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North – Minnesota’s Magazine

I discovered this online, monthly magazine yesterday and it is positively outstanding. I think it went live in September 2013.

North is a free feature magazine that showcases Duluth and the region — inspirationally to those fortunate enough to live there and aspirationally to those of us who don’t and wish we did.

The magazine is aesthetically a pleasure to read and the abundant photographs enhance the reader experience. North seems to strike a balance of outdoor recreation, culture, dining, leisure, travel and human interest stories about local entrepreneurs that no other local magazines have accomplished.

It is polished and has a metropolitan sophistication without giving the impression that it’s trying. I really feel that it captures the essence of Duluth’s renaissance as I see it.

Check it out if you haven’t seen it.

7 Comment(s)

  1. The photos are nice.

    Is it an independent magazine, or is it a tourism or chamber of commerce thing? Are the businesses that are profiled paying to be featured?

    bluenewt | Mar 24, 2014 | New Comment
  2. It’s always irksome when no names are included in a magazine. Who publishes it? I mean, besides Bliva Media Publishing Group?

    Ramos | Mar 24, 2014 | New Comment
  3. There’s a brief masthead. Kathy-Jo Wargin, publisher; Ed Wargin, creative director; Carol M. Kelly, vice president.

    bluenewt | Mar 24, 2014 | New Comment
  4. Yes, I found it. Thanks, Bluenewt.

    Ramos | Mar 24, 2014 | New Comment
  5. The photos and design are quite nice. And I like gin and canoes and bikes. Looks like it’s a husband and wife (or brother and sister?, cousins?) Kathy Jo Wargin (publisher) and Ed Wargin (photos, design) plus some other contributors. I remember seeing something about this on the Facebook last fall, about the same time Destination Duluth was getting started on the Facebook. It’s a big time for pretty photos of Duluth.

    brian | Mar 24, 2014 | New Comment
  6. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Kodiak. They are appreciated more than you know.

    To answer a couple of the questions raised in prior comments, Bliva Media is a private publishing company and North is not affiliated with the City of Duluth, the Chamber or any other tourism organization (but we love promoting the North and have high regard for these organizations). Businesses do not pay to be featured in stories. While a common practice in some publications, we feel it’s a practice that contrasts with editorial integrity and trusted entertainment value. Ed and I are married, and have been in the publishing industry for a very long time -- Ed is originally from Duluth. Thank you again for the nice comments, PDD, we enjoy your website and content very much, too!

    Kathy-jo Wargin | Mar 27, 2014 | New Comment
  7. Kathy-jo Wargin, you are most welcome. I hope North has a long and successful run. I enjoyed it so much that I heralded your magazine to the great and good of PDD.

    My post was slotted into the Media Watch category which is kind of an oxymoron because I believe you launched in September 2013. So who’s been watching?!!

    Kodiak | Mar 28, 2014 | New Comment

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