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2012.06.22
The Flood. Ways To Help Duluth, Mn

The Medium Control survived the flooding. However, some of our fellow Duluthians were not as lucky. Your help is greatly appreciated – several charities are taking donations for flood victims.

Salvation Army
Text BUCKET to 80888 to make a $10 donation toward purchasing a cleaning bucket cleaning kit designed for flood victims to be used in the Duluth area.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Go to lssmn.org/disaster

Red Cross
redcrossmn.org or (800) 733-2767. Donors also can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Duluth Locals
Community Cleanup of Chester Bowl Park
Monday 6/25/2012 7p-8:30p
Details: HERE

We thank you on behalf of our great city, Duluth !

2010.10.12
TRAVEL. LUTSEN, DURING PEAK

Fall in, but not out.

Color, Color, and more Color. The Humans managed to make it up to Lutsen Mountain before all the leaves tumbled down. While they were out hiking around, I spent a very entertaining afternoon watching leaves fly by the window. Enter a vibrant weekend on the North Shore HERE.

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2010.10.8
TRAVEL. DEVIL’S KETTLE / CASCADE

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A few weeks past, the Humans planned a weekend backpacking trip up the North Shore to hike amongst the vibrant leaves. However, plans changed due to the heavy rain and other factors. Happily, they ended up staying at the wonderful little Croftville Road Cottages for an evening. About a half hour before sundown the Humans hiked in to Judge Magney State Park in time to catch a glimpse of Devil’s Kettle, quite halloweenish with the creeping darkness, foggy paths, and a waterfall that disappears into a pothole. Researchers have never been able to locate the output of water nor is there a satisfactory geological explanation for Devils’ Kettle.

On Saturday, the Humans hiked for hours at Cascade State Park up the Superior Hiking Trail. After some lucky coincidences they were able to wake up in a frosty tent the next morning at Lutsen Mountain. Enter a Weekend in the woods HERE.

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2010.08.9
NORTH SHORE. LAKE SUPERIOR = FREE AC

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It’s hot in the Midwest today. Luckily Lake Superior acts as a giant air-conditioning unit for Humans and Animals alike. Enter the cool calm HERE.

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2010.08.4
TRAVEL. ELY BLUEBERRY FEST / BWCA

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The Humans ventured up to Ely, Minnesota otherwise known as the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Right around berry pickin’ time Ely celebrates with their annual Blueberry festival. The Humans got up early just in time to wait in line for the “all you can eat” Blueberry Pancakes. Then in an effort to work-off the buttery goodness the Humans spent the rest of the day walking around town and kayaking Fall Lake, in the Superior National Forest. As a side note, if you have never been to Ely go soon, it is one of those neat little towns that makes an everlasting impression: Zups, Outfitters, the Chocolate Moose, and people who love the woods…Explore Ely, click HERE.

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2010.07.22
NORTH SHORE. CONCERT BY THE LAKE

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The Humans stepped out on the town last night. They ventured over to the Glensheen Mansion on the shores of Lake Superior to listen to the Jim Melde Big Band. While listening to the tunes the Humans strolled through the garden and walked the brick lined paths down to the rocky shore. The best part about the Glensheen lies in its imperfections, cracked bricks, tended gardens which are still slightly overgrown, and a lingering past. The Humans had a feeling that if no one visited the place for a few months the creeping vines could easily take over and only whispers of frolicking individuals would remain.  After the concert the Humans ventured downtown for scallops and wine at Zeitgeist Cafe Arts. Enjoy a summer evening out, click HERE.

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2010.07.15
NORTH SHORE. SPLIT ROCK

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The Humans trekked out for an evening in the woods at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. After a break in the rain the Humans made the almost two mile hike along the shore, down some crazy stairs, past a waterfall, over a bridge to a soggy patch of grass and a private rocky Lake Superior cove, “Crazy Bay.” Starting a fire with only downed wood after about a week of rain was a challenge, but like myself, nothing was going to stand between the Humans and their food. Dinner was served on the private beach under the rising moon. Go outside by a big lake HERE.

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2010.07.8
TRAVEL. CEDAR LAKE CABIN

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The Humans ventured down to their hometown of Annandale, Minnesota for the Fourth of July weekend. They told me I would have loved the classic three season cabin they rented on the shores of Cedar Lake. Plywood walls, old flip open single pane windows, eclectic furnishings, and the best part a screened in sleeping porch. Pictured above, the bikes sleeping quietly at 3:25a. Step into the cabin, click HERE.

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2010.06.24
NORTH SHORE. PALISADE HEAD

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As much as I enjoy spending my time perched up high, even 300 foot cliffs make me weak in the knees. Palisade Head is a rock formation within Tettegouche State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Humans recently hiked around Palisade and peered over the edge for a few of these knee tingler shots. Take a look, but don’t fall HERE.

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2010.03.15
PARK POINT. ICE BUILDUP

Park Point. Ice Buildup Continues

After the Humans told me the Lake Superior ice sheet piled up on Park Point, I knew it was almost time for me to spend lazy afternoons sunning myself outside. Of course only my Humans would spend the first really warm northern MN afternoon walking along a snowy beach. More March Melting Ice HERE.

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2010.01.27
JAY COOKE WINTER COOKING VIDEO

To make some motion sense of the winter cooking post, the Humans put together a video of their Jay Cooke session. This video would be much better if it was taken of me with my black and white coat charging thru deep powder in slow motion, but heh, I am working with Humans. Long live winter – enjoy the flick.

MC GOODS. LIFT TSHIRT DESIGN

Chairlift T-shirt, In Gold

Since the beginning, the Human’s focus for Medium Control’s streetwear has been centered on the snow, skate, and surf industry. Although, they continue to create and be inspired from many other influences (myself included)… the snow keeps calling to them. Hence, the recent release of their Lift t-shirt. Lift drawing was inspired by the Gandy Chair at Spirit Mountain. Come around by clicking HERE.

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2010.01.20
JAY COOKE WINTER COOKING

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Noodles in the snow, the Humans have strange obsessions. Last weekend they ventured by ski into the woods and stumbled upon an old rusty water tower (something the cast of Lost would find). So naturally they set up shop near it. They climbed up on a snow drift, set up their dragonfly portable stove, boiled some water, cooked noodles, shot some pictures and skied away. Cold air and hot water, click HERE.

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2009.10.9
TRAVEL. MADELINE ISLAND TENT SETUP

While out on Madeline Island the Humans couldn’t resist setting up a little time lapse photography session for their cliff camping. Hope you enjoy this medium control instructional tent setup short… never stop exploring.

TRAVEL. MADELINE ISLAND

Madeline Island
The cold Canadian air fiercely blew fall in last week, which means the Humans have packed up their summer tent for the season. Before the end of the tenting season the Humans were able to make it out to Madeline Island, Wisconsin. I am not fond of island life so I lounged about in the Habitat. However, the Humans told me all about kayaking at sunrise through a lagoon, paddling out to the sea caves, and camping on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Although, I keep my distance from the icy waters of Lake Superior the Humans actually went swimming out there – crazy. To find out a little bit more about the Human’s Madeline Island adventure – click here.

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SPIRIT MOUNTAIN PHOTO SHOOT

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Up in the atmosphere, up where the air is clear, let’s go fly a… pffft… no thanks. I stayed home during this mid-summer foggy photo shoot at Spirit Mountain. The humans were all amped with excitement over the ambience – weirdos. Yeah, I guess the pictures turned out pretty cool, to see more of their super spooky foggy afternoon check out the pics below.

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2009.08.6
PARK POINT DWELLING DURING HABITAT BUILD

Enter The Vast, Park Point
They made me move out to an island !MEOW!, excuse me, i might just be a cat, but don’t we live in Minnesota? While building the habitat, my humans decided to move out to Park Point an island on Lake Superior in Duluth, Mn. Well, I am not fond of water and I think Tommy is crazy to surf on lake superior – it just sounds cold. But I survived… Read the rest of this entry »