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Wal Mart Focuses On Growth As It Opens Six Supercenters In Ohio
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Why Are Self-Checkouts The New Norm At Stores Like Walmart?

It's a growing trend that really hit home here in the Northland recently:  The Walmart in Superior remodeled their checkout area - reducing the number of cashier-manned lanes, replacing the majority of them with a large self-checkout area.  In addition to the focus on waiting on yourself, they've also started providing less human cashiers in the remaining  "regular" lanes.  It's  easy to see that the retailer is forcing people to use the self checkouts whether or not they want to.

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Restaurant Chains Applebee's And IHOP To Close Over 100 Stores
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Twin Ports Applebee’s Not Included On Projected Closing List

The news that Applebee's plans on closing up to 135 of their restaurants has a lot of Twin Ports food fans worried:  Would the local Applebee's locations be included on the list?  The answer - according to the Superior Telegram - is no.

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Oliver Bridge Project Extended Into November [Update]

The multi-year project to rehabilitate the Oliver Bridge will last a little longer this season.  The original timeline for this years project had it ending in September;  a new post on the Douglas County Highway department's Facebook page now says that work will continue until November 1, 2017...

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Superior’s Calumet Refinery Sold To Husky Energy

A $553-million deal will see the new owners for the Calumet Refinery in Superior.  Husky Energy - a company located in Canada - will absorb the refinery into it's operation - increasing its capacity by 50,000 barrels a day.

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Manholes Pop Up Near Empire State Building
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South Superior Tower Avenue Sees Roadwork

If you've driven through South Superior during the last week or so you've probably noticed the road work  that is happening on Tower Avenue.  According to the City of Superior, the project is related to manhole and pavement work in the area.

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Galloway Astronomy Society Prepare For Friday's Eclipse
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How Visible Will The Solar Eclipse Be In Duluth-Superior On August 21?

It seems like everyone is talking about the upcoming solar eclipse that is set to occur over North America on August 21.  Part of what makes this such a big deal is that an eclipse of this nature hasn't happened since 1979.

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I-35 Patching Project To Affect Drivers The Next Two Weeks

If you noticed some road work on I-35 this afternoon, it's part of a project that will occur the next few weeks.  Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will progress on a large-scale asphalt patching project during the daytime hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  The schedule was designed to have limited impact on drive-time hours.

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Free Backpacks Are Distributed To Needy Students Ahead Of New School Year
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CHUM Collects Backpacks And Supplies For Those Who Need Help With Back-To-School Needs

The new school year will start sooner than you think;  while many look forward to adventure of the season, others look to back-to-school time with trepidation.  Many families in the Northland have a difficult time making ends meet all year long - but especially when clothes and supply shopping stretch their budget.

CHUM is looking to change that by organizing a backpack and school supply collection.  According to officials with the agency, participation can take many forms.  Scott Van Deale - CHUM's Distributive Services Director expands:

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How And When To View The 2017 Solar Eclipse In The Duluth / Superior Area

A solar eclipse will sweep across the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017. The cool thing about this eclipse is that everyone in the United States will be able to see it. It just won't be a total eclipse for everyone, depending on where you are. What will the eclipse look like in the Twin Ports? How and when exactly can you see it? Here's what to know.

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An Aspirin A Day Could Prevent Both Heart Disease And Colon Cancer
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Local Health Officials Suggest Patients “Ask About Aspirin” To Reduce Heart Risks

You only get one heart;  that's why it's important to take care of the one you have!  For many years now, medical research has shown a correlation between daily intake of aspirin for some patients and a reduced risk of heart-related issues.  Now, local health officials are prompting people to learn more.

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What Will Superior Senior High School Look Like After Multi-Year Renovation? [Video]

In April, contractors and community leaders broke ground on the $56-million renovation of Superior Senior High School.  The work will totally re-make the 1960's-vintage building into a modern facility.

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Wondering Why It Has Been So Hazy Lately In The Duluth Area?

Looking out over Lake Superior the last few days, seeing the horizon hasn't been an easy thing. A haze has descended on the Twin Ports, making for an interesting orange-tinted sunrise this morning and raising questions among locals of why that is happening this week...

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