The National Museum of the Great Lakes will welcome the arrival of Santa Claus and a tugboat full of Christmas trees. Spectators can watch Santa and his boatload of trees dock behind the museum around noon, pick-up pre-ordered trees and enjoy holiday snacks with Santa. The magical experience helps honor and tell the story of…

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Toledo voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, allowing residents to sue to protect the lake. On Wednesday, a farmer challenged the law’s constitutionality, kicking off the next chapter of legal fights. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Wonder what it’s like to speed across a frozen Lake Erie, icy wind in your face? Members of the Toledo Ice Yacht Club showed us what it’s like. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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You can sail — on ice. The Toledo Ice Yacht Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The club has more than 200 members and expects about 50 boats on the Maumee Bay this weekend, as part of its annual Winterfest. From far off, the boats may look like sailboats, but up close they…

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Think Lake Erie should have its own inalienable rights? A group called Toledoans for Safe Water thinks so, and they’re asking fellow residents to vote for a Lake Erie Bill of Rights in February. Check out the issue and what the city charter amendment would do, at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Get your Christmas tree from Toledo’s Christmas Tree Ship. Freshly cut Christmas trees will arrive at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, brought by a Geo. Gradel Co. tugboat and escorted by Santa in this Toledo tradition. Pre-order your tree by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. No walk-up sales are available. The trees…

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Ever been to the National Museum of the Great Lakes? I hadn’t. And I was missing out on so much cool history, from the luxury cruise ships plying the lakes at the turn of the 19th century to the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. See photos and fun facts on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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The National Museum of the Great Lakes is adding a tugboat, fittingly named the Ohio. Great Lakes Towing Co. donated the tug to the Toledo museum, which tells the story of the five lakes, and how critical they are to the economic and political history of North America. Paul LaMarre III, director of the Port…

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