If Duluth feels like home,
it's because it could be.

#befromDuluth

Hansi Johnson

Purpose

Destination Duluth’s purpose is to educate and inspire people about the quality of place of Duluth, Minnesota, thereby shaping the city and region’s positive growth.

Make your move to #befromDuluth

Make your move to #befromDuluth

Video by Joe Fairbanks

If you’re in the market to buy a house, we have great news!

As of this writing, interest rates for home mortgages continue to hover near historic lows.[1] And, if you’re looking to relocate (hint: #befromduluth), in many cases you don’t even have to find a new job. More businesses than ever are offering work-from-home options.

So, in a nutshell, it’s a great time to:

  1. Buy a house, and
  2. Move to Duluth!

Sound overwhelming? We can help! Destination Duluth visited with two individuals who would love to help you achieve all of your Duluth dreams.

Real Estate Agents: One Local; One Transplant

Brok Hansmeyer with RE/MAX Results and Dana Morrison with Results Support Services are real estate agents from The Zenith City Group, based right here in Duluth. Interestingly, Hansmeyer has spent much of his life in Duluth, while Morrison moved here from the San Francisco bay area in 2015. Together, they provide unique perspectives on life in Duluth.

“I grew up in Esko, Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth,” Hansmeyer said. “I’ve lived in Denver; I’ve lived in Dallas, but my family and I have always come back to Duluth. This is our home.”

Morrison explained that when she and her family were looking for a change, Duluth was at the top of their list. “My husband and I had recently started a family. We wanted to live somewhere we could afford to buy a house, and where we could be close to nature,” she said, adding, “We found Duluth! We purchased a home, and are making really deep roots here in the Duluth area.”

Amenities

While their paths home differed, both Hansmeyer and Morrison are obviously in agreement: Duluth is a pretty cool place. We asked them to provide some specifics, for those who are really thinking about relocating here.

“Duluth is an amazing community,” Morrison said. “Not only are there lots of people who are entrepreneurs, but there are so many things to enjoy with this city. One is the Lincoln Park Craft District – you can go to the Dovetail Café and learn a new folk trade. Or you can go have a beer across the street. Our family also enjoys seeing old films or plays done at the Duluth Playhouse. It’s really a spectacular place to be.” Morrison also noted that her family enjoys the plethora of outdoor activities Duluth has to offer, such as camping and the area’s beaches.

For Hansmeyer, nature - along with Duluth’s “small-town feel” - is a big part of what keeps him here. “When I think of Duluth, it’s a ‘big, small-town,’” he said. “It doesn’t take that long to get to know a lot of people, and I love the outdoors. I love living close to Lake Superior, and going for walks and skipping rocks with the kids. It makes my heart feel alive being right by Lake Superior.”

“With Duluth,” he added, “You’re never far from nature. When you look at the different neighborhoods – East, West, or on the Hill, you’re never very far from the woods or trails. We have a good quality of life. There’s a lack of traffic, plenty of job opportunities, and access to the outdoors, such as cross-country skiing, mountain biking, lake activities, hunting and fishing.”

Duluth also boasts some great opportunities when it comes to education. “People with kids have great options for schools, whether it’s public, private, or charter schools,” Hansmeyer said. “Duluth is a big enough city where there are lots of options for schooling.” Hansmeyer also mentioned the many post-secondary options here, including the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lake Superior College, The College of Saint Scholastica, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Duluth is also known for being home to many large employers, and as a great place to receive top-notch health care. “We also have lots of big employers, such as Amsoil, Enbridge, or Cirrus,” Hansmeyer said. “And Duluth offers excellent health care with Essentia Health and St. Luke’s.”

Housing stock

Between its large range of unique neighborhoods and diversity of housing stock, Duluth has something for everyone. “When you’re looking at houses in Duluth, you really have a wide range of options,” Morrison shared. “You can start at $110,000 for a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom starter home, or you can look up to $1.5 million, where you have the 7,000 square foot home with all the bells and whistles. So, there are really options for any person looking to move to Duluth.”

“When you look at Duluth versus a bigger city, say Seattle, a $600,000 house in Seattle would be about half the price in Duluth,” Hansmeyer said. “So, it’s a little bit more cost-effective. Your income isn’t going to drop by half by moving to Duluth, but your housing is certainly going to be cheaper if you’re moving here from most big cities in the U.S.”

Neighborhoods

When considering neighborhoods, how could you possibly pick a favorite, when they’re ALL so amazing?! At Destination Duluth we love them all, but here are some specific enticements to keep in mind.

Duluth’s Far West neighborhoods (Norton Park, Gary, Smithville, and Fond du Lac) are attractive due to their accessibility to the St. Louis River, Jay Cooke State Park, and the Munger Trail. The Lake Superior Zoo is also found on the West side.

Lakeside, Lester Park and Congdon out East all provide super convenient access to the Lakewalk, Brighton Beach, Seven Bridges Road, Tischer Creek and Lester Park. Piedmont and the Heights are known for their amazing views of the hillside and the Big Lake. Think amazing sunrises and sunsets.

And on Park Point, life is literally a beach! Enough said.

All provide quick access to the excitement of downtown or a spin up the hill to run some errands.

For questions about Duluth or any of its unique neighborhoods, Hansmeyer and the rest of the Zenith City Group would be happy to share what they know. “Our team is knowledgeable about the different neighborhoods, and what’s happening in each one,” he said. “We know where home values are, versus where they were two years ago. This knowledge of the area we provide can be very helpful.”

No matter the neighborhood, Duluth has so much to offer, said Morrison, the recent Duluth “transplant.” “If you’re looking for a place to call home that has the small-town feel but all the big city amenities, along with health care and education, Duluth is your place,” she said.

Call the Pros

Well, there you have it: glowing testimonials from real estate professionals: one Duluth native, and one Duluth transplant. Are you ready to finally make the leap, and #befromDuluth? If so, Morrison, Hansmeyer, and the rest of their team would love to help.

“When you work with a member of our team, you’ll find that they’re friendly and want to be helpful, whether you’re in the process of buying or selling a home; whether you’re on day one, just thinking about it; or you’re on closing day and excited to buy a house,” Hansmeyer said.

“We pay attention to details and will help you make wise decisions through the process of buying or selling,” he added. “We’d love to help you find your place to call home in Duluth.”

For more information, please visit livinginduluth.com – a website run by the Re/Max Zenith City Group.

 

[1] Current Mortgage Rates: Compare today’s rates | NerdWallet

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Find a job using NORTHFORCE

Video by Joe Fairbanks

NORTHFORCE – Your Talent Community

In Duluth and the Surrounding Region

In a world where social media is king, many look to well-established websites like Indeed or Monster to recruit talent or search for their next job. But these conglomerates simply can’t – and don’t - offer that personal touch.

But this is Duluth. We are “Minnesota nice,” after all. Things are done a little differently here.

Enter NORTHFORCE. According to Cara Overland, the group’s Twin Ports and Northwestern Wisconsin Strategy & Development Consultant, NORTHFORCE is “A community-supported program that helps retain and recruit talent in the Northland. This includes a ten-county area including the Twin Ports, Iron Range, and Northwestern Wisconsin.”

The organization was founded in 2014, and is based in Duluth. It is a program of Northspan, an economic development organization.

Highly Personal Service

Each person who reaches out to NORTHFORCE, whether a human resources professional, business owner, or job-seeker, will receive a personal e-mail from Overland. She will ask personal, individualized questions about the person’s goals, including a friendly offer to help.

Overland is no doubt an expert in her field. After all, she is a success story herself. “I found this very position on NORTHFORCE,” she shared. “So, I’m a case study and a testimonial myself.”

Options for Job Seekers and Employers Alike

Overland gave a bit more insight into what NORTHFORCE has to offer. “NORTHFORCE helps employers post positions on our job board, and also helps candidates register and create a profile, upload their resume, and get connected with available positions in our area,” she said. “We bridge the gap between employers and candidates.”

Each of the consultants on the NORTHFORCE team are highly familiar with the region and all it has to offer. As such, NORTHFORCE consultants are some of the area’s biggest cheerleaders.

“One of the unique things about NORTHFORCE and our consultants is that we are from the communities we represent,” Overland, who is from Duluth, said. “Duluth is magical,” she added. “It’s a fantastic-sized city. We have incredible employers here, along with our green spaces and natural landscape. People come here on vacation and fall in love with it, and I’m here to help them move here if that’s what they want to do.”

Any Job; Any Company Size

NORTHFORCE can assist people who are seeking any sort of work, whether full-time, part-time, seasonal work, an internship, or freelance gigs. All fields and business segments are represented, too; including health care, hospitality, manufacturing, and many more.

“Whether you’re a big, small, or mid-size business, you get the same attention from me as a consultant, and NORTHFORCE as an organization,” Overland said, adding, “Whether you need a line-level employee or a CEO, we can help you find those people.”

Key Partnerships

One of the ways NORTHFORCE makes successful employer-employee “matches” is through their partnerships with local colleges, universities, and technical schools – in what they call their “Student Connect” program.

For instance, Andrea Chartier is a Career Counselor at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS), and regularly relies on NORTHFORCE services to help her students find employment or internships. “Our partnership with NORTHFORCE has allowed us to really be intentional in supporting the students who want Duluth to be their home, or who want Duluth to be their next step, and need some help building those bridges and connections to employers,” she said.

Chartier also works with CSS alumni, too; many of whom have moved away and are looking to return.

Coming Home

Along with Overland, Chartier is also a huge cheerleader for living – and working – in Duluth and the surrounding region. “I call myself a ‘boomerang Duluthian,’” she said with a laugh. “I grew up in Duluth, and have lived in California, Utah, and Minneapolis, but ultimately decided to come back.”

“It’s an ideal place to raise kids,” she said. “You can be at a park, beach, or forest every day, and you’re not surrounded by hordes of people.”

“You can be a big fish in a small pond here in Duluth,” she added. “I felt I could really make some magic happen here in a way I never felt I could in a big city. It’s such a special, magical place in so many ways. There are a lot of opportunities, a lot of internships, and amazing possibilities.”

Whether you are a job-seeker, or need to find the perfect candidate to fill a role at your business, NORTHFORCE can help. Please visit northforce.org to learn more.

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The Minnesota Marshmallow Lady

The Minnesota Marshmallow Lady
S’Mores and More!

One of the traditions of summer and early fall is sitting around a campfire or fire pit with dear friends, toasting marshmallows and then squishing them between two graham crackers, with a big piece of Hershey’s candy bar thrown in for good measure.

Entrepreneur Amy McMillan loves that tradition too, but she has taken it in a new direction. In the summer of 2020, she was chatting with friends around a campfire about how there should be more than just plain, white marshmallows, and that someone should “invent” varieties of marshmallows with different flavors.

Amy McMillan - The Minnesota Marshmallow Lady - Submitted photo.

She started thinking outside the box to come up with what she called “the Juicy Lucy” of marshmallows, “stuffed” with a variety of delicious flavors. The idea behind The Minnesota Marshmallow was born, and McMillan’s business has taken off since then.

Growing up in the Twin Cities, Amy had a whole different career plan in mind after high school. In 2009, following in the footsteps of her father who was a Marine, Amy joined the Air Force.

After her basic training in Texas, Amy had active duty in South Dakota, Colorado and California. During that time, she also earned two associate's degrees and a bachelor’s degree.

Amy McMillan father Mac McMillan, and her brother, Josh Quigley pinning her stripes on for her promotion. - Submitted photo

Moving to Duluth in 2017, she took a job with the 148th Fighter Wing, where she worked in finances, human resources and recruiting. She relates, “I absolutely fell in love in Duluth, decided to stay and bought a house.”

After much experimentation with her marshmallow recipe and flavors, she started to bring some to share at the 148th. The overwhelming reaction to her gourmet marshmallows there inspired her to try to make this business a go.

She first sold them for a Labor Day sale she did in August of 2020. She quickly sold out and decided that she should explore how she could turn this into a full-time business.

Taking the S'More to a whole new level with a Minnesota Marshmallow - Submitted photo

She credits the Entrepreneur Fund for all their help, and to mentors Andy Packingham and Amanda Cunningham at Mike and Jen’s Cocoa, and Annie Sitek, the Cupcake Lady.

Working out of her home kitchen at first, Amy found she needed more space and began working out of the commercial kitchen at Johnson’s Bakery in Duluth.

She recently moved to the commercial kitchen at Proctor Speedway. “I love that we are able to work there Monday through Saturday every week and not have to take down everything the way we did before,” she said.

She has also added an employee to help with packaging and labeling, and eventually with marshmallow making. She also hopes to add a few other employees in the next several months.

Starting with the first small batches she ever made of orange cream, hot fudge and peanut butter, Amy says now the sky is the limit with ideas for flavors for her handmade delights.

Some of people’s favorites have been Mint Cookie, Uffda, made with sea salt caramel, toasted coconut and hot fudge, Salted Nut Roll, Moose Tracks, You Betcha Brownie, Rum Chata, Peppermint Bon Bon, Donut Madness, Arctic Mint Brownie, Salted Caramel Brownie, Butter Beer and Birthday Cake.

For those wanting even more of a marshmallow adventure, she came up with the Fat Elvis, peanut butter and banana, and what she calls “boozy” flavors, made with scotch, bourbon, and Bailey’s.

Her seasonal treats have included Easter flavored Limoncello and Jelly Beans; Red Velvet for Valentine’s Day; and Pumpkin Spice, Apple Caramel, and Honey Bourbon Pecan Marshmallows for sweet potato casserole topping for the holidays.

Amy says that in addition to s’mores, the gourmet marshmallows can also be used in baked treats, in cocoa, and just on their own as a sweet treat.

The Minnesota Marshmallows are available at several retail outlets including Johnson's Bakery, Piedmont Milk House, Bridgeman's, Vintage Hideaway Marketplace, Bailey's Builds, Louise's Place Cafe & Pantry Provisions in Two Harbors, Cedar Barn in Superior, 506 Salon, North & Shore, and The Hull.

Amy plans to add more retail locations, as well as offer marshmallows for sale on her website. “I have opened online sales and shipping through our Facebook page,” she explained. “We should also have our website up and running soon” at MNMallow.com

Another way to sell the product has been with her Marshmallow truck that she has taken to a variety of events, including the Apple Festival in Bayfield, the Duluth Junk Hunt, and this summer to the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Marshmallow truck - Submitted photo

McMillan was nominated for the Noteworthy Start-up Award. A nomination statement on her behalf read, "Amy McMillan took an idea and acted on it. Her marshmallows are amazing, and she has grown incredibly fast from introducing her product in 2020 to a business that has allowed her to go full-time and to work on scaling up to meet demand. It's a fun product that has captured people's attention and left us wanting more of her wonderfully unique marshmallows!”

Amy McMillan - The Minnesota Marshmallow Lady. - Submitted photo.

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Dennis O’Hara - The Man Behind Duluth Harbor Cam

Destination Duluth
Photographer Profile Series

Dennis O'Hara

 

The Man Behind Duluth Harbor Cam

From his home on Caribou Lake, located about ten miles north of Duluth, photographer/videographer Dennis O’Hara wields a lot of power.

Utilizing a remotely-operated collection of 14 commercial-grade, Axis brand live-streaming video cameras - which are situated atop buildings ranging from the North Shore to the Twin Ports - the unassuming O’Hara controls what many people see of Lake Superior's ship traffic.

You see, O’Hara is the founder and sole operator of the Duluth Harbor Cam, consisting of a webpage and a YouTube site; both of which he created in 2002. O’Hara works in conjunction with the Great Lakes Maritime Museum and many other associations and business owners to strategically place cameras in the best places to view harbor activity. Without their generous help and cooperation, these cameras wouldn’t exist.

The cameras’ main objective is to capture all activity in our region’s shipping canals. O’Hara dutifully posts images and videos of shipping activity to his sites on a daily basis. All the video cameras are streaming live 24/365. At any given moment there are hundreds of viewers from anywhere in the world watching the live streams.

But he also captures some amazing, ancillary footage of weather, sunrises/sunsets, activity in Canal Park, local wildlife, and the well-loved Duluth attraction, Bentleyville. O’Hara controls the direction of the cameras through a variety of mobile devices, including his iPad, PC, and phone.

While this work is enjoyable for him personally, O’Hara perhaps receives the most enjoyment through sharing Duluth with the world. “People can view the Lake Superior region when they couldn’t otherwise,” he shared. “For people all around the world, the Harbor Cam has become their window to our part of the world.”

Military Service and Career

O’Hara graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School, and later earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD). He joined the Minnesota Air National Guard, and served with the 148th Fighter Wing - in the RF-4 Reconnaissance aircraft - from 1971 – 1992.

It was during his military service that O’Hara started his photography career. “I was a camera operator in the back seat of an F4 Phantom jet,” he noted. “I used large, sophisticated, military-grade cameras. This was my first experience in photography.”

O’Hara also had a long career with Minnesota Power. He worked in System Operations for the company from 1977 until his retirement in 2006.

A Pioneer in Website Photography

After catching the photography bug during his military service, O’Hara began taking nature-themed photos of our region in the 1990s. “After I was done with the military, I began taking scenic photos,” he shared. “I couldn’t help myself.”

O’Hara started his website, northernimages.com, in 1992, just 3 years after the World Wide Web was launched by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Today, 30 years later, he has accumulated over 100,000 images, and the Harbor Cam YouTube channel boasts over 60,000 subscribers with an astounding 50.5 million views.

Over the years, O’Hara has packaged his photographs into a couple of books: Glensheen: The Official Guide to Duluth’s Historic Congdon Estate (featuring text by Tony Dierckens); and Picture Duluth: Photographs of the Zenith City. He has also been featured in multiple calendars and local magazines. All of O’Hara’s images can be viewed and purchased through northernimages.com.

Destination Duluth

This photo served as the profile pic of the Destination Duluth Facebook page from 2013-2017. Photo by Dennis O'Hara

Dennis O’Hara was the first photographer to be featured on Destination Duluth’s Facebook Page when it launched in May, 2013. Since then his photos and Duluth Harbor Cam videos have been featured hundreds of times with over 20 million views!

The Duluth Rose Garden was the first photo featured on Destination Duluth's Facebook page. -Photo by Dennis O'Hara

This video of the arrival of the James Oberstar garnered over 4 million views on Destination Duluth - Video by Duluth Harbor Cam - Dennis O'Hara.

Personal

While a good chunk of his retired life has been dedicated to photography, O’Hara is also a devoted family man. He and his wife, Deb, have been married for 48 years. They have three adult kids, eight grandkids, a Goldendoodle named Emmy, and five chickens.

“She’s my number one supporter,” O’Hara said of his wife. “She lets me get away with all of this stuff.”

In his spare time, O’Hara also enjoys tumbling and polishing Lake Superior agates. An entire category dedicated to his stunning agate photos is featured on northernimages.com.

Advice

Today, approaching age 70, O’Hara is as happy enjoying and promoting other upcoming photographers as he is capturing his own images. He notes local photographers (and fellow Destination Duluth contributors!) David Schauer,
Paul Scinocca, and Jeff Doty, to name a few.

When it comes to advice for other photographers, O’Hara had plenty of tips to offer, starting with the technical. “Focus on the basics: shutter speed, f-stops, and ISO settings,” he said. “Don’t worry about the business part of things as much, but enjoy the blessings of our area. That should be the focus.

“Also, learn the capabilities of your phone’s camera,” he added. “They’re incredible.”

But more often than not, good photography can be summed up in one simple word: timing. “Being in the right place at the right time is more important than the equipment you have,” O’Hara noted.

Speaking of equipment, O’Hara started taking pictures in the ‘90s with a 35mm. He transitioned to a medium-format Pentax camera, and later to a Canon. Today, he uses a Sony A7R digital camera, and a DJI brand drone.

Lastly, O’Hara encourages all adventurous photographers to be safe out there. “No photo is ever worth risking your life for,” he said. “But, as I always tell my wife, ‘If I ever fall off a cliff, make sure you get that last picture.’”

An ocean freighter waits at anchor outside the Duluth Harbor for its turn to load grain. - Photo by Dennis O'Hara.

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Riki McManus – Minnesota’s First Lady of Film

JoAnn Jardine

If anyone deserves the title of “Minnesota’s First Lady of Film,” it is decidedly Riki McManus. She has been working in the film and broadcast industry for her entire career, beginning with her own talk show on KQRS Radio in Minneapolis while she was still in high school.

Her work in the commercial film industry in Minneapolis included both on-camera and voice-over jobs. McManus later became an agent and then the Director of Plaza Three Model and Talent Agency.

Riki McManus in the old St. Louis County jail on the set of a music video. -Photo by JoAnn Jardine

Riki got her big break when she was asked to work on the casting of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” She said, “That was a really exciting project, getting to meet Prince. After the shoot, he gave a concert for the cast and crew at the World Theater in Minneapolis.”

After “Purple Rain,” she established the first casting company in Minnesota, Riki Wuolle Casting. Since then, she has been involved in the casting of many feature films.

She was part of a group of founders for a Film Office in Minnesota and has served as past President, as well as Interim Director of the organization.

For the 1994 Disney film, “Iron Will,” McManus did the local casting and was the initial scout who convinced Disney to shoot the film here instead of Montana.

in 1996, McManus and IRRRB Commissioner Mark Philips started the Upper MN Film Office as a public/private partnership. For the 2005 film, “North Country,” with Jessica Lange and Sam Shepherd, Riki worked with IRRRB to set up incentives for “North Country” which would have otherwise gone to New Mexico.

McManus explained, “Because IRRRB set up the incentives, we did shoot almost half the film in the Northland. I also did the local casting for the project.”

She has long been a leader in bringing incentives to Minnesota for the state and counties to entice film companies and projects considering coming here to film.

McManus also played an important role in bringing the Catalyst Festival to Duluth with Philip Gilpin Jr. and working with Gilpin to move Catalyst’s home base to Duluth. She has been hard at work on many Catalyst initiatives devoted to bringing series television projects to the area.

Philip Gilpin Jr. (CEO/Executive Director at Catalyst Story Institute) and Riki McManus (Chief Production Officer at Upper Midwest Film Office).

She explained that this connection is working to bring the executives of HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Disney, etc. together with creatives in a quieter setting away from the hustle and bustle on either coast. She loves giving tours to a variety of locales when prospective producers and other filmmakers come to town.

“Catalyst is such a huge step in the industry, by bringing the eyes of the world to the Northland,” McManus said. She is excited about the Film Fest and Catalyst Festival to be held here in Duluth this fall.

There has an educational connection as well. Students at UMD are now working on a production creation process called Maroon Loon Studios. It's a first of its kind partnership between UMD, Catalyst Story Institute, and the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, also known as the Daytime TV Emmys. The goal is to create a pathway for UMD students to enter the television industry.

A large part of bringing productions here, according to McManus, is the number of local jobs this can bring across all sectors. This can include restaurants, hotels, housing, and jobs in everything from construction to working on makeup, costumes, and hair.

She noted that besides showing the executives and content makers amazing locations that the Northland has to offer it also shows that the cast, crew, and vendors are also here to support their productions.

McManus and others are working to put together a resource guide ready to give production companies the information to help them to find people and places they need to film here.

Scouting on Park Point with the Director of Cash For Gold Robert Enriquez and writer-director–actress for the film, Deborah Pruette.

“All my working career, I have looked for ways to lift up communities by making it easier to film here in Minnesota,” Riki said.

She has recently been involved in the film “Cash for Gold” filmed in Chisholm and doing the scouting for shooting the pilot for a TV series “Canusa Street.” McManus has been working on the initiative to build a state-of-the-art soundstage and film production campus in Duluth.

McManus has been listed in the Who’s Who for Women in Minnesota. She has served on the Variety Club Heart Hospital Board in Minneapolis, the Duluth Playhouse Board, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Board, VisitDuluth, Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Board through the University of MN, the Northern Film Alliance Board and Catalyst.

Riki was born in Duluth, moved to the Twin Cities as a child, and moved back here in 1989 to the area she loves. She is married to Cary McManus and lives on Fish Lake with their two dogs, a Standard Goldendoodle named Finn and s Medium Goldendoodle puppy named Lulu.

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Valentini's continues 88 years of traditions

Carol Valentini - Carrying on a Family Tradition of Fine Italian Cooking

The Valentini name has had a storied history of family traditions, recipes, and restaurant ownership for nearly 90 years. Matriarch Justina Valentini brought the family recipes from the small mountain towns of Sarnano and Fabriano, Italy when she emigrated to the United States.

The Valentini family (top L to R Robert, Paul, Jim, Michael, Larry (Bottom L to R) Dionilla (mom), Mia, John, Carol

Since then, three generations of the family have been crafting the authentic blends of spices, herbs and sauces to create Valentini’s homemade pasta and entrees, starting in 1934 with their Valentini’s Supper Club, in Chisholm, Minnesota. It is still operating today with family members Paul David Marturano and co-owner Rob Russo at the helm.

In 2008, Carol Valentina, Justina’s granddaughter established her Valentini’s Vicino Lago restaurant on London Road in Duluth. For a long time, Justina, who is now 96 years old, made noodles for the restaurants. Carol is justifiably proud of her grandmother and all that she learned from her.

“She was probably the savviest businesswoman I’ve ever seen, and I am proud that she kept her maiden name. She was always one to take care of people, and to have huge family holiday gatherings.”

Carol added, “I have tried to follow in her footsteps in maintaining what our family has always stood for and the passion we have for carrying on the family name and traditions.”

Some of Carol’s earliest memories are of helping her grandmother in the kitchen. “Even as kids, we would sit and roll the ravioli into balls. We would also help to make gnocchi by hand, putting the signature thumbprint on the top.”

Valentini's ravioli is homemade by hand

While Carol says her favorite food is peanut butter, her favorite Italian dish is gnocchi with Bolognese sauce and a touch of Alfredo sauce.

Before opening her own restaurant, Carol was busy raising her three sons, Joe and Dave, now both dentists, and Mike who is an attorney, all of them living in the Twin Cities area. “They are all great cooks,” Carol said, “but none of them was interested in going into the restaurant business”.

Carol was a medical technologist for 12 years, and she also took an active part in the Northland Foundation and Kids Plus program for 12 years before opening her restaurant.

Besides her original London Road restaurant, Carol also opened a Deli in the downtown Skywalk with two locations that they recently consolidated into one.

After the hits of the pandemic on the restaurant business, Carol moved her restaurant to Hermantown at 4960 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown. The new Valentini’s Hermantown Bistro offers dine-in, take-out and catering options.

Some of the Hermantown dishes on the menu include a variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas, burgers, soups, and Italian favorites such as ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccini Alfredo, tortellini, carbonara, and several other specialty pastas, and meat, chicken, seafood and vegetarian entrees. Diners can choose from several different sauce types for their meals.

“It has been a challenge to make the move to Hermantown to a smaller venue. But we have been lucky that our customers have followed us up here, and every day we are building up relationships with our new customers too.”

“We always treat everybody like the family here,” she said. She has a standing joke that after patrons come here a few times, she will ask if want to put on an apron and help out in the kitchen.

Carol asserts that the most important element to running a restaurant is a positive environment. “Being a successful business owner is having a great team of people and having the chemistry to work well. I am so blessed with my hard-working employees. my staff is fun and works through all the demands of a relentless job.”

‘Through good times and bad, my family’s restaurants have endured. I am very proud of that! I have always been connected to food and always will be. It is in my DNA. That’s why I am still here and still cooking.”

“I owe a debt to the people who have supported us and continue to do so in the new place. Grazie to all of you!”

For more information, hours, and menu for the Hermantown restaurant, call  218-206-7557 or visit their website at valentinisduluth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Doctors Stephanie and Brad Irwin chose to #befromDuluth

Destination Duluth
Photographer Profile Series
Stephanie Irwin

Managing editor note - Stephanie Irwin posted this photo last December in a Facebook group we follow. We asked permission to feature it and invited her to join our group of 250+ contributing photographers.  She accepted and has had several photos featured since then.  Later we learned that she and her husband Brad are physicians at St. Lukes who chose to #befromDuluth.  – Jerry Thoreson

Doctors Brad and Stephanie Irwin
Duluth “Transplants” Enjoy Everything the City has to Offer

By Andrea Busche

Drs. Brad and Stephanie Irwin, a married couple, are “Pretty much the same person,” according to Stephanie. When listed side-by-side, their similarities are certainly quite striking.

Both are gastroenterologists at St. Luke’s; Brad also serves as Chief for the Gastroenterology Division.

Both have a strong passion for outdoor activities and travel.

Both place a high value on volunteer work and giving back to the community.

Both of their fathers (who were both business owners) passed away when Stephanie and Brad were only 12 years old. Their mothers were both nurses.

And, last, but not least, both are Duluth transplants; Brad moved to Duluth in 2010, and Stephanie in 2020.

While today, the couple have settled in, and enjoy an active and happy life in Duluth’s Congdon neighborhood, they were a little uncertain about the Northland at first. “Duluth wasn’t my first choice,” said Brad – who hails from Franklin, Pennsylvania – with a chuckle. “I really wanted a warmer climate.”

After a brief adjustment period, however, the Irwins are now some of Duluth’s biggest cheerleaders.

Backgrounds

As noted, Brad was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Stephanie is originally from Frankenmuth, Michigan.

The Irwins both share that they were inspired to become physicians after watching their mothers work as nurses; but also, after experiencing the trauma associated with losing their fathers at an early age. Stephanie’s dad died of a myocarditis, and Brad’s dad died of cancer.

Brad earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and Stephanie from Hope College in Holland, MI. The couple first met when they were both attending medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. They were friends for over a decade before becoming a couple.

Duluth

Brad was the first to take the leap and move to Duluth. “I found my partners (GI docs) at St. Luke’s, along with the hospital, to be very collegial, and really a great fit.” And, while he may have initially wanted to move somewhere warmer, “I’ve always loved the winter,” he said.

Stephanie was interested in a career move when she contacted Brad. The two reconnected, and ultimately began dating.

The special connection that ensued wasn’t just between the Irwins; it also became a love affair with Duluth.

Saltie at Sunrise - Photo by Stephanie Irwin

“When we were dating, I also fell in love with Duluth,” Stephanie said. “My family had a boat when I was a child, and I have always loved being on the lake. With its shipping industry, biking, hiking and running trails, outstanding opportunities for photography, and other activities, Duluth couldn’t have been a better fit for me.”

Stephanie joined Brad here in 2020, and the couple were married a little over a year ago.

Hobbies and Interests

The Irwins’ professional lives as physicians are busy, and oftentimes demanding. Stephanie and Brad regularly conduct medical procedures, such as colonoscopies and endoscopies; see patients both in the hospital and during outpatient clinics; and, about every two weeks, they both participate in outreach opportunities in Hibbing and Two Harbors.

The life of a doctor can be hectic. Typically, the Irwins begin their work day at 7 or 8 AM, and work until 4 or 5 PM. However, when they are on call, they must also wear a pager and be available 24/7, with occasional trips back to the hospital to perform emergency procedures at night.

When the two aren’t working, they like to relax and take full advantage of their hobbies and interests. The Irwins both enjoy boating, fishing, skiing, biking, running, swimming, snowshoeing, paddleboarding, jet skiing, completing races, traveling, and more. They are both looking forward to running Grandma’s Marathon this year, followed by several triathlons.

Stephanie is also starting her work toward the OUPV (six-pack) Captain’s license.  “You just can’t beat being out on Lake Superior,” she said. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and will be a meaningful achievement for me.”

Photography

Another of Stephanie’s passions is photography. She enjoys shooting local landscape images with her trusty Canon R5.

While Stephanie is the artist, Brad plays a significant supportive role in the endeavor. “Brad enjoys driving me to the best sunrise locations, and we cherish this time together enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise,” Stephanie said. “Sunrises on the Big Lake tend to be particularly beautiful here.”

Sunrises like these contribute to the Irwins love of Duluth - Photo by Stephanie Irwin

“I’m the purveyor of instruments,” Brad added. Stephanie has had several of her images featured with Destination Duluth.

Family and Other Extracurriculars

The Irwins have already become deeply enmeshed in supporting their new community. They are members of the Harbortown Rotary group, and both are actively involved in their church, Peace in Christ Lutheran Church in Hermantown.

The Irwins are a blended family, with three adult children: Jack (20), Ashley (24), and Cassidy (26). They also have an English Cream Golden Retriever named Dozer.

Ashley, Jack, Stephanie, Brad, and Cassidy (L to R) - Photo submitted

New Hometown

While Duluth may not have been the Irwins’ first choice, they have come to absolutely adore their adopted hometown. “Duluth is a small town, and we can get to know our patients very well. It’s a little more personal,” Brad explained.

“The people here are down-to-earth and have been particularly welcoming and supportive,” Stephanie added. “And we feel so at home at St. Luke’s.” Since relocating, the couple have both also been featured on the local PBS show, “Doctors on Call.”

Another big draw for the Irwins was Duluth’s good school system, along with the plethora of outdoor activities to choose from. “Our kids were still in elementary and middle school when we came here, and the schools were great, but there are great colleges, too, and that was a big draw. And when it comes to outdoor activities, there is any sport you can think of,” Brad said.

“It’s a small town with a lot of amenities, and a short commute,” he added. “There is good entertainment, great sporting events, and amazing water activities, between the Big Lake and inland lakes. You really don’t ever get bored here – year-round.”

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Stephanie submitted the photo below of her and Brad standing on the Aerial Lift Bridge operator deck.

We happened to be out walking our dog, Dozer, on a nice fall day in Canal Park, and the bridge tender called down to us and asked us if we had wanted to see the operations of the bridge.  There also happened to be a freighter arriving.  It was a dream come true for me!  Brad and I walked up to the bridge, and the bridge tender gave me the opportunity to perform a salute to welcome the freighter into port.  It's one of the most memorable experiences of my life. 

The Irwins were invited by the Aerial Lift Bridge operator to experience a lift and ship come through the Duluth canal.

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Annual 30 Days of Biking Challenge is April 1-30

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Plus, Meet Adam Malmanger
A Biker Who Started April 1, 2019
and Never Stopped!!

On March 31, 2022, Adam Malmager celebrates riding a bike every day for 3 years. –Photo by Matthew Pastick

Biking is a sport that has exploded in popularity in the Northland in recent years; in large part, due to the availability of the “fat tire bike,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Fat tire bikes, featuring thick, cushy tires, allow riders to easily bike year-round – in Minnesota - no matter what Mother Nature throws our way.

There are plenty of races, gatherings, and events specifically geared toward bike enthusiasts. One special (and worldwide) event, which takes place annually in April, is the 30 Days of Biking Challenge.

The Challenge, which was started in Minneapolis in 2010 by Patrick Stephenson, is open to anyone and everyone who wants to commit to 30 days of biking. There are no rules, no trophies, and no acclaim – just a personal commitment to yourself to bike every day in April.

Spokengear  

One proponent of this event is Dan Cruikshank, owner of Spokengear in Two Harbors. Spokengear provides bike sales and service, bike rentals, and accessories. Cruikshank also owns Cedaero (which sells bicycle packs) and Cedar Coffee Company, which are all housed under the same roof.

Cedar Coffee Company and Spokengear in Two Harbors –Photo from Spokengear Facebook page

It should come as no surprise that Cruikshank himself is an avid biker. He personally owns a fat bike (what the biking industry calls them) and enjoys biking the Lake County Demonstration Forest, located about seven miles north of Two Harbors.

“I bike almost every day,” Cruikshank said. “I’m always in a better mood when I ride. Some of my best ideas come when I’m riding my bike. Another benefit is that it can be a social event, too. And, even if you have diminished strength, you can use an e-bike.”

Kickoff Ride

Spokengear is a proud supporter of the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. “We’ve been doing a kickoff ride to the 30 Days of Biking Challenge for the past three years,” Cruikshank said.

“This year, we’ll gather at 10 am on Saturday, April 2nd. Anyone can show up and ride. We’ll leave from Spokengear, use the trails in Two Harbors and through town, cross Highway 61, pass the Burlington Bay Campground, and ride to Lighthouse Point. Then, there will be treats on the patio of Cedar Coffee afterward.”

“We want to bring more people into the sport, and encourage them to ride,” Cruikshank added. “It’s a commitment to yourself. There’s no prize. You just gain the satisfaction of knowing you did it. If you can do that, maybe it gives you the confidence to try new things and set new goals.”

Are you ready to take the 30 Days of Biking Challenge?  Learn more about the event at 30daysofbiking.com and register here.

Event Celebrity Adam Malmanger

One Two Harbors resident, Adam Malmanger, has become a 30 Days of Biking “celebrity” of sorts. He started the 30-day-in-a-row challenge on April 1, 2019, and enjoyed it so much that he just never stopped! Malmanger, a talented photographer, also documents his biking adventures on his Instagram Page. On Thursday, March 31, 2022, he will achieve the 3-year mark for riding a bike ride every single day!

Malmanger is a busy guy – he works at Kwik Trip and McQuade’s Pub & Grill. But when he’s off the clock, you’ll often find him biking.

“I first learned about 30 Days of Biking from Dan when he had the Spokengear kickoff group ride on March 31st, 2019, and I never looked back,” Malmanger said. “I was intrigued by the premise: a challenge to bike every day, especially in a month where you get all four seasons in the same week.

“In 2019, I finished out the rest of the year at over 2,700 miles. My 2020 goal was 4,000 miles, and my 2021 goal was 5,000 miles. I have not set a total mile goal for 2022, but I would very much like to beat the 5,000 miles.”

Biking on the Two Harbors Breakwall – Photo by Adam Malmanger

Malmanger shared some of his favorite places to bike. “I typically do a 6–7-mile loop on the trails that go around Two Harbors and out to the break wall on Lake Superior, but that isn't going to rack up the miles if you are setting higher mile goals. So, I also enjoy driving to Lester Park, then getting the bike on the Lake walk and making it across Duluth to the Munger Trail, and then heading towards Carlton. I also enjoy driving up past Gooseberry Falls and getting on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to Silver Bay.

“Today, which is Friday, March 25th, 2022, marked 1,091 consecutive days of biking for me. In that stretch, I have had some ‘bike-around-the-block’ days, but I've also had 100+ mile days. If you want to reach 5,000 miles, you do need an average of around 14 miles a day.”

Change of Heart

Despite Malmanger’s now-prolific status in the local biking community, he required a change in perspective before he got started. “Believe it or not, I used to be one of those people who didn't agree with all-season biking, but that was before I knew about fat tire bikes,” he said. “The thing about winter in Minnesota is that it needs to be embraced.”

Malmanger himself now rides all varieties of bikes. “I got my first ‘bike shop bike’ after a test ride in 2012, which is my Specialized Crosstrail - a flat bar, front suspension hybrid bike for path/slight off-road riding. A few years later, I acquired my road bike; in the fall of 2016, I got my fat tire bike; in 2019, I got my gravel bike; and just last year, I got my dual suspension mountain bike.”

Adam Malmanger by the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, MN on his Specialized bike – Photo by Adam Malmanger

Advice

For brand-new bikers, Cruikshank and Malmanger have a few pieces of advice. “Visit a bike shop to see what type of biking you are interested in,” Malmanger said. “Do some test rides or rent one out. Get fitted for your bike and find your match. And, consider joining a group ride … you never know, it could just change your life.”

“Ride what you have,” added Cruikshank. “But bring it to a local bike shop to make sure everything is safe before you get started.”

Inspiration

There are many benefits to biking. For Malmanger, the beauty of our area is a big draw.

“I love that biking transports me to the Lake and its beauty,” he said. “I am blessed to live in this beautiful part of the state, and by biking every day, I make sure I get to experience the beauty that I don't want to take for granted.

“Biking is an experience, an adventure, and an escape,” he added. “A few days ago, I was biking under the stars on the Lake walk, around midnight, and I kept thinking how most people are now dreaming, but I'm out here on the bike living the dream.”

“Adam’s dedication is really inspiring people,” Cruikshank said. “I asked him to co-host our kickoff ride this year, and he said ‘Yes, absolutely.’ It’s become who he is. I hope he continues on. I’m not sure what the world record is, but it’s certainly something for him to aspire to.”

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New Historic Oliver Inn Opens

John Saaristo

Video Tour by John Saaristo

The Oliver Inn

Timeless Luxury + Modern Comforts = A Uniquely Duluth Experience

By Andrea Busche

At one time, little ol’ Duluth, Minnesota was home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world. The world!

That’s right: wealthy tycoons from various industries - including Chester Congdon, Jay Cooke, Andrew Carnegie, and other dignitaries - were known to do business, or even reside, right here in Duluth.

The Oliver Inn, a newly-opened boutique hotel located in Duluth’s Old City Hall, seeks to honor this rich and intriguing history, while offering plenty of modern comforts and amenities for its guests.

Together, Katrina Pierson and Rod Raymond – partners in business and life – tackled and recently completed this immense project (the space was formerly used as a restaurant, event center, and co-working space), which is located at 132 East Superior Street. The Oliver Inn opened on January 2nd, 2022 and the duo is thrilled to offer their guests a unique hospitality experience.

Rod Raymond and Katrina Pierson. Photo by Aimee Jobe

“We still have the original stairway,” Raymond shared. “Andrew Carnegie, Jay Cooke, and others have walked up those stairs, and big decisions were made here. We repurposed and restored the building so guests can relive those experiences in a modern-day way.”

Photo by John Saaristo

The decision to retain the character of the original structure was both strategic and intentional. “Rod is deeply committed to preserving and sharing this history with our guests,” Pierson added.

History of the Space

The building that is now The Oliver Inn was originally designed by well-known architect Oliver Traphagen (the Inn’s namesake), and built in 1889. For years, it was a place where plenty of official and important business got done, as Duluth’s City Hall.

Today, in addition to all of that amazing architecture, the space still retains its original basement “speakeasy,” known as The Rathskeller, which came in handy during prohibition times. Today, with its dimly-lit, relaxed vibe, and interesting brick parabolic curvature, it remains a great place to grab a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine. The Rathskeller is open to both guests and the general public.

Photo by John Saaristo

Proprietors

Raymond, a prolific Duluth businessman, is no stranger to tackling large projects. He is the owner of a variety of Duluth establishments, including Burrito Union, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Fitger’s Barrel Room, Fitger’s Beer Store, Endion Station Inn, Ramjet Events, and Evolve Yoga & Fitness Studio.

Pierson brings plenty of skills to the table, too. She owns Katrina Lynn Consulting, which works primarily with non-profits on organizational development, capital campaigns, and fundraising. She is also a photographer, and has produced films and worked as a creative director.

Both Pierson and Raymond both have a firm foothold in the spiritual realm, too. Pierson is a yoga and meditation teacher at Evolve (which she co-owns with Raymond, and is on-site at The Oliver Inn), and Full Circle Yoga, while Raymond is an avid yoga practitioner. Raymond is also currently working on his PhD dissertation in transpersonal psychology.

For The Oliver Inn, Pierson explained how they have delegated the work thus far.  “As far as how everything came together, we had pretty distinct roles. Rod was the project manager and spent many 14-hour days this summer using his own hands alongside the construction team. I was the designer, so I spent most of my time curating the antiques and art, choosing paint colors, painting, and making lots of decisions with Rod on a daily basis.”

The Inn

The Oliver Inn features a total of 13 guest rooms, including its “crown jewel,” their Grand Chamber Suite, which offers a fireplace, bar, and large living area. Each room, named for successful men and women with ties to Duluth, is well-appointed, featuring a fridge, microwave, European espresso machine, and modern TV.

Photo by Aimee Jobe

Photo by Aimee Jobe

The couple described the aesthetic of the Inn. “The way we designed the space, we wanted to make it feel like the home of a well-traveled friend,” Pierson said. “It’s warm, and meant to ignite curiosity.”

“If you want to have a unique experience, come to The Oliver Inn,” Raymond added. “You will leave different than when you arrived. And, our price points are equal to, or better than, regular hotels.”

The interior of the Inn features a charming combination of old and new. Beautiful vintage woodwork is blended with modern white walls, beautiful light fixtures, and walk-in showers. Many of the original bluestone and brick walls remain intact. And, a cool old vault has been repurposed as a seating area.

Photo by Aimee Jobe

Style and Amenities

In regards to the finishes, Raymond and Pierson have fashioned a well-curated mix of furniture and art, blending Victorian, art deco, and eclectic themes. A unique, art deco-inspired mural, completed by artist Demetrius Crawford, provides a pop of color.

“We are trying to bring in contemporary voices while respecting and honoring the original intention of building and design,” Pierson said.

In addition to The Rathskeller in the basement, the Inn is also home to Wasabi Japanese Restaurant. Raymond’s business, Evolve Yoga and Fitness, is also on-site, so guests can participate in a workout or relax with a yoga session. And a custom-made, locally-sourced cedar sauna is a great way for guests to relax. Plenty of other great local businesses, including the historic NorShor Theater and the Zeitgeist Arts building, are also within walking distance.

The future is expected to bring great things for guests at the Oliver Inn, too. Plans include the creation of wellness retreats revolving around yoga, fitness, and a variety of outdoor adventures.

Unique Duluth Experience

One thing is for certain: The Oliver Inn is a great choice for those looking to have a uniquely Duluth, yet worldly, experience. “We love to travel around the world, absorb what we see and feel, and try to bring it back for our guests in some way,” Pierson said.

Guests at the Inn can expect a personal touch from their hosts, too. “Rod and I like to be there on Fridays to welcome our guests, and to observe their experience,” she added. “We want them to forget about their problems and just have fun.”

For more information, please visit theoliverinn.com.

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Photographers are key to the success of Destination Duluth

Nathan Klok

Photographers who attended the the second annual "Celebration of Photographers". There are over 250 contributing photographers. Photo by Nathan Klok.

The second annual Destination Duluth “Photomeet & Celebration of Photographers” was held at Spirit Mountain on Monday, Jan 17, 2022. Following the afternoon Photomeet, photographers, guests and sponsors gathered in the chalet Moosehead Saloon for appetizers during the social hour, followed by a presentation and awards ceremony.

After attending the launch party in 2013, John Heino became one of the first contributing photographers. –Photo by Nathan Klok

 

The presentation included the history of Destination Duluth, going back to 2006 when co-founder Branden Robinson purchased the DestinationDuluth.org domain. Branden, Chris Swanson and Tom Livingston began meeting in 2012 and formed the non-profit organization. On May 23, 2013, about 40 content creators met at Zeitgeist, each offering to donate content for Destination Duluths Facebook page. The support of the creative community was and always has been the reason for its success.

Co-founder Branden Robinson at the Celebration of Photographers event. –Photo by Nathan Klok

Following its launch, Destination Duluth's Facebook page saw remarkable growth, topping over 2,000 in just 20 days, hitting 5,000 on day 50, continuing to add 100 fans a day, and reaching 50,000 on day 500. Today, there are over 225,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram @destination_duluth.

At the gathering, Managing Director Jerry Thoreson shared the mission of Destination Duluth: “to educate and inspire people about the quality of place of Duluth, Minnesota, thereby shaping the city and region’s positive growth.”

Jerry Thoreson, Destination Duluth's managing director sharing photos from leading photographers. –Photo by Nathan Klok

Destination Duluth’s mission focuses on three qualities of place:

  1. Lake – Taking inspiration from the largest fresh-water lake in the world by volume, Destination Duluth covers Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Portage on the North Shore, and to Bayfield, WI on the South Shore through photography, videos and stories.
  2. Life – By sharing the life-giving qualities of Duluth, we are educating and inspiring people to visit and #befromDuluth.
  3. Light – Photographers know “it’s all about the light.” Our goal is to put a spotlight on this amazing place we call home. Through social media, we do this by showcasing amazing photos and videos. On our website, we share stories of people of Duluth who weave the fabric of our culture.

Thoreson shared achievements from 2021, including 52,000,000 impressions, along with 2,400,000 engagements. That averages to 142,000 views a day, with 6,500 clicks of engagements. The engagement rate is so remarkable that Destination Duluth was ranked third in the nation in social media engagement in the tourism category, according to shareablee.com for three consecutive months in August-October, 2021.

Forty-seven photographers were recognized for their photos exceeding 200,000 impressions on the Destination Duluth’s Facebook page. Twenty-one had over a million impressions and were recognized as a Top Photographer. Award certificates were presented along with DLH decals.

This photo by Jeff Doty was viewed over 500,000 times on Destination Duluth

In 2022 Destination Duluth seeks to substantially develop its website by sharing a Photographer Profile series and “Life in Duluth” stories.

Destination Duluth’s upcoming events are the “9thAversary Photomeet and Party” on May, 23, 2022, tentatively scheduled at The Depot; a fall “Photomeet” at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum/North Shore Scenic Railroad, and the third annual Celebration of Photographers to be held as a gala at the DECC on January 16, 2023.

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