The silent snowy woods of Minnesota are a long way from the Florida beaches where he grew up, but Trevor Rasmussen says that his initial visit to the North Shore was love at first sight. Now living in Eagan, just south of the Twin Cities, he has walked the length of the Superior Hiking Trail twice in the last six months, once in September and again last month — both with his dog, Tala, a Siberian husky.
Two Harbors native Nils Anderson left two weeks ago on a 13,000-mile, two-month road trip circumnavigating the U.S. He will be traveling with his friend Julian Levy. They’ve dubbed their trip “Coastal Connections.”
When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, causing 253 fatalities and an estimated $70 billion in damage, two North Shore women were among the thousands of volunteers who flocked to the scene of one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history.
Daniel Alvarez, the 31-year-old Florida man who passed through Lake County last summer on his 4,000- mile kayak adventure from the Northwest Angle in northern Minnesota to the Florida Keys, has been making steady progress down the Mississippi River.
Last week, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission released its assessment of 16 wayside pull-offs along the 154 miles of North Shore Scenic Drive. The year- long project, performed in cooperation with the North Shore Scenic Drive Council, used Americans Disabilities Act standards to evaluate the sites’ accessibility to people with physical or sensory limitations.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, rumble strips save lives. They alert drivers who have veered from their lanes and can reduce “run off the road” crashes by 40 percent. According to some local residents, rumble strips are just plain noisy.
Pulmonary edema, pterygium, acetazolamide—all words that Chris Nevala-Plagemann spent his first year at the University of Minnesota medical school trying to memorize for exams. On a month-long trip to India in August, his exams were replaced by actual, living patients.
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