Guide to Duluth-related Blogs in 2022

Birding, broadcasting, micro-agriculture, astronomy and motherhood are just some of the topics Duluth-area writers are blogging about. Every two years or so, Perfect Duluth Day scans the web to see who’s active in the local blogosphere, compiling a comprehensive-as-possible guide to the region’s active web logs.

Before proceeding with the list, here are the usual clarifications:

  • There is not a clear-cut line that differentiates blogs from online magazines and news sources, so compiling the list below required making some judgement calls.
  • Since there are a lot of abandoned or barely active blogs, the criteria for inclusion in this list is that the blog has at least five new posts since November 2021 and at least one since May 2022.
  • Blogs that have special permission requirements or paywalls are not included.
  • Obviously some good ones might have been missed in this list, so sound off in the comments about anything worth adding, or email paul @


Astro Bob | Retired Duluth News Tribune photographer Bob King still covers celestial happenings on his blog, which is updated every two or three days with new info about the latest comet, supernovae, red moon, etc.

Duluth Moms Blog | This site is a sort of local franchisee of, a network of websites designed to connect moms with content like “A Bookshelf Full of Pride: 12 LGBTQ+ Children’s Lit Recommendations” and “A Guide to Birthday Parties and Celebrations in Duluth.”

Duluth Monitor | John Ramos launched this news blog in 2019 with an aggresive flurry of stories inspired by information gained while attending public meetings. Since the fall of 2020 the pace of the site slowed to about two stories a month, with particular focus in 2022 on the controversies surrounding recently ousted Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson.

Ed’s Big Adventure | Duluth writer Eddy Gilmore still blogs a bit about urban farming, sprinkling in posts about family economics and adventures on the Superior Hiking Trail.

Ennyman’s Territory | Ed Newman writes primarily about the arts, but also delves into philosophy, politics and a steady dose of Bob Dylan.

Laura Erickson’s For the Birds | Duluth’s Laura Erickson frequently blogs about her birding adventures — in addition to producing her longrunning radio segment and podcast For the Birds. The blog, however, features something not available on the radio: lots of bird photos.

Giant Voices Blog | Duluth-based marketing firm Giant Voices publishes a blog with tips on topics such as workforce retention strategies, work-life balance and office culture.

Gleanings is a blog by Beth Bartlett, an author and retired University of Minnesota Duluth faculty member.

Jim Heffernan’s Blog | Duluth News Tribune columnist Jim Heffernan continues to share his comical and historical observations semi-regularly.

Keefography | Duluth-based photographer John Keefover captures the landscapes and people of the region. His blog so far has focused mostly on hiking adventures.

Lake Superior Writers Blog | Members of the region’s nonprofit writers’ group share writing and publishing tips, along with musings on their inspirations.

Lincoln Democrat | Former Duluth School Board member and recent Republican congressional candidate Harry Welty continues to render his opinions on politics and other topics, with particular emphasis of late on critiquing his political opponent — Minnesota District 8 United States Representative Pete Stauber.

Marie’s Meanderings | Marie Zhuikov explores life in northern Minnesota and anywhere else her travels span. Her passions include nature, environmental issues, arts, music, children, dogs, books, relationships, cooking and the like.

Minnesota Brown | Iron Range native and journalist Aaron Brown writes about northern Minnesota news, culture and politics.

North Pine | Jon Ellis has been geeking out on the upper Midwest’s broadcasting industry online since 1996. He posts about television and radio station ownership and format changes, personnel moves and other news, along with observations on the industry.

NWS Duluth Blog | The National Weather Service hosts a Duluth weather blog that features severe weather reports, cold-water safety tips and more.

Sheila Packa Poetry Blog | Duluth’s poet laureate from 2010-’12 writes a blog about “poetry: figurative language, spirit, intertextual explorations, patterns, punctuation, forms, great writers, quotes, and journey notes.”

A Patient Cycle | Karl Schuettler writes primarily about politics, economics and hockey. A little bit of creative fiction is also worked into the mix.

The Photonaturalist | Mark “Sparky” Stensaas posts photos and stories culled while tracking wildlife — primarily birds.

Solglimt’s Explore Duluth Blog | Solglimt Bed and Breakfast on Minnesota Point publishes list articles like “10 Awesome Breweries” and “3 Perks of a Bed and Breakfast.”

Superior Footprints | Molly Hoeg shares her passions for Lake Superior, running, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, reading, sewing, needle crafts, baking and spending time over coffee or wine with friends.

Swim Blog | The marketing minds at Swim Creative occasionally post tips on topics such as brand strategy, WordPress innovation and advertising copywriting.

365 Days of Birds | Richard Hoeg blogs about his birding experiences on an almost daily basis, with plenty of photos of owls, woodpeckers, sunrises and northern lights.

This Day in Duluth | Duluth publishing house Zenith City Press posts a daily blurb about an historic event from the city’s past.

Twin Ports Past | Since fall 2019 Rhett Abrahamson has been posting on this history blog with a heavy focus on the architectural gems of the region, particularly landmark homes.

Visit Duluth’s Explore Blog | With the goal of promoting local tourism, Visit Duluth posts frequent stories about subjects like outdoor dining options, dog-friendly experiences and where to catch live music in the Duluth.

Writing Near the Lake | Victoria Lynn Smith has been writing fiction, essays and articles on her blog since fall 2020.

Zenith City Online Updates | Tony Dierckins’ Duluth history website is organized more like a reference guide than a blog, but it is periodically updated with new articles and of late has featured sneak peaks into his new book, Duluth’s Grand Old Architecture.

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