One of the big beneficiaries of a national contest from outdoor retailer REI is right here in our backyard. REI's "Every Trail Connects" program awarded money to a number of trails around the country, and the North Shore's Superior Hiking Trail was the only midwestern trail to claim some cash.

"Every Trail Connects" awarded money to a total of 10 trails around the country based on votes. Each vote cast earned trails $5, with a maximum amount a trail could earn being $75,000. With over 15,000 votes, the Superior Hiking Trail reached that benchmark. Mount Columbia Summit Trail in Colorado was the only other trail to reach the maximum of $75,000 through votes.