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The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Second Most Famous Shipwreck in the World

In 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald, a 730-foot ship, disappeared in Lake Superior, taking with her all 29 men aboard. Four decades later, the legend lives on.

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Dennis Hale Doesn't Sail Anymore

The Man who Survived 38 Hours in a Life Jacket

Adrift for 38 hours in a life jacket, a Navy peacoat and his underpants, Dennis Hale was the sole survivor of one of the worst shipwrecks in Great Lakes history.

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Extreme Engineering

The Soo Locks, the North’s Great Engineering Marvels

The Soo Locks were once the busiest shipping artery in the world, raising and lowering 1,000-foot ships between Lake Superior and Lake Huron 24 hours a day, 42 weeks a year. We payed a visit.

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A Visit to Sanborn Canoe Co.

From Woodworking Novices to Canoe Paddle Pros

Sanborn Canoe Company has quickly become one of the darlings of the outdoor industry. But behind the lumbersexual appeal, the owners are just Minnesotans at heart.

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Visiting a Great Explorer

Will Steger Is a Force of Nature

Polar explorer Will Steger knows dark and cold better than anyone. But he wants to show people the light.

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Breaking Ice Across the Great Lakes

Of Ice and Men

Last winter, Great Lakes sailors suffered the worst ice navigation season in 30 years. Over 95 percent of Lake Superior was covered with blue ice, some of it 50 inches thick. We boarded a freighter for the last crossing of the season.

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Wreck diving the cold waters around Isle Royale

Expedition Royale

This summer, GP's Jason Heaton set out to dive five of Lake Superior's most notable wrecks.

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Putting America's North Back on the Map

Introducing: The North Journal

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are too often lumped in with the Midwest. We're putting the North back on the map; call it flyover country at your peril.

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