Rachael Olesiak tipped her head back and looked at the sky. What's today's cloud cover? Standing in the middle of heavy snowfall, she said "100 percent." That's just one of several observations Olsiak will record as part of a process she and her colleagues do everyday — and one the Cloquet Forestry Center has conducted for more than a century. "You can see things trending, so we always know when things are getting warmer and by how much," Olesiak said. "And things are getting warmer, but we're also getting wetter. We're finding our colds aren't as cold."
It's not a staccatic loud beat that echoes from Hmong instruments. Nor is it a subtle reserved hum. "It's haunting," said Bea Larson. "When I hear those sounds, it's like I'm also in their villages, and in their mountains and I can see the mist and hear the chickens."
Win every thoroughbred horse race and it's a triple crown. Reach each base on separate at-bats in baseball and it's a cycle. So what's it called when someone aces all of their standardized tests? Whatever the name, Gautum Mereddy is it. Duluth East's king of the ACT and SAT received perfect or near-perfect scores on all five of the tests he took. "I was super excited, called my parents, (and said) 'Yo, I got this score,'" Mereddy said, "like woah."
It could be a music venue, or perhaps a tap room. Heck, it could even be the addition to the Historic Arts and Theater district that catalyzes new cultural relevance. Right now though, it’s just for storage.
It was one of those cold dreary November days. The sky was painted with a dull gray over the Hermantown Sam's Club. The rain falling sideways only added to what had drenched the area the night before. With a chill in the air, shoppers spent very little time lingering outside. Except for Jaime Walsh. Ask him how he felt after braving four cold hours in those same conditions, the Salvation Army bell ringer would tell you he couldn't be happier. "It's addictive," Walsh said. "It does make my season and I'll say that over and over again."
One shopper was perusing the pears. Another was studying sweet potatoes. They weren’t concerned about their last-minute shopping. “It’s never failed me before,” said one man. “I’ve never been too worried about it,” said a woman.
Swab your cheek, save a life. That was Miranda Sweely's dream when she attended a bone marrow drive three years ago. But she never expected to get an email that she was a match. "I swabbed it and I remembered a friend of my dad had leukemia," said Sweely. "Well, God if I can help someone like that, then I would totally go for it."
Whatever extreme conditions Duluth has waiting this winter, they held off during Friday's parade. Despite the historic precedent for erratic weather that brings out the "stubborn" in stubborn Duluth during the Christmas City of the North Parade, the seasonal event was graced with a calm wind and the occasional picture-perfect snowflake.
Single-digit temperatures have invaded the Northland. But fear not for the seasonal festivities accompanying winter have also arrived. Bentleyville Tour of Lights and the Christmas City of the North Parade both return to the Northland this weekend. "You're going to be wowed by looking at the signs of million of lights," said Nathan Bentley, founder of Bentleyville. "It's a whimsical experience. With Superior on your right as you're strolling around this area, it's magic. It brings you back to a simpler time."
"And a final toll for all those lost on Lake Superior," said an official standing at the doors of the Split Rock Lighthouse. "Clang." It was the 30th toll of the afternoon, with the other 29 preceding the names of each crewmember that was lost during the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking 43 years ago. Bundled in warm clothes during the Northland's first freezing weekend, hundreds of people stood silently at the base of the lighthouse under a gloomy grey sky — a fitting color for the commemoration.