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Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore and More:

A Guide for Sightseers, Hikers and Romantics

Book SigningS by authors Eve and Gary Wallinga

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We Like Waterfalls


The sound of running water is the music of spring. Across the Northern Wilds, we have endured the long winter silence of snow and ice. Then, starting with a drip and a trickle, spring slowly emerges like a blooming crocus. As winter eases its grip on the landscape, water is released from its frozen confinement, celebrating freedom with splashing sounds that eventually join to become a thundering cascade.

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In the rugged Northern Wilds, such cascades are common. We call them waterfalls. They are most awesome in spring when creeks and rivers rush with snowmelt. That’s why our theme for this issue is waterfalls. On the cover is an iconic landmark waterfall on the Gooseberry River. Inside, veteran waterfall explorers Eve and Gary Wallinga share some of their favorite waterfalls throughout the Northern Wilds. The Wallingas are the authors of our newly published book, Waterfalls of the North Shore and More, A Guide for Hikers, Sightseers and Romantics. You can find the book at retail shops throughout the region or you can order a copy at Spring is a good time to reflect upon our relationship with the world around us. Most folks around here have a deep respect for Nature, because it is all around us in unspoiled splendor. Elle Andra-Warner leads us to some of the more unusual natural places in her Strange Tales column, from the Devil’s Kettle in Judge C.R. Magney State Park to Agate Island in the Ontario waters of Lake Superior. Maren Webb introduces us to the concept of upcycling, where old stuff is repurposed for new use. Linden Figgie tells how a thrift store in Grand Marais was able to work with local girl scouts in order to turn a surplus of used purses into necessity bags for families seeking temporary shelter. On the wild side, Julia Prinselaar takes a closer look at an often despised backyard wonder: the dandelion. This familiar flower provides a wealth of food and drink. In her Northern Traditions column, Julia tells us about the growing popularity of the backyard henhouse. Kim Falter looks at natural remedies for allergies, a common ailment at this time of year. Gord Ellis sees the melting snow and dreams of open water. This month, the veteran angler offers advice for

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Purses repurposed to help victims of domestic violence GRAND MARAIS— It takes creative and determined minds like those on the board of Oddz & Endz to turn a problem of excess into a project that repurposes unwanted items for positive impact. Oddz & Endz is a non-profit business in Grand Marais that sells repurposed furniture and household goods. When the store acquired a large quantity of purses and handbags—too many to realistically sell—the board wanted to do something meaningful with the extras. While discussing possible uses for the bags and considering local venues or organizations to support, the idea to aid victims of domestic violence struck. “It was just kind of like a bolt of lightning from somewhere,” Oddz & Endz board member EvaLyn Carlson said. “When women have to leave with their children, and they run, they leave without anything. They go to a shelter and will get a bag with the essential things that they need. But we can do something with the purses, something a little extra special, something that says it’s ok, there are people here who care about you.” Carlson, who has a background in human services and ministry, is also a board member for the Violence Prevention Center in Grand Marais. She suggested the Center to be an appropriate recipient of the bags and the board agreed. “We’ve made up six purses that we gave to Violence Prevention as our trial run,” Carlson said, “and they were very pleased with the things we had put in them.” Each bag is unique and holds a variety of goods—a flashlight, pencil and notepad, soap, shampoo and cleanser, toothbrush and toothpaste, combs and brushes, and other personal care items. Many of them contain donated handmade items such as knitted scarves or felted mittens for the winter bags. As the project idea transformed and organizations such as the Salvation Army contributed items to the cause where needed, the store wondered who could help assemble the bags. Arvis Thompson is the director for the Girl Scouts in Cook County and suggested the girls work together on the purse project as a part of their current badge topic and service requirement. “We asked the girls if they would help us,” Thompson said. “We just did a badge on diversity and the fourth component is compassion, so the purses will fit into the piece on learning about compassion and as a service project.”

Local Girl Scouts celebrate the organization’s 104th anniversary. In a few weeks, the Girl Scouts troops will fill and assemble the purses with donated goods, write personal notes, and hear Marybeth Wilkes teach about domestic violence. | SUBMITTED working with the girls to write a note that goes into each purse. The notes will say something like, ‘I’m sorry you’ve been hurt’ or ‘We care about you.’ That extra little thing that can bring a smile or hope.” Along with filling the bags and writing notes, the Girl Scouts will participate in an educational component facilitated by Violence Prevention Center staff member Marybeth Wilkes. “She is going to come and help educate the girls on what they are doing,” Carlson said. “She will be talking about violence prevention, about safe houses, and about domestic violence. At the very end, we will be working with the girls to write the notes.”

The girls were enthusiastic about the idea and the opportunity to be involved. They will finish the bags in mid-April.

Thompson and Carlson are hopeful of the educational impact this project will have both for the Girl Scouts and the community.

“They loved it and have all been really supportive,” Carlson said. “We will be

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thing from the way you look to how you’re feeling,” Thompson said. “One of the things that I hope to see is a greater awareness of the needs for people that are involved in domestic violence and the fact that we have resources here that can help with that,” Carlson said. “It has struck me that there are a lot of people that don’t understand what Violence Prevention does; They work in the school and they are there for people who are in need.” This echoes the mission of Oddz & Endz to be a vital resource in the community. “One of our missions is to meet the needs of the community in a whole variety of ways,” Thompson said. “One of the things that I hope this project would do for the community is to let our donators know that we are respecting what they donate to us and trying to find practical ways to use the volume of things that we sometimes get.”

The store seeks to repurpose, reuse, and repair; to be conscious of the impact of waste and be resourceful in their service to customers and the community. “As soon as you help people see beyond, then they get really creative,” Thompson said. “And we’re not afraid to tackle anything.” The purse project is evidence of this philosophy. The collaboration has become a movement to support and encourage, to impart knowledge of social justice issues and environmental mindfulness, and to provide resources for positive change. —Linden Figgie


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Cook County Emergency Services Conference GRAND MARAIS—The 27th annual Cook County Emergency Services Conference will be held at the Community Center in Grand Marais April 29-30. The event is typically attended by 80 to 100 local medical professionals, firefighters and first responders who participate in an array of training sessions. This year’s sessions include: • Emerging Diseases on the Horizon: Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear • 12-Lead EKG Interpretation • Public Information for the Elected Official, Agency Head or Business Owner • SKYWARN Training

• Burn Trailer and Vehicle Extrication Rotations • Search Management Guest speaker at the conference this year is Kevin Reed, deputy director for Homeland Security and Emergency Management. There will be presentations for Outstanding Emergency Service Provider Award and the Dolly Johnson Friend of Emergency Service Award. The latter is named for a longtime dispatcher who served Cook County for more than 25 years. She was presented the award in April, 2003 and passed away in June of that year. For more information about the conference, visit

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Correction The following are corrections to last month’s story, “Coldwater Foundation establishes leadership center at Mink Lake Wilderness Camp.” Since its inception in 2006, Coldwater was decentralized and operated out of many different locations. The organization incorporated in 2009 and settled in Grand Marais. They planned and facilitated remote wilderness experiences from a repurposed fish house on director Kevin Sutton’s property, community centers and a church basement. With a superior location and well-maintained facilities, the Camp provides rich ground for Coldwater to cultivate their vision. Students come to Coldwater Foundation to gain more depth in their Christian faith and to mature as a leader. The organization exists to empower young leaders and to instill in its participants a leadership for life. Coldwater is founded on the principles of Christian faith and believes in the practice of experiential learning to help people learn and grow.

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North House buys new building for its campus GRAND MARAIS— North House Folk School purchased a building across Hwy 61 from its campus.

uring out how to move a project like this forward while keeping the organization strong.“

“It’s been great to work with our longtime neighbors to make this important step forward” said Greg Wright, North House’s executive director. “Our goals are simple: An additional, high quality classroom to accommodate our steady growth, improved office space for our staff and flexibility that will address our future needs. Having North Shore Title staying on in the west half of the building is a great fit in many ways.”

Plans for the project include two phases. The first phase will add the new classroom and administrative offices in the old USFS administrative building. The second will move North House’s School Store/Front Office up into a modestly remodeled Yellow House on Highway 61, making it easier for campus visitors to get information and learn about the school’s year-round offerings. Moving the school store will also open up an additional classroom space in the Blue Building. A ribbon cutting and dedication is planned during the Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival weekend, June 17-19.

The structure was originally built as a U.S. Forest Service administrative building. In the mid-1990s, the Forest Service moved to their new facilities on the west end of Grand Marais. “It is hard to imagine a better addition to campus” said Nancy Burns, board vice president. “Our long term planning efforts and facility studies all underscored our need for space. Keeping campus close together will make the school stronger on many levels. The extra room and future flexibility will both be of tremendous value as North House moves forward.” “An investment like this is a major commitment for North House,” Wright said. “Between purchasing the building and remodeling, North House will invest over $600,000. Multiple generous donors enthusiastically stepped forward to fund the down payment. They understand what moves community nonprofits forward and believe both in North House’s educational mission and our local economic impact. In addition, we have a funding request into a key regional foundation to underwrite the remodeling. Just like any other nonprofit or local business, it is a balancing act fig-

Wright confirmed that like most nonprofits, North House qualifies for property tax exemption provided that the property is being used to support the school’s educational mission. Given this, North House will pay the full property tax on the half of the building that is leased to North Shore Title, and will submit paperwork so that the half used as a classroom and offices will become property tax exempt in 2017. “Grand Marais’ unique character and the beauty of the Harbor are key features our students truly value,” said Mary Anderson, board president. “North House works hard to make a positive impact in our community and we want our steady evolution to be an asset. We feel fortunate to have so many partners and supporters who believe in us. There is something that rings true, knowing that making this strategic step forward for North House will also bring these historic buildings back together.”

Minnesota state parks to make customer service improvements ST. PAUL— Customer service improvements are coming to Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this summer. According to DNR Parks and Trails Division director Erika Rivers, the following changes, which take effect in early May, are important steps to modernize services and meet the needs of today’s visitors to the state’s 75 parks and recreation areas. Campsites that are 100 percent reservable at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Previously, up to one-third of state park campsites were not available for advanced reservation and could only be rented by walk-in guests at the parks on a firstcome, first served basis. In a 20142015 pilot project, about a quarter of state parks made all of their campsites reservable. Based on positive cus-

tomer response, the Parks and Trails Division decided to expand this service statewide in 2016. Campsites can be reserved online at or via phone: 866-857-2757. Same-day reservations. For spontaneous travelers and families with busy schedules, same-day reservations will soon be available at many of Minnesota state parks’ most popular destinations (some locations will require infrastructure upgrades before implementation). Previously, the cut-off for making reservations was midnight the night before arrival day. For walk-ins, if there’s a campsite available, they’ll be able to book it either online or at a self-serve kiosk right in the park after arrival, with no reservation fee. 

Easier registration. Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are also investing in improved orientation and registration systems, which will allow visitors to register themselves and get other information without standing in line waiting for a staff person. Signs, maps and publications are being redesigned to be easier to use and to appeal to a new generation of visitors. Customer service improvements to the camping reservation system will be rolled out in early May, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, according to the DNR. The registration and orientation improvements will be available throughout the summer on a park-by-park basis. For more information, visit selfservice.

Bat disease confirmed ST. PAUL—White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats, has been confirmed at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, according to the DNR. Starting in late January, several hundred bats were found dead near the main entrance to the mine. Subsequent testing of bats sent on Feb. 12 to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center confirmed the bats were infected by WNS. First documented in North America in 2007 in eastern New York, WNS has since spread to 27 states and five Canadian provinces, killing more than 5.7 million bats. The disease is named for the fuzzy white growth of fungus observed on infected bats. It is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock or other wildlife. In 2013, the fungus that causes the WNS disease was discovered at Soudan Underground Mine and at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern Minnesota. It is typical for disease symptoms to appear two to three years after discovery of the fungus. “We’ve been following the recommended procedures to try to protect the bats from white-nose syndrome,” said Jim Essig, park manager at Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. “Now that it’s here, we will continue to do everything we can at our parks to prevent human transport of fungal spores to other sites.” Although the disease is transmitted primarily from bat to bat, people can inadvertently carry fungal spores to other caves on clothing and caving gear. For several years, public tours of Soudan Underground Mine and Mystery Cave have begun with a brief lesson on how to prevent the spread of WNS. Both before and after tours, visitors are required to walk across special mats designed to remove spores from footwear, and they are advised not to wear the same clothing, footwear or gear when visiting other caves or mines where bats may be present. Multiple washings in a standard washing machine will not provide sufficient decontamination. As tours will continue at Soudan Underground Mine, the DNR will continue to follow recommended national decontamination protocols to prevent human transport of fungal spores. The DNR urges owners of private caves to learn about WNS and take similar visitor precautions as outlined in the protocols. “Minnesota has seven species of bats, four of which hibernate during the winter and are at greatest risk of

White-nose syndrome, a disease that can kill bats, was confirmed in Minnesota at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. | SUBMITTED contracting the disease,” said Gerda Nordquist, a mammalogist in the DNR’s Ecological and Water Resources Division. As much as 90 to 100 percent mortality of bats (mostly little brown bats) has been recorded at hibernation sites in the northeastern United States. However, mortality may differ by site and by species. Bats can recover from the disease if they survive the winter, and biologists are studying why some bats in affected caves are surviving multiple years. To learn more about white-nose syndrome and Minnesota’s bats, visit

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New owners at Rockwood Lodge GUNFLINT TRAIL— Like many who make their pioneer visit to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, something sparked within Carl Madsen on those first few portages. “My first trip was part of a college course with Iowa State University in 1989,” Madsen said. “We stayed at the bunkhouse at Rockwood, had breakfast in the lodge and paddled through a September snowstorm to Horseshoe Lake for three nights. Ever since then I’ve been bringing my wife, and eventually my entire family up here for vacations.” And while many folks are enamored with the BWCAW when they visit, Madsen decided to ditch the vacation aspect of the area and move to the Gunflint Trail full time. In fact, he bought a lodge. Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters, to be exact. “Rockwood is special in that we have a great outfitting business and seven, soon to be eight, wonderful cabins right on the north edge of Poplar Lake,” Madsen said. “I’m excited to share this place with new and returning customers, some of whom have been visiting Rockwood since the 1960s.” Madsen and his wife, Stephanie, took over operations at Rockwood last November. They will be majority owners of the business, with Stephanie’s sister, Carol Seim and her husband, Mike, also joining the ownership team and staff. Madsen has a background in the military, severing a combined 20 years with the US Army, Army Reserves and National Guard before retiring as a Major with the Engineer Battalion out of Willmar, Minn. Stephanie is a commercial-site planner and project coordinator, and will continue to work remotely for Kwik Trip and Holiday gas stations. The new faces at Rockwood took over ownership duties from Mike and Lin Sherfy, who ran the business for the past 14 years. Mike and Lin expanded the outfitting side of the business during their tenure, and are now retired amongst the rolling slopes of southeastern Minnesota near Lanesboro. Madsen said the Sherfys were extremely gracious during the transfer of ownership at Rockwood.

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“The biggest advantage we’ve had is that Mike and Lin have been there to help us get everything set up,” Madsen said of obtaining the property and business rights. “We spent a lot of time learning the water system and outfitting for groups, going over the various entry points and canoe routes. Mike introduced me to several of the neighboring resort owners, giving me the ability to take over the operations in stride.” For his part, Mike Sherfy said Rockwood is in good hands with the new owners. All four of the new owners of Rockwood have visited the lodge regularly over the past decade, including helping out each spring to open cabins and make general repairs.

Carl and Stephanie Madsen, with their dog Fresca, at Rockwood Lodge. | SUBMITTED “Lin and I are excited to be starting another chapter in our lives,” Sherfy said. “It is especially nice to have part of the Rockwood family following in our footsteps. We hope that they will enjoy working and living in the place that we came to love.” And while the basic principles of the business will remain intact at Rockwood, Madsen does have some new ideas to bring to the table. “We’ve already updated the website to be mobile friendly with online booking,” Madsen explained. “Each cabin will get a lot of attention, and eventually I’d like to get the water system where we can open earlier in the spring, stay open later into October and possibly stay open over the winter. We plan on having a new dog run installed near the lodge and want to replace the roof on the outfitter building.” Mike Seim will be working primarily as a canoe outfitter at Rockwood, though he also takes pride in being a jack-of-all trades and is an experienced maintenance and repair man. As for his priorities at Rockwood, they seem crystal clear. “Helping people experience the Boundary Waters, making sure that each trip is treated like family, being there when they leave and when they come back,” he said of his new gig. “I’ve been dreaming of this opportunity for years, and I’m excited to get to both live and work in such a beautiful place.”—Joe Friedrichs

New soil information is available for the North Shore COOK COUNTY— Recently, a soil survey was completed along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook and Lake counties to document map units on private and public lands outside of the Superior National Forest. United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service was the lead agency for the project. A soil survey is a tool to help people make informed decisions about land use based on the potentials and limitations of soils. The information is useful to agricultural producers, engineers, foresters, environmentalists, county and city planners, home owners and others. Soil formation is based on five factors: climate, organisms, parent material, time, and topography. These factors affect the genesis and morphology of each soil and are used to identify soil series, such as Mesaba stony sandy loam. These soil characteristics may change in relatively short distances. Often, similar soil series are grouped together as occupying a landscape or certain geomorphic area and are delineated as Map Units. These map units have unique use and management characteristics and are the basis for soil interpretations for various land uses. Web Soil Survey is an online interactive tool available to the public to access soil information for a specific area with over 200 soil reports addressing suitabilities and limitation for land uses in addition to soil properties of map units.

Soils along the North Shore The soils formed along the North Shore are a direct result of the complex glacial history of the area. In the last Ice Age, glaciers covered most of Minnesota. After most of the ice had melted away in the waning days of the last glaciation, there were several re-advances of the Superior Lobe of glacial ice out of the Superior basin. Each advance deposited a distinctive parent material from which the soils were formed. For general purposes, these glacial deposits can be grouped into three

Amnicon clayey soil. | SUBMITTED categories. The first group is loamy soils with common to many coarse fragments (gravels, cobbles, stones and boulders) that occur further inland. These soils often have a dense restrictive layer between 40 and 60 inches that perches water and can affect building sites and septic absorption field ratings. The second group is heavy clayey soils with few coarse fragments. Land management considerations with the clayey soils will be limited by the slow percolation rate of water movement through this soil. The third group is shallow soils on top of bedrock. These rocky soils will have limited land uses related to the bedrock restrictions. Starting from the eastern edge of the city of Duluth and travelling northward, a relatively wide band of clays soils extends inland from the shoreline of Lake Superi-

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Mesaba stony sandy loam, shallow to bedrock. | SUBMITTED or to an elevation below the North Shore bedrock ridge uplands. This band of clayey soils is about 10 miles wide at its widest and gets narrow and sporadic around Silver Cliff and northward. In addition to these three groups of soil types, there are some unique and notable areas. Remnant beaches of Lake Superior have a unique signature on the landscape and are best seen utilizing LiDAR imagery (Light Detection and Ranging). The bedrock geology of the North Shore is also very interesting. The weathering process of the bedrock along crystalline boundaries produces granular crystals called Grus. This can be seen at the exposure just north of Hwy. 61 by Crow Creek.

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By Eve & Gary Wallinga While researching waterfalls 12 years ago for our first edition of Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore: A Guide for Sightseers, Hikers, and Romantics, we encountered many surprises. We experienced even more when we skipped across the borders into Wisconsin and Ontario for our new book, Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore & More. Following are some great waterfalls, not too far off the beaten path, that you can enjoy this spring. On our many trips through Duluth and on up the Shore, we didn’t realize how many waterfalls flow within that city. And, least of all, in the slim, emerald gem of a park just a few blocks southwest of the famous Glensheen mansion, Congdon Park. Five cascades meander through red canyon walls along charming Tischer Creek. What a lovely oasis in which to stretch your legs away from the hubbub of the city. Access this park at the corner of Superior St. and Congdon Park Drive. There is a dirt trail there that descends the stone steps by the bridge. Fourth Street bisects the park, so be sure not to miss the upper half across 4th Street, up to Vermillion Rd. Northern Wisconsin hosts a whole world of waterfalls, many just a short jaunt away. Only 19 miles from Duluth, the Big Manitou Falls, at 165 feet, thunders in the Black River at Pattison State Park. While comparable in height to Minnesota’s High Falls of the Pigeon River, Big Manitou allows you much closer access to its 5-star torrent. The best overlook is also wheelchair accessible. And nearby Little Manitou Falls (we rated it 4 stars) is by no means “little.” From Duluth, take the I-535 S. bridge to Superior, Wisconsin, and then WI-35 S. to the park. The Amnicon River, in Wisconsin’s Amnicon State Park, is also located about 19 miles from Duluth. Though its waterfalls are not as impressive as Big Manitou, the quarter-mile round-trip piney trail, which includes a crossing over a quaint covered bridge, is easy and leads to a river island and three main waterfalls with a drop in the 15-25 foot range. From Duluth, take the I-535 S. bridge to US-53 S/E 2nd St. in Superior, Wisconsin and follow US-53 S. 13 miles to US-2 E. and then County Road U into Amnicon State Park. If you want to get from Pattison State Park to Amnicon State Park, take County Road B east to County Road A north. Go east on County Road Z until you come to US-53 S., turn right and take US-2 to Amnicon State Park. Back in Minnesota, and heading up the Shore, who knew that Split Rock State Park was the setting not only of the magnificent lighthouse, but that Split Rock River may be the most waterfall abundant river on the whole shore, sporting a stretch of nine major waterfalls within 1.3 miles? Park at the trailhead parking lot on Hwy 61 near mile marker 46. The trail to the first waterfall, West Branch Falls—about a half mile in—is of good quality. You will come to a sign saying, “Split Rock River Crossing 1.8 miles,” where you will head right. Fifty-five steps take you down to a shaded elfin glen with a footbridge traversing a side-creek called West Branch Split Rock River. From this bridge, behold a glistening waterfall cascading 20 feet into a serene pool. This is a destination, in itself, but you can continue on the main trail. The trail transitions to fair and poor, but leads past many more waterfalls, which are easiest to view before the leaves sprout. The last of the major falls occurs about 2 miles from where you began at the highway. Come back the way you came or cross the bridge to return, though you will rejoin Hwy 61 about .3 miles up the highway from your car. Continuing north on 61 (mile marker 50), you’ll encounter the town of Beaver Bay. Most people driving through don’t even realize there is a 5-star waterfall visible from the Highway 61 bridge walkway, thundering just beyond the highway. Beaver River borders the east edge of “downtown” Beaver Bay. Park in the wayside just west of the Beaver River Bridge. A short hike across the parking lot and onto the bridge is all it takes to get a gander at spectacular Beaver River Falls. Big Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park. | GARY WALLINGA 12

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Baptism River Cascades in Tettegouche State Park. | GARY WALLINGA While the High Falls of the Baptism River, in Tettegouche State Park (mile marker 58), gets all the attention as the highest waterfall in Minnesota (and it is definitely worth the visit), The Cascades of the Baptism River is one of our favorites on the Shore. Check out the park map for detailed directions to both. The Cascades seem to come out of nowhere as the Baptism River drops about twelve feet like a natural waterslide. Sitting at water level provides an inspiring view, and rushing whitewater drowns out every other sound. Sit a spell, soak your feet, and enjoy its music. For those who yearn for a more rugged and out-of-theway experience (but not super rugged or we wouldn’t have attempted it), we highly recommend The Cascades of the Manitou River in Crosby-Manitou State Park. This hike has a lot of ups and downs—stairs and inclines—and is about 2.3 miles round-trip. Leave Highway 61 (mile marker 49+) and drive 6.5 miles up Highway 1 to where it intersects Country Road 7 in Finland. Take a right and continue 7.5 miles to the entrance of the state park. Pick up a park map at the informational display board and continue to the trailheads where you will set off on Middle Trail, which is part of the Superior Hiking Trail. This 4-star waterfall is another of our very favorites. It is composed of three parts, which together drop 40 or 50 feet along a 150foot stretch of river. The upper section pours through a narrow gorge and onto a broader, middle tier comprised of multiple falls to the lowest tier where it splits in two. But if you visit in the spring, the tiers pretty much disappear into one lawless deluge. For a great place to stretch your legs (and then some) make a stop at 40-foot Caribou Falls in Caribou Falls State Park (we rate it 4 stars) (mile marker 70). This 1-mile round-trip hike has its difficult stretches—mainly the 150-plus steps down to the waterfall. But in times of high water—like now—there may be no beach from which to access the base of the waterfall. In that case, content yourself with the views from the stairway and try to be happy you don’t have quite as many steps to climb on the way back. Onion River Falls was pretty much unknown before the Ray Berglund Memorial Wayside (mile marker 86) was improved, and the marginal angler trail to the river transformed. The .8 mile round trip hike offers majestic views of the river valley, its waterfalls, and Lake Superior floating on the horizon. Lovely Cascade Falls in Cascade River State Park (mile marker 100) is a well-known and often photographed waterfall of the North Shore, emerging from a narrow black

Kakabeka Falls on the Kaministiquia River. | GARY WALLINGA

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gorge to pound 25 feet into a rounded hole surrounded by a verdant green evergreen forest. The easy 2-minute hike is always worth the small effort. No matter how many times you may have seen the waterfall before, depending on the time of year and the time of day, it may look like a totally different animal. Snap a selfie and share the scenery. If you’ve ventured north of Grand Marais, you may have noticed the sign for the Kadunce River (mile marker 118). What you may not have known is that the river affords an interesting hike (a spur trail for the Superior Hiking Trail), sometimes at river level and sometimes above it, with various waterfalls tumbling along its length. It’s about a mile up to Kadunce Bridge and, at times, the canyon becomes so narrow and deep that you cannot see the river at its bottom. Most people visiting the North Shore might not even consider a day trip into Canada, but if you like waterfalls, you should. Especially since Kakabeka Falls, a.k.a. The Niagara of the North, on the Kaministiquia River in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is just 80 miles from Grand Marais. This waterfall is 131 feet high (just 39 feet shorter than Niagara) and spans 213 feet. Its magnificence is magnified by the romantic legend of the brave Ojibwe princess, Green Mantle, and the Sioux warriors who pursued her. You may even hear the spectral echoes of their angry shouts and see her lovely spirit lingering in the rainbows at the base of this mighty waterfall. Continue north on Hwy 61 to Thunder Bay, then head west on Highway 11/17 for about 17 miles to the park. Amnicon State Park. | GARY WALLINGA NORTHERN  WILDS

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Many one-of-a-kind pieces can be found during the Junk Hunt. | WHISPERWOOD COTTAGE

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UPCYCLING: By Maren Webb

Each April on the North Shore we celebrate the (hopefully) near arrival of spring and Earth Day. For most of my life, recycling has been a mainstay of Earth Day and efforts to live more sustainably. While recycling is still going strong, another practice is rising in popularity: upcycling. To upcycle is to reuse discarded objects or materials to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Upcycling is like recycling with a lot more creativity and inspiration, while still keeping items out of the landfill. And it’s happening across the Northland and in Thunder Bay. Thanks to the popularity of Pinterest, many regular folks are upcycling old furniture or items they find with an idea, some tools, and a prayer. I am more of a cook than a crafter or woodworker, so I’m happy that many locals are not only upcycling furniture and other goods, but they are also selling them to not-so-handy people like me. These artists see a rug in a pile of old t-shirts, a piece of old wallpaper as a canvas for block printing, or some old barn wood as a custom sign. Twice a year there is a gathering that brings together upcyclers of all sorts: the Duluth Junk Hunt. On May 13 and 14, the spring sale will be held at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Over 50 vendors share their found and created treasures, The Duluth Junk Hunt will be held May 13-14. | WHISPERWOOD COTTAGE 14

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from vintage to repurposed finds. For a $5 admission fee, you can “junk” to your heart’s content, although I would say most of the items for sale are far from junk. With both local vendors and vendors from across the state and region, you are bound to find plenty to choose from for your new upcycled treasure. And if you don’t see what you are looking for on the first day, most vendors restock overnight and have new items for available on the second day of the sale. The Duluth Junk Hunt was the brainchild of Emily Broman, who started organizing the event in June 2012. So-called “Junk Hunts” are found across the Midwest. After she and her husband got a taste for the junk world, they thought the Duluth area would be a great place to try one. She started the event with about a half dozen vendors. Now it has grown rapidly into over 50 vendors and thousands of visitors, outgrowing their space twice. This next fall they will be hosting the November event at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). If this is your first visit to the Duluth Junk Hunt, expect to have a fun shopping experience. There are always many oneof-a-kind pieces, from antiques to upcycled items, and even some pieces that are ready for you to do the upcycling yourself. Bring a tote and cash or check. And don’t worry if you find some large pieces of furniture to buy. As Emily reminds us,

Jami Breukelman loves bringing new life to old wooden boards. | RECLAIMED RUSTIC

Amy at WhisperWood Cottage is one of many vendors to share their found and created treasures at the Duluth Junk Hunt. Visit for more. | WHISPERWOOD COTTAGE

A CREATIVE RECYCLING “The Junk Hunks are on hand to help haul large items to your car.” They even wear “Junk Hunk” T-shirts, making them easy to spot and their service is free of charge. For newbies like me, I think the Junk Hunt might be the perfect introduction to upcycled goods. For more information about the Duluth Junk Hunt, visit The Junk Hunt event brings together many vintage and upcycling vendors, but there are many artists in our area that create upcycled products and sell at a great variety of locations. From farmers markets and craft sales, to online, beautiful and helpful repurposed goods are popping up all over the place. Karen Truscott, or “Crafty Karen,” got her start back in high school making bags by upcycling animal feed bags her grandfather would get for their farm animals. After years of focusing on more mainstream crafts, Karen realized that so much was ending up in our overflowing landfills and that there may be ways to repurpose old items into useful ones again. Rag rugs, which were commonly made by generations past, have become somewhat of a lost art. Taking the traditional craft of rag rug making and using contemporary second hand materials like T-shirts, Karen has created a useful product out of materials otherwise bound for the garbage. “I love making something useful out of something that would have been thrown away,” Karen said.

Keep an eye out for Karen at local craft sales and festivals this fall in the Duluth area, with her beautiful rag rugs and tote bags made from everything from bird seed bags to regular plastic bags.

Another local artist resurrects old wallpaper as the medium for her art. Shelley Getten is a block printer and often does her printmaking on wallpaper from old sample books. And she doesn’t stop there. She frames her work with recycled frames and locally made birch bark frames. She also uses wallpaper and old business cards to create bookmarks. Look for her this summer at the Two Harbors Farmer’s Market and many other local fairs. She also shows at the Art Center in Two Harbors (next to the Depot), has a few items at the Mocha Moose and participates in the Lake Superior 2020 Studio Art Tour (Sept. 30-Oct. 2). You can view more of her work on her Getten Creative Facebook page. North of the border, a Mom is taking reclaimed wood from barns in the Slate River Valley to create beautiful artwork and home decor. Jami Breukelman recently launched her business, Reclaimed Rustic, and is keeping busy with her growing business, young family, working as a nurse, and her family’s dairy farm. In addition to barn wood, she has a steady supply of unique and upcycled wood for her designs from the pallets used to deliver feed for their cows and old electrical spool tops from some local electrical companies.

She loves bringing new life to old wooden boards, often thinking “if these boards could talk.” In addition to her handcrafted products, like wooden handpainted clocks and inspirational quote signs, Jami also offers custom signs and other custom pieces.

Jami’s inspiration comes from the reclaimed wood she finds. “My favorite part of using reclaimed wood is the unique grain and worn texture it has from being so weathered. You can leave the weathered barn wood as it is without stain and it’s an amazing piece of art by itself with the natural detail from years gone by,” Jami said. While Reclaimed Rustic will be soon launching an Etsy site, custom quotes and current designs are available via her website (and she does ship to the US). If you are ready to try some upcycling yourself, the combination of online resources for ideas and local shops for sourcing materials will help you get ready. Thrift stores, yard sales and Craigslist, or your local Facebook Sell and Swap Group, can be good places to look for raw materials. If you are in Grand Marais and interested in a larger furniture project, be sure to stop in the Oddz & Endz shop on the west end of town. Their goal is to benefit the environment and people by keeping items out of the landfill and providing afford-

able furniture and household goods to the community in the process. In Thunder Bay, the Habitat for Human ReStore sells furniture, décor, and building supplies at a discount—perfect for finding materials for an upcycled project. Visit for more information. Pinterest, Instagram and Google are good places to start your search for upcycling inspiration, but you also might get an idea from the materials you find on your search. Don’t forget that YouTube is always there to walk you through a new skill, or if all else fails, leave it to the experts and buy it locally at a sale or online on Another inspiration can be found by attending a free artist talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony on April 23rd at noon: “Repurposing Found Materials” with Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein who work with re-purposed materials, mostly gleaned from the day-to-day stream of waste. For more information, visit the Art Colony’s website I hope you’ll be embarking upon an upcycling project of your own, purchasing an upcycled item, or simply admiring an artist’s upcycled creation.


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By Breana Roy

Celebrating Mother Earth Not everyone is lucky enough to call the North Shore home. For those of us who do, we often take for granted the beauty that surrounds us every day; the forests of whispering pines that provide solitude, the exciting glimpse of a moose or bear when we least expect it, and the tranquility of Lake Superior on a calm, sunny day. Friday, April 22 is Earth Day; a day that reminds us all to stop and think about our effect on the environment. And politics aside, one thing is clear; we need to protect this beautiful place we all call home. So in honor of Earth Day, I encourage everyone to take a moment and consider how you can make a difference. And get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature and all her splendor.

“Reaching a Conclusion,” by Kat Corrigan, is one of many otter paintings recently featured at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. | KAT CORRIGAN

Breana’s Pick of the Month Created by 2nd generation glass blower Tom Crosby, these beautiful fillacello and reticello designed pendants take about 4-8 hours to make, with no stopping. Tom works full time as a scientific glass blower and also spends many hours perfecting his own creations, such as ornaments, pendants and vases. Reticello is Italian meaning network of lines. Fillacello is an American term for when you fill the spaces between the lines.  All lines and patterns are drawn on a hollow tube with tiny hand pulled molten strings of glass. Eventually, the glass tube is flipped inside out, a very difficult technique, and finished as a pendant or added to another piece of glass. Tom’s artwork can be found at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market downtown Grand Marais on Saturday mornings from May-October. 16

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Duluth artist Marian Lansky creates giclee prints, such as “Guardians of the Night,” shown here. More of her work can be found at | MARIAN LANSKY

This vertical moose painting titled, “Know Me” was created by North Shore artist Tim Pearson of River Blend Studio. | TIM PEARSON

Thunder Bay’s Katie Ball creates jewelry, scarves and hats using real fur. She will be holding a fashion show at Black Pirates Pub in Thunder Bay on April 2. Find more at | SILVER CEDAR STUDIO

This reclaimed leather purse by Betty Nash can be found at Gallery 33 in Thunder Bay. | BETTY NASH

These mittens from Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen are locally made by Gail Englund. She uses old wool sweaters and all the proceeds are donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research. | GAIL ENGLUND

“Let it Bee,” by Kari Vick, can be found at the Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais. | KARI VICK

Melissa Wickwire creates unique, handcrafted ceramic tiles, such as this one. | WICKWIRE CLAY WORKS

This watercolor of Gooseberry Falls was created by Marie Sweeney. It can be found at Kah-NeeTah Gallery in Lutsen. | MARIE SWEENEY NORTHERN  WILDS

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Camden Blues By Casey Fitchett

Camden Blues recently performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. | SUBMITTED Singing the blues for Thunder Bay musician Camden Blues wasn’t always his preferred means of musical expression, though his success with the genre recently afforded him a whirlwind trip to the American South. Camden’s professional music career began with a late 1990s punk/metal band called the Speedway Detectives. More than 10 years and an album release later, the band went their separate ways in 2007. The breakup of the band was an impetus for Camden to expand his musical interests and to consider a wider range of influences. A group of like-minded locals joined him in a blues and jazz project that lasted until his 2008 move to Toronto. “Living down in Toronto and playing with the musicians down there was a pleasure and a privilege. I learned a lot,” Camden said. Following his time performing solo in southern Ontario, Camden returned to Thunder Bay in 2012 and formulated the Camden Blues Band. The prolific group has 18

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recorded four albums, three of which have been released. For the past eight months, he has been working with his current group, the Camden Blues Quartet.   Blues as a genre has a special appeal for Camden and his surroundings further affect his approach to music. “I am drawn to blues as a genre because of the raw visceral emotion and the independent mindset of its practitioners. Growing up on the North Shore of Lake Superior has influenced my work. I truly believe the raw, and unforgiving nature of the area has helped keep an emotional edge to my sound,” he says. This past October, Camden Blues competed in the Thunder Bay Blues Society’s contest for a chance to perform at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. He walked away from the competition as the first place winner in the Solo/Duo category, securing a position in Memphis this past January. A whirlwind, three-flight journey led to five days of performances in the western Tennessee city. 

“The whole experience was a little overwhelming. I was there for five days, playing at various bars throughout the Beale Street downtown area. After the quarter finals, 75 percent of contestants were cut and those who remained went on to the semi-finals.” The International Blues Challenge represents an international search by the affiliates of the Blues Foundation for bands to represent them on the national stage. “Unfortunately, I did not advance past the semi-finals. Just getting to play on Beale Street was a win for me though. I used the rest of the time there to explore the amazing history of the area,” he said. Blues aficionados can hear Camden at establishments around Thunder Bay, Ontario. He will also be performing with the Camden Blues Quartet at this year’s Blues Festival on Friday, July 8 at 4 p.m.

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HM This year, we received over 200 entries for our photo contest. The quality of photos we received was incredible and judging was extremely difficult. Everyone in our office had their favorites; a photo that reminded each of us of a special time or place. After many rounds of voting and tallying points, we found our winners. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. You certainly gave us your best shots. First place receives $250 in North House Folk School course credits, second place receives $50 and third place receives $25. We also chose an honorable mention. In the past months, we’ve featured the Landscape, Pets and Wildlife winners. This issue, we present the winners of our final category; People. The 2016 photo contest will begin later this summer.

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Ely Folk School April Events Every Thursday: Craft Night 6-8pm Bring your own projects and work

together with a fun group of people during the Ely Folk School’s Craft Night! We will have large tables available to work on, coffee, tea, and companionship. No need to sign-up ahead, just show up and craft away to your heart’s content. Men and women, all ages welcome! Crooked Knife Skill Share will be taking place every Thursday in April. FREE

Fri., April 1: Storytelling Class 5 pm-7 pm followed by the evening

Storytelling Event @ 7 pm. Hone your skills by taking a class on the art of telling a great story. Participants will practice telling a story of their own or learn a classic tale. We’ll eat at the end of class so that everyone can be nourished for the evening storytelling event. This class is open to ages 8 and up. Please register online for the class. Beginning at 7 pm the public will be invited to Story Hour on April Fool’s Day - what a perfect pairing! Prepare your stories of fools, tricks, and gags! There will be a 10 minute limit to the stories, but they can also be quick and funny. Participants in the class will be given first option to tell their stories, but others are welcome to share as well! A few surprise guests will make an appearance to share. Cost $20.


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Celebration of Arts and Music, our April potluck features live music after the meal. We’ll provide brats and buns. Please bring a side dish to pass and BYOB, plus any musical instruments if you know how to play. Our music will start at 6 pm with the Large Mouth Brass Band, and open up to any musicians in attendance after that. It would be fun to have songs that people know and can sing/play along with but original tunes are welcome too! Come to eat and listen or come to share your talents!

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Doomtree has merged several different styles of music into one. | KELLY LOVERUD

Arrowhead Home & Builder Show March 30-April 3

Duluth’s Arrowhead Home and Builder show will be celebrating its 50th year at the DECC. This year’s show will feature Bob Eubanks, legendary game show host for Hollywood’s Hottest Game Shows. This fast-paced, action-packed show will leave audience members laughing and one lucky winner will have a chance to win cash prizes of up to $100,000! Other entertainment includes Builder Bob, the “Anne Frank: A History for Today” exhibit, money saver Joey Green and a live taping for the Great Gardening Show, as well as dozens of exhibitors, seminars, shopping and discounted prices. Kids will enjoy the Parakeet Landing enclosure, free face painting and balloon animals. Visit for more info.

ELEVATE Ski & Snowboard Music Festival April 1-2

Papa Charlie’s in Lutsen is hosting the first-ever ELEVATE Ski & Snowboard Music Festival, featuring all seven Doomtree artists. Doomtree, which consists of solo artists Dessa, Lazerbeak, P.O.S., Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger and Sims, began as friends trying to make music. The group had varied tastes, such as rap, punk, indie rock and pop, merging several styles into their music. The concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Visit for more details.

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Volunteer & Service Learning Weekend April 22-24, 2016 → service learning courses - BUILDING EXTERIOR DOORS - CARVE SIGNS FOR CAMPUS → volunteer projects


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Spring Home & Garden Show April 1-3

See the latest in home and garden products at the annual Spring Home & Garden Show in Thunder Bay, featuring a wide variety of businesses. There will be exhibitors, free seminars, a country market on site, attendance prizes and free parking. The show will be held at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition. For more info, visit


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Minetti Quartett April 2, Saturday

The internationally award-winning Viennese string ensemble, the Minetti Quartett, will be performing in Grand Marais. Founded in 2003, the young, talented group has won numerous international competitions. This event is one of only two Midwestern stops on their current tour. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door, and are $22 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and under. For more info, visit or visit www.


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Celebrate the end of the Lutsen Mountains ski season with a two-day outdoor music festival, featuring a beer garden and barbeque. Saturday and Sunday will feature five bands each day and live music by Frogleg with Ginstrings will be held at 9:30 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s on Saturday. See for more details.

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April 9-10, 12, 14-16 The Northern Lakes Arts Association presents the Ely community spring musical Cinderella. Performances will be held at the Vermillion Community College Fine Arts Theater at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Visit for tickets and more info. Other Cinderella events include an afternoon with the Fairy Godmother at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Ely Public Library, and a Crown, Wand and Sword Creation Class at The Art Corner from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Prepare your kids for Cinderella’s castle. Cost is $10. Then, attend the Once Upon a Murder Mystery on Tuesday, April 19 at the Insula and help Prince Charming find his new bride. Be a part of this fun filled night of mystery with a four course dinner and laughs. Event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost is $60. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. You will receive your character assignment once you have registered.

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Fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue will be performing at Fingerstyle Masters Weekend in Tofte. | SUBMITTED

Fingerstyle Masters Weekend April 8-9

Bluefin Bay in Tofte will be hosting the 6th annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, featuring local musician Gordon Thorne, St. Paul fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefer. The event will begin Friday with a free concert at 8 p.m., featuring Gordon and friends playing blues, swing and early Americana. Work-

WTIP Presents 6th Annual

Fingerstyle Masters Weekend featuring Pat Donohue

shops will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday and are open to musicians of all ages and skill levels, such as a free youth guitar workshop with Gordon Thorne. Also starting at 10 a.m. is a fingerstyle workshop with Pat Donohue and a fiddle workshop with Tom Schaefer—both are $50 and include lunch. Pre-registration for the workshops is required. The evening will end with a concert by Pat Donohue at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. For more info, visit

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April 8-9, Bluefin Bay, Tofte, MN Concerts


Sat, April 9

Fri, April 8, 8 p.m.— An informal evening featuring Gordon and friends at the Bluefin Grille playing blues, swing and early Americana. Free

10 a.m.-Noon—Youth Guitar Workshop with Gordon Thorne: Free

Sat, April 9, 7:30 p.m.—Featuring Pat Donohue in the upper room of the Bluefin Grille. $20 at the door

10 a.m.—Fiddle Workshop with Tom Schaefer: $50 Lunch included. Pre-registration for the workshops is requested.

10 a.m.—Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Pat Donohue: $50 Lunch included.

To reserve a ticket for the concert, or pre-register for a workshop, contact Gordon Thorne at 218-353-7308 or email Funding for this event is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and all proceeds will benefit WTIP North Shore Community Radio’s equipment replacement project. More information is available at


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Become a Minnesota Water Quality Certified Farm Certifying that Minnesota’s agricultural businesses and waters can prosper together

There is no cost to become certified in this voluntary program. Benefits that may be provided to you and your business include: Dominic Wilson plays The Big Bad Wolf, who is also the Sheriff, accompanied by the Three Naughty Hams, aka Three Stoogies; Louise Ramberg, Abbey Stoddard and Robin Henrikson. | DIANE STODDARD

· Regulatory certainty: certified producers are deemed to be in compliance with any new water quality rules or laws during the period of their certification

· Priority for technical and financial assistance: producers seeking certification can obtain specially designated technical and financial assistance to implement practices that promote water quality.

Little Red Robin Hood

“Sea of Bowls,” a preview of the traditional Empty Bowl event, will be held on Monday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. Choose your handcrafted bowl at the gallery-style showing. Then, dine on soup, bread and beverages, donated by area restaurants, during the 23rd annual Empty Bowl on Tuesday, April 12. There will also be a silent auction. Cost is $20 per bowl and will take place from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Duluth Depot. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Visit for more details.

The Grand Marais Playhouse presents Little Red Robin Hood, a mash up of classic fairy tales with a modern day twist. Characters include the three little pigs, a wolf and an Elvis impersonator. The performance will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows will begin at 2 p.m. Buy one ticket on Friday, April 15 and get one free, with a minimum donation of $10 to the local food shelf. Sunday, April 17 is also donation day. Visit for more info.

April 11-12

Photo: Round River Farm

· Recognition: certified producers may use their status to promote their business as protective of water quality

Duluth Empty Bowl

April 15-17 & 22-24

FREE DAY AT THE DENTIST Healthy Smiles for Cook County Youth Monday, May 16, 2016 Call Grand Marais Family Dentistry at 387-2774 to schedule an appointment for your child ages 18 months to 26 years of age. Free services includes: an exam, cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and/or sealants. Can’t make it on May 16, 2016? Rain checks will be available. Need more extensive work for your child? Call the Oral Health Task Force at 387-2334 to find out about our generous sliding fee scale program. It’s available year round to help cover the costs of dental work for Cook County youth. Sponsored by the Oral Health Task Force and Grand Marais Family Dentistry.

This program is made possible by support from grants received 2011- March 2016

For more information Call (218) 387-3647 Visit

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, First and Second Street Thrift Store, Grand Marais Lioness Club, Grand Marais Lions Club, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Medica Foundation, Minnesota Dental Foundation, Minnesota Power Foundation, North Shore Health Care Foundation, Northland Foundation, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Atkins Memorial Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

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up, from painting walls to moving desks. Lunch will be provided and there will be a pizza potluck on Saturday evening. RSVP to or fill out a form at by Friday, April 1. You can also participate in a service learning course, such as First Impressions: Building Exterior Doors with Randy Schnobrich or Carving Signs for Campus: Incise Letter Carving with Jock Holmen.

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Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge April 16-17

Cor PowerSports presents the 2nd annual Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge at Lutsen Mountains. The races will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the Cross Country Race and the Hillclimb Qualifier will be that afternoon at 1 p.m. Sunday races include the Hillclimb Finals and Hillcross Qualifier and Finals. An Awards party will be held that evening at Papa Charlie’s. To register or purchase

spectator tickets, visit for more info.

Service Learning & Volunteer Weekend April 22-24

The North House Folk School in Grand Marais is upgrading their space with the purchase of a neighboring building. Get a sneak peek at their new digs and help with the transition. There will be plenty of jobs for anyone who shows

Iron Range Earth Fest April 23, Saturday

The 8th annual family-friendly Earth Fest, which promotes sustainability, will take place in Mountain Iron from 9 a.m.4 p.m. This year’s theme, “Living Local on a Changing Planet,” will include dozens of exhibitors and vendors, guest speakers and presentations on local food, clean energy, local heritage, ecology and entrepreneurship. There will also be kid’s activities, locally sourced food, live music, the Community Sustainability Initiative Contest and the Green Innovator’s Expo. Events will be held at the Mountain Iron Community Center, Merritt Elementary School and Messiah Lutheran Church. Cost is $5 for adults and free for kids.

Lake Superior Vacation Rental

2 bedroom 2 bath. $250 U.S. per night (2 persons). Enjoy the Canadian Experience! Visit Fort William Historical Park or Kakabeka Falls. 90 minutes from Grand Marais, 30 minutes from Thunder Bay. Google Highlander Cottage Lake Superior Call to reserve: 807-709-0470 or email

Cook County

Emergency Services Conference April 29-30, 2016

Cook County Community Center Conference subjects include: Emerging Diseases on the Horizon 12-Lead EKG interpretation STEMI Case study Public Information Officer Basics Obstetrics for the First Responder

Introduction to UAV’s: Policy Vehicle Burns and Vehicle Extrication Search Management Cold Water Rescue

Public invited to the following: please pre-register

SKYWARN Training, (Friday night) Cross Border Amateur Radio Set up, Test (Saturday morning)

To register:

If you have questions, or if you are a citizen volunteer interested in supporting and participating in the conference, contact Jim Wiinanen, Cook County Emergency Management Director at 218-387-3059 or by email at:


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For more info, check out www.ironrangeearthfest. org.

Empty Bowl & Silent Art Auction

April 26, Tuesday Pick out your favorite pottery bowl to keep at the sixth annual Empty Bowl event in Ely. Bowls are made by local artists and local restaurants donate steaming pots of soup and freshly baked bread. Talented area artists are also donating their handiwork for the silent auction. All proceeds go to the Ely Area Food Shelf. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per family and will take place from 4-6 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church Hall.

Collective Soul

April 27, Wednesday The multi-platinum selling band, Collective Soul, will perform at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium for the See What You Started Tour. The band consists of frontman Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin, drummer Johnny Rabb and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett. Also performing is special guest Royal Tusk. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Visit for more info.

Small Business Conference April 27-28

Incredible Ely and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Cen-

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ter for Economic Devolvement are holding their first joint Small Business Conference at the Grand Ely Lodge. The conference will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build the skills they need to make their business succeed and to network with banks, business advisors and other entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity for established businesses, new start-ups and those thinking of starting a business. The conference will begin Wednesday evening with dinner keynote speaker Don Ness, strategic communications consultant and former mayor of Duluth. Thursday will provide a variety of sessions and panel discussions, such as Marketing using Social Media, Using Quickbooks and other Financial Software and Getting Started in Export Markets. For more info, visit conference.

Scientific Horticulture Seminar

April 30, Saturday Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, author and Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University, will be at the Confederate College in Thunder Bay discussing the science behind horticulture. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott She will use the scientific uses science to discuss method to determine the horticultural methods. right and wrong of widely | SUBMITTED used horticultural methods. Visit for tickets and more info.

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Folklore Festival April 30-May 1

Take a trip around the world with the 43rd Folklore Festival at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay. Enjoy exotic foods, artists and entertainers, displays and exhibits, dance music, children’s activities, a fanfare of world flags and prizes. There will also be Goodwill Ambassadors dressed in traditional attire and international items for sale. The festival will take place from noon-11 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more info.

Annual Free Tree Seedling Giveaway at Hedstrom Lumber Offering White Spruce, White Pine and Norway Pine. Mix and match any variety up to a total of 250 seedlings per person. Persons interested should contact, or call 218-877-7030 before April 22nd. Pickup date: May 13th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

450,000 seedlings given out since 1997.

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Seeking a Hip Scene? Head for Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District and the nearby Algoma & Bay Neighborhood. You’ll find it all: live music, great food, funky galleries, unique shops, the OLG Casino, Marina Park and more. (Remember, Thunder Bay is on Eastern Time—1 hour ahead of MN time.)

This ain’t your daddy’s Thunder Bay! Kick off the month at the April 2 Silver Cedar Studio Fur Fashion Show of wearable art and winter accessories at the Black Pirates Pub, 215 Red River Rd., which is also a great place to hear live music. Lovers of art and the avant garde won’t want to miss The Urban Infill Art in the Core 10, a flurried and frenzied downtown-wide art affair sponsored by Def Sup Gallery that culminates April 9-12. There are 20 projects involving 350 artists at 20 locations. Last year, over 5,000 attended during this exhibit. Also on April 9, come to the Finlandia Club for a great night of comedy with the Laughter for Paws Show featuring Toronto’s David Cornel and help raise money for the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society’s Spay & Neuter Clinic. There are two shows: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Finlandia Club and the Thunder Bay & District Humane

Society. On Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. the Finlandia Club holds the Tapiola Fundraiser in support of the Tapioloa Sports Park and Ski Trails, with live music by The Moonshiners, Jean-Paul De Roover and DJ Tanner. Thunder Bay’s finest musical acts will gather at the club at 9 p.m. April 23 for Forage for Youth supporting local youth and families. The Finlandia Club is at 314 Bay St, above the Hoito. Hungry? On April 3 and 24 enjoy Spaghetti Supper at the Italian Cultural Centre with take out 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and sit down at 6 p.m. Reservations at (807) 345-5511. Located at 132 S. Algoma Street. Theatre lovers will love The Ladies Foursome, presented by Magnus Theater. Three friends meet for a round of golf to celebrate the passing of their recently departed playing partner. Before long, they are surprised by a mysterious fourth woman who

also claims to be an old friend of the deceased. During a round of golf they discuss life, love, men, sex, children, careers… everything but golf! The show runs April 4–16 beginning at 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday at 12 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Magnus is located at 10 S. Algoma Street. You can buy tickets online at or call the box office (807) 345-5552

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The 7th Environmental Film Festival takes place April 20-24 at the Maple Tops Activity Centre, at 24 South Court Street, just blocks away from the Prince Arthur Hotel. The free fest features 10 films, guest speakers, and arts panels. Info call (807) 475-3631. Sunday, April 24 marks The Foundary Spring Craft Revival, the 4th bi-annual Craft Revival Arts and Crafts market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 242 Red River Rd.


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Northern Wilds Calendar of Events Nov. 15-May 15

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Free Fluoride Well Water Testing Grand

Marais 218-387-2334 or 218-387-3631

Jan. 22-April 30

The 100 Day Project Grand Marais Art


Feb. 11-April 2

“Public Domain: Photographs by Ken Bloom” and “Land of Wonder: New Work by Shawna Gilmore” Duluth Art


March 10-April 3

Art to the Streets: A Youth Exhibition

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

March 21-April 3

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, Duluth Minetti Quartett 7:30 p.m. Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais

April 2-16

Fiber Meets Metal: Work Inspired by Fiber Traditions from Around the World

(5 p.m. reception on April 6) North End Arts Gallery, Superior

April 3, Sunday

Donation Yoga: Fundraiser for the VPC

Fingerstyle Masters Weekend Bluefin Grille, Tofte

April 12, Tuesday

AAD Shrine Circus The DECC, Duluth Enchanted Tea Party 10 a.m. Harbor

Side Convention Center, Duluth

April 9, Saturday

Business Awards of Excellence Gala

Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Thunder Bay The Nice Girls of the North Second Saturday Martketplace 10 a.m. Lakeside

Lester Park Community Center, Duluth Outdoorsman Flea Market 10 a.m. CLE Coliseum, Thunder Bay

Charles Matson Lume Installation

March 30-April 3

Complex, Thunder Bay

Afternoon with a Fairy Godmother

DECC, Duluth

April 4-9

Taco Time: Ely Nordic Wolves Ski Team Fundraiser 4 p.m. Ely Memorial High

Arrowhead Home & Builder Show The

March 31-April 3

Sweetwater Shakedown Lutsen

Spring Watershow: Thunder Bay Synchro Noon, Canada Games

One River, Many Stories: Artist Ivy Vainio (5 p.m. reception on April 4)


Duluth Art Institute

March 31-April 24

April 5, Tuesday

Lakehead University Visual Arts Major Studio Exhibition (7:30 p.m. reception

on April 7) Thunder Bay Art Gallery

April 1, Friday April Fool’s Day

Pete Kavanaugh 4 p.m. Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais

March into Mentoring: Mentor Duluth Music Fundraiser 8 p.m.

Tycoons Zenith Alehouse, Duluth

April 1-2

ELEVATE Ski & Snowboard Music Festival featuring Doomtree Papa

Charlies, Lutsen

April 1-3

Spring Home & Garden Show

Canadian Lakehead Exhibition, Thunder Bay

April 2, Saturday

Wildflowers of the North Shore

10 a.m. Sugarloaf Cove, Schroeder Timmy Haus 4 p.m. Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais Family Night 5:30 p.m. Summit Chalet, Lutsen Mountains


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Owner Appreciation Day

Cook County Co-op, Grand Marais Northland Job Fair 10 a.m. The DECC, Duluth DSSO: Revel in Ravel 5 p.m. Black Water Lounge, Duluth

April 6, Wednesday

2 p.m. Ely Public Library School Cafeteria Parent’s Night Out 5 p.m. YMCA, Grand Marais The Laughter for Paws Show with David Cornel 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. Finlandia Club,

Thunder Bay www.thunderbaylaughs. DSSO: Elysium Fields 7 p.m. Symphony Hall, Duluth Frogleg with Ginstrings 9:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen

April 9-10

April 9-12

Urban Infill 10: Art in the Core (7 p.m.

Writer Read 4:30 p.m. US Forest Service

Gala Opening on April 9) Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Seal it up! A Home Energy Efficiency Pep Talk 7 p.m. North House Folk

April 10, Sunday

School, Grand Marais John Mellencamp 7:30 p.m. Symphony Hall, Duluth

April 7-10

LSCT presents: West Side Story 7 p.m.

(2 p.m. on Sun.) William Kelley High School, Silver Bay

April 8-9

TBSO Cabaret: A World of Dance

with Dahab Novoa 8 p.m. Italian Cultural

Center, Thunder Bay


Timmy Haus 6:30 p.m.

Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais

April 10-23

A Celebration of Art and Music Ely

April 11, Monday Empty Bowl “Sea of Bowls”

5 p.m. The Depot, Duluth Watercolor & Wine 6 p.m. Amici’s Event Center, Ely

April 14-17 & 20-23

Spring Awakening Marshall Performing

Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre, Duluth

April 15-16

Ghost Talk & Tour with Adrian Lee Fairlawn Superior Adam & Tim 7:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais

April 15-17

Cabin Fever Festival Duluth

8 p.m. Hilldale Lutheran Church, Thunder Bay Color Me Happy 5 p.m. Ely Public Library Working for Wolves International Wolf Center, Ely Little Red Robin Hood 7 p.m. (Sun. 2 p.m.) Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais Boy Gets Girl 7:30 p.m. (Sun. 2 p.m.) St. Scholastica Theatre, Duluth

April 14, Thursday

April 16, Saturday

April 13, Wednesday

TBSO Classical: Bohemian Rhapsody

Solar Power Hour and Grow Solar 7 p.m.

North House Folk School, Grand Marais Trout Unlimited 7 p.m. Hartley Nature Center, Duluth Norm MacDonald & Kevin Nealon Comedy Night 8 p.m. Thunder Bay

Community Auditorium

April 14-16

April 14-17

The Pineville Heist: World Premiere

Classroom, Ely

4 p.m. The Art Corner, Ely Ruby’s Pantry 5 p.m. Cook County High School, Grand Marais DSSO: Chamber Music Series 5 p.m. The Depot, Duluth NLAA Musical Cinderella 7 p.m. Vermillion Community College, Ely

NLAA Musical Cinderella 7 p.m. Sat.

& 2 p.m. Sun. Vermillion Community College, Ely

April 7, Thursday

Crown, Wand and Sword Creation Class

Mountain Meltdown Festival Lutsen Moutains

6 p.m. Silver City Cinema, Thunder Bay

Empty Bowl 10 a.m. The Depot, Duluth

NLAA Musical Cinderella 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.) Vermillion Community College, Ely

Open House on Backyard Chickens

4 p.m. CLE Heritage Building, Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

April 8-10

Noon, Community Center Log Cabin, Grand Marais

Grand Marais Art Colony

A Night with Janis Joplin 8 p.m.

LSCT presents: West Side Story 7 p.m.

(2 p.m. on Sun.) Two Harbors High School Auditorium

April 14-24

Stream trout opener in MN Statewide Fitger’s 5k Run & Walk 9 a.m. Duluth Studio Crawl 10 a.m. Ely Area Art Studio Free Family Art Day 11 a.m. Lincoln Center, Duluth Volunteer Fair Noon, Moose Hall on Fort William Road, Thunder Bay Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 5 p.m. UW-Superior Wessman Arena, Superior LSSA Spring Banquet 5:30 p.m. Mr. D’s Bar & Grill, Duluth

Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group

Earth Day Site-based Installation

presents: The Princess and the Pysanka

April 14-June 2

April 16-17

Exhibit Duluth Art Institute

Grand Marais Art Colony

“Hat Trick: A Celebration of Hockey & Art” (5 p.m. Reception on April 14)

April 14-July 7

“Team Spirit: Jen Dietrich & Robb Quisling” Exhibit (5 p.m. Reception on

April 14) Duluth Art Institute

7 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Midwest Extreme presented by Cor PowerSports 9 a.m. Lutsen Mountains Lupine Spring Classic Bike Race

10 a.m. Two Harbors to Finland

April 17, Sunday

Melodies, Murals & Morsels 10 a.m. Hidden Valley, Ely

Donation Yoga: Fundraiser for the VPC

Noon, Community Center Log Cabin, Grand Marais

Family Series: Orchestra Games

3:30 p.m. Grassroots Church, Thunder Bay

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

7:30 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium UMD Dinner with Champions

City Side Convention Center, Duluth

April 18, Monday

Jack and Kitty Norton 6 p.m. Vermilion Community College Fireside Lounge, Ely

Celebration Talent Dance Competition

Symphony Hall, Duluth Food & Wine Adventure Weekend

Lutsen Resort Little Red Robin Hood 7 p.m. (Sun. 2 p.m.) Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais

April 22-May 21

Nordic Folk Art Series Nordic Center,


April 23, Saturday

April 19, Tuesday


Ely Public Library

Community Center, Merritt Elementary School and Messiah Lutheran Church, Mountain Iron Arts and Music Festival 10 a.m. Amici’s Ceremony Hall, Ely www.

Nature Story Hour 3:30 p.m.

Once Upon a Murder Mystery

6:30 p.m. Insula, Ely

April 20, Wednesday Technology Wednesday 6 p.m.

Grand Marais Public Library

Iron Range Earth Fest 9 a.m.

Night Fever Musical 8 p.m.

Artist Talk with Mary Bergs & Lisa Hochstein: Repurposing Found Materials Noon,

April 20-24

FMX World Tour: The Stars of Freestyle Motocross & BMX 7:30 p.m. AMSOIL

You Should be Dancing: Saturday Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival Maple Tops Activity Centre,

Thunder Bay

April 21, Thursday Blood Drive 9 a.m. College of St.

Scholastica, Duluth Blood Drive 10 a.m. Dairy Queen, Ely Wine in the Woods 6 p.m. Hartley Nature Center, Duluth Gordon Thorne 6:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais Bringing Climate Change Home: A Community Show and Tell

7 p.m. North House Folk School, Grand Marais

April 21-24

Boy Gets Girl 7:30 p.m. (Sun. 2 p.m.)

St. Scholastica Theatre, Duluth

April 22, Friday Blood Drive 8:30 a.m. Northeast Range

School, Babbitt Make It Take It Craft 3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library Taste of History Dinner 6 p.m. Airline Hotel & Convention Centre, Thunder Bay The Cats Pajamas 7 p.m. Vermillion Community College Theater, Ely

April 22-24

Service Learning & Volunteer Weekend

North House Folk School, Grand Marais

Grand Marais Art Colony

Arena, Duluth TBSO: Pops 8 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

April 23-24

Ski & Bike Swap Continental Ski & Bike,


April 24, Sunday

Donation Yoga: Fundraiser for the VPC

Noon, Community Center Log Cabin, Grand Marais Minnesota Ballet’s Free Dance Day

1:30 p.m. The Depot, Duluth

Le Stelle Alpine Italian Dancers 7 p.m.

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

April 25-Oct. 9

Mentor Residency Workshops

Grand Marais Art Colony

April 26, Tuesday

Empty Bowl & Silent Art Auction

4 p.m. St. Anthony’s Church Hall, Ely

April 27, Wednesday

Doug Westendorp: Contemplative Art in Disquieting Times 4:30 p.m.

Grand Marais Art Colony Aiden & Denali’s Birthday 6 p.m. International Wolf Center, Ely Wild Ones 7 p.m. Hartley Nature Center, Duluth Collective Soul 8 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

April 27-28

Small Business Conference

Grand Ely Lodge, Ely

April 28, Thursday

Blood Drive 8:30 a.m. Two Harbors

High School

Gallery Talk with Jamie Ratliff 5 p.m.

Duluth Art Institute: George Morrison Gallery

Bluegrass Chili Night: Featuring

Cedar Valley, Elisabeth Hill, R & D Railroad Community Centre, Thunder

Bay 5:30 p.m. 623-8119 Billy Johnson 6:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais

Weekly Events

TBSO: Violinist Nikki Chooi


performs Sibelius 8 p.m. Thunder Bay

Community Auditorium

April 29, Friday

Emergency Services Conference SKYWARN Training: Open to the Public

(Must Register) Community Center, Grand Marais Girls Night: The Musical 8 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

April 29-30

Annual Tent Sale Weekend

Sportsdome, Thunder Bay

Cook County Emergency Services Conference Grand Marais

April 29-May 1

Writer’s Retreat with Loft instructor Peter Blau: “The Lost Art of Personal Writing” Naniboujou, Grand Marais

April 30, Saturday

Emergency Services Conference Cross Border Amateur Radio Set Up, Test: Open to the Public (Must Register)

Community Center, Grand Marais

How Plants Work: Seminar with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott Thunder Bay,

Confederation College Canine Carnival 11 a.m. Fitger’s, Duluth Women’s Outdoor Expo 8:45 p.m. South St. Paul Rod & Gun Club, St. Paul

April 30-May 1

Folklore Festival Noon,

Fort William Gardens, Thunder Bay

Live Music 4 p.m. Voyageur Brewing,

Nature Nook 10 a.m. Hartley Nature

Center, Duluth Briand Morrison 4 p.m. Moguls Grille & Tap Room, Lutsen Songwriter Series 8 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Acoustics by the Fireplace 8 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte


Live Music 6 p.m. Poplar River Pub, Lutsen

Open Mic with Boyd Blomberg 7 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen


Open Mic 5 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern,

Grand Marais Spotlight North: Live Music 8 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Live Music 8 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte


Live Music 3:30 p.m.

Moguls Grille & Tap Room, Lutsen Live Music 6 p.m. Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Craft Night 6 p.m. Ely Folk School Acoustics by the Fireplace 8 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte Dance Party with DJ Beavstar 9 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen


Story Hour 10:30 a.m. Ely Public Library

Grand Marais Live Music 7 p.m. Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors Movie Night 7 p.m. Ely Folk School Acoustics by the Fireplace 8 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte Live Music 9:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Star Walk: Tours of the Universe 9:30 p.m. Fort William Historical Park Astronomy Centre, Thunder Bay


Thunder Bay Country Market

8 a.m. CLE Dove Building, Thunder Bay Live Music 4 p.m. Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais Live Music 7 p.m. Cascade Lodge & Pub, Lutsen Music in the Lobby 7 p.m. Lutsen Resort What’s for Dinner? 7 p.m. International Wolf Center, Ely Live Music 9:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Star Walk: Armageddon Earth 9:30 p.m. Fort William Historical Park Astronomy Centre, Thunder Bay


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Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Classical Music & Dinner 6 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte

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The North Shore Dish Entering the Realm of Kitchen Gadgetry By Maren Webb

I may have a slight obsession with kitchen gadgets. Friends and family have come to know that if a gift for me is from a kitchen store, I’m bound to love it. But in a world of an ever-increasing number of kitchen gizmos and gadgets, it’s worth taking a step back to think about what we really need and use during this month of Earth Day. Don’t get me wrong—kitchen gadgets will still be on my wish list, but which ones should be at the top of the list and which ones should be headed to the thrift store? To better understand the kitchen gadget world, I stopped by the Blue Heron Trading Company in Canal Park Duluth. Located in the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, the Blue Heron has been a staple for over 30 years. They have a wide range of kitchen supplies and gadgets, from the everyday to the extraordinary—their stacks of Le Creuset dutch ovens may have had me drooling. The Blue Heron’s assistant manager, Mary, showed me around the shop, pointing out some of their best sellers. It’s a great place to shop and as Mary said, “it’s like an extension of my home.” And there are definitely gadgets to discover. If you are a regular butter user, the Butter Bay French-style crock keeps a stick of butter soft and spreadable, without refrigeration. It’s made in the USA, dishwasher safe, and keeps butter fresh outside of the fridge for up to three weeks. While not all of us are regular butter consumers, pretty much every kitchen needs a good cutting board. A local favorite is the state shape cutting boards from Epicurean, produced in the Twin Ports. These durable cutting boards are made out of the same durable material as skate parks. They come in all your favorite state shapes, like Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as many other novelty shapes, like Lake Superior, a maple leaf, and a walleye (specialty shapes available at As my exploration of the store continued, a staff member did a demonstration of one of their products, a silicone lid that creates an airtight, water-tight seal on any round dish. Whether you are microwaving a vegetable or cooking something in the oven or on the stovetop, these Charles Viancin silicon lids prevent splatters and retain steam during cooking. Inspired by nature, the lids come in fun shapes like Lilypad and Poppy. This gadget is a great one to consider around Earth Day, as it’ll

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help you avoid wasting plastic wrap or aluminum foil and still be BPA-free. I asked another staff member what her favorite item in the shop was and she didn’t disappoint. Denise shared an item that is simple, but ever so helpful—an offset spatula. This inexpensive, handy tool is perfect for any type of spreading, from frosting a cake to smoothing brownie batter in a pan. Another inexpensive but important tool in any kitchen is a vegetable peeler. After seeing one that the Lake Avenue Café uses regularly, I picked up one of the Kuhn Rikon peelers in red. These days, many cooks are looking to use kitchen items made of safer materials. This has led some classic products to become popular again, such as cast iron, stainless steel and glass, as well as some newer materials becoming more widespread, like bamboo. While maybe once thought to be too cumbersome and maybe just less high-tech, well-seasoned cast iron pans can easily take the place of non-stick pans for most uses. If you do use teflon or non-stick pans, be sure to not overheat the pan or continue to use it if it has scratches, as that is when the not-so-nice chemicals can be released. Bamboo is a popular material now for cutting boards, wooden spoons and other handy kitchen items. Bamboo tends to absorb less liquid than other wooden cutting boards (a good thing for less bacterial growth) and it is also a sustainable material. Just be sure to buy one that is made with formaldehyde-free glues. Plastic is another target that many people are trying to

rid from their kitchens. If you do have plastic items, be sure to look for BPA-free and PVC-free products and do not microwave them. Avoid storing fatty, greasy, or acidic foods in plastic and toss them when they get scratched or cloudy. If you are looking to get rid of your plastic items, just be sure to recycle the ones you can. When it comes to kitchen gadgets, we know that the sky’s the limit. There is always a new one to try out. But which ones are worth it and which ones can you skip? Much of this depends on the style of cooking you do. If you rarely bake, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money or cabinet space on a big set of baking pans. There is one rule to consider with any kitchen purchase: Can I use it for more than one dish or recipe? If the answer is no, you better really love that dish or make it so frequently that it’s worth owning. For me, this no-go list would include a quesadilla maker (a fry pan works fine), a breakfast sandwich maker and a doughnut pan. Two other things to consider: Is the cleanup too much of a hassle that you won’t use it and is it better for your health to not own one (or likewise, a good thing for your health)? There is a good reason why I don’t own a deep fryer, although I enjoy fries occasionally at local restaurants. My new favorite gadget might not meet the rules above for everyone, but it has been a great addition to my kitchen: a vegetable spiralizer. They’ve been all the rage recently and after holding out for several months, I received one as a Christmas gift. My number one reason that I wanted

The Butter Bay is a French-style crock pot that keeps a stick of butter soft and spreadable. | MAREN WEBB a spiralizer was that it enables you to incorporate more vegetables into recipes. It can make zucchini and butternut squash noodles, which are tastier than they sound. It also makes quick work of coleslaw, by shredding a head of cabbage in a flash. I’ll be teaching a class at the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op this April about Spiralizers. Check out for more details and to register.

Whether you are doing a spring cleaning of your kitchen or trying to decide on a new kitchen gadget addition, keep in mind the larger goal of our kitchens: a place to help us prepare delicious, nourishing food. And if you’ve got a gadget that you think I should try, let me know so I can have an excuse to add another thing to my kitchen.

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Trailbreaker Belgian Style Wit Ale By Eric Chandler I scratched my head looking at the wall of beer choices. Then I saw a russet-colored six-pack from the Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais. I grabbed the Trailbreaker Belgian Style Wit Ale. Research. Someone has to do it. I spoke with Jason Baumgarth, Head Brewer at Voyageur, about what makes a beer “Belgian.” He made sure I understood that this was a wit, similar in category to a Blue Moon. He said this type of beer has a unique yeast note, wheat as a major grain, and traditionally includes coriander and orange peel. Baumgarth said that he wanted a Voyageur beer that wasn’t as sweet as some wheat beers and finished drier. He said they include cardamom as part of the subtle spiciness. “Approachable” was the goal.

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Natural Solutions for Allergies By Kim Falter After a long winter, mild spring days and budding trees are a welcome sight. But for some people, spring brings the dreaded allergy season. A common topic this time of year, allergies can be a real problem for people year-round. They can exist not only as a reaction to the pollens during the warmer months, but also as a result of exposure to molds, dust, pet hair, chemicals and foods. The good news is that common acceptance of allergies as a chronic condition is being challenged. Although incredibly complex and sometimes genetically determined, chronic allergies are not conditions in which any one should have to suffer. As any allergy sufferer can attest, symptoms can be intolerable, but natural solutions can help minimize suffering. To discuss allergies you must first discuss the immune system. The immune system exists to protect you from foreign invaders that can lead to possible illness. In a healthy system, food, for example, is recognized as “good,” therefore your body processes and utilizes it to run its systems. Viruses are recognized as “bad” and attacked and eliminated. When a person has an allergic reaction, the immune system is responding inappropriately to something that is not necessarily harmful to the body. This relatively neutral foreigner causes the over-reactive immune system to release chemicals, such as histamines, that result in an inflammatory response. The release of these chemicals by an over-responsive immune system primarily affects the skin, mucous membranes, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. This can result in itchy and watery eyes, congested sinuses and skin reactions, and in some cases, loss of energy, mood swings, headaches and abdominal distress.

of an allergy to one thing rarely leads to relief. Chemicals in our food and in the air, stress, lack of sleep, and exercise all play a role in how our immune system behaves. Making it a point to keep stress levels low, get proper rest, exercise and eliminate exposure to chemicals can have a significant effect on how your immune system reacts to the world around you. Here are some other ways to keep those allergies at bay:

Diet! Diet! Diet! The most important thing you can do for yourself is change the way you eat, not just for food allergies, but for all allergies. Every five years our government releases a set of new dietary guidelines based on evidence from current research. This year’s guidelines included the minimization of sugar consumption and a change in status on the health benefits associated with eggs. But among the new research it was stated that although adherence to dietary guidelines is recommended, every individual needs to take responsibility for their own reaction to food. Every piece of food and every beverage you drink elicits a response. Being mindful of how our body responds to what we consume is paramount to optimal health, and can help those suffering from allergy symptoms. Diets that will help strengthen your immune system and minimize the symptoms caused by allergic reactions include the adoption of these simple changes: • Eat whole, unprocessed foods • Eat a variety of different foods


• Rotate the foods you eat

Homeopathics often get confused with natural remedies. Homeopathic medicine is a practice that takes a very small and very diluted dose of an item, that in very large doses, results in the ailment you are trying to prevent. Similar to vaccinations where you are given a small dose of the virus you are trying to prevent so that your

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immune system can build antibodies and similar to allergy shots. Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy: one or several allergens are recognized as an issue and then treated by injecting small amounts of that allergen, slowly increasing the dose over time. The intended result is to desensitize the immune system—help it to recognize the allergen without overreacting to it. Homeopathy follows these same principles, making it an effective and safe natural remedy for allergy sufferers. Eastern societies view allergies (and all ailments in general) as an imbalance of energies and organ systems. Here, we narrow it down to one system: an overactive immune response. Both are true. Approaching the body as a whole is the best way to give your body what it needs. Eating healthy, keeping stress levels low and getting proper rest and exercise can all help balance energies, keep organ systems healthy and help maintain an optimally functioning immune system.

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The many uses of dandelions By Julia Prinselaar

Dandelions can be prepared and served in many ways. The blossoms are relished by honeybees. | STOCK Few plants are eradicated with such collective enthusiasm as the common dandelion. Search the local Yellow Pages or Internet, and there is no shortage of industry professionals offering services, tools, chemicals and resources to systematically wage war on this pernicious weed, which thrives in just about any soil type on the planet. Although the dandelion is considered a first class enemy by golfers, groundskeepers and homeowners who cringe at the sight of a bright yellow flower rearing its head on a lush, green lawn, European and Asian nations have benefitted from its wealth of nutritional properties and variety of uses for generations. Dandelions also offer a crucial food supply for pollinators in search of an energy source at the onset of spring. From teas and tinctures to wine and salad greens, the dandelion has earned respect among wellness experts, carved out shelf space at health food stores and is finding its way into the diets of Westerners from forage-to-table. There are more than 250 known species of the dandelion (Taraxacum) belonging to the Aster family. The plants typically have sharply serrated leaves, which is where many people say the dandelion gets its name: “dents-de-lion” is French for “lion’s teeth,” but before that, the Latin name was dens leonis, according to John Kallas, author of Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate. While these hardy perennials have many look-alikes, they can be distinguished from other imposters with a couple of quick and easy identification tools. A true dandelion leaf is completely smooth to the touch on its underside and grows from the ground in a basal rosette pattern. Often

confused with sow thistles, which are hairy and prickly to the touch and bear two or more flowers on each stalk, a dandelion will produce only one flower per stem.

Dandelion Delectables

The free food is out there

In the seminal foraging book Stalking the Wild Asparagus, author Euell Gibbons described a March meal he shared with friends that consisted wholly of dandelions. He wrote:

Stephenson has led a plant walk in Thunder Bay for Ontario Nature’s foraging education programs and has a lot to say about the benefits of dandelions, outlined in her website 

Spring is the best time to sample all the humble dandelion has to offer. Many folks living in the Northern Wilds have an excellent place to harvest whole plants: their gardens. You can easily dig up whole plants and begin turning over the soil at the same time. And, dandelions being dandelions, you can harvest from the same garden year after year. Thoroughly scrub and clean the dirt from the plants. Then you can separate them in the following ways.

“My neighbours love me. They hate their dandelions and I take them,” boasts Karen Stephenson, a foraging expert based in Southern Ontario who has dedicated her career to the advocacy for edible wild plants as food and medicine. “The free food is out there.”

Rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and the minerals copper, phosphorous, potassium, iron, calcium, sodium and magnesium, dandelions are nutritional powerhouses. In fact, Stephenson claims that one cup of raw dandelion greens contains 112 percent of the daily required intake of Vitamin A and 535 percent of Vitamin K. The root contains powerful cleansing properties and can be used as a tea or extract to purify the blood, manage insulin levels and restore the functions of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen, where toxins accumulate. “It’s rather ironic that many people in Canada, the U.S. and in Great Britain collectively spend millions of dollars every year trying to kill something that has a wealth of proven health benefits,” writes Stephenson in her book, Fields of Nutrition.  To the beginner forager, dandelion greens can turn

“We had Dandelion Roots, boiled and buttered, Dandelion Crowns, both cooked and in a salad, Dandelion Greens, and tender developing blossom material cut from the crowns, cooked and seasoned. All this was washed down with glasses of Dandelion Wine left over from the former season, and we finished with cups of Dandelion Coffee.”

Roots can be peeled and boiled in two waters, making a vegetable Gibbons says is better than salsify or parsnips. You can also slow roast the roots in an oven until they are brittle and dark brown. Place them in a coffee grinder and then brew as a caffeine-free, coffee substitute that is surprisingly tasty. Crowns, the lump of new growth just above the roots, can be eaten cooked or raw. Gibbons suggests soaking them in cold salt water until they are used. You can find recipes for making them into salad with bacon bits and hard-boiled eggs. You can also boil crowns, then drain and saute them with butter. Greens can be added to a tossed salad or boiled, drained and season with butter or bacon. Gibbons says greens taste best when they are picked before the plant blooms. As with crowns, keep them in cold salt water until used. Blooms can be added to foods such as pancakes and muffins or made into wine. The trick is to use the yellow petals, removing the green from the bottom side of the flower. You can dry the petals and store them in a canning jar. NORTHERN  WILDS

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out to be a disappointment. After all, anyone with even a slight aversion to bitterness could dismiss their taste as unpalatable, even when cooked and slathered in butter. The key is to know what you are doing, and once you do, these prolific greens can be enjoyed as a nutritious vegetable.

can be anywhere from three to 18 inches long. But a lot can be told by the colour. Avoid leaves that have marks, insect damage, or are dark green, which tend to be outer leaves that are older, more bitter and tougher. Bright green indicates youthful, rapid growth.

All about timing

Harvesting and managing bitterness

The dandelion has six edible parts: leaves, flower buds, upper bud stem, flowers, heart and roots. The flavour and texture of these greens (and greens in general) can vary wildly depending on the growing conditions and their stage of life (think of how tender baby spinach compares to a more mature, tougher version of the same plant). Bitter-free dandelion leaves are most often found in the early Spring, but even then they can be difficult to find. John Kallas speculates that this plant’s bitterness is influenced by three factors: excessive sun, slow growth and root storage of bitterness. “The first and most important source of bitterness for dandelions is sunlight. Dandelion’s bitter chemicals are made in proportion to the amount of sunlight the leaves receive. The more intense and longer the duration of sunlight baking a leaf, the more bitter it will be. Conversely, less bitter greens are produced during a period of rapid spring growth; the plant receives a low amount of sunlight since the sun is still low in the sky and the days are short,” writes Kallas. When searching for non-bitter greens, look for quick growth, advises Kallas. The more rapid, the less bitter the greens, even in the summer. So how do you identify leaves undergoing rapid growth? “Look for luxuriant growth where the leaves look so good they could be sold in the produce section of a supermarket,” he says, and select the center-most elevated leaves that aren’t touching the ground. In this case, size doesn’t matter. Rapidly growing leaves

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In certain circles, the dandelion is widely revered for its uses in both food and medicine. This weed is perfectly safe to eat and offers inspiration to culinary enthusiasts who are only limited by their imagination.

Kallas advises keeping three things in mind when foraging for edibles. Know the habitat and be aware of potential contaminants in the surrounding environment—harvesting wild edibles along a busy roadside or industrial area is an obvious no-no. Keep the leaves fresh in transit and don’t allow the milky juice to bleed onto and stain the leaves. Bitterness can be managed in two ways: Learn to love it or work dandelions into other food dishes to dilute their strong taste. Instead of overpowering the meal with bitterness, dandelions can add character to its flavour. Boiling anywhere from four to eight minutes is touted as one of the best methods of reducing much of the bitterness. The buds, flowers, hearts and stems should not be forgotten in the context of harvesting and cooking dandelions. Sweetly flavourful, fresh petals can be used as garnishes in salads and sandwiches and even fermented into wine. The hearts can be oiled and baked with other foods like mushrooms and quinoa for a hearty dish that eats like a meal.

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There was a time when outfitting your fishing boat meant putting an anchor in it. Or maybe a life jacket. For many years, the basic fishing boat was nothing too fancy. It was not too big and the power on it generally wasn’t too impressive. When I was a kid, our family fishing boat was a modest 14-foot aluminum with an outboard motor that wasn’t very dependable. More than a few fishing trips were interrupted by motor problems. Much paddling would ensue. Yet that humble boat did the job, and the fish didn’t seem to care. They still don’t. However, the times have really changed when it comes to fishing boats and what you can have on them. There are a wide variety of accessories you can add to even the smallest boat and make it a better, more adaptable craft for angling. Some I consider necessities, others are interesting options. Here is my list of the things that can help make a fishing boat better.

Hitting the water feels safer when you have good electronics and a GPS. | GORD ELLIS that allows you to move it around the boat. The permanent holder require you to screw in and anchor a mount. The actual holder is then placed into the mount. I honestly can’t imagine having a fishing boat without rod holders.

Depth finder/GPS There are very few fishing boats around these days that don’t have some kind of depth finder/fish finder unit on them. There really isn’t any reason not to have a fish finder in 2016, outside of a dislike for technology. Even the most basic finders have incredible power and flexibility, and you can get a good unit for a couple hundred bucks. For those anglers who don’t want to attach a permanent fish finder to the boat, I’d recommend a portable unit. They normally run off a 12 volt battery and have a transducer that can be attached via suction cup or clamp. Adding a permanent finder to a boat requires a bit more rigging, but is much more solid and handy. The modern finders, besides having the ability to read bottom, water temperature and mark fish, can also include GPS capabilities and even lake mapping. You might think this is all too much, but if you’ve ever been on Lake Superior and had the fog roll in on you, the GPS “trail” you made from the dock to the fishing spot can be a life saver. A GPS capable fish finder also allows you to mark reefs, hazards, shore lunch spots and docking areas.

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A fully rigged boat is a pleasure on the water. | GORD ELLIS reverse. Today, most basic trolling motors have multiple speeds and are very powerful in forward and reverse. Some even have GPS capabilities that allow you to chart a trolling path. For those who want to stay portable, you can buy transom mount trolling motors that can be removed in a flash. These trolling motors generally run off a deep cycle battery. The portable trolling motor is a great choice for smaller boats and even square stern canoes. On larger boats, a bow mount trolling motor is the way to go. It’s easier to control a boat with a front mounted motor and, if the boat has a deck, you can also stand up front and drive it while casting. Bow mount trolling motors run the gamut from very simple cable drives to fully motorized with self-deploy capabilities. A foot control trolling motor is standard, although I’ve become very fond of the Minn-

Kota i-Pilot, with its remote that allows you to drive from anywhere in the boat. You can also hit an anchor setting on the i-Pilot that will hold your boat in place.

Rod Holder I never thought much about having rod holders in the boat until my kids came along. Then rod holders became a life saver. Whenever there was a hook to bait, sandwich to find or dispute to settle, the rod holder was used. But it quickly became evident that rod holders could also improve fishing success rates. This was especially evident trolling. The natural human impulse is to “work” a rod while trolling. Pumping it forward, dropping the tip etc. Yet there are times the lure needs to run consistently to be bit. The rod holder makes that happen. Rod holders come in many shapes and sizes. The portable holders usually have a screw on mechanism

There is a variety of other accessories you can add to the modern fishing boat. If you like to back troll with your boat, you likely know that eating the waves that hit the transom when in reverse is an issue. A set of wave whackers attached to the back of the boat solves this problem. They provide a barrier to the waves and keep you from getting wet when trolling backwards. Most types of wave whackers are removable, so you don’t have to keep them on all the time. An electric anchor retrieval system is handy if pulling an anchor by hand is an issue. You can also mount them near the front of the boat and deploy them without getting out of your seat. Again, a handy feature. A drift sock is a large, cloth-based item that works as a water anchor to slow down a troll or drift. They usually are tied to the bow or transom. They create drag in the water and that can keep your boat from drifting too far too fast in high winds. The sock is thrown over the side and expands to create a slow drag in the water. There are many options to explore if you want to outfit your boat this season. But don’t wait too long, the open water season is just days away. And not one minute too soon.


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Wild Traditions Raising Backyard Chickens By Julia Prinselaar

Almost 60 years ago, my grandparents immigrated to Canada and settled in Thunder Bay. Over the years, they were followed by their parents, relatives and other Italians who joined the influx of newcomers to the city, collectively populating the historic Bay & Algoma neighbourhood. My mother can recall seasonal chicken culls in the basement of the house where she grew up as a child, but the details are not gruesome or gory—if anything, food-related gatherings, at any stage of the process, were family affairs that brought the grandparents, parents, cousins and siblings together.

The author’s chicken coop in her backyard. | JULIA PRINSELAAR

I remember some of these events, too: Assembly line-style tomato canning in the garage, the adults curing meats and making sausages, and watching my Nonno crush grapes to make wine. There was even a rabbit that he raised in a cage behind his shed before it disappeared (into the roasting pan). But it was after I starting raising my own chickens and tending a garden that the generation gap between my grandparents and I really started to shrink. Before my 20s, we had little in common in the way of our lifestyle. Now they come over to admire my garden in the summer, visit the chickens and happily return home with a dozen eggs.

easy to see why a small flock of birds can be such a boon to the backyard: Chicken manure provides excellent fertilizer for the garden and birds naturally scratch at the earth to peck out pests and weeds. Not to mention, raising your own flock moves away from supporting industrial farm operations and having a more intimate connection to animals and food sources offers valuable lessons for people of all ages. My three-year-old niece happens to love eggs and one of her favourite things about coming to the backyard is opening the nesting boxes to look for the colourful prizes inside.

Raising backyard chickens isn’t something new, but it has been phased out with the modernization of Western lifestyle. Perhaps three generations ago, having a few hens in the household was as common as having a clothesline or a garden. And it’s

Believe it or not, there are dozens and perhaps hundreds of breeds of chickens, with heritage varieties preserving the most unique physical traits. Polish chickens, for example, boast an extravagant crest of feathers on their heads. Brahmas lay light

to dark brown eggs and are admired for their delicate, penciled plumage and gentle disposition. Ameraucanas, like the two black and gold-feathered ones that I own, lay blue-green eggs. They’re bearded and pea-combed, making them more resilient in the cold. If you’re shopping around for a flock, choosing birds that are hardy enough for our Northern climate is a must. Becoming familiar with common concerns and best practices are keys to responsible animal husbandry. Luckily, most problems have practical solutions. Like many animals, chickens can host mites, lice and other subtly pernicious critters that love to cling on and live among them. Provide regular dust baths, keep a clean coop and lay fresh bedding, and you’re winning the battle. With a little education and regular monitoring, the work that comes with maintaining a flock is far outweighed by

the benefits of having freshly laid eggs at the table. As more cities recognize the importance of community resilience and food security, urban agriculture initiatives are cropping up in neighbourhoods across the world. Through manageable pockets of community and backyard gardens, edible food forests, honeybee hives and the raising of small livestock animals, people gain affordable access to nutritious, local food while building life skills and connecting with others. Moncton, Minneapolis, Montreal, Victoria, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York and Kingston join a growing list of jurisdictions in North America that have legalized backyard chickens in recent years and Thunder Bay may soon become part of it. In response to growing local interest, the

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Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is hosting an open house on April 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the CLE Heritage Building to collect feedback from the public on this issue. The goal is to bring recommendations to municipal council that support a bylaw for backyard chickens.

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According to research from the California-based Community Food Security Coalition’s North American Initiative on Urban Agriculture, urban agriculture builds social capital through trust, civic engagement, the development of community leaders, and the sharing of goods, skills and services. In other words, the more connected our communities are to their food sources, the more we get to know our neighbours, help one another and take pride in our communities. For me, chickens have done just that. Because of my flock, I’ve connected with more people in my neighbourhood than I could have ever hoped to. One dad brings his three sons over to see the birds, and they live two blocks away. Impressed by this addition to our neighbourhood, our Portuguese neighbour raises rabbits and came over to show us his pigeons. He now shares seeds from his garden to grow in my own. Symbolically, I don’t think it gets any better than that.

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  WHY GO: This multi-species lake is a good option for pre-opening day crappie action and it’s also a good place to pursue walleyes. There are also rustic and backcountry campsites on the lake. Asides from that, there’s a lake whitefish population and it has a netting season in the fall. ACCESS: The main access is a concrete boat ramp located inside the U.S. Forest Service campground. To get there, from Temperance River State Park, take F.R. 343 inland for 4.5 miles and take a left at the T intersection onto F.R. 166 (The 600 Road). Follow for five miles to C.R. 7 and turn right, driving for 9 miles through several intersections. Turn left onto F.R. 369. Drive 2.5 miles and take a right onto F.R. 921 (Silver Island Access Road). The campground is 1.5 miles up the road. VITALS: This 1,238-acre lake lies entirely in the Superior National Forest and Lake County. Despite having lake whitefish, it’s a relatively shallow lake, with a maximum depth of 16 feet and water clarity of 5.3 feet, according to a DNR survey conducted in 2012. There are some shallow areas with boulder hazards, particularly in the northwest corner of the lake and southern basin, so navigate with caution.

GAME SPECIES PRESENT: Black crappie, lake whitefish, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye and yellow perch. CRAPPIE: Dick Stern, a DNR fisheries technician at the Finland area office, said crappie at Silver Island Lake are better than average for the area, where the fish are hit or miss, in general. On a year such as this, with a potentially early spring, a few anglers will likely venture out to Silver Island to pursue crappies once the ice breaks up. “There are some nice fish,” he said, noting that the last time the lake was surveyed in 2012, trap-netted crappies averaged 0.85 pounds per fish. “There’s a lot of minnows for them to eat out there in the lake,” he said, listing off several present in the lake, including spottail shiners, darters and log perch, among others, that likely make up a bit of the crappie diet. For panfish, the lake also has a few other species, such as rock bass, pumpkinseed and yellow perch, but crappie are tops. Yellow perch do reach that desirable eating size in the lake, Stern said, but not enough for many to target the fish. WALLEYE: Because of the darker water, Stern said, Silver Island is one of the better

SILVER ISLAND LAKE places to fish walleye during the day. “It’s that brown bog stain,” he said. While a few walleyes do reach nicer lengths, the lake is known more for quantity than quality. “There’s some here and there,” he said, noting that the longest to turn up in the most recent survey was 24 inches. “When they get big enough, they can feed on lake whitefish,” he said. Most anglers use live bait and either drift or troll, and a jig and minnow is also popular early in the season. WHITEFISH: Despite being fairly shallow, the lake does have a lake whitefish population, though numbers in the latest survey were below average for the lake class. It’s one of only two lakes in the area with a whitefish-netting season. CAMPING: The U.S. Forest Service has eight rustic camp sites at its campground and three backcountry campsites on its shores (one of them is on an island), which are accessible by boat only. The sites cannot be reserved and there is no fee, but there is no potable water available and visitors must pack out their trash.—Javier Serna


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Mercury, the messenger of the gods, pops into the evening sky in April, making its best evening appearance of the year. Look to the west-northwest an hour after sunset around the 18th, when it will be farthest from the sun.

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In the predawn sky, Saturn and Mars draw closer until the 20th, then start to separate. The two planets appear somewhat low in the south to southwest, above the red star Antares in Scorpius, with Saturn the easternmost. Mars draws closest to Antares, whose name means “rival of Mars,” on the 26th, but a bright waning moon may wash them out a bit. To avoid moonlight, try viewing the rivals at about 5 a.m. between the 4th and the 18th.

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April’s full moon comes at 12:24 a.m. CDT on the 22nd. The moon will then be just one day past apogee, its farthest point from Earth in a lunar cycle, and so it will be the most distant and smallest-looking full moon of the year. Come November, though, we’ll have a big, close perigee moon. Sundown on April 30 begins the astronomically based Celtic holiday Beltane, one of the four “cross-quarter days” falling midway between an equinox and a solstice. Between sundown and sunrise that night, the evil spirits that had been on the loose since Halloween had a last fling before being banished for the next six months. Beltane marked the start of what was called the light half of the year and it survives today as May Day. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Duluth campus. For more information and viewing schedules, see the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at

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Strange Tales Natural Wonders in Northern Wilds trail on a boardwalk, bridge and gravel path bring visitors to two rim-edge lookout platforms for spectacular views of the steep-walled canyon that stretches for several miles.

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More canyon country is found 40 km (24.8 mi) north of the junction of Highway 11 and 17 (just over the Nipigon Bridge if you are travelling east). The dramatic canyon cliffs are known as Pijitawabik Palisades. The towering pillars of flat-topped cliffs were formed approximately 1.2 million years ago, sculpted by water erosion and ice. A few miles before the Palisades, look for the Gorge Creek road sign and watch in the distance to see the Gorge Creek Falls, an overfalls plummeting down a canyon wall

With Earth Day on April 22, it seemed a good time to look at some of the natural wonders that we have right here in Northern Wilds, including some that are less well-known or have some mystery to them. Natural wonder has been defined as “a natural site or natural monument that was not created or significantly altered by humans.” (Maria Boland, Mother Nature Network, March 10, 2010). Here’s a snapshot look at some of them in our area. “Now you see it, now you don’t” is a good description of a natural rock oddity on Lake Superior’s Pie Island, named The Peeping Squaw, which you can only see from the water as you pass the island. We were sailing to Sleeping Giant with Sail Superior when Captain Greg Heroux pointed out where we should focus our gaze on the island. For only a short distance, a rock protrusion suddenly jutted out on the vertical face of the middle of Pie Island Mountain, appeared to peek out and then just as quickly disappeared. Quite a spectacle. According to First Nations lore, it is a woman that is peeking out from behind the rock, looking to see if her husband Nanabijou is returning home. Imagine walking in a landscape of huge room-size boulders. Well, you can do so just north of Ignace and not far from Sandbar Lake Provincial Park at the Blueberry Boulder Field. That’s where you’ll find enormous granite boulders dropped by retreating glaciers about 10,000 years ago. Discovered in 2004, the Blueberry Field is drawing particular interest of sports enthusiasts of ‘bouldering’, a style of rock climbing to the top of boulders. Some boulderers

Gooseberry Falls located near Two Harbors provides stunning views. | SUBMITTED have described the Ignace boulder field as the ‘best bouldering in Canada between the Niagara Glen and the Rockies.’ Ignace is 153 miles (246.3 km) west of Thunder Bay on the Trans-Canada Highway. Most list of natural wonders include waterfalls and we’ve got some outstanding ones around here. Like the stunning Kakabeka Falls, a top tourist attraction and a short drive west of Thunder Bay is the Kaministiquia River. Nicknamed the “Niagara of the North,” the river thunders down 131 feet (40 m) into a gorge before heading out to Lake Superior. In northern Minnesota, there’s the series of beautiful waterfalls at Gooseberry Falls State Park (northeast of Two Harbors), as Gooseberry River rushes through a rocky gorge to Lake Superior. Plus High Falls—Minnesota’s highest falls—is located on the Pigeon River in the Grand Portage State Park and a half-mile trail and boardwalk takes you to the falls from the visitors centre, located

just before the US-Canada border. Another Minnesota waterfall, a short distance from the US-Canada border, offers a conundrum. In Judge C. R. Magney State Park, the Brule River splits in half to form two waterfalls—the eastern and western—on its way to Lake Superior. The eastern waterfall flows down a two-step stone embankment, falling into a pool at the bottom before continuing on its way down river to Lake Superior. However, the western waterfall is steeped in mystery. The water falls into a huge, gaping pothole, known as the Devil’s Kettle, and then simply disappears. Bizarre, right? To date, no one has been able to solve the enigma of where the water goes.

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There’s many more “natural wonders” in our region, some steeped in folklore, some known only to locals. It is fair to say the Northern Wilds country itself is a “natural wonder.”


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And agate beaches are now recognized as ‘natural wonders’. The agate beach on Agate Island (one of the offshore islands of St. Ignace Island) was named one of the world’s best natural beaches in 2013 by Travel & Escape network, listing it as one of seven must-see natural wonder beaches. The island and its shores are covered with agates. There are also some of the ancient Pukaskwa Pits, rock-lined depressions dug into cobblestone by ancient people.

The Northern Wilds version of Canyon Country starts about an hour’s drive from Thunder Bay on Highway 11/17 to Ouimet Canyon, a large gorge created over one million years ago. A kilometre-long loop

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If you are a rock collector, you’ve probably already discovered the wonderful agate beaches dotting Minnesota’s North Shore. Agates became Minnesota’s official state gemstone in 1969. Lake Superior agate was formed during volcanic eruptions about a billion years ago and were distributed during the glacial activity about 10,000 years ago. Who needs diamonds when we have billion-year-old agates in Northern Wilds?

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Year round home on bay of Caribou Lake. Access from Caribou Tr. This 150’ lakeshore parcel is located on the private outlet cove of Caribou Lake. Immaculate grounds with towering White Pines. * 150’ Lakeshore * 3 bedrooms – 1 bath * Open area kitchen and dining* Large open deck area * Permanent Dock * Nice level shoreline * Fireplace. ** Recent Improvements Include: * New septic * New windows * New Siding * New Roofing and Chimney Chase * New Insulation * ……and more…… This is a great opportunity to be located on Caribou Lake.

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to find over 5 acres and nearly 400’ of Lake Superior Shoreline in the Lutsen area. Well, here it is. This property is accompanied by a three bedroom lake home that was built for the ages. The lake home is timeless with respect to design and architecture. Three bedrooms, one bath with a Great Room and wood fireplace. Recent updates to kitchen and bathroom. Sincerely, likely some of the best views on the entire north shore with moderate stair access to ledge rock shoreline.Property is currently in the process of an Administration Sub-Division and what is shown on the attached map is two additional parcels with Lake Superior Shoreline with building sites above the gravel road. Parcels 2 and 3 are separate from this transactions and are available for $50,000 each. If desired to be purchased with the main property the overall property will consist of over 12 acres 855’ of total shoreline.

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Steve Surbaugh 218-663-7971

MLS# 6004603 $650,000

This Mountain home is tastefully designed including architectural detail throughout. Likely one of the most remarkable views (and sunsets) on the entire North Coast of Lake Superior and one of only four private homes adjacent to Lutsen Mountains providing ski-in, ski-out access and private drive. This 3,400 sq ft home is complimented with nearly 2,000 sq ft of view decks, gazebo and hot tub. Luxurious master suite with ensuite master bath with two other larger bedrooms each including their own ensuite bath. Beautiful Timber Frame Great Room addition completed in 2004. Original home built in 1993. Open kitchen (stainless and granite), dining and living area. Two wood burning fireplaces. Large private study/home office and detached heated building for additional office. Beautiful landscaping, perennial gardens, walkways and unique tees and shrubs. Sincerely, this is an opportunity that seldom if ever presents itself in all of Cook County

Using a fundamental business approach for all your real estate needs Office 218-663-7971

Mike Larson 218-370-1536

Lutsen, MN

31 Eagle Mountain Ln

MLS 602078 $59,000

This development is fast becoming recognized as the “Beaver Creek” of the North Shore and this is a very nice opportunity to purchase a lot for under $60,000 and build your home…..and this is the only lot available for sale as the original development is now sold-out. This lot fronts River 6 fairway at Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course and the River 9 was recently renovated as part of a nearly $5 million overall course improvement project. This lot is a part of a common water common septic system as part of the association. Therefore, water and septic is available curbside and that in and of itself is a significant benefit. Driveway stub already in. This is a very nice opportunity. Tax value is $84,200. Owner Agent.

MLS# 6000638 $319,900

Lutsen, MN 21 Tall Timber Trail

MLS#6004114, MLS#6004113 $329,000

Beautiful Heritage Townhome overlooking Lake Superior, adjacent to Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course and near the base operations at Lutsen Mountains - simply a great location. This three bedroom three bath townhome is tastefully appointed with granite and stainless throughout the kitchen, windows providing outstanding views of Lake Superior while overlooking Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course. The lower level walk-out basement has been converted to a larger sleeping and recreation room currently hosting two bunk beds. The Master Bedroom is located on the upper level with in-room fireplace and again out-of-the world views. A second level guest bedroom is comfortable and roomy. There is a main level bedroom that provides access to all necessary property features - kitchen, bathroom, laundry and main level living area and walk-out deck. This is a wonderful property and is currently managed for vacation rentals. Property will be sold furnished excluding some personal items.

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OVER 4,000 FT FRONTAGE ALONG THE BAPTISIM RIVER One of a kind property on the sought after Baptism River. This 140 acres has over 4,000 feet of frontage on the Baptism just off Mattson Rd near Finland Mn. Privacy is what this is all about. For more information call 218-591-0985, email to or


Realtor Specializing in Urban Cabins/Condos and Up North Living for 10 years. Cell: 612-599-6986 Email:

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This 2 bedroom 1 ba with attached garage on 1.09 acres in Finland is perfect and ready to move into. Close to snowmobile and ATV trails. Lots of outdoor activity available and yet close to amenities.

Great home or vacation home with rental availability. This beautiful sunny 3 BR, 2 BA home has in floor heat on main level with floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace. Pine ceilings throughout adds to the charm of up north living. With 2 secluded patios great for enjoying warm summers. Walk across street to deeded access of 900 ft lakeshore on Devil Track Lake. Only 8 miles to Grand Marais. Sold furnished.



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The Landing at Devil Track Lake 205 Fireweed lane, MLS# 6019604 Year-round vacation destination. Restaurant, bar and lounge. Fully operational including furniture, fixtures and equipment. 4 vacation rental units. Beautiful 2 bedroom owner’sliving quarters on upper level. Lower level banquet room with walkout patio. Great opportunity for entrepreneurial enterprise. Common area waterfront Perfect for weddings, family reunions and special events. Numerous added value and revenue enhancement opportunities.

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REALTORS®: Mike Raymond, Broker • Gail J. Englund, GRI • Doug Anderson, Realtor Sandra McHugh, Realtor • Jack McHugh, Realtor • Linda Garrity, Realtor • Larry Dean, Realtor

Red Pine Realty • (800) 387-9599 (218) 387-9599 • Fax (218) 387-9598 • PO Box 938, 14 S. Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604


charming timber-framed cottages perched on dramatic Lake Superior shoreline in Grand Marais. Spectacular views of Sawtooth Mountains west, and Grand Marais lighthouse - east. Easy walking distance to downtown. The deep woods on 5+ acres boasts 475 feet of accessible coves, beaches and sloping ledgerock shore. The main cottage features a pass-through stone fireplace, maple and ceramic floors, custom cabinets and built-ins created from the same recycled douglas fir timbers (from an 1890's Chicago warehouse) that frame the ceiling structure. There are even custom made doors from Montana. Dramatic views and joyous sunlight flood into every room from many windows. Walk the winding path to the guest cottage with many matching features. It provides great privacy for guests. Decks and patios joined by paths to the expansive shoreline features make a private park. Comes furnished with mission oak Stickley furniture and is ready to move in. MLS# 6020599 $1,199,000


sq ft Lake Superior home with original A-Frame was expanded in 2006, adding 2,000 sq ft w/ quality finishes. Stunning kitchen with large island, hickory cabinets, granite & lake views. 3 bdr, 3 bath, large gathering spaces and deck. Master bdrm with attached whirlpool/ glass shower. Sleeps 12+. 418’ frontage and extra large lot size for privacy and expansive views. Enjoy working from home with broadband Internet! Tettegouche State Park, Palisades and Silver Bay Marina are all within 3 miles! MLS# 2313080 $649,900 REDUCED PRICE!

2 SPECTACULAR LAKE SUPERIOR LOTS AT TERRACE POINT. Outstanding shoreline views all the way to Artist Point & Grand Marais. Each has dramatic shoreline. Great location west of town. Priced at MLS# 2013836, $600,000 & MLS# 2051958 $300,000 CHARMING, ORIGINAL LOG COTTAGE. Beautiful 1-bdrm cabin. New addition includes sunroom, bathroom, and a wrap around deck. The focal point is the great stone fireplace. New sauna. Gorgeous, easily accessed shoreline with spectacular ledge rock and 5+ acres. New Anderson


Custom designed and built Lake Superior home. Great attention to detail and quality with custom kitchen cabinets, full stone fireplace, hammer beam trusses, hardwood floors, custom ash-bentwood stair, and huge windows bringing in the light and moods of the big lake. Other features include a gourmet kitchen, pantry, laundry/mudroom, attached & heated 2-car garage, stone foundation and cedar shingle siding giving the home and architecture a Prairie School look and feel. There is a fantastic three-season porch to enjoy morning coffee or while away the summer evenings. The master bedroom looks out at the lake, with walk-in closet, built-ins and a master bath with private cedar sauna. The 5.34-acre property is secluded and private with 224 feet of accessible shoreline. There are gardens, wildflowers and a flowing water feature. There is a huge outbuilding designed to match the house and hold your big-water boat and RV, plus room for more storage or finished space above. MLS# 6020825 $824,900


Elegant and comfortable 3 bdrm, 2 bath contemporary home, architecturally designed and built to fit into the ledge rock hillside of Chimney Rock. Beautifully wooded, and private, with lichen-covered dramatic rocks and panoramic lake views on 223 feet of easily accessed Lake Superior shore. The great room is shared with the gourmet kitchen, formal dining, and living area centered around the Finnish fireplace. The master suite is a lovely open space with a private office, plus quiet reading corner. The master bath suite is exceptional. Upgrades throughout, beautiful maple flooring, fabulous storage on all three levels. MLS# 2308811 $750,000


windows. Truly a darling hideaway! MLS# 2309184 $449,900 SPECTACULAR LAKE SUPERIOR LOT. Framed by palisades, the nicely wooded property has two or more perfect sites on which to build your special lake home. Views are classic old North Shore looking over Chicago Bay. Shared septic system is in place.

MLS# 2308784 $365,000 LAKE SUPERIOR COTTAGE. Exceptional

Lake Superior property in highly regarded Lutsen area. 150 feet of accessible ledge rock and gravel beach shoreline with long magnificent views up and down the shore. The 2 bdrm, 1 bath cabin could be refurbished or this could be the build site for your north shore getaway. MLS# 2309109 $349,000


Great lot with excellent site for walkout. Surveyed and level open location for your new home. Parcel has a very neat, private cove and meandering 447' of shoreline. MLS # 2313294 $329,000


Beautiful, very private 1.84 acre residential lot with 240 ft of Lake Superior shoreline in the Chimney Rock Platted Development. Premier quality with stunning elevated and panoramic views of the lake. MLS# 2313197 $249,900


dream home or cottage, with spectacular views and privacy. All hookups are ready - septic, water, electric, phone and propane - with Association shared expenses. This lot was blasted, prepped and is waiting for construction. House plans are available. There is a garage lot included. Only 8 owners share this park-like former resort property with 315 feet of gentle lake shore and 1000' of dramatic river frontage on 8 acres. You won't find a more affordable lot on the big lake! MLS 6019661 $99,900


tom executive log home and retreat located on 2 lots, 750' of shoreline and almost 10 acres on pristine Greenwood Lake. The main home consists of 3000+/- sq ft of living space. 3 bedrooms including a lovely master suite. Kitchen, dining room, living room, sitting room, utility room, and large upstairs loft with 2 bedrooms, entertainment area. The lake view is spectacular through lots of glass from all the rooms. MLS# 2183279 $895,000

CASCADE LAKE RETREAT. Just you the lake and the

wilderness. This is the only private land on the lake. Enjoy the utmost privacy and unspoiled wilderness views with 87 acres and 3000 feet of shoreline on Cascade Lake. There is a neat, well-maintained cabin, sauna, dock and outhouse. Easy year-round access. Great fishing and wildlife sightings. This is one of the last of its kind in Cook County. MLS# 2309037 $669,000


3 bdrm, 2 bath home on 2.5 acres features a GREAT great room, gourmet kitchen with all stainless steel appliances. Charming master suite has sliding glass and lake view. Stunning open beamed ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, cozy loft and a huge screened porch. Comfortably sleeps 10-12. Detached garage. MLS# 2312977 $559,500


D maintained home sits in a PENlovingly

classic mature cedar forest on 200 feet of accessible shoreline. Interior features include cedar paneling, huge windows, oak hardwood floors and beautiful stone fireplace with built-in bookshelves. 2 bdrms, 2 baths, large detached garage. MLS# 2305777 $468,900

PRIVACY ON PIKE LAKE! End-of-road loca-

tion, bordered by USFS land & meandering 584’ shoreline jutting into lake for max views. Highly sought after vacation rental - use when you want & recoup expenses when not. Charming 1 bdrm (plus sleeping loft), 1 bath cabin w/ cedar siding & knotty pine. Lg kitch w/brkfst bar, open concept dining/living. Woodburning stove, wraparound deck. MLS# 2308988 $395,000

PRIME PIKE LAKE CABINS. Private Lake Home or successful

vacation rental w/ solid customer base already established. Cabins are set on over ½ an acre of quiet, peaceful grounds & include 200’ of gorgeous shoreline. Modern dock, artfully crafted slate fire pit, screen porch/boathouse. Many improvements and upgrades.

MLS # 2313304 $379,000 PRICE REDUCTION! • Locally owned and operated since 1996 • 50

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Lovely 2 bdrm, 1 bath cabin with 233’ of gentle shoreline with breathtaking views of the lake and islands. Wrap around decking sets only 35 feet from the water's edge. Beautifully appointed, open living space will be sold furnished with a few exceptions of personal property. Crafted built-ins and storage space. Too much to mention!

MLS# 2309233 $355,500 SOLITUDE ON WILSON LAKE.

The log sided 2 bdrm, 1 bath “carriage house” has great views overlooking Wilson Lake. Building site has been prepared down by the shore. The well and septic for a 4 bdrm home are in. Private driveway, sandy beach and 310 ft of shoreline.

MLS# 2300551 $310,000 CLASSIC CABIN ON CLEARWATER LAKE. Well maintained 2 bdrm, 1 bath cabin cared for by the same family for over 60 years. 205 feet of shoreline on much sought after Clearwater Lake with direct access

to the BWCA. MLS# 2309283 $259,000


perfect place for your cabin or home with unspoiled views and lots of Gunflint Trail privacy. 3.68 acres and 554’ shoreline. There are only a few parcels on this peninsula. Property boasts two lots – one on each side. Tucker Lake is a protected lake with added setbacks to protect the lake and views. Direct BWCAW access. MLS# 2309237 $229,900


Over 342 feet of shoreline and 4 acres. A great location and many excellent building sites. There is a magnificent panoramic view of the lake with easy access to the water’s edge. The property is perfect for a trophy walleye fisherman! MLS# 2308946 $220,000


cabin tucked in a mature cedar forest with great views of the palisade. Features custom built cabinets and bookshelves, large deck, and it's set up as a simple lake retreat. There is 1 bedroom plus a loft, nice kitchen and dining area with a cozy living area with wood stove. There’s a large work/storage shed, plus a beautiful cedar sauna and deck. Comes furnished and includes the dock, boat, canoe and kayak. It's just waiting for your wilderness adventures, only a short paddle to the BWCAW. McFarland Lake has two BWCAW entry points into Pine Lake or John Lake, and is surrounded by the wilderness at the end of the Arrowhead Trail. Great fishing, canoeing, and hiking on the Border Route Trail. MLS# 6020639 $219,000

NORTH FOWL LAKE CABIN. Remote water only

access from the US side of the border, or drive in from the Ontario side. Stunning views and easy access to the border lakes and the Royal River on the east end of the BWCA. Lovely 2 bdrm cabin with sauna. The private 200’ of lake-front lot has gentle shoreline and great views. MLS# 2309250 $189,000

GREAT PIKE LAKE CABIN. This 2 bedroom cabin

is in great condition - it's ready for you to move in and start enjoying the lake. It sits privately within a common interest community shared with 4 other cottages. Large deck, storage shed, and 300 ft of shoreline. The lake views are great. Live here, rent it, or enjoy your weekend escapes. MLS# 6020563 $184,900



This Devil Track Lake lot has easy access from county road, power, phone and great building sites. South shore, 200 ft. frontage, great views. Build your home on the lake here. MLS# 6020625 $198,900 LAKE PRIVACY ON 20 ACRES. Beautiful Lost Lake is a remote wilderness lake with only a few privately owned parcels on the water. The lots are all 20 acres in size with 600 feet of shoreline. This great lot has huge white pines, a cabin site on a knoll looking south over the whole lake and great accessible shoreline for your dock. MLS# 6019597 $179,000 BEAUTIFUL LOON LAKE LOTS. Solitude on the south side of Loon Lake. Two lots with over 200’ of wonderful shoreline each. Private road, electric available. MLS# 2309227 & 2309228 $179,000 each SOLITUDE ON LOON LAKE. These 1-2 acre lots are located on the south side of Loon Lake and offer great lake views, 152-218’ beautiful shoreline and many nice trees. The main road is in place and power is on the lot line. MLS# 2093855, 2159458,

2309227, 2309228 $175,000 and up ASTOUNDING VIEWS ON GREENWOOD. Nice, affordable 2.10 acre lot on Greenwood Lake

with 230’ lakeshore. Southwest location with incredible views down the lake. Surveyed and ready to build your dream home or cabin. Easy year round access and only 20 minutes from Grand Marais. MLS# 2308929 $159,500 QUALITY DEVIL TRACK LAKE LOT. Heavily wooded south shore lot with easy shoreline and great views from excellent building sites. 150 ft frontage. Power/phone. More lakeshore land available.

MLS# 6020623 $149,900 CARIBOU LAKE - HOME SITE. New price

is well below tax assessed value, and seller is open to offers. Magnificent old-growth cedar and maple trees frame a corner lot with a great, high build site on Sawmill Bay. 5.34 acres and 185’ lake frontage. MLS# 2203572 $95,000 LOTS ON NINEMILE LAKE. Two beautiful, large lots on Ninemile Lake in Finland. Lots adjoin Superior National Forest and Cabin Creek Unit Roadless Area with excellent shoreline and views. Power and year round access! MLS

#6019489 $89,300, MLS #6019492 $97,900 SNOWSHOE RUN LOTS. Snowshoe run is set along

a high ridge overlooking Hare Lake in a mature northern hardwood forest. Year-round plowed and maintained county roads, power at each property and a clear water trout lake. These beautiful home sites were planned for generations of enjoyment and are protected by covenants. MLS# 6019490 thru 6019496,

6019498 Lake lot prices start at $48,800


Ridge #16 has been designed by Bob Davis of Design 1 in Eden Prairie. Currently under construction, the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright and John Howe will be evident within the completed 3 bdrm, 4 bath unit. Conveniently located between Lutsen and Grand Marais on Minnesota’s Lake Superior North Shore. MLS# 2313126 $399,000


and quality finishes. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, accommodates 10. Outdoor access from each level with two decks and a patio right on the shore. Main floor has open floor plan with great room, kitchen and dining room - perfect for entertaining. Attached garage is a rarity on the shore. MLS# 2312996 $374,900


condo is private and quiet. Main level, end-unit location with updated kitchen. Experience some attractive rental revenues and offset the ownership costs. MLS# 2309175 $133,000 LOG CABIN CHARM. This gorgeous lower level unit walks out to Lake Superior and has been updated with top-notch finishes. Open concept floor plan, bamboo flooring, stainless steel appliances, and stunning log cabin walls in the bedroom. Consistently one of the highest income-generating rental units as it has the only in-unit whirlpool at CL! Beautifully decorated--for the right price this unit could come fully-furnished, allowing new owners to begin earning rental revenues immediately. Chateau LeVeaux recently upgraded their common deck and the views are simply phenomenal! MLS# 6020672 $81,900


Great lake views from this 2 bedroom + loft unit with 2 baths, fireplace, balcony looking up the shore. Chateau LeVeaux offers many updated amenities, indoor pool, sauna, game room, and on-site manager. MLS# 2276189 $80,000


ily home in Grand Marais with large LEN Gincome unit. Total of 5-bdrs, rental SAD I 3-baths, and 2 two-car garages on N PE an extra-large corner lot with city

services. Upper level is beautiful and spacious, and includes 3 beds, 2 baths, lovely finishes and tons of storage. Lower level unit has 2 beds, 1 bath, separate entrance and laundry, and attached garage. Large landscaped yard with potting shed and detached, insulated garage. MLS# 2285659 $324,900


country home with outbuildings and some pasture for your horse! The 3 bdr, 2 bath home has a country kitchen/dining room, huge living room, comfortable den with built-in bookshelves, 3 season porch and full basement with workshop. The land is special with a large wildlife pond, planted pines, open meadow and potential for a lake view. More land is available. MLS# 2309191 $309,000

REMOTE HIDE-AWAY. Charming custom built 2

bdrm, 2 bath cabin tucked in the woods overlooking a beaver pond. A screened porch for summer dining. The living room is open and includes the kitchen and dining. A cozy Franklin stove warms the whole building. The full basement is a complete guest space . Generator power and over 100 acres to explore. MLS# 2308912 $299,500


large property features open meadows, gardens, orchards, and a beautiful river. The living quarters with 4 bdrms, 2 baths and open living space is located above a 6-stall horse barn. A large pole barn, huge gathering hall, garage and various storage sheds provide lots of sheltered space. Two wells and septic systems. Easy county road access. What's your idea? MLS# 6018972 $279,900 • (800) 387-9599 Fax (218) 387-9598 • NORTHERN  WILDS

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REALTORS®: Mike Raymond, Broker • Gail J. Englund, GRI • Doug Anderson, Realtor Sandra McHugh, Realtor • Jack McHugh, Realtor • Linda Garrity, Realtor • Larry Dean, Realtor

Red Pine Realty • (800) 387-9599 (218) 387-9599 • Fax (218) 387-9598 • PO Box 938, 14 S. Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604

HOMES & CABINS HOVLAND OPPORTUNITY. Large home or commercial oppor-

tunity on Hwy 61 between Hovland and Grand Portage. This 7 bdrm, 3 bath home has resort/commercial zoning allowing for many options. Located on the scenic Reservation River at the gateway to the most picturesque corner of Minnesota's North Shore. Large deck, stone fireplace, Lake Superior views, +/- 500' of rushing river frontage. A great home for a large family, or your business dream. MLS# 2313085, 2313088 $289,900


Enjoy being surrounded by and within the boundaries of Cascade State Park while taking in the amazing views of Lake Superior. This 3 bdrm, 2 bath home has been used as a successful vacation rental, a long-term rental and a primary residence in the past. Hardwood floors, coved ceilings, and nice sized rooms with a lot of windows to catch those lake breezes! MLS# 2309172 $234,900

THE PRICE RANGE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR! This single level, 3 bdrm 2

bath home on 3 acres has been well maintained. The large great/family room has many windows facing the lake with a wrap around deck on the outside. The windows have been updated. Master bdrm has a full bath and plenty of closet space. The efficient, wood burning stove helps keep the heating bills down and can warm up the whole house. The tree lined property has a paved circular driveway, and lrg 2 car garage plus storage shed. MLS# 6019555 $219,900


Nice 3 bdrm, 2 bath country home on 10 acres in Hovland area. Bright and sunny living room, with beamed cathedral ceilings, open floor plan, new flooring, updated kitchen with new appliances. Master bdr with bath, 2 lower level bedrooms with family room. Large open and private yard. Large 2-car garage with workshop. MLS# 6020667 $198,000


cabin perfectly sited for seasonal views of Tom Lake. Solidly built with timber frame & logs, paned windows, stone fireplace, hardwood floors, & metal roof. Large loft bedroom. Covered front porch complete with swing. Ready for your finishing touches! 78 acres of forested land, with year-round access on plowed roads. Furnishings & generator included. MLS# 2313187 $192,900


Only a stone’s throw to Gunflint Lake with nice views of the lake and Canadian shore, these 9 acres are nicely wooded and feel secluded. There is a super charming log sauna and two small cabins, ready for you to move in. A storage shed and outhouse are included. It adjoins federal land and you could walk to the BWCAW, or drive to the public landing just down the road. MLS# 2305426 $124,900 PRICE REDUCTION!



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The 2 bdrm, 1 bath house has been partially redone with a new steel roof, bathroom, electrical work, etc. Fantastic location, 100 yards from Lake Superior with public access at the Hovland dock. You can spend more, but you cannot get more for less $$. Some work needs to be completed to your taste. MLS# 6018581 $65,000

NORTH SHORE RETREAT. Here is one of those little cabins waiting for you to turn it into a place to call home, or a weekend retreat. Located on the Lake Superior side of Highway 61, these 3.8 acres have decent lake views and the property is accessed from a private road off of the highway. The one-room cabin is kind of rough, but maybe this is the project you've been looking for. MLS# 6020252 $40,000


dream of owning a business and having your home overlooking Lake Superior! Customers love drinking their coffee as they look out at the big lake each morning. This motel has had a steady income stream for over 25 years that helped them raise their family. LOCATION! Only 9 miles from town with trails that connect the Outpost to the Kadunce River Park and Lake Superior Hiking trails. The motel has 9 smaller queen units, and 5 kitchen units with 2 queen beds (some with extra living room space). OWNER/MANAGER HOME: This 3 bedroom home overlooks the Lake and has a bath and a half. Currently the owners use the connected garage as their laundry room for the motel. SEPTIC and WELL: The property has a large trench system and it has been maintained with no compliance problems noted by the county. Three wells service the motel. ROOM FOR GROWTH! This motel sits on 17 acres of land to build new units! MLS# 6020562 $620,000


ins have been a long standing seasonal resort on the beautiful north shore of Devil Track Lake. 5 cabins plus an owner's cabin needing renovation - a manageable operation for a retired couple, or as a family retreat. Great potential as vacation rental business. Classic charm, nice lake views. private setting. MLS# 6019988 $389,000


Housing options include condos, apartments, twin homes - quadplexes, or trailer parks. City approvals may be necessary. A preliminary plat exists for 22 twin homes, but alter as you wish. Other commercial ventures possible. Great location in town with lake views and access to public utilities. The property includes a 3 bdrm owner's home, small storage garage, 7 cabins and 11 trailer home sites (rented monthly), a small campground/RV park with hook-ups, shower/laundry house, and 5 additional wooded acres. This could be the commercial project you've been looking for! Help solve the local housing shortage. MLS# 6020750 $299,000


commercial location in Hovland, 1000 feet of Highway 61 frontage. Large commercial space with a small 2 bedroom home and 1 functioning rental cottage. Many new improvements and upgrades. Two more small cabins could be rented, and there's room for many more...or other possibilities. Large 2-car garage plus two sheds. MLS# 2308736 $299,900


The options here are endless and the opportunity is great. Ample parking, grassy, yard-like grounds and a nice sized storage building. Several offices walk out to the back yard. Own/occupy the entire building, rent out one side & offset your ownership costs, create "condo offices" & offer space to a variety of entities... many avenues one could take! The building is in wonderful condition and is ready for business. MLS# 6020220 $269,900


Good income property with long-term tenants. All 5 cabins have had ongoing upgrades - roofs, baths, plumbing, heating. Cabin 1 has fireplace. Charming touches.

MLS# 2312978 $210,000 COMMERCIAL LOTS IN LUTSEN. Two commercial-zoned

lots fronting Hwy. 61 in Lutsen across from Lockport Store. Great visibility, nice forest, lake view. Third lot to north is zoned residential. Bring your business idea! MLS# 6020464 $179,000 CEDAR GROVE BUSINESS PARK LOTS. Cedar Grove Business Park is the ideal location for your existing business or new start-up! Conveniently located in Grand Marais, near the start of the iconic Gunflint Trail. Full infrastructure in place including paved streets, municipal sewer and water, electric and telephone. Call us today for a guided tour of this unique and affordable business park opportunity.

RIVER/CREEK FRONTAGE STUNNING LITTLE DEVIL TRACK RIVER FRONTAGE. Nice 6 acre property with 350 ft river frontage. Pincush-

ion Trail access provides a unique opportunity for skiers, hikers and mt bikers. Trail easement runs thru property with covenants to protect the trails. Zoned Resort/Commercial. MLS# 6019560 $103,900


the property - never look at a neighbor across the river. The dozen large private parcels in this "island" of private land are surrounded by federal and state forest lands. New road access. Good building site, septic sites located. Association owned common property at spectacular Twin Falls waterfalls with association trail. Great boulder-strewn North Shore stream just north of Cascade State Park. Remote, yet only 15 minutes to Grand Marais. MLS# 6020527 $74,900 WOODS, WATER & SECLUSION.Three 40 acre lots with 600 to 1000 ft frontage on Mons Creek. Also includes deeded access to Lost Lake. Private and secluded. MLS# 2162557 $64,900 or MLS#

2162560 $74,900 or MLS# 2162561 $74,900. GRAND MARAIS - CITY LOT ON CREEK. Wooded

lot with City services: water, sewer and electric at site. Nice south exposure and frontage on scenic Cedar Creek. Quiet street. MLS# 2125228 $59,900 LAND ON THE FLUTE REED RIVER. Enjoy privacy and seclusion in a deep 13 acre parcel with over 300 feet of trout stream in Hovland. Easy access with power, phone and broadband. Nice build sites. MLS# 2313215 $49,900 • Your easy source for new MLS listings daily • 52

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North shore. 215.5 acre parcel with 3900 feet of lake frontage. Rugged property-water access. Southern exposure, ultimate privacy. $169,000 CDN

2 to 95 acres. Starting at $90,000 USD


2 well built log homes. Each with log sauna buildings, sand beaches, sheltered mooring area, more building sites and southern views of Scotch Lake. Surrounded by crown land and largest of only a few private parcels on this huge lake. 1800 feet of lake frontage. Over 13 acres, Road accessable. Very secluded and private. Great fishing/hunting retreat. $625,000 CDN


Tremendous Lake Superior building sites. Lakefront and interior lots for sale with docking facilities. Causeway opened year round. Power and phone.

Starting at $55,000 CDN


Little Trout Bay, 20 minutes north of the Minnesota/Ontario border, 3 large estatesized lots, very sheltered with southern exposure. Tremendous views. Power and telephone available. Priced beginning at

$199,000 CDN


6522 Aspenwood Drive, Tofte MN




640 Beverly Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 0B5 Canada Phone (807) 344-3232 FAX: (807) 344-5400 Toll Free 1-888-837-6926 Cell: 807-473-7105

• 3 bedrm–3 bath Condo – built 2004 • 2400 sq ft of luxury living on Lake Superior • Owner/broker • Price: $339,900


Underdeveloped Property • Onion River Road: 6 acre zoned resort commercial/residential. $79,000 • Barker Lake Road: 20 Acres --remote property with great access. $62,000

Lake Superior. 98 acre piece with 4700 feet of shoreline facing south. Beautiful property between Superior shores and Pearl Harbour developments. Seclusion, privacy-water access.

• The Grade: 39 acres at the corner of the grade and Brule Lake Road: 10 acre zoning year round access. $199,000 • Woodland Foothills: Lake Superior view-includes water and sewer and 20 acres common property. $42,000

Judy Motschenbacher, Broker | 218-370-8940 |

$189,000 CDN

LAND/BUILDING SITES NEW! BEAUTIFUL ACREAGE WITH LAKE VIEWS. This 320 acre parcel has good views of Lake Superior. Four 80 acre parcels have been surveyed if you want to purchase all or just part. Located just south of Schroeder off Highway 61 and a stone's throw from beautiful Lake Superior! Each parcel features shared access off State Highway 61, and each 80 acre parcel has been approved for septic. There is a great mix of tree cover including Birch, Aspen, Maple and Balsam. The land features a gradual elevation, tiered building sites, beautiful lake views, and the Caribou River is within walking distance. MLS # 6020335 $599,600 GREAT HOME SITE OR RESORT-TYPE BUSINESS LOCATION. Over 13 acres adjoining Pincushion Mnt. Hike, ski and bike trails. Trail easement through property. Lake Superior view - unique opportunity! More land available. Zoned Resort/Commercial. MLS# 6019559 $214,900 RECREATIONAL BASE CAMP. Great Tofte lot has 2 garage buildings. They could easily become living space, one has a second story. Property has room for a home with views of a dramatic creek gorge with waterfall and Lake Superior view. 4.54 acres, year-round road, power, phone. MLS# 6019481 $179,900 OUTSTANDING VIEWS OF LAKE SUPERIOR. Almost 15 acres within the boundaries of Cascade State Park. Rolling hills, a variety of tree species, and just 10-15 minutes from both Grand Marais and Lutsen. Potential for subdivision. MLS# 2309282 $175,000 MOUNTAIN TOP - WILDERNESS VIEWS. Preserve this large acreage for your exclusive annex to the adjoining wilderness. Fantastic vistas into the BWCA and of the surrounding rugged topography near McFarland Lake. Located at the end of the Arrowhead Trail with easy year-round access. The 122 acres has a high ridge and a "mountain top" for you to name. MLS# 2313109 $167,000 BIG LAND, BIG CREEK, BIG TREES. This nearly 100 acre Hovland area parcel is on the "front range" of the Farquhar Hills with a dramatic backdrop of rock cliffs and escarpments. There is a large creek running through the entire property with many fantastic building sites. MLS# 2308857 $159,900

INCREASINGLY RARE, LARGE RECREATIONAL PARCEL. 190 arces fully surveyed. The perfect retreat. Has a rich variety of trees, ponds, high and low lands, some meadow land and wetlands. MLS# 2309103 $150,000 LARGE PARCEL. Large private parcel with possible subdivision potential. Great Lake Superior views on the higher elevations. A small creek runs through part of the 25 acre property. MLS# 2308822 $124,900 INTRIGUING PROSPECT. High-quality items already in place include an insulated/heated slab for house/porch, insulated garage slab, electricity, driveway, the well, a time-dosed/heated septic system. Over 18 acres of privacy. MLS# 2291419 $119,900 READY TO BUILD – 20 ACRES IN SCHRODER. Driveway and building pad already in place. A red pine forest climbs up to the highest point with stunning views of high ridges and valleys. MLS# 2308723 $99,900 MAPLES, VIEWS, PRIVACY. 85+ acres near Hovland. Good end of road access, adjoining tons of federal land, great view of pond. MLS# 2313198 $98,900 HUGE POND-HUGE PRIVACY. Large 45+ acre wooded parcel located across from Tom Lake. Huge pond/lake in the very center of the acreage. MLS# 2308921 $99,000 RUSTICATE, RECREATE, RELAX. Reclusive Hovland hideaway – 43 acres with new driveway to “base camp” with a nice camper trailer and shed. Trails have been cut throughout the property which adjoins State land. Road maintained in winter with power possible in the future. MLS# 2313223 $69,900 GREAT LOCATION, QUALITY FOREST, BUILD HERE. These 10-acre parcels have a mature and mixed forest, southerly exposure, easy county road frontage and just minutes from Grand Marais. MLS# 2309143 $62,900, MLS# 2309123 $64,900, MLS# 2309147 $64,900 MAPLE HILL - HOME SITE. Heavily wooded 6.45 acre parcel with great privacy, county rd frontage, power and phone. MLS# 2192740 $64,500 PINES & LAKE SUPERIOR VIEW. Large 13+ acre pine filled lot on the hillside above Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder. Great lake views! Power, phone and broadband at the lot. MLS# 2313242 $64,900

30 ACRES - PANORAMIC VIEWS. Rare mountain top property with a 180 degree view of distant Lake Superior and the ridge to the north. Many trails in place with food plots for wildlife, plus an elevated viewing blind. MLS# 6020274 $63,900 RIDGES, PINES AND VIEWS - ARROWHEAD TRAIL. Nice 28 acre parcel with first rate, high building sites with huge pines looking south and west over the wilderness. The surrounding federal land leads directly into the BWCAW. Excellent year-round road access on the Arrowhead Trail. McFarland Lake is just a half-mile away. MLS# 2313108 $63,000 GREAT LOCATION NEAR DEVIL TRACK. Lovely wooded 5 acre parcel. Survey, septic site evaluations, and access road in place. MLS# 2308847 $59,900 READY TO BUILD - NEAR DEVIL TRACK. Nice wooded 5 acre parcel. Survey, septic, & access road in place. MLS# 2308925 $49,900 WOODED 2.4 ACRE. Tait Lake back-lot with driveway in and cleared building site ready for your cabin. Electric is on site. Owner/Agent. MLS# 2297619 $49,000 5 ACRES NEAR CARIBOU LAKE. Gorgeous corner lot with colorful maples and majestic cedars. Plenty of privacy. Close to hiking trails and the Caribou Lake boat landing. Year round access with power! MLS# 2279179 $40,000 QUIET AND PRIVATE.Choice 2.31 acre lot at the end of the road in Lutsen, ready to build. Priced to sell! MLS# 2309202 $54,900 NICE HOVLAND ACREAGE. Easy year-round access, almost 40 acres. Build your cabin retreat overlooking the wildlife pond! MLS# 2313144 $38,000 WOODED ACREAGE – GRAND MARAIS. Two private, 20 acre lots with hiking and ski trails, and abundant wildlife. A high building site offers seasonal views of Lake Superior. Good winter access via ski trails. MLS# 2313172 $46,000 & MLS# 2313173 $35,000 FIVE SECLUDED ACRES. One of eight secluded wooded 5-acre parcels bordering Govt. land. MLS# 2308827 $28,000 WILDWOOD ACRES - TOFTE. Great building potential. MLS# 2313009, 2313010, 2313011 & 2313012 $17,500 - $20,000 • (800) 387-9599 Fax (218) 387-9598 • NORTHERN  WILDS

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I n f o @ T i m b e r W o l f f R e a l t y . c o m To l l f r e e ( 8 7 7 ) 6 6 4 - 8 7 7 7 LAKE SUPERIOR DR EAMS, MAKE YOURS COME TRUE! SIMPLE LIVING ON THE BIG LAKE! Great vibes resonate from this home, comfortable in its design, it’s about the nice views from the entire main level, including main level bedroom! Nearby Taconite Harbor, watch the big boats pull in to the harbor!!

MLS#2300030 $349,000


Spectacular log home on level accessible shoreline, Vaulted ceilings, tons of windows to Soak in the views! Nice main level owner’s suite, plenty of elbow room for friends and family!


OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME! Enjoy expansive views and a lot of elbow room with over 300 ft of Lake Superior Shoreline! Well constructed home is ready to be updated! Gorgeous Stone fireplace, two car detached, Lovely Lutsen setting! MLS#2038020 REDUCED! $625,000

Compound with yr round newer home on 8+ ac and 340+ ft accessible shoreline! But’s it really about “The Shining Rocks” The “Rock 1” log cabin was built early 30’s, and it’s been lovingly maintained by only a handful of families since. Cabins Rock 1, 2 & 3 create this incredible family compound!

MLS#2187245 REDUCED! $659,000


MLS#2313000 $689,000


SUPERIOR Cascade Beach Rd in the heart of Lutsen, a Craftsman Quality home,200 ft of Accessible Lake Superior. Warm cork flooring, corner fireplace, main level owner’s suite! Wonderful family ski getaway on Lake Superior!

MLS#2290413 $699,900

Meander the tree lined driveway along Lutsen’s Rollins Creek Road, stumble upon the connecting ponds with Fountain and Sculpture celebrating the Sounds of Springtime! Over 8 acres of rolling terrain, experience the manicured path to the ponds, or stroll down the rock steps to the Tumultuous Shoreline, the Waves Pounding the over 600 ft of Rock with plenty of Splash! Inside the Fabulous home your guests will enjoy the Cascade of the Creek to the Big Lake just outside their bedroom window. The master bedroom Welcomes the Sunrises via huge windows overlooking the drooling shoreline… 0r Says Goodnight to the Sun while watching the flickering of the fireplace from bed. All the other parts of the home are Magnificent, from the gazebo with hot tub, to the large library, to the gourmet kitchen with function and charm. See it to Believe it is the Best! MLS# 6019683 $1,197,000


at BlueFin Bay Restaurant! Super location for Easy Living on Lake Superior! Meander the Sprawling Ledge Rock Shoreline! MLS#2270954



LUTSEN’S LAKE SUPERIOR HAVEN! Mint Condition and Move In Ready, you’ll love the location, minutes to Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort and a short drive to the Harbor at Grand Marais! Quality, energy efficient home designed for one level living and low maintenance… more time for you to soak in the views from the Prow Windows in the Great Room! MLS#2308717 $579,900

east of the East Bay, you’ll love running your toes through the sandy shoreline on Lake Superior! Lovely Year Round 2+ bedrm home within walking distance to Grand Marais features main level living and room for expansion in the nice but unfinished basement. 2 car garage.

MLS#2313342 $369,900

PERCHED ON THE EDGE OF LAKE SUPERIOR! Architecturally pleasing home w/ large decks, enjoy Lake Superior breezes, or stay warm in the Sunroom with Captivating Views! Owner’s Suite is the place for naps and boreal dreams! Guests will enjoy the upstairs suite or exterior bunkroom adjacent to garage. Super location, Walk the bike path to Temperance River’s mouth in to Lake Superior!

MLS# 2285326 $339,000


Remodeled and well maintained. Big time shortage of rentals in Grand Maraismakes this property a must-see. Great views over the village to the harbor, Big Lake and Artist’s Point. Currently rented as yr round rental, but could be nice vacation rentals! MLS#2308951

$299,000 REDUCED!

SUPER OPPORTUNITY TO OWN MOST OF DOWNTOWN LUTSEN! Approx. 9 ac bordered by Lutsen creek,

this hotspot hosts 5 commercial businesses and a lot of apartments with good long term renters! 13 lot trailer park has been established since the 70’s, w/ each trailer owner paying lot rent. GORGEOUS LAND, mature pines, nice setting for future expansion with zero lot line setbacks. New compliant commercial septic system. Rental housing is in high demand in the Lutsen area, all rentals are full with long term history. Potential add’l income from retail space and garage/warehouse space currently used by seller. Seller Financing optional. MLS#2279185 $1,575,000


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BIG SAVINGS! Enjoy Rugged terrain, this is your Lake Superior dream in excellent location between Tofte and Lutsen on the Bike Trail! Must WALK with the list agent to truly understand the accessibility! MLS#2313306 $238,000

ISLAND VIEW, HARBOR VIEW, SPECTACULAR VIEW!Accessible and Incredible shoreline, One of a KIND Lake Superior Parcel, Must Meander to See how much you will LOVE this Shoreline!

MLS#2308826 $438,900

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LUTSEN LAKE SUPERIOR CASCADE BEACH RD LAND! Very accessible, build site close to the water, listen to the waves of

Lake Superior lapping the rocky shoreline! Gorgeous morning sunrises over the Big Lake, a must see! MLS#2308906 $299,000

400 FT OF STUNNING LAKE SUPERIOR SHORELINE minute’s to the Cross River in Schroeder! Rolling terrain, nice Evergreen stand giving nice buffer from ANY highway noise. Worth the walk through the wilderness to see the AMAZING 400 ft of sprawling ledge rock shoreline!!

MLS#2313305 $529,000


Nearly 800 ft of shoreline and 11 ac. of rolling terrain, with signs of the past logging roads and Spruce planted forests providing a sweet buffer from all of those pesky worries of the Real World! Driveway installed in to the mid-section of the land to allow you to explore which building site best fits your desires!

MLS#2309271 $799,000

END OF THE ROAD SPECTACULAR 280 ft of cliff shoreline with unobstructed Views across Lake Superior! Little Marais area, Build ready, driveway already in place! MLS#2313255 $265,000


sq ft Log Home on 100 ft Deeryard Lake, 2.5 ac, south facing, built in 2004. Large insulated, heated garage. 4 person sauna, 2 bedrm, 2 bath, 4-season porch. Power/broadband, water/septic. Maple and White Pine. Quiet, Northwood’s setting, not far from Grand Marais.

MLS#2308905 $279,000


Winters Away, Snowmobile from your front door and Snowshoe across Caribou Lake for views of White Sky Rock! Fine Quality Family Style home that’s made for entertaining with complete guest quarters on lower level and upper level Rec Room! Gourmet Kitchen, Gorgeous Owner’s Suite walks out to deck over the Lake! Plenty of garage for cars and toys, Move In Ready! MLS# 2313246 $547,500



MLS#2308952 $269,000

MLS#2313066 $239,700

Ensconced in quiet Boreal environment, Cabin sits proudly above the lake for long views over Poplar’s numerous islands! Home needs a little TLC, priced to sell!


property is on the west end of Pike: the quiet side. Step inside the spacious A-frame: paneled floors and walls are warm and inviting, earnest wood stove. A bank of lakeside windows tells of every mood of light. Birch branch cabinet fronts, 240’ of lakeshore.




MLS#6020330 $239,000

construction log sided cabin with great Lake Views tucked in to the shoreline of a quiet bay…imagine fishing your days away on Greenwood! MLS#6019922


with garage/workshop/cabin with 100 ft of Nice Shoreline and nearly 3 acres of south sloping land. Electric, well, septic tank, AND dock! Can’t beat this value for Lutsen Lakeshore Living! MLS#2051927

value on a spectacular piece of shoreline! Super fishing cabin on a peninsula point overlooking peaceful Gust Lake and the Boundary Waters a hop skip and jump away.


Located just off a designated Mountain Bike Trail system, enjoy year round access, electric at street and a TOTAL SENSE OF SECLUSION! Canoe on Christine, Fly Fish in the Poplar or just go for a hike in the Superior National Forest! MLS#2308836

$160,000 REDUCED!


Surfside Resort. #7 is a stone’s throw from accessible shoreline you’ll LOVE, this townhome, and it’s affordable with the Quarter Share option! No other end unit compares on price, views or locale to the Big Lake. The interior is right out of the pages of Architectural Digest, total Luxury! MLS#2272709 $199,000

WINTER WONDERLANDS FOR SALE, LET IT SNOW! Ski In Ski Out, Super Nice Condos and townhomes at Caribou Highlands, a wide variety available from the small getaway studios to the Top Notch 4 Bedrm Townhomes. 4-5 bedrm mint townhome!

MLS#2189021 #605 MOOSE MTN! $292,000 MLS#2217205 #526 MOOSE MTN $131,000 REDUCED! MLS#2120739 #128 BRIDGE RUN $121,900


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FAMILY FRIENDLY HOME IN TOFTE in between Lutsen and Tofte, just a minute to the Ski Hill or Sugarbush X Country trails! Garage, tons of space! MLS#2165564



NORTHWOODS FAMILY HOME, TONS OF ELBOW ROOM! Functional living space with tons of light flowing through

home, and spectacular views of the wilderness! Great recreational spot nearby to tons of trails and minutes to Grand Marais for shopping! Newer construction, Detached garage and Move In Ready! MLS#2309294


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KNOW you want to be in the Coolest Small Town in America! You’ll quickly realize you can have the best of both worlds! Easy main level livin’ w/ Owner’s suite, steam shower, walk in closet! Great Rm w/ new hardwood flring, Huge deck overlooking creek…walk to the Angry Trout for dinner! MLS#6003970


move in ready perfect Ski Retreat and Summer Dream home! Fab location just up the Caribou Trail, enjoy a five minute commute to skiing! Sprawling one level home designed for main level living, with the BEST master suite we have seen! This is an impressive home, a must see with attached garage and wood fired sauna!

MLS#6020082 $359,900


ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Near Carlton Peak! Good bang for your buck for square footage, this multi-level home is very Cool. Updated gourmet kitchen, new flooring and carpet and two garages!

MLS#2097402 REDUCED! $205,000

MY OH MY SWEET CTY RD 7 GRAND MARAIS HOME! Southern exposure, Vaulted ceilings in the Open Great Room

and kitchen, gas fireplace, huge deck for grilling out! Loft space allows for Big Lake Superior views. Lower walk out level with rec room, perfect for billiards or for your kids to have a space to romp! 2 car detached, paved driveway all on 8 acres! MLS#2313057 $330,000


Douglas fir floors, gorgeous wide panel woodwork and original doors! Home sits on a lovely 2+ ac lot, good depth from the Hwy. Walk to Clearview in Lutsen! Detached garage! MLS#2308845

REDUCED! $152,000

NEW! RUSTIC LIVING A HOP SKIP & A JUMP FROM GRAND MARIAS! Charming rustic cabin on 10 acres of south facing forest with distant views of Lake Superior. Bordering public lands, great for hunting or hiking!

MLS#6020031 $95,000


Surrounded by Winter Recreational Opportunities, this Whimsical New Construction home Defines Lutsen Living in Style! Modern Design, Low Maintenance Living…this is a MUST See Home minutes to Lutsen Mountains!

MLS#2308985 $268,500


Rent the Lower Level and love living on the main level with wrap around deck and LOVELY Lake Superior views! Really worth a look, great living spaces!

MLS#2222916 BARGAIN PRICE! $189,900


ask for, acreage, Maples!, and a huge garage with plenty of firewood storage for winter warmth! Newer construction, huge walk around deck and wide open living, Awesome Owner’s Suite, Tons of potential in walk out level! Must See!


to BlueFin Bay on Lake Superior, this home has it all! Gorgeous interior, featuring dream kitchen with tons of cabinetry and spectacular granite counters with built in breakfast bar. A great home for hosting family gatherings, let the kids play on the lower level and enjoy main level living with wrap around deck and upstairs loft bedroom/office space. MLS#6020313 $329,000

MLS#2313265 $299,900 REDUCED!


lovely home will BOWL you over it’s so nice! Open floor plan with spacious kitchen and family room with tons of southern exposure for great light! Detached two car garage, beautiful corner lots with no neighbors in sight! Just minutes to Grand Marais, a MUST SEE!

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MLS#6019682 $184,000

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Hwy 1 area Hunting Cabin on 10 ac

LeVeaux Mountain, Super Views and Wildlife Ponds! FROM $49,900

MLS#2309318 $64,900

30 acres Wilderness, Borders lands next to Little Manitou River! MLS#2309327


Rocky Wall Overlooking Lake Superior just outside Silver Bay. MLS#2244646 $99,000 80 acres for $79,000 Blesner Lake Rd!


Rock Road in Silver Bay area! Great build site with creek frontage! MLS#2308638


Sonju Lake Road in Finland!Several large parcels from MLS#2313331 $44,900

MLS#2216091, MLS#2220050 $69,000 & MLS#2309131 $59,000 Just Up the Sawbill Trail Grab your little piece of the Northwoods, rolling terrain and small community feel with year round access, great build sites! MLS#2070510 Prices

from $24,900!!

Tofte vaag on the Sawbill, Nice Lake Views! Walk to the Coho, great location!

FROM $49,900 MLS#1615956

Wowser Lake Superior views on Overlook Tr! MLS#2296509 $82,900 Mature Spruce and BIG Lake Views! Walk to Blue Fin Bay, drilled well in place!

MLS#2272174 $49,900

Little Marais Road Acreage! Build Ready Site, RV Neg. Old Garage, MLS#2313191

Gorgeous 19 acres with creek running through the middle, high ground!

160 acre parcel of upland maples and boreal forest. Total seclusion. Owned by the same family since 1904! MLS#2194145 $129,000 Lakeshore on Ninemile Lake at the Village, common water and septic, build ready, borders common land!


$99,000 SOLD!

MLS#2309096 $45,000

MLS#2309247 $65,000

10 acres with driveway, gorgeous views from cleared building site and a building concrete pad, ready for your cabin or garage! A Hop and a Skip to Pike Lake Landing! MLS#2309168

$57,500 SOLD!

Commercial Lot for Bar/Restaurant at the Village at Ninemile Lake, in between Finland and the Trestle Inn! MLS#2309264

Lutsen land with lake views. Lake views, driveway, rustic cabin on one parcel! Great value at $80,000 each! MLS#2313098, ask about MLS#2313099 for addional land!


Onion River Rd land, Hiker’s Heaven!

Caribou River Frontage, Simply Gorgeous 38 ac! MLS#2313027 $65,000 Maple forest with meandering creek, nice sized pond. Electric/broadband Yr Round access. 15 min from Hwy 61 in Schroeder. 20 ac $49,900 MLS#2308954; 40+ ac

Woodland Foothills Build Ready lots, Shared Water & Community Septic from


MLS#2309316 $45,000

$19,000 MLS#2309328+

30 acres of Prime Wilderness Land with year round access and electric at street with Views of Lutsen’s famed Clara Lake!


80 Ac with Poplar River Frontage on the Honeymoon Tr! MLS#2307399 $95,000

SWEET PARCEL ON SWALLOW LAKE IN ISABELLA AREA! 220 ft of shoreline, 2.5 ac! MLS#2300576 $64,900

MLS#2080599 $137,500

Hunters and Fisherman take note! Desirable 20 acre parcel located on the outskirts of Lutsen, minutes to Bigsby, Ward, 150 FT ON CARIBOU LAKE, driveway roughed in, Deeryard and Caribou Lakes! Nice mixed forest electric at street, dock in place with outhouse, Log bunkhouse! with high ground. Murmur Cr. frontage. Great Great Summer Camp! MLS#2301994 $179,500 price for your Northwoods getaway!

MLS#1914043 $24,900

Gorgeous Views of Williams & Wills Lake in Lutsen! Year Round Access, electric, Mountain Top site bordering USFS land. A Wonderful place to build your home!

MLS#2107927 $70,000

GRAND MARAIS LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! A Hop, Skip & Jump West of Grand Marais this lot is the perfect location to build. With an apron and culvert installed off County Rd 7, and the survey done you are ready to build!

MLS#2313311 $68,900

high ground. MLS#2308855 $49,000


MLS#1940786 $99,500 REDUCED,


Corner Build Site in Town Walk to


MLS#2309203 $39,000

Over 15 ac of Wilderness on Turnagain Trail in Lutsen! MLS#2216560 $69,500

18 Ac With Lake Superior Views! Awesome locale Cty Rd 56, minutes to Grand Marais, yr round access & Elec at Rd!

DRAMATIC Mountain Top Views, Rolling Hills, Maple Forests fading in to Spruce and Pine and year round access. Tons of acreage available, or just pick up a 40 for $70,000! MUST SEE, call Emily today! MLS#6001560, multiple#’s call for full map and prices! FROM $70,000

Gorgeous 5 acre parcels in the Heart of Lutsen paved Caribou Trail locale bordering USFS lands! MLS#2174799 From

Sugarloaf Retreats on High Ridge Drive, located up the Surgaloaf Road from Sugarloaf Cove Naturalist Area, Enjoy large acreage parcels at rock bottom prices! Each

What an opportunity! 30 plus acres on Lutsen’s Ski Hill Rd, Lutsen Mountains. Great views of Lake Superior and toward Moose Mountain. MLS# 2217142


$39,000 MLS#1598640 REDUCED!

Prime Build Site(s) just off theCaribou at Jonvick Creek! MLS#2240533 $49,000

MLS# 2208961 $119,000



Northwoods. The fall color is dreamy, try collecting maple sap in the spring! Shallow lake access, but it’s there, along with yr round access! MLS#2313068 $167,700

HEY HEY TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SUPER NICE CARIBOU LAKE BUILD SITE! The original cabin was recently removed,

allowing for a nice “established feel” to this lot. Driveway in place, clearing done and electricity available!

MLS#2309132 $179,900

MLS# 2306551 $69,000

Peaceful 40 ac with Flute Reed River Frontage. borders Judge Magney State Park, great hunting parcel!


MLS# 2309163 $44,900 SOLD!

Creek Build Site just off the Caribou Trail at Jonvick Creek! Rare and Unique Build site!

Cty Rd 7 Murphy Mountain Lake View lands! Bargain Buys in young Poplar Forest, easy clearing for Sweet Lake Superior Views for as little as $39,900! Or Enjoy Hilltop Build Site with driveway in place.

MLS#2289515 $57,500

New boat dock allows you to get out over the water and look down the bay. Nice path from dock to boat house and to elevated home site. MLS#2184576 $159,000

A River Runs Through It! 160 Acres of Upland and River Frontage on the Cascade River near PIKE LAKE SHORELINE, SOUTHERN EXPOSURE! Nice big lake lot: 5+ acres, 225’ of Eagle Mountain. Whether Hunting land or Wilderness Retreat, this is a Great Opportunity! frontage! Maples, cedars, fir, ash: a diverse mix of thriving

10 Ac Parcels of Maples! Rolling Terrain of Mature Maples to a Sweet Building site Perched Over a Mixed Boreal Forest. Year Round Access and Electric at Road!

MLS#2024250 $56,900


land and lakeshore! Several acres of privacy and way Birch Drive, West of Grand Marais! than 200 ft of Level Access Lake Superior shoreline or HUGE Lake Superior views. MLS#2303398 more in Schroeder, near Sugarloaf Cove Naturalist Area!

60 Ac with Lake Views E of Grand Marais! Keep this gem all to yourself and enjoy plenty of elbow room!

MLS#2312987 $119,000

Access from Build Site to Rocky Shores.Superior National Forest Lands! Electric, yr round access, Old Cabin in place to use now and build later! MLS#1600179 $199,000

access with over 10 acres and 200 feet of shoreline! Hilltop building site with cleared path thru cedar forest to Christine 7.26 ac south facing land west of Grand Marais. White Pine, Maple forest in the Deeryard Lake Lake, a super wilderness lake great for paddling your days away! MLS#1599861 $119,900 area- East Deeryard Rd. Power/broadband. All

Heartland of Lutsen, 80 ac at the Foothills of Ski Hill ridge, near downtown Lutsen!

$109,900 MLS#2308953


MLS#1599157 $89,900

$250,000 SOLD!


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101 West Hwy. 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Serving Cook County since 1971 On Lake Superior

7036 W Hwy 61

606 Old Shore Rd

3BR, 3BA efficiently designed home with magnificent open great room. Wood burning fireplace, main level master BR that opens to huge wrap around deck. 218’ shore

3BR, 4 BA home close to town with 120’ shore. Gorgeous kitchen, cherry floors, granite counters, and passive solar heat. Lovely, extensive gardens.

MLS 6020708 $525,000

MLS 2313278 $499,900

4556 Cascade Beach Rd

63 Chessie Trl

Luxurious 3BR, 2BA Lake Superior home on 1.4A and 200’ shore. Many amenities and expansive face Superior and the dramatic ledgerock shoreline. Excellent rental history.

1.27A with 200+’ shore close to the Superior Hiking Trail, Judge Magney and Naniboujou Lodge. Use the cabin while you build your dream home or just keep this place for its charm and privacy.

MLS 2308757 $595,000

MLS 6019245 $249,000


La ke S u p e r io r L o t s 57XX East Hwy 61 - $99,900

4.1A, 280’ shore. Driveway, septic mound and electric in place.

MLS 2297434

318X E Hwy 61 - $79,900

EXTREMELY private Lake Superior lot with 7+A south of 61, 4+A north of 61. 318’ Lake Superior Shoreline!

Inn at Terrace Point

MLS 2308863

2888 W Hwy 61 - $327.500

views of Artist Point and the Sawtooth Mtns on 1.24A with 200’ of ledgerock shore.

MLS 6020121

2884 W Hwy 61 - $327,500

1.30A just past Terrace Point, only a few minutes from town. 371’ of stunning ledgerock shore.

MLS 6020179

14 Stonegate Rd $199,900

A superb lot on Chicago Bay. Fully prepared site for your 3BR home. 1.17A, 200’ shore.

MLS 6020138

Bluefin Bay - Tofte

Bluefin Bay has stunning Lake views and accessaward winning amenities and restaurants! Excellent rental potential.

Grand Marais Condo 2BR, 2BA with Lake Superior views. Large loft, heated garage and storage space.

Unit 17 MLS 2308753 $289,000

2BR, 2BA units with stunning views

Unit 2 MLS 2298984 $297,000 Unit 41 MLS 2308843 $299,000 Unit 16 MLS 1988310 $289,000

1501 W Hwy 61 - $169,900

Unfinished true log home in stunning Temperance Landing development. Buyer may purchase unfinished and bring in their own contractor or home is available to be finished by builder for $495,000.

Unit 65 MLS 2280966 $550,000 Unit 45 MLS 2203745 $455,000 Unit 49 MLS 2309113 $475,000

Almost 3A of commercially zoned property with Lake Superior! view! Very level building area; city sewer and water available.

MLS 2073057 $189,900

Temperance Lodge

3BR, 3BA units with great Lake Superior views.

L a ke S u p e r i o r V i e w

Quality, quality, and more quality. 1BR, 1BA unit with walkout comfort to enjoy your lake patio. Outstanding architecture by John Howe (a Frank Lloyd Wright student).

MLS 2308732 $195,000

Com m e r c ia l

MLS 6019246

Bloomquist Mtn. Rd 5.8A - $44,900 10 miles east of Grand Marais with power at theproperty, driveway, and several building sites partiall cleared!

MLS 2303330

Silver Fox Rd - $69,900

Year round 5+A east of town. Utilities are all available. Mature trees, rolling topography, a babbling creek.

MLS 2313029

County Rd 67 - $69,900

4.16 A with the lake so close you can see the waves rolling in to the state-owned shoreline, right across the street.

The Attic

Established year round business in downtown Grand Marais right in the center of the action for the numerous festivals and events that take place in summer. Great opportunity!

MLS 6020856 $239,900

Harbor Light Restaurant

Restaurant in prime location, on top of the hill with frontage on Hwy 61 in Grand Marais 2 A with, maximum exposure as tourists flock to town. Incredible amountof commercial equipment!

MLS 2308815 $259,900

108 Gunflint Trail

4BR, 2BA home right on the Gunflint Trail. This lot is commercially zoned with great visible location at the beginning of the Gunflint Trail. 2.5 car garage could be converted to retail space.

MLS 2161688 $219,900

MLS 2212837

E Hwy 61 - $58,900

6.84A of beautiful Lake Superior vistas, driveway already in, great building sites.

MLS 6020737

Murphy Mtn Rd - $59,900

5A, close to town. Surveyed, pins are all clearly marked, utilities in place and septic sites identified.

MLS 2309311

Raven Feather Rd - $124,900

6.65A with views of Alligator Rock just west of Grand Marais. Federal land to the west.

MLS 6020315


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Nelson Trail

Motivated sellers. All 3 homes are rented. Part of this property is zoned SCI and part is zoned Permanent Residence. Do the math, it works!!!!

MLS 2309003 $100,000

Tire and Auto Lodge

This business is a known and respected source for repair and tires. Proven business opportunity with a convenient place to live. Truly turnkey with employees.

MLS 2313286 $549,000 cbnorthshore61 Coldwell Banker North Shore Check out OUR BLOG at ColdwellBanker NorthShore.

Homes & Cabins

319 E 2nd Ave

Older home in the city has been redone into a triplex with an excellent rental history. Here’s your chance to own a house to live in that also has regular income potential.

MLS 2313091 $165,000

481 Co Rd 60

3BR, 4BA on 20A with amazing views of Lake Superior. Only minutes from town, abuts state land on the north. Energy efficient, in floor heat, gourmet kitchen. and huge detached garage!

MLS 2313295 $489,000

176 Camp 15 Loop

160A with 180+ degree views of the surrounding foothills. Very diverse forest... spruce bogs, cedar swamps, healthy birch groves, spruce, fir and healthy white pine. Owner/agent.

MLS 2312330 $149,900

120 Brule Valley Tr

61 Mort Meadow Rd

723 County Rd 6

415 E 4th Ave

4BR, 2BA home on 40A with private pond. Gourmet kitchen, LR with plush carpets and double-sided gas fireplace.. Master BR suite has fireplace, whirlpool tub, quartz vanity and large walk-in closet.

Lovely 3BR, 2BA home, centrally located in Grand Marais. Updated kitchen with stainless appliances. Large deck overlooking the landscaped yard, big trees and gardens, and BIG detached garage.

Quality built 2BR home on 11A close to town. 1320’ frontage on the Munker Creek, Open floor plan and plenty of sunlight. Walk-out basement with work bench & tons of storage.

MLS 2313206 $498,500

MLS 2309319 $265,000 Pending

MLS 6020800 $285,000

45 Casper Hill Rd

328 Ball Club Rd

Remote and rustic 22.80A with custom built cedar timber frame cabin. Set on a ridge overlooking beaver pond. Deeded access to Lost Lake and private landing on the Brule River.

2BR open concept, year round home tucked away in the woods on 5A. Detached 2 car garage with workshop; 2BR guest cabin, lovely perennial gardens, mature trees and lots of wildlife.

Charming cabin on 20A, about 15 minutes from GM. Close to great fishing lakes, the cabin overlooks a delightful pond that is a magnet for deer, moose and other wildlife.

MLS 2282069 $74,900

MLS 2234351 $229,900

MLS 6002565 $129,900

407 4th Ave E

2BR, 4BA completely re-done, inside and out. Wood floors, in floor heat, granite counter tops and center island. Space for a home business attached. The space offers so many possibilities

MLS 6019858 $289,000 Pending

Inland Lake Lots Tom Lake

Year round, 1.10A, 171’ shore, nicely wooded, driveway and cleared building site.

MLS 6020381 $54,900

260 County Rd 48

3-4BR home on 7.66A. Lake Superior views, landscaped yard, raised garden beds, huge deck. Full basement with plenty of space for a workshop and family room just 5 minutes from town.

MLS 2276062 $259,900


22 Lima Grade Rd

Year round 3BR, 2BA home on 1.6A. Feels remote, has wonderful privacy yet has power, well and septic. Well kept meandering path through public land to your own personal canoe launch spot.

MLS 2308901 $164,900

Year round, 1.3A, 200’ shore. Nice gentle walking trail down to lake.

MLS 6004165 $69,900 Heavily wooded with year-round access. 112’ shore on county maintained road.

MLS 2313184 $114,900

7249 Hwy 61 - Tofte

MLS 2313058 $144,900 cbnorthshore61 Coldwell Banker North Shore

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169’ shore, on 3.70A, mid trail location, with public access to other lakes nearby.

MLS 2309112 $134,500

Poplar Lake

Convenient mid-trail location with deeded lakeshore access. Building site cleared, driveway in, utilities available.

MLS 2158160 $52,500

Two Island 5+ A of wooded land with 500+’ of shorelineand state land on two sides! Year round access; great recreational area.

Private 34+A, 600’ of shore, surveyed and septic sites are id’d. Will consider owner financing to a qualified buyer.

MLS 6019671 $89,900

MLS 6020848 $149,900

Birch Lake

3.7A, 200’ of accessible shoreline. Healthy tree coverage; abuts federal land to the south for added privacy

Heavily wooded 1.54A, 150’ of frontage on great trout lake. Direct, year round access off the Gunflint Trail.

MLS 2309173 $179,900

MLS 2183859 $99,900

Devil Track Lake

Beautiful lake lot on 2A and over 150’ of shore. Nicely wooded, close to town. Tons of recreational activities nearby.

Kemo Lake Well-built 4BR home with Lake Superior views, on 2A of level, commercially zoned land. 32’ x 40’ garage makes this the perfect site for small business expansion, studio and workshop space.

Leo Lake

One of only 4 lots on south shore. Private 2.34A with 200’ frontage on excellent trout lake!

MLS 2313219 $139,900

Pike Lake

MLS 2306066 $199,900 Heavily wooded with 112’ shore. Property is on a county maintained road for use all year long.

MLS 2313184 $114,900

Squint Lake

Nicely wooded 2.13A with some lovely old White Pine trees! Excellent Mid-Gunflint Trail location, 221’shore, gentle topography AND directly abutting USFS for added privacy

Chester Lake

MLS 2308814 $79,900

MLS 2308852 $149,900

The only private parcel on Chester Lake. One of a kind opportunity! 40A, 300’ frontage! Rough cabin sold “as is”

Lar ge Acr eage 110A W Highway 61 - $649,900

110A wooded, year round land with multiple zoning.

120A Reason Rd - $109,900

MLS 2164180

wooded with trails, wildlife and State land on 2 sides. 1.5 miles from public Tom Lake boat landing

200A Camp 12 Rd - $159,900

MLS 2308497

Surrounded by state and federal land. Mature trees, gently rolling topography.

43A County Road 7 - $299,900

80A Forest Rd 304 - $159,900

Murmur Creek - $99,900

MLS 2220186

MLS 6020470

MLS 2308960

of maples, spruce and balsam, Durfee Creek and beaver ponds. Bordered on two sides by public lands

101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Seasonal Lake Superior views, multiple zoning, electric at road.

MLS 2170711

120A of excellent hunting land located south and east of Deer Yard Lake! Abuts Govt land on three sides.

(218) 387-2131

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Land Silver Fox Rd

5A of northwoods privacy with all modern conveniences about 8 minutes from town. Gently rolling with some very attractive building sites. Abuts government land.

MLS 2313028 $39,900

Pike Lake Rd

Wooded 4+A near Pike Lake! Nicely elevated build sites, survey in place and septic sites identified

MLS 6019339 $33,900

Cross country skiers, hikers; this property is connected to the Pincushion Cross Country Ski Trail system with the Little Devil Track River flowing through it

MLS 2313364 $69,000

Solberg Lane

W Hwy 61

Gunflint Trail

Great location and development opportunities right off Hwy 61! 7.1A Commercial lot (Zoned Commercial and R-1). Additional acreage of R-1 behind. Agent Owned.

20A close to town but is definitely off-the-grid for a real North Woods getaway. Nicely elevated with the possibility of solar and wind power. Rustic outhouse and bunkhouse cabin on the site.

E Hwy 61

Schoolhouse Road

78 Squint Lake Rd

Diagonal Rd

MLS 2170380 $149,900

10A close to town. This parcel will be surveyed and have septic sites confirmed

MLS 6019135 $49,900

MLS 2239163 $72,500

Conveniently located near public access to Lake Superior, Kadunce Wayside, Kadunce River, Superior Hiking Trail and more.

MLS 2299762 $18,000

5A surrounded on 2 sides by government land. Convenient midtrail location.

20A, not-so-remote remote parcel. Year round access to within a few yards. Septic sites identified. Great mixture of tree cover as well as highlands and wetlands.

County Rd 7

Rosebush Hill Lane

MLS 2286018 $27,500

MLS 6020283 $62,900

4018 County Rd 14

10-20A nicely wooded year round lots. Electricity and phone, abuts Federal land providing access to incredible amount of land.

MLS 2308865 $44,900 - $74,900

5A to build your home or cabin, close to town. Close to Pike Lake and has lots of wildlife!

MLS 2308972 $49,900

North Rd

20A, very private, year round access. Power, phone and broadband available at the road!!

MLS 2313046 $39,900

Coyote Ridge

Three 5A, private, beautifully wooded parcels close to town. Babbling, gurgling creek for your boundary.

MLS 2313282 $45,000 - $65,000

Wooded 5A, with seasonal Lake Superior Views! Nice mix of trees and quality build sites.

MLS 2309120 $74,900

Beautifully wooded 7.7A, wonderful views of Lake Superior. Septic and building site id’d.

MLS 6019917 $69,900

Oversize lot on Co Rd 7 but inside the city. The obvious benefits of broadband and other services.

Nicely wooded 5.40A with shared driveway only minutes from town. Identified septic sites and fully surveyed! Approx. 430’ of creek frontage. OWNER will consider a Contract for Deed!

MLS 2232494 $49,900

Camp 20 Rd

200+ A of land, abutting State and Federal land. Mature trees, gently rolling topography.

MLS 6020847 $159,900

40A off of the Irish Creek Road. Land is surrounded by State Land for added privacy.

MLS 6020846 $42,900

MLS 2313107 $65,000

Roman’s Rd

Close to Devil Track Lake and lots of recreational activities. 1.72A

MLS 2173907 $29,900

Pick your own floorings, colors, materials! Borman Construction will build 2BR,1BA home on 5A.

MLS 2309117 $315,000


Poplar Lake

McFarland Lake



Poplar Lake

Two Island

Year-round, custom built, 4BR home on 4+A. 275’ of shore with dock in a secluded bay. Vaulted ceilings, log beams, lots of woodwork. Screen porch on full, walk-out lower level.

2BR full cedar log cabin with over 300 feet of shore! Cathedral ceilings, wood floors, LOTS of windows overlooking the lake, ¾ bath and gas appliances. Complete yearround generator/solar panel system.

Turn-key northwoods cabin with 375’ shore. Situated on a peninsula meaning your shoreline is doubled! The dock is a perfect spot to catch some fish while taking in the sunsets.

Spectacular Island Property! 2 vacation homes, each has 2BR, spacious kitchen, cathedral ceilings, lots of glass and a breathtaking view of the lake.

MLS 6019286 $649,900

MLS 2308749 $349,900

MLS 6019670 $237,500

MLS 2299866 $589,500

Poplar Lake

Charming 2BR cabin tucked away in the trees with cozy northwoods feel. 1.5A, 156' of shore, nice-sized deck and great views of the lake, with BWCAW access. Solid rental history.

MLS 6019270 $239,900 cbnorthshore61 Coldwell Banker North Shore Tom Lake

McFarland Lake

2BR fully furnished cabin, off grid with propane lights, heat and fridge. 220’ of shore with boat house. Nicely wooded lot, easy access to the lake and excellent water clarity.

2BR cabin with large loft on 3.21A and 151’ of shore. Beautiful kitchen; large center island and granite countertops. LR has high, vaulted ceilings, free standing fireplace, and doors to deck and covered porch.

MLS 2313186 $129,900

MLS 6020818 $249,900

Iron Lake

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Poplar Lake

Year round 2BR cabin is nestled in a beautiful pine forest on 1.43A with 150’ shore. Knotty-pine woodwork, large screened-in porch and woodstove. Carry-down access to lake = lake privacy!.

Quintessential inland lake 2BR cabin on 200’shore with BWCAW access. Cabin is being sold completely furnished so all you have to do is bring food and linens.

MLS 2309102 $149,900

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MLS 6019066 $250,000

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101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

BOB CARTER 370-8459


(218) 387-2131

RICK AUSTIN 388-9434

ERIC FROST 370-1362

(800) 732-2131

Thinking of Real Estate in Northern Minnesota? Voted One of Minnesota Magazine’s Best Real Estate Professionals 2015 NEW G IN LIST

600+ of Lake Superior Shoreline

40 acres yet Miles of Views

Askov 80 Acres 5 Bed & Office

Build on Lake Superior

Windows Galore - Hovland

Driveway & Power in.

Auto shop on site, Trails Galore,

Hovland - 8 ac - 460’ Shoreline


MLS# 6016038

Isabella- Mitawan Lake w/dock 1.46 Ac, Shared Septic/Well $49,9999 MLS# 6019242

$149,999 MLS# 6017677


MLS# 6018201


MLS# 6015948

Lake Superior- Grand Marais

Two Harbors- Marble Lake

Stunning views of Superior

3+ ac, Cleared, Power, Electric

1 Bed, 1Ba Cabin, plus Camper

3 Bed, 4Ba Townhouse - Tofte

$349,999 MLS# 6017106

$189,000 Non MLS- Call for info


MLS# 6016921


Park Point- Duluth

Details at every corner! UNDER CONTRACT

$1,250,000- 2 Bedrooms, Office, Elevator, Sand Beach- Non MLS

Custom Built Home 11+ Acres, Workshop, Writers Studio, Horses Arena 4 car garage in Grand Marais $749,999 MLS# 6017587


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Talk to Terry! Terry R. Backlund Broker/Owner

Lori A. Backlund Real Estate Agent

Phone: 218-387-1501 Cell: 218-370-8977 79 CTY RD 44 GRAND MARAIS


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200 Ft Lake Shore on 5 Acres MLS# 2291631 Price: $99,950

10 Acres 24 x 24 Garage w/ Well 500+ sq. ft. loft apt. MLS# 6020736 Price: $119,990

10 Acre Parcel Priced Right MLS# 6020888 Price: $59,000

3400+ sq. ft., Fireplace,, 3 Car Garage, Horse Barn, 4+ Acres 200 ft. lakeshore MLS# 6020291 Price: $329,000

1200+ sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2 baths MLS# 6020345 Price: $134,900






1088 sq. ft. w/ Front Porch 2 Bedroom 1 Bath on Corner Lot MLS# TBD Price: $179,900

Location, Location, Location 4+ Bedroom 2 Bath MLS# 2313355 Price: $184,900

3 Bedroom 1 Bath 5 Acres Like new interior MLS# 6019508 Price: $172,500

10.87 Acres Commercial Light Industrial - Investment Property MLS# 6019561 Price: $395,000

11 acre Lake Superior View MLS#6019898 Price: $69,900





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Sale g n Pendi Commercial Opportunity 2000+ sq. ft. main level and 2 apartments on 2nd level. Large lot. MLS# 2309298 Price: $479,500

Amazing cottage tucked in the maples. Wrap around deck and sauna on 20 acres MLS# 2313260 Price: $137,500

3.34 Acre lot. Priced right and ready for your dream home. MLS# 6020307 Price: $39,000

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Rustic 596 sq. ft. cabin w/loft 173’ ft. lakeshore. Sauna and Shed Included MLS# 2313251 Price: $99,900

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Wood Duck Last spring, I set my blind up on a small pond just off of the Pike Lake Road near Grand Marais. Wood ducks occasionally use this pond in the early spring. I was very fortunate to have about a dozen wood ducks fly in when the morning light was perfect for photographs. Male wood ducks are one of the most colorful of all Minnesota wildlife.—Paul Sundberg NORTHERN  NORTHERN  WILDS WILDS MARCH APRIL 2016





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