Exploring the North Shore

Exploring the North Shore

Discover Lake Superior's North Shore with Joe and Jaye.... Show More

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December 10, 2019 28 min

Bentleyville Tour of Lights was started as a modest walk-through light display on a farm in Esko, MN in 2001. It was moved to Cloquet, MN and eventually to it's home in Bayfront Park, Duluth where it has been hosted for the past ten years. Martha and Jaye made their way to Bentleyville to watch them flip on the lights promptly at 5 PM on Sunday evening and to walk through the light display. Along the way, they munched on sug... Read more

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November 19, 2019 23 min

Thanksgiving is coming up! The North Shore is a great place to enjoy a large, family Thanksgiving in a beautiful vacation rental or lakeside resort. But, having Thanksgiving here takes a bit of planning! Especially when it comes to getting some of the area's best pies in time for the holiday. Jaye and new host, Martha, met up with Hana Crosby of Crosby Bakery... Read more

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! On this special Halloween Minnesode, Jaye is joined by guest host Matthew Baxley and special guest Sarah Stover to go on a tour of Grand Marais' newest (and, only) haunted house! Located in an old funeral home, the new owners, the Riddles, have done an incredible job turning an unwanted space into something really amazing for Halloween. Listen to Matthew yelp, Jaye laugh, and Sarah provides occasional commen... Read more

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October 29, 2019 65 min

Are there haunted places on Lake Superior's North Shore? Of course, there are! Many stories swirl around shadowy figures, disembodies voices, strange smells, and random bursts of cold in an otherwise warm room. There are many well-known haunted places on the North Shore- so many that telling all these stories will likely take many years. So we will kick off our "Haunted North Shore Guide" with a few ... Read more

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October 15, 2019 37 min

In this episode of "Exploring the North Shore", Joe and Jaye sit down to discuss their favorite stories of mobsters, gangsters, and organized crime on the North Shore. From Al Capone shooting up the Lutsen Resort Fish House to an "unusual friendship" between a gangster and long-time resident of the Gunflint Trail that was the basis for a 2019 display at Chik-Wauk Museum. Finally, find out how the most prolific ba... Read more

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Legal gambling in Cook County? A buried treasure? The life of Grand Marais couple in the late-1930s.

Newlyweds Curtis and Adair Erickson moved to Grand Marais in 1937 to begin their new life together. Curtis' job was placing, managing, and maintaining slot machines in any gas station, bar, restaurant, resort, and even car dealerships who were willing to share in gambling profits by having machines located within t... Read more

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October 1, 2019 40 min

It's October! This month Joe and Jaye will be doing some "spooky", or rather "really interesting" stories on the history of the North Shore. In this week's episode, they discuss four ghost towns- once-thriving communities that have fallen victim to changing times in Lake and Cook Counties. Join them as they sit on the outskirts of one of these towns to talk about the communities of Forest Center, Sawbill ... Read more

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September 17, 2019 30 min

Joe is back and fall has arrived! Take a fall drive on the Honeymoon Trail in Lutsen with Joe and Jaye. Joe interviews Eric Singsaas, the director of Wood Products and Bioeconomy at the Natural Research Institute in Duluth. Eric is the area's leading expert on Leaf Change Season and the science behind why and how the leaves change. The information is both fascinating and also gives great insight as to when the peak of the se... Read more

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September 9, 2019 51 min

Joe takes the week off so Jaye is joined by travel blogger Lizanne Lately (https://lizannelately.com/) as they explore Grand Marais. Come along as they have breakfast at South of the Border, take a timber framing class at North House Folk School, try the Juicy Lucy at My Sister's Place, and check out the best scenic overlook in Grand Marais. Plus, they chat with some l... Read more

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August 27, 2019 49 min

Joe and Jaye continue up Highway 61 until they reach Grand Portage- home of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe).  Come along and find out what food item Jaye loves at the restaurant, explore the National Monument and hear about the rich history from Karl Koster, and then go for a hike at the Grand Portage State Park to the area's biggest waterfall (120 feet!).  The area is rich in nature and history and... Read more

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Located on the Brule River flowing through Judge C.R. Magney State Park near Hovland, MN, 20 miles north of Grand Marais, MN, you will find what is arguably the world’s most mysterious waterfall that has been baffling visitors for decades.  One side of the river rumbles onto a stone embankment and down the rocks as waterfalls typically do.  The other side, however, flows into a geological wonder known as the Devil’s Kettle, and…... Read more

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Joe and Jaye cap off their Gunflint Trail series by checking a box off of Jaye's bucket list: a day trip to Rose Lake. They grab a canoe from Hungry Jack Outfitters and paddle and portage into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to what is arguably one of the most popular lakes in the area.  They see Rose Falls, go down the Stairway Portage, and take in the scenic views across Rose Lake into Canada.

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In this episode, Joe and Jaye head down to Jaye's hometown of Silver Bay to try their hand at the new North Shore Adventure Park. The North Shore Adventure Park is an outdoor high ropes course located right alongside Highway 61.  The park offers a variety of courses, referred to as "trails" that have varying levels of difficulty from easy/beginner to an advanced "double black" trail.  Joe and Jaye interview p... Read more

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Joe and Jaye head back to their favorite place: The Gunflint Trail. In this episode they go blueberry picking and enter The Biggest Blueberry Contest and then head to Rockwood Outfitters to grab a canoe and some fishing rods and try their hand at some Gunflint Trail fishing. Do they catch any fish or do they get skunked? Listen to find out!

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The road trip is over, now it's time to explore! In this week's episode Joe and Jaye travel up to the end of the Gunflint Trail to learn a bit about the area's history from Bonnie at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Along the way, they stop for a bite to eat at Trail Center and chat a bit about the 1999 Blowdown and 2007 Ham Lake Fire- two major events that forever changed the landscape of the Gunflint Trail. List... Read more

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Come along with Joe and Jaye while they explore Lake Superior's North Shore in part three of their Duluth to Grand Marais Road Trip Series. This week wraps up the road trip with the stretch of Highway 61 that runs between Silver Bay and Grand Marais.  Joe and Jaye visit Palisade Head, Taconite Harbor, and the Schroeder Baking Company.

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Come along with Joe and Jaye while they explore Lake Superior's North Shore in part two of their Road Trip Series. Head up the shore from Two Harbors to Beaver Bay, driving along Highway 61. In this episode Joe and Jaye stop in at Iona's Beach, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Camp 61.

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Come along with Joe and Jaye while they explore Lake Superior's North Shore in part one of their Road Trip Series. Head up the shore from Duluth to Two Harbors driving along the Scenic Drive. In this episode Joe and Jaye stop in at the New Scenic Cafe, Tom's Logging Camp, and the Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen.

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