Aerial view of Superior entry

Unfortunately, the big news for Duluth boat watchers today is not good. The Aerial Lift Bridge will not be raised between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm today, tomorrow and next Monday and Tuesday. That is a little harder to take since it is getting dark later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon. This is happening because the State has mandated bridge inspections around the state in the aftermath of the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Of course, this is good news to Superior boat watchers who have more reason than usual to venture out to the Superior piers. Above, you are looking in through the Superior entry from Lake Superior in a picture taken last May 17, 2007. The Wisconsin Point Lighthouse is at the lower left at the end of the pier and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Taconite Facility is top left.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2007