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Carpenter Thomas Spence's side job is capturing the essence of the wild along the North Shore of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest.
Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore aims to make the park more accessible for people with mobility issues and other impairments.
The chemical cocktail created an orange colored vapor cloud measuring 20 miles long and 5 miles wide — and it parked itself over the populated area of Superior, Wisconsin, and neighboring Duluth, Minnesota, prompting a mass evacuation of more than 50,000 people.
Radar tracks put Michael Bratlie, an experienced military and commercial pilot, just past Two Harbors, Minnesota, in his two-engine plane. There the flight path ended, drawing exhaustive searches of Lake Superior and the thick woods and rugged terrain on shore.
Lee and Jane Radzak of Willmar lived for 36 years at the Split Rock Lighthouse Historical Site while Lee worked as the site's manager. Once he retired, Lee wrote a book about the family's experiences living at the lighthouse.
The multi-agency effort will help verify data collected by traditional research boats and crews.

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The Department of Natural Resources' annual lake trout assessment was the highest ever for western Lake Superior.
The EPA-funded project could help protect water quality and steer fisheries management.
Did the 2012 flood make St. Louis River Estuary walleyes harder to catch? Or are there fewer of them?

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