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Twenty years old: Duluth Shipping News

I started my 20th year publishing the daily summer edition of the Duluth Shipping News today (Friday, May 22, 2015). Click to see a PDF. For more information about Duluth Shipping News, go here. … [Read more...]

Seems like only yesterday

The article above about the Duluth Shipping News, and its publisher custodian  and head writer, appeared in the Winter, 2014-15 edition of the Port Authority's quarterly magazine, North Star Port. Click the pic for a larger, more readable version. … [Read more...]

Duluth Shipping News on the air

Dana Thayer, at Fox 21 in Duluth, was going to come down to the World Headquarters of the Duluth Shipping News on Monday (August 11, 2014) and interview me for her show, Sunrise at Seven) but the CSL Assiniboine decided to depart backwards, and I could not afford to miss such an event right outside my window so I stopped by to visit her on her show this morning. And to thank her since I would not … [Read more...]

Julie, ace cook and photographer on the Martin

My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, took pictures of us as they came in through the Duluth ship canal on June 2, 2014. But I got pictures of her taking pictures of us with her odd looking camera. It is hard to take a picture of someone and wave at them at the same time. (I had told a bunch of folks waiting on the pier for the boat that my friend Julie would be … [Read more...]

Fame is very, very fleeting

People have complained to me that they never saw me on the NBC Nightly News tonight. For all those who blinked while my 2 1/2 second ‘interview’ passed by, you can see the whole report here. I meanwhile am trying to figure where my 14 minutes and 57 1/2 seconds of fame that I have left will be. … [Read more...]

NBC News with Brian Williams, tonight at 5:30 PM CDT

An NBC News with Brian Williams team was here this week to do a story on ice on Lake Superior and the beginning of the shipping season. It is now scheduled to be on tonight, Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:40 Central Daylight time. Hopefully, they will not forget to include all my expert commentary, or at least a couple seconds of my expert commentary. But most of all, I hope Mr Putin will hold off on … [Read more...]

NBC News comes to Duluth to see ice

The long, cold, snowy, icy winter has attracted a lot of attention this ‘spring.’ We humans may have seen the worst of it but March brings out the next victims, the big ships that start every season in the Great Lakes battling ice. For better or worse, at this time every year, Duluth gets her fair share of attention, sitting as we do, at the western end of the lakes and just south of our border … [Read more...]


A visitor to Duluth asked me what that big red thing was that was sitting in front of the Vista/DECC. I told her it was a buoy. She asked me why it wouldn’t sink since it was made of steel. I told her the Alpena comes here; it is made of steel and it is filled with cement, and it doesn’t sink. I thought that might have resolved the issue but she asked me to go outside and take a closer look. And … [Read more...]

Please support our advertisers

This is the second page to all 100,000 Duluth Shipping News daily papers this summer. Please stop in and support our loyal advertisers when you are here watching boats. Most of them have been with me for many years. Click here to see page 2 pdf … [Read more...]

Duluth Shipping News starts 18th season!

Spring has sprung, the hot weather is no where to be found, but the 18th season for the summer, daily edition of the Duluth Shipping News was berthed at ProPrint, my lovable printer in Duluth who presented me with 100,000 pages that I have to fill between now and Labor Day. That’s press man Duc Vo making a last check on color and  supreme sales person and advisor Jeanne Carson next to him. I … [Read more...]