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Chilly weather has hit the region in full force the last couple of days, but on the bright side, cooler temps also mean fall leaf peeping season has officially arrived.
Over the past three decades, Halloween has become a starring season for the William A. Irvin. Last year's Haunted Ship returned from hiatus to hordes of fright seekers, and it's been almost completely transformed for what may be the attraction's scariest year yet.
Fall tourism plays a large role in many small communities along Lake Superior's North Shore. Tourism experts from St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties highlight how visitors can capture the season with unique ways to experience maple and birch trees this autumn.
Visitors to Paul Bunyan Park can resume taking unobstructed selfies with Bemidji's Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues as the final construction phase draws to a close.
In the words of Visit Bemidji’s Executive Director Josh Peterson, the return of the Visit Bemidji booth to the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 25, is an "everything Bemidji one-stop shop."
Construction has begun to raise Bemidji’s Babe the Blue Ox by 15 inches to help improve drainage around the statue and his pal Paul Bunyan, preserving them for future generations.

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The event begins Thursday, Aug. 4, and ends Sunday, Aug. 7.
Klarhet, a North Shore homestead, features four Airbnb rentals, chickens, fruit and nut trees, and a developing regenerative food forest.
“My husband said it was for our daughters, I think it was really for him,” Shari Hendren said.

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