Northern Wilds July 2018

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Fisherman’s Picnic August 1-5 Grand Marais, MN Getting Around

$8/van within the Grand Marais area until 9 pm. Call or text Harriet Quarles at 218-370-9164


11 AM-1 PM Old Timer Gathering – Senior Ctr., 10 N B’way 5-6:30 PM Grand Marais Lioness Buffet Dinner & Silent Auction at

St. John’s Catholic Church, 5th St. & B’way Ave. Silent Auction bids 5-6:30 pm. Dinner is served buffet style. $15 per plate for adults, $7 per plate for children under 12

THURSDAY, August 2

9 AM-3 PM Crazy Daze Sales – Visit local merchants around town 9 AM-4 PM Cook County Craft Market – E Wisconsin St. 10 AM-5 PM Kiddy Rides Open Senior Ctr. Parking Lot – 10 N B’way 11 AM Fishburger Stand Opens – Harbor Park 11 AM-UNTIL FOUND “Medallion Hunt” – Clues & rules at Dairy

Queen, $100 prize to the first person to find it. Sponsored by Dairy Queen

11 AM-12:30 PM Joe Paulik – Harbor Park Stage NOON Bingo Tent Opens – Parking lot adjacent to Grandma Ray’s,

1st Ave. W & Hwy 61 1-2:30 PM Maria Nickolay – Harbor Park Stage 2 PM Free Guided Tour of the Cook County School Campus Includes Elementary, Middle & High Schools. Meet at the Main Entrance. Alumni & visitors welcome. Note: new additions to the school may still be under construction.

3-6 PM Clearwater Hot Club – Harbor Park Stage 5-7 PM Library Friends Members Only Book Sale Memberships sold one hour before sale. – Cook County Community Ctr., 317 W 5th St.

7-9:30 PM Grand Marais Playhouse, “Shrek The Musical” – The

Arrowhead Ctr. for the Arts, 51 W 5th St. 7-10 PM Street Dance: Common Ground – Harbor Park Stage

FRIDAY, August 3

7-11 AM Pancake Breakfast, $9 for adult & $5 child (12 & under)

8 AM-4 PM Library Friends of Cook County Annual Book Sale – Cook County Community Ctr., 317 W 5th St. 9 AM-3 PM Crazy Daze Sales – Visit local merchants around town 9 AM-4 PM Cook County Craft Market – E Wisconsin St. 10 AM-5 PM Vendor & Craft Show – 1st Ave. W 10 AM-5 PM Fun Games & Inflatables – Wisconsin St. 10:30 AM Lumberjack Show & Interactive Lumberjack Camp – West End Wisconsin St. 10:30 AM-5 PM Open Log Rolling $5 to roll, all ages – 2nd Ave W Sponsored by North Shore Title, Grand Marais State Bank, Wunderbar & Glampground, Glenn Peterson Construction, Studio 61 & Northstar Cabling

10 AM-4 PM Blacksmith Demonstrations & Tours – Bally’s Blacksmith Shop, corner of B’way & 1st St. Free & open to the public 10 AM-5 PM Kiddy Rides Open – Senior Ctr. Parking Lot, 10 N B’way 11 AM Fishburger Stand Opens – Harbor Park 11 AM-12:30 PM Joe Paulik – Harbor Park Stage 11:30 AM World’s Best Donut Bingo – Donut Shop, corner of Wisconsin St. & B’way Ave. Sponsored by the World’s Best Donut Shop NOON Bingo Opens – Parking lot adjacent to Grandma Ray’s, 1st Ave. W & Hwy 61


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– West End Wisconsin St.

2 PM Free Guided Tour of the Cook County School Campus

Includes Elementary, Middle & High Schools. Meet at the Main Entrance.

Alumni & visitors welcome.


3 PM DQ Upsidedownright Thick Blizzard Race Max. of 10 teams

with up to 4 racers each, pick up register form at Dairy Queen prior to race – 2nd Ave. W Sponsored by Dairy Queen 3 PM-4:30 PM CCHS Alumni Baseball Game registration, $30 fee includes jersey – Cook County High School Ball Field 3-6 PM Bug House – Harbor Park Stage 4 PM Lumberjack Show & Interactive Lumberjack Camp – West End Wisconsin St. 5 PM CCHS Alumni Baseball Game – Cook County High School Ball Field, behind school 5 PM Senior & Adult Tennis Matches – High School Tennis Court 6-6:30 PM Minnesota State Loon Calling Championship: Preliminary Round – Harbor Park Stage 7-9 PM Grand Marais Playhouse, “Mom’s Gift” – The Arrowhead Ctr. for the Arts, 51 W 5th St., 7-10 PM Street Dance: Plucked Up String Band – Harbor Park Stage



SATURDAY, August 4 *

7:30-8:50 AM Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run registration Pincushion Mountain Trail – 2 mi. north off Gunflint Trail, Co. Rd 12 - 9 AM Pre-teen, 8 yrs & under – ¼ Mile, 9-12 yrs – 1 Mile - 9:45 AM 5 Mile Walk/Run - 9:50 AM 3 Mile Non-Competitive Walk Entry fee: Pre-register $25 in advance for 5mi run/walk until 5 pm August 3rd, $30 race day, $10 children, $15 3-Mile Walk. (no awards or race numbers) Pre-registration at 7-11 AM Pancake Breakfast $9 for adult & $5 child (12 & under) – Community Ctr., 317 W 5th St. Proceeds support Early Childhood Programming 8 AM-12 PM Library Friends Bag Sale by donations – Cook County Community Ctr., 317 W 5th St. 8 AM Men’s Slow Pitch Softball – Pappy Wright Field & Rec Park Ball Field 8 AM Senior & Adult Tennis Matches – High School Tennis Courts 9 AM-10 AM Zumba Class – Harbor Park 9 AM-4 PM Cook County Craft Market – E Wisconsin St. 9 AM Hoopin’ in the Harbor registration 3-on-3 Tournament – Wisconsin St. 9:30 AM Hoopin’ in the Harbor 3-on-3 Tournament – Wisconsin St. 10 AM Grand Marais Playhouse performing songs from “Shrek The Musical” – Harbor Park Stage 10 AM Minnesota State Logrolling Championship Professionals & Amateurs Tournament Must have previous log rolling experience. Warm-up before each age bracket – 2nd Ave. W Sponsored by North Shore





Title, Grand Marais State Bank, Wunderbar & Glampground, Glenn Peterson Construction, Studio 61 & Northstar Cabling

10 AM-4 PM Blacksmith Demonstration & Tours – Bally’s Blacksmith Shop, corner of B’way & 1st St. Free & open to the public. 10 AM-5 PM Vendor & Craft Show– 1st Ave. W 10 AM-5 PM Fun Games & Inflatables – Wisconsin St. 10 AM-5 PM Kiddy Rides Open – Senior Ctr. Parking Lot, 10 N B’way 10 AM-5 PM Dunk Tank – Harbor Park Proceeds support the YMCA 10:30 AM Lumberjack Show & Interactive Lumberjack Camp – West End Wisconsin St. 11 AM Fishburger Stand Opens – Harbor Park 11 AM-12:30 PM North Shore Swing Band – Harbor Park Stage NOON Bingo Tent Opens – Parking lot Grandma Ray’s, 1st Ave. W & Hwy 61 NOON Minnow Races – Beaver House, Corner of B’way Ave. & Wisc. St. NOON Cross Cut Saw Competition Registration – Lions Info Booth, Wisconsin St. & 1st Ave. W 12:30 PM Cross Cut Competition – Wisconsin St.



Sponsored by Hedstrom Lumber Co.


1-2:30 PM Michael Monroe –Harbor Park Stage 1-4 PM Mask Making – Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 W 3rd Ave. 1:30 PM Lumberjack Show & Interactive Lumberjack Camp – West End Wisconsin St.

* Wisconsin St. Sponsored by Sven & Ole’s

2 PM Pickle Herring Eating Contest – Sven & Ole’s Restaurant, 2:30 PM Citizen of the Year Award – Harbor Park Stage 2:30 PM Pizza Eating Contest – Sven & Ole’s Restaurant,


Wisconsin St. Sponsored by Sven & Ole’s 2:30-5 PM Kids Tractor Pull (ages 4-11) – Wisconsin St.


4 PM Lumberjack Show & Interactive Lumberjack Camp – West End Wisconsin St. 4:30 PM Rock Skipping Contest (all ages) – Harbor Park 5-7 PM Raku Firing – Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 W 3rd Ave. 5:30-6 PM Minnesota State Loon Calling Championship Finals – Harbor Park Stage 6 PM “Crazy Days of Summer” Rock Painting Contest winners announced – Harbor Park Stage Sponsored by Joynes Ben Franklin 6:10 PM Cutest Puppy Contest – Harbor Park Stage




Sponsored by Dog Haus

7-9:30 PM Grand Marais Playhouse, “Shrek The Musical” – The

Arrowhead Ctr. for the Arts, 51 W 5th St.,

7-10 PM Street Dance: SplinterTones – Harbor Park Stage 9:45 PM Fireworks over the Harbor

SUNDAY, August 5 *

8 AM Men’s Slow Pitch Softball – Pappy Wright Field & Rec Park Ball Field 8 AM Senior & Adults Tennis Matches – High School Tennis Courts 9:30 AM Waterfront Worship – Harbor Park Stage 11 AM Fishburger Stand Opens – Harbor Park 11 AM-5 PM Vendor & Craft Show – 1st Ave. W 11:45 AM Fish Contest Winners Announced – Harbor Park Stage NOON Bingo Tent Opens – Parking lot adjacent to Grandma Ray’s, 1st Ave. W & Hwy 61 NOON-1 PM Gillis & Stamps – Harbor Park Stage 1 PM Fisherman’s Picnic Parade – Downtown Grand Marais


Route starts at Elementary School Parking Lot, down B’way Ave. Right on Wisconsin St. & ends at Hwy 61

2 PM Minnesota State Professional Logrolling Finals – 2nd Ave. W Sponsored by North Shore Title, Grand Marais State Bank, Wunderbar & Glampground, Glenn Peterson Construction, Studio 61 & Northstar Cabling


2 PM Men’s Slow Pitch Tournament Finals – Pappy Wright Ball Field 2 PM-5 PM Kiddy Rides Open – Senior Ctr. Parking Lot, 10 N B’way 2-2:30 PM Shriner’s Band – Harbor Park 2:45-3:15 PM Bagpipers – Harbor Park 3-5 PM Grand Marais Playhouse, “Mom’s Gift” – The Arrowhead Ctr. for the Arts, 51 W 5th St.,


3:30 PM Lion’s Fish Toss – Wisconsin St. (sign up at Lions info. booth) 5 PM Grand Prize Drawing $10,000 Info Booth – corner of

Wisconsin St. & 1st Ave. W 6-7 PM Prize Winners Posted – Info Booth

Prizes can be claimed at Info Booth on Sunday night. Starting at 10 am Monday morning, prizes can be picked up at the Cook County News Herald – 1st Ave. W

Big Fish Contest*


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– Cook County Community Ctr., 317 W 5th St. Proceeds support Early

Childhood Programming


NOON Minnow Races – Beaver House, Corner of Wisc. St. & B’way Ave. 1-5 PM Dunk Tank – Harbor Park Proceeds support the YMCA 1-2:30 PM Michael Monroe – Harbor Park Stage 1:30 PM Lumberjack Show & Interactive Lumberjack Camp

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3-5:30 PM South 71 Trio – Harbor Park Stage 3:30 PM Winners announced for Minnesota State Logrolling Championship Amateurs Only Tournament – 2nd Ave. W gran .e-clubhou w w w the d_ma : t i s i V , Mo rais e l u st up-to-date sched

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Afloat for the summer In the Northern Wilds, the summer boating season is short and oh so sweet. While avid anglers and paddlers get on the water as early as April, the peak of the boating season is right now, when air and water temperatures are warm enough for pure enjoyment. That’s why places like the Boundary Waters are so busy at this time of year. People have lived beside and travelled on the water here for millennia, today we are more likely to boat for pleasure than for practical reasons. Interestingly, we keep discovering new ways to enjoy the water. As you see by the facial expression of the little fellow on the cover of this issue, being towed behind a motorboat is a fun one. Other folks get their kicks from kayaks and stand up paddleboards. You’ll likely find a canoe or fishing boat or both in most backyards around here; not to mention cruisers, sailboats, kickboats, runabouts, float tubes and you name it.

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Inside this issue you’ll find a few stories about boating in the Northern Wilds. Felicia Schneiderhan, in her first story for Northern Wilds, tells us about boating with children on Lake Superior. On the other end of the boating scale, Joe Friedrichs takes a look at stand up paddleboarding on Superior and inland waters. Elle Andra-Warner recalls the Neebing River Boat Club, which is part of Thunder Bay’s history. She also writes of the Alexander Henry, a retired Canadian Coast Guard cutter that is opening for tours in Thunder Bay this summer.

Boats can take you places. Casey Fitchett took the ferry to Isle Royale for a backpacking adventure. Paddling deep into the Quetico-Superior wilderness, Michael Furtman uses his canoe to search for ancient pictographs. Mike Creger writes of a boat-builder who carried his boat to a Duluth beach for its maiden launch. Offshore from Duluth, Ali Juten introduces us to a young charter captain who was literally born into the business of fishing. If all of this time on the water makes you hungry, Maren Webb can suggest some popular food trucks. You can top off that meal with Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux’s recipe for homemade blueberry pie. If you’d like a walleye dinner, Gord Ellis has advice for catching the fixins. For those who don’t fish, naturalist Emily Stone introduces us to other aquatic creatures. July is the month for art festivals, for which Breana Roy provided a roundup that includes some of the works you may see. Matt Nesheim introduces us to The Cuckoo Bees, a young duo out of Duluth. In Lutsen, Rae Poynter meets a woman who has spent years crafting a Norwegian bunad. In Atikokan, Julia Prinselaar tells us about Lac La Croix ponies, which native people say have been part of the northern landscape forever. Speaking of forever, Joe Friedrichs says goodbye to cell phones. We’ll let him explain why. And with that, let your reading begin.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt

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The kids have snacks in the saloon. | FELICIA SCHNEIDERHAN

It’s a family boat NORTH SHORE—The lake was calm and we had plenty of time. On our cruise from Grand Marais to Thunder Bay, we stopped for an overnight anchorage at the Susie Islands. We checked the charts and found a sweet little alcove that could handle the four-foot draft of our boat, Mazurka. We maneuvered in, dropped anchor, and brought snacks to the bow. Our three kids, ages six, four and two, were overjoyed. We were the only people on the Big Lake, ready to explore this new-found country. We took the Zodiac raft to the beach, skipped rocks, hiked and discovered blueberries that a week later would be ripe. Maybe we’d be back for them. But who knew? We were on an adventure.

Coming into the Grand Marais Harbor. | FELICIA SCHNEIDERHAN second hand store—new to them and only kept on the boat. We stock up on games and books and put the screens away. We need their eyes on the water: fishing nets can appear out of nowhere, along with deadheads, and the depth can change quickly. Everybody gets a turn at the helm (especially the babies).

Twelve years ago, my husband Mark and I lived year-round on our 38-foot trawler in downtown Chicago. When we moved to Duluth, the wide open expanse of Lake Superior called to us. Then we had a kid. And another and another. Boating Lake Superior with three kids? Were we crazy? It’s not without its challenges, but the rewards are as wide and adventurous as the water. Cruising the North Shore requires a precarious blend of patience, insight, and sheer go-for-it glee. Funny how these are the exact traits required for parenting. We dock Mazurka at Knife River, an ideal marina for families, and a jumping-off point to explore the lake. Everything is easy to get to by foot, bike or stroller. Finding agates at the beach, running at the rec center field and playground, hiking the spur to the Superior Hiking Trail, and of course—visiting Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen. The marina is small and fellow boaters are friendly to kids. But even the marina is not without its risks. Six years ago, when we had a twoyear-old and a newborn baby, our son was climbing out of the boat and onto the dock when he fell in. He was not wearing a life jacket. Within seconds we were all in the water, trying to find him; he swam under the dock and right to his dad, who safely got him out. It was a terrifying three minutes, and these days we all but superglue those PFDs to our kids. (We keep them in the van and they put them on the second

Learning to skip rocks at Sleeping Giant. | FELICIA SCHNEIDERHAN we get out of the vehicle. They must keep them on at all times; the only exception is when they are inside the saloon.)

ducks don’t have teeth?” He paused, gauging my response, before adding, “Do you know how I know that?”

Boating changes our roles—from parents and kids to captain and crew. Everyone must help: tearing off the shrinkwrap in spring, washing dishes in the galley, scrubbing the deck, looking out for buoys and nets. We work together in a different way, and it’s thrilling to see how excited our kids get when they learn something new in a whole new world.

Ah, Grand Marais—is there a kinder place to visit by water? Our first trip to the artists’ haven was after a week at Isle Royale. It has such a calm, chill atmosphere with the right amount of culture to ease us back into civilization. We bike together, hike out to Artist’s Point, pick rocks at the beach, and spend way too long looking at the toys at Joynes Ben Franklin.

Nothing is quite like seeing Split Rock Lighthouse from the water for the first time.

It can be a long haul along that northern coast—13 hours from Knife River to Grand Marais in a trawler going seven knots top speed. Keeping kids occupied can be tricky. Snacks are key, and every year we get a big bin of toys from the

At the Grand Marais marina, our fouryear-old son told me, “Did you know

When we eventually reach that remote anchorage or far-off marina, there’s a new world to explore. Two summers ago we took our first international cruise into Thunder Bay and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Prince Arthur’s Landing is a great place for kids with its lakefront path, outdoor sculpture garden, live entertainment, playground and the splash pad. A short walk from the marina, you can find the children’s museum and restaurants. Public transportation is easy to navigate; we took our kids on the city bus to the Toys R Us. As we stood waiting for the bus back to the marina, a kind couple took pity on our crew with three young kids and a stroller, and drove us back to the marina. Nothing like Thunder Bay hospitality for the weary travelers. A short trek across the bay took us to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, where we dropped anchor near the neck and hiked all day, finding thimbleberries the size of golf balls. Being on a boat with kids takes more planning—we’re not able to make seat-ofthe-pants decisions like we once did. But as Dave Tersteeg, Grand Marais harbor master put so eloquently, “It’s a family boat.”—Felicia Schneiderhan


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Gooseberry Falls State Park adds interactive exhibits and app TWO HARBORS— New, interactive exhibits installed in the visitor center at Gooseberry Falls State Park along the North Shore are designed to give people a better understanding of the park features, according to the Minnesota DNR. And a new mobile app, Gooseberry Falls Go, connects key elements in the exhibits to actual examples in the park. A topographic map table visitors can touch helps them orient to the park. They can slide a lever to see how dramatically the color and volume of water in the waterfalls can change. And they can touch the rocks in the geology exhibit. “The exhibit also highlights the Gooseberry River’s watershed, providing a sense of place and greater understanding the role watersheds play in our lives,” said Carolyn Rock, the park naturalist. “Once visitors have seen the exhibits, they can then continue learning out on the trails with the companion Gooseberry Falls Go app.” Park staff expect the wolf diorama at the entrance to the exhibits to be a popular backdrop for selfies.

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The app is available free from Apple and Android app stores. It uses a “GeoAlert” function to notify hikers with sound or vibration as they approach points of interest, such as rock formations and historic sites, along various routes within the park. For example: The one-mile CCC Camp Route explores park history and has hikers imagine what life was like for the members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, who built the park between 1934 and 1941. The two-mile Gitchi Gummi Route highlights the great views of Lake Superior and diverse habitats (i.e. for a nesting colony of gulls) on the park’s oldest trail. Shorter routes for kids include tree and rock identification activities. The Gooseberry Stroll route is wide, paved and accessible. “Once you download the Gooseberry Falls Go app to your smart phone, you can take the interpretive route of your choice, and you can go at your own pace,” Rock said. “The app will help you notice things you might not otherwise have noticed, like a live naturalist would.” The exhibits and the mobile app were made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.


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Gooseberry Falls State Park has a free mobile app that notifies hikers when they approach points of interest. | SUBMITTED A $100,000 matching grant was provided by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program is a voluntary federal-state partnership that directs federal dollars to fund local access, enhancement and protection projects along the inland coast of Lake Superior. “We’re very grateful to NOAA for their generous support,” Rock said. “The Gooseberry Falls Go app and the new exhibits in the visitor center will give people who stop to see the falls a reason to stay and explore other parts of the park.” For more information, visit:

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West Nile virus monitoring in ruffed grouse ST. PAUL— A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. “In the Great Lakes region, West Nile virus has been found in a small number of grouse with no known population-level effects at this point,” said Charlotte Roy, grouse project leader with the Minnesota DNR. “Still, we want to let hunters know we’re in the first steps of monitoring the virus, and we’re planning to do some limited testing of birds this fall.” In 2017, West Nile virus was identified in more ruffed grouse in Michigan than in the past. The virus has been present in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for about 17 years. West Nile virus has been documented in more than 250 species of birds; however, not all birds develop clinical disease from the virus. Corvids (including blue jays and crows) are very prone to illness and death from the virus, while other species may be less so or may not develop symptoms at all. Last year, Michigan had 12 positive cases of West Nile virus in ruffed grouse. Prior to 2017, only one positive ruffed grouse had been found in Michigan, and that was in 2002. The virus was confirmed in one ruffed grouse in the early 2000s in Minnesota, and is yet to have been detected in a Wisconsin ruffed grouse. West Nile virus in ruffed grouse has become a topic of concern because of a recent study in Pennsylvania reporting that the virus may have contributed to population declines in areas of lower-quality habitat or where habitat was scarce. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are in the early stages of planning to test samples from grouse this fall, but at this point there is no evidence that the virus is having a population-level impact in the Great Lakes region. “By monitoring birds at a regional level, we will be able to gain a better understanding of this disease in ruffed grouse,” said Kelly Straka, state wildlife veterinarian with the Michigan DNR.

Ruffed grouse are hunted annually by around 300,000 hunters across the three states. Preliminary reports from 2017 hunters were mixed across the Great Lakes region. While the virus could impact brood survival of grouse, other factors such as cold, wet springs during nesting and hatching; drought conditions; or habitat decline can also affect birds seen and harvested. Biologists in the region are optimistic that the great habitat for ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes states will help populations thrive despite the virus. “We are looking to hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to help us in this endeavor,”

said Mark Witecha, upland wildlife ecologist with the Wisconsin DNR. “This is an excellent example of agencies and organizations taking a proactive approach and working together to expand our knowledge about WNV and ruffed grouse.”

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North Shore Adventure Park plans for bigger attractions SILVER BAY—The North Shore Adventure Park is negotiating with partners for a new aerial ropes course to be ready next year. The park is closed to the public this summer for planning and site prep. Located at the corner of Highway 61 and Outer Drive in Silver Bay, the site got a facelift when the old gas station and gift shop were torn down to make way for the first phase of the park, an outdoor rock wall named Eleanor. “Last summer was a test-run for us,” Phil Huston said. “We had a great staff of 10 people and we got 5 star reviews from all of our clients. People had a wonderful time here. But we knew we needed more amenities to be successful.” A typical aerial ropes course requires about $500,000 to build but the total investment, is close to $1 million, he said. When completed, the Silver Bay location will have 50 to 70 features, including zip lines within the park. It will be the largest aerial ropes course in the state.

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The Silver Bay site has been reviewed and vetted by three experts and was deemed a location with high potential for success. The feasibility plan, conducted by Strategic Adventures, predicts 20,000 visitors and 20 employees. “It typically takes three to five years to develop a park,” Huston said. “But because we did so much of the upfront work, including the feasibility study, we expect to move faster.” “There are only about 12 companies who operate in this arena,” Huston said. “We have had interest from five.” The park is also seeking new investors to finance the park. The North Shore Adventure Park owns the corner lot at Outer Drive and Highway 61. The adjacent land for the aerial ropes course is owned by the City of Silver Bay. Use of that land is being negotiated in a development agreement.

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SOUDAN— Progress is continuing on the development of recreation opportunities at Minnesota’s newest state park. At a June 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Minnesota State Parks and Trails director Erika Rivers provided an update on current projects, along with a preview of future development planned at the park, contingent on funding. Projects currently underway or starting this year at the park include: • Eight camper cabins that will each sleep up to six people. • Accessibility updates to a boat-in cabin on Blue Heron Island in Mattson Bay. • A hiking trail from the campground to Onumuni Overlook on Cable Bay. • A picnic shelter designed for large groups near the historic mine. Future construction will include:

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features three group camps and 33 drivein campsites, all with electricity and WiFi. Other recently completed amenities at the park include hiking trails, a public water access in Cable Bay, and a new segment of the paved Mesabi Trail that connects the park to the nearby town of Tower. Another highlight of the park is the Armstrong Bay Day-Use Area, completed in 2013, which includes boat dockage, a fishing pier and a picnic area. Daily tours of the historic mine will continue through September. “We are excited that park visitors who come for a mine tour, a family picnic or a day of fishing can now extend their stay by camping overnight,” Rivers said. “The Vermilion Ridge campground is a beautiful addition to the park, with many energy-saving features and easy access to miles of hiking trails in Minnesota’s newest state park.” Examples of the energy-saving features at the new campground include LED lights, plumbing fixtures activated by sensors to conserve water and solar panels on the rooftops of the shower buildings that help pre-heat water to take some of the pressure off the water heater. For a map of the park and more information, contact the DNR Information Center by emailing or by calling (888) 646-6367.


Wisconsin paddleboard race highlights trend in outdoor recreation WASHBURN— Mary McGrath fully appreciates how far people are willing to travel for paddleboarding opportunities on Lake Superior. “We have people come from Florida, Pennsylvania, Kansas and a whole group of people who come from Chicago to paddleboard here,” she said. “It’s this fascinating community of paddlers who love to come together here for the race and just to be in the same place for a few days.” McGrath is the program director for the Washburn Chamber of Commerce in Washburn, Wisc. The race she mentions is the annual Board Across the Bay event held each year in the communities of Washburn and Ashland. This year’s event takes place July 27-28 and it typically draws about 60 to 65 competitive racers to compete in distances of three, seven and 14 miles across a beautiful location on Lake Superior. The idea behind the race is for paddleboard enthusiasts, or those just discovering the activity, to participate in an event that takes place on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. “Chequamegon Bay is a safe, beautiful place to paddleboard,” McGrath said. “It’s a haven for paddleboarding.” So what is paddleboarding? The easiest way to think of it is kayaking where the paddler stands up or kneels on a flat board instead of being situated in a seat. It’s a trend in the world of recreational water sports, highlighted by events such as the Board Across the Bay. However, the trend is not unique to just the southern reaches of Lake Superior. Beth Poliquin is the general manager for Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais. The Grand Marais-based business hosts the North Shore Water Festival each summer (July 20-22) where paddleboards continue to play a key role in the event. “Paddleboarding is great for anyone, as long as you have the right board,” Poliquin said. “Right now I’m teaching classes at the YMCA in Grand Marais and my students

range from nine years old to 60 years old. The goals might be different, but I love making it accessible to everyone.” Up the Gunflint Trail and other areas near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness many resort owners have a long history in the business of renting canoes and fishing boats. However, in recent years, requests for reservations have expanded far beyond the traditional means of moving across inland lakes. “People like paddleboarding for exercise and because it’s something different,” said Carl Madsen, a co-owner of Rockwood Lodge and Canoe Outfitters on Poplar Lake up the Gunflint Trail. “It’s new and relatively easy once you get started.” And the trend doesn’t end with humans, at least not on Poplar Lake. “I’ve seen paddleboard dogs as well!” Madsen said with a laugh. John Fredrickson is a co-owner of Gunflint Lodge. He agreed that paddleboards are becoming fairly common throughout the Northern Wilds. “I think paddleboards are fun for different people for different reasons,” Fredrickson said. “For the kids that are here they’re a great platform for play on the lake. For adults, it’s a different way to explore the lake along the shoreline. You get a different perspective than when you’re sitting in a kayak or canoe.” Both Rockwood and Gunflint Lodge rent paddleboards or allow their cabin guests to use them at no extra charge. There are many outdoor shops and lodges that rent or sell paddleboards as well, ranging from Thunder Bay to Duluth. Poliquin said the Lake Superior region is a natural magnet for a variety of water sports, including paddleboarding. And while speed isn’t always the name of the game when it comes to paddleboards, safety should be a top priority to enjoy the activity. “One special consideration up here for us is the water temperature,” she said.

Board Across the Bay takes place July 27-28 this summer in Washburn, Wisc. | JOY ANN WOOLEY “When I’m on the big lake, I wear neoprene, and one should always, always, always wear a personal flotation device (PFD).” In addition to being a sound safety suggestion to wear a PFD while paddleboarding on Lake Superior, it’s a U.S. Coast Guard regulation.

“When you have weekends like this where people get together to share their common interest, it really highlights how popular something is becoming,” she said. “That’s what the race is all about.” —Joe Friedrichs

Meanwhile, McGrath said events like Board Across the Bay will continue to make paddleboarding a trend that is not about to fade anytime soon.

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Wow! Iconic landmark gets a complete re-do GRAND PORTAGE— It’s been a long time coming. In April, 2015, Grand Portage Lodge and Casino embarked on an ambitious renovation project. After nearly three years of construction, the project was completed in February. It was worth the wait. From the improved parking lots outside to the new swimming pool inside—and everywhere between—this North Shore landmark has undergone a tremendous upgrade. Walk inside the facility and you will be immediately struck by the open, spacious atmosphere. Turn left and you pass into the casino, which sports a new deli, a bar, new games and four blackjack tables. Walk forward and you’ll head to the restaurant. The hotel rooms are to the right. Not immediately visible are some new features, such as an event center, Cook County’s largest space, which can host everything from weddings to powwows to music/entertainment. The center is equipped with a sophisticated audio-visual system to accommodate conferences and other gatherings. Although smoking is allowed in much of the facility, nonsmokers are unlikely to notice it. An efficient HVAC system whisks away the smoke and delivers a steady

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stream of fresh air. What they will notice is a new fitness center, an all-new pool with an outdoor patio and party room, a new lounge and a new restaurant. All hotel rooms have been gutted and refurbished. There are also five, two-room suites with Jacuzzi baths. Folks seeking a quieter, natural experience can stay in nearby cabins at Hollow Rock Resort.




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GRAND MARAIS— I lost my cell phone this spring. Rather than calling a service provider or alerting the authorities, I opted to buy a new alarm clock from ShopKo in Two Harbors at the price of $19.99. It was a simple transaction done primarily for the purpose of rising early. I set the alarm to get to work. And to go fishing. The truth of the matter is that while I do (or at least did) own a cell phone, it was only used as an alarm clock. So in the sense of having a portable device that can be used to call people, send text messages or post to a social media account, I remain cell-phone free.

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The fact I don’t own a functioning cell phone irritates some of my friends and co-workers in Grand Marais. They claim I am the only news reporter on the North Shore (or perhaps the world?) who does not own a cell phone.

Author Joe Friedrichs doesn’t own a cellphone, and he prefers it this way. | RHONDA SILENCE

“Get a cell phone, Joe,” one friend and colleague likes to remind me on a recurring basis. “You need to have one.”

ple hijacking my identity. If it happens, I’ll deal with it. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches.

It’s the word “need” that strikes me as alarming. We need water. We need food. Do we really “need” cell phones? I am 35-years-old and have traveled to three countries and 11 states during the past year. I did not have a cell phone on my travels. I got by just fine. I’m also gainfully employed and make numerous calls from a landline phone on a daily basis. I send dozens of emails using at least two computers each day. I grasp the concepts and lure of social media. Frequent communication with many people is a necessity in my life. And yet, I feel no inclination to register a cell phone in my name.

Meanwhile, one stark observation about our trip to Mexico was the international spread of cell phone use by people of all ages and from many countries. From wide-eyed youth wandering the dusty streets of small villages in Mexico, to wealthy families from Canada soaking up rays on the beach... it seemed almost everyone was using their cell phone everywhere we went. People in restaurants staring at their phones. Adults watching and recording sunsets through their cell phones. Children at the pool playing games on their phones. And the airports? Ground zero for cell-phone activity.

Regarding the specifics on the recent loss of my phone, someone stole it during a trip my wife Maggie and I took to Mexico. When we checked our luggage in Minneapolis the phone was packed inside the top compartment of my suitcase. When we landed, it was gone.

Perhaps this abundance of cell-phone obsession is why I don’t have one. In life, I’ve found, it’s far better to be the observer than to be the one being observed. Do I want to be known as the guy who has to capture every scene, every sunset, every animal with a tail and every interesting drink a barista whips up in a coffee shop on my phone just so I can post it on my social media accounts? No, I do not. If that means I am out of touch with the reality of modern times, then so be it.

I did not report the missing phone to anyone. I did not actually care too much. It was like losing a cheap watch, as that is what I used it for, even though the phone was fairly modern and had 4G capabilities and other such perks. In many ways, should I have registered the device with a cellular company, it could have served like a mini-computer. All the same, this was not the case. I lost a phone, or it was stolen. And I don’t care. Perhaps you’re thinking about data the phone contained? I’m not. If someone wants to peruse a text message I sent in 2007 when the phone was active, then by all means, happy reading. As far as my bank accounts and private information being stored on the phone, there was no SIM card inside the gadget and therefore no such data should be available. And if it is, I have faith the situation will sort itself out. Just as I opt to not embrace the immediacy of modern technology, so too do I choose not to live in fear about peo-

The cell phone that went missing was not a direct extension of my personality. It did not connect me to anyone or make me more interesting. It had some old photos archived in a folder. I look back on those days, the times where I had a functioning cell phone, and see a young man dashing his way through life, firing off text messages as though they were lightning bolts dropping in a thunderstorm. I see someone who was both urgent and exhausted. And then I let go. Even without a cell phone I spend too many hours each day looking at a computer screen and talking on the phone. The attachment has to end somewhere. —Joe Friedrichs

Feeding frenzy NORTH SHORE— Every time I launch a canoe I feel the magic of floating effortlessly between earth and sky. When waves and rapids roil the surface, they focus my attention on the task at hand. But when the surface is glassy smooth, my mind can drift along, too, and I begin to ponder the world below. Forests of plants, meadows of moss, mountains of rocks, and a bizarre menagerie of odd creatures inhabit this underwater world in a mirror of the subaerial one. It’s a landscape that few people visit. Divers explore this aquatic frontier in the most detail. Anglers hoist the charismatic megafauna into their boats for closer inspection. Swimmers nervously hope their toes won’t become part of the unseen food chain. As a naturalist, I tend to keep my head above water and focus on things that fit in the palm of your hand. With pond nets gripped tightly and pants rolled up high, I’ve led countless elementary students into the flow. We’ve caught many fantastic beasts by swishing our nets through weedy shallows, holding our nets in the current, and simply by lifting rocks out of the riffles. The macroinvertebrates clinging to rocks and hiding in weeds are big enough to see without a microscope (macro) and sport exoskeletons or shells in place of backbones (invertebrate). Many of these critters are the nymphs or larvae of flying insects. While young, they feed on ample food and survive winters in the relative warmth of liquid water. Once they graduate into adulthood, some of these insects continue to feed, while others live entirely off stored energy for their final few days. Beneath your canoe, an entire ecosystem of weird creatures is eating away. Mosquitoes and black flies are two types of unfortunately familiar insects with aquatic larvae. The long, skinny, translucent mosquito wigglers use hairs to strain tiny plant particles out of the water. When classified by feeding habit, they are “collector-filterers.” Black fly larvae belong to this group, too. They sport foldable fans on either side of their mouths. When expanded for feeding, the fans catch particles of plants, algae, and bacteria flowing along in the stream, and the larvae scrape the food on the fans into their mouths. Once they become adults, their penchant for a blood meal is all too familiar. If you think getting jabbed by a mosquito’s proboscis is uncomfortable, then you should be glad that you’re not a tadpole in the clutches of a water scorpion. These bugs spend their entire lives underwater. Known as “piercer-predators,” they jab their sucking mouthparts into small aquatic critters and drink

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particularly buggy portage, only to find that I’ve acquired my own personal dragonfly to nab the biters still following me. Dragonfly nymphs are just as adept at catching mosquito larvae.

Insects in the “shredder” category seem much more benign. Cutting and grinding mouthparts allow them to break down big pieces of plants into bit-sized pieces of plants. Some types of caddisfly larvae are shredders. They also create camouflaged, protective cases using silk from their bodies and plant pieces they’ve just shredded, or sand, twigs, or other debris that matches their environment. “Scrapers” are the cows of the water. They graze algae off the surface of rocks, plants, or other substrates. You might employ some type of scraper in your fish tank to help keep it clean. Flathead mayflies are one example of scraping feeders, and some species of caddisflies also feed this way. Both of these species metamorphose into short-lived adults who don’t feed. It’s up to the young to store enough energy for their adult selves to reproduce. My favorite underwater feeders are dragonfly nymphs. Most of us are familiar with the sight of adult dragonflies zipping around to eat adult mosquitoes. Many times I’ve been chased into my canoe off a

Dragonflies are “engulfer-predators” who devours prey whole or in chunks, and their hydraulic-powered hunting system is not for the squeamish. A dragonfly nymph will draw in water through its anus and clench its abdominal and thoracic muscles against the water-filled rectal chamber. The amazing amount of pressure now trapped inside the nymph’s body cavity pushes out its labium, or toothy lower lip, in a high-speed strike. The lightning attack may earn the tiny predator a meal of tasty mosquito larvae, a tadpole, a small fish, or even another species of dragonfly nymph. Floating along between earth and sky, it’s fun to think about the ecosystem of macroinvertebrates who scrape, collect, shred, pierce and engulf their food in the mysterious depths beneath my canoe. No matter how odd they may seem to us, their food chain cleans the water, recycles nutrients, and feeds the charismatic megafauna that anglers are after. —Emily M. Stone

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The Edna G, Two Harbor’s oldest “resident,” is in need of repairs. A new group, Friends of the Edna G hopes to raise money to pay for the work. | SHAWN PERICH

What’s next for the Edna G? TWO HARBORS—When it comes to the future of the historic retired tug the Edna G, Tom Koehler of Two Harbors is pragmatic.

Schaffer thinks the restored boat should remain docked in the harbor.

“We can save it, sink it or sell it,” he says.

Both men agree the decisions of the Edna G’s future are up to the Two Harbors community.

“We” being the city of Two Harbors, which owns the iconic vessel. Listed on the National Historic Register and docked in the harbor, the Edna G was open for tours until 2015, when needed maintenance led to closure. Built in Cleveland in 1896, the Edna G has been in the water nearly continuously since it arrived in Two Harbors in 1897, which means the all-steel boat is suffering from extensive corrosion. In places, corrosion has reduced the thickness of the steel hull by half. Koehler, a local volunteer who serves on the city council-appointed Edna G Commission, works to keep the boat afloat, pumping the bilge regularly and doing minor repairs and maintenance to prevent further deterioration. He says that the city devotes a portion of its lodging tax to the Edna G. Unfortunately, far more money is needed to perform the necessary repairs. Enter the Friends of the Edna G. Formed this year, the new nonprofit hopes to act as a fundraiser for restoring the boat, if that is what the city chooses to do, says founding member Carl Shaffer. The first step is to have an engineering firm assess the boat’s current condition, especially the strength of the hull. With that assessment, discussion can begin on how to best move forward. Currently, there are at least two schools of thought regarding the Edna G’s future. Koehler believes the tug should be hauled out of the water and placed on a cradle, where it can be enjoyed by people without concerns about further deterioration. “The water is a terrible place to keep a boat,” he says.

“A boat belongs in the water,” he says.

When it was built, the Edna G was a marvel of the time. It was the first all steel tug. With a length of 110 feet and a 23-foot beam, it was propelled with a coal-fired, two-cylinder reciprocating steam boat engine that was originally 700 horsepower. When a new boiler replaced the original in 1943, the engine became 1,000 horsepower. The tug was used to tow ore carriers into and out of the harbor, and to the ore docks. Later, when bow thrusters on carriers made it possible for them to reach the docks without assistance, the Edna G was made redundant. The tug retired from service at the end of 1980. Its last tow was the Cason J Calloway, on December 30, 1980. Built and owned by the railroad, it was also available throughout much of its working life to provide excursions for railroad executives and other dignitaries. To accommodate this use, the captain’s quarters and mess were more elaborate than other working tugs. Koehler says the Edna G played a little noted, yet significant role in Minnesota history. Two Harbors was a primary port for iron ore leaving Minnesota’s Iron Range. Steel produced from that ore was used in two world wars, as well as much of the nation’s industrial and infrastructure development during the 20th Century. For more information about the Friends of the Edna G, check out the group’s Facebook Page.—Shawn Perich

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The handmade craft was built with locally harvested burr oak and milled cedar, tamarack, black spruce, green ash, and pine. | MIKE CREGER

Small details tell a lot. The roves and rivets which fasten the boat together were made at the First Street shop with donated copper grounding wire and 95-percent copper pennies. | MIKE CREGER

Community Launch DULUTH—To call it a wooden boat doesn’t do it justice. To hear shipwright John Finkle describe it is much more fitting. The Norway-inspired boat he built with community help in his downtown Duluth shop is a “traditional lap-strake, clinker-built, Scandinavian færing approximately 19 feet long, using hand tools and locally sourced materials.” The craft that was dropped into Lake Superior in late May is a beauty. Its materials speak loudly to that notion: locally harvested burr oak and milled cedar, tamarack, black spruce, green ash and pine. There is another beauty in this traditional Scandinavian boat. Finkle wanted to build it for the community, teaching a swath of people with varying skill levels the fine points in creating a craft inspired by ancient traditions. “With so many different hands putting work into this boat it is indeed becoming its own unique work of art,” Finkle mused before the May 24 launch. “Sometimes the words ‘traditional’ and ‘craft’ … have been constricted to refer to independent, highly-skilled laborers in a highly-controlled environment.” That could describe Finkle, a master boat builder with numerous vessels under his belt, along with years of teaching hand-tool woodworking. 18

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Shipwright John Finkle at the May boat launch. | MIKE CREGER

The Norway-inspired boat was built with community help, using hand tools and locally sourced materials. | MIKE CREGER

“We find that learning to build a watercraft is a perfect outlet for the creative expression of a community. This is part traditional woodworking, part public art sculpture. No, traditional woodwork is public art sculpture.”

dressed in a similar sailing blouse as his mentor, led a group that carried the boat to the fog-draped shore like gleeful pallbearers. They dropped it a few feet from the water. Praises were sung—figuratively from those involved in the project and literally from a youth choir.

The dozens of volunteers who worked on the boat crowded the shore at the corner of the lake just off Duluth’s Lakewalk. Passersby stopped as well, and those who are dedicated and self-proclaimed boat nerds. The 19-foot throwback with two sets of oars was hard to miss or ignore from the Lakewalk. Finkle’s apprentice, Justin Anderson,

Soon, Finkle and Anderson were rowing about the shore to hoots and cheers and the occasional “and that’s the last time they were seen” as they disappeared and reappeared through the thick mist. Finkle has started a movement; this isn’t a one-off. He formed Nóatún Community Wooden Boat Works with plans to cre-

ate a fleet of boats for public enjoyment. “Nóatún” is pronounced “noah-toon” and means “boat enclosure” or “boat home” in Old Norse. It was the name for the home of the Norse god Njord, overseer of “safe waters, sunny shores, plentifulness on the coast, and small watercraft and their crews,” Finkle says. The volunteers worked with the Duluth Workforce Center, a state program that employs young adults.​ Community monetary and supply support has been as valuable as the helping hands, Finkle said. The roves and rivets, which fasten the boat together, were made

Fri., Aug 24—Semer’s Beach, Ely Sat.-Sun., Aug. 25 & 26—YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, Ely Shipwright John Finkle led a community effort to build a Norway-inspired boat in his downtown Duluth shop. The craft was christened and dropped into Lake Superior in late May. | MIKE CREGER at the First Street shop with donated copper grounding wire and 95 percent copper pennies. It was a great alternative to expensive fasteners, Finkle said, and the process created a “simple, fast, and important activity for community volunteers.”

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A second boat is in the works, a 25-footer with three pairs of oars, inspired by Danish traditions, Finkle said. Funding for this project came from the American Scandinavian Foundation, which will allow travel overseas for research and honing skills. ​ To get more information or to volunteer or donate to the projects, email Finkle and his crew at or stop by the shop at 134 W. First St. in downtown Duluth. Finkle has some ideas for anyone with a passing interest in boat making. “Come and visit the boat shop. Swing an axe, peen a copper nail, plane a plank, say hello.” —Mike Creger

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John Finkle and his apprentice Justin Anderson test the boat on Lake Superior. | MIKE CREGER

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Making a difference to people in dire need: Siobhan O’Malley museum and nature center

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THUNDER BAY—To look out at the burgeoning green of a Thunder Bay spring, it is difficult to imagine the reality of a makeshift jungle refugee camp; a place filled with thousands of terrorized, needy people who lack adequate food supplies, sanitation facilities and medical care. Or to imagine living in fear of artillery bombardments shaking the ground, threatening all nearby with instant annihilation. But Lakehead nurse Siobhan O’Malley has seen and lived in these situations, having served refugees in Myanmar, South Sudan and Bangladesh with Doctors Without Borders (medecins sans frontiers).

She contacted Doctors Without Borders (msf), which assessed her abilities and experience and tried to match these with the needs of their placements. This took the Lakehead nurse in 2013 to Rakhine State in Myanmar on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Here, displaced Rohingya people were confined in an “open air prison” situation with a wide spectrum of health needs. O’Malley and other expatriates, along with local staff, traveled to villages to offer what medical and social assistance they could.

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O’Malley started as a Registered Nurse at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in 2002, working in labour and delivery, often in the context of high-risk pregnancies.

“In a building or under a tree, we did everything,” she remembers. “A TB program, reproductive health, women’s health, nutrition programs for kids, dressings, casts—stuff you’d go to the local pharmacy or urgent care centre for here at home.”

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“You don’t know what’s coming through the door,” she says soberly. “But it’s so rewarding to help women through a most vulnerable time.”

“The Rohingya had no access to health care, education, even their own rice fields,” she adds. “There were military checkpoints on every corner of the land.”

Fast forward to 2011, where O’Malley served in equatorial Papua as a nurse educator on sexual health with a group from Redwood Park Church. “Siobhan who delivers babies”, as she became known locally, enjoyed the work, but found herself conflicted. She was having to leave the area before a number of the high-risk pregnancies were coming to term.

From a military-reinforced ethnic cleansing situation, O’Malley went on to two stints in South Sudan in 2014.

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“I realized that I had the skill set to help people in these situations,” she says, “so why not offer to help overseas again.”

“I didn’t realize what I was walking into,” she explains. “The country was ready to explode.” And it did. In the first sojourn, O’Malley and other expatriate medical personnel stayed in a sweltering makeshift shelter, shared by as many local citizens as could fit, during a horrific artillery bombardment.

“I was faced with my own mortality,” O’Malley remembers. “I had no control over the situation, so I surrendered to what might happen, in that moment.” Under the circumstances, the Lakehead nurse midwife found herself ultimately working instead in a Mass Casualty Situation in the area. After weeks of difficult, heart-breaking work, O’Malley’s term came to an end. She could not stay away for long, however. “I had to go back (overseas), there was so much on my heart!” O’Malley was offered a posting in Bangladesh to run a sexual violence program with Rohingya refugees. She found some 700,000 people huddled on land that would flood catastrophically during the oncoming rainy season. Cyclones were also expected, with as much as a metre (three feet) of rain in a given 24-hour period. “We offered a full medical care package for women survivors from eight to 50 years of age, though most were around 18,” she says. “They had walked two or more weeks to get to the camp. Rape was a weapon of war, so we offered a safe termination of pregnancy for women who would otherwise have tried very unsafe methods.” For unwanted pregnancies too far advanced, the medical team arranged for a temporary shelter until the woman/girl came to term and a safe delivery could be arranged. O’Malley also organized a team of Rohingya women volunteers who did

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Rohingya refugee camp, Bangladesh. | SIOBHAN O’MALLEY presentations of sexual violence to small groups in the camp. Just as her stint was about to end, she began to have difficult conversations with men around male sexual violence and need for support and care as well.

“It is important for men to share their stories, to validate their experience, too,” she says. Now back in Thunder Bay working again as an obstetrical nurse, O’Malley struggles with her feelings and memories.

“But I would go back tomorrow if I could,” she says. “It makes a difference, that’s why I do this.” —Peter Fergus-Moore

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Thunder Bay’s first museum ship, the Alexander Henry, opens to the public THUNDER BAY— A year ago in June, the former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker the Alexander Henry arrived back in her hometown of Thunder Bay to be the museum ship of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society (LTMS) and a major tourist attraction. And this June, the Henry was opened to the public. “The Alexander Henry’s journey has finally come to an end with her permanent mooring spot at the Pool 6 dock at Marina Park in Thunder Bay. She’s had a remarkable life so far and we’re excited to see her next transformation as Thunder Bay’s first museum ship,” said Charlie Brown, president of the non-profit Lakehead Transportation Museum Society. The LTMS board first heard in September 2016 that the Alexander Henry was going to be scrapped or sunk by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, after they lost their leased waterfront property to a developer and had no place to relocate Henry. So, LTMS set the goal to save her. Launched on July 18, 1958 at the former Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd in Thunder Bay, she entered service in 1959 as an icebreaker and buoy tender for the Canadian Government’s Department of Transport Marine Service and transferred in 1962 to the newly-created Canadian Coast Guard. The Henry is 197.8 feet (60.29 m) in length with a beam of 43.6 feet (13.29 m), draught 17.9 feet (5.46 m), and has a massive derrick for lifting five-tonne buoys in and out of the water. After 26 years of service, she was de-commissioned in 1984 and became a museum ship in Kingston a year later. When the museum’s leased property was sold in 2016, the museum had to move out and Henry was towed to a temporary docking site to await her fate. LTMS reached a deal with the Marine Museum to purchase the Henry for a few dollars as long as LTMS paid for the tow-

An official rededication and re-christening of the Alexander Henry will be July 18, the 60th anniversary of her launch. | SUBMITTED Restoration work to the Alexander Henry has been ongoing by members and volunteers since spring. | LEAH PRATT ing costs for the approximately 1,000mile journey through the Great Lakes to Thunder Bay. After a year of discussions, negotiations for a docking site and fundraising, the Henry arrived back on June 27 last year and temporarily docked at a private facility. Then, on November 23, Henry was towed to her permanent waterfront site at Marina Park. Restoration to the 1954 era, cleaning, electrical power hookup (thanks to IBEW 402 volunteers), minor repair work and painting has been ongoing by members and volunteers since spring, including preparing mini-museum display rooms to showcase the area’s transportation history. Saving the Henry is phase one of the LTMS’s larger long-term goal of establishing a transportation museum in Thunder Bay. “Beginning this summer, visitors will be

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Sleeping quarters inside the Alexander Henry. | LEAH PRATT able to experience the rich transportation heritage of Thunder Bay,” said Brown, adding, “The Henry is just first of many transportation artifacts that the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society will be opening over the next several years at our Pool 6 site.” A special dockside ceremony will happen on July 18, the 60th anniversary of her launch: an official rededication and

Saving the Henry is phase one of the LTMS’s larger, long-term goal of establishing a transportation museum in Thunder Bay. | LEAH PRATT re-christening of the Alexander Henry—the first time in Canada for a retired Canadian Coast guard vessel.—Elle Andra-Warner

Good Times Await North of the Border

Remember, Thunder Bay is on Eastern Time­— 1 hour ahead of MN time. Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth exhibit continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery until November 25. The exhibit features artist Christi Belcourt with Isaac Murdoch. Then, join the annual Thunder Bay Art Gallery Garden Tour on Sunday, July 29. This is a self-guided tour of local gardens, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All proceeds support the Gallery’s education and exhibition programs; registration required. Celebrate Canada Day on the Waterfront on Sunday, July 1. Activities will be held from 5-11 p.m. at Marina Park, culminating in the area’s biggest fireworks display. The Red Lion Smokehouse will hold their 4th annual Persian Eating Contest at 3 p.m. on July 1. Later in the month is a Tap Takeover with Muskoka Brewery, held Wednesday, July 18. Enjoy DJ Dr. Dave at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20 and Music Bingo at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. And don’t miss Quiz Night on Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m. The 17th annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival will be held July 6-8 at Marina Park. This year’s lineup includes female superstars Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and Pat Benatar (with Neil Giraldo). Other performers include Arkells, The Blues Brotherhood, Mary Bridget Davies, The Magpie Salute, Big Wreck, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Alan Doyle, Arley Hughes, and Sass Jordan. Tickets can be purchased online (, by phone or in-person at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium box office. The Live on the Waterfront Concert Series begins July 11 and takes place every Wednesday until August 29. Performances will be held from 6-9 p.m. and admission is free. There will also be two special performances held on Saturday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. by Machine de Cirque – Truck Stop. The runaway hit musical Back In 59 will be performed at the Magnus Theatre July 12-28. Conceived and directed by Thom Currie, Back In 59 features the biggest top-10 hits of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. It originally premiered at The Showboat Festival Theatre in 2011 and has sold out theatres across Ontario and Quebec. Set in the summer of 1973, it features four old friends who sneak away from their 10th high school reunion to break into their old hangout. As they contemplate their lives and future, they look back upon their high school years and remember the music of their youth. The Die Active Art Collective presents the Lost & Found Street Art Festival on Saturday, July 14 on Cooke Street. Held from noon-5 p.m., there will be live music, food vendors, art workshops, a live graffiti wall and 25 local businesses hosting pop-ups of their own. Then, head to Definitely Superior for an After Party Art Opening from 7-11 p.m. The 9th annual Y-art Sale will also be held during the festival, featuring 75 emerging artists selling their work. Festival admission is free. Festival of India will be held Saturday, July 21 at Marina Park. This annual festival is a celebration of culture, arts, music and food. Festivities include a free vegetarian feast, chariot parade, yoga, art exhibits, henna tattoos, live music and dancing, children’s activities, and door prizes. The festival is free and will take place from 3-8 p.m. The Superior Theatre Festival (STF) will take place July 25-29 at various locations in Thunder Bay. This year’s

The 6th Annual Buskers Festival will be held July 28-29 in the Bay and Algoma Neighborhood. | SUBMITTED


festival features four shows, including a collaboration with Live on the Waterfront on Wednesday, July 25, featuring the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Raine Hamilton and Zachary Lucky. Tickets for STF are sold through the Magnus Theatre Box Office. Head to the Bay and Algoma Neighborhood for the 6th Annual Buskers Festival, held July 28-29. This family-friendly festival will feature local and international street buskers, merchant and sidewalk sales, a food village, artists and vendors, kid’s activities, games and more. This year’s headliners include Mental Floss, Vinyl Burns Rock & Roll Circus Show, Spark Show, Creed Statuary, Karl & the Prodigy, and the Bay St. Bastards. Festival admission is free.

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A Captivating Island

and Stories from the Sea BY CASEY FITCHETT

Operated by Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines, Voyageur II is a 65-foot aluminum ferry that holds up to 46 passengers. | CASEY FITCHETT


he largest island on Lake Superior measures nine miles across, 45 miles long, and encompasses more than 132,000 land acres. Both Native American copper miners and commercial fishing families called this island home long before Roosevelt officially established it and the rest of the archipelago as a national park in 1940. Forty years later it was designated an International Biosphere Reserve because of its unique ecosystem. Renowned Isle Royale and its surrounding 450 smaller islands sit in the northwest portion of Lake Superior. As four-fifths of the surface area of the official national park is water, boating to and around the island is a popular means of exploration of its many bays and harbors.

Just about to leave the campsite on the last day at Huginnin Cove. | CASEY FITCHETT

An avid camper ready for any excuse to be in the wilderness, I made my maiden expedition to one of the least visited national parks via the 65-foot aluminum Voyageur II passenger ferry. This particular voyage, which is operated by Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines, is a two-hour jaunt from Grand Portage to the Windigo Visitor Center on the western side of the island. While I hopped off the boat at its first stop, the Voyageur II continues a clockwise circumnavigation of the island on each trip, dropping passengers at various trailheads and paddling embarkation points. Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines was started by the Sivertson family to transport their catch of fish from the island back to the North Shore of Minnesota. In the present day, Captain Don Szczech runs the passenger ferry business with his business partner


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A sunset over Rainbow Cove. | CASEY FITCHETT Jennifer Sivertson, the granddaughter of Stanley Sivertson. “I have been coming to Isle Royale for over 25 years now. I fished at the island every week consecutively for 10 years. I operated a charter fishing business and became acquainted with the ferry operators of the day and assisted with mechanical issues that might have come up from timeto-time. When the ferry business came up for sale it just seemed like buying it was the thing to do,” explained Captain Don. The business includes two vessels, the aforementioned Voyageur II and the Sea Hunter III. Though the capacity for the Voyageur II is 46 passengers (the Sea Hunter III can take 60), on this particular Saturday morning in early June, our numbers were

only in the teens. According to National Park Service representative Valerie Martin, this is normal. “The first week of August is when the majority of visitors come. May and June are really quiet because people are afraid of bugs—but they are usually wrong! It doesn’t really get busy until about the second week in July; then it’s really busy until the middle of August all around the island. It stays pretty high until Labor Day, when the lodge closes on the east end. When the passenger service schedules start dropping off, it drops really quickly. Later September and really early October, when the last ferries are running, it’s a really quiet place again.” Martin, who has the National Park

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Isle Royale every summer since 1999, has noticed an increase in recent years in the number of sailboats coming to the island and a decrease in power boats. “There used to be a lot more people coming in their private boats. There are a lot fewer nowadays, although we saw a change in that last year. The last two years have been really dramatic for this park. Our visitation for the Park Service Centennial popped up significantly and then we thought it was going to go back to normal, but visitation rose again last year. We’ll see what happens down the road,” she said. Tim Quaife and his dad Mike Quaife are two of those private boaters who have been fishing the island since the 1970s. Primarily catching lake trout—and the occasional salmon—the two would take overnight circumnavigation trips from both Grand Portage and Grand Marais. “The 21-foot high side boat we take out there has made 100 trips. The best trips were when we left from Grand Portage, went to Siskiwit Bay to fish, and then to Rock Harbor and rented a cabin to stay overnight. If you’re lucky you can get there in time to eat dinner at the Rock Harbor Lodge,” said Mike. “The next day we’d go around the rest of the island. Just a two-day trip and go all the way around.” Though on his first trips he went to Todd Harbor to fish, he believes the fish are better on the southern side in Siskiwit Bay. No matter the fish haul, however, both father and son have nothing but praise for the island. “There’s no other place that’s so pristine, with the reefs and the fishing. You just don’t have that anywhere else. You get the feeling from everyone that it’s always their objective to get to Isle Royale because of the fishing and the beauty of the island,” said Mike.

Mike Quaife and Jim Schliep after fishing the island. | MIKE QUAIFE

Outstanding natural beauty aside, many who have ventured out on the lake are all too aware of the seemingly instantaneous changes in the conditions while making passages and exploring various islands. Captain Don’s years on the water have afforded him some harrowing times. “I was fishing when the storm that caused the blowdown of 1999 came over the lake. It was quite a sight to see it approach as the day was so foggy that visibility was less than 50 feet. Like magic, the fog lifted in an instant and off in the distance there was a green cloud that blocked the horizon. We had some strong wind, but it came and went so quickly that the lake really didn’t have much time to get really rough. The seiche that followed was really something to see, four-foot changes in the lake level at the dock every 20 minutes. I have only seen that wide of a change once since then,” mused Captain Don.

The Sea Hunter III is also operated by Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines and can hold up to 60 passengers. | CHARLES GERTH

The Quaifes have also weathered rough storms during their many trips across Lake Superior.

ing varied from modest, lean-to structures to unadorned tent sites.

“We’ve had to put up with rough weather and fog periodically. You use your GPS or radar if you have it; sometimes we didn’t have either one. Just a compass in the middle of the floor,” said Mike.

While some of the other hikers on the trail had arrived via seaplane from Houghton, Michigan, many take the commercial ferry from various other locations in Michigan. The Ranger III from Houghton and the Isle Royale Queen IV from Copper Harbor offer trips to Rock Harbor on the eastern side of the island. Schedules for all methods of transportation to the park are available on the Isle Royale National Park website (

“Seasick—been there quite a few times,” said Tim. I could definitely relate to that sentiment as my stomach turned on that windy and wavy morning in June. Glaring at the horizon with as much focus as I could muster, I made a mental note that this was probably the smallest boat I would ever want to take across Superior. Pulling into the calm bay offered a welcome change; I was finally able to enjoy the scenery from the deck of the boat. With no plan to cast a line during my trip to the pristine national park, I donned my backpack for a four-day, threenight trek. This, I would later learn, is the average length of stay (and the longest of any of the national parks). Other visitors spend their time away from the mainland scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. During my 39-mile clockwise traverse from Windigo, I was fortunate enough to see nine of the estimated 1,500 moose that live on the island. As a quiet human, I did not phase them; more than once we made eye contact as I tried to convince them to mosey off the trail so I could press on to the next campsite on my itinerary. The camp-

Arrivals to the park require check-in at the Visitor Center Office in Windigo or Rock Harbor, though private boaters can permit in advance though the park website. As a Park Service representative, Martin cautions all boaters to come prepared with your boat “ship shape condition” and to be “very prepared for changes in the weather and your itinerary”. As I begrudgingly boarded the Voyageur II in Windigo around midday that following Tuesday, I was greeted with— and quite thankful for—smooth seas for our return trip. Whether absorbing Isle Royale National Park’s absolute solitude by boat or by foot, I wish you a safe and serene passage.

Waiting for a moose to mosey off the trail in front of me past the Island Mine Campground. | CASEY FITCHETT NORTHERN  WILDS

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Nancy and Marland Hanson will visit Norway this fall to learn more about the history of the bunad. | RAE POYNTER


The Making of a Norwegian Bunad BY RAE POYNTER Nancy Hanson of Lutsen has done quilting and sewing for years. When she picked up a brochure for a folk school in Iowa, she had little idea it would be the beginning of a major project. But almost four years later, Hanson is working on the finishing touches of her very own Norwegian bunad.

which comes from the Rogaland Region in southwest Norway. Nancy’s husband, Marland Hanson, is Norwegian, and his father came from the Rogaland region. Choosing this specific design paid homage to the family’s heritage. The patterns were all in Norwegian, and required some translating to understand the next steps.

“I’m not fully Norwegian, but my husband is,” Hanson explained. “I saw an ad for a bunad class, and decided it’d be something I’d like to try.”

In addition to constructing the basic shape, the jelsa bunad includes intricate embroidery, detailed stitching on the sleeves and collar, and even some handmade silver jewelry. The first step was to begin the embroidery on the apron. Hanson said that some of her fabric came with the jelsa design painted on with a special fabric paint. She could then follow the pattern to find (and translate) the proper color and then stitch the design over the painted guideline.

The class was at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa. As part of the National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center, it specializes in teaching Norwegian craft and keeping Scandinavian traditions alive. It was there that Hanson learned of the opportunity to create a traditional Norwegian bunad. “The class was taught by Sue Sutherland from Ely,” Hanson explained. “I went to her house and got started. That was in 2014, so it’s been three-and-a-half years!” A bunad is a traditional folk costume, originating in Norway’s rural areas. Rather than mirroring the mainstream styles of urban areas, folk costumes were unique and distinctive. They were made from thick wool, a cloth that both provides warmth and doesn’t wrinkle. While there are bunads for both men and women, the women’s style that Hanson is making typically included a shawl, skirt, apron, blouse, purse, cap and belt. The specific designs of these items varied depending on which region of Norway they came from. Additionally, certain elements of the costume could be used to distinguish individual status, such as if the wearer was married or unmarried. While the traditional clothing worn by farmers began to fade following industrialization, a renewed interest in Norway’s rural traditions began to grow in the late 1800s, including an interest in traditional clothing. Norway was under Swedish rule then, and wearing a rural folk costume was a sign of Norwegian identity. Hulda Garborg, a proponent of Norwegian culture at that time, is often credited with the modern interest in bunad tradition. In the early 1900s, Garborg published a pamphlet on folk costumes, and their popularity steadily increased throughout the 20th century, becoming the bunad we know today. It’s gians them tivals

estimated that over half of Norwecurrently own a bunad and wear for special occasions, such as fesand weddings. Groups like the

Sleeve detail. | RAE POYNTER

Completed jelsa bunads. | STOCK Norwegian Institute for Bunad and Folk Costume and the National Bunad Council assure that bunad making continues in an authentic manner. A classification system places bunads in categories depending on how original or authentic the designs are. New patterns are reviewed by such councils and if they don’t make the cut for authenticity, they are classified as a generic folk costume and not as bunads. As I looked over the detailed patterns of Hanson’s dress, she explained that sewing a bunad is no individual endeavor. “They won’t let people just buy a pattern and sew it yourself. The pattern, fabric, everything was purchased in Norway.” These strict guidelines mean that those wishing to sew a bunad for the first time need to learn from someone more experienced. For Hanson, the decision to work with Sutherland was a good fit. Sutherland is the owner of Bunad Butikken, a business in Ely dedicated to selling bunad materials and teaching classes. As such, Sutherland is experienced in every step of bunad making, and her proximity to Hanson’s home in Lutsen meant that Hanson could meet with an expert several times a year to work on the project. “I went to Sue’s house to get started, and I go up three to four times a year to be taught the next step. She’s taught me the stitches and everything.” Hanson is working on a jelsa bunad,

“I’m a knitter, a sewer and a quilter,” explained Hanson, “but this is still a new experience.” Indeed, taking on a four-year sewing project is not for the faint of heart. While a good grasp of the fiber arts is necessary groundwork for sewing a folk costume, the specific process will still be a new experience for those who have never attempted it before. Still, for many such as Hanson, the idea of owning a piece of Norwegian tradition that you’ve sewn yourself is worth the effort.

Nancy’s shawl. | RAE POYNTER

This fall, Hanson plans to take her love of the bunad to the next level: she and her husband are joining a group led by Sutherland to venture to Norway for two weeks in September. There they will learn more about the history of bunad making and can see firsthand where the tradition came from. The tour will include sightseeing, visiting the Norwegian Institute for Bunad and Folk Costumes, and the opportunity to take classes from Norwegian instructors. After several years of dedication to her bunad, the chance to see where the designs, materials and expertise came from will be the trip of a lifetime. For those wishing to learn more about the bunad making, Hanson recommends contacting Sutherland at Bunad Butikken: She offers classes several times a year, and is open to teaching both groups and individuals. Three and a half years of sewing seems like a lot of work. But seeing Hanson now modeling her bunad, able to wear a piece of her family’s heritage, it was work that was definitely worth it.


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By Breana Roy

Art Festivals Both local and regional artists will flock to the North Shore this month to showcase their unique work at one of the many art festivals. Festivals include the Hovland Art Festival (July 7-8), the Grand Marais Art Festival (July 14-15), and the Ely Blueberry/Art Festival (July 27-29). There will be artwork of all kinds, as well as music, food and demos. Don’t miss out!

Minneapolis artist Rebecca Wicklund creates handcrafted contemporary jewelry, made from sterling silver and natural stones and pearls. See her at the Grand Marais Art Festival. | REBECCA WICKLUND

Marybeth Garmoe creates handmade brooms and wooden kitchenware. Garmoe will be at the Grand Marais Art Festival. | MARYBETH GARMOE

Grand Marais fiber artist Jo Wood will showcase her bead embroidery work at the Hovland Art Festival. | JO WOOD


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Wisconsin artist Jan Killian will showcase her artwork, which she describes as whimsically realistic, at the Grand Marais Art Festival. Shown here is “Frog on a Toad Stool,” a watercolor on Yupo paper. | JAN KILLIAN

Titled “Captivating Impression,” photographer Heidi Pinkerton captures a child trading glances with Ambassador Arctic Wolf, Axel, at the International Wolf Center in Ely. Pinkerton will be at the Ely Blueberry/Art Festival. | HEIDI PINKERTON

“Spirit Moose,” by Thunder Bay Aboriginal woodland artist Dwayne Wabegijig. Wabegijig will attend the Hovland Art Festival. | DWAYNE WABEGIJIG



The Cuckoo Bees By Matt Nesheim Located in West Duluth, Beaners Central is one of the most notorious incubators and unabashed supporters of local music. Walk into the coffeehouse and bar on any given night and not only will you hear a regional and/or touring act, but your barista might just be the next big thing.

Haynes not only prompted Coffman to play out, but her academic background and love of all things nature inspired the name for the band; “Cuckoo bees” is the common name for any kleptoparasitic bee that steals from another bees’ nest. While getting her degree in biology, she took a class in beekeeping, fell in love with bees, and has continued to help out with the same apiary. “Bees had been on our mind, cause it’s Mikayla” says Coffman. In addition to the band, she’s pursuing videography and aspiring to make nature-based documentaries. Coffman adds affectionately: “She’s using her biology background and with that she’s such an advocate for everything to do with wildlife...she’s the more impressive one out of the two of us.”

The barista is Cory Coffman. In 2016, he and his girlfriend Mikayla Haynes, another Duluth native, formed the Cuckoo Bees and have steadily created a set of originals and tested them out at parties and gigs around the Twin Ports area. It seems like male/female duos are at the height of popularity in general, but the Cuckoo Bees are far from formulaic: Coffman and Haynes are both trained percussionists who met at University of Wisconsin Superior. Coffman brings the rhythmic sensibilities of a drummer to his guitar while Mikayla accentuates the melodies with her close vocal harmonies and classical prowess on xylophone. Coffman was born into a drumming dynasty. His father, Phil Coffman, was the drummer for the 1980’s Duluth-based hair metal band Craving Angel. His grandfather taught percussion at University of Minnesota Duluth, and his grandmother played tympani professionally in Seattle; it was she that gifted Coffman the xylophone that Haynes plays in Cuckoo Bees, a Deagan from the early 20th century. “There was always a drumset set-up in the basement,” says Coffman, “My dad showed me certain things, so it was second nature. Always part of what I did...our house was always shaking with bass amps and drums.” Since college, Coffman has worked as a freelance drummer in the Duluth area.

Cuckoo Bees duo Mikayla Haynes and Cory Coffman. | SUBMITTED Haynes encouraged him to start playing out with his own originals in addition to backing bands. “We just kinda goofed around. She knew a few songs from playing them around the house. Jason from Beaners has a party called ‘Friendfest.’ It was for one of those events we decided to whip something together without any intentions of making it a thing. It went over well.”

Like cuckoo bees borrow from other hives, Coffman and Haynes sample a wide range of musical styles, from jazz progressions to percussion ensembles. Coffman credits St. Vincent, an artist known for switching genres from one song to the next, as a primary inspiration. But their own experiences have the most profound effect on their music: Mikayla’s booming bass-tom beat on the off-beat in Woodblind originates from a beat the duo first heard on a trip to Panama during college. In addition, their upcoming album, Weeping Willow, due to be released in the fall, will feature their growing list of talented friends from the area, including Erin Aldridge, Concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and saxophonist Randy Lee. The cognoscenti who hang out at Beaners know that the next significant Duluth musician could be on stage any night of the week; this time, the buzz may just be from behind the bar.


PICK OF THE MONTH St. Paul artist Melinda Wolff will also

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Thru July 16 Through Our Hands V: Northwoods Fiber Guild Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais, Thru Aug. 5 Fine. (Re)Fine. (De)Fine. Faculty Exhibition Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Aug. 12 Mounties Collection Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Aug. 19 Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Collectors Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Aug. 26 In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Sept. 22 A Twenty Year Retrospective: James Brinsfield Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth, Thru Oct. 20 Children of the Finnish Homestead Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Thru Oct. 28 Chance: Kathy McTavish Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Nov. 2 Pacific Northwest Native Art from the William J. Saul Collection Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Nov. 25 Fresh Perspectives: Secondary School Art Exhibition Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thru Nov. 25 Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: Christi Belcourt: A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thru April 2019 Moose of the Bold North: Root River Photography International Wolf Center, Ely, Thru Spring 2019 Quiet Simplicity: Life in 19th and 20th Century America Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth,

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Image Trekkers Photo Exhibit Baggage Building Arts Centre, Thunder Bay,

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Holly Meeker Rom: Watercolor Exhibit (Reception July 2 at 5 p.m.) Art & Soul Gallery, Ely,

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Jamie Harper Exhibit Pizza Luce, Duluth,

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DefSup Members Exhibition (Reception July 6 at 7 p.m.) Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay,

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Star Spangled Art Show & Sale 1 p.m. (Reception July 7 at 7 p.m.) Ely Arts & Heritage Center,

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Lee Englund: Oils Lakeside Gallery, Duluth,

Festival. Wolff’s upcycled jewelry is

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Chholing Taha Exhibit Duluth Art Institute, Payton MacDonald & Kenneth Johnson: Sonic Divide Duluth Art Institute, Local Artists Featured Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Hazel Belvo & Marcia Cushmore Exhibit (Reception July 20 at 5 p.m.) Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais,


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The Biggest Blueberry Contest on the Gunflint Trail will begin Friday, July 20. | ADA IGOE


July 4, Wednesday Head to Tofte for a full line-up of family-friendly events beginning at 11 a.m., including food and a beer garden, live music by Cook County’s Most Wanted, minnow races, an arts and crafts show, bingo, and a parade at 2 p.m. There will also be a spaghetti dinner at Zoar Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. Then, head to Grand Marais for live music by the Bazillions kid’s band at 8 p.m. in Harbor Park. At roughly 10 p.m., find a spot in either Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage, Two Harbors or Silver Bay for the fireworks show. Or, head to Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park for Fourth Fest, held from 4-11 p.m. There will be live music all evening by Savannah Conley, Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners, Feeding Leroy, and Under the Bus. There will also be dozens of food and craft vendors. Fireworks will start at 10:10 p.m. Admission is free.

Gunflint Trail, the first demo will be held on Thursday, July 5 at 61 Bunn Trail (Hungry Jack Lake), from 9-11 a.m. Another demo will be held from 2-4 p.m. at 473 South Gunflint Lake Road. Then head to Hovland on July 6 for a demo at 13 Wilderness Trail (Tom Lake) from 9-11 a.m. The next demo will take place from 2-4 p.m. at 1066 Golf Course Road, (Maple Hill).


July 4, Wednesday The annual Tofte Trek 10k trail run is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Held as a fundraiser for the Sugarbush Trail Association, the run starts and finishes at the Birch Grove School in Tofte. Bring your old running shoes as it can be very wet and muddy. The morning starts with kid’s short “sprint” races (held by age), then a youth mile run, followed by the pack of runners (and walkers). Sameday registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Birch Grove Community Center. Races will begin at 9 a.m., followed by food, music and fun.


Enjoy fireworks over Lake Superior this Fourth of July. | VCC

July 5-6 Learn the steps you can take to protect your home and neighborhood against wildfire by attending a free Cook County Firewise demonstration. Demos are presented by Jeffery Jackson, NE region Firewise specialist. Located up the


July 5-8 The annual Two Harbors Heritage Days features four-days of family fun. Activities include live music, a scavenger hunt, helicopter rides, a bungee jumper and slide, a classic car cruise, pancake breakfasts, library book sales, fireworks, a street dance featuring Northwoods Band, a lutefisk toss, golf scrambles, arts and crafts, street vendors and a 5K walk/run. There will be a car show at Denny’s Auto on Saturday, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Also on Saturday is the Heritage Days Parade at 1 p.m. The Kiddie Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by free face painting, ice cream, and kid’s activities at Thomas Owen Park. A full list of events can be found online. NORTHERN  WILDS

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July 6-8 The annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival is sure to entertain this year with the lineup of female superstars Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and Pat Benatar (with Neil Giraldo). Held at Marina Park in Thunder Bay, other performers include The Angies, Arley Hughes, The Chain, Southern Comfort, Alan Doyle, The Blues Brotherhood, Big Wreck, Blackburn, and Sass Jordan. Tickets are available online (, by phone, or in-person at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium box office.


July 7, Saturday The 14th annual Lundie Vacation Home Tour will visit five sites on the North Shore of Lake Superior, as well as the restored Lundie Cabin. Included with the tour is the famous Picnic on the Ledge Rock with a beverage bar. Tour transportation is provided; tour registration required. There will also be a book signing and discussion of The Family Cabin, a new book by architect Dale Mulfinger, held Saturday morning at the Schroeder Township Hall; free and open to the public.

July 7-8 The semi-annual Hovland Arts Festival, held at the Hovland Town Hall, will showcase over 25 artists, featuring everything from jewelry, paintings and pottery, to basketry, carvings and photography. Artists include Linda Bauer, Todd Hawkinson, Mary Jo Flack, David Hahn, Jim Vannet, Terry Lewis and Jacob Carr. There will also be live music all day and food provided by the Trinity Lutheran Church. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.


July 7-8 Minnesota’s largest airshow will return to the Duluth International Airport July 7-8. The Duluth Air & Aviation Expo, presented by St. Luke’s, will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Other aerobatic performers include Julie Clark, Kent Pietsch, Mike Wiskus, Scott Yoak, Jim Tobul and Grant Nielsen. There will be aircraft displays and vendors, a Runway 4k run/walk (held Saturday morning), a kids’ zone, concession booths, and much more. Gates will open at 9 a.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.


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July 13-15 This year’s Bay Days festival, held in Silver Bay and Beaver Bay, features live music, vendors, kids’ activities, pancake breakfasts, a street dance, raffle drawings, a silent auction, golf tournaments, a Friends of the Library book sale, a bean bag tournament and more. The parade will be held on Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m., followed by the pie in the face auction, family fun night at Lake Bank Field and fireworks at dusk. The Bay to Bay Run/ Walk will be held Saturday morning, followed by the Soap Box Derby. The Classic Car and Motorcycle Show will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday.


July 14-15 The 28th annual Grand Marais Art Festival, held downtown Grand Marais, will feature over 70 local and regional artists, showcasing their unique, handcrafted work. Enjoy a selection of artistic media, such as jewelry, photography, woodcarvings, pottery, watercolor paintings, fiber art and more. There will also be free demonstrations and hands-on art-making activities, as well as live music. Lutsen sculptor Greg Mueller will be operating a portable melting furnace, allowing visitors to carve their own sand mold and take home a sculptural cast metal relief. Also occurring is the Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser at the Art Colony; a 5x7-inch sale of artwork donated by talented artists. The artwork is actually hung on clotheslines and each piece will sell for $35. And new this year is An Artful Evening on the Harbor, a benefit for the Art Colony, featuring an art auction, live music and food and beverages. The benefit will take place from 5-7 p.m. on July 14; tickets required to attend.


July 18, Wednesday The annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races, which began in 1976, is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. Held at Gunflint Lodge on Gunflint Lake, this

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event COOK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER Saturday, July 28th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Safely dispose of household hazardous waste and pick up usable household products. Free of charge! Acceptable wastes include (but not limited to): - Paints & stains - Acids & bases - Aerosols - Automotive products - Fluorescent tubes - Thinners & solvents

- Adhesives - Button & rechargeable batteries - Home & garden pesticides - PCB ballasts

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The Grand Marais Art Festival will offer hands-on activities and demos. | GRAND MARAIS ART COLONY

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July 13-15 Over 25 local and regional homegrown brewers will be featured at this year’s Hopped Up Caribou Festival. Held at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen, this is a three-day craft beer celebration like no other, including adventure activities, a beer pairing dinner, outdoor concerts, dog-friendly accommodations, a Beerfest breakfast, Vegas-style wedding opportunities, and more. Mingle with fellow beer enthusiasts, sample new recipes, and meet with the master beer brewers. Tickets can be purchased online.

July 14, Saturday Taste of Duluth celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the area and features great food, live music, products and services, hand-made crafts, fun activities, shopping, craft beer and more. This year’s entertainment includes Kim Olson, Rickey Lee Biggs, magician Kevin Saline, Whiskey Trail, Sydney Hanson, Laura Velvet and more. Held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Bayfront Festival Park, Taste of Duluth is free to attend and fun for the entire family.











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An award for an individual or couple who has made Cook County a better place to live. t o n o m i n at e someone... Please provide the following information: Nominee or couple name Age Statement of support by nominator What is very special about this person or couple Any other items you believe to be important Deadline: Noon, Fri., July 20, 2018 Please respond by e-mail to, or mail to Grand Marais Lions Club, PO Box 745, Grand Marais, MN 55604 Award will be given at the Fisherman’s Picnic.

The Superior Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay will be held July 25-29. | STF year’s event includes 15 canoe races for multiple ages and abilities, including the fun-to-watch gunnel canoe race. There will also be a live and silent auction, a food tent with BBQ prepared and served by Gunflint Lodge staff, and $5 raffle tickets. One lucky raffle ticket holder will win a bright yellow Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak, worth $800. Raffle tickets are available at numerous resorts and from volunteers. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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July 19-Aug. 12 The Grand Marais Playhouse will be performing Shrek The Musical and Mom’s Gift. Shows will alternate each night, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all the beloved characters you know from the film. Mom’s Gift by Phil Olson is a comedy: Mom has been dead for 11 years, but she shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life, she must accomplish a task to earn her wings. However, her task is a mystery and there’s lots to fix. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students under age 18; can be purchased online or at the door. Performances are held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.

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July 20-22 Held at Lake Helen Reserve in Nipigon, the Opwaaganisiniing Traditional Gathering is one of the largest gatherings centrally located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Red Rock Indian Band hosts this annual Traditional Gathering every third weekend in July. This year will mark the 28th Annual Pow Wow, featuring 20-25 drum groups and over 300 dancers. The gathering offers cultural teachings, ceremonies, traditional dance, music, crafting and traditional cuisine. Local artisans will sell and display their work, and there will be two feasts, one on Saturday and one on Sunday; both free and open to the public. The first Grand Entry will be at noon on Saturday.


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July 20-22 Head to the Grand Marais harbor for a weekend on the water, hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. Test the newest kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, as well as outdoor gear and clothing. There will be free kayak demonstrations and a free standup paddleboard yoga class; class registration required. And don’t miss the Canoes book signing at Stone Harbor and a film festival at Wunderbar. Voyageur Brewing will also host a film festival; tickets are $10 and include a pint of beer.

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July 20-Aug. 11 Businesses along the Gunflint Trail will host the 2nd annual Biggest Blueberry Contest again this year. Blueberries will be measured by weight and must be picked fresh and not store bought. The weekly contest will have three rounds, with prize drawings occurring the last day of each round: July 20-28, July 27-Aug. 4 and Aug. 3-11. Weigh stations will be des-

ignated at various resorts and locations on the Gunflint Trail. In addition to prizes for the biggest blueberry, all submissions will be entered to win randomly selected prize drawings. Prizes range from free canoe rentals to slices of blueberry pie. Can you find the biggest blueberry?

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July 21, Saturday Held at Bayfront Park in Duluth, the Reggae and World Music Festival is a celebration of world music with artists who spread the message of love, hope and equality for everyone. This year’s lineup includes Konshens, Nomaddz, Nkulee Dube, Christopher Martin, Natty Nation, DJ Sound of Fujun, Urban Empress, and Salsa Del Soul. Gates will open at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.


July 21-22 The annual Lake Superior Salmon Classic Fishing Tournament, hosted by Silver Bay PTSO, will take place in the Silver Bay marina. There are three contest divisions with five places per division: coho salmon, king salmon and lake trout. The entry fee is $20 per person and can be purchased at various Lake County businesses. There will also be a raffle drawing with cash prizes, totaling $1,500, as well as other prizes; raffle tickets are $5. New this year is Bean Bag on the Breakwall, from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, featuring music, food and fun. Cost to enter is $20 a team and there will be a prize for the first place winner.


July 25-29 The Superior Theatre Festival (STF) is a professional multidisciplinary arts festival that launched in Thunder Bay in 2016. It advances appreciation of the arts by showcasing high-caliber performances and creating enrichment opportunities for youth through arts education. This year’s festival features four shows at various venues throughout Thunder Bay. Based on the book by Ronald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach is a musical that will showcase young, local actors and singers. This is the first time STF will produce a musical. Another performance, Between Two Breaths, features artists from Thunder Bay and around the world. What it’s

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The Buskers Festival in Thunder Bay features live music and entertainment for the whole family. | SUBMITTED like is an active audience experience by adelheid dance project. And on July 25, a collaboration with Live on the Waterfront will take place, featuring the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Raine Hamilton and Zachary Lucky. Tickets for STF are sold through the Magnus Theatre Box Office.


July 27-28 The Washburn Board Across the Bay Race is a unique standup paddleboard (SUP) event for all paddling enthusiasts. Held on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay in Washburn, Wis., categories include a 3-mile, 7-mile and 14-mile race. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with the free historic paddle, starting at Memorial Park. Races will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday; registration required. There will also be SUP demos, presentations and clinics from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Thompson’s West End Park. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.


July 27-29 Ely’s signature summer event, the Blueberry/Art Festival features more than 260 artists and crafters selling their hand-crafted items, 30 food vendors and local musicians. Held at Whiteside Park, the festival includes a blueberry pancake breakfast, live music each day, and activities for the kids, such as the bungie jump. Local stores and restaurants will offer spe-


cials and tasty concoctions with a blueberry theme, such as blueberry smoothies, tea, muffins, pie, lemonade and scones. The food court will also have all kinds of tempting food, everything from cream cheese wontons and seafood to Minneapple pie. The festival will take place from noon-7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday; attendance is free.

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Northern Wilds Calendar of Events June 27-July 8

Fireworks 10 p.m. Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage, Two Harbors & Silver Bay

Circuit Breakers 8 p.m. Grandma Ray’s,

July 5, Thursday

Grand Marais, Average Mammals 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais,

Guys and Dolls, Jr. Duluth Playhouse,

Grand Marais,

July 7-8

July 1, Sunday

Cook County Firewise Demonstration Day Mid-Gunflint Trail & Hovland,

Thomas Carnival Duluth DECC,

June 29-July 1

 Maaiingan 8 p.m. Grandma Ray’s,

Canada Day

Bay Area Car Club Show 9 a.m. Bayview Park, Ashland, WI, Gunflint Trail Historical Society Open House 11 a.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, Canada Day Celebration 11 a.m. West Thunder Community Centre, Thunder Bay, Persian Eating Contest 3 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay, SplinterTones 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 2, Monday

Eric Frost 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 2-21

Free Paddling Various Lodges & Outfitters, Gunflint Trail,

July 3, Tuesday

Blood Drive Noon, Silver Bay Veterans Home, Hairball 5:30 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Mysterious Ways 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 4, Wednesday INDEPENDENCE DAY

Fourth Fest Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Janet Gensler Ely 4 on the 4th Run 8 a.m. Miners Drive, Ely, Tofte Trek 9 a.m. Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte, Fireman’s Races 10 a.m. Lake County Arena, Two Harbors, Tofte 4th of July Celebration 11 a.m. Tofte Town Hall, Knife River Games, Races & Parade Noon, Knife River Community Center, Ely 4th of July Parade 1 p.m. (Fireworks 10 p.m.) Ely,


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July 5-6

July 5-7

Book Arts Weekend Grand Marais Art Colony,

July 5-8

Heritage Days Two Harbors,

July 6, Friday

Sean Emery 9 a.m. Ely Public Library, Kilborn Quartet and Boat & Bridges 6 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Naughty by Nature & Coolio 6 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais,

July 6-7

Thirsty River 8:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 6-8

Thunder Bay Blues Festival

Marina Park, Thunder Bay, Lake Nipigon Trout Hunt Beardmore, Ontario,

July 7, Saturday

Lundie Vacation Home Tour Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, The Family Cabin Book Signing: Dale Mulfinger 10 a.m. Schroeder Town Hall, Artist Talk: Andy Ness Noon, Grand Marais Art Colony, A Personal History of Sawbill Lodge: Jennie Case 4 p.m. Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais, Texasota Independence Jam 5 p.m. Island Lake Park, Duluth, Trampled By Turtles 4:30 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth,


HydroFlight Sports Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, Grand Marais (218) 387-9414 Duluth Air & Aviation Expo 9 a.m. Duluth International Airport, Hovland Arts Festival 10 a.m. Hovland Town Hall,

July 7-10

Star Spangled Art Show & Sale 1 p.m. (Reception July 7 at 7 p.m.) Ely Arts & Heritage Center,

July 8, Sunday

Pat Thomas: Pollinator Talk 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail,

Fairlawn Garden Work Day 5 p.m. Fairlawn Mansion, Superior, Chase Rice with Cody Johnson & Abby Anderson 6 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Wish Benefit Show 2018 Variety Spectacular 7 p.m. CLE, Thunder Bay, Plucked Up String Band 7:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 12-15

Sir G’s Legion Midsummer Classic Veterans Memorial Field, Ely,

July 12-28

Back in 59 Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay,

July 12-29

The Music Man 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.)

July 8-10

Duluth Playhouse,

Tavern, Grand Marais,

Planked Trout Dinner Fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Grand Marais Recreation Hall: RV Park, Portage Band & Cook County’s Most Wanted 6 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais,

Ocelot Wizard 7:30 p.m. Gun Flint

July 9, Monday

Courtney Yasmineh 7 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais,

July 10, Tuesday

Fairlawn Garden Work Day 9 a.m. Fairlawn Mansion, Superior, Teddy Bears Picnic Noon, Vickers Park, Thunder Bay, Artist Talk: The Work of Paul Thek Noon, Grand Marais Art Colony, Ruby’s Pantry 5 p.m. Community Center, Grand Marais,

July 11, Wednesday

Blood Drive 9 a.m. Northshore Mining, Silver Bay, Blood Drive 2:30 p.m. Tofte,

July 11-13

Sidewalk Days Festival Downtown Duluth,

July 12, Thursday

Blood Drive 8:30 a.m. Downtown Grand Marais, Basic Genealogy: How to Create a Working Binder 9 a.m. The Depot, Duluth, Northern Lights Kids for Kids Concert 11 a.m. Ely Public Library,

July 13, Friday

Lost & Found Street Art Festival Noon, Cooke Street, Thunder Bay, Arrowhead Animal Rescue Fur Ball Fundraiser 4 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais (218) 877-7357 An Artful Evening on the Harbor: GMAC Benefit 5 p.m. Grand Marais, Brothers in Arms 8 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Bart Sutter: Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood 7 p.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais,

July 14-15

Grand Marais Arts Festival Downtown Grand Marais, Chalk.a.Lot Thomas Owens Park, Two Harbors, Pinocchio Duluth Playhouse,

July 15, Sunday

Beach Festival Terrace Bay, Ontario,

July 16, Monday

Eric Frost 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 13-14

July 16-22

Band 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 17, Tuesday

Josh Cleveland & the Cedar Street

July 13-15

Bay Days Silver Bay & Beaver Bay, Caramat Fish Derby Caramat, Ontario, Hopped Up Caribou Festival Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen,

July 14, Saturday

Bay to Bay Run/Walk 8:45 a.m. Rukavina Arena, Silver Bay, 11th Annual Rummage & Bake Sale 9 a.m. Lutsen Church Nice Girls of the North Marketplace 10 a.m. Lakeside Lester Park Community Center, Duluth, Hot Metal Pour 10 a.m. Downtown Grand Marais, Taste of Duluth 11 a.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Family Day Noon, Founders’ Museum & Pioneer Village, Thunder Bay, Facebook: Founders’ Museum & Pioneer Village

Schreiber Heritage Days & Spud Fest Schreiber, Ontario, Demo: Golden Acrylic Technical Lecture 6 p.m. Grand Marais Art Colony, Bug Dope 7:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Take It With You: Season 5 7:30 p.m. The Underground Theatre, Duluth,

July 17-21

Watercolor Club Art Show & Sale Ely Arts & Heritage Center, Ely,

July 18, Wednesday

Rededication & Re-Christening of the Alexander Henry Marina Park: Pool 6 Dock, Thunder Bay, Blood Drive 9 a.m. Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, Ely, Gunflint Trail Canoe Races 4 p.m. Gunflint Lodge Waterfront, Gunflint Trail, Fairlawn’s Ice Cream Social 5:30 p.m. Fairlawn Mansion, Superior,

Humbird 7 p.m. Wunderbar,

Grand Marais,

July 18-24

WTIP Summer Membership Drive WTIP, Grand Marais,

July 19, Thursday

Zoo La Palooza 5 p.m. Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Gordon Thorne 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 19-22

Summerfest Longlac, Ontario,

July 19-Aug. 12

Summer Theater Festival: Mom’s Gift & Shrek The Musical 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.) Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais,

July 20, Friday

ReaderFest featuring Cloud Cult Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Pinterest Projects 3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library, Swing Band & Cruisers 6 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Gordon Thorne 7 p.m. Tettegouche Visitor Center, Silver Bay DJ Dr. Dave 9:30 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

July 20-21

Saints of Circumstance 8 p.m. Gun

Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 20-22

North Shore Water Festival Grand Marais Harbor, Opwaaganisiniing Traditional Gathering Lake Helen Reserve, Nipigon, Ashland Bay Days Bayview Park, Ashland, WI, Northern Exposure AAA Hockey Tournament Duluth,

July 20-Aug. 11

Biggest Blueberry Contest Gunflint Trail,

July 21, Saturday

Emotions in Motion 5k Run/Walk 8 a.m. Lakewalk Canal Park, Duluth, Invasive Species Day 10 a.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, Lilypad Picnic 10 a.m. Whiteside Park, Ely, Remembering David Brislance 10 a.m. Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Reggae & World Music Festival 11 a.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Artist Talk: Blurring the Line Between Fine Art & Fashion Noon, Grand Marais Art Colony, Canoes Book Signing 1 p.m. Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Grand Marais, Festival of India 3 p.m. Marina Park, Thunder Bay, Canoes Presentation & Film Festival 4:30 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais, SplinterTones 8 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais,

Music Bingo 9:30 p.m.

Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

July 21-22

Lake Superior Salmon Classic Fishing Tournament Silver Bay Marina,

July 22, Sunday

Honor the Earth Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Donuts at Dorothy’s 11 a.m. Dorothy Molter Museum, Ely, Little Minnow Kids’ Triathlon 12:30 p.m. Bayview Park, Ashland, WI, David Battistel: John A. Paulson: The Man Behind the Mystery 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail,

July 22-23

Joshua Schmidt Duo 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 23, Monday

Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame Fred Bragnalo Memorial Golf Tournament 8 a.m. Fort William Country Club, Thunder Bay, Demo: Troubleshooting Intaglio Registration Techniques Noon, Grand Marais Art Colony,

July 24, Tuesday

Joe Paulik 7:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 25, Wednesday

Estate Planning with Kelly Klun 4 p.m. Ely Public Library, Jeffrey Kroll: Gardening, Soil & Foods From the Forest 7 p.m. Vermilion Community College, Ely, Quiz Night 8 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

July 25-29

Superior Theatre Festival Thunder Bay,

July 26, Thursday

“A Sad Day in ’58: The Rescue Attempt of Carl Hammer” Panel Discussion 5:30 p.m. Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais, Ian Alexy 6 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Guest Lecture: Lost Resorts History 7 p.m. Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais, Full Moon Music: Roxann Berglund & Briand Morrison 7:30 p.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais,

July 26-28

Renegade Theater Presents: Lizzie 7:30 p.m. Zeitgeist, Duluth,

July 26-29

Northeast District Division II Legion Playoffs Veterans Memorial Field, Ely,

July 27, Friday

Minnesota Ballet Student Summer Showcase Noon, Duluth Public Library Plaza, Portage Band 6 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Mary Bue & Lowray 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais,

July 27-28

Board Across the Bay Washburn, WI,

Fine Art & Artisan Fair 10 a.m. Amici’s Event Center, Ely, Star of the North After Party 9 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Crazy Chester 8:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 27-29

Longlac Walleye Masters Fishing Tournament Long Lake, Longlac, Bow Fest 2018 Mont du Lac Resort, Superior, Stars of the North Music Festival Harbor Park, Grand Marais, Blueberry/Arts Festival 10 a.m. (Noon on Friday) Whiteside Park, Ely, Peter Pan Jr. 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) Duluth Playhouse,

July 28, Saturday

Household Hazardous Waste Collection 9 a.m. Cook County Recycling Center, Grand Marais (218) 387-3630 Centennial Trail Boardwalk Project 9:30 a.m. Kekekabic Trailhead, Gunflint Trail, Woman-Made: Northland Women Art & Gift Fair 10 a.m. Peace Church, Duluth, Fat Guys Auto Parts Car Show 11 a.m. Memorial Ave., Thunder Bay, Yvonne Pearson: Sadie Braves the Wilderness 11 a.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, Childhood Memories: Grand Marais Garden Club Flower Show Noon, Community Center, Grand Marais All Pints North Summer Brewfest 3 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Live on the Waterfront: Machine de Cirque – Truck Stop 5:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Marina Park, Thunder Bay, North Shore Community Swing Band 7 p.m. Clearwater Lodge, Gunflint Trail (218) 370-9852 Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais,

July 28-29

Buskers Festival Bay & Algoma Shopping District, Thunder Bay, Kenogamisis Mixed Golf Invitational 11 a.m. Kenogamisis Golf Club, Geraldton,

July 28-Aug. 4

Big Fish Contest Cook County,

July 29, Sunday

Doug Hall: Dragonflies 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, Thunder Bay Art Gallery Garden Tour 10 a.m. Thunder Bay, Mysterious Ways 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 30, Monday

Songwriter Series: The Sea The Sea 8:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen,

July 30-31

Coral Creek 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

July 31, Tuesday

Movie Matinee: Alice in Wonderland 3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library,


Open Mic Night 6 p.m. Grandma Rays, Grand Marais, Live Music 9 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte,


Story Time 10:30 a.m. Grand Marais Public Library, Kids’ Day: Free Admission 11 a.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, Downtown Farmers’ Market (Starts July 17) 11 a.m. Lake Superior Plaza, Duluth, Sawmill Tours 12:30 p.m. Hedstrom Lumber Company, Gunflint Trail (218) 877-7030 USFS Nature Programs 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, Ely Farmers’ Market 5 p.m. Whiteside Park, Ely, Free: Trivia (Mafia) Tuesday 6 p.m. Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors, Trivia 7 p.m. Grandma Rays, Grand Marais, Chester Creek Concert Series 7 p.m. Chester Bowl Park, Duluth, Campfire Music 7 p.m. Bluefin Bay, Tofte,


Lake Superior Yoga 8 a.m. Tettegouche State Park Visiter Center, Silver Bay Country Market 3:30 p.m. CLE Dove Building, Thunder Bay, Open Mic 5 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Live on the Waterfront (Begins July 11) 6 p.m. Marina Park, Thunder Bay, Live Music 7 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais, Concerts on the Pier: Free 7 p.m. Glensheen Mansion, Duluth, Live Music 9 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte,


Bird Banding Demos 7 a.m. Sugarloaf Cove, Schroeder, Learn to Knit 10:30 a.m. Sisu Designs, Ely, Heritage Homestead Tours 1 p.m. Embarrass Information Center, Embarrass, Finland Farmers Market 5 p.m. Clair Nelson Center, Finland, Local Food Market 5 p.m. Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais Live Music 6 p.m. Cascade Lodge & Restaurant, Lutsen, Live Music by the Campfire 6:30 p.m. Lutsen Resort, Date Night with Live Music 7 p.m. North Shore Winery, Lutsen, Live Music 7 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais, City Band Concert & Ice Cream Social 7:30 p.m. Thomas Owens Park, Two Harbors,


Sawmill Tours 10 a.m. Hedstrom Lumber Company, Gunflint Trail (218) 877-7030 Preschool Storytime 11 a.m. Ely Public Library, Heritage Homestead Tours 1 p.m. Embarrass Information Center, Embarrass,

Live Music 4 p.m. Voyageur Brewing,

Grand Marais, Live Music 7 p.m. Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors, Music by the Campfire 7 p.m. Eagle Ridge, Lutsen, Live Music 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais, Movies in the Park (Starts July 13) Sundown, Leif Erikson Park, Duluth, Live Music 9 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte, Renegade Improv 10:30 p.m. Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, Duluth,


Country Market 8 a.m. CLE Dove Building, Thunder Bay, Ashland Area Farmer’s Market 8 a.m. Ashland, WI, Cook County Market 9 a.m. Senior Center Parking Lot, Grand Marais, Two Harbors Farmers Market 9 a.m. Cedar Coffee Company & Spokengear, Two Harbors, Ely Farmers’ Market 9:30 a.m. Whiteside Park, Ely, Children’s Story Hour with the Muffin Man 11 a.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, Voyageur Brewing Tours 11 a.m. Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais, Harbor History Tours 1 p.m. Lightkeeper’s House Museum, Grand Marais, Open Knitting 1 p.m. Sisu Designs Yarn Shop, Ely, Heritage Homestead Tours 1 p.m. Embarrass Information Center, Embarrass, Free: Tour the North House Campus 2 p.m. North House Folk School, Grand Marais, Music on the Deck 6 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen, Live Music 6 p.m. Cascade Lodge & Restaurant, Lutsen, Stock Car Racing 7 p.m. ABC Raceway, Ashland, WI, What’s For Dinner? 7 p.m. International Wolf Center, Ely, Live Music 7 p.m. Lutsen Resort, Live Music 7 p.m. Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors, Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert 7 p.m. Grand Marais, Live Music 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais, Live Music 9:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen, Renegade Improv 10:30 p.m. Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, Duluth,


Discover North Shore Geology 10 a.m. Sugarloaf Cove, Schroeder, Bluegrass Sundays 3 p.m. North Shore Winery, Lutsen, Music by the Lake 4 p.m. Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, Grand Marais, Open Stage with Joe Paulik 6 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais,


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The North Shore Dish Food Truck Season is Here in the North By Maren Webb

Summer is in full swing in the Northern Wilds. The must see and do lists are long this time of year, from outdoor adventures to dining outings. One that you shouldn’t miss is a visit to one or many of our region’s food trucks. The food truck phenomenon originally started on the coasts and has found its way across the United States and Canada. Despite having a shorter season in our northern climate, food trucks and trailers are growing in number and variety from Duluth all the way to Schreiber, Ontario and beyond. The rise of social media has made the mobile ones easy to find and the stationary ones a sure bet on sunny summer days. Whether you are seeking a quick bite on an adventure or hoping to enjoy a plethora of food choices at an event, keep your eyes open for one of these food trucks. In 2012, food trucks weren’t really a thing in Duluth, but they were exploding in popularity in the Twin Cities. Jonathan Reznick saw an opportunity. Coupling his history in the restaurant industry with his desire to start his own business, Reznick jumped at the idea as he realized “it was only a matter of time and it seemed possible.” The Rambler was born after Reznick’s memorable Miami road trip to pick up a custom-made truck. At the heart of every food truck operation, and what brings us back, is the food. Over the past six seasons, Reznick and his team have found that right mix of fan favorites and new features. He finds inspiration from places he’s visited and incubating ideas with his staff. Yet, not every great idea makes it to the truck, as he has to keep in mind whether a dish is feasible in the food truck setting. “How can we make something delicious that can also get out in a decent amount of time,” said Reznick, referencing that many lunch customers only have a 30 minute break. Yet, you wouldn’t think limitations when you peruse The Rambler’s menu. The teriyaki pulled pork sandwich topped with pineapple, the Cuban sandwich featuring homemade spice pickles, and the Tatchos, yes, tater tot nachos, are all customer favorites and show the breadth of what The Rambler accomplishes in its mobile food kitchen. Mahi Mahi tacos with jicama slaw and the black bean burger are nonmeat options to try. For Reznick, his top choice is the bacon-wrapped slaw dog with zesty jalapeno pineapple slaw, as it “fuels the 16-hour day!”

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for The Rambler food truck on the streets of Duluth, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find their next destination. | THE RAMBLER Despite the long hours, challenging weather and cramped quarters, “I love the food truck life,” said Reznick. “You meet lots of people and see lots of things every day you are out.” As one of The Rambler’s taglines reads: Roam. Eat. Repeat. In 2016, Reznick took the big step of purchasing a building in West Duluth to have his own kitchen and home base for the truck. This expansion allowed him to also venture into the catering business, opening MidCoast Catering in 2017. Now, Reznick is able to serve customers year round between the food truck and catering events. The Rambler operates each May through October in Duluth, with a mix of scheduled locations and special events. The Rambler will be joining other local food trucks at the July 7 Trampled by Turtles show at Bayfront Park in Duluth. Weekly locations in-

clude Bent Paddle Brewery, Cirrus, and Duluth City Hall. Information on where to find the truck is available on Facebook ( and Twitter ( Further up Lake Superior, a young entrepreneur is making a name for himself after opening a family-run food truck trailer. Morgan Houston launched The Golden Rail in the fall of 2014, featuring burgers, poutine, fries and appetizers from its location on Highway 17 in Schreiber, Ontario. Known for its hand-cut fries and hand-pattied Canadian beef burgers, The Golden Rail seems to have hit the nail on the head, or would that be the railroad stake? At first glance, The Golden Rail offers pretty standard food truck fare, but a closer look and that first bite will convince you otherwise. A perfect example is the Mor-

ganator, a burger named for its founder. This bacon and cheese burger with chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato is a hit with customers and has that something extra you won’t find just anywhere. The fresh hand-cut fries—whether as part of the fish and chips, as a side to one of the burgers, or as poutine—hit the spot. They pride themselves on good prices, generous portions, and tasty fare. All served from a trailer Houston and his family ordered from Alexandria, Ontario. Family is at the heart of this operation. When Houston graduated in 2013, he was looking for what was next in life. He had hit a rough patch and was feeling down about the hand he was dealt, living with Cerebral Palsy. His next direction came to him and his family: opening a business. His Dad is a railroader and after visiting a chip NORTHERN  WILDS

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The Golden Rail, owned by Morgan Houston and located in Schreiber, is a family-run business. | THE GOLDEN RAIL stand in White River, he came home with the idea to open The Golden Rail. The business name pays homage to his Dad and his railroad history. Today, Houston has six employees and is expanding his business. It continues to be a family operation, with his Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister all involved. This translates to the customer experience. “We look forward to meeting new people and love hearing their stories. We are always eager to share neat places to visit or hike. Our slogan is come as customers leave as friends,” said owner Houston. The Golden Rail (40 Kingsway, Schreiber) operates May through October, depending on weather. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week. The Golden Rail also does events, including Pays Plat Pow Wow (July 21-23), Schreiber Heritage Days (July), Terrace Bay Lighthouse Festival (Aug. 17), Terrace Bay Dragfest (Aug. 4-6) and the Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival (Aug. 30Sept. 3). For more information, find The Golden Rail on Facebook.

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This will be the first full season for Sliders, located at Lutsen Mountains. | SLIDERS in a mobile unit than you can building from scratch,” said Jim Vick of Lutsen Mountains.

In Lutsen, this will be the first full season for Sliders, a food truck trailer at Lutsen Mountains, adjacent to the Alpine Slide, that opened in August 2017. Sliders takes inspiration from its location, both in its name and menu, offering gourmet small sandwiches, “sliders” and other food and snacks. A perfect location whether you are visiting for an adventurous slide down the hill or just for a quick bite as you pass through.

Another Jim at Lutsen Mountains, Jim Schmidt, designed the kitchen and the menu, having it custom built by a Florida company specializing in mobile kitchens. The menu includes gourmet small sandwiches and salads, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pulled pork, veggie burgers, and Nathan’s famous hot dogs. Trail snacks, sub sandwiches and soft-serve ice cream are also on the menu. According to the Lutsen Mountains website, “With a food truck vibe, Sliders is fast, fun and delicious.”

“Food trucks have evolved such that you can get a complete commercial kitchen with a small footprint easier

Sliders is open mid-June through Labor Day when the Alpine Slide is operating and also open weekends

through fall colors. If the Alpine Slide is closed due to weather, Sliders is also closed. Find more info at: Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.5 p.m. on weekends. There are many other food trucks and trailers in the Northern Wilds that could not fit in this month’s North Shore Dish. One to be sure to keep an eye out for is the former Dixie Food Trailer in Two Harbors, which has been purchased by the Breeze Inn. They plan to continue to be at Castle Danger in Two Harbors on Thursdays, so stay tuned for more information:

Homemade Blueberry Pie By Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

The clack of the rolling pin. The smell of bubbling fruit. The first oozing slice served warm (or the last cold one eaten standing up for a midnight snack). Pie is a magical thing, and with a little practice it’s as easy as youknow-what. ready when it will hold its shape when gently formed into a ball.

Divide dough into two even balls, handling minimally. If it won’t hold together, go back a step. Wrap in plastic and chill in refrigerator, or freeze for later use.

Cornstarch Slurry Double Crust Pie Even if you have to patch it up, a homemade crust is always going to impress people more than something from the grocery store. Work it quickly, as if you’re a pioneer woman in a hurry; this will keep things light and flaky. A splash of vinegar gives the dough a subtle savory flavor.

3 cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 16 tablespoons lard, frozen (or half lard, half butter/shortening) 1 tablespoon good vinegar ½ cup ice water (it’s ok to use more) Whisk together the dry ingredients. Grate frozen lard using the large side of a cheese grater, then cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or food processor until the lard is just smaller than dried peas. Any smaller and your crust won’t be as flaky.

Mix water and vinegar; use something nice enough for a vinaigrette dressing, not the cheap white stuff. Then dribble the water over the dough and fluff with a fork (don’t stir!) until it begins to come together. It’s

Berry pies often call for a thickener like cornstarch. But if the filling never reaches a boiling point, the cornstarch doesn’t get activated, and you get a runny pie with a soggy bottom crust. By making the slurry first, you can see the consistency of your filling before it goes into the oven.

Gently fold the slurry into your fruit filling. It should begin to resemble canned pie filling more and more as it cools.

Blueberry Pie Few things taste more like summer than blueberry pie. You can substitute half the fruit with rhubarb, strawberries, or peaches for variety.

3 tablespoons cornstarch ⅓ cup sugar 11 ounces water Whisk together the cornstarch and two pinches of sugar. Whisk in about a fourth of the water. The mixture should be cloudy and opaque.

7-8 cups blueberries, thawed and drained if frozen 1 lemon, grated and juiced ½-⅔ cup sugar Dash salt Cornstarch slurry 2 tablespoons butter Mix all ingredients and fold in slurry.

Sprinkle your surface with flour, and generously flour the rolling pin. Roll out the bottom crust, working from the center outward in quick motions. Gently fold in half, slide into a 10-inch glass or ceramic pie plate and unfold. Trim the crust to extend just beyond the rim of the plate. (Save the scraps: they’re delicious sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and baked

Bring the remaining water and sugar to a boil. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture and boil for one minute, whisking continuously. Remove from heat.

on a cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.)

Pour the filling into the pie shell and dot with sliced butter. If you’ve got extra filling, set it aside for another use.

Brush a little water on the lip of the bottom crust and drape the top crust over the pie. Trim the edges, leaving about an inch and a half. Tuck the top crust around the bottom crust and crimp with your fingers or a fork to seal. Make decorative steam vents with a knife or a fork and brush with egg wash (one egg beaten with ⅛ teaspoon salt) and sprinkle with sugar.

Set the pie on a cookie sheet to catch spills. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes on lower rack, then for 35-50 minutes at 350F on upper rack. Add a pie shield or use tin foil to prevent the crimped edges from over-browning. It’s done when the filling is bubbling and the crust is white or golden like a sugar cookie, and feels sturdy when tapped. Allow to cool for at least one hour so the filling can set. Serve a la mode or with whipped cream.

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URSA MINOR: Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is about to get another brewery. Ursa Minor will be a smallbatch brewery located at 2415 West Superior Street, and by the looks of activity at the site, it should be open soon.

When Duluth’s oldest microbrewery was purchased late last year, the new owners promised to breathe new life into the brand.

The brewery has long bottled its beer for retail shelves, and it will continue to do so, but decided to mix it up with the cans, which are lighter and more durable than glass bottles.

But enough about beer containers. I might spend a little bit too much of this column focused on hoppy beers, which are among my favorite, so picking a pair of lighter beers seemed like the right thing to do, especially with the arrival of summer. Kayak Kolsch is a great summer beer, one of those “lawn mower” beers, refreshing and seemingly light, that hits the spot on warm days following a little (or a lot) of yard work. The beer is a long-time LSBC classic, pouring a clear gold with a foamed head. It’s crisp, clean and with a slight amount of bitterness. A kolsch will remind many of pilsners, but there is a difference. Pilsners are lagers, while kolsch beers are ales. The real similarity in their production is that kolsch beers are stored cold in the brewing process, which is also the case with lagers. Kayak Kolsch has a deceptive amount of punch for how easy it drinks, with 5.1 percent alcohol by volume (up from the 4.5 percent

By Javier Serna

There’s been no official word nailing down an opening date, but it was expected to be open by mid-summer.

LSBC’s Kayak Kolsch and Mesabi Red Ale are great summer beers. | LAKE SUPERIOR BREWING COMPANY ABV it was once listed as), and 25 international bitterness units. It has a light amount of hops that comes through, with a nose that brings to mind a bakery. Fans of the kolsch style have long had a go-to choice with Kayak Kolsch. Mesabi Red Ale was released in this first canning by the brewery apparently as a limited release. There should still be some around at press time. The beer has long been in LSBC’s arsenal of beers, but hadn’t been brewed for five years. I’ve fallen out of love with red ales as my palate has gravitated towards pales, stouts and sours in recent years, but a good red ale still has its place for guys like me, and it’s obviously been a style that has remained popular. Mesabi Red, with a 6.5 percent ABV and 32 IBUs, pours a dark red and first hits you with its maltiness, and it is noticeably

PLANS SOUR: What was supposed to be the region’s first sour brewery fell apart earlier this year. Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery, which was initially planned to open last year, was planned for Midway Township outside of Duluth. One of the brewers, Levi Loesch, posted on his Facebook account earlier this year that the brewery “will not become a reality.” WHITE PINE PROJECT UPDATE: Castle Danger’s White Pine Project, which came with the benefit of inspiring a wonderfully hoppy IPA, was also a gift to conservation. The brewery and volunteers planted 35 young white pines at Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors. The brewery plans to bring it all back again next year, and I’m not sure what to get more excited about (White Pine Project IPA is probably the best thing CDB has ever done, in my opinion).

darker than your average red ale, giving it more flavor fueled by five different types of malts. There is also a solid hop presence, balanced against the malts. It’s a sweet, dry and complex beer. If you’re into red ales, don’t wait to track some Mesabi Red down.

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Water-Side Safety By Amy Schmidt Be it pools, inland lakes, rivers or Lake Superior, the North Shore is home to some fabulous, not-to-be-missed swimming holes. Memories are made of lazy days at the lake and brave jumps off the pool’s high-dive. Family vacations go handin-hand with adventurous Lake Superior plunges and secret river swimming spots. And who doesn’t love a spontaneous jump off the back of a pontoon or fishing boat? There’s no way around it: summer just isn’t summer without swimming. But like so many outdoor activities, swimming’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. In fact, swimming might be one of the most dangerous summer pastimes. Why? Because water is unpredictable. Even a strong swimmer can find themselves thrust into sudden, fatal danger, in an unexpected current or waters far colder than anticipated. Add to this any scenarios involving alcohol, boats or children and you can see why swimming can go from terrific to tragic in a heartbeat. Safety is paramount, especially around water. Even if you, your family or friends


know how to swim, exercising caution will keep everyone safe. Consider using a buddy system when swimming. Even when lifeguards are present, it is unwise to swim alone, especially in natural bodies of water like rivers. When children are involved, stay vigilant, avoiding distractions like cell phones or pool-side games. Water toys are a draw for young kids and should be kept away from the water’s edge when not in use. Young children, and those who are less confident, should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets any time they are in or around water. And children, especially babies, should never be left alone near water, shallow kiddy-pools and streams included. When swimming in natural bodies of water like rivers and lakes, be overly cautious. Currents, riptides, undertows and waves present extreme danger and should be held in fearful respect. It is not uncommon for the swimming conditions of water to change abruptly and without warning. If you are unsure or uneasy, play it safe and stay out of the water. Alcohol shouldn’t be paired with swimming. Alcohol, in any amount, impairs


When swimming in natural bodies of water, like rivers and lakes, be overly cautious. | STOCK judgement, coordination and balance, all necessary elements of safe swimming. Whether you are the one swimming or the one in charge of the swimmers, even one drink can pose a threat to swimming safety. Sadly, even when all water safety rules are followed, accidents can and do still happen. Knowing what to do in such emergencies can help save lives. Know how and when to call 9-1-1. Consider enrolling in a pool safety course or, better yet, get cer-

tified in CPR. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds are precious when preventing death or disability. Practicing water safety every time will help keep summer fun. Because, up north, summer is way too short to be anything other than great. An exhaustive list of water safety tips, as well as information about local CPR training, can be found on the American Red Cross website.


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Northern Trails All About July Walleye By Gord Ellis

July walleye fishing is not always the easiest bite of the year to dial in. The spring and early summer post spawn frenzy is over, with fish mostly leaving the shallows and dispersing back to the lakes where they spend most of the year. On top of that, in July you often have to deal with natural occurrences such as the mayfly hatch. Having a buffet of insects on the water does not help the bite. So how do you dial in July walleye? Here are a few tips that should help you put a few more fish in the live-well this summer.

Location In July, walleye will be setting up shop for the summer, and generally, the fish will be deeper. This is not always the case, but as the water warms up, the fish will be seeking cold-water refuge. However, the number one motivator for these predatory fish is food, and so walleye will be wherever they can feed the easiest and most often. My search will usually begin by looking for underwater structure not far from deep water. These spots are usually reefs, rockpiles or underwater shoals. Some of these areas can be visible, but the clear majority are not. Most modern walleye anglers have some form of depth sounder or “fish finder.” If you enjoy fishing walleye, and don’t have a unit, it is time to break the piggy bank. Nothing will help you find summer walleye more consistently than a sonar unit. By identifying where the changes in depth are, and how reefs and rockpiles are laid out, you can much more quickly locate fish. If the unit has a GPS that allows you to add a way point, so much the better. Marking good spots with a GPS way point can save a lot of time spent seeking mid-lake structures. In July, walleye can be found at the bottoms of rockpiles, where the rocks meet the sand, but it’s always worth trying the tops of the reef if they are a few feet underwater. Walleye will often roll onto the tops of reefs to feed, and a little chop on the water seems to increase the likelihood of that happening. If the fish don’t seem to be hanging out on reefs, it is always worth trying the weeds. Most walleye anglers avoid weeds like the plague, yet there is a treasure trove of food there for walleye. Cabbage beds in water 10 to 15 feet deep is often the key to finding July walleye. The fish will patrol the weeds, moving in to them, and then coming out to the open-water edge. You can often

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see a visible line where the weeds end and the open water begins. Yet there are times the weeds will be deep enough they are not visible. Once again, a depth finder will help you find these deep weeds in short order. Walleye in weeds are very aggressive, so as annoying as it can be to pull salad off the hook, when the bites do come, there will be no doubt what is happening.

Tactics When it comes to catching walleye consistently, few methods work better than jigging. The traditional technique is to use a jig—usually coloured orange, yellow or red—tipped with a minnow, worm or leech. Live bait is undeniably deadly on walleye, with leeches and worms getting the nod as the water warms. Drop the jig to the bottom and move it with a subtle lift-drop motion. Bites will often feel like a sudden weight on the line, although you may get a hard strike. In weeds, it can pay to forgo bait and stick with plastics on a jig. The top choices are 3-inch twister tails, minnow or shad style bodies, and tubes. Multi-coloured plastics of pink, yellow and orange work well in weeds, as it adds an element of flash and can help trigger a strike. Many plastics come scented or salted, and that adds another layer of attraction. When you fish a jig and plastic in weeds, don’t be afraid to pop the fig with your rod tip if you become hung up. The sharp action can often shed the weed and may even motivate a walleye to strike. Another great technique is to throw a minnow-shaped crankbait over the tops of reefs and in weeds. Crankbaits are especially good at catching large fish, as they look

A trophy-sized walleye caught on a crankbait. | GORD ELLIS like a very big mouthful. Some of the better walleye cranks include the Rapala Husky Jerk, X Rap and Rip Stop. You should impart a stop and go action, to make the crankbait look injured. My preference is natural looking finishes like silver, gold and pearl. However, there are times when a fire tiger or even pink crankbait will work wonders. Never be afraid to experiment.

Finally, if you are feeling adventurous, night fishing for July walleye can pay big dividends. You can shore fish or boat fish, and the top technique is to cast or troll a large crankbait. The key to night fishing is having reliable sources of light so you can safely unhook fish and see what you are doing and where you are going. Head lamps work very well. Fishing three days

either side of a full moon is an exciting time to night fish. July walleye fishing is a challenge but can also be very successful if the pieces come together. Use the information supplied here as your guide to becoming a hero at the family fish fry.


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NORTHERN LIGHT LAKE WHY GO: This multi-species fishery is so close, yet so far away, keeping pressure down and allowing several highly sought-after species to grow big and abundant. ACCESS: The easiest way to get to Northern Light Lake is to hop on Hwy. 588, either straight out of Thunder Bay, or from Hwy. 593, for those travelling from the border crossing at Pigeon River. It’s about 90 miles west of Thunder Bay, and about a three-hour drive from Grand Marais. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) maps suggest there are four public ramps on the east side of the lake, but locals say there are only a few public ramps on the east side of the lake, though two resorts, Red Pine Outfitters and Northern Light Resort also give access to their customers. The lake can also be reached via portage from Saganaga Lake (a Remote Area Border Crossing permit would be required), and portage wheels are allowed on the old railroad portage from the northeast corner of Sag. But, as fishing guide Mike Berg puts it, “If you don’t know your way on Sag or Northern Light, you’re not going to find that portage. It’s way on the far end of Sag.” Berg noted there is another way to portage in to the lake from Curran Bay to Wantelto Lake to Northern Light. “It’s an excellent river system,” he said. VITALS: Berg, of the Seagull Fishing Camp near the end of the Gunflint Trail, said he had no idea how many acres the lake is.

He’d never seen an acreage published. According to the MNR, the lake has a surface area of 6,989.8 hectares, which converts to about 16,000 acres. It is just north of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and east of Quetico Provincial Park. GAME SPECIES PRESENT: MNR lists walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, burbot, cisco, lake whitefish, white sucker and yellow perch. ‘EYE SEE YOU: Walleyes top the list of targets on Northern Light. Berg noted that while Sag is smaller, it is the deeper of the two lakes, meaning Northern Light is shallower. Berg said spring walleye fishing is done mainly in the lake’s expansive bays. “Northern Light has more bays than Sag, and every bay is three to four times the size of the bays on Sag,” he said. “There’s lots more shallow spring fishing on Northern Light.” Northern Light pumps out consistently better year classes of walleyes. The lake is a paradise for those who like to fish dramatic and dynamic structure, Berg said, noting that there are more incredible fishing spots on Northern Light than even a full-time fishing guide can fish in a season, and those are just the spots he knows. He suggests hitting the resorts and talking to the locals.

“There are spots where there are obviously fish being caught, but there are countless spots on the lake where you won’t see a soul,” he said, noting that the lake is a good one to hunt down a 10-pounder. “There are plenty of big walleyes in the lake.” SEEKING NORTHERNS: Allana Miller of Red Pine Outfitters said her family’s business has many customers that come just to target giant pike. How big is the biggest? “Dad would say 30 pounds,” she said, referring to her dad, Bob Miller, who has run the place since 1992.

“There are some huge lake trout that come out of there every year,” Berg said. “There is a ton of big bass.”

Added Berg, “If there was ever a place to go after a 30-plus pound northern, that would be the lake to hunt them down.”

And those with the knowledge and desire to target lake whitefish have a great place to do that at Northern Light, he said.

THE REST: The lake is also known for its lake trout, smallmouth bass and lake whitefish.

“When you get on the whitefish, there is a lot of them,” Berg said.—Javier Serna

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The Elixir is captained by Parker Bambenek, owner of Superior Pursuits fishing charter. | CADENCE BAMBENEK

Charter Fishing, it’s Superior

By Ali Juten There’s just something about being surrounded by the largest fresh water lake in the world. For some people, their special Lake Superior moment happens with the bend of a fishing rod and the thrill of catching their first lake trout. All of this with Duluth’s iconic lift bridge on the horizon. But, who assists in creating those special moments? The answer is, fishing charter captains. Captain Parker Bambenek, owner of Superior Pursuits, is in his third year operating his own boat, the Elixir, and has been a captain since 2015. At 28 years old, he is the youngest charter captain in Duluth. But, he has been fishing since he could walk; it’s in his blood. In fact, he grew up the son of Dr. Gregory Bambenek, creator of the popular fish attractant, “Dr. Juice”, and is now a part owner of the company. For him, becoming a charter captain was the perfect fit.

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A day on Lake Superior with Bambenek could be described as

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Having an established group of boats prepared to work together does help to streamline the day. The Lift Bridge Charter boats typically create a plan at the dock before they leave. They discuss where they are going and then communicate via cell phone or radio for the duration of the trip. “We communicate what is working and what is not. We definitely work together when we are out there and it definitely makes us more productive, that’s for sure,” Paulsen said. There are other fleets of charter boats in Duluth as well; Happy Hooker has five boats in their fleet and Optimum Charters has four.

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“Every one of the charter captains are generally pretty friendly with each other,” Bambenek said. “If people want larger group trips, just about everyone will find a boat to accommodate.” Each charter fishing company in the Twin Ports can be reached via their website/or Facebook page. Both Bambenek and Paulsen say that they also see quite a few inquiry messages coming through social media outlets, which they also welcome. But, whatever method they are contacted, their advice is to book sooner rather than later, especially to fish on a weekend. Experiencing the cool, damp mornings, the brilliant sunrises or the burning sunsets waiting for a bite; it’s the true nature of Lake Superior and a venture that few regret.

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Mary Jo and our dog Bella in search of pictographs in Quetico Provincial Park.

Canoe Country Pictographs Story & Photos By Michael Furtman I awoke to sunlight on the roof of our tent. As I lay there listening for clues of the day, I could hear only the drone of a few insects and the warbling of songbirds—and thankfully, no pattering of rain, no howling of wind. Though the sun had only climbed far enough above the east shore to angle through the pines onto the tent roof, I could feel its July heat. The day promised to be hot. My wife, Mary Jo, and I had a quick breakfast, broke camp, and loaded the canoe. Our plan on this first of a pair of 14-day canoe trips was to visit and photograph many of Quetico’s pictograph sites in preparation for a book I was planning to write. At the completion of this first trip to the central region of the park, we’d venture home to re-supply, then head back out to travel the north and west parts. Although we were heading to the known pictograph sites, in the back of our minds we held hope that we might discover a new site, one that had been lost since the Ojibwe lived in this area.

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We didn’t have to wait long for that discovery. Morning was calm and warm. Great Agnes Lake lay flat and sleeping, soft waves lapping lazily along her granite shores. Leaving camp, we paddled north along the west shore of

the lake, scanning any shoreline granite face large enough to hold a pictograph, watching for the telltale wash of red that might betray a drawing. Pictograph hunting is not for those in a hurry. As we paddled slowly past one unremarkable granite outcrop only a short distance from camp, both of us, for some unknown reason, stopped searching the cliff near water level, where pictographs are normally found, and glanced up along the dark cliff face. And as one, we both cried out, “Look, there’s a pictograph.” Amazed, we checked our maps and the archeological records we had gathered. No pictographs had ever been reported at this site! We sat stunned and stared at the figures—a worn disc and a faded, human-like figure with arms outstretched—wondering how long they had gone unnoticed. The display’s location, more than 20 feet above the water, explained why it had remained unreported. You truly had to be hunting for a pictograph to spot this one. Discovering an unrecorded pictograph is unlikely, but probably still possible. Finding the known panels, howev-

Pictographs on Dark Lake [LEFT] and Quetico Lake [RIGHT], both in Quetico Provincial Park. er, is made simpler by using my book Magic on the Rocks. Some of the maps of the canoe country also give pictograph locations, although I’ve found them to sometimes be inaccurate.

One of the best panels, and easiest to visit, is in the BWCAW on Hegman Lake north of Ely. This site can be reached on a day trip, making it an ideal destination for those just beginning their quest to view pictographs. Another day trip site is on the west arm of Saganaga’s Cache Bay, but since this is far enough into Quetico Park to be considered entering Canada, you’ll need both a Remote Area Border Crossing permit and a Quetico day use permit. Some panels are so far off the beaten track, like the one on remote Montgomery Creek, that they require extra effort to reach, including some hiking. Others will take several days to visit. The Fishdance Lake panel, south of Alice Lake, is one of those. While not particularly difficult to reach, it will require a four-day trip because it is in the heart of the BWCAW. Similarly, Quetico’s Trant, Kashapiwi, McKenzie and Dark lakes sites would require a minimum of four days to visit.

Such quests can make for a fun plan for your next canoe trip, using the locations as destinations or waypoints along your route. Even when you know where to look, though, some pictographs can be hard to find. Over the centuries, many have faded to near obscurity; others have been partially covered by lichen. The good news is that, with rare exception, most are right at water level. The artists likely painted them while sitting or standing in a canoe, or even on the ice. Almost all are on rocks that have some southern exposure. The pictographs were painted by the Ojibwe sometime after their arrival to this region in the 1600s. The paint itself was a mixture of red ochre (an iron oxide) and some type of binder (thought to be sturgeon oil). Some drawings may date back to the arrival of these people, but others could have been painted in relatively recent times, since practitioners of traditional beliefs lived in the canoe country until about 1900. There is also one petroglyph, located on Quetico’s Agnes Lake. Unlike pictographs, petroglyphs are pecked into the rock. The intended message of a given pictograph or panel is obscured not only by the gulf of time, but also because the language and art of the Ojibwe is full of metaphor. A symbol may have more than one meaning. For example, a moose may be just a moose, but it could also represent the artist’s clan, or even her personal totem. Perhaps it means all of those things. In the same manner, a drawing of a canoe may symbolize a journey, but that journey could be physical, spiritual, or both. Scattered across the BWCAW and Quetico are 34 lakes containing 49 pictograph panels. By far the most pictographs are in Quetico, but the Boundary Waters has its share. Why Quetico has more is uncertain, but is likely due to the fact that it hosted semi-permanent Ojibwe encampments. Quetico’s sites are scattered throughout the park, but the highest concentrations are in the central region. There are three pictograph sites on international border lakes, requiring no extra

If pictographs were simply sign-posts, or had other mundane purposes, you’d expect them to be along the same well-traveled routes in use today. In fact, many are located in areas that were probably seldom visited even by the native people. Many magnificent “canvases” of rock ideal for pictographs were never used. Considering the backwater locations of some, and the less than spectacular rock faces on which a few are painted, sites must have been chosen not at random, but because they had significance. Whether you plan your route to visit these sites, or simply chance upon them, remember that they are sacred to the Ojibwe people. The magical tales these drawings tell come straight from the vision quests, religion or folk tales of the people who painted them. Be respectful. And never touch them.

Hegman Lake pictographs, located in the Boundary Waters, featuring canoes, tally marks, a human, a canid and a moose. permit other than your existing BWCAW or Quetico papers (travel along the border is protected by treaty). The eastern end of Lac la Croix has a famous panel on the Canadian side, but it also has a less well-known,

But do ponder them—for there is magic on those rocks. And keep your eyes open— there may be more to be found.

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Wild Traditions The Lac La Croix Pony: Small Horse, Big History By Julia Prinselaar

Their noses have a small inner flap, an evolutionary adaptation to the cold weather. Their ears and coats, thick with fuzzy hollow hair, are akin to white-tailed deer and other mammals that endure wintery northern climates. Meet the Lac La Croix pony, which is actually a small Indigenous-bred horse that was traditionally utilized by the Anishinaabe people for winter transportation. These semi-feral equines once roamed the Canadian landscape by the thousands. Today, and for decades since their work has been replaced by modern-day automobiles and engines, experts estimate there are only 120-150 such horses surviving in the world. On a swath of land tucked away in the interior of Northwestern Ontario, Kim Campbell and her partner, Darcy Whitecrow, house about 10 of these horses at Grey Raven Ranch, a non-profit organization operating in Seine River First Nation. Until the 1970s, the last herd of mares were living semi-feral in Lac La Croix First Nation, giving the breed its geographically-placed name. There is some debate as to whether these horses were introduced to North America, or have been here all along. A long-held theory suggests that horses went extinct from the continent during the last glacial period about 12,000 years ago, and were re-established by early explorers. But not everyone agrees. An academic dissertation, published by Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin in 2017, concludes that the Indigenous horse of the Americas survived the last Ice Age, and that Indigenous peoples of North America had a relationship with them long before European contact. “If you ask the elders, they’ve been here forever,” agrees Campbell, manager of Grey Raven Ranch. Campbell spoke to me over the phone from South Dakota. For the last couple of weeks, she had been teaching the Lakota language at a tribal college on Pine Ridge Reservation. As someone who has devoted her career to working with Indigenous languages, she explains that there’s a personal side to the ranch’s operations. “We have a dual mission,” explains Campbell. “Which is a restoration of the breed, and also giving the youth on the reserve an additional activity. Basically 52

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The Lac La Croix pony once roamed the Canadian landscape by the thousands. Today, experts estimate there are only 120-150 such horses surviving in the world. | GREY RAVEN RANCH something that would be outdoors, and physically active. Our motto is we’re going to help the ponies help the people. We are trying to save one Indigenous cultural practice, which is the close relationship with the Ojibwe and the horses that were here.” Though the horses aren’t currently used for hauling supplies during the winter, it’s something the organization is working toward. Seine River youth help to feed the

horses and participate in their training. Why should other people care about keeping the Lac La Croix pony alive? On a biological level, Campbell considers these horses valuable. “We’re losing genetic diversity at a furious rate. As we get more and more hybridized in our plants and animals and in everything we do, we are becoming more

fragile and vulnerable,” she says. “Genetic diversity is something everyone should care about, and saving these horses is our contribution to that.” For anyone who’d like to meet these bright-eyed, friendly horses, Campbell and Whitecrow bring them to Quetico Provincial Park for a public visit on Labour Day weekend each year.

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Offering quality, full service Veterinary care: o Preventative medicine o urgent care with compassion o digital x-ray & diagnostics on-site Grey Raven Ranch brings the horses to Quetico Provincial Park for a public visit on Labour Day each year. | GREY RAVEN RANCH “One thing that surprises people is that they’re so rare,” says Campbell. There are small herds of Lac La Croix ponies spread across the continent, from Louisiana to Alberta and Quebec. Of the 10 adult horses at Grey Raven Ranch, the majority are black. But the breed also comes with markings that are characteristic of their feral genetics: a stripe down the back, chest and leg barring, a two-tone mane and tail. With funding constraints, there is little room to expand the herd. But Campbell remains hopeful.

“We keep breeding operations small, but we welcome anybody’s interest. It’s not restricted to Indigenous ownership. We’d love to have more people involved with them,” she said. “You know the saying— how does it go? It takes a village to raise a child. Well, it’s going to take more than a village to save these horses.” In addition to the ranch’s efforts, there is an official group exclusively devoted to saving these small, pony-sized horses. For more information on the Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Society and Grey Raven Ranch, visit: and

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Earth reaches aphelion, its farthest point from the sun, on July 6, when we’ll be 94.5 million miles from our parent star. But while giving the sun a wide berth, Earth cozies up to Mars in spectacular fashion. And, like a series of opening acts, other solar system bodies present a parade of celestial pairings.



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A Century of Perseveranc e On July 14, 1914, lumber on the banksNorth Shore pioneer Andrew Hedstrom began nesota. A century of the Devil Track River north sawing of Grand Marais, owned business later, the Hedstrom Lumber Company Minoperating at the remains a familyfrom its humble same location. This start in a pioneer through several settlement during is the company’s story transformations into the modern the tall-pine logging era of today. no-waste sawmill operation Throughout the years, sity with problem-solvi the Hedstrom family has met challenges ng ingenuity and and adverable to remain tenacity. By in business when Shore institution. other mills failed their pluck, they were and became a North In the remote settlement of Scandinavian immigrants, first began sawing Andrew Hedstrom ing a sawmill he lumber to meet the needs of his purchased and demand for lumber rebuilt after it was carpentry business usruined in a fire. the company hauledgrew, so did the company. During As the the 1930s and within the wilderness, a portable sawmill to winter 40s, logging camps where teams of to the mill. Later, deep horses were when a forest road network the advent of mechanizatio used to haul massive logs n and the development made it possible family returned to a new, permanent to deliver logs greater distances, of mill on the Devil the This is a story of Track River. in a location as perseverance. Even today, it isn’t remote challenges, including as Grand Marais. Andrew easy to run a business and his sons faced several devastating from adversity by many fires. Yet before. Today, making the mill better and more they always recovered Hedstrom Lumber efficient than it remaining in northern was Company is one the Hedstrom family’s Minnesota. Sawdust in Their of the few lumber mills try. It also celebrates achievements during 100 Blood is a celebration of years in the timber the North Shore a prominent part, indusand which played community of which they are success. such a powerful, continuing role in their

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At 12:07 a.m. Friday, the 27th, Earth laps Mars in the orbital race. Mars is then at opposition, or opposite the sun in the sky, so it will be up all night. However, that night the moon will be near Mars and almost full, plenty bright enough to steal

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As the spring constellation Leo dives toward the sunset, the lion’s bright heart, Regulus, slips by Venus. On the 9th, the star passes just one degree (two moon widths) from the brilliant planet. The morning of the 10th, a waning moon rises close to Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the bull. The evening of the 15th, a young crescent moon of the next cycle makes a gorgeous companion to Venus. The moon goes on to visit Jupiter on the 20th, Saturn on the 24th, and Mars on the 26th and 27th.

some of Mars’ luster. The evening of the 27th, July’s full moon rises even closer to Mars, but as the most distant full moon of 2018, it won’t look especially big. Three nights later—at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, the 31st—Earth sweeps to just 35.8 million miles from Mars. This will make Mars the closest and brightest it’s been since summer 2003, when our two worlds made their closest approach in nearly 60,000 years. By then, the moon will have waned and moved eastward far enough to give Mars a decent head start getting into the sky. And the red planet will still be extremely bright. Look for Mars low in the southeast after the sky has darkened. If you’re on a calm body of water, enjoy its shimmering reflection. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. For more information and viewing schedules in Duluth, see the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium:

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1) Make Wild Tea

4) Pressing Leaves & Petals There are many plants in the wild from which you can steep tea. One of the easiest to identify and find is the raspberry leaf. You can make the tea by steeping fresh leaves in hot water, or, dry the leaves and save for a winter brew. Empty tea bags can be purchased online and you can fill these bags for a gift.

Other easy-to-find leaves for brewing tea include: blueberry leaves, wild mint and Labrador tea. As with any wild plant, find good information about how to identify the plant. If in doubt, do not use.

2) Seed Art Have leftover seeds from garden planting? Or perhaps you are motivated to collect your own. Find three-to-10 different kinds of seeds of different shapes and sizes. You will need paper and glue. Start by drawing a picture or design. Fill in an area of the picture with glue. Stick one kind of seed in the glue. After that dries, fill another with glue and add the next kind of seed. Soon you will have seed art.

The uses for pressed leaves and petals are many, but all the ideas start with nicely pressed objects from the outdoors. Start by pressing leaves or flower petals between the pages of a book. Once they are dry and flat, you can glue them to paper for cards. You can make beautiful bookmarks by gluing to paper and then laminating. You can make wall art by arranging pressed leaves into the shape of an animal or a picture.

5) Rock Creatures

3) Leaf Prints You will need leaves—preferably large ones, but any size is okay. You also need acrylic paints and paper to print on. Place your leaf rough side up and apply various colors of paints on the leaf. It’s okay if the paint colors overlap. Then, take the leaf and press it onto paper. Carefully peel away to reveal a colorful leaf print.

We have an abundance of rocks on the North Shore, of many shapes, types and sizes. How about making rock creatures? Each can be painted like an animal, or you can use other materials to glue on each rock. Rock creatures can be like animals we already know, or you can make up your own neverbefore-seen species.

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Strange Tales Neebing River Boat Club and Fish Derby By Elle AndraWarner

Imagine: a fish derby with 400 boats and 8,000 to 10,000 fishermen and spectators. That was the scene back on Sunday, July 15, 1956 at the first annual Canadian Lakehead Fish Derby at Chippewa Park in Thunder Bay. The inaugural lake trout derby was a huge success, sponsored by the Neebing River Boat Club (NRBC), which continued to sponsor the derby for the next four years with proceeds from the derby to a different charity each year.

An ad for the 3rd annual Fish Derby. | CITY ARCHIVES

Surprisingly though, except for a few newspaper ads and articles about the fish derby, the NRBC is virtually absent from Thunder Bay’s historical record, primarily remembered now through the stories and memories of those who grew up in the East End (the “East Enders”).

Shipping Inc., grew up in the East End, and later bought the home built in 1943 by the Rubins. “There was a boat house in the back where our deck is on the river. And in the basement of our home we found boat drawings tucked away in the joists. Must have been three or four rolled up like scrolls. Wish I still had those gems….don’t know what happened to them.”

The Neebing River Boat Club was started in 1943 by immigrants living in the East End neighbourhood of Fort William (now part of Thunder Bay). Initially, there were about 50 members, which quickly swelled to 100 members, mostly residents on the Neebing River, which flowed through the East End. Mentioned in particular were the Barbini and Rubin families, immigrants from Italy, who built boats, launched them in the river and, apparently in the late 1940s, held races to the Welcome Islands. William Hryb, president of Thunder Bay

Roy Piovesana, Thunder Bay historian and author of the book Italians of Fort William’s East End, grew up on Southern Avenue in the East End and remembers well the Neebing River Boat Club.

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“The Rubins built their boats next door to where we lived. Our neighbor, Leno Rubin, was an active member of the Club.

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Leno was the son of an Italian immigrant, as was Alfred Barbini,” said Piovesana, adding “The 1940s were the high point of their activity, particularly after 1945.”


According to former East End resident Dennis Mazurkewich (now living in Georgia, USA), the club’s mooring dock area was on the Neebing River near the Simpson Street Bridge at the north end of William Street. At times, about 10 large fishing/cruising boats were parked in the club’s dock area and a number of boathouses along the river stored the boats. Boats were large—at least 25 to 30 feet long—and sturdily built as they were designed for fishing on Lake Superior. All had front and rear ‘decks’ with an open center section, an inbound engine and fishing rod mounting bracket along the side gunnels. Height of the clearance under the railway bridge was just four feet, so the boats were built so they could pass under. And every boat was given a personal, often creative name, like the Barbini’s boat Lady B Goode or John (Baz) Mazurkewich’s Laffin’ Waters. Members of the NRBC originally conceived the idea of a derby limited to Fort William and the immediate area with the “simple idea of recreation and good fellowship”, but the event snowballed in popularity. A derby article in the Fort William Times-Journal on July 28, 1956 said, “As the derby grew, the club began to realize what a fine bit of publicity it would be for the Lakehead if a few happy tourists were sent back to their homeland with prizes won in a Canadian lake trout fish derby.” While NRBC’s inaugural derby in 1954 was a big deal, the 1956 derby two years later was even bigger. The local paper re-

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The cedar inboard cruiser Catherine on the Neebing River. In the photo (circa 1949-1950), [LEFT TO RIGHT] Jon Seppala, Harvey Johnston, David Cano and Marie Johnston. | DAVID CANO ported it was no accident that NRBC scheduled their Canadian Lakehead big derby for mid-July or after. They noted that members had been “pulling out the big ones during their organized fishing jaunts. Years of fishing experience in the derby waters have proved to them that this is when the grand-daddies are lying low in wait for colorful spinners.” Past winners of

the biggest lake trout had averaged around 16 pounds fishing the waters off Chippewa Park. In 1956, the first place prize for largest fish entered was a 15-foot-boat with 7.5 hp motor, the St. Louis Hotel Trophy and a steak dinner for two at Uncle Frank’s (both places now gone). The list of 20 special event prizes included an attendance award

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of a boat, motor and trailer ($1 to attend), plus the American tourist entering the largest fish would win “one silver bowl, one silver mug and a giant steak dinner for two”. Sometime in the 1960s, the Neebing River Boat Club ceased to exist. But thanks to the fish derby, a couple of newspaper derby ads and articles, plus people’s recollections, the NRBC is claiming its spot in history.

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2350 Sq. Ft. Timber Frame, Superior view 2 Car Garage w/ Studio and Workshop MLS# 6030848 Price: $329,900

5.7 acre parcel. Close to GM MLS# 6075101 Price: $52,000

7.70 acre parcels with Lake Superior view. MLS# 6074596 and 6074598 Price: $64,900

6.7 acre parcel. Close to GM MLS# 6074988 Price: $39,500




Beautiful 200 ft. of Lake Superior shoreline on 7 acres. MLS# 6029661 Price: $249,000

338 ft. of Lake Superior on 14.53 acres. 1 Bedroom Cabin, Garage, Dock MLS# 6029532 Price: $319,000

20 acre parcel. Amazing Lake Superior view MLS# 6074989 Price: $119,000




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170 ft lake lot 1.65 acres. MLS# 6075105 Price: $139,750



4 Bedroom 2 Bath Lake Superior home MLS# 6033571 Price: $454,900

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Home + 1 Bedroom Cabin. 200 ft lakeshore 3.1 acres MLS# 6074467 Price: $499,900

Sold 304 ft lake lot. 5.5 acres. MLS# 6075104 Price: $145,000

2 Bedroom 2 Bath 2 Car on 6.47 acres MLS# 6074378 Price: $189,900

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Lake Superior charm and seclusion awaits on this park-like private retreat property with almost 90 acres, 1793 feet of shore, and 3 classic Aldrich log cabins with outstanding lake views. A rare, unique opportunity!

MLS# 6030553 $2,250,000

beautifully furnished 4 bdrm, 3 bath Lake Superior home. Very little maintenance with smaller association benefits! All major rooms with stunning lake views. Master suite and laundry on main level.

AGE OR HERITAGE – LARGE INLAND LAKE RETREAT. Charming 4-season, 2 bdrm home on 46+ acres with over 1600' beautiful frontage on Two Island Lake. Privacy assured with US Forest lands surrounding you. Lots of wildlife. Walk to the BWCAW! Located just 20 minutes from Grand Marais. MLS#: 6075756 $749,900


MLS# 6074555 $495,000


Family compound or shortterm rentals-you choose. Endless views, solidly built, rear parcel with lake views, new septic, and location, location, location!

MLS# 6030289 $515,000

Description: This charming 2 bdrm home sits on 4.62 acres, just 40 ft from the dramatic shore on a point. Many custom features and built-ins, 3-car detached garage with a fantastic upper level apartment, lrg storage sheds, plus a very unique and rare sand beach!

MLS# 6074287 $495,000


MLS# 6031490 $399,000


Impeccably maintained 2 story, 3 bdrm lake home with 3 season porch. Windows all around, vaulted ceilings, numerous upgrades, loads of finished living space. Workshop, landscaped yard and gardens.

Gorgeous 10 acres with panoramic views on Lake Superior. 545 feet of beautiful sand/gravel beach with a stream running through the property. Located only 1.5 miles from Gooseberry State Park. Septic hook up is at the road.


Nestled into a hill just around the curve from Cut Face Creek sits this cute 1BR, 1BA cedar cabin. Kitchen, living room, bath & laundry on 1st flr, plus open loft with space for multiple beds. 1.3 acres with 365’ Lake Superior frontage. Close proximity to Grand Marais, but far enough away from the crowds. Septic mound, well & garage complete the picture with spacious big lake views!

MLS# 6075543 $365,000

PREMIER LAKE SUPERIOR PROPERTY. 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 $199,900 LAKE SUPERIOR, BIG BAY, BIG VIEWS. Dense spruce forest, moss covered boulders and privacy make this a classic Lake Superior lot. 200' shoreline with partial driveway in place, shared road maintenance, power and Broadband. Easy access from Hwy 61, yet private and secluded feeling. MLS# 6075213 $189,900

NEW! RUSTIC CABIN ON WEST BEARSKIN. Fishing camp on the edge of the BWCA! Small lot and rustic cabin with potential. Half an acre with 75 feet of shoreline and year round access. MLS#: 6076183


Enjoy lakeshore living with an updated and comfortable 3 bdrm, 3 bath home on this large lake near Grand Marais. Lower level has a comfortable efficiency apartment with walk out to the lake. Decks, gardens, dock and large detached garage make this a pleasant property for outdoor activities. Great views and shoreline with rare cove. MLS#: 6076082 $398,900 SEA GULL LAKE LOT – BWCAW VIEWS This 10-acre lot has great views and 489 ft of accessible shoreline with a sand swimming beach. Rock outcroppings, blueberries, & pines. Driveway and power are in place with a fantastic building site for your dream lake cabin. Seller willing to divide.

MLS# 6074842 $339,900



Comfortable, 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# 6032657 $249,000 PRICE REDUCED! MARK LAKE - 159 ACRES. The only private land

on Mark Lake! Good northern fishing. 200ft. Shoreline, forestry road or snowmoblie access. Motivated Seller!


A perfect place for your cabin or home with unspoiled views and lots of Gunflint Trail privacy. 3.68 acres and 554’ shoreline. Tucker Lake is a protected lake with added setbacks to protect the lake and views. Direct BWCAW access. MLS# 2309237 $222,900

WILSON LAKE WILDERNESS FINLAND Description: True Solitude! Over 5 acres and 355'

shoreline with great build sites near the lake or tucked around the bluff for gorgeous views. Appreciate the stunning sunrises and paddle the bays in a canoe or kayak. Wilson Lake is also a great fishery! MLS#: 6074552 $199,500


2 bdrm cabin has great views of the Palisades and the west end of McFarland Lake. Just a stone’s throw from the BWCAW! Comes furnished including pontoon boat, fishing boats, canoe, dock, and two Onan generators. MLS#


This 1.55 acre 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# 6033181 $198,900 A-FRAME ON POPLAR LAKE. Classic 2 bdrm, 2 bath A-Frame cabin in a beautiful setting overlooking Poplar Lake. Located at the end of the road with year-round access. Very nice, gentle path to the 156’ of lake shore. Nice mix of trees.

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Lovely furnished cabin on pristine Loon Lake. Includes a newer 1 bdrm addition, cozy loft, open living/dining room, sturdy deck, and 24' dock on 142' shoreline. Cabin easily sleeps 6. Lakewater system, septic holding tank. Great lake views!

MLS# 6030355 $186,000


Exceptional lot with 344' of waterfront features unreal views and privacy. Use the slope of this lot to your advantage when considering what style to build. Power and broadband available. Borders public land! MLS# 6073686


LEGENDARY SAWMILL BAY. Magnificent old-growth cedars and maples frame a corner lot with a high and dry build site. Year-round road access and a terrific wildlife habitat awaits your cabin in the woods. 185' of Caribou Lake frontage. MLS# 6032953 $89,000

road, large lot adjoins Superior National Forest and Cabin Creek Unit Roadless Area. Great trees, views and building site on 4.1 acres with 397 feet of shoreine. Unique privacy, year round access and power.

MLS# 6031840 $59,900 PRICE REDUCED!

PRIVACY AND VIEWS AT SISTER LAKE. Nice lake lot with great forest, and beautiful new building site. There's a high point of the surrounding area with awesome views. Excellent, accessible shoreline. New driveway to a great building site. This is a great area for fishing many lakes in the area. You're also close to Tofte/Lutsen on the North Shore. Priced to sell!! MLS# TALK ABOUT WILDERNESS!

MLS# 6074216 $69,900 RARE ELBOW LAKE LOT. For the fisherman who has almost

everything. This is a very private 1 acre parcel surrounded by federal land with 268’ shoreline. Your own shore lunch spot! MLS# 6031436 $50,000

GREAT PRICE LAKE LOTS. Deep woods, seclusion and nice views from these Tom Lake lots. This is the desired west side of the lake with access from the Camp 20 Rd. Enjoy a peaceful lake property with good access. Great back roads to explore. Adjacent land available. MLS# 6030741, 6030742 $49,900 each

MLS# 6030876 $160,000

NORTH FOWL LAKE CABIN. Only a lucky few get to own cabins here. Remote water access from the US side, or drive in to the landing on Ontario side. Stunning views, easy access to the BWCA. The 2 bdrm cabin is one of the nicest remote cabins you'll find. Includes a great sauna.

MLS# 6023214 $149,900 PRICE REDUCED! VIRGIN PINE, GREAT SHORELINE, PIKE LAKE. Two lake lots with wilderness, woods, and lakeshore are

waiting for your dream lake home or cabin. Pristine views, towering white pine, +/- 200' accessible shoreline each with crystal clear water and great privacy. Good driveway in place, ideal location, power and broadband available. MLS# 6074687, 6074688 $159,900 each

LAKE PRIVACY ON 20 ACRES. Beautiful Lost Lake is a remote wilderness lake with only a few privately-owned parcels on the water. No public access! This great lot features huge white pines, pristine views, 20 acres, and 650’ shoreline! Motivated seller. MLS# 6075215 $129,900

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# 6032216-18, 6032220 $120,000

This 4400 square foot two level duplex is well built and exceptionally cared for. Each level incl 4 bdrms, 2 baths, large kitchens, dining and living areas, utility/laundry, storage, and a lock out bdrm with bath. Efficient, handicap accessible, Lake Superior views.


Immerse yourself in a large tract of deep wilderness. 17 acres on Tucker Lake just off the Gunflint Trail. This parcel is tucked up to Superior Nat'l Forest lands with the BWCAW just across the lake. Frontage on the Tucker River, privacy and wilderness all around.

2 bdrm, 1 bath cabin is situated on the shore of Tom Lake with loons and walleye just off the 24' dock. Solar power with quiet generator, though grid electric is available. Features a spiral staircase to a spacious loft and energy efficient windows.


BEAUTIFUL NINEMILE LAKE LOT. End of the road, large lot adjoins Superior National Forest and Cabin Creek Unit Roadless Area. Great trees, views and building site on 4.1 acres with 397 feet of shoreine. Unique privacy, year round access and power.

6073911 $59,900 PRICE REDUCED!


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Warm & beautiful light-filled end unit Aspenwood Townhome. The 2-story walkout style leaves you with plenty of options to get outside and close to the Big Lake. This 2 bdrm, 3 bath home includes 98% of all furnishings & personal property. It is also part of a successful vacation rental pool. MLS# 6022175 $285,000


This is the epitome of a northwoods vacation getaway. Ski-in/ ski-out from this condo overlooking Bridge Run, offering unreal views of the ski hills. Remodeled exterior and remodeled and updated interior. Walk to Lutsen Mountains activities. Comes furnished!

MLS# 6074164 $90,700 PRICE REDUCED!


MLS# 6074189 $649,900

is quality and detail at every turn in this magnificent 2 bdrm, 2 bath home hidden on 30 acres in the Grand Portage State Forest. Marble stairs and floors, loft, master bath with hot tub & sauna, soaring cathedral ceilings, and 2000 sq ft attached garage. Not your typical home in the woods, this is a rare gem waiting for someone who loves the outdoors, but wants the class of an elegant home at the end of the day. MLS#

6074633 $575,000


The ultimate wilderness retreat - 160 acres surrounded by gov't lands. No one will find you here! The log home is masterfully built and lovingly cared for. Solar power, well and septic. Super nice sauna building. Solitude awaits from this mountain-top retreat. MLS# 6073745 $499,000


Large, renovated 2 bdrm, 2 bath farmstead on 135 acres in Moose Valley near Hovland. Beautiful features and views, ponds, giant barn with shop space above, and more. The perfect horse property, hobby farm or sportsman's paradise...which suits you? MLS# 6074954


NEW! OUTSTANDING CUSTOM HOME – LUTSEN. The ultimate in privacy, this 3 bdrm home is nestled in the woods surrounded by public lands. Just a minute away from Caribou Lake access and the Superior Hiking Trail. Everything one could ask for, including a two car garage! MLS#: 6075522 $374,900 NEW! HOBBY FARM OR LOTS OF IDEAS. Large property with open meadows, gardens, orchards, and a beautiful river waiting for your ideas. The living quarters are located above a 6-stall horse barn. 4 bdrms, 2 baths, lots of open living space. Pole barn, gathering hall and more! MLS#: 6075375 $199,900 • (800) 387-9599 Fax (218) 387-9598 • NORTHERN  WILDS

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large, efficient 3bdrm home has panoramic views of Lake Superior and the surrounding hills. Secluded with landscaped yard and 20 acres bordering Gov't lands. Quality features, many windows, shop building and more!


REMOTE HIDE-AWAY. Charming custom built

MLS#6033328 $429,900

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.


Nearly 3000 square feet of living space with stunning views of Lake Superior, yet only 2 miles from town. 4 bdrm, 3 bath home with an additional loft area. Open design, huge deck, abuts federal land!


3 bdrm, 2 bath home features gorgeous hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, remodeled/updated kitchen and bath, large bedrooms, and loads of uses for the basement/lower level. Attached 2+ car garage and a wonderful shed/shop in the back. MLS# 6074529 $269,900


off-grid, log sided cabin is in excellent condition with plenty of room and a comfortable feel. Located about 12 miles from Grand Marais. Public land adjoins the 20 acre property with many fishing opportunities nearby. MLS# 6073794 $129,900

NORTH SHORE RETREAT A little one room cabin waiting for you to make it into something. 3.8 acres on the Lake Superior side of Hwy 61 with decent lake views; you'll feel the lake effect. The cabin is kind of rough, but maybe this is the project you've been looking for. MLS# 6074739 $36,000


standing seasonal resort on the beautiful north shore of Devil Track Lake. The 5 charming cabins + owner’s cabin each have a private setting and lake view. Great beach with docking for guests. A wonderful family retreat!

MLS# 6029349 $244,000

MLS# 6075065 $420,000 HOME IN PARADISE

This 2 bdrm, 3 bath home enjoys the view and proximity to Lake Superior's beauty without the lake-front taxes. Home could be converted to a duplex for extra income. Huge garage/workshop with lake-view windows.

COTTAGE HOME ACROSS FROM LAKE SUPERIOR. This cute home sits just across the highway from the big lake shoreline. The 2 bdrm, 1 bath cottage has wood floors, beamed ceilings, and a warm, comfortable feel. Septic and well, a small shed and 11 acres of privacy. MLS#

Privacy and comfort are yours in this quality home with huge garage on 40 acres of high land with distant lake views. Remote off-grid living without being too far off the beaten path. Self reliance is all set up for you with a 4 bdrm, 1 bath home that has beautiful living spaces and room to do more as you see fit. A home or retreat, situated close to Magney State Park and Lake Superior.

MLS# 6033566 $274,900


6030154 $169,900


on 78 acres with seasonal views of Tom Lake. Large loft bedroom and covered porch with swing. Stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and metal roof. Yearround access. Furnishings and generator included. MLS#

MLS# 6074449 $275,900


MLS# 6033556, 6033557 $379,900

6027412 $159,900


charming cottage has warm pine paneling, oak floors and a very pleasing personality. Lots of light, 4-season porch, nice garage with finished guest space, large decks, yard and gardens. Solar array offsets the monthly bills. Simple living with a small creek and thousands of acres of adjoining public land.

MLS# 6075176 $132,900

in a beautiful rural community on the North Shore. Bakery, deli, pizza, convenience store, and liquor store under one roof. Large seating area & outdoor patio. Expansion/home site possible! MLS#

6030800 $329,900


Prime 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# 6026089 $284,900

PRIME RETAIL DOWNTOWN GRAND MARAIS. Main traffic location in the heart of down town. Located

on Wisconsin St between Blue Water Cafe and Sivertson Gallery, with 25 ft street frontage and over 2300 sq ft each. Build up for a lake view – lots of possibilities! MLS# 6029930, 6029951 $150,000 each

PRIME COMMERCIAL LOTS IN LUTSEN.Two acre-sized lots with Highway 61 frontage-road access and great visibility in downtown Lutsen. Nice creek borders the east property line, nice mature forest. Great location for a small gallery, retail or restaurant. A residential lot is available adjoining to the north.

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RIVER/CREEK FRONTAGE LARGE TRACT WITH CREEK. This 319 acre parcel has ponds & creek frontage on the Flute Reed River. Has been in DNR management program. Great for hunting or homesteading. Access is by unimproved easement from the Camp 20 Road, near county maintenance. The land may be split - take your pick of "40's"! MLS# 6027384 $258,000 NEW! END OF THE ROAD – PANORAMIC WILDERNESS RIVER VIEWS.

You won't find a more remote and spectacular location – incredible Brule River views. The charming and comfortable cabin sits on almost 80 acres with an unspoiled view from the deck unlike any other in Cook County. Over 1100 feet of river frontage. Canoe or kayak in the wide and wild stretch of river just north or Magney State Park. Make this your own secluded wilderness get-away. MLS# 6076100 $226,500

LARGE ACREAGE WITH WATER FEATURES. The headwaters of Irish Creek! Quality 160+ acres, 5 parcels sold grouped or

separately. Many great features incl. old growth white pine, ponds, camping and building areas. MLS# 6030177 $149,500



See 50 miles across Lake Superior – incredible 180 degree views! Private drive and buried power in place. 15+ acres with nice mature trees and public lands on 2 sides. More land is available. This site will rock your world. MLS# 6033563

$249,900 ACREAGE ADJOINS WILDERNESS - LAKE ACCESS. This 42 acre parcel includes 400 feet of shoreline on McFarland Lake. Building sites are located across the road on the hillside with potential lake views. Easy access to the BWCAW and Border Route Hiking Trail. MLS# 6024602 $179,000 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# 6029820 $139,000


hunting land in Schroeder. Rolling land with great wildlife habitat incl. stream, beaver dam with large pond, and a good mixture of trees and low vegetation. Older 2 bdrm cabin in a beautiful park like setting overlooking large beaver pond. MLS#

Remote 80 acres ,10 miles from Grand Marais with easy access. Surrounded by public land. 700’ of Durfee Creek frontage.

MLS# 6024638 $149,000 NEW! CROWN CREEK – FINLAND.

Incredible 40 acre parcel with 700' of gorgeous river frontage. It's a unique property with a healthy mix of varied trees, forest floor growth, native plants and endless amounts of privacy! Just a short distance from downtown Finland, lakes, and trailheads. MLS#:

6075954 $99,900



Great larger parcel near Grand Marais with road in to the “top” of the property. Lake views, maple and mixed forest, small creek. County road access with power and broadband close by, borders public land on three sides.

MLS# 6030517 $89,900


acre lots with 600 to 1000 ft frontage on Mons Creek. Also includes deeded access to Lost Lake. Private and secluded.

MLS# 6073876 $59,900 or MLS# 6073877 $69,900 or MLS# 6073878 $74,900. NICE HOME SITE NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Nice

elevation and views from this 6.75 acre lot off of County Rd 6 just minutes from town. Frontage on Little Devil Track River, with lowland and highlands. Nice forest and privacy for your home or cabin in the woods.

MLS# 6031740 $51,000 FLUTE REED RIVER HOME SITES. These two heavily wooded

parcels have the seclusion of 11-13 acres and about 330' frontage each on the trout stream Flute Reed River. Access is easy from frontage on a county road. Power and broadband are available. These lots are the perfect place for a retreat property or a year-round home. MLS# 6030884, 6030885

$49,900 each 500’ ON MOHNS CREEK. Mixed topography of beautiful rolling land with many great build sites on 25 acres. Old growth cedar, spruce, pine and birch. Abuts state land. MLS# 6029353 $37,000

LAND/BUILDING SITES 100+ ACRES NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Great location for a home or recreational property just minutes from Grand Marais. Rolling land with creek, borders thousands of acres of federal and state lands. Power at road. Seller willing to subdivide. MLS# 6032474 $277,900

6032712 $112,500 PRICE REDUCED! LARGE ACREAGE NEAR TOM LAKE. 128 acres with good road

access and an easy walk to the Tom Lake boat landing. Year-round road, power is possible here. The 3 forties may be split - take your pick. MLS#

6027383 $111,000 TWO INCREDIBLE LUTSEN PARCELS. Driveway, electric/broad-

band, survey and a cozy camper/RV are all set on Lot 3, while Lot 4 offers unending privacy as it abuts federal land. Christine Lake public boat landing is within walking distance with Poplar and Tait rivers nearby as well. MLS# 6032903 $109,500 HUGE POND-HUGE PRIVACY. Large 45+ acre wooded parcel located across from Tom Lake. Huge pond/lake in the very center of the acreage.

LARGE LAND, POND, LAKE RIGHTS. Densely wooded 60 acre parcel with beaver ponds and access to Lost Lake. Good seasonal road access, many great building sites and southerly exposure. Lots of elbow room, privacy, and miles of forest roads to explore. MLS# 6033463 $64,900

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# 6023274 $64,900, MLS# 6023275 $62,900, MLS# 6023276 $64,900 MAPLE HILL - HOME SITE. Heavily wooded 6.45 acre parcel with great privacy, county rd frontage, power and phone. MLS# 6023465 $54,900 PRICE REDUCED! STONE'S THROW LAKE SUPERIOR. This heavily wooded,

private 2+ acre building site sits just across the highway from Lake Superior's shore with a view of the big lake. You can walk the beach or have a bonfire on the State shoreline. MLS# 6029899 $59,900 WOODED HOME SITE This 5+ acre parcel is only 1.5 miles from Grand Marais and ready for your country home. Mixed forest, with forest service land in the back for exploring or hunting. A driveway and culvert are already in place. MLS# 6026053 $55,000 NEW! GREAT 5 ACRE LOT NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Great views! Gurgling brook outside your door. You will love this wooded build site only 2 miles from Grand Marais. Nice mature forest. Electric and broadband are at the driveway entry. Association to share in road maintenance.

MLS#: 6075451 $54,000 NEW! LAND FOR FUN OR HOMESTEADING. Heavily

wooded 39 acres with a large variety of trees and easy road access on Camp 20 Rd. Southern exposure great for solar set up. The Superior Hiking Trail is steps away. Close to county maintained road. MLS#: 6075981 $48,900

BUILDING SITE OVERLOOKING MCFARLAND. This pine studded 7 acre property has easy walking access to the county beach on McFarland Lake. Nice elevated build site with easy county road access. MLS# 6024601 $43,000 BEAUTIFUL WOODED LUTSEN LOT. Beautiful level lot with

an open build site for your cabin or new home in a quiet and peaceful area of Lutsen. You'll be minutes away from every type of north-woods activity, including Lutsen Mountains and Superior National Golf Course.

MLS# 6033068 $37,900 PRICE REDUCED! 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# 6029352 $90,000 LARGE LAND, PINES, PRIVACY AND PIKE LAKE VIEW. Outstanding property with adjoining USFS lands, good access on Murmur

MLS# 2279179 $35,000 THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS


Remote yet accessible 20 acres near Judge Magney State Park. Good mix of trees, high building site, some distant Lake Superior views.

Creek Rd, and even nice views of Pike Lake. Launch your boat just a half-mile away. Nice planted red pine, power/broadband close by. MLS# 6074689 $84,900 LAND NEAR WILSON LAKE. A special piece of the Northwoods – 16 acres with deeded access to Wilson Lake! USA-owned forest is your backyard. Driveway, electric, and a small bunkhouse/shed are in place. MLS# 6028685 $80,000 Explore the 40 acres of seclusion with dramatic views from the south facing bluff. Enjoy the beautiful mixed forest and abundant wildlife. It even has a small gravel pit for your future building needs. The neighbors have electricity and the road has been kept open all winter through a road association. MLS# 6076192 $75,000 RESIDENTIAL OR RESORT COMMERCIAL LAND. 5.9 acres between Tofte and Lutsen on the Onion River Rd. Resort Commercial allows rental cabins and businesses - a wonderful opportunity. Beautiful mature cedar forest, seasonal view of Lake Superior. MLS# 6032988 $74,900 GREAT LOCATION HOME SITES. Just minutes from Grand Marais on black top County Rd 7 are two 5+ acre lots with easy access to power and Broadband. Good building sites. Lot #8 already has a roughed-in driveway and power, and nice views.

MLS# 6033035 - $42,900 • MLS# 6033039 - $72,500 LARGE LAND, MAPLES, LAKE ACCESS. This 67 acre parcel has high

maple ridges, a pond, and an easement to walk to Tom Lake. Good seasonal road access, many nice building sites. A perfect escape property in an area with many trails to ride and forest to explore.


Private parcel bounded by state lands, situated on county maintained road with year round access. Located in the heart of the Arrowhead Trail country, 13 miles from Highway 61. Outhouse and elevated building site with insulated cabin shell. MLS#: 6075786 $69,900

Nice 6 acre parcel of mixed forest land only 6 miles from town! Great site for nature lovers, birders and wildlife watchers. The shared driveway is already in and there is a transformer on the property for easy electric access. MLS# 6074736 $35,000



Wooded home or cabin site near Devil Track Lake. The 1.72 acre lot has nice trees and maybe a view of the lake from a second story. The boat landing is just down the road, as are many other lakes and trails.

MLS# 6029872 $33,000 GREAT LUTSEN LOT. Very quiet and private. Choice 2.31 lot

at the end of the road, ready to build. Borders state land and priced to sell!


Forty acres of remote seclusion with Flute Reed River frontage. Good hunting area. Rough access, but walk or ATV. Adjoins State land to the north, with thousands of acres of USFS lands north of that. Want privacy? Here it is!

MLS#: 6075271 $29,900

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166 Bloomquist Mountain Rd

Quality-built, classic chalet-style home on a private 6+ acre wooded setting. Has the feel of an “off-grid” estate yet complimented with expected features including broadband. Only minutes from town! Italian porcelain tile and solid oak flooring throughout. Significant new improvements include - road with smooth layer of gravel over crushed rock and new culverts, freshly painted interior and new deck stain. MLS 6073816 $244,900 Call today for a showing! MLS 6073816 $244,900.

Caribou Lake 50 Sawmill Lane

Cute 3 bedroom 2 bath log home located in Sawmill Bay on Caribou Lake in Lutsen. The home features two loft bedrooms, a main level master bedroom and a lower level rec area that provides numerous use options. The home is complimented with a gas fireplace, efficient design and wonderful large lake facing deck. Private wooded lot offering nice seclusion Convenient to area four season attractions. MLS 6074183 $410,000

Gunflint Trail - Loon Lake

Steve Surbaugh 218-663-7971

Nicely appointed and extremely well maintained beautiful 3 bedroom home just west of Grand Marais. Home includes a two stall garage with adjacent office, workshop, wine room and more. Many wonderful upgrades made to home in 2010. Nice clean yard and garden areas. Move in ready. All you need is the key. Call our office today to schedule your private showing.

MLS 6029508 NEW PRICE $334,900

562 Poplar River Road MLS 6075178 $379,000

582 Poplar River Road MLS 6075174 $339,000

Here are a couple options to experience North Shore resort living at its finest. These luxurious 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 fireplace Poplar River condominiums are part of the historic Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior. Excellent track record of rental income due to high demand for units like this with amazing views. Enjoy all of the comforts and amenities of the resort including fine dining, swimming pool, and daily resort activities. Walk the trails to enjoy an evening bonfire on the beach, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Poplar River. Just minutes from Superior National Golf course and Lutsen Mountains ski hill.

Sea Villa Unit E5

Your North Shore getaway is waiting for you! Imagine watching the sunrise from your cozy 1 bedroom condo with a loft at Lutsen Sea Villas. Take a walk on the beach, swim at the pool or relax at the hot tub in the nearby guest services building. Buy this unit for a weekend retreat and/or rent it out. Just minutes to all that Lutsen has to offer: cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing, snowmobile trails, golf, lots of hiking and shopping.

MLS 6075183 $179,000

Lutsen Resort Log Cabin #403

Jack McHugh 218-370-2602

10028 Gunflint Trail

Mike Larson 218-370-1536

Beautifully crafted year round home with interior log beams and half log staircase serving as a centerpiece. This home will not disappoint as it’s complimented with views from every room across Loon Lake with state land serving as your back drop. Located near the Banadad hiking/ski trail, and snowmobile trails, there is not a shortage of activities when it comes to this home. Keep in mind Loon Lake is a great Trout fishing

MLS# 6074603 $215,000.

Ever so seldom does a Lutsen Resort authentic Log Cabin become available for sale. Here is your opportunity to become part of this unique family of home ownership at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior. Outstanding views – awesome cabin. Call today for your private showing.

MLS 6030300 $399,000

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Grand Marias

Lake Superior Vacant Parcels-Great Buildimg Sites

Cute 3 bedroom 1 bathroom family home. Walkout basement provides the option to convert the lower level into a long term rental with the addition of a kitchen and bathroom. 1+ car garage and located in a quiet neighborhood of Grand Marais. Located 100 10th ave. MLS 6076045 $249,000

Caribou Hillside

Tucked along the hillside of Caribou Lake, these home-sites offer privacy, a private homeowner’s association, larger lot sizes, a clean forest floor covered in a canopy of beautiful nature maples and conifers. This development is restricted to 20 home-sites. Please contact listing office today for a private tour. Lot prices starting at $40,000

Historic Lockport Sites in Lutsen Private 7 parcel sub-division with 5 lots remains. Walking distance to Clearview, Credit Union combined with close and convenient access to area businesses and local recreational opportunities. Very nice build sites. Excellent values. Five acre lot prices starting at $39,000

Johannes Toftey Lots The Johannes Toftey homestead provides the owners with carefully crafted declarations and covenants designed to protect the integrity of the project and the investment of buyers. Many homesites provide breath taking Lake Superior Views while others provide dramatic views of Carlton Peak, the Sawtooth Mountain Ridgeline and the expansive shoreline of Lake Superior. Lot prices starting at $29,000.

Stonegate in Hovland. Looking to build on beautiful Lake Superior? Check out this lot and all it has to offer. With septic already installed, electric to build site, driveway and cleared buildsite, and an accessible cobblestone shoreline, this lot is ready for a home!. The build-site is complimented with additional and nicely forested property and a very cool creek to hang out by. A great spot to build a guest home or studio. With both Lake Superior and a creek, this lot is simply waiting for the perfect home and homeowner. And a great bonus – the property is 5.4 acres with 200’ of shoreline. In addition, the property is located on the quiet road of Stonegate – distanced from Hwy 61. MLS 6076045. $249,000

Jonvick Creek Sites in Lutsen Winding through the Sawtooth Mountain highlands, the private road takes you through a mature maple forest: you have found your new homesite nestled in the hills, overlooking a trout stream with views of Lake Superior. Build the home of your dreams in the woodland paradise, only minutes from everything Lutsen has to offer; connect with a network of groomed cross-country ski trails, or set off on a snowmobile adventure on the adjacent trail system. Deer, fox, lynx and maybe the occasional moose will be your neighbors visiting your backyard. Several lots to choose from, ready for you to plan your Lutsen getaway home. Our featured Jonvick Creek lot is Lot 41 – beautiful red maples on a rolling and wooded 2.65 acre lot. This parcel includes pond frontage and possible seasonal Lake Superior views.

Tofte Airport The Tofte Airport home-sites derives its name from the former and now inactive airstrip once serving smaller aircraft. Today, the airstrip is now dedicated to open space and provides a nice buffer between the lower and upper plat development. These home-sites likely provide some of the greatest affordability and convenience in the Lutsen-Tofte area. Just three blocks from Lake Superior and five minutes from the ski area and golf course. Lots as low as $24,750 and all lots at $30,000 or less! Great Values and nice build sites.

Tait Pines Tait Pines is a private sub-division located adjacent to Tait Lake just 13 miles up the Caribou Trail from Lutsen. This is a mixed forest area including old growth White Pine with a variety of different terrain features. Accessible Year-round with privately maintained roads and wonderful building sites. This developments sits adjacent to USFS land. Nicely platted properties between 2-3 acres with lot prices as low $39,875

Superior National Golf Course Homesites

Few Golf Courses have been built on land as spectacular as Superior National. And more recently the golf course just completed its nearly $4.5 million course improvement project on the River and Canyon Nines. The homesites listed below are tucked within the Cedar Forest along River 6 fairway and River 6 green. With water, sewer, power and broadband available, combined the sounds of the Poplar River just across the fairway and so much more beauty, the value offered simply is unbelievable. Act now, the golf course will launch its new marketing campaign early 2018 announcing the grand-re-opening – with that, lot prices will likely increase next year. Lot 7 Block 3. This parcel sits adjeacent to the 5th fairway on Tall Timber Trail and has awesome Lake Superior views with the Lutsen Mountains serving as your backdrop. MLS 6075642 $89,900 Lot 8 Block 5. Private lot tucked along River 6 Fairway. Water, sewer, power curbside. Great value. (Owner/Agent) MLS 602078 $64,500 Lot 6 Block 5. This was one of the very first lots purchased because of its outstanding location. Nestled adjacent to the River 6 Green - it offers so much. Great build site with outstanding orientation. Access to all HOA utilities.

MLS 6028392 $92,500

Rosebush Lane near Grand Marais. Thinking of building your Lake Superior dream home and want to be close to all that Grand Marais has to offer? Look no further! West Rosebush Lane extends onto a point giving you seclusion and buffer from highway noise that you want - and is so close to Grand Marais you might want to walk to town! Add to the convenient location the amazing panoramic views of the big lake with sunrise and sunset viewing. Watch 4th of July fireworks lighting the sky over artist’s point from your sprawling ledgerock beach! Not many lots left like this one. Electric and broadband available at the edge of the property. MLS 6074324 $325,000

Other Vacant Land Parcels Lund Road off Honeymoon Trail . Looking for a peaceful spot close to some lakes? This 5+ acres is tucked 15 min from downtown Lutsen, close to Christine Lake, White Pine Lake and Tait River, a great location for exploring the lakes and woods while still being close to the ski hill. A great quality on this land is gravel! Since the gravel is already on the property it can be used for the driveway, site prep and other. No hauling required!. MLS 6075805 $45,000

Tait Lake, Lutsen Recent sales of undeveloped lakeshore lots show prices exceeding $200,000. Lots 16 and 17 have the benefit of Tait Lake access without lakeshore prices. Tucked hillside overlooking Tait Lake on Caps Trail, Lot 16 offers 2.8 acres with convenient and deeded access to the associations’ private dock. Lot 17 provides the same with 3.3 acres. Beautiful, wild and unspoiled and simply outstanding values.

Lot 16. MLS 2143246 $49,900 Lot 17. MLS 6032087 $54,499

xxx 342 Rd Finland

Mountain Ash Lane Cedar covered hillside overlooking Lake Superior in Lutsen. Roads and survey completed for small subdivision. Perfect opportunity to own large acreage in Lutsen overlooking Lake Superior or develop a small subdivision. Final plat not recorded.

30.89 acres MLS 1600605 Price $$649,000

Large parcel covered in Maples, Birch, and other mixed forest. Can be sold as parcels. See MLS # 24295,24293,24297,24298, no gravel mining for 10 years from date of purchase

160 acres MLS 1968744 Price $299,000


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WILDERNESS LAKE SUPERIOR HOME, IN GRAND MARAIS! It’s about the Wilderness, the Water, and the way they come together around this wonderful Family Style Authentic North Shore home! More bedrooms than you need, this home has a ton of value for the square footage! Gorgeous waterfall into a creek that meanders to the mouth of Lake Superior, cascading over a ledgerock beach to the Big Lake. Serenity can be found at the Little House located within a stone’s throw to the Big Lake. If you enjoy the journey, you’ll love everything this accommodating home has to offer! Mint Condition home, two plus car garage with heated workshop. EASY Walk to Grand Marais Harbor!

MLS#6026723 $749,900 REDUCED!

RUGGED ELEGANCE ON LAKE SUPERIOR! LUTSEN’S CASCADE BEACH RD LOCATION 200 ft of level access shoreline and a helluva great home! Spectacular Fireplace, Remodeled KitchenIncredible! Master Suite with a bathroom to LOVE. Recently renovated and updated, this home is Move In Ready for your Family to Enjoy!


Multigenerational Property on Lake Superior, the main home is a Modern Dream, absolutely incredible connection to the Big Lake from within this home. Whimsical design allows two separate living spaces, the main home with 4 bedrms, the Guest home with complete kitchen, dining, family, bedrm, bath and three season porch for additional bunk space. Tuckunder garage never used, easily converted into additional living space. Walls of Windows connect you to Lake Superior, it’s really something to see. Call to schedule your showing!

MLS#6075189 $899,900


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Over 300 ft and 11+ ac and 22 feet of Lake Superior Views from the Great Room! It’s all about the connection to the Big Lake and this home has it!

MLS#6033491 $699,900

MLS#6029989 $799,000 WOWSER LAKE SUPERIOR PROPERTY! Jonvick Creek


Lake Superior home as timeless and rock solid as its geologic neighborhood. Just near the 1.1 billion year old Cutface Creek sandstone, nestled among thomsonite gemstone producing basalt flows and sporting it’s very own sea arch, this home is all about the pleasures of the North Shore.

AND Lake Superior frontage! Lovely LUTSEN home, tons of potential for updating and making this home YOURS! Vaulted ceilings, welcoming warm feel to this Cabin, a Must See!

MLS#6026038 $530,000

MLS#6023379 $524,000 REDUCED!


D L O S OVER 600 FT OF LUTSEN’S LAKE SUPERIOR! MLS# 6019683 $1,197,000


Enjoy your space while your guest live it up in the Carriage house! Stunning Lake Superior Shoreline, you’ll LOVE the updated interior and warmth of this cabin!

MLS#6030729 $399,900 REDUCED!

This home is all about the Lake Side, perched just high enough to allow for Spectacular views down the Coast of Lake Superior. Meander the boardwalks along the ledge rock lined creek to the Big Lake, ready for your toe dipping! The home is designed for entertainment and family fun! Main level living, nice master suite, and open kitchen to dining/living room. Lower level walks out to the lakeshore, with family rec room space, bedroom, and bath. Over 230 ft of shoreline bordered by a creek! Really great value at

$549,900 MLS#TBD


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Fisherman’s Dream on Tait Lake in Lutsen! Terrific layout for the family cabin! Level access to Super shoreline, just 20+ minutes to Lutsen Mountains! 3 bedrm 2+bath and huge garage for boat storage! Screen porch too!

MLS#6073605 $355,000



Prime shoreline overlooking Superior National Forest Lands! Welcoming home, INCREDIBLE lake views from a Great Room wall of windows. Fantastic home, two gas fireplaces, wood stove and entertaining space! Sauna, Two car garage. Only 20 minutes to Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort! A Must See home.


MLS#6031576 $499,900

NEW! LOOKING FOR A LAKE CABIN UNDER $200,000? Willing to take an extra five

minutes to cross a few hundred feet of lake to reach it? Just off the shoreline of Rockwood Outfitters on Poplar Lake, Mid Gunflint Trail. One dock on mainland, one on island! Sweet 2 bedrms, year round living with energy efficient heat. An Island w/ a cabin on each side, not within sight of each other. $189,900 ea or Buy the Entire Island at $359,000. Just Visit Once and You’ll Fall in Love! MLS#6033528/6033534


What a FAB Log home! Just stunning interior, stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling with log beams and open Great room. Main level living with finished lower level for friends and family to stay!

MLS#6030976 $459,000


Lindal Cedar Home, dramatic stone fireplace set amongst posts & beams of Douglas Fir. Designer kitchen, sunroom, secluded master bedroom and bath with soaker tub. Wood fired oven, Timberframe Sauna, Woodshop and a large garage. End of the Road 4.48 acres, 175’ of frontage, adjacent public land buffers and beckons. Leave Everything behind and just enjoy the Good Life on Deeryard Lake!

MLS#6028689 $599,000 REDUCED!


Concept! The deck is almost at Water’s Edge, this Cottage was Just renovated and it’s adorable. Perfect Romantic Getaway, completely renovated and Turnkey (less some sentimental items the seller wishes to keep!) Summer Cottage on the Big Lake!

MLS#6074214 $275,000

SIMPLICITY OVERLOOKING MOOSE MOUNTAIN! Lutsen Mountain Ski and Summer Resort, if


historic Lutsen Lodge offers…a sandy beach, a cool River, Swimming pool, spa, FABULOUS dining…but enjoy it in STYLE at the Cliffhouse overlooking the historic lodge. Newer construction, Big views, Contemporary Design. Total Comfort. Nice rental income to offset expenses. MLS#6021422

$399,000 REDUCED!

you love Lutsen Vacations, then these Condos and Townhomes are for you! Use as often as you like and make money when you aren’t here! “Hands off or on Ownership” means flexibility for keeping all to yourself for family and friends, or choose a management company that will fit your needs. Some are newly renovated exterior and out, some are not. From Studios (with huge decks) to 3+ bedrms, See them all to find YOUR right fit!

108 BRIDGE RUN $89,900 MLS#6027475 124B BRIDGE RUN $99,900 MLS#6032522 114 BRIDGE RUN $109,999 MLS#6028015 128 BRIDGE RUN $111,900 MLS#2120739 120A BRIDGE RUN $114,900 MLS#6074478 526 MOOSE MOUNTAIN $153,500 MLS#2217205


Stone’s throw to accessible ledgerock shoreline. Imagine family campfires at the Lake’s Edge! You CAN afford your own piece of Lake Superior with this ¼ share. Create family memories! Excellent revenues help offset ownership expenses. Check out the 3D Virtual Tour at

MLS#6075589 $180,000


This Lutsen Mountains Ski In/Out Condo was renovated from top to bottom, Inside & Out! New Exterior- windows, slider doors in bedrm and family room, stylish dry-stacked stone fireplace. INCREDIBLE Cottage Style Kitchen w/ Quartz Countertops! Moose Mtn Views from the HUGE double sized deck!

MLS#6032522 $99,900


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NORTHWOODS HOMES AND CABINS, IN TOWN OR IN THE WOODS! NEW! SIMPLY MODERN RUSTIC STYLE! Lutsen cabin is a MUST SEE if you enjoy the simple things in Life! Two bedrooms, open kitchen/dining spaces, covered porch area and a sauna house! No well nor septic, but there’s an Outhouse! Must see to appreciate.

MLS#6076115 $139,000

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 $85,500 REDUCED!


Large family kitchen will WOW you, three main level bedrooms and bath, and lower level rec room/bath/bunk space allows for plenty of elbow room! 2 car detached on a spectacular Hays Circle lot! You’ll LOVE the backyard patio!

MLS#6075984 $163,500


Big Lutsen Living, High ceilings, Impressive Owner’s Suite, 3+ bedrms. Made for entertainment and family gatherings, this home is ALL STYLE! Make your memories here, minutes from Lutsen Mountains, Lake Superior and Caribou Lake!


MLS#6033215 $359,900



Come take a Look at this Tofte home with acreage! Lots to offer, the home is solid and has a nice flow. The kitchen has been upgraded! Large windows allow for lots of light, and accessory buildings are perfect for a workshop and garage! Curious? Give us a call to see this gem!


Spectacular home with so much to offer! Gourmet kitchen with large center island, tons of cabinetry. Open to dining room walking out to a large deck, gorgeous sunroom. Gas fireplace in warm family room. Walk out lower level, very functional design. Tons of windows, natural light throughout the home! Oversized garage with covered boat storage area. Big bang for your buck at

MLS#6022904 $177,500 ALPINE RETREAT OVERLOOKING LAKE SUPERIOR! Tucked in to the Ridgetop


of the Sawtooth Mountains in Schroeder, MN, just an hour or so from Duluth! Gorgeous home features living spaces that take advantage of the tremendous Lake Superior views! Enjoy access to Lake Superior only a minute away at the Sugarloaf Cove Interpretive Center on Lake Superior.


$349,000 MLS#6074886

SUPER CTY RD 7 JUST WEST OF GRAND MARAIS LOCATION! Lake Superior views, Welcoming home w/ master bedroom, nice guest spaces and a to die for deck overlooking the Woods and the Lake!

MLS#6030389 $350,000


Solid and newer home, just needs some interior finishing. Nice entry area, featuring wood burning stove. Flawless transition to spacious living area, with amazing Stone fireplace, with super-efficient fireplace insert for heating! Gorgeous setting with beautiful pond, border USFS land. Poplar lake is a stone’s throw away!

MLS#6032396 $219,900

SWEET TOFTE LOCATION, ESTABLISHED BUILD SITE! A great homestead, no covenants no restrictions,


live in the trailer home while re-building or start completely fresh! Already in place is the well, septic, electric, garage, and lots of storage sheds…TONS OF VALUE AT $64,555. Minute’s to Carlton Peak Trailhead, and Tofte’s Lake Superior Park for lake access!

$64,555 MLS#6074783


LUTSEN HOME AT MINK RANCH! Nice home for the money, three bedroom, one bath AND a garage. Really a cute place, just a minute from Lutsen Mountains, Move in Ready! MLS#6030897 $145,000 REDUCED!

WELCOME TO “THE BASE CAMP”! 77 ac of wild forest for hunting or just creating trails. Already set up with a main cabin w/ mud room, open kitchen to the living room and 2 bedrooms. 2 add’l guest cabins. Detached garage with heated and insulated work shop, drilled well. There is a sauna/shower house on the premises.

MLS# 6029226 $139,900 REDUCED!

OFF GRID AND LOVING IT, SOLITUDE! Sustainable living at its Best,

plenty of room for gardens, an apple orchard, with good water source in the Moose Pond! Nearly 20 ac of prime land AND a newer built 2003 Log Cabin! Year round living, well and septic in place. The log cabin is SWEET! 2 bedrooms, bath, GREAT kitchen with breakfast bar. Three season porch is WOWSER overlooking the Moose Pond! A MUST SEE CABIN!

$189,900 MLS#6028795

LOW MAINTENANCE RENTAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Enjoy solid long term rentals, self-sustaining solid local businesses. Highway frontage and Room to Expand Up! Support the Local Economy and Enjoy some passive income, Buy Now and bring your ideas for expansion! MLS#6028366 $329,900 SUPER VALUE!

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CAMPN’, HUNTN’, FUN GETAWAY LAND, INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE! ROCKY WALL outskirts of Silver Bay! Huge Lake Superior Views, Driveway and Campsite in Place! Maple Forest, Electric, Developed Build Site!

$99,900 MLS#6074084

87 High Ridge Dr-Lot 3 Sugarloaf Retreats! Driveway in, cleared build site, just plan your North Shore home to take advantage of the Awesome Ridgeline Views! MLS#6031037 $59,000

Maple Leaf Lane off Hwy 1 near Finland. It’s a quiet getaway cabin, rustic living. Super hunting spot, man cave cabin! MLS# 6030497 $59,900

Sawbill Trail Tofte Lake Superior Views, Mature Spruce forest with driveway and well in place!

MLS#6030129 $99,900

Whitetail Ridge Overlooking Lake Superior! Just off Highway 1, Enjoy Sprawling Lake and Ridgeline views and Rugged Terrain! Yr Round Access, Electric.

LeVeaux Mountain, Super Views and Wildlife Ponds!

MLS# 6024856 $110,000

30 acres Wilderness, Borders lands next to Little Manitou River! MLS#2309327 $129,000 Rock Road in Silver Bay area! Great build site with creek frontage! MLS#2308638 $45,000 REDUCED! Lakeshore on Ninemile Lake at the Village, common water and septic, build ready, borderscommon land!

MLS#2309096 $39,000 REDUCED!

Marks Drive Build Ready parcel in Silver Bay. City Utilities, Super location for a nice family home! Great neighborhood.

MLS#6031871 $22,000


MLS#2220050 $69,000

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#2070509 Prices from $24,900!!

Wowser Lake Superior views on Overlook Tr!

MLS#2296509 $79,900

Maples with lots of Elbow Room, Year Round access and nice location between Cross River in Schroeder and Finland! MLS#6028422 $59,000 BIG TIME VIEWS of Lake Superior-Tofte, Excellent value at Johannes Toftey MLS#6029322 $59,900 Overlook at LeVeaux Mountain-Tofte! Serene Woodsy setting with Lake Views!

MLS#6029324 $49,000

Maples Galore, Acreage! Schroeder Location with Yr Round Access and Electric!

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 $49,900 REDUCED!

DRAMATIC Mountain Top Views, Rolling Hills, Maple Forests fading in to Spruce and Pine and year round access. $70,000 MLS#2090659 39 ACRES!

MLS#6029593 $99,000

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

Wilderness Lutsen location at Tait Lake- backlot with Driveway in place! Yr Round and Electric

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

Ridgetop 5+ ac in Lutsen, Fantastic location, minutes to the Ski Hill, Yr Round Living with some Lake Superior Views, perfect for 2 story walk out home.

MLS#2309328+ FROM $39,000 MLS#2312987 $119,000 MLS#2216560 $45,000 MLS#2240533 $49,000

Gorgeous 5 acre parcels in the Heart of Lutsen paved Caribou Trail locale bordering USFS lands! MLS#2174799 From $54,900 - $77,500 30 acres of Prime Wilderness Land with year round access and electric at street with Views of Lutsen’s famed Clara Lake! MLS#2080599 $137,500 Maple Leaf Trail at Jonvick, Maples Galore! Nice elevated build site. Yr Round access, electric.

MLS#6024972 $49,000

Foothill Blvd Location in the Heart of Lutsen! Established build site with Boulder lined driveway in place leading to cleared building site. Camp now and plan for the future, bring your RV, electric is at the build site! Minute’s to Sky access to Caribou Lake in Lutsen! $56,500 MLS#6028429

LeVeaux Creek Runs Through this Sweet Build Site, minutes to Lutsen Ski Resort! Lake Views!

Tait Lake area, Legend Trail parcel bordering USFS lands with views of Wills and Williams Lake!

MLS#6031876 $65,000

MLS#6074179 $55,000

MLS#6028619 $67,500

MLS#6032752 $250,000


it on this Dreamy Parcel, Have Vision!


Historical Nature.

MLS#6031579 $499,900

20 Acres near Pike Lake, minutes to the new Boat Landing! Driveway is in place, nice shed. Panoramic Wilderness!

MLS#6028569 $69,000

Grand Marais Meadows on County Rd 7, Gorgeous Setting, Super location! MLS#6029849+ $65,000 Quiet Side of Town, a Creek meanders Through, Cleansing. Large lots, surveyed and build ready. Just Imagine, New Construction in the heart of Grand Marais!

MLS#6031883 $54,900 NEW! Gorgeous 42 acres near Pike Lake, Yr Round access, electric at street and INCREDIBLE ridgetop views!

MLS#6073655 $109,900

11 acres yr round access, electric, Nice build site near Pike Lake!

MLS#6073657 $44,900

Swallow Lake! MLS#2300576 $64,900

just 40 ft from the Big Lake, level easy access, well buffered from Hwy!

MLS#2308906 $299,000

NEW! Cty 44 and Pike Lk Road! 10 acres of high level ground, easy build site at a great price! $55,000 MLS#6076094

INLAND LAKE LANDS RUSTIC GETAWAY LAKESHORE, ISABELLA AREA. Mature pines, end of the road location on


MLS#6029557 $65,000

Prime Build Site(s) just off theCaribou at Jonvick Creek!


and nearly 600 ft of it! Enjoy your own paradise on Lake Superior!

Boreal Lane at the Foothills of Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort 5 ac lot, year round and FAB location!

Nice large parcel #19 at Sugarloaf Retreats, Boreal Forest land with yr rd access/electric.



MLS# 603266 $49,900

Over 8 ac of Wilderness on Turnagain Trail in Lutsen!

Jonvick Creek Runs Through It! Enjoy the Sounds of the Creek running by your future build site, Fabulous Lutsen Location just off the Caribou Trail!

MLS#6031140 $41,900

MLS#6029115 $33,000


the Coastline and Well buffered from Hwy.

MLS#2313255 $235,000

only access with large acreage, privacy galore!

MLS#6032237 $124,900


Year Round access, elec/broadband. Maple hillside, Rocky prime shoreline! MLS#6074179 $189,900 Owner is licensed REALTOR



Wilderness Lakeshore Site with cleared build site, driveway in place. Electric at road, 200 ft PRIME shoreline.

Views! MLS#6028455 $225,000

CHRISTINE LAKE 10 AC bordering Superior National Forest, Yr Round Access, electric/broadband avail. Hill top build site overlooking mature white pine, cedar lined shoreline on Christine. Serenity Now! MLS#6023288 $99,900

$189,900 MLS#6033095

Ready, good buffer from Hwy, Spectacular


Cabin, Enjoy the peace and quiet this lovely little cabin offers on over 300 ft of Lake Superior Shoreline! Electric, and Nice gas Stove makes this a comfy and welcoming

MLS#6026595 $225,000 REDUCED!


PIKE LAKE LUTSEN SIDE! Premium Shoreline, nice and FISHERMAN’S DREAM GETAWAY, WALTER IS WAITING! End of the bay bordering USFS lands and some

Super Shoreline! Call today for details!

MLS# 6027279 $219,000

rocky! South facing build site, boreal forest. Lot 6 Willard Lane, must see! MLS#6031145 $199,900

DEERYARD LAKE EAST SIDE, bay shallow shoreline but great views to the west down the lake! Boardwalk in place for lake access. MLS#6031104 $74,900


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69 Serving Cook County since 1971


(218) 387-2131 (800) 732-2131

101 West Hwy. 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

On Lake Superior

2942 W Hwy 61

Attention Rock Hounds! Imagine spending the afternoon hunting Thomsonites on your own coveted beach? Very appealing 3 BR, 2 BA home with panoramic views of Lake Superior and lots of the cabin charm everyone desires. Many new features including a fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, new windows, new septic and new roof. FABULOUS lot with 1.5 acres of mature trees & 254’ of gravel and ledgerock shoreline.

68 Trailsyde

1000’ of beautifully rugged and secluded shore. 6 lots, house structure; you finish the interior, plus more than 30A of land to ensure ample exclusivity and privacy.

MLS TBD $539,900 NEW

MLS 6026201 $995,000

4794 Chicago Bay Road, Hovland

E Hwy 61

Solid one room cabin on slab foundation, fully wired & 2 x 6 construction. Cabin is not finished but is ready for immediate usage. Impressive views, 8 acres and a stunning Lake Superior gravel beach, perfect for bon fires.

MLS 6074658 $154,900

3298 West Highway 61, Grand Marais

Quality built, well designed 3 BR, 2 BA home beautiful with many quality features The main level features a floor to ceiling cobblestone fireplace that is not only attractive but can heat the house. Attractive kitchen with plenty of storage, vaulted ceilings, fully updated bathrooms, sunny 4 season porch & multilevel decks.

Imagine owning 334’ of ledgerock shoreline and 4.4 acres directly abutting Cascade River State Park!. The home sits at the water’s edge & features lots of natural woodwork, screened in porch, fireplace, loft, att’d garage & much more. The one level guest home is incredibly charming and basically maintenance free! Detached 32 x 40 ft garage & shop.

MLS 6074208 $539,900

MLS 6032509 $699,900



40 Trailsyde, Hovland

1900 E Hwy 61, Grand Marais

The 8.4 acre estate has 1000 ft of gravel beaches, ledgerock points & 2 private coves. Post & beam home with a floor to ceiling fireplace, 3 BR, 4 BA & a walkout lower level apartment. Step back in time in the 100 year old Aldrich cabin.

Listen to the waves crashing from this 1BR, 2BA year round cabin that is situated at the water’s edge. Relax by the fireplace, or just gaze out the many windows and watch the waves. Sunny with lots of windows and an open floor plan.

MLS 6074686 $995,000

MLS 6075220 $319,900

Lake Superior Lots 2884 W Hwy 61 - $279,900

1.30A, very attractive piece of vacant lakeshore located just past Terrace Point. 371’ of stunning ledgerock shoreline, with incredible views of the Grand Marais Harbor and the Sawtooth Mountain Ridge Line.

MLS 6027340

2888 W Hwy 61 - $239,900 REDUCED

Fabulous views of both Artist Point and the Sawtooth Mountains! Stunning Lake Superior lot with 1.24A, 200’ ledgerock shoreline embedded with Thomsonite Stones.

MLS 6027323

Stonegate Rd $194,900 - $199,900

2 lots along scenic Chicago Bay. Nicely wooded and private! 1-2A with 200+’ shore.

MLS 6030329


JULY 2018


22 E Rosebush Lane

Marvel at the views of Artist Point from this stunning 4 bedroom, 4 bath premier home located west of Grand Marais. Must see to appreciate the custom tile work, built-ins, floor to ceiling windows, cobblestone fireplace, decks and expansive gourmet kitchen & much more. Home is complete with AC, back-up generator & oversized garage. Private 2.96 acre lot with 243’ of gravel shoreline.

MLS 6075855

$920,000 NEW

Homes & Cabins


SOL 319 E 2nd Ave

Purchase three rental units for the price of a single home, or the lower units can be combined leaving a nice little family home with a studio apartment overhead. Or restore home into a two story single family home.

MLS 6027869 $168,000

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 2313220 $149,900

175 Whippoorwill Ln

24+A with a 1944 sq ft pole building. What a spot for a hike-in writer’s cabin, artist’s retreat...or whatever your heart desires. Additional 12A and home is also available.

MLS 6030050 $89,900

54 Morgan Rd

Special one room getaway in the woods on 40A of mature trees, abuts Cascade State Park and Federal land! Garage and bonus space is quite functional as it is, or remodel as you desire.

MLS 6073759 $279,900


1911 Camp 20 Rd

210 Bloomquist Mtn Rd

MLS 6073896 $64,900

MLS 6032433 $176,000

Fully furnished one room north woods getaway with lots of privacy on 40A of wooded land with a wildlife pond and an abundance of recreational trails. Abuts federal land to the north.

902 W 5th Ave

Tiny house with city water and sewer at the street ready to be brought in. This one-room rustic cabin is ready to be finished the way you want. Wooded City land across the street.

MLS 6033214 $49,900

1636 Camp 20 Rd

2BR, 2BA year-round home with all the modern amenities, in a private remote setting. Open living space is perfect for entertaining. All on 6A!

Remote, turn-key rustic getaway on 53A. Heavily wooded rolling topography with an abundance of wildlife; moose, grouse, deer, and more.

MLS 6027942 $54,900

160 Whippoorwill Ln

1473 Gunflint Trail

True retreat from the rush of modern life. Off grid with full solar power, propane wall heat and wood fireplace. Nearly end of the road privacy. Log and half log sided construction.

Adorable one room year round cabin close to the water’s edge of Devil Track River! Convenient location close o town. The land is stunning and complete with trails, bridges, perennial flowers!

MLS 6030049 $139,900

MLS 6033277 $169,000





320 2nd Ave E

Very Sunny 3 bedroom, 1 bath home located in town with a main floor laundry, lots of storage and a full basement. Detached garage, greenhouse & large fenced in yard.

MLS 6074753 $149,900

116 2nd Ave W

1561 East Hwy 61

320 1st Ave E

Completely remodeled 3 BR, 2 BA home in Grand Marais with lots of character and beautiful Lake Superior views. An exceptional single family home, long term rental or a VRBO?

This sunny 2 BR, 1 BA home features many updates to include a new roof, windows, siding & septic system. Features include Wood fireplace, wood floors & large family room.

Here is one of the most historic and iconic homes in Grand Marais. From the Queen Anne front porch to the amazing gardens to the “to-die-for” garage this 2 BR, 2 BA home is a jewel.

MLS 6074334 $319,900

MLS 6075213 $194,900

MLS #6075117 $338,900

23XX County Road 7

Cabin or future home site? Beautiful lot with 6.83 acres, abundant with trails, flowing creek and abutting State land! Include is camper with a nice deck & outhouse.

MLS 6075310 $59,900

2291 County Road 7

61 Mort Meadow Rd

Spacious custom built country estate with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms all located on 10 acres complete with ponds. This magnificent home was designed and built for horse riding with the large horse arena and fenced in yard allowing the horses to roam around. Added features include an artist’s cabin & Lake Superior Views!

Which is more amazing? The stunning one level 4 BR, 2 BA home or the 40 acres that surrounds it? Gorgeous kitchen with custom cherry cabinets & granite counters. Just a few features include the spacious dining room, family room, formal living room with fireplace & MBR En Suite with fireplace. Beautiful land w/ fields, ponds & abutting state land.

MLS 6075061 $699,900

MLS 6075309 $449,900

418 4th Ave W

Large corner lot, four bedroom home--plenty of space for everyone. The main floor has an impressive entry to the great room: vaulted living room & dining room, surrounding the gas fireplace with huge windows to let the outdoors in. Curb appeal galore--tastefully landscaped, level grounds with a backyard privacy; deck and lg concrete patio. 5-stall detached garage with a 24 x 24 workshop.

219 1st Ave E

Cute 2 bedroom, 1 bath home priced to sell! Features a large living room with an electric fireplace and cedar paneling. Situated on a double lot with off street parking, shared garage and a nice backyard .

MLS 6075590 $399,900 NEW

313 5th Ave W

Looking for an affordable 3 BR, 1 BA home in town? This sunny home features plenty of storage and a nice size living room. Oversized lot with awesome gardens, private park-like setting & det’d garage. Agent/Owner

MLS 6075444 $209,900 NEW

MLS 6076190 $154,900 NEW


101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

(218) 387-2131

(800) 732-2131 NORTHERN  WILDS

JULY 2018






Bluefin Bay Tofte

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

Unit 32 $275,000 MLS 6044681

Unit 38 $319,900 MLS 6074683

Unit 37 $315,000 MLS 6033212

Unit 61 $564,000 MLS 603268

1 BR, 1 BA

2BR, 2BA unit 2BR, 2BA unit

2 BR, 2BA

3BR, 3Ba unit

East Bay Suites

Check out these condos located in the heart of Grand Marais on the shores of Lake Superior. Great property if you are wanting a 2nd home or an investment property.

Poplar Lake

Sweet one-bedroom cabin on the north side of Devil Track Lake. Cute, open living areas with bedroom & bath in the back. Easily accessible lakeshore ready for all of your toys & fun on the water. There is a workshop & garage plus a nice deck off of the kitchen, great for grilling!

MLS 6019286 $549,900

MLS 6074259 $210,000

UNIT 210 MLS 6033341 $335,000

2 BR, 2 BA

3BR, 3BA end unit with great views of Lake Superior. Excellent rental history!

MLS 6074034 $195,000 MLS 6023870 $199,900



Devil Track Lake

Stunning Devil Track Lake lot on the north shore with 159’ of shoreline and 1.88A for plenty of privacy. Driveway and cleared building sites.

MLS 6074624


Birch Lake

Lovely lakeshore lot on the north shore of Birch Lake with 209’ of shoreline & 5 acres. Convenient mid-Gunflint Trail location.

MLS 6074808


Kemo Lake

AWESOME fishing on this premier Trout Lake. Private lot with 2.34A & 200’ of accessible shoreline. Power & Broadband available.

MLS 6031924 $139,900

Tom Lake

Affordable lot with 500ft of shoreline, nicely wooded 5 acres abutting state land plus it is close to town AND has year round access. MLS 6023533 $74,900 PENDING

Onagon Lake

Unique 5A lot with views overlooking both Onagon and Cupid Lakes. Approx. 1000’of shoreline and abuts Federal Land to the west.

MLS 6033167 $99,900

MLS 6075428 $239,900

Squint Lake

Mid-Gunflint Trail lot with 2.13A & 221’ shoreline. Gently rolling topography, old white pine trees & abuts USFS! YR access, elec & broadband.

MLS 6028920 $75,000

Chester Lake

Imagine being the owner private owner on this lake? Property consists of 40A surrounded by USFS & 300’ frontage! Rough cabin sold “as is”.

MLS 6078570 $149,900

Convenient mid-Gunflint Trail 2.75 acre building site featuring deeded lakeshore access. Building site cleared, driveway in, utilities available.

Birch Lake

Build your dream home or cabin on this year round Birch Lake lot that is just a few hundred feet from the County Road. Very private parcel that can easily be subdivided into 2 lots with the 302 ft of shoreline and 4.15 acres. Property has just been surveyed, septic sites identified!

MLS 6075438 $199,900

Birch Lake

SERIOUSLY! Check out one of the only grandfathered-in Boat Houses in Cook County. This lot features 412 ft of shoreline with 3+ acres plus there is add’l acreage available. Property includes an older rustic cabin, is fully surveyed, year round access & utilities are available.

MLS 6075388 $379,900 NEW

MLS 6075434 $249,900

Beautiful views of the lake with a healthy mix of huge white pines, cedars & balsams. Cleared building site, electricity, phone & broadband.

MLS 6028705 $169,900

Greenwood Lake

Attractively priced lakeshore lot with 4.2A and 300’ rocky shoreline. Coveted trout lake, year round access – perfect for cabin or home site.

MLS 6073512 $139,900

3823 Arrowhead Trail

Watch breathtaking sunsets from the large deck on this impressive cedar log cabin nestled in the trees, overlooking McFarland Lake with 311’ of desirable shoreline on McFarland Lake, a direct BWCA lake. Features 2BRs, 3/4 bath, cathedral beamed ceilings, wood floors and lots of windows. Complete generator and solar panel system, drilled well, septic, all designed for year round usage.

MLS 6075439 $374,900 NEW


100 Sag Lake Trail

Looking for your own BWCA vacation paradise or a successful, existing rental on the coveted Saganaga Lake? Primary cabin features 2 BRs, 1BA and a spacious open floor plan, perfect for gatherings. Adorable guest cabin with knotty pine woodwork, bath & kitchenette. Large garage, perfect for storing the toys! All of this on 1.3A with 150’of shoreline & dock.

Poplar Lake

MLS 6029826 $99,900


MLS 6073515 $194,900

MLS 6029825 $39,000

MLS 2158160 $52,500

Two Island – The Grade

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets from this sweet 2BR fully furnished cabin sitting just a few feet from the water’s edge. 220 ft. of incredibly beach shoreline plus there is a boathouse for added storage. Cabin is off grid with propane lights, heat and fridge. Easy access to the lake and excellent water clarity.

Greenwood Lake

VERY private cabin on the coveted Greenwood Lake! 4.59A, 366’ shore, private bay, very accessible shoreline, dock, sandy swimming area, walking trails, mature trees and year round access. Cabin has full bunk beds, indoor dining and propane stove/fridge.

Located at the end of the Gunflint Trail with 1A, 222’ of shoreline & a babbling creek. Electricity and broadband are nearby.

Tom Lake

MLS 6032510 $53,900

McFarland Lake

Looking for a Boundary Waters Canoe Area cabin? This 2 BR cedar log cabin is designed for playing at the lake & features vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, propane fireplace & a large deck. Add’l buildings include a large guest cabin, storage shed AND a sauna! Great shoreline with a nice dock.

Onagon Lake

Poplar Lake

Enjoy stunning sunsets while overlooking Tom Lake! Year round access, 171’ shoreline, driveway and a cleared building site.




Rare opportunity to find 34+A w/ 600’ of shoreline on a quality Walleye lake. Lot is surveyed & septic sites identified. Potential CD.

MLS 6074852 $119,900

MLS 6075052 $370,000


Tom Lake


Pike Lake

“Bella Largo.” This carefully maintained, year round 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is situated on a great lot at the west end of Pike Lake. The lot features 155’ of easily accessible shoreline and nearly 2 acres of private land. Whether you use it for your personal retreat or a VRBO, check it out!



3 BR, 2BA

UNIT 202 MLS 6074935 $319,900

Devil Track

Imagine your family gatherings in this custom built 4 BR, 3 bath lake home with vaulted ceilings, log beams, wood fireplace & abundance of natural woodwork. Home is quality built complete with a walk out lover level & screen porch. Truly a beautiful lot with 4 acres & 250 ft of shoreline.


101 West Hwy . 61 (218) Grand Marais, MN 55604

113 Winter Wren Road

Wilson Lake

The price is NOT a typo!! This one room cabin is situated on 1.5A with 263’ of shoreline on West Twin Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in Cook County. It features all the comforts of home but at a remarkably affordable price. The cabin site offers wonderful views of the surrounding hills and bluffs and the user-friendly lake-shore makes it easy to launch your canoe or kayak.

Exceptional lot of Lake County’s premier lakes! Wilson Lake is unique with all oversized lots, similar to this one with 4 plus acres & over 335 feet of shoreline, providing lots of privacy. Many improvements in place - a driveway; site prep work - partially completed; a septic system and a well!!! All it needs are your plans for your ultimate private inland lake getaway. Competitively priced!

MLS 6075942 $125,000 NEW

MLS 6075594 $188,000 NEW


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


160 Acres – Old Gunflint Trail

110 Acres - West Highway 61

MLS 6074802 - $139,900

MLS 2164180 $649,900

Remote, yet not far away from many mid-Gunflint Trail resorts. Incredibly unique chunk of land surrounded by USFS & abutting the BWCA for the ultimate northwoods getaway. Extremely close to Iron Lake. Access is a little rough!

DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL with mixed zoning (Far-3, R-1 and commercial). Excellent location on the Highway 61 corridor west of town. Property extends north with access of off County Road 7. Owner will split.

200 Acres - Camp 12 Rd

43 Acres - County Road 7

MLS 6074853 $159,900

MLS 2170711 $299,900

Rare opportunity to find 200A of land, primarily surrounded by State and Federal land giving you access to thousands of acres! Close to YR access off of the Arrowhead Trail. Many trails in the area and close to many lakes.

Nicely wooded with excellent development potential. Close to hospital and all the amenities of Grand Marais. Multiple zoning (R1 & Far 3), survey and wetlands delineation completed in 2007. Electricity & Broadband at road.

170 Acres - Camp 20 Rd

Heavily forested land that has been replanted with pine trees. Rolling topography, many building sites and hiking trails. Features a gravel pit on the northwest corner and a small wildlife pond to the south. State land to the south & east.


MLS 6074422 $149,900

Land County Road 7, Grand Marais

Check out this property with 2.27 acres within city limits. Build your home or consider doing a subdivision.

Raven Feather Road

MLS 6075749 $55,000

Seriously amazing Lake Superior views, including Alligator Island from the rock outcroppings on this stunning lot. Property consists of 6.65 acres, end of the road location AND abuts Federal land to the west. Close to town & all amenities

W Hwy 61 – Grand Marais

Excellent location and plenty of development opportunities right off Hwy 61. Consists of 7.1A, zoned R1 and Commercial. Additional R-1 acreage available. MLS 2170380 $149,900

North Rd – Hovland

MLS 6075126 $119,900

10 Murphy Mtn Rd - Grand Marais

County Road 67

MLS 6073521 $49,900

MLS 6029971 $72,000 - $82,000

Affordably price 20 acre lot that is perfect for a private, year round retreat. Power, phone and broadband available at the road. What more do you need? MLS 6024552 $39,900

SLEEPER LOT! Dream about your future home while relaxing in the screened in porch. Enjoy the Lake Superior views, 5+ acres of rolling topography, driveway & utilities in place.

Rosebush Hill – Grand Marais

West Hwy 61 – Grand Marais

COOL lot with 25+A close to Grand Marais, healthy mix of trees, creeks & gently rolling topography. Approx. 800’ frontage on the Fall River with building sites overlooking the river. Whether you keep it all as one lot or subdivide, the options are endless.

MLS 6030910 $89,900

Rosebush Hill – Grand Marais

Nicely wooded 5.40A with shared driveway only minutes from town. Identified septic sites and fully surveyed! Approx. 430’ of creek frontage. Contract for Deed. MLS 6030911 $49,900

Rosebush Hill – Grand Marais

5.72A of nicely wooded land with gently rolling topography AND approx. 500’ frontage on the Rosebush Tributaries. Year round access, Electricity & Broadband.

MLS 6030899 $39,900

78 Squint Lake Rd – Gunflint Trail

Nice mid Gunflint Trail building site with 5 acres surrounded on 2 sides by government land. Convenient year round location with all amenities .

MLS 6020283 $59,900

Sweet 1.7 acre building site located in the heart of Lutsen. Gently rolling topography, mature trees – easy building site and near many recreational opportunities. MLS 6023743 $39,900

Broadway Ave – Grand Marais

Want to live in the country and yet want access to City Sewer & City Water? Check out this over-sized lot that is located on the Gunflint Trail in city limits. MLS 6031909 $48,000

Gunflint Trail

Attractive & affordable building site with 3+ acres & easy access right off of Hwy 61. Minutes from town and connects to the Superior Hiking Trail. MLS 6033459 $44,000

Year round 6.46A on county maintained road with amazing views of the lake. The cleared path up the property will help you visualize your future home on the North Shore! Also in close proximity to down town, hiking, biking & skiing trails!

MLS 6033168 $87,500

5xx South Shore Dr

This non-lakeshore lot on the South Shore Drive of Devil Track Lake is ready for your plans! Build a home, use it for recreation--the choice is yours. Mature trees, gentle slope and a partial driveway

Bally Creek Road

14x Bloomquist Mountain Rd

MLS 6030620 $59,000

Check out these two great 7+A parcels located 5 minutes west of Grand Marais. Gently rolling topography, utilities, mature trees and Lake Superior views. Fairly close to the Superior Hiking Trail, biking trails & cross country ski trails.

MLS 6075744 $59,900 NEW

Ten acres of mature trees including huge White Pines! Sloping lot with lots of southern exposure for sunshine all year long. Easy drive to town, yet secluded on a private road in a country setting.

MLS 6075850 $59,900 NEW

County Road 48

Two 5+A lots that will be perfect for building your home in the country while being within minutes of town. Lake Superior Views and mature trees. Recreation trails close by.

MLS 6030623 $85,000

Wesley Lane

Sweet 6.4 acre lot located a stone’s throw from Sand Point on Devil Track Lake. Great building site for a year round home or a cabin with direct access to many recreational opportunities.

MLS 6076050 $64,900 NEW

Railroad Drive - Lutsen

Check out the Lake Superior views from these properties! 2 .7 - 3.48 acres with all utilities readily available - electric, broadband & telephone. DNR owned Lake Superior shoreline across the road so you can have the enjoyment of the lake without the cost.

Com m e r c ia l

Secluded 20 acres located on a County Road with all amenities to include electricity & broadband and is a short drive to town. Lot has excellent views of Lake Superior, abuts State land to the north, close to hiking trails, cross-country ski areas.

MLS 6073592 $99,900

Birch Drive

Dream big or dream small--most likely it will involve huge windows facing South! Bordering Cascade State Park, this lot is ready for outdoor activities. Features a partial driveway, 4.9 acres & year round access.




County Road 60

MLS 6075803 $89,900 NEW

County Rd 67 – Grand Marais

Enjoy the views of Lake Superior from this 2.24 acre lot. Features year round access, directly abuts State Land to the east, is fully surveyed and has a well-built private driveway. MLS 6029973 $39,900

County Rd 48 - Grand Marais

Two lots with 5+ and 7+ acres that are perfect for building a home in the country while being minutes from Grand Marais. Rolling topography & great location. MLS 6030629 $45,000 - $47,500

8 N. Broadway

Prime commercial property has immediate income. Two upper level apartments with space for more, plus storefront, and grounds rental.

MLS 6029037 $437,900


Wildwood Acres - Tofte

Check out these Wildwood Acres lots! At these prices, you can build an affordable home. Lots range from .9 to 1.85 acres. Nice wooded lots in an attractive residential neighborhood.

MLS 6031563 $20,000 - $35,000

Boulder Point Rd - Lutsen

Home or cabin? This 3.55 acre lot is located Lutsen right off the Ski Hill Rd with views of Lake Superior. Abuts the State Scenic and Natural Area.

MLS 6031787 $59,900

Victory Lane - Hovland

Explore this 20 acre parcel & check out the great building sites overlooking a beautiful beaver pond. Very private and plenty of wildlife in the neighborhood. MLS 6032536 $25,000


1st Ave West

Great opportunity in the downtown business district! This building is located on 1st Avenue West close to the harbor, Wisconsin Street, and Highway 61. Busy retail area year round--heavy foot traffic all summer long! A cafe, jewelry store, and t-shirt shop have all prospered at this location--what is your dream business?

MLS 6075583 $224,900

101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Give us a call to discuss current market conditions and valuations for your property.


(218) 387-2131

(800) 732-2131 NORTHERN  WILDS

JULY 2018


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Bluefin Bay Condos & Townhomes

New townhomes, total coastal luxury right on the shore of Lake Superior. 3,000 s/f, 3BR, 3BA. Quarter-share ownership w/ flexibility for personal use & rental income. Excellent family retreat or investment property. Prices from $179K-$225K, includes furnishings.


Bluefin Unit 32

Bluefin Unit 7

1 BR, 1 BA. Charming unit with brand new bath, kitchen, and fireplace. $50K in Rental Income.

3 BR, 2 BA. Recent $130K elegant remodel. Only a few feet from shore.

Bluefin Unit 37

Eric Frost


Bluefin Unit 38

2 BR, 2 BA. Upper level unit affords panoramic lake views. Over $60K in rental income.


Sales Agent, Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

2 BR, BA turn-key rental property. Newly remodeled and tastefully decorated.

Bluefin Unit 55

Bluefin Unit 61

3 BR and 3 BA. Beautiful upgrades and appointments. Great location near outdoor pool.

3 BR, 3 BA Bluefin’s largest town home. Grosses over $110K in rental income. Absolutely stunning.

Deb Niemisto 218-370-8434

Let Eric, exclusive sales agent for Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, provide the details about each property and guide you through the process. Contact him today to learn more.

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Lake Superior Access 2895 E Hwy 61 Grand Marais

Commercial - 126 Airport Rd Grand Marais Airport

Caribou Lake - Lutsen 38 Sawmill Lane

7072 Two Moose Trail Wilson Lake - Finland

WOW 4 BD, 2 BA custom built home on Lutsen’s #1 premier lake. Gazebo, dock, fire pit, large family room, open concept one level living. MLS 6074363 $520,000

Experience Solitude on one of the most beautiful lakes around. Acreage with many amenities ready for use & enjoyment. MLS 608329 $246,900

Commercial hangar, heated, electric, insulated, rental income. MLS 2116969 $275,000

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3 Norwood West Lake SuperiorLutsen

3 BDRM, 3 BA townhome located in the heart of Lutsen. Deck overlooking the BIG lake, open concept, fireplace. $295,000 MLS 6074854

SALE G IN PEND Check out this cute one level log sided 2 BD home, big kitchen, garage, low maintenance. MLS 6029561 $268,900


moose This bull was at a beaver pond on the Gunflint Trail, enjoying the new submerged plants. As I was photographing him, he looked up at me and gave me an awesome smile. It was very cool. —David Johnson NORTHERN  WILDS

JULY 2018


on the Gunflint Trail

Unspoiled. Serene. Spectacular. Unforgettable.


elcome to Golden Eagle Lodge, a family oriented, year-round resort located on the Gunflint Trail of Northeastern Minnesota, only 30 miles north of Grand Marais. As the only residents on Flour Lake, and nestled in the 3 million acres of the Superior National Forest, you can look forward to the quiet and solitude offered only from a true wilderness setting.

in winter. Visit our website to find in detail how each season can help shape your vacation. Try our 9-site campground which offers the same quiet and personal service as our cabins; each site comes equipped with water and electric hookups. We go out of our way to ensure every aspect of your visit will convince you to come back and see us again.

Each season has something special to offer; We know much time, effort, and expense is excellent fishing, canoeing, and hiking in summer invested in a vacation and we would be honored and nationally-renowned Cross-Country Skiing if you considered us as your vacation destination. You won’t be disappointed!

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