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

Have you heard about Duluth’s dark history?
posted on Monday, Sep 25, 2017
Duluth—You may think you know all about Duluth’s not-so-pleasant past. The Glensheen murders? Check. The lynchings in 1920? Check. The sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald? Check. It turns out, there’s much more we don’t know. That’s where The Duluth Experience's Dark History Tours come in. “Basically, [we cover] murders, gun fights, tragedies, disappearances, and some of the local hauntings,” said Dave Grandmaison, The Duluth Experience’s co-founder and CEO. In 2012, he and Kris McNeal formed the small business after noticing a lot was happening in Duluth—between the growing craft…

A Lifetime Commitment to Lighthouse History
posted on Friday, Sep 22, 2017
Think back to the last time you visited Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site, soaking in its deep-rooted history and gazing upon its spectacular views of Lake Superior. The experience is moving, no doubt about it.  Now, imagine if you lived there... The historic Split Rock Lighthouse was built in the 1920s, serving more than 40 years before it was decommissioned. | MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Lee Radzak and his family have called the historic site home for the past 35 years. That’s how long he’s served as the site’s manager, living…

The Business of Art on the North Shore
posted on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017
No two journeys are the same for our local artists. Some pursue art part-time as an outlet for their creative expression and additional income. Others use their art to build a full-time, independent business. Either way, they come up with unique ways to get their work out into the world. Here’s how they do it. From a Painter’s Perspective Kathy Fox Weinberg didn’t set out to become a fine art painter. As a matter of fact, she spent her career in finance. “I hadn’t had a paintbrush in my hand…

Gearing up for Heck of the North
posted on Monday, Aug 28, 2017
Two Harbors—Bikers, grab your helmet and switch out your tires for a wider pair. Heck of the North takes place later this month—and it’s your chance to experience an extreme cycling challenge. Heck of the North is a gravel bike race that takes place on the backroads near Two Harbors, with the option to race on a 105-mile or 55-mile course. The longer course features miles of gravel, two track and rocky logging roads, with famously tough snowmobile trail connectors. The shorter course is equally scenic, and is designed without…

The life of wolves in the wild
posted on Monday, Aug 28, 2017
Ely—Majestic to behold, the gray wolf is a subject of awe, reverence, and conversation in the northwoods. Many of us have talked with our friends and neighbors about the pros and cons of wolf population control, but how much do we actually know about them? It turns out, not as much as we think. “People often think about a wolf pack and think of the toughest, meanest, and strongest wolf getting to the top and leading the pack. That’s not necessarily true,” said Cameron Feaster, a wolf specialist at the…

Experience North Shore Camping despite Chronic Pain
posted on Monday, Aug 28, 2017
There’s often a deep void in those left with chronic pain after an accident, injury, or illness—a long-term struggle with your identity once beloved hobbies and interests appear to be out of reach. Through the years of heartwarming progress and disappointing mistakes during my own chronic pain journey, I’ve discovered successful ways to continue camping despite the pain. Motivated by our stunning local landscape, I’m constantly seeking out modifications and adaptations so that I, too, can experience the brilliance of the North Shore—in my own way. My Story The onset…

A rich history of transportation: Two Harbors’ Agate Bay
posted on Monday, Jul 24, 2017
Agate Bay docks in Two Harbors. | KELSEY ROSETH Two Harbors—Lovers of the quiet, quaint community of Two Harbors have transportation to thank for its very existence. Back in the 1850s, the United States and Native Americans signed the Treaty of LaPointe, which opened the North Shore of Lake Superior to white settlement. Flash-forward 30 years, and the Minnesota Iron Company, based in Duluth, set up shop in Tower, MN and was mining iron ore from the Vermillion Range at a rapid rate. The Duluth and Iron Range Railroad needed…

New restaurant combines history with modern fare
posted on Monday, Jul 24, 2017
The exterior of Emily’s Eatery. | KELSEY ROSETH Knife River—A young couple is breathing fresh life into a historical North Shore building in Knife River, and have now opened Emily’s Eatery in the space formerly occupied by Lighthouse at Emily’s. Backed by a small group of private investors, Duluth natives Evan Rollo, 25, and Chloe Dryke, 24, are managing the restaurant. They’re working to combine the location’s beloved, long-lasting history with modern meals and entertainment. “I grew up coming here,” said Dryke, referring to Lighthouse at Emily’s, which is located on…

Update on the St. Louis River Area of Concern cleanup
posted on Monday, Jul 24, 2017
Relaxing on the St. Louis. | BARB AKER Duluth—Efforts to clean up and restore the mighty St. Louis River are showing progress. “The projects to restore the river have a positive economic impact,” said Kris Eilers, executive director for St. Louis River Alliance, a non-profit organization that works in the community to educate people about the importance of the river and its impact on our region. “We connect people to the river so they can experience it in a personal way and create stewardship.” The St. Louis River begins near…

Blueberries: North Shore's Tasty Treat
posted on Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
"It was a trip of experiences, not one of conquests," writes Gary Fiedler. Fiedler was on an ambitious seven-month solo canoe journey through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park when he saw a mother black bear and two cubs wandering the shore, foraging for blueberries. On the water, in his canoe, and about 100 feet away from the bears, he captured the brilliant black intensity of their coats up close. “It was really living with the rhythms of nature, living at a more natural pace, and…

Plans for North Shore Adventure Park take shape
posted on Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
Silver Bay—About eight months ago, a St. Paul couple moved to Silver Bay to enjoy an active retirement on the North Shore, one packed with outdoor experiences. Their focus was peace, relaxation and recreation. But something happened that caused Phil Huston and Alice Tibbetts to rethink their retirement. “We kept driving by the Spur Gas Station and I kept noticing the cliff behind the gas station, and it called to me,” said Huston, a recreational rock climber and mountaineer. “I’m serious. It just called to me.” A complex dream began…

Northland institute breaks down barriers
posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Kayaking is one of the activities offered through the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. | Submitted Duluth—There’s a group in Duluth that’s empowering people with medical conditions, injuries and disabilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles and get back out in the community. It’s called Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. “We provide safe, fun learning opportunities for people and hopefully, in the long run, create lifelong recreators,” said Tara Gorman, a sports and recreation program coordinator at the Institute. The organization is owned by Allina Health and headquartered in the Twin Cities, but…

Healthy soil: The secret to stopping climate change?
posted on Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Using photosynthesis to return carbon to the soil will help address climate change. | SUBMITTED Finland—What if there was a way to not only slow climate change, but reverse it? Automatically, you may think that’s impossible. However, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Finland, Minnesota says they may have identified a way. Their solution starts with carbon. “Carbon is the currency of life,” said Kaare Melby, the social media and web content coordinator of the Organic Consumers Association, an online and grassroots public interest organization that campaigns for health, justice…

Making Water Conservation Work in Minnesota
posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2017
If you’re interested in protecting Minnesota’s water resources for generations to come, Duluthian and renown conservationist Dave Zentner has the solution—and it’s you. “There is no elixir, but I think that the environmental conservation movement has to move back to neighbor-to-neighbor, grassroots, bottoms up, putting people in the picture,” said Zentner, who is in his early 80s and a local legend among Minnesota conservationists. Challenges of Citizen Engagement The way he sees it is that some people, especially younger generations, are put off by the current “top-down” environmental organizations—you know,…

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…