Kelsey Roseth

Kelsey Roseth is an award-winning freelance journalist, currently assigned to the news beat for Northern Wilds. Kelsey’s past experience includes serving as a news anchor/producer for a Fargo, ND news station, a corporate communications specialist for a local IT company, and she currently writes creative copy for an ad agency in Duluth. She loves learning and has two degrees: a B.S. in Mass Communications and a B.A. in English from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Kelsey and her husband live in Duluth, exploring the North Shore through hiking, canoeing, photography and bird-watching. Keep in touch: kelseyroseth.com.

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Recent Articles by Kelsey Roseth

The canoe vs. kayak challenge
posted on Monday, Mar 27, 2017
Grand Marais—I’ll be frank; when I first received this assignment, I thought, ‘fantastic! This should go smoothly.’ I planned to research canoes and kayaks, and write the article so that an absolute beginner could read the piece, then simply pick one and get started. Then I met Jack Stone. The Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply owner laughed kindly and said what I was attempting to accomplish was nearly impossible. It’s not simply a matter of selecting the watercraft that’s easiest to paddle, or the boat with the best price point. That’s…

Home buying made easy
posted on Monday, Feb 27, 2017
How to Get Started My husband and I recently purchased our first home after years of living in an old apartment. Buying a home was anxiety-producing and overwhelming at times, but incredibly rewarding. We had no idea where to start. We asked parents and friends for advice, but still struggled to understand how you go from saying “this one’s nice, let’s put an offer down!” to having a set of keys in your hand. If you’re in the same boat, let’s make things easier for you. Here are the first…

Duluth Clure Terminal renovation a boon for shippers
posted on Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017
Duluth—There is one dock in the Duluth working waterfront that stands out from the rest; the Clure Public Marine Terminal; the only general cargo dock in the harbor, and it recently received a renovation. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s maritime masterpiece, the Port of Duluth Intermodal Project, is opening for the upcoming shipping season. The nearly $18 million investment is the largest infrastructure project taken on by the Port Authority in more than 50 years and it is set to impact the Twin Ports shipping industry. Other docks in the…

Duluth in 2017: Exciting events to expect
posted on Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016
Duluth—This year, events are set to make a big impact in Duluth. Sure, 2016 was a signature year for the city. It hosted multiple crowd-pleasing, milestone occurrences, including: • 10th annual Hockey Day Minnesota in February • Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday bash in May • The 40th anniversary of Grandma’s Marathon in June • The 50th anniversary of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) in August, featuring the Temptations and Beach Boys The city may not have as many major milestones to celebrate in 2017, but it’s on track…

The volunteers behind Bentleyville
posted on Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Duluth—More than 1,500 volunteers are pitching in this season to help build Bentleyville Tour of Lights, a nonprofit initiative known as the largest free walk-through lighting display in America. It attracted an astounding 270,000 visitors in 2015, with 18,000 people attending each of the three Saturday nights before Christmas. Event organizers expect more growth this year. Orchestrating and coordinating the massive volunteer effort is a complex art form; some people participate year-round to help with planning and promotion, others volunteer during setup or teardown, some only assist when Bentleyville is…

Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art opening soon
posted on Friday, Oct 21, 2016
Duluth—Contractors are wrapping up renovations on the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art, a first-of-its-kind educational facility in Duluth that trains students in Classical Impressionism, and teaches students the skills necessary to create high-quality oil paintings. Jeffrey T. Larson, an accomplished and nationally known artist from the area, bought St. Peter’s Church last November, after it had been sitting vacant for three years. The church is located just west of Mesaba Avenue on West Third Street. Larson was drawn to the hand-built structure due to its long bank of north…

Sonju Trail
posted on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
TWO HARBORS—For those seeking to take a leisurely stroll, rather than a vigorous hike, check out the Sonju Trail in Two Harbors. It’s a quiet, partially paved trail between Agate and Burlington Bays, and often overlooked by visitors. The trail is about one mile, and it’s the perfect place to watch for wildlife, pick agates, and soak in the relaxing sound of Lake Superior crashing against the rocks. As the seasons change, this trail offers breathtaking views of sunrises and sunsets, ice formations, and storms over Lake Superior. The Sonju Trail…

Help wanted!
posted on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
COOK COUNTY—North Shore businesses are familiar with the struggle for seasonal workers. This year, the need for additional workers is apparent; Gene’s Foods in Grand Marais is closed on Sundays due to the lack of help, and World’s Best Donuts reported having to cut their hours for the same reason. Brian Sherburne, the human resources director at Bluefin Bay, said the family of resorts brings on about 60 people each summer and fall, consisting of both domestic and international workers. That’s in addition to its domestic staff of more than…

No room at the inn? Last-minute lodging
posted on Friday, Aug 26, 2016
Duluth—Plenty of people love last-minute trips to the North Shore. If you’re one of them, perhaps you have an unexpected weekend free, or are in desperate need of a mid-week getaway, so you decide to contact local hotels and resorts to find an available room. Attempt this, and you’ll quickly realize that locating a last-minute room on the North Shore can be extremely challenging. “That spontaneity holds an allure for some people,” said Linda Jurek-Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “There is an allure to not having a plan,…

Lake Superior Boat Nerds
posted on Monday, Aug 01, 2016
  Cason J. Callaway departing through the Grassy Point Bridge. | TERRY WHITE Ask Superior resident Terry White what he is wildly passionate about, and he proudly admits—he’s a boat nerd. “They’re pretty unique. The older ones are beautiful and the newer ones, well, they grow on you.” Lake Superior’s shipping industry has captured White’s attention for more than 50 years. He grew up near Fraser Shipyard in Superior and previously worked as an extra longshoreman, helping load and unload ships at port if additional help was needed. “I’ve seen hundreds…

The Two Harbors City Band
posted on Monday, Aug 01, 2016
Most people can agree: it’s incredibly challenging to coordinate volunteers and keep them engaged. Despite the obstacles, the Two Harbors City Band has rallied and motivated its volunteer members since the band organized in 1897. It even operated continuously through WWI and WWII. “We’ve got a real loyal core,” said Jim Glaser, president of the Two Harbors City Band. “We’re holding steady, membership-wise.” The City Band is an offshoot of the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Band. In the 1890s, the railroad decided not to fund the band anymore, so…

Alyce's Food Truck
posted on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015
Slow-cooked ribs, seasoned fries andhomemade slaw. | SUBMITTED There’s an unexpected eating establishment tucked away behind 8 Broadway Art Gallery and the Beaver House building in downtown Grand Marais. If you’re caught in conversation while walking by, you’re likely to miss the white food truck parked in the back lot. It has a bright pink, smiling pig on the side and is surrounded by two-top and four-top tables. You may not catch a visual, but you certainly won’t miss the smell. “The Squealer is a slow-roasted pork sandwich, with an…

Farmer’s Markets—A Focus on Local Food
posted on Friday, Jul 31, 2015
 There’s a large blue and white striped tent perched in the northwest corner of Thomas Owens Park in Two Harbors. Most Saturday mornings, this is where you’ll find Ian Fritz and his dog Pretzel. New Song Farms’ Monica Highmark providing change to a customer. | KELSEY ROSETH “Every week I try to buy something. Last week I bought some maple syrup. This week I bought a book and will get some baked goods,” said Fritz. Fritz is shopping the Two Harbors Farmers Market, and just bought a book titled “Agates,”…

Burger Bliss on the North Shore
posted on Wednesday, Jul 08, 2015
The Al Capone burger at Four Seasons in Finland is topped with Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, onion straws and a whiskey steak sauce. | KELSEY ROSETH People are particular about burgers. Nothing starts a raging discourse amongst friends like someone declaring that (insert restaurant here) has the best burger. Everyone’s got an opinion, and when the “best burger” attributes are thrown around, things get intense: people will heatedly hash out which restaurant uses the best bun, delivers the best beef to topping ratio, or serves the juiciest, most flavorful patty.…

Innovative “pop-up eatery” Brings Bright, Creative Eats to the Twin Ports
posted on Thursday, Apr 09, 2015
There’s a cozy establishment right on First Street in downtown Duluth called the Red Herring Lounge. You can’t miss it. The lounge’s punchy, red exterior can be seen down the block and a large glass garage door faces the street, letting the passerby get a glimpse of the casual, hip ambiance inside. It’s about 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and I’m listening to singer-songwriter Aurora Baer as she loudly strums her guitar strings and belts out her folksy, deep-rooted Americana music. About 10 people are quietly bellied up to…