For more than 38 years, Linda Hanson has worked behind the scenes to make Grandma’s Marathon Weekend – and 21 other events throughout the year – happen. As the Finance & Operations Director, she does whatever is needed on any given day, working toward the “greater good of the events.”
The People and the Place
From budget-friendly family activities to hidden waterfalls to recommendations from locals, check out our blog for trip ideas and to learn more about what makes Duluth so special.
Faces of Duluth: Deb DeLuca
In this Faces of Duluth interview, Deb DeLuca discusses her path to the shipping industry, shares some insider knowledge (including some pretty interesting cargo loads that have passed through the canal), and what she likes to do in Duluth, on and off the water.
Faces of Duluth: Jake Magdzas
Whether you know much about the sport or not, even casual hockey fans have probably dreamt of driving a Zamboni across the ice. For Jake Magdzas, that childhood dream became his everyday reality when he was hired on to the ice department at the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center) to keep the ice in pristine condition for every game and event. We were lucky enough to catch up with him to hear all about how he got here and what he loves about his gig.
Faces of Duluth: Gabe Mayfield
It’s no secret Duluth has a vibrant arts & culture scene, so when Gabe Mayfield moved to the area from Chicago for college in 1999, it made him feel right at home. Today, whether it’s performing onstage at a Duluth Playhouse or Renegade Theater production, recording his own albums, checking out local music festivals, or planning youth talent shows, you can find Gabe Mayfield in the heart of Duluth’s arts & culture scene – and throughout the Duluth community. We had the opportunity to connect with the local performer and hear about what inspires him on and off the stage.
Faces of Duluth: Beargrease Musher, Colleen Wallin
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is not only an Iditarod qualifier, but is also the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states that’s been drawing mushers and spectators alike from across the country for over 40 years. But for many Duluth and North Shore residents, it’s more than a race.
For musher Colleen Wallin, what started as a passion has become a family affair. We caught up with Colleen to hear all about how she got started and what keeps her sled going.
Faces of Duluth: Dustin Heckman of the Glensheen Mansion
When it comes to iconic Duluth landmarks, it’s hard not to think of Glensheen Mansion. Situated right on Great Lake Superior, this historical destination has been preserved for visitors to enjoy both inside and out – no matter the season.
We talked with Dustin Heckman, director at Glensheen, about what drew him to the mansion, and what continues to draw visitors year after year, especially during the holidays.