy Duluth are putting on a great event on bike safety and fun.

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