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Scenic Routes

Scenic Routes was done in collaboration with Chevrolet. This five-post series highlights 300 miles of natural beauty and culinary enjoyment between the Twin Cities and Minnesota's North Shore.

A view of Lake Superior from the Naniboujou Lodge

300 Miles to Naniboujou: A Journey up the North Shore

Almost exactly 300 miles north from the flat-cushioned, hard-armed computer chair I use at home, a solitary red Adirondack chair sits between two pines...
A Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck is parked outside Russ Kendall's Smokehouse

Building Across Generations: The Story of Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse

When I ask Gordy Olson how long Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse has been open, Gordy tells me about an old encased penny and a letter...
The Ultimate Bloody Mary at Doc's Bar and Grill

Good Food on My Turf: Where to Eat on Highway 23

One of my favorites stories to tell about Highway 23 is the one about my job-shadowing day at KBJR, the NBC affiliate in the...

Jeff Petcoff on the Passion that Drives Duluth’s Corktown Deli and Brews

I'm sitting at the bar counter at Corktown Deli and Brews in Duluth, talking to manager Jeff Petcoff. Our conversation covers carefully-planned sandwiches, quickly-broken-down...