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The Christmas spirit is popping up along the waters of the Great Lakes region.

In Port Huron, Mich., Santa Claus rode to shore on the Huron Spirit, a boat operated by the Lakes Pilots Association. In Toledo, Ohio, the tug Josephine brought him to the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

But the most poignant event of the holiday season was in Chicago, where the sinking of  "The Christmas Tree Ship" was remembered recently.

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New York artist Alexis Rockman describes his paintings of the Great Lakes as "natural history psychedelia." And just one look at the surreal, mural-size canvases -- bursting with color and energy -- shows why.

What better time than Thanksgiving to re-examine the Decolonizing Diet Project? It aims to improve the health of Native Americans by focusing on foods that existed before Europeans came to North America. 

For the anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald's final voyage, mlive has put together an interactive graphic about the doomed freighter. It provides some of the radio chatter that surrounded the freighter as it was pummeled by a powerful storm on Lake Superior.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the law that led to our nation's public television and radio systems. Great Lakes Today -- a collaborative led by WBFO Buffalo, ideastream Cleveland and WXXI Rochester -- is a part of that system. So we're ready to celebrate.

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