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Winter Storm Watch Issued For Region; Ice Being The Main Concern For This Storm

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the immediate Duluth-Superior area and around the head of Lake Superior from Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

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Annual Spring Cleaning On Bong And Blatnik Bridges Starts This Week

I guess you could call it another sure sign of spring:  the annual salt/sand sweeping on the Bong and Blatnik Bridges - and the "Can of Worms" interchange and Boundary Avenue to 21st Avenue East area of I-35 starts this week.  Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are alerting drivers to be aware of the process and to use caution when approaching the work convoy.

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Morning Commute In New York Hampered After Major Snowstorm
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Minnesota Lawmakers Consider No More Snow Days For Schools

The tradition of Snow Days for Minnesota public school students may be coming to an end.  State lawmakers are moving to consider legislation that would go away with up to 5 Snow Days each school year, replacing them with "E-Learning Days" instead.

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Remembering The March 2007 Twin Ports Blizzard

Where were you and what were you doing ten years ago?  March 1 and 2, 2007 in the Twin Ports saw one of our more-intense blizzards - a perfect storm that started in Oklahoma and traveled northwards towards the Northland to leave more than 20 inches of precipitation and 50 miles per hour winds that drifted the snow to the rooftops.

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Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
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This Is Why You Need To Clean Your Whole Car Off After It Snows [VIDEO]

After a snowstorm, it's all too common to see vehicles cruising the highways with their windows cleaned off but snow piled high on the roof of the vehicle. While some might think it's no big deal, it can be hazardous.

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Homeowners Brace For Higher Heating Costs This Winter
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Swap Program Targets Older Northland Wood Stoves For Replacement

You could swap out that old wood stove you've had for years for a new, energy-efficient model and end up money ahead.  That's the aim of a new program put forth by Environmental Initiative.  Wood stoves were bought before 1990 qualify for the program.

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How To Keep Food Safe For The Big Game Northland Style

There's a football game coming up this weekend apparently - even though the folks with the National Football League don't want you to specifically mention the name of the end-of-season championship.  Many people celebrate these sort of games with parties that involve food of some sort.  While I'm not a football fan (I've never watched a single minute of a game) I do like to cook and I often get questions from my friends on everything from what to serve for a party like this to how to prepare it.

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Steve Tanko
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Duluth-Superior Winter Bridge Etiquette 101

So you may have noticed that we get a little snow and ice here in the Twin Ports from time to time.  The average winter brings measurable snow every couple of days with at least 3 or 4 major snow events for the season.  You may have also noticed that our Twin Ports community is divided by the St. Louis River, which requires a bridge to travel to-and-from Duluth and Superior.  We have two major bridge option routes to choose from in the heart of the metro, with a few outlying choices as well.

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Mid Atlantic States Prepare For Large Snow Storm
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MNDOT Installs Plow Cams On Their Snowplow Fleet

Northlanders looking for a different perspective on road conditions can now access the view from the crews battling the worst that Mother Nature throws our way.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation made the announcement that they have installed plow cams on some of  their 838 snowplows - allowing the general public a first-hand look at road conditions.

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Koreans Prepare For New Year Celebrations
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What Was It Like To Be A Kid In Winter In Duluth/Superior

When I was a kid, there was a lot of the Duluth Heights that were undeveloped, that made for some great sliding places. I used to slide down the hill at Cathedral, now Marshall High School. There was a huge hill, the football field was just a practice field and Mars wasn't there yet.

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Enthusiasts Attempt To Skate On The Frozen Fens
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City Of Superior Closes Skating Rinks And Pulls Grooming On Ski Trails Due To Weather

You might love the January Thaw we're experiencing - but it doesn't bode well for outdoor winter activities.  With the warm temperatures and rain we've experienced this past week (and are anticipated throughout the weekend), the City of Superior has moved to temporarily close the municipal skating rinks and pull grooming efforts from the cross country ski trails.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images
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Reminder: Property Owners Responsible For Clearing Ice and Snow From Public Sidewalks

Snow shoveling is one of the dreaded aspects of wintertime in the Twin Ports. This year has been particularly challenging with the Christmas ice storm that left a mess still visible on many sidewalks, driveways, and roads around the area. Being we're expecting a brief warm-up, now is a good time to make efforts to make sure sidewalks along your property are as clean and safe as possible.

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