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This Weekend - ReaderFest 20th Birthday

ReaderFest 20th Birthday

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Duluth-Bayfront Festival Park (free)

Featuring: Red Mountain • Alamode • Reflectivore • Jaw Knee Vee • Superior Siren • Fire Dancing

Gates open at 2pm, Music at 3pm.

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Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 2016

Best of the Northland 2016 Reader Poll (voting ends Wed. at midnight)

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s time for the annual popularity poll that makes you either cheer with excitement or cower into a corner in a vivid flashback of your high-school years. Oh, come on, admit it. You secretly love the attention, don’t you? Of course you do.

Take a look at the list. Have fun with it. Be inventive, imaginative, and entertaining with your responses. if you don’t like the categories, make up some of your own and toss in your commentary wherever you see fit.

1) Sign In

Or grab a free account if you don’t already have one. Sorry to make you do that, but it’s necessary to have a secure, fair, and accurate poll.

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2) Click the “vote” button next to the stuff you like.

Check out the categories (to your right) and vote for as many things as you like. You can only cast one vote per item but you can “un-vote” by clicking the button again (if you changed your mind).

3) You can add options to each poll.

At the bottom of each poll there lies a form labeled “Add Your Own”. When you fill that out, your option will be added to that poll. Please do not call/email us to yell and scream about something being left-off. It’s ok for you to add it!

Deadline: The poll runs December 22 January 11 (at midnight)


We'd really like to hear from you.
Will you take our Commercial Reader Survey?

For the last several years we've enjoyed looking at your responses to see what you like (and don’t like) in the Northland. This year we’re cranking it up a notch and asking a little about you, our reader. We'd like to get to know you better. Please have fun with this survey and let us know who you are!

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Friday, Feb. 7th, 2014

Best of the Northland 2013 Reader Poll - RESULTS!

As another year passes, the annual Reader’s Choice awards tradition continues. For 16 years you, the above average (tip of the hat to Garrison Keillor) readers of the Northland’s finest newsweekly have devoted oodles of hours providing us with the lowdown on the finest of the Northland. Many thousands of votes later, we have compiled this most excellent list of the best of people, places and commerce. It is an endeavor not without its challenges. Those of you who still enter the good old fashioned paper ballots, hand writing your responses and mailing them in strike us as our most loyal partners in crime.

It would help if we could always read your writing, and manual tabulations are a tad slower than those new fangled interweb dealies. Also, we recognize the challenge of gathering input from such a wide variety of folks. Although our biases are unabashedly in support of all things local, we still end up with people voting for Olive Garden for Best Italian Restaurant or Julia Roberts for Best Local Actress. Whatcha gonna do? We love you anyway.

We learn plenty from our readers through our survey: How else might someone learn about Curry Puffs from Pak’s Green Corner or the fabulous Big Wave Dave and the Ripples? And so we search and learn, but most of all, we wish you a good read.

Results:

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Friday, Jan. 10th, 2014

Best of the Northland 2013 Reader Poll

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s time for the annual popularity poll that makes you either cheer with excitement or cower into a corner in a vivid flashback of your high-school years. Oh, come on, admit it. You secretly love the attention, don’t you? Of course you do.

Add your most honest answer while crossing your fingers and crossing your heart at the same time.

Take a look at the list. Have fun with it. Be inventive, imaginative, and entertaining with your responses. if you don’t like the categories, make up some of your own and toss in your commentary wherever you see fit. 

 

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The Rules:

  1. All answers must be locally sourced. But our range of influence spans from Grand Marais to Cloquet and all the way over to Bayfield WI, so you have some options.
  2. You must be signed-in to vote. If you don't have an account you can create one in seconds (all you need is an email address).
  3. You can vote for each item once. (you can also "un-vote" if you change your mind)

If you want a business or band or whatever to win, it’s OK to talk it up among your friends.

Votes must be cast by: January 25th, 2014

We offer prizes! For both random and for most entertaining and inventive answers!

What sort of prizes? Uh...gift certificates...of...some kind. It depends on what we have on hand or what we can pry out of the pockets of our advertisers. We are awarding separate prizes to those who enter via snail mail and online.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 2013

Best of the Northland 2012 Reader Poll

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s time for the annual popularity poll that makes you either cheer with excitement or cower into a corner in a vivid flashback of your high-school years. Oh, come on, admit it. You secretly love the attention, don’t you? Of course you do.

Add your most honest answer while crossing your fingers and crossing your heart at the same time.

Take a look at the list. Have fun with it. Be inventive, imaginative, and entertaining with your responses. if you don’t like the categories, make up some of your own and toss in your commentary wherever you see fit. 

 

» Click Here To Start «

 

The Rules:

  1. All answers must be locally sourced. But our range of influence spans from Grand Marais to Cloquet and all the way over to Bayfield WI, so you have some options.
  2. You must be signed-in to vote. If you don't have an account you can create one in seconds (all you need is an email address).
  3. You can vote for each item once. (you can also "un-vote" if you change your mind)

If you want a business or band or whatever to win, it’s OK to talk it up among your friends.

Votes must be cast by: January 26th, 2013

We offer prizes! For both random and for most entertaining and inventive answers!

What sort of prizes? Uh...gift certificates...of...some kind. It depends on what we have on hand or what we can pry out of the pockets of our advertisers. We are awarding separate prizes to those who enter via snail mail and online.

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Thursday, Mar. 1st, 2012

Dear Reader Readers,

Prudently, the leadership at your local FREE weekly paper ( the leaders name is Bob) waited a good long while to make certain that this World Wide Web thing is more than a fad.  He has recently become relatively convinced (after seeing an I Pad,) that there may well be something to this Interweb after all.

On one hand, Bob just loves newspapers. After all these years, he still loves the idea of a FREE paper --no cost to you, no restrictions on saying what needs to be said, and no chains binding the paper to anything,  He still gets stupid giddy when he sees the Reader stands empty, spies someone stopping to look at a cover, or even when he sees a Reader in the trash wrapped around clementine peels. He loves the print, the smell of it, the mess of it, the old fashioned roll of the presses in the dark.  He likes to think of himself as a newspaper man, hunting down a story like a hound dog, with a pencil and clipped phrases, saving the city.

On the other hand, he really likes the thought of living in this century, providing a place online for the Reader to do cool stuff, like list entertainment, sell stuff, and show off stuff.

So, after looking at both his hands for a long time, Bob decided to keep both of them in play. He figured out something that might work to keep the Reader free and worthy on the street for all, and put the Reader free and worthy on line, but keep them separate, distinct, and evenhanded.

He decided that only the print Reader would include all the columns and news you have come to love for free.  The new Reader website will include SOME of the news and columns you have come to know for free.  And, for a small fee, you can join as a Reader member on line and get it all plus some secret free stuff and cool promotions and treasures.

Check out the Beta version of our site.  Tell Bob what works and what doe not even come close to working well.  Tell Bob what to do. You have no idea how many folk would love to do just that.

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Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2012

Best of The Northland 2011

Another year has gone by and we at The Reader would like to thank you for all of your time and effort spent telling us what you think is the best (and worst) of the Northland. We chuckled at some of your witty and humorous answers and each year we learn a little more about this area from your genuine responses. This year we received a number of single votes; we’d like to gently remind those filling out this survey next year to please include a 15 response minimum or it may result in your vote(s) getting disqualified. Columnists Amy Zontelli and Gwen Hoberg along with guest columnist Mark Jeneson throws in their two cents on a few of the wins in this years results. Sit back and enjoy the Best of the Northland 2011.

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