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News Tribune photographer Clint Austin used the newspaper's drone on Saturday to capture photos and video of some of the damage caused by massive Lake Superior waves during Friday's storm. Winds gusting to more than 60 mph combined with already-high water levels to build the huge waves, which caused damage all around western Lake Superior. MORE COVERAGE
Oberg Mountain is the destination of an annual fall pilgrimage I make near the time of peak color on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The stark drama of standing on north-facing tall cliffs of intrusive igneous rock and seeing a kaleidoscope of red, orange, and yellow stretching to the horizon with no sign of human structures is a mind-blowing experience. Transitioning to the south side of the mountain is just as impressive because the forest changes to a patchwork of yellow and green that meets with the blue and grey tones of Lake Superior.
Duluth artist Jonathan Thunder was at work on a chalk painting at Elephant Rock in Lincoln Park on Friday afternoon. Thunder's completed work of the elephant is scheduled to be unveiled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the rock, located along Lincoln Park Drive near the park's pavilion. The chalk rendering is part of the an open house in the neighborhood. To preserve the chalk drawing, a tarp will cover Elephant Rock overnight.
Ellie Eaton, 3, of Duluth watches out her window as a black bear climbs down from a crab apple tree in the front yard of her home on the 4300 block of East Gilliat Street in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth Wednesday night. According to neighbors the bear was in the tree eating crab apples for about an hour.
Produce and more were on display Sunday during the fifth annual UMD Farmfest at the University of Minnesota Duluth Land Lab. The farm produces more than 20 tons of organically grown produce that is used by university dining services. It's located on Riley Road north of Duluth. Photos by Clint Austin / firstname.lastname@example.org
Authorities responded to a rollover crash involving a dump truck on St. Louis County Highway 4 (Vermilion Trail) about six miles north of Island Lake on Tuesday afternoon. The driver sustained minor injuries. There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash, which blocked the highway.
Sailboats often monopolize the landscape of Lake Superior near Duluth on Wednesday evenings during the summer. The boats are participating in the Duluth Yacht Club Wednesday Night Class Races. From a distance, boats seem to engage in a complex, yet delicate ballet on the surface of the water. The vessels tack and jibe as they zigzag through the race course. Turning downwind, bright spinnakers fill the air with giant sheets of bold color as they push boats forward.
The downhill races at the annual Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival are the highlight of the event for me. Climbing down the "Calculated Risk" trail at Spirit Mountain last Saturday, I thought about how challenging it was to negotiate the bedrock outcroppings on foot, much less on a bike. Crowds gathered at the bottom of the biggest rock face and people lined the steep course wherever there was a place to hang on.
Kayak enthusiasts enjoyed a variety of races and activities Saturday in Two Harbors for the 20th annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival, which organizers recently announced will be the event's last year.