Northern Wilds November 2019

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A month of stars and jewels November means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the gales that send surf crashing into Superior’s shore. For others, it is Thanksgiving, the first holiday of the “holiday season,” or the shopping madness of Black Friday. For nearly everyone in the rural Northern Wilds, whether they partake in the activity or not, November means deer season.

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November also ushers in the darkest time of year. On the third we say goodbye to daylight savings time, bringing an early arrival to sunset and the slow creep toward Winter Solstice. Many of us don’t care for the extended darkness, because it means waking up in the dark and coming home from work in the dark. But the darkness has a bright side, too. Just look up. On clear nights, the sky above is a wonder of shining stars. Due to ever-present artificial lighting, people living in many places other than here rarely have the opportunity to view the night sky. Our “dark skies” set us apart. In this issue, Joe Friedrichs reports on efforts to promote stargazing throughout the Northern Wilds with festivals and events. The Heart of the Continent Partnership hopes to have our region designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve, becoming the second such place in the United States.

in the Northern Wilds. Shaun Hedican introduces us to three Anishinaabe women who work with beads, moose hair and other natural materials to create jewelry that reflects cultural traditions, but is firmly rooted in today’s world. An exhibit of Indigenous beadwork at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery captivates writer Peter Fergus-Moore. Along Minnesota’s North Shore, Rae Poynter meets jewelers who use local gemstones to create objects that may reflect Nordic culture or simply be unique to the creator. Beyond the stars and jewels, you’ll find stories on a range of topics, from a trio of hunters who discovered a frozen mummy to ostrich racing in Thunder Bay. As always, we serve up an extensive menu of local events and happenings. Settle into your easy chair and start reading. This issue of Northern Wilds is the perfect companion for a long November evening.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt

Our dark sky is not the only thing that is glittering in this issue. We have three stories featuring some extraordinary jewelers who live and work

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Do your Christmas shopping locally and conveniently this year! Local businesses will be setting up mini-stores at the AmericInn of Silver Bay. Come to one location and get all of your shopping done with a variety of businesses, crafters and artists. Rooms available for $50.00 plus tax for shoppers who want to spend the night. Crystal Alhbeck: Kitchenware, Towels, Busy Bags Debbie Alhbeck: Jewelry, Paparazzi Jessie Anderson: Creating My Journey, Custom Vinyl, etc. Min Baker: Baked goods- cookies, bars, cake, jams & jellies made with wild berries. Belize Mission: Baked Goods Angela Bray: Norwex Products Dawn Byholm: Pampered Chef, Homemade Jewelry Buffy Butz: LuLaRoe Clothing Amanda Carlson: Lularoe Clothing Karla Fagerland: Arbonne Health and Wellness Cheryl Farquharson: Originally designed Northshore Clothing Maggie Friedrichs: Northshore Gems & Agates, Jewelry with Northshore Stones, Holiday Themed Artwork Molly Gadsby: Usborne Books and More Darcy Gaffke: Scarfs, Decorative Baskets, Cedar Wood Products Rose Giddings: Avon, Baked goods, Crafts Cindy Gilbertson: Baked Goods, Wash Cloths, Patio Decor Roxanne Guerin: Rock Pictures, Wood Signs Cindy Gustafson: Sewn Goods Christy Harling: Hannah’s Handmade Creations, Bath & Body Products Sandra Johnson: Handmade Christmas Crafts Shelley Keech: Rodan & Fields Skin Care Melanie King & Carla Floen: Scentsy, 31 and Mary Kay Noreen Knight: Weight Loss Coffee Sandy Knupp: LED Canvas Pictures, Herbal Neck Wraps, Northshore Map Jewelry Jody Kortus & Kathy Zwick: Felted Jars, Misc. Home Décor, Canvas Bags, Scarves & Accessories Beth Kringle: KRINGLE KRAFTS . Jewelry, dog scarves, teddy bears, yard art Laurie Larson: Rock Pictures, Wreaths Herb Lattin: Home Baking, Christmas Baking, Wreaths Diana Lax: Quilted Items, Hand Made Bags, 31 Bags Jan Lillis: Suncatchers, Jewelry, Dog Collars, Horse Packs Molly Lisor: Perfectly Posh - Naturally Based Donna McCurdy: Color Street Nails & Avon Bev Mell: Mittens Out of Sweaters Katie Olsen: Homemade Crafts Renette Pearse: Repurposed Sewing Products, Hand Bags and Baby Quilts Krysty Persig: Dottera Essential Oils Matt Ramczyk: Spices Sue Schleeter: Bees Wax Wraps Sheila Setters: Wood signs, Glassware with Decals Gina Schluneger: Candles, Jewelry Handmade Soap, Clothing. Sandra & Brian Schrupp: Massage Denice Smith: Tupperware Arica Sutherland: Maple Syrup & Honey

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“It’s a feeling in your heart, it’s not a mental thing, it’s a spiritual process running through your body,” says Nicole Richmond regarding her desire and motivation to create. | NICOLE RICHMOND

Jewelry of the Anishinaabe THUNDER BAY—The personal ornaments of the Anishinaabe, also known as the Ojibway, vary from those of mainstream society. They differ greatly in their inclusion of natural, earth-bound materials including hide, glass beads and porcupine quills. More importantly, while mainstream jewelry often emphasizes material wealth and flexing, Indigenous pieces are a celebration of the jewelry maker’s personal development, an acknowledgment of generations past, and are a way to honour ancestral practices. When asked how she received knowledge, Nicole Richmond, an Anishinaabe lawyer and beadworker said, “I started beading when I was a little girl in the context of pow wow dancing. I took a break when I went away to university...after having recurring dreams of watching a pow wow procession, I started getting back into it. Indigenous knowledge is transmitted horizontally, meaning you don’t really get the teaching (directly). You sit and watch and learn. I would sit and watch and learn from my auntie Caroline.” Similarly, Quill Christie-Peters, the founder of The Indigenous Youth Residency Program reflects: “In my family the way that we’re taught things is always related to the self and the individual, tapping into what’s already inside and sitting beside family members that support you that way.” Sometimes this knowledge is received in a more formal setting. Eabametoong’s Lucille Atlookan, founder of Neechee Studio, learned how to use moose hair from an elder during a beadwork symposium in Toronto. In contrast, Richmond describes how she acquired her desire and motivation to create. “It’s a feeling in your heart, it’s not a mental thing, it’s a spiritual process running

Lucille Atlookan is the founder of Neechee Studio in Thunder Bay. | LUCILLE ATLOOKAN

Atlookan’s jewelry practice uses mostly hide, wire and beads, and she also avoids the label of “traditional” artist. | LUCILLE ATLOOKAN Like the skillful practice of stringing together beads, the process of reflecting and creating meaning unifies many Indigenous artists.

Nicole Richmond started beading when she was a little girl for pow wow dances. | NICOLE RICHMOND through your body,” says Richmond. While her focus is often on the intangible, Richmond also cites a more specific technical practice. “There is a teaching about having one misplaced bead. The purpose of the misplaced bead is to symbolize that even if we want to be creators, we will not be perfect like The Creator.”

“For me it has a lot to do with self-love and just having patience with myself. I love the slowness of beading and it requires you to sit in stillness for hours and hours thinking about who we are and where we come from. This makes beadwork important to me,” says Christie-Peters. While so much time is spent creating each piece using materials rooted in tradition, do Anishinaabek jewelry makers identify as traditional artists? Richmond, Christie-Peters, and Atlookan all say no. “Because we had this colonial interruption, where our traditions were taken from us, we hang onto what we think is traditional. I heard Eddie Benton Benai say one time that Ojibway People are contemporary peo-

ple, and my work reflects that idea,” says Richmond. Christie-Peters has a similar perspective. “I draw on my relationships to my ancestors and that feeds into my work, but I don’t necessarily put myself in a rigid box of having to aesthetically or visually build upon the work of people that came before me.” Atlookan’s jewelry practice uses mostly hide, wire and beads and she also avoids the label of “traditional” artist. Living in the north provides many opportunities to celebrate a rich artistic community and unique opportunities to reconcile consumerism with a search for meaning. Get to know the artists in your area. Richmond, Christie-Peters and Atlookan can be found on Instagram.—Shaun Hedican




Five outdoor apps NORTH SHORE— At a quick glance, smart phones in a natural setting seem out of place. Seeing a person with their nose-in a smart phone while out in the woods may turn up the nose of the traditional outdoorsman. But should it? While our phones may seemingly detract from the outdoor experience, at this point, our mobile devices are no longer just a way to call one another. Research from the National Wildlife Federation shows that more than “80 percent of families consume electronic media or social media as a major part of their daily routines and that over 99 percent of families in the U.S. regularly use some form of electronic media.” Today, our mobile devices are information lifelines. Don’t know something? Google it. Need to navigate to public hunting lands? There is an app for that. Need some insider fishing information? There’s an app for that, too. Here’s a list of apps that have the potential to enhance the hunting and fishing experience.

being unfamiliar with the area, having the maps pre-loaded was a lifesaver along with the ability to mark way points and “honey holes” to come back to.


Best app for hunting navigation. While this GPS mapping app isn’t free, it is worth it, especially when planning a hunt in an unfamiliar area. One key feature is the ability to see public land as well as private land ownership. This is valuable information to have in case 1.) a hunter would like to ask permission to hunt or retrieve game on private land and 2.) to know exact boundaries when hunting public land. Another awesome feature is offline maps. Personally, I used this feature last fall while hunting pronghorn on public land in South Dakota. Service was very limited and,

When signing up, there is an option to pick which state a user would like to purchase or the option to buy all 50 states. Price: $29.99 per year for one state or $99.99 for all 50 states.


Best app for new hunters and anglers looking for mentorship or seasoned outdoorsmen looking to mentor new hunters. PowderHook is an app that has been around for a few years but is really picking up steam. It combines the digital experience with real-life hunting and fishing events, public land access information, and mentorship. The point of the app is to connect novice hunters with mentors from leading brands and organizations. A user can join the app as someone hoping to learn, a mentee or, they can take a course to become a mentor. Within the app, mentees can ask questions in “camp discussions” and mentors of that specific topic would be there to answer. Looking to learn how to grouse hunt? There

is a camp for that. A handy map also shows where mentors are located in your area and their expertise. Price: Free


Best app for local fishing intel. Fish angler was surprising. Normally anglers aren’t so willing to share their honey holes with perfect strangers but, within Fish Angler, that is exactly the case. The purpose of the app is to connect with other anglers, keep track of fishing successes and share photos and experiences with anglers in your area. The interactive maps show where other anglers have caught fish, when, what species, and sometimes there is even a photo or two. Key features include a fishing logbook, seven-day weather forecast, newsfeed of anglers within the app, and fishing reports. Price: Free


Best offline app for outdoor survival. SAS Survival is less of an app and more of a digitized resource of valuable survival information. Need help identifying birds, plants, or basic first aid? SAS survival has you covered. The app is actually a digital version of the Ultimate SAS Survival book by John ‘Loft’ Wiseman.



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The best part? It can be used offline in the most remote places. That said, while technology can be great, it is a limited resource because batteries don’t last forever. If you’re truly trying to survive in the wild for an extended period of time, don’t rely on a mobile device. Price: $5.99


Best social media platform for hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. GoWild is one of the fastest growing social media and activity tracking platforms for outdoors enthusiasts. Unlike other social media platforms that tend to censor hunters or invite cyber bullying, GoWild was created by hunters. It is a space for all outdoor enthusiasts to share their experiences, expertise, learn, and track their activities. A user can track their archery practice, fishing, scouting, hiking, you name it. Photos taken along the way are geotagged and used later on. For example, when scouting for deer, a user could take a photo of a sign and it would then be geotagged to that location for reference later. The app doesn’t share the geographical information with everyone, though, it is only available for that account. A unique feature of the app is their partnership with Garmin. Folks who have Garmin watches can use them to track their activities and heart rate while it also syncs up with the app. Price: Free Utilizing technology in the outdoors may seem out of place but, could it actually be helping increase participation in outdoor activities by appealing to a younger demographic? While it is easy to see an unnatural glow in the wilderness and think the worst, it also may be time to embrace the fact that technology is, in fact, enhancing the outdoor experience.—Ali Juten

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Silver Bowl opens for winter SILVER BAY— As the days grow darker and colder, getting out and staying active can feel like a challenge. But at Silver Bowl, the start of winter means the start of bowling season, an activity that provides a great way for community members to come together and stay active through the coldest months of the year. Located in Silver Bay, Silver Bowl is the only bowling alley on the North Shore between Duluth and Thunder Bay. Logan and Joleen Fischer, the owners of Silver Bowl, seek to welcome people of all ages and skill levels to give bowling a try this winter. The Fischers purchased the Silver Bowl property five years ago. Logan said he has always enjoyed sports and encouraging people to be active, so running a bowling alley was something that fit his interests well. When the property went up for sale, the timing was right and everything fell into place for the Fischers to become Silver Bowl’s new owners. Upon purchasing the building, the Fischers put in many hours of work to renovate the building, including installing all-new machines and gutters, creating a party room, and repainting the entire interior. “I had a full-time job when we were renovating, so between my jobs I was putting in 80-90 hours a week to get it ready to open,” said Logan.

has several bowling leagues, including a children’s league for kids in grades K-6 and High School Bowling for students in grades 7-12. A men’s league meets on Wednesdays and a women’s league meets on Thursdays. “We have groups open for everyone at all different skill levels,” said Logan. “We have leagues that meet frequently for experienced bowlers, as well as shorter-term leagues for beginners and people not ready to commit to coming in every week.”

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Silver Bowl is also open for people who want to stop by for a few games without joining a league. Hours start at 4 p.m. every day but Sundays and Tuesdays. While Silver Bowl is usually open until 9 p.m., sometimes they close early if no one shows up. If planning a visit later in the evening, it’s a good idea to call ahead. Silver Bowl does not hold normal hours during the summer months, but can open for groups who want to schedule a time to bowl. “We try to never turn anyone away,” said Logan. “If you’re planning to visit, call us so we can do our best to make it work.” Visit Silver Bowl’s Facebook page to learn more.—Rae Poynter

Silver Bowl recently re-opened for the winter season and will hold regular hours until the last weekend of April. It

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New and different winter gear for 2020 DULUTH—Winter approaches and all good outdoor fun-hounds inventory their gear and think: What’s new and different? Some local retailers share some fresh equipment here that may excite winter enthusiasts. Mick Dodds, Nordic department manager at Ski Hut in Duluth, highlighted Fischer Twin skin skis for cross-country skiing in the classic technique. “Skins” draw their name from sealskins that were used long ago on the base of skis. Modern skins are made from nylon or mohair. They help skiers go uphill without sliding back and are called climbing skins. These Fischer classic technique skis have skins that are built into the kick zone of the base. They include a Teflon coating designed to reduce moisture build-up that can result in icing. The skins provide kick in classic skiing instead of a kick wax. Dodds said they have skin skis from the entry level of $150 up to $600. Skiers of all skill levels can appreciate the convenience of not waxing the kick zone. Unlike waxless skis that get kick via an altered base with a “fish scale” pattern, Dodds said that skin skis have the “best grip and glide. So good.” Across town, Nikolai Anikin, part owner of Continental Ski & Bike, had the same good things to say about the Rossignol skin skis in his store. “They’re like a fish scale but better glide and almost as good as a waxable ski,” said Anikin. But both retailers said that these modern skins are not completely “care free.” Anikin said there are “products to keep the skins from getting waterlogged or iced up.” Dodds said, “You’ll still have a day where it won’t work, maybe like fresh snow on a groomed track. It’s not a solution to everything.” If you’re looking for better kick and glide than you get from fish scale waxless skis, but you don’t want kick wax hassles, check out some skins. Felicia Lynn, buyer and alpine wizard for Continental Ski & Bike, showed off the Black Diamond GlideLite Snow Trekkers. This piece of equipment combines the best qualities of snowshoes and skis. Lynn said they’d be great for skiing up a riverbed and for ice fishermen. “You can wear any shoe or boot,” Lynn said. “You have a free heel with a binding that’s similar to a snowboard binding.” These wide boards (with skins in the base) may be just the tools to regain the adventurous bushwhacking spirit. Speaking of adventure, David Neustel, Ski Hut Manager, pointed out the new Shift Alpine Touring Ski Bindings by Salomon. This invention allows a skier to “skin uphill” using a “pinned” tech-toe boot and a free heel. With the flip of a switch in the toe piece of the binding you can ski downhill with a binding like a conventional alpine binding. Salomon says that it’s a “viable choice for those who want to ski lift-served terrain and true backcountry on a single setup.” For those of you who “earn your turns” by skiing uphill first, this may be worth a look. Neustel then showed a feature by Marker called the Gripwalk. This product gives Alpine boots a sticky rubber sole with rock-

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Black Diamond GlideLite Snow Trekkers at Continental Ski & Bike in Duluth. This piece of equipment combines the best qualities of snowshoes and skis. | ERIC CHANDLER er. We’ve all seen people at the downhill ski area walking around like Frankenstein and slipping on the hard, flat plastic soles. This is so simple it’s hard to believe it’s a new thing. Neustel said you could buy boots with this as a stock feature or add the Gripwalk as an aftermarket purchase. Pat Davison of Trailfitters in Duluth also suggested a piece of gear for walking. The Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 Spikes GTX (you can walk a long way while saying the name) is a hiking boot that has carbide spikes in the sole to add traction to the grippy rubber base. “Like many of us know, the trails in Duluth can be treacherous throughout different times in the winter,” Davison said. “While this boot is designed for tackling winter hiking, we think it also fits casual wearers who will be walking the dog or for exercise.” You may be familiar with metal cleats that strap onto regular boots or shoes, but this rugged boot has that feature built right in. So, dream big, you active outdoor people. You may find that one of these new items (or something else that catches your eye at your local shop) is just the swag you need. Get out there and play in the snow. —Eric Chandler













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Exhibit features Indigenous works THUNDER BAY—“After years of quietly holding their breath, Anishnabeg have exhaled an expansive creative force which has raged, whistled and glided into the bodies of 10 contemporary artists,” says Jean Marshall, guest curator of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (AG) exhibition, Their Breath in Beads. As with so much of the artwork in this display, the reality of a people under occupation is never far from the surface of her statement.

eyes showing. Olivia Whetung’s “#35” is a breathtaking shawl-like hanging of white-coloured and clear beads. There is a surprise in the work: look at it from several angles. Jean Marshall’s “Ring of Fire II” is a circular collection of inward-facing traditional Indigenous gauntlets, which “suggest... the gathering of communities affected to contend with the complexities of economic development and environmental degradation.”

Indigenous people of North America have experienced an onslaught of colonization and have responded to that in various ways. One of them is creativity, in the form of taking the new (to them) materials of the colonizers and making beauty with them. European seed beads gave Indigenous artisans a new medium to work with, and they wasted no time in creating intricate, beautiful designs. In the western Great Lakes area, that often meant colourful floral patterns, while farther west, abstract shapes were more common.

Gallery goers can try their hand at beading, stringing tiny seed beads onto a short length of very thin copper wire at a table set up nearby. Here, what might seem so easy to do is shown to be the challenge that beading represents: it takes determination and concentration, as well as an artistic sense. Give it a try!

Now, in Their Breath in Beads, and its accompanying display, Beads, They’re Sewn so Tight, beadwork has exploded in exhibitions where traditional forms are honoured on the one hand, alongside newer, edgier designs on the other. In Their Breath in Beads, featuring 10 regional artists, Mary Magiskan’s “Anishinaabe Maskiki Mashkimod” (2019) reflects a more traditional take. Originally from Aroland, Ontario, she learned beading from her grandmother, a fact that she honours with her Ojibwe Medicine Bag. Caitlyn Bird, originally from Thunder Bay, is one of several of the artists who personally tans the moose hides for her work using traditional methods—that is, brains and wood smoke. Her work “My Grandmother was Born in a Blueberry Patch” (2019) includes delightfully-smelling tanned hide as well as copper, antique cut beads and vintage calico cotton. Beads, They’re Sewn so Tight is manifestly political as well as artistic. Here, for example, Bev Koski takes diminutive plastic figures of stereotypical (think ‘Pocahontas’ or ‘Tonto’) ideas of Indigenous people and wraps them—one could say “smothers” them—in a coating of seed beads, leaving only the

In the main gallery space is Unfold Time, a retrospective of Couchiching First Nation artist Leo Yerxa (1947-2017). Leo Yerxa worked in a variety of media, from straightforward watercolours to tissue paper sculptures and a great deal else. He created designs for the Series IV commemorative coins for the 1975 Olympic Track and Field sports, as well as a sardonic poster commemorating 150 years of the “Same old, same old,” referring to Sir John A. MacDonald’s genocidal attitude toward Indigenous people in what is now Canada, to the controversial statements by Senator Lynn Beyak in 2017. To experience this exhibition, begin immediately left as you enter the gallery. Unfold Time literally does just that—it is a time travel experience from Leo Yerxa’s earliest works to the stark grey and white abstracts in pencil created shortly before his death in 2017. Leo Yerxa is also known as a poet and writer, whose children’s books Ancient Thunder and Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall are considered classical works to this day. In fact, at the retrospective’s opening on Sept. 13, copies of both books on hand sold out quickly. The AG is ordering more copies for sale. Unfold Time will run until Dec. 1. Both bead exhibits end Nov. 10.—Peter Fergus-Moore

Drop the Mic TBay Karaoke Contest THUNDER BAY— Get ready for the first karaoke contest of its kind to hit Thunder Bay this fall. Five local venues will hold simultaneous contests over a six-week period, which started at the end of October. Finalists from all five venues will then compete for the top prize, and major bragging rights, on the Magnus Theatre stage on January 11, 2020. The participating venues are The Foundry, The Bar, The Itai, The Fastlane, and The Royalton. Each venue will host the contest on a different night of the week where two semi-finalists will be chosen each week at each venue. These semi-finalists will then compete at each venue on week six for a chance at two spots into the finals. The top 10 finalists will meet center stage at Magnus Theatre to compete for the grand prize. There is no entrance fee and participants are not required to pre-register. Amateurs and professionals alike are welcome to show up on contest nights, sign up with the karaoke host, and slam down their singing savvy. Weekly themes are part of the contests strategy to push singers to their limits and out of their comfort zones and costumes are encouraged.

Weekly winners will be chosen by the karaoke host, with a panel of expert judges selecting the top two in the final round on week six at each venue. Contestants will be scored on vocal talent, originality, stage presence, overall impression, and audience vote via survey. “We’re thrilled to be co-organizing this event,” says Magnus Theatre artistic director Thom Currie. “There’s a lot of great talent in Thunder Bay and we have an incredible stage where local singers can really showcase their stuff, just really turn it up a level.” The Itai: Fridays 9:30 p.m. from Oct. 25–Nov. 22 (semi-finals Dec. 6)

The top two finalists from each venue will receive prizes from the venues, ranging from a BBQ to cash, event tickets, and more. The winner will receive a grand prize at Magnus Theatre.

perform on the big stage at Magnus. This will be a show that you don’t want to miss because when Thunder Bay is given an opportunity to produce, they bring their best!”

“This is such an incredible collaboration between Magnus Theatre, City Wide Sound and five local venues to provide a contest that has never been attempted this way before,” says Amanda Mihalus, owner of City Wide Sound.


The Fastlane: Saturdays 10 p.m. from Oct. 26–Nov. 23 (semi-finals Dec. 7)

The Royalton: Sundays 8:30 p.m. from Oct. 20-Nov. 17 (Semi-finals Nov. 24)

Finals Magnus Theatre: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020

The Foundry: Wednesdays 10:30 p.m. from Oct. 23–Nov. 20 (semi-finals Nov. 27)

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“We are so excited to see Thunder Bay’s talent come out to try a different venue, compete for prizes and an opportunity to

The Bar: Thursdays 10:30 p.m. from Oct. 24–Nov. 21 (semi-finals Dec. 5)




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Points North Wilderness hunt leads to ancient discovery By Shawn Perich

If there is an elite among the hunting fraternity, it is the hunters of wild sheep. Found at high elevations in some of the wildest mountain ranges on Earth, various species of sheep are pursued by a dedicated few. Bill Hanlon, of Sparwood, British Columbia, is one of them. His home province contains three of four North American wild sheep species: stone sheep, Dall sheep and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. He has been successful in hunting all three. While hunting licenses for stone sheep and bighorns can be purchased over the counter in B. C., Dall sheep tags are only available by lottery drawing. In 1999, Hanlon and two friends, Warren Ward and Mike Roch, drew tags for Dall sheep in the 2.4 million acre Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Wilderness Park in the northwestern corner of the province, which combined with the Wrangle-St. Elias and Glacier Bay National Parks in Alaska and Kluane National Park in Yukon encompass the largest protected area in the world and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. They planned a 10-day backpack hunt in roadless, wilderness mountains—a world of rock and ice. The hunt went well. Two of the hunters shot their rams and they were looking for a third. They were walking along a glacier, above the treeline, when one of the hunters found a stick and then another. “Finding these artifacts, we knew someone had been there before us,” Hanlon said. Looking more closely at their find, they realized that “someone” had been there long ago. The sticks appeared to fit together forming a long staff or pole. Studying the wall of glacial ice, Ward spotted something. “I think I see the person who lost all this stuff,” he told his companions. There, in the ice, was a mummified body. The hunters knew they had made an archaeological discovery. When they returned from the hunt, they reported the mummy and turned over the artifacts they found to the Yukon Berengia Interpretative Center. Professional archaeologists then reached out to the local Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, beginning a respectful, collaborative effort to recover and study the mummy. First Nation representatives agreed to allow archaeologists to study the mummy for a year, then it would be returned to them. The importance of the discovery was soon apparent. Radio-carbon dating of the 12


Bill Hanlon is the featured speaker at the North House Folk School’s Winterers Gathering in Grand Marais. On Nov. 23. he will present “Archaeology and the Hunt: Wild Sheep and Long Ago Person Found.” | SUBMITTED artifacts placed the age of the body between 300 and 550 years, making it the oldest human remains discovered in the Americas. It was also the second glacial mummy discovered in the world, following Otzi the Iceman, circa 3,300 B.C., found in the Alps in 1991. The mummy was well-preserved, so scientists were able to learn much about the man. Pollen in his clothing, made from the pelts of Arctic ground squirrels, revealed that he was travelling in the summer. Although he was about 50 miles inland, his stomach was filled with seafood, indicating that he was travelling from the ocean. He was determined to bea Tlingit, about 20 years old and about five feet, eight inches tall. Although the body was dismembered by the shifting ice, there was no sign of trauma to suggest he had encountered a calamity, such as falling into a crevasse. More likely, he was caught in inclement weather in the high country and died of hypothermia. The tribal people named him Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi, which means “Long Ago Person Found.” Remarkably, mitochondrial DNA testing found 17 living maternal relatives among the local people. All but two


were members of the Wolf Clan, suggesting so, too, was Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi. His remains were cremated and scattered over the glacier where he was found. The fortuitousness of the discovery almost seems as if it was meant to be. The year 1999 was then the warmest on record, so the mummy was released from its tomb of ice. Had it not been discovered by the hunters it would have decomposed or been torn apart by ever-present predators. The hunters were in the right place at the right time. Hanlon has since returned to the site of the discovery three times since 1999. The second trip was in 2003, when he and Roch were lucky enough to draw Dall sheep tags on their first attempt, allowing them to hunt the country again and pay their respects to Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi. He later accompanied a prominent ethnobiologist who studied the remains to the site. In 2014, he made a fourth trip with adventure writer Jon Turk. Hanlon said 1999 was the first record-setting warm year, but that the warming climate “has been breaking records ever since.” The glacier where the mummy was found has significantly receded during the last two decades.

Hanlon continues to hunt and is involved in the protection of wild places and the hunting heritage. He is co-chair of the British Columbia chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and sits on the North American Board of Directors. He is also the co-founder and chair of the Hornaday Wilderness Society, a wilderness advocacy group in the Elk River Valley where he lives. William T. Hornaday was an early pioneer of the wildlife conservation movement who is credited with saving wild bison from extinction. Hanlon is a classic hunter, who prefers to travel by foot or horseback in wilderness areas. He believes hunting should be physically challenging and respectful to the land and the hunted animal. At times he carries an old rifle chambered in .303 Savage, a caliber used by historic hunters such as Hornaday. He believes this approach to hunting was what led him and his companions to the discovery of Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi. Of the discovery, a Tlingit elder once told him, “You are hunters of right heart and spirit.” Hanlon said he has never received a higher compliment than the elder’s words.


Sylvia Galbraith has taken over Heavy Duty Sewing in Lutsen, now known as 47°N – Heavy Duty Window Treatments & Quilt Shop. | SUBMITTED

And sew it begins New owner Sylvia (Hall) Galbraith first began the business acquisition discussion with former owner Anna Latz in October of 2018. After praying about the decision to take over the business and move back home, the Lutsen native decided to take the plunge after 20 years away. “It’s so nice to be back home and be with family even though I don’t know a lot of the new people in the county,” she says. “I hope and pray that [this business] meets the needs of the people. I want to be here for the people along the Shore.” Though she has had to teach herself quite a bit about the window treatment aspect of the business, learning new trades and fixes is something she enjoys. A teacher by education, continuous learning is an important part of her life. “I’m a handy gal. Why buy something if you know you can make it? Buying the supplies is supporting businesses up here,” explains Galbraith. “My dad had his own business as a logger and I used to log with him. You learn how to fix machinery and a whole lot more. A person has to be a lifelong learner. I feel like if I stop learning, I’m done for.” Though she bought her first sewing machine at age 16, her passion for quilting wasn’t ignited until she participated in a quilting retreat with her sister. When she began traveling annually for the October gathering in Lutsen, she began to realize how much the quilters here relied on getting supplies from the shop in Grand Marais. When it closed, they had to travel to Duluth to get material for projects. “The ladies wish they could get material here,” says Galbraith. “I want to be here for people that want this. Some fabric and notions that I have ordered are starting to trickle in. It is going to take a while to get a lot in here, but I am excited.”

Using quilting to engage the community and emphasize the uniqueness of the art of the North Shore is another way she is making the business her own. Inspired by an artist in Alaska, Galbraith started a collaboration with two local artists, Kari Vick and Betsy Bowen, to make their artwork into a quilting panel. These panels are then incorporated into the designer’s unique quilt.

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“I would love to make these panels unique from Lutsen and exclusive for the Shore and surrounding area if possible,” she explains. Formulating the logo and branding for the new venture turned into a family affair for Galbraith’s family. As her sons had taken classes for entrepreneurship, she enlisted their help with creating a name. During one of their conversations, she realized that her husband’s home in New Zealand is at about the same southern hemisphere parallel as Lutsen in the north: 47. When the name stuck, she began brainstorming a logo.


LUTSEN— As the seasons change in the woods, a business transition is underway in downtown Lutsen. Heavy Duty Sewing in the Clearview shopping center has changed hands and is now 47°N – Heavy Duty Window Treatments & Quilt Shop.

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“I wanted to have the Sawtooth Mountain range in the logo and the water. There is a variegated color as if you’re looking across the lake; there are days you don’t know where the lake ends and the sky begins,” she explains. Galbraith is committed to honoring product warranties purchased through Latz and doing right by customers, as well as competitive pricing. The individual attention and focus is a top priority and something that comes naturally. “I like to meet people and work with them one-on-one. I enjoy being able to be there for someone that needs something,” she said. “It is nice to be home and doing something I love.” The window treatment side of the business is up and running, with a soft opening for fabric on the way. Curious shoppers can stop in and see Galbraith’s progress during the Lighting of Lutsen on Black Friday at the end of November. Much of the shop’s physical transition will happen throughout the winter, with an open house in the spring. —Casey Fitchett

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Heart of the Continent Partnership is a cross-border coalition working to promote the many natural wonders surrounding the Ontario and Minnesota border. Forget the lakes, when darkness blankets the night skies here, all eyes go up. “In working with guests to our area, it has been the dark night sky that can be the most fascinating outdoor attraction,” said Chris Stromberg, the coordinator for the Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP). “Many visitors have never been able to experience viewing so many stars, planets, the Milky Way and the chance of seeing northern lights.” The HOCP is a cross-border coalition working to promote the many natural wonders surrounding the Ontario and Minnesota border. Naturally, this includes a seemingly endless supply of pristine lakes, rivers and dense forests. In recent years, however, HOCP has become particularly interested in the region’s dark skies. “The excitement for dark skies is growing and snowballing,” Stromberg said. Showcasing this excitement is an ongoing effort to list the Boundary Waters region—including Quetico Provincial Park, Voyageurs National Park, La Verandrye and Pigeon River Provincial Parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness— as an International Dark Sky Reserve. There are only 13 such designated areas across the planet, and only one such ‘reserve’ located in the United States. In January 2018, the 14


International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), a nonprofit focused on preventing light pollution and preserving dark skies across the globe, announced the accreditation of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, if approved, would be only the second in the nation to make this prestigious list. The effort to achieve an official designation from the IDA has been discussed for almost a decade by the HOCP concerning the various public land entities within the Boundary Waters region, according to Stromberg. In addition to achieving the status as a Dark Sky Reserve, each wilderness area or park within the region has their own goal and path for dark sky designation. “Each agency is submitting individual designation applications with their own necessary requirements per their designation type,” Stromberg said, “but together it will create one large international combined dark sky designation.” There is no timeline or determined date for when the varying agencies will find out if they achieved official dark sky designation from the IDA. Meanwhile, the stars will continue to shine over the Boundary Waters and many continue to celebrate the dark skies hovering above. For example, the team at Visit Cook County in Grand


Heart of the Continent Partnership is working have the Boundary Waters region designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve. Marais are hosting the Dark Sky Festival from Dec. 13-15. The festival is exactly as it sounds, a celebration of the dark skies in northeastern Minnesota and the natural wonders created by a lack of light pollution in the area.

“We boast the darkest skies east of the Mississippi,” said Linda Jurek, the executive director at Visit Cook County. “In fact, a short drive up the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway will bring you the wonderment of complete darkness. That is, of course, unless it is a clear night with northern lights

Minnesota’s Boundary Waters region, if approved, would be the second in the nation to make the prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve list.

A celebration of the dark skies in Cook County will take place Dec. 13-15. This year’s featured guest is Mike Lynch, an astronomer and meteorologist.

dancing and the Milky Way shining brightly. It truly is a site to behold.”

astro-tourism. It also brings heightened awareness about light pollution, and the desire to reduce light pollution.”

The featured guest at this year’s festival is Mike Lynch, an astronomer and longtime broadcast meteorologist for WCCO radio in the Twin Cities. For the past four decades Lynch has taught a variety of courses about the night sky and put on what he describes as “star parties” throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. A star party is where people essentially stay up late with the sole intention of gazing at the night sky through high-powered telescopes or cameras. If you think it sounds lame, take a look at some of the photographs accompanying this article and perhaps you’ll feel otherwise. In other words, attending a star party means you can see this firsthand. A true supporter of getting people outdoors to enjoy the night sky, Lynch said his goal “is to help people make the stars their old friends.” In addition to the mid-December Dark Sky Festival, an entire week in September was dedicated to the celebration of the splendor of the skies in the region. The third annual Celebrate the Night Sky

Week based in Duluth expanded this year to include Grand Marais, Ashland and Washburn, Wisc., and a related event in Wawa, Ont. “We started the celebrate week because, as we are nightly bathed in artificial light inside our homes and outside in urban areas, we can forget how amazing the night sky is,” said Cynthia Lapp of Starry Skies Lake Superior, the group that hosts the Celebrate the Night Sky Week. “It used to be the most common experience of every human being—to look up at night and have direct access to the cosmos, and the perspective of belonging to it.” This year’s Celebrate the Night Sky Week focused largely on the international effort to recognize the Boundary Waters region as a Dark Sky Reserve, Lapp said. “This has wonderful implications for the protection of natural darkness and educational programming within these public lands areas,” she said. “For surrounding communities, this has proven, in other dark sky designated areas, to increase national and international visitation and

It’s not just noteworthy labels and grassroots festivals that celebrate the dark skies over the Boundary Waters. The night skies here enchant many canoe campers, backpackers, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. Among them is Grand Marais photographer and dedicated Boundary Waters canoeist Bryan Hansel. “The biggest unique feature about Cook County for nightscape photography is the easy access to a large number of lakes that feature varied shorelines and topography,” Hansel said. In addition to taking photographs of the dark skies in the region, Hansel teaches a variety of courses on nighttime photography, including one at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. “Night sky tourism has exploded in the last five years and now most of my students are well-traveled for night sky photography,” Hansel said, “so they have been

to dark areas and seek out dark areas to visit when planning their vacations.” Indeed, many things in the Boundary Waters region are linked to a tourism-based economy. Looking back, there’s been a multi-generational fight to protect the waters within these pristine watersheds, including those that flow into Lake Superior or others that carry north to Hudson Bay. As many continue the fight to protect the natural resources on the land and in the water, so too has an undertaking began to shield the night sky hovering above the lakes, streams and towering pines from increased light pollution. It’s a new movement within an overall effort to preserve the Northern Wilds. “Losing visual access to the night sky is also losing our connection to the minute-to-minute changes in our environment, which connect us to our roots in nature,” Lapp said. “And when that is missing, no amount of technology, or food, or entertainment, or travel, or material goods can replace it.”




Inspired by the Lake

A Look at the Craft of Jewelry on the North Shore By Rae Poynter

The North Shore has a wealth of creative talent with artists working in all different media, and jewelry is no exception. Several jewelers along the North Shore are dedicated to providing people with well-crafted pieces that reflect the unique beauty of the North. Here are a few such jewelers who are making a living making jewelry on the North Shore. Each has a unique style and story, but with one common thread: a sense of place and a deep love for Lake Superior. Brad Nelson created this tube-shaped silver pendant with pink pearls. | BRAD E. NELSON

Steve Hahn

Traditional Jewelry with Northern Inspiration

Some of Steve Hahn’s projects have included custom rings, necklaces, and fashioning family pieces into new creations. | STEVE HAHN

Steve Hahn is the owner of Jeweler of the North Shore, a jewelry shop and gallery in Lutsen. Hahn grew up with a love for the North Shore, and remembers taking family trips up the shore in a camper loaded with his father’s art supplies. As a child he was also fascinated with his brother’s work as a jeweler. Hahn began to work at his brother’s shop in Fargo as an apprentice, and later became a full-time jeweler himself. “I worked for Royal Jewelers in Fargo, which is a highend jeweler. We had diamonds as big as 10 carats, and a huge repair center where I did over 3,000 repairs a year,” Hahn said. During their years in Fargo, Hahn and his wife, Cathy, felt a continued love for the North Shore. They made it their mission to move to the area, which they did in 2015. Upon moving to Lutsen, Hahn still worked for Royal Jewelers, and traveled between Lutsen and Fargo until May 2019, when Jeweler of the North Shore became his fulltime focus. “I set up virtually the same shop here that I had in Fargo and I do any kind of work there is,” said Hahn. “As a traditional jeweler, I specialize in materials like gold and diamonds, but I’m also passionate about Lake Superior. My work is reflective of my love for the area.”

Rings made with elk teeth. | STEVE HAHN




Hahn uses a combination of modern technology and traditional techniques during his jewelry-making process. He will often start by drawing a picture of his idea, and then choose a base metal to cut or fabricate into his piece. Using a laser lets Hahn work without heating the metal, though he also cuts things by hand with bending and hammering: a true blend of old-school technique and modern quality.

While he makes a lot of his own designs, Hahn also does commissioned work and has a passion for unique designs and turning customers’ ideas into reality. Some of his projects have included custom engagement rings, turning necklaces into bracelets, and fashioning family pieces into new creations. “I fill my cases with things I make, but if you want something different then let me know,” said Hahn. “I love sitting down with someone, talking to them about their vision, and making it happen.” For more information on Steven Hahn and Jeweler of the North Shore, visit:

Brad E. Nelson Creativity and Diversity For Brad E. Nelson, the joy of making jewelry comes from the chance to be innovative and explore new ideas. Nelson is the owner of B. E. Nelson Design Silversmith, a studio on Scenic Highway 61 near Two Harbors. For over 30 years he has owned his own jewelry-making business and he continues to try new styles while also staying grounded in his roots. For a long time, Nelson has had an interest in his Scandinavian heritage and Viking art. He has traveled to Scandinavia and even built a Norwegian stabbur house, where he now has his studio and shop. More recently, he became aware of the renewed interest in the Sami people: a group of people who traditionally lived in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. They have their own culture, art and traditional dress, and are a culture that has often been repressed by the dominant cultures in the regions they inhabit. “Through the Scandinavian festivals, a group of people with Sami heritage began to emerge,” said Nelson. “Though I don’t have Sami heritage, it caught my attention and I became very interested in learning more about

their culture. I was welcomed into the group and a lot of my work reflects my interest in that culture.” Some of Nelson’s work has included tin thread, a Sami art form that involves weaving pewter thread into intricate designs, usually on a leather backing. He puts his own twist on it by making jewelry with silver thread set against black stone, the stone resembling the traditional leather backing.

and the more he values creativity and artistry over focusing on the materials themselves. Recently he has begun making tube-shaped silver pendants, a style of jewelry from the Middle East. The pendants are typically hollow and often have verses from the Quran placed inside of them. Nelson has been making some of the pendants with Native American and Scandinavian flares.

“One of the things I love about the States is “Part of being an artist the huge amount of diveris putting your own spin sity,” said Nelson. “We on things,” said Nelson. Basalt pendant with sun design have such a rich fabric of “It’s learning how to be in the Tinn Trad tradition. cultures here. I think we inspired by others while | BRAD E. NELSON should celebrate everyalso having a fresh take. one, and art is a wonderEspecially when you’re ful way to do that.” working with themes from other cultures, you want the inspiration to be recognizable To learn more about Nelson’s work, visit without resorting to stereotypes or cliché the B. E. Nelson Design Silversmith Faceimagery.” book page, or call (218) 824-4188. Nelson said that the longer he works the more freedom he feels to experiment,

Gemstones and Geology

“My jewelry tends to have a pretty simple design and I really try to highlight the stone,” Piercy said. “I have a lot of fun looking at the rocks that I have and then deciding what I can make.”

More about Piercy’s work can be found at: yel-

Hoglund arrived in Grand Marais in the mid1970s. It was there that he started discovering local stones like thomsonite, Isle Royale greenstone and Lake Superior agate. Over the years he spent many hours beachcombing and amassed a large collection of regional stones. Hoglund set up his first shop in Grand Marais where Dockside Fish Market currently stands, and he started building a business and a clientele centered around Lake Superior stones at a time when few artists focused on regional stones.

“During this time my work started looking very old and historic,” said Hoglund. “What I saw in the ancient stonework was art, spirituality and religion all rolled into one. Art expresses reverence, including a reverence for the unknown.”

Piercy’s work is centered on gemstones and he has a selection of over 1,000 stones, including local stones like thomsonite, agate and greenstone.

“It’s really neat for people to stop in and see the process,” said Piercy. “Interacting with people and connecting with visitors who share interests is one of my favorite things about what I do.”

Stephan Hoglund of Grand Marais has had a presence as a jeweler on the North Shore for almost 40 years. He has become well-known throughout the region for his work and was one of the first artists to focus on Lake Superior stones.

In 1999 Hoglund was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for jewelers, and went to Sweden and Norway to study pre-Christian stonework.

In Grand Marais, Ron Piercy is the owner of Yellow Bird Fine Art, a gallery he started in 2016. Before moving to Grand Marais, Piercy worked as a sculptor, and after arriving on the North Shore began making jewelry.

Yellow Bird Fine Art is a destination for those interested in learning more about the jewelry-making process as Piercy’s working studio is right in the building. Visitors can stop in and observe the process, ask questions, and learn more about making jewelry with local stones.

A Leader in Lake Superior Jewelry

“One of the things I like to do is leave the surface of the stones natural,” said Hoglund. “There’s a lot of beauty in the natural surface, and polishing stones doesn’t necessarily make them better.”

Ron Piercy

His focus on local stones appeals to those with a love for the North Shore and its geology, and Piercy enjoys talking with visitors in his store about the geology of the area. He finds many of the stones himself, or has locals pick them up on the shore. Recently he has made some pieces from black basalt, the volcanic rock which forms the bedrock of the whole North Shore. While basalt may not be particularly flashy or traditionally used in jewelry, people with a love for the area appreciate the symbolism in wearing a piece of the North Shore’s foundation.

Stephan Hoglund

Ron Piercy’s work is centered on gemstones and he has a selection of over 1,000 stones. | RON PIERCY In the winter, Yellow Bird is open Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Several gift shops along the North Shore showcase work from local jewelers, including 47 Degrees in Knife River; Northwoods Pioneer Gallery in Castle Danger; the Beaver Bay Agate Shop in Beaver Bay; Thomsonite Beach Inn in Grand Marais; and Joy & Co. in Grand Marais.

“Midnight Blue on Lightning Ridge,” by Stephan Hoglund: natural raw surface gem grade Lapis in brushed silver with channel set diamonds. | STEPHAN HOGLUND

Hoglund’s work conveys a deep respect and love for his heritage and his surroundings on the North Shore, and his reputation as a leader in Lake Superior stone jewelry speaks to both his passion and dedication to his work. Having spent many years working as a North Shore artist, Hoglund’s work is beginning to come full-circle. He recently spent several months working with and mentoring a young Duluth silversmith, Yarrow Mead. “Yarrow Mead is a young woman who is very grounded in the North Shore and working with local materials,” said Hoglund. “I’m really looking forward to seeing where her work takes her.” As for Hoglund, he plans to continue to spend time in Grand Marais, as well as at his studio in New Mexico. He recently received a commission for a sculpture piece, and plans to continue with jewelry and jewelry art. As he put it, “Real artists never stop.” Stephan Hoglund’s work can be found in the Betsy Bowen Gallery in Grand Marais. To learn more, visit:




By Breana Roy

Art & Craft Shows

It's November, which means the holidays are just around the corner. Get an early start on your shopping list with one of the many arts and craft shows. Visit Ely for the Big Moose Arts and Crafts Show on Nov. 9. Up next is the Artisans Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show in Thunder Bay, Nov. 16-17. And don’t miss the Holiday Craft Revival in Thunder Bay on Nov. 24. See our events section for more info.

Find “A Superior Morning” by Bryan Couch at the Holiday Craft Revival. To view more of his work, visit: | BRYAN COUCH

Acrylic painter Joe Baltich is one of 30 artists attending the Big Moose Art and Crafts Show. This piece, titled “Pagami Fading,” represents the Pagami Wildfire. | JOE BALTICH Elizabeth Engelke will also be at the Big Moose show. This necklace is created with an amethyst bead captured in copper wire swirls. | ELIZABETH ENGELKE Jewelry artist Jolene Papich is one of many juried artists taking part in the 44th Annual Artisans Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show, held Nov. 16-17 at Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. | JOLENE PAPICH

Raeghan Howard will take part in both the Holiday Craft Revival and the Artisans Northwest show. This piece is called “Camping on the Rocks.” | RAEGHAN HOWARD 18



“Stony Point Shed,” by Duluth artisan Carly Jandl of Northern Exposure Art. Jandl will be at the Superior Artisans Art Sale on Nov. 14 at Duluth Cider and Nov. 23 at Hoops Brewing. | CARLY JANDL


From Watercolors to Fused Glass on the Gunflint Trail CREATIVE SPACE: By Casey Fitchett “The fluidness of the finished piece makes you think that it’s still wiggling around when you look the other way,” glass artist Nancy Seaton explains with a smile. Creating artwork has been a staple of Seaton’s life since she was born. After growing up in the Minneapolis area, Seaton chose to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where she furthered her knowledge and practice of art. Her Senior Show at St. Olaf was in blown glass and watercolor paintings, two mediums that have captured her attention during different times in her life. “I focused on watercolors from 1985 to around 2010,” she says. “I began exploring my technique of watercolors on vellum paper while a student at St. Olaf College. Originally, it was an attempt to bring the transparent qualities of blown glass, a medium I was working in at the time, to paper. I paint on both sides of the vellum and on some works I used two layered sheets. This creates the unique spatial characteristics.” The Gunflint Trail became both a source of inspiration and a livelihood for Seaton almost 40 years ago. After she met her now-husband Dave while working at Trail Center Lodge, the partners began staying year-round in this remote corner of Minnesota. Deciding this was where they wanted to be long-term, the Seatons bought Hungry Jack Outfitters, 31 miles up the Gunflint Trail out of Grand Marais, on the day of the Halloween blizzard in 1991. “My life on the Gunflint Trail has provided focus and fuel for my work as a watercolor artist. In my paintings I try to capture the joy and tranquility found while

From 1985 to about 2010, Seaton’s main focus was on watercolors. Now, she also creates fused glass totems mounted in Lake Superior rocks. | NANCY SEATON tus from Seaton’s artwork, when her sons were in school, she was able to get back in the studio.

Living on the Gunflint Trail for almost 40 years has provided Nancy Seaton with an abundance of inspiration. | NANCY SEATON exploring the forests and intimate places of the north woods near my home at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness,” says Seaton. “The fragile beauty of wildflowers, insects and colorful berries are my favorite subjects. The intricacies of a dragonfly wing or a mouse’s view of a twinflower are typical of the perspective I try to share. Seeing the magnificent in the simple things nature provides us is a joy for me.” Though raising two boys, volunteering for community projects, and running the outfitting business necessitated a brief hia-

North Shore artist Sharon Frykman introduced Seaton to the basics of fused glass, a technique on which she focuses in the present day. The fused glass totems she creates are mounted in Lake Superior rocks, a style she had not seen used by others before doing it herself. “Glass is fluid color. If you close your eyes and had to describe to somebody what something looked like, what the patterns were, the colors were, that defined it, that’s what I’m working with,” Seaton said. As with most artists in the north woods, simply looking or walking outside can spark creativity and lead to pieces only possible when the natural world is your muse. She works to capture both animate and inanimate parts of her surroundings in fused glass by replicating particular colors and patterns. Birds and dragonflies have been of particular interest in recent years. When a spark of inspiration hit her upon waking up one morning, she realized how to convey a loon in totem form.

“What I like is that it’s a strong statement about a loon,” she explains. “It’s nature’s palette. You can’t really improve upon it, so copy it.” The warm glass studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony has proved an indispensable resource for Seaton, especially during the coldest months of the year. When not working on her own pieces, Seaton has also taught others her craft as an Art Colony instructor. “If you were to imagine a perfect place to spend your winter, that’s what this is. When you’re working, you have all of this colored glass surrounding you, it’s just perfect.” Seaton displays her artwork from May to September at Hungry Jack Outfitters up the Gunflint Trail. She also exhibits annually at the exclusive St. Paul American Craft Show in April, the Grand Marais Art Festival in July, and Art Along the Lake in September at her home at Hungry Jack Outfitters. In May 2020 her work will also be displayed at the Warm Glass show at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais.





Michael & Jennifer McClain with Dan Kelly JAMS: By Will Moore Coming up from the Music City to the North Shore are the dynamic husband and wife pair of Michael and Jennifer McClain, accomplished Nashville musicians rooted in the traditions of bluegrass with more than enough talent to keep things lively and bring their sound well outside the box. They’ll be performing the main show at the Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort with their band featuring fiddler Dan Kelly. It’s an annual event put on by the North Shore Music Association. Music has been the foundation of the couple’s relationship since day one, having met in the music building at Belmont University in Nashville. Michael attended after being a guitar tech for Ricky Scaggs on tour in the late 1980s. He says he met Jennifer while auditioning for their school of music, and they’ve now been together over 20 years. Michael’s upbringing was positively drenched in music, as he played with a large family band from a young age. The McClain Family band was a large, roving bluegrass outfit that performed nationwide and even internationally for decades. He and Jennifer eventually went off to form a band with Michael’s brother, before billing themselves as the Michael & Jennifer McClain Band. Michael also ended up teaching music at Belmont for 13 years, specializing in a wide array of bluegrass instruments. Michael mainly plays guitar, the same Santa Cruz model he’s had for over 30

years, with Jennifer on mandolin and vocals. Both of them are adept at banjo, and switch between instruments during performances. Jennifer, a frequent backing vocalist for a number of different major labels in Nashville, has a voice that brings a rich, almost jazzy quality to the tight and upbeat structures of their songs. The group has original material while still borrowing many from greats of the genre. The most recent incarnation of the band features Kori Cassel, another Belmont graduate, on bass, and the accomplished Dan Kelly on fiddle. They put out their most recent record “Hit the Road and Go” in 2016 through their own Big Pick Productions. The record is pure and straightahead bluegrass with a light and listenable quality. Together the four-piece ensemble is a solid encapsulation of modern bluegrass traditions.

[LEFT TO RIGHT] Kori Cassel, Jennifer McClain, Michael McClain and Dan Kelly.

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Kelly’s presence on fiddle is immediately felt. He’s a virtuosic player with a loud and hard-hitting style who was a prodigy on the instrument from a young age. He won his first fiddle competition at 12 and won a prestigious Grand Master fiddle championship at age 17. Since then he’s toured widely since the 1990s and played with groups like the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Clint Black, and even Roy Acuff and his Smokey Mountain Boys, leading to a mountain of accolades.

there’s a focus on a different bluegrass instrument, with a top-tier talent in that instrument coming to perform, as well as share their expertise. This is the year of the fiddle, and Kelly will be teaching several different workshops on fiddle playing and techniques. These will range from basics for beginners to advanced techniques like using a fiddle as a rhythm instrument, and coming up with fills while solos get passed around a bluegrass arrangement.

Kelly will be somewhat the man of the hour at the Bluegrass Masters Weekend this time around. Each year of the event,

As always, attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments and form jam circles and play their own music through-

out the weekend. The lobby of Lutsen Resort often becomes an epicenter of picking parties over the weekend, with guitars, banjos, basses and fiddles filling every nook and cranny of the resort. Bluegrass Masters Weekend is held Nov. 1-3. Tickets for Kelly’s workshop are $40. The Saturday night show will be at 8 p.m., with tickets $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Learn more at:

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Thunder Bay artist Jessica Tratnik, owner of Spruce Pond Apiaries and Woodburning, creates handcrafted wooden items embellished with the art of pyrography, such as these bee magnets created from lilac and silver maple. She will showcase her work at the Holiday Craft Revival in Thunder Bay. For every bee magnet sold this holiday season, she will donate $1 to the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. For more info, visit:


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EXHIBITS Permanent Exhibits New Acquisitions Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth Selections of Traditional & Contemporary Native Art Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth

Thru Nov. 2 Heidi Pollard: Heaven and Other Realms Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth

Thru Nov. 3 Wild Wonder: Deb Kirkeeide & Kristen Palm Art Exhibition Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery, Grand Marais,

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Thru Nov. 30 Affinities: Rachel Hayes and Eric Sall Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth

Thru Dec. 1 Unfold Time: The Art of Leo Yerxa Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Senior Student Exhibitions Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth

Thru Dec. 3 Jean: The Inspiration Behind the Birkenstein Arts Movement Duluth Art Institute

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Thru Jan. 2, 2020 Minnesota Black Fine Art Show Duluth Art Institute

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Acquisitions Through the Years Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth

Asymmetry: ThreeDimensional Works from the Tweed Museum Collection Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth

Thru April 2020 Moose of the Bold North: Root River Photography International Wolf Center, Ely,

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Nov. 1-30 Greg Lecker Exhibit (Reception Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.) Tettegouche State Park Visitor’s Center, Silver Bay

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Ceramics by Glenn Nelson Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth Gashkibidaaganag: A Selection of Bandolier Bags Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth

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Molly Ovenden Abstract Art Exhibition (Reception Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.) Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais,

Art in Conflict: An Exhibition by the Museum of Russian Art Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth

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Changing Seasons An Art Exhibit by the Frozen Photographers Group November 8 - December 1 Opening Reception

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Visit Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors on Sunday, Nov. 10 for the annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting ceremony. | PHIL HARTLEY


Nov. 1-2 Love antique shopping and searching for goodies? Take part in the semi-annual, two-day Duluth Junk Hunt at the Duluth DECC, featuring vintage, antique, and repurposed treasures from more than 100 of the area’s finest vendors. There will also be a farmer’s market with local foods and flowers. Admission is $5 at the door (good for both days) or $10 for early admission on Friday. Part of the proceeds are donated to Project Joy. The Junk Hunt will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.


Nov. 1-3 NSMA will host its 29th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort Nov. 1-3. Fiddle is the instrument of focus this year, with master fiddler Dan Kelly teaching instrumental workshops all day Saturday. Workshops are $8 per hour or $40 for the full day. All skill levels are welcome; registration is at event only. Then, Saturday at 8 p.m. in the resort ballroom, Dan will be joined in concert by Nashville Network and Grand Ole Opry stars Michael and Jennifer McClain and the Banjocats. Concert tickets can be purchased at the door only, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 youth (ages 18 and under).


Nov. 2, Saturday The 4th Annual Harvest Fest will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at North Shore Winery in Lutsen. Winemaker Chuck Corliss, and his assistant Charlie Bronstein, will demonstrate how North

Celebrate the power of the Big Lake during Cook County’s annual Lake Superior Storm Festival. | VISIT COOK COUNTY Master fiddler Dan Kelley will teach workshops during Bluegrass Masters Weekend. | SUBMITTED Shore Winery ferments and processes wines after receiving grapes. Step into the barrel room to get a personal tour of the operation, including the opportunity to see each piece of equipment and understand how it is used in the process. There will also be warm soup starting at noon (until it’s gone), and music from 2-5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about winemaking while enjoying a glass of wine or cider.


Nov. 7-10 The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is a biennial event that locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word. Readers, writers, and book professionals come together over four days filled with author talks, panel discussions, mini-classes, and craft seminars. This year’s authors, presenters and book professionals include Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Joan Crosby, University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Beth Dooley, Leif Enger, Shan-

non Gibney, David Mura, Marcie Rendon, and more. Festival registration required.


Nov. 8-10 The annual Lake Superior Storm Festival, organized by Visit Cook County, honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake. Held at various locations throughout Cook County, this family-friendly event includes the Storm into Winter Showcase fashion show at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, a lakeside poem and remembrance




ceremony at Artist Point, a carin stacking contest, a mystery dinner at Moguls Grille, water-themed crafts and activities at Lutsen Resort, and a Lake Superior and stormthemed call-in trivia show on WTIP radio. Local historian Jim Shinners will host a conversation on notorious and memorable shipwrecks of Lake Superior at the Johnson Heritage Post. And don’t miss the annual wave dash at Lutsen Resort, which is similar to a Polar Plunge.


Nov. 10, Sunday Held at Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, this annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on Nov. 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Fitzgerald in the visitor center. At 4:30 p.m., the lighthouse will close temporarily while

the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit and the tower will reopen again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.


Nov. 14, Thursday Each year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser in Grand Marais works to raise awareness and provide funds for the Cook County Food Shelf and other community organizations, addressing Cook County’s critical hunger needs year-round. This year’s event will be held in the lower level of St. John’s Catholic Church, and will feature a simple meal of soup and bread, provided by local restaurants (cost is $6). There will also be a sale of handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art Colony. After your meal, satisfy your sweet tooth with a homemade treat from the bake sale. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and dinner will be from 5-7 p.m.


Nov. 22-24 Enjoy a family-friendly holiday weekend in Thunder Bay with Heart of the Holidays, located in the North Core. There will be a tree lighting display in the Bay Algoma Neighbourhood Friday evening, photos with the Grinch on Saturday, and shopping, food and fun activities all weekend. On Sunday, browse over 200 art and craft vendors at 24 locations during the annual Holiday Craft Revival, held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists include Vik Wilen, Elephant Shoe De-

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Nov. 22-24 Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North. Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, a film festival, a poetry slam, speakers and more, this is a classic event to welcome the season of white. Held at the North House Folk

School in Grand Marais, Bill Hanlon is this year’s featured speaker. An avid backcountry hunter, Bill made an amazing discovery of a mummified ancient hunter while in the Tatshenshini/Alsek Wilderness Park in 1999. Bill will share the story of Kwäday Dän Ts’Inchi or “Long Ago Person Found” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Nov. 23-Dec. 28 Located in Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 5 million lights, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows. Get your photo taken with reindeer and visit with Santa (kids 10 and under will receive a new knit hat). Mrs. Claus will also be at Bentleyville to tell stories and hand out candy canes. Bentleyville is free—though donations are appreciated—and opens at 5 p.m. daily.


Nov. 29-Dec. 1 The annual Amsoil Snocross National snowmobile races, presented by Kwik Trip, will be held at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Rider categories include Sport, Sport Lite, 200 Stock, Pro AM Plus 30, Pro AM Women, Amateur Snowbike, Jr. Girls 9-13, Jr. 14-15, Jr. 16-17, and more. There will be vendors, food and beverages, and autograph opportunities. Parking will be at the Proctor Fairgrounds and shuttle services will be provided.

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Thunder Bay will hold the 29th Annual Rotary Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 10 a.m. The parade will take place on Memorial Avenue. The annual downtown Duluth Christmas City of the North Parade will take place on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:25 p.m. A holiday tradition since the 1950s, it features marching bands, dance performances, colorful floats, and an appearance by Santa. For the parade route and more information, visit: facebook. com/christmascityparade On Friday, Nov. 29, Grand Marais will host the quirky small-town Oh Ole Night Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. downtown. This is a parade throwdown challenge to all those of Nordic descent to have the most Christmas spirit and win the travelling Gnome trophy and bragging rights for a year. Following the parade is a tree lighting ceremony in Harbor Park, culminating with fireworks over the harbor. Find a wide variety of gifts for everyone on your shopping list during Ely’s Small Town Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 30. After a day of shopping, gather for the Christmas Parade at 5 p.m., followed by hot cocoa, cider and cookies, and a tree lighting

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on the South Shore of Lake Superior Northern Lights enthusiasts will flock to the Aurora Summit, held Nov. 1-3 at the Harbor View Event Center in Washburn. This weekend workshop offers presentations about the wonders of the night sky, ranging from photography, astronomy and space weather, to art, culture and mythology. There will be hands-on night demonstrations, guest speakers, panel discussions, aurora trivia, raffle prizes and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Ratzlaff, admin of the Alberta Aurora Chasers and one of the citizen scientists who discovered the sub auroral arc, known as Steve. Registration required. Get your girlfriends together and visit Ashland for the annual Chick-uamegon Women’s 5k, 10k and 1-mile walk/run on Saturday, Nov. 2. Held at Railyard Park, same-day registration and packet pick-up will take place from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bretting Community Center (pre-registration suggested). The races start at 10 a.m. and are not timed. Awards will be given to the first and second place 5k and 10k winners. All participants will receive a tiara and a finisher medal. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three “blingiest” chicks and there will be three prize drawings selected after the race (must be present to win). Enjoy holiday shopping at the Rustic Valley Bazaar in Ashland on Nov. 2; held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Gathering Barn. Find unique furniture, holiday décor, handmade clothing, baked goods, candy and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Also on Nov. 2 in Ashland is the Garland City Women’s Expo and Craft Show at the Bretting Community Center. There will be door prizes, great food, handmade crafts, free admission, and more. Held from 9 a.m.3 p.m.

Enjoy a weekend of independent films during the 12th Annual Big Water Film Festival, held Nov. 6-9 in four different locations. Screenings will take place in Bayfield and Drummond on Wednesday night, in Washburn on Thursday night, and at the Bay Theater in Ashland on Friday and Saturday; no films are repeated. Tickets can be purchased by location, or as a weekend pass. Visit Washburn for a StageNorth Groundlings show: A Cripple’s Dance, held Nov. 9-10. A Cripple’s Dance is a live music and dance performance created and performed by people with spinal cord injuries and people with able bodies. It tells the story of how to hold the acceptance of one’s injury and hope for a life beyond one’s injury in the same hand. Perforamces will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The First Annual Chili Feed will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Chequamegon Veteran’s Center in Ashland. Free to all veterans and their families; held from 2-5 p.m. Free will offering accepted. A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 in Bayfield. Enjoy holiday treats and warm beverages while singing Christmas carols in the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion. Then, join in the procession as the crowd moves outside to serenade the holiday tree as it is ceremoniously lit for the season. Also on Nov. 30 is the 37th Annual Christmas Bazaar in Port Wing, featuring many booths selling Christmas items, as well as gifts for any time of the year. Enjoy Christmas music while shopping and eating lunch served by the Monday Evening Club. Held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Port Wing Town Hall.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING Visit Finland on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the annual Finland Community Bazaar, presented by FFC Booya Committee and supported by the Silver Bay Tourism Association. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Clair Nelson Community Center, there will be multiple vendors and crafters selling their wares, as well as live music by Casey Aro from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale, a craft table, and homemade chili or soup. The kitchen opens at 10 a.m. facebook. com/finlandcommunitybazaar


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The annual Holiday Craft n’ Stuff Fair in Schreiber will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. Held at the Schreiber Community Hall, there will be homemade crafts and Christmas gifts to shop for, such as jewelry, apparel, candles and more. Admission is $2. Head to Ely for the Big Moose Art and Crafts Show, held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Amici’s Event Center. Thirty local and regional artists and crafters will have their work on display for your viewing and purchasing pleasure, featuring everything from mixed media art and jewelry to rosemaling, photography, embroidery, pottery and wood turning. This year’s vendor lineup includes Sharee Johnson, Doug Kalina, Kim Gross, Marty Fautch, Tom McDonald, Heidi Pinkerton, and Linda Trapkus. The show is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free. bigmooseartandcraftsshow Join the Thunder Bay Museum for the 2nd Annual Holiday Market and Open House on Nov. 9. Purchase hand-made arts and crafts from local vendors, enter to win prizes, and experience all three floors of exhibits with all proceeds going towards helping the museum continue to make history. Held from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. thunderbaymuseum The annual Junior League of Duluth’s Festival of Trees is Nov. 16-17 at the Duluth DECC. In the past, this event has included over 160 of the area’s top crafters and vendors showing off their wares. This year, Santa will arrive on his sleigh on Saturday for pictures. Other highlights include JLD toffee, live entertainment, and beautiful hand-decorated trees. Proceeds go to the Junior League of Duluth and community projects. Cost to attend is $6 on Saturday and $4 on Sunday; ages 10 and under are free. Shoppers that bring in a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest will receive $1 off their admission. Held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. The not-for-profit Artisans Northwest group in Thunder Bay will celebrate their 44th Annual Art and Fine Craft Show Nov. 1617 at Valhalla Inn. This year’s juried show will feature a variety of media by multiple artists, from woodworking and jewelry, to photography and paintings. Held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Holidays in Schroeder will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Schroeder Town Hall for the North Country Creations Bazaar, featuring hand-made items,

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Find Boreal Body by Allison Skirtschak at the Artisans Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show. | SUBMITTED baked goods, tasty treats and coffee. Then, visit the Cross River Heritage Center for the “Eclectic Electric” quilt raffle drawing at 2 p.m. Other Cross River happenings include make and take cards, krumkake and lefse demos, and a gift shop sale. The annual Holiday Craft Revival in Thunder Bay will occur Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Bay Algoma and Waterfront District, featuring over 200 vendors at 24 locations, with live entertainment, food, and more. North Shore Winery’s 2nd Annual European Christmas Market will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in Lutsen on Friday, Nov. 29, featuring a variety of art, gifts, food and wines. Vendors include H. Lill’s, The Big Lake, Wild Country Maple Syrup, Kari Vick, Mueller Studios, Jillian Kratt, Kathy Weinberg, Anna Hess, and more. There will also be live music from 1-4 p.m. and soup from noon until it’s gone. The annual Light Up Lutsen celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 29, hosted by various downtown Lutsen merchants. Held from 2-5 p.m., there will be food and drinks, caroling, bonfires, sales and more. Head to Great Gifts for pictures with Santa Claus until 4 p.m. Lutsen Liquor will host North Shore

Winery tastings. Lockport Marketplace will have cookie decorating. End the evening with a hot metal pour demonstration and a bonfire at Mueller Studio at 5 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 30 is the Duluth Art Institute’s HoliDAI Market, held from 10 a.m.3 p.m. at the Duluth Depot. There will be outdoor bonfires for roasting s’mores, Grambsch Family candy making, hot cocoa and cider with sweet-treats for sale, live music, fine art for sale, and more. Admission is free.


Also on Nov. 30 is the Hovland Artisan’s Pre-Christmas Sale, held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will art and craft vendors of all kinds, as well as food and plenty of parking. Craftland: A Winter’s Market will take place Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, with vendors on all three floors and onstage. Find homemade gifts for your loved ones, and maybe a treat for yourself. Admission is free.


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Visit the Grand Portage Event Center for a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be Ojibwe art, clothing, jewelry, graphic prints, baked goods and more. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


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Northern Wilds Calendar of Events Oct. 24-Nov. 9 This Is How We Got Here Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay,

Oct. 25-Nov. 3 Treasure Island Duluth Playhouse,

Oct. 30-Nov. 2 The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Underground, Duluth,

Nov. 1, Friday Halloween Open Bonspiel Grand Marais Community Center, Tricks and Treats: A Happy Days Fundraiser 5 p.m. Grand Ely Lodge, Briand Morrison 7 p.m. Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay, Twin Ports Wind Orchestra 7 p.m. UMD Weber Music Hall, Duluth,

Nov. 1-2 Gales of November Duluth DECC & The Sports Garden, Duluth, Duluth Junk Hunt 10 a.m. (9 a.m. Sat.) Duluth DECC, Jon Miller & the Homebrews 8:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Nov. 1-3 Aurora Summit Harbor View Event Center, Washburn, WI, Bluegrass Masters Weekend (Concert Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.) Lutsen Resort, Fall Food & Wine Lovers Weekend Bluefin Bay, Tofte, Open Halloween Bonspiel Grand Marais Community Center,

Nov. 2, Saturday Duluth Woman’s Club Fall Bazaar 9 a.m. DWC Hartman House, Duluth,



Finland Community Bazaar 10 a.m. Clair Nelson Community Center, Finland, finlandcommunitybazaar Chick-uamegon Women’s 5k, 10k & 1-Mile Races 10 a.m. Railyard Park, Ashland, Harvest Festival Noon, North Shore Winery, Lutsen, Paint-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls 1 p.m. Grand Marais Art Colony, Community Health Assessment & Improvement Plan Presentation 3 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library, UMD Honor Bands Concert 4 p.m. Marshall Performing Arts Center, Duluth, DAI Masquerade Gala 5 p.m. St. Louis County Depot, Duluth,

Nov. 3, Sunday Daylight Saving Time Ends

Holiday Craft n’ Stuff Noon, Schreiber Community Hall, Schreiber, Øystein Baadsvik: Tuba 3 p.m. UMD Weber Music Hall, Duluth, Owl’s Club Big Band 4:30 p.m. Duluth Cider,

Nov. 4, Monday Free Custom Leather Bracelet Workshop 1 p.m. Ely Public Library, Community Health Assessment & Improvement Plan Presentation 2 p.m. Cook County Courthouse, Grand Marais, Free Custom Leather Bracelet Workshop 6 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library, Faculty Woodwind Quintet Concert 7:30 p.m. UMD Weber Music Hall, Duluth,

Nov. 4-6 Food Justice Summit Duluth DECC,


Nov. 5-7

Nov. 8-9

Jersey Boys 7:30 p.m. Thunder Bay

ORCC Christmas Craft Mart 6 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Sat.) Oliver Road Community Centre, Thunder Bay, TBSO Northern Lights: First Light 7:30 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium,

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Nov. 6-9 Big Water Film Festival Bay Theater, Ashland, WI,

Nov. 7, Thursday Book Reading with Author Pat McGauley: Lester’s Gift 6:30 p.m. Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia, MN,

Nov. 7-10 North Shore Readers & Writers Festival Grand Marais Art Colony, The Little Mermaid 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.) Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais,

Nov. 7-16 An Enemy of the People 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.) Marshall Performing Arts Center, Duluth,

Nov. 8, Friday Book Reading with Author Michael Bazzett: Popol Vuh 5 p.m. Community Center, Grand Marais Birch Grove Community School Benefit 5:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen, Sip & Shop Bazaar 6 p.m. Caribou Highlands Resort, Lutsen, Briand Morrison 6 p.m. Caribou Highlands Resort, Lutsen, Storm Into Winter Showcase 6:30 p.m. Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Grand Marais, An Evening of Humour with John Cleese: Why There Is No Hope 7:30 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Opera Scenes (Love Scenes) 7:30 p.m. UMD Weber Music Hall, Duluth, Brothers in Arms 8:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Nov. 8-10 Lake Superior Storm Festival Cook County, Girls Gone North Weekend Bluefin Bay, Tofte,

Nov. 8-24 Big Buck Contest Buck’s Hardware Hank, Grand Marais,

Nov. 8-Dec. 1 Frozen Photographers Art Exhibit (Reception Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.) Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais,

Nov. 9, Saturday Minnesota Deer Opener Coppertop Craft, Bake & Book Sale 9 a.m. Coppertop Church, Duluth Big Moose Art & Crafts Show 10 p.m. Amici’s Event Center, Ely, facebook. com/bigmooseartandcraftsshow Get Great Stuff Local Art & Gift Fair 10 a.m. Duluth Congregational Church, Nice Girls of the North Marketplace 10 a.m. Lakeside Lester Park Community Center, Duluth, Diamonds & Does & Everything that Sparkles 10:30 a.m. Jeweler of the North Shore, Lutsen, Holiday Market & Open House 1 p.m. Thunder Bay Museum, Free Custom Leather Bracelet Workshop 2 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library, Top Chef Thunder Bay & NWO: With Hayden Johnston 5 p.m. Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay,

Church of Cash: Featuring the

Music of Johnny Cash 8 p.m. NorShor Theatre, Duluth,

Nov. 10, Sunday Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting 11 a.m. Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors,

Nov. 11, Monday Veterans Day Remembrance Day Briand Morrison 5 p.m.

Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais, Free Concert: A John Cage “Musicircus” 7:30 p.m. Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth,

Nov. 12, Tuesday Free Custom Leather Bracelet Workshop 1 p.m. Duluth Public Library, 5th Anniversary of New Library Party 2 p.m. Ely Public Library,

Nov. 13, Wednesday Dessert to the Max Night: Free! 5 p.m. Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais, Free Custom Leather Bracelet Workshop 6 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library,

Nov. 14, Thursday Give to the Max Day Minnesota, Escape to the Moon Ely Public Library, Empty Bowls Fundraiser 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. John’s Catholic Church: Lower Level, Grand Marais, Uncorked & Tapped for Conservation 5 p.m. Clyde Iron Works, Duluth, Superior Artisans Art Sale 5 p.m. Duluth Cider, Plucked Up String Band 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Nov. 14-23 Matilda the Musical 7 p.m.

Paramount Theatre, Thunder Bay,

Nov. 15, Friday Pinterest Projects 3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library, Mojo and Bob & Blue Ox Music Festival 8 p.m. NorShor Theatre, Duluth,

Nov. 15-16 Mark Joseph CD Release

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

Nov. 16, Saturday Breakfast with Santa & Santa’s Elf in Training Workshop 8:30 & 10 a.m. Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, Rotary Santa Claus Parade 10 a.m. Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Meet U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall 2:30 p.m. Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth, Snow Ball Fundraiser with Guest Kikkan Randall 7 p.m. Clyde Malting Building, Duluth, Briand Morrison 7 p.m. Lutsen Resort, TBSO Pops: Jeans ‘n Classics 7:30 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium,

Nov. 16-17 Junior League Festival of Trees 9 a.m. (10 a.m. Sun.) Duluth DECC, Artisans Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show 10 a.m. Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay,

Nov. 17, Sunday Christmas Crafts & Vendor Sale 10 a.m. Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Thunder Bay, Holiday Craft Market at the Moose 11 a.m. Moose Hall, Thunder Bay, Facebook: Jennie’s Events Classic Film Series: To Have & Have Not 6 p.m. NorShor Theatre, Duluth,

Nov. 19, Tuesday Rox ‘n Soul 2 p.m.

North Shore Care Center, Grand Marais,

Nov. 20, Wednesday Opportunities for Ceramic Artists: Jill Foot-Hutton Noon, Grand Marais Art Colony, Film Fiesta for Adults 1:30 p.m. Ely Public Library,

Nov. 21-24 Grey Cup Bonspiel Port Arthur Curling Club, Thunder Bay,

Nov. 22, Friday Simple Meals 101 5 p.m. Ely Public Library, Christmas City of the North Parade 6:25 p.m. Downtown Duluth, An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham 7 p.m. Washington Auditorium, Ely,

Nov. 22-23 Saints of Circumstance

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

Nov. 22-24 Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival North House Folk School, Grand Marais, Heart of the Holidays Bay Algoma Neighborhood & Waterfront District, Thunder Bay, Outdoor Adventure Expo Midwest Mountaineering, Minneapolis,

Nov. 23, Saturday Festival of the Season 10 a.m. Duluth Farmer’s Market, Holidays in Schroeder 10 a.m. Cross River Heritage Center & Schroeder Town Hall, Superior Artisans Art Sale 11 a.m. Hoops Brewing, Duluth, Portage Craft Beer Fest & Concert: Cook County’s Most Wanted 6 p.m. (Concert at 8 p.m.) Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, DSSO: A Night at the Opera 7 p.m. Duluth DECC,

Nov. 23-Dec. 28 Bentleyville: Tour of Lights 5 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth,

Nov. 24, Sunday Holiday Craft Revival 10 a.m. Bay Algoma & Waterfront District, Thunder Bay,

Nov. 27, Wednesday Movie Matinee 1 p.m. Ely Public Library, Comedy Night 8 p.m. Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais,

Nov. 28, Thursday Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day Buffet 11 a.m. Duluth DECC, Thanksgiving Night Shopping 6 p.m. Ely,

Nov. 28-30 The Lion King Kids 7 p.m. Paramount Theatre, Thunder Bay, Little Red Riding Hood 7 p.m. Paramount Theatre, Thunder Bay,

Scrooge In Love 2 p.m. Vermilion Community College Theater, Ely,

Dec. 1, Sunday

Nov. 29-30 Super Duty 9 p.m.

Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Amsoil Snocross National Spirit Mountain, Duluth,

Nov. 29-Dec. 29 Holiday Art Underground Betsy Bowen Studio & Gallery, Grand Marais,

Nov. 30, Saturday Holiday Craft Show 10 a.m. Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais






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Craftland: A Winter’s Market 10 a.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Dec. 5, Thursday Mall of AmericInn 3 p.m. AmericInn, Silver Bay

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Northwoods Partners Annual Festival of Trees 5 p.m. Grand Ely Lodge Lobby, Ely,

Pictures with Santa & His Sled Dogs Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Grand Marais, European Christmas Market Noon, North Shore Winery, Lutsen, Light Up Lutsen 2 p.m. Downtown Lutsen, Downtown Duluth Arts Walk 5 p.m. Downtown Duluth, downtownduluthartswalk New Standards Holiday Show 8:30 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen,


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TBHS Meeting: Christmas Potluck & Food Collection for Charity 6:30 p.m. Oliver Road Community Center, Thunder Bay, Free Lecture with Chef Scott Graden: “Honest” 7 p.m. North House Folk School: Green Building, Grand Marais, Gordon Thorne 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, TBSO Masters: Power 7:30 p.m. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium,

First of the Season Christmas Sale 10 a.m. Hovland Town Hall, DAI HoliDAI Market 10 a.m. Duluth Depot, Small Town Christmas Celebration: Parade & City Tree Lighting 5 p.m. Whiteside Park, Ely, Reading & Music with Chan Poling & Lucy Michell 7 p.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert 7 p.m. Grand Marais, Rox ‘n Soul 7 p.m. Larsmont Cottages, Two Harbors,


The Little Mermaid 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.) Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais,

Holiday Market 10 a.m. Da Vinci Centre, Thunder Bay, Facebook: Da Vinci Centre McCausland Hospital Auxiliary’s Old Fashioned Christmas Noon, Michael King Hall, Terrace Bay, Christmas Craft Fair 1 p.m. Beardmore, Ontario, DSSYO: Fall Concert 3 p.m. Superior High School, Superior, WI,


Nov. 21, Thursday


Nov. 14-17

Monday Live Music 5 p.m.

Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais,

Wednesday Country Market 3:30 p.m. CLE Dove Building, Thunder Bay, Open Mic 6:30 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Thursday Date Night with Live Music

6 p.m. North Shore Winery, Lutsen, Free Latin Dance Class 8 p.m. Urban Abbey, Thunder Bay,

Saturday Country Market 8 a.m. CLE Dove Building, Thunder Bay, Voyageur Brewing Tours 11 a.m. Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais, Free: Tour the North House Campus 2 p.m. North House Folk School, Grand Marais,

Sunday Briand Morrison 10 a.m.

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The North Shore Dish Pairing Food and Wine, North Shore Style By Chuck Viren

Most of us have been there. We’re at a restaurant and an item on the menu catches our eye. It seems it should go great with a glass of wine, but which one? Or perhaps we are entertaining and struggle to find the right wine to complement the meal. With so many great restaurants in the area, I went to experts in both wine and food to ask their advice. What follows is some practical advice to help simplify the process. If, after reading, you want to learn more, you could attend one of the upcoming food and wine events where the experts have already made the selections for you. James Taylor, food and beverage director at Bluefin Bay Resort, says that when his chef comes up with a new dish, a three-person panel meets to discuss potential wine pairings. What do they look for? They taste the dish and pull flavor profiles, dominant flavors in the dish, and look for wines that would complement those flavors. Taylor advises that one should not let the wine overpower the flavor of the foods. Chuck Corliss of North Shore Winery says that when looking for flavor profiles, “go with the sauce more than the protein.” He also believes that one should think of the whole meal when making a wine selection. Mark Lindsey of Lutsen Resort says they think about the characteristics of their chef when purchasing wines for their restaurant. He also said the flavor of wines are greatly influence by the temperature at which it is served and by the type of glass it is served in. They serve their white wines at 45 degrees and their red wines at 62 degrees. Both he and Mindy Fredrickson at Gunflint Resort also stated that people should also drink what they like—so if you have a go-to wine, great. Fredrickson stated she is partial to lighter whites and roses in the summer. All of the experts I interviewed agreed on the basics. The lighter and more subtle the flavorings in the meal, the lighter the wines, which would tend to be white wines. It is not necessary to always pair white wines with white meats, however. Some chicken or fish dishes may have a more robust sauce. Likewise, turkey and fixings are usually accompanied by heavier gravies and seasoned stuffing. In this case, a heavier white such as a Chardonnay would work, but so would a lighter red such as a Pinot Noir or a Syrah. The

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more robust the flavors of the meal—steak or venison, for example, pair well with heavier reds, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon. Spicy foods such as Thai, however, might be better paired with a sweet wine, such as a Riesling.

They will be offering wines from Johnson Brothers Wine Co. from Oregon. Chef Fischer is into foraging, and his dishes will feature mushrooms he had found and preserved this summer. He is also dedicated to using local foods. The weekend includes a four-course dinner at Bluefin Grille, a wine tasting at Surfside, and a five-course dinner at Bluefin Grille.

There is of course a great variation within varietals, so finding the one that suits you can be a challenge. Taylor suggest tasting a few wines to get it right. Wine tastings, of course, are a specialty at North Shore Winery. Of the lighter wines, Corliss says their Boundary Waters White blend is great with light foods or for sipping. Their Chardonnay is more of a food wine and could pair with turkey or duck, or any dish that has herbal flavors such as rosemary but is not spicy. Fredrickson likes their Chardonnay from Charles Krug with any of their walleye dishes. And for those dishes with a more robust flavor, break out the red wine. At Gunflint Lodge they like the Locations Argentina Red Blend for their house-smoked prime rib. North Shore Winery’s Rock of Ages blend is made from five varieties of California grapes, which gives it a nice complexity and enough tannins for an earthy finish. This would pair well with a steak or venison. Corliss, true to his wine-making roots, is a big fan of blends. On picking wines in general he says, “Find a high-quality winery and then try their blends.” Both Lutsen Resort and Bluefin Bay are great places to try wines. They are committed to having a large selection of wines, in a wide price range, available by the

Lutsen Resort will offer their food and wine weekend Nov. 8-9. The theme will be Italian. Friday will feature six to eight wines and lots of hors d’oeuvres. Saturday’s event will include six courses, all paired with wines. They will also have a Whiskey and Wine weekend Dec. 6-7. Friday will consist of tastings and cocktails from Driftless Glenn Distillery in Wisconsin. Saturday’s event will feature five different vintages from Jordan Vineyards—all with the main course. A 21-year-old Scotch will be featured for dessert. The new ownership at Lutsen Resort has made expanding their wine list a priority, with now over 200 labels to choose from. They also have a cruvinet, which preserves the wine long after the first glass has been poured, allowing them to offer wine for sale by the glass. | LUTSEN RESORT glass. Lindsey states, “If I wouldn’t drink it, we don’t sell it by the glass.” The new ownership at Lutsen Resort has made expanding their wine list a priority. They now have over 200 labels to choose from. They have also purchased a cruvinet, a high-tech wine dispenser that enables them to offer for sale by the glass wines that they would not have before because the cruvinet preserves the wine long after


the first glass has been poured. In order to train your palate, you may wish to attend a food and wine event where the pairings have been made in advance. These feature great chefs, and a lot of thought and expertise has gone into the wine selection. Bluefin Bay is holding a Food and Wine Lover’s Weekend Nov. 1-3. Timothy Fischer, executive chef at Loews Minneapolis Hotel, is the featured chef.

Both Gunflint Lodge and Lutsen Resort will also be offering Thanksgiving Buffets. Gunflint Lodge has invited Chef Adam Treeful to prepare their time-honored recipes such as their Pilsner slow-roasted turkey and trimmings, their Gunflint double-smoked ham with wild blueberry glaze, and a show-roasted bison haunch. Chef Chris Homyak and the culinary team at Lutsen Resort will deliver their take on the classic holiday meal as well. Either event would present a great opportunity to put your new-found wine-pairing skills to work.




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Stout and a sour for November It’s been a beautifully cool fall so far, and when those temperatures drop, there’s one style of beer I gravitate towards that I shy away from during the warmer months. I love a stout, be it a heavy Russian imperial, or a lighter oatmeal stout. Thunder Bay’s Sleeping Giant Brewing Company makes Skull Rock Stout, a pretty darn good oatmeal stout. At 5.1 percent alcohol by volume and 30 International Bitterness Units, it’s neither too heavy nor too bitter for those that shy away from imperial stouts. There is some body here and it pours with a creamy tanned head. But it packs a lot of roasty and toasty notes, along with some chocolate for the palate. I wish this were distributed south of the border, but the beer is canned in 16-ounce containers and is available on tap and in growlers at the Thunder Bay taproom. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s Wilderness Tuxedo, which I reviewed last April. It just lacked the tartness that I’ve found as a common

By Javier Serna theme among the best kettle sours that are made these days. Maybe I was just disappointed because one of my favorite sours I’ve had employed boysenberries, and the boysenberries were a little too “buttoned up” for my tastes.

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But at a restaurant recently in the Cities, on tap was Wilderness Tuxedo with mango and guava. I couldn’t resist and I noticed that the Duluth brewery is also producing a raspberry version of this Berliner-Weiss. The mango/guava version was more like it. The 4.4 percent ABV beer was loaded with sour mango and guava notes. Sweet and sour. This one I would order again. It is available in 12-ounce cans and on draft.

NEWS AND NOTES EARTH RIDER AND URSA MINOR BRING HOME HARDWARE: Superior’s Earth Rider Brewery took home a gold medal for Duluth Coffee Pale Ale in the coffee beer category. Duluth’s Ursa Minor Brewing was the only brewery in the Northern Wilds region to bring home an award from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last month. Ursa Minor’s Thistle Dew, a Scottish-style ale, took third place for the style.

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Northern Trails The Attraction and Mystery of Antlers By Gord Ellis

Antlers. They are amazing, beautiful and occasionally deadly. Moose, deer, elk and caribou all sport them. In the case of the moose, the antlers are huge and palmated. Elk and caribou antlers sweep up high, creating a majestic profile. Deer antlers tend to be a bit smaller, but can be no less dramatic. The thick, black antlers on a mature swamp buck are simply magnificent. Antlers have been a thing with hunters— and humans—through time. Antlers figure prominently in pictographs found across northwestern Ontario and provided the basis for many tools used by Indigenous people. Bucks and bulls with large racks have fueled many a hunter’s dreams. The sight of a huge-antlered animal coming over a hill or walking out of the woods, is enough to stop a heart. Yet even small antlers can provide a thrill that’s hard to explain. Several decades ago, when I was still cutting my teeth as a deer hunter, the harvest of a buck—any buck—seemed like an impossible dream. I’d taken quite a few does already and had a few near misses with bucks. One nice eight-point lived to see another day because my buck fever and escalated breathing rate did not allow a solid hold. I was so excited that day I could hear my heart valves clicking. Those antlers, glistening like white china in the sun, were just too much. A few years later, as I was walking up a power line towards a tree stand, I saw a deer standing on a hill. It was a large deer, but I didn’t need to check the sex as I had a tag for buck or doe. In those days, seeing any deer on a hunt was a big deal. I knelt down, put the crosshairs on its chest and squeezed. I barely heard the shot thanks to adrenaline, but the deer turned and disappeared over a knoll. A half-hour later as I topped the hill, I could see a brown lump on the ground about 50 feet away and what looked like a single white branch. As I moved closer that branch turned into a tine. It was a buck! A young six-point, but it may as well have been the world record. I knelt beside that animal, feeling a mix of sadness and joy. The sad part was ending such a beautiful creature’s life. The joy was knowing I could bring meat home for my young family. So excited and full of adrenaline, I drug that animal out nearly a mile all by myself. Some of my most exciting antler experiences I’ve ever had have been in the pursuit of moose. These giants of the north woods

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went like a bulldozer through the trees. The sound of that bull’s rack, its thick palms smacking alders and snapping small birches, resonated through the woods. The noisy bull echoed off into the distance, like a freight train going down the track.

The first time I ever heard the sound of a moose antler in the woods was during a winter hunt many years back. It was a cold morning, and we had snowmobiled in the dark to a cut over well off the beaten path. As day dawned, I picked my way through the cut and worked to the top of the hill. When I peered over the edge, where the trees started, I could see two moose staring back at me, one an enormous bull. They instantly bounded into the woods at full gallop. The bull, with head tilted back,

The first time I actually killed a moose, I heard two animals fighting. The sound of smashing antlers was unmistakable. With my heart pounding, I slowly scaled a long bush road to an old cut about 500 yards away. When I got to the top and looked out into the cut, there was a golden shine visible. Through binoculars, I could see the reflection of moose antlers. Two bulls, one significantly larger than the other, were standing together. In short order I was on my belly and crawling to a stump for a shot.

When I put my scope up, the larger bull was heading into the woods. The remaining bull was just starting to move when I aimed and squeezed off a 200-yard shot. The moose stumbled, then toppled. When I walked up to that bull, 40 minutes later, its huge antlers were the first thing I saw. They were the colour of dark honey and four feet wide. Staring at that great animal I said a quiet word of thanks. When my hand felt the coolness of that antler, and its weight, something primal was stirred. The feeling was mysterious and ancient. It was a feeling I will never forget.




Northern Connections Climate Changed By Emily M. Stone

“I come here today with tears in my heart,” began Isanti Dak’ota Hok’api as he led the Indigenous opening ceremony at Gustavus Adolphus College’s 55th Annual Nobel Conference in St. Peter, Minnesota. Our mood, which had been lifted by the beautiful music of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, now sank in response to his words. Lately, the sky seems to be crying, too. The sky’s tears look like record rainfalls— resulting in significant floods, high water levels in Lake Superior, and the second wettest year on record in the Twin Cities. All of this sadness flows out of our current climate crisis, and the chaos that comes from a world that is getting warmer and also getting weirder. But you don’t need me to give you the details. In the weeks surrounding the United Nations Climate Action Summit—which ended just as the Nobel Conference was beginning—there were hundreds of stories about climate change in the news. The first calculations of human-induced climate change were made in 1896, and by the late 1950s, more scientists were arguing that carbon dioxide emissions could be a problem. This is not a new issue. If you want to be informed, you probably are. Maybe, like me, you know enough to be scared, but have stopped paying attention to the details. But the Nobel Conference—titled “Climate Changed” because Gustavus students wanted to emphasize that we’re already experiencing it—wasn’t really about the details. It was about seven people who think deeply about the issue, coming together to share their unique perspectives with an audience of 3,000. After a lecture or two, all of the speakers gathered on stage for a panel discussion. Perhaps there are tears in your heart, too, and a sadness that would appreciate some wise words. “Climate scientists are by no means the only diviners of climate change,” began the first speaker, Dr. Amitav Ghosh, a social anthropologist and writer. “Farmers, fishermen, and foresters are seeing the impacts and understand them on the ground.” Scientists may be doing the climate modeling but “my novelist friends are also busy speculating about the future.” Maybe you’re a gardener who has dealt with the dizzying swings from drought to deluge. Maybe you’re a Boundary Waters 38


Panel discussions in between talks were highlights of the conference. Here, Ghosh, Hegerl, and Hulme discuss an audience question. | GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE paddler who is noticing red maple trees growing surprisingly far north. Maybe you have fortified your home against the next 500 year flood. Maybe you’re a writer who is trying to create a new world with words. “But such people are generally voiceless as well as poor,” continued Ghosh. “Scientists are better able to make themselves heard.” Science holds a special position, agreed Dr. Mike Hulme. After all, he (along with several other panelists) was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that received the Nobel Peace Prize. He’s also a professor of human geography—a proponent of the humanities. Science itself does not contain the answers, he warned, and science definitely does not contain the magical power to unlock political deadlock. In fact, Professor David Keith, who spoke on climate engineering, suggested that when politicians and activists draw a direct line from science to an action, it leaves people who oppose the action with nothing to attack except the science behind it—with nothing to attack except science itself. In reality, people move from science to values to action. If the values behind a policy action were more explicit, then the argument could center on values instead of whether or not people “believe” in science. It’s hard to underestimate the necessity of science, though, as we struggle to un-


derstand the issues and the solutions. Dr. Gabby Hegerl, a statistical climatologist at the University of Edinburgh, told of how— when countries came to the Paris Agreement with commitments about their emissions reductions—the science could warn them that it was not enough. “Do carbon dioxide molecules have moral standing?” posed Dr. Hulme. Sometimes philosophers and social scientists talk about “survival emissions” vs. “luxury emissions.” The CO2 put out by an airplane evacuating hurricane survivors from the Bahamas will warm the globe just as much as the planes that once transported vacationers to that island. But is one more defensible? How do we balance social justice with environmental justice? Even as a numbers-driven scientist, Dr. Hegerl concedes that “ours is a spiritual crisis.” She explained that, “better life has come to mean possessions instead of community, family, et cetera.” Dr. Ghosh agreed, and voiced a question that many of us have been contemplating for years, “How can we create a good life that is not a high consumption life?” Finding balance is hard. Dr. Diana Liverman championed progress that’s been made on the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. Millions of people have risen out of poverty. But as incomes increase, fossil fuel consumption rises. As we fight hunger, and poverty, and climate change, the challenge will be to

find “triple wins” that address them all at the same time. Sheila Watt-Cloutier grew up in a world where the sustainability we seek was once the norm. A Canadian Inuit activist, her memoir is titled The Right to be Cold. Born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada, she was raised traditionally. “You can learn from those who are still living in that holistic way,” she advised. “We are scientists in our own right. Indigenous knowledge is very powerful. It’s not anecdotal. Otherwise we would not have survived in the harsh environments where we live!” She warned us that “wisdom which is sourced from cold and ice and snow is now equally at risk of being lost. It’s not just the polar bears. Ice is our university. It is where our youth develop their character and learn life skills—the same skills that the youth in this room will need in order to become change agents.” Watt-Cloutier has been integral in reframing the climate crisis as a human rights issue. “Human trauma and planetary trauma are one and the same.” The audience rose to a standing ovation. During the final panel discussion, the facilitators finally asked the question that many of us had been feeling more and more urgently throughout the two days. “What can we do?” Dr. Keith almost jumped out of his seat, “Tell your politicians you want it fixed.




















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Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier gave a heartfelt talk, saying “If there’s anything that you take away today, I want you to understand that human trauma and planet trauma are one and the same.” | GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE Enough people need to make this their number one issue that governments feel they have a mandate.” He worries that those endless lists of personal things we can do may just distract us from making the big changes. But Dr. Hegerl insisted that we also have influence as consumers. “Making choices that reflect your values can influence politics as well,” she reminded us. And Dr. Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University, added that we need to “support companies who make the transition [to a carbon-neutral society] possible.” One of the first steps, offered Watt-Cloutier, is “to imagine that we could do things

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During the final banquet, Dr. Alley— with the long-range view of a geologist— offered what I felt was perhaps the most hopeful perspective: “We’ve created big changes before [agriculture, industrialization, etc.] and have learned to live in a new world. We can do that again.”

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I still have tears in my heart for the world we are destroying. But perhaps I have a little bit of hope, too…for the new world we will create together. To view the conference program and archived videos of lectures, visit gustavus. edu/events/nobelconference/2019.

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WHY GO: Fish Lake Flowage is a go-to option for some nice walleyes during the open-water months and just as reliable almost year-round for those that can keep tabs on crappies. There’s also the chance at catching bluegills, largemouth bass and northern pike on this sizeable reservoir north of Duluth. ACCESS: There’s two public accesses. The High Banks ramp (on the lake’s north shore) is on C.R. 285, and is accessed from C.R. 48, about 9.5 miles north of Duluth. The Fish Lake public access (on the western arm of the lake) is accessed from C.R. 15, about 12 miles north of Duluth. You’ll turn right on Bachelor Road (5641) and right on Esker Trail. VITALS: This 3,071-acre St. Louis County Lake is north of Duluth. It has nearly 45 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 36 feet, though its mean depth is calculated at 9.2 feet according to Minnesota DNR’s LakeFinder page. GAME SPECIES PRESENT: Black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye, white sucker and yellow perch. AQUATIC INVASIVE PRESENT: Spiny water flea


WALLEYES HELPED BY SLOT: John Chalstrom of Chalstrom’s Bait (218-7260094) in Duluth said the lake’s walleye population has really come back strong following the implemented recommendations of a 13- to 17-inch slot limit about six years ago. One fish over 26 inches is also allowed in possession. Walleyes between 22 and 24 inches are commonly caught now.


“It doesn’t hurt my feelings to unhook those guys and throw them back in the lake,” he said.

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Chalstrom said his favorite time of the year to target Fish Lake walleyes is in June with leeches. “You go there with a half pound of leeches and you’ll be catching them all day,” he said, noting that his preferred method is with some split shot and a spinner rig, slowly trolling, though slip bobbers or jigs can also be effective. That’s a safe bet in the 15-foot depths, he said, but in late summer, some anglers head to the lake to target the big walleyes with stickbaits in the deeper parts of the lake.

the season and you can do so good on the walleyes,” he said. “Once that snow starts stacking up on the ice, it shifts to a night crappie bite.” CRAPPIE TIME NOW (AND MOST OF THE YEAR): Chalstrom said the winter crappie bite gets hit hard at night by locals. Some of that fishing can be rather late. Glow jigs and crappie minnows seem to be the ticket most of the time, he said.

The walleye bite tails off quickly in the winter, Chalstrom said, once there’s about a foot of ice and some snow atop of it.

And crappies are a good bet for those that can track them down most of the open-water season, as well, he said.

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Boaters were getting at them on a daily basis this fall, with crappie jigs and minnows

effective often in 15 to 20 feet of water. Electronics are helpful in locating crappies, which often suspend and can be mobile. THE REST: Chalstrom said there’s some decent bluegill action in the spring time. “Not too many people target them,” he said. There are also a few largemouth bass in the lake, but it’s not a main target species and the population is not thought to be real big. Northern pike are worth targeting throughout the open-water season, he said, with a fair number of 3- and 4-pounders. —Javier Serna




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Ever wonder who were the ancient people in the Thunder Bay area? Where are they from and when did they come? How did they live? Thunder Bay-based author Alan Wade has done extensive research on the people he refers to as “prehistoric Lakeheaders.” This book presents his findings, plus offers a glimpse into the lives of those first settlers in the area, going back more than 9,000 years. (“Lakehead” was the name used when referring collectively to both Port Arthur and Fort William, now present-day Thunder Bay.) Alan identifies the ancient people as “Thunderbayans,” referring to the first three as the Stone Tool group (here 9,500 to 7,500 years ago), followed by the Copper Tool and Potmaker peoples. There are also chapters providing background about the people— from scientists/academics to storytellers—who have made the ancient Lakeheaders come ‘alive.’—Elle Andra-Warner

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Is there anything more to say about the Nov. 10, 1975 shipwreck of the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald? The author of this new book says, “Yes.” Over the decades, he interviewed many people who were associated with the ship, Lake Superior or maritime history about their perspectives and memories from the day the ship went down. Some of these interviews were used in his historical projects, including his documentary, The Fitzgerald Tragedy. Recently, he went into his archives of tapes and began transcribing the stories his sources told. Those stories, many fascinating, are the content of this book; a worthy read for anyone interested in Lake Superior and its history.—Shawn Perich


thawed for each meal. Chopping raw meat with an axe involves meat bits flying everywhere. If you walk into our cabin in winter, you’ll find blocks of meat in buckets in various stages of thawing. It takes two full days to take a block of meat from hard frozen to something you can easily mix into water. We feed a few thousand pounds of raw meat each year.


#4. Do they all get along?

Q & A

In short, no. There are a few dogs that do get along with everyone else. But largely, they behave like a pack and many of them want to be top dog. Some genetic lines are more aggressive than others, we’ve found. Some females simply cannot get along with other females and same with males. Some dogs are simply easy to fluster and need to run or live next to the same dog all the time. There are only one or two dogs that can run with Ringo. He gets feisty in harness and Cha-Cha knows how to stay out of his way. It’s a fine art, coming up with pairs of dogs that will work well together, one of the many variables in mushing that make mushing a challenge.

Matt and I are going into our 10th year of mushing. During this time, I have become keenly aware that my identity as “musher” sets me apart. The subject of mushing is always a conversation starter, usually kicked off with “How many dogs do you have?” Here are some of the questions commonly asked that I will attempt to answer from our 10 years of experience. We currently have 33 dogs including one puppy and three retirees. We have had as many as 40 and as few as six when we started, and I tell you everyone who asks how many dogs we have find both of these numbers to be shocking. I told a woman at Fleet Farm once about my eight dogs as I was filling my cart with bags of kibble and she looked faint trying to imagine this scene. Now whether, the number is 25, 35 or 40, the curious party just raises his eyebrows in disbelief.

#5. Is this your job or is it a hobby?

In one of the wettest falls I have ever experienced, there was plenty of water for cooling down on our runs. | ERIN ALTEMUS

#1. Do you know all their names? I liken our group of dogs to a teacher’s classroom. If I walked into a first-grade classroom, I would surely feel lost in a sea of children all of similar size. But if I were with that same group of kids every day, getting to learn each of their habits and personalities, I would quickly learn to tell them apart. It is the same with dogs. While a number of our dogs are black with gold eyebrows, each of their personalities is quite distinct and from my bed at night when one dog starts a howl or raises his voice to bark, I can usually tell who is causing the ruckus. Even our two-yearold is doing a pretty bang-up job of learning their names, though some days she just calls them all Beezus, which is still pretty cute.

an ATV. This year, the dogs were on vacation from midMay to mid-August. They mostly sat around and soaked up the sun. When nighttime temps start falling below 50, we hook up teams and have them pulling the ATV. The ATV engine is running. Mostly we just want the dogs to think they are pulling the ATV—their tug lines are tight and they get lots of conditioning. Inevitably, there is an adjustment for them when we switch to sleds.

#3. What do you feed them? Again, every kennel is different, though almost all sled dogs eat some combination of meat and high-quality kibble. We feed quite a lot of kibble—probably four to five pallets a year—that’s 10,000 pounds. In the summer, we only feed kibble because it’s much easier to deal with than meat. When the weather turns cold in October/November, we start buying frozen meat—most of which comes in 50-pound blocks from meat processing plants. We chop these blocks into smaller chunks that can be individually

#2. How do you run them when there isn’t snow? Every mushing kennel is different, but for us the summer is a busy, busy time, and the weather is warm, well, sort of. When the snow is gone, we hook the team up to

Stephen Dahl is the author of the award-winning book Knife Island: Circling a Year in a Herring Skiff.

to gather a seed



hese are the poems of a man who built his own house in the woods and earns his living by fishing Lake Superior in an open skiff. People who work hard outside learn to conserve energy, so it’s not surprising that Steve Dahl’s poems fit the definition of poetry a friend once offered me: the most said in the fewest words. In their brevity, honesty, humility, wry humor, and nearness to nature, Dahl’s best poems keep company with the work of such good men as the Spaniard Antonio Machado and the Norwegian Olav Hauge. —Bart Sutter, author of Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood Minnesota book awards for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction


meant to take a quick peek at these poems early one morning, and return to them later, but ended up reading all of them, certain lines playing through my mind all day. “nothing from darkness / grows like lilacs / in springtime holy / upon the hill.” These poems are spare and precise, quiet and essential, as essential as the things they praise and ponder. Each one: “a sparrow / just to the ground / from the branch above / to gather a seed.” The poems in this collection want to be read aloud. There is a subtle rhythm in Dahl’s language here, a rhythm reminiscent of water lapping gently on a rowboat. They left me stilled, awake, and grateful to be living in this world.

poems by stephen dahl

—Deborah Cooper, author of Blue Window Duluth Poet Laureate 2012-2014

The letters themselves cannot convey the danger John went through when the USS Kendall C. Campbell DE 443 was in combat. I would encourage you to read at least some of the books listed in the bibliography to more closely understand what John experienced.

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Wartime censorship of mail while John was at sea limited what he was able to write about. The fact that nothing he wrote was censored illustrates what a careful and conscientious man he was. In short, he always tried to do the right thing. He was a man with integrity. This book has become a project of love and respect for John and Madge. In fact, over the past six months this project has become an obsession to which I am emotionally attached. I have tried to be as accurate as possible, but any errors are mine alone. John Steven Redshaw July, 2016

j Robert Gordon Thompson lived from August 30, 1922, until February 4, 2001. He was a city boy and spent his childhood in Chicago during the depression, living on the South Side on Emerald Avenue. He graduated from Tilden Technical High School, a school with roots back to 1881. Tilden still lives on. Bob worked at the Chicago Stockyards and from an early time came to know hard work and long hours. His Chicago roots grew deep and except for a tour of Europe including fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, serving in the Tank Destroyers and as a machine gunner in the 104th Infantry Division, always lived within the confines of the City. Bob met his love, Patricia Ann Donahoe, and together they raised their two sons on Melvina Avenue. Each son took from their parents a love of reading and grew up in a warm and nurturing home. Lively discourse was expected. Bob and Pat knew that their boys were living a city life but each summer they would hit the road for Wisconsin, then Minnesota, then the farthest reaches of Ontario in an attempt to teach the sons an appreciation of the outdoors. Bob was also free to pursue his favorite activity, fishing.

Still other rhymes resulted from his good humor and he was quick to make light of our species, himself included. Bob loved Pat and the poems he sent to her leave no doubt that he treasured her so much. From war to family to love and humor, this collection of poems will delight those who read them and provide a glimpse into a gentle man who we have great reason to miss every day.



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I think you will find the letters and extra materials to be interesting and revealing. Take your time in reading them. Use the concurrent war diary to help put the letters in context of time and place.

Mushing will be a popular conversation topic with a new movie about to come out called “The Great Alaskan Race,” about the mushers and dogs that brought serum to Nome after an epidemic of diptheria broke out. Also, a new race in Minnesota this year called The Klondike Dog Derby will be held on Lake Minnetonka in February. Forty mushers are signed up to run, many of them from the North Shore.


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There are very few mushers who make any profit from mushing. The ones that do are running some kind of fullscale tour operation or placing in the top three of every race they run, or some combination of both. I have met a few mushers that are able to work a lot in the summer in order to take the winter off to run dogs, but that’s a select group. Most mushers are working day jobs to pay for their kibble and vet bills and if you can win something at the races to pay for your hotel, race fee and gas money, then life is good.

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Strange Tales Vintage Postcards Tell Quirky Tales By Elle AndraWarner

It was a vintage colourized postcard on eBay that sparked my interest about something I had never heard of before: ostrich racing in Port Arthur (now part of the city of Thunder Bay). While the postcard image wasn’t the best, the tag line said “Ostrich Racing at Boulevard Lake Park, Port Arthur, Ontario.” I grew up near Boulevard Lake, a beautiful 635-acre inner city lake and public park with a 5.3 km (3.3 mi) walking trail loop along the shore. Ostriches are the world’s largest birds, up to nine feet tall, and can weigh more than 300 pounds. They are flightless and run faster than most horses, maintaining speeds of 55 km/h (34 mph) for long periods with maximum bursts to about 70 km/h (43 mph). Considered an ancient sport, ostrich racing became popular back in the late 1800s and early 1900s in America, especially Florida. According to one report, tourists visiting Florida by 1890 could pay 50 cents to ride an ostrich and there are reports that in Miami more than 14,000 people came to the racetrack to watch ostrich races. Moving forward to the early 1950s, ostrich racing was happening throughout the U.S. and Canada. One of the best-known ostrich racing teams was owned by Gene Holter from Jamestown, North Dakota. As the story goes, while recuperating from a broken leg, he dreamed of owning and training an ostrich racing team. Later he purchased four ostriches and by 1953, had 12 racing ostriches that toured with him across U.S. and Canada. Ostrich racing is still happening: in 2017, more than 13,000 watched ostrich races at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. and this past September, Virginia City, Nev. held their 60th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races. Back to the vintage postcard, it may well have been Holter’s ostriches that were racing in Port Arthur at Boulevard Lake. Why? Well, Billboard magazine (March 24, 1956) reported that Holter, before he began ostrich racing, had been in Port Arthur with his donkey baseball team. So, what is donkey baseball? It started sometime in the 1930s in the U.S. as a fun, popular form of baseball, often for fundraising and charity events. There’s no documentation as to who or where exactly it first started, though one U.S. sports promoter, Ray L. Doan, claimed he was the “father of donkey baseball.” While there were variations in donkey baseball rules, the basic premise was the 44


[LEFT] According to this vintage colourized postcard, ostrich racing took place at Boulevard Lake in Port Arthur

(now Thunder Bay). | ELLE ANDRA-WARNER [RIGHT] American poster for ostrich races with appearance by Katherine Reid, who apparently made a living as an ostrich racing jockey. | ELLE ANDRA-WARNER same: except for the pitcher, catcher and batter, every player rode a donkey. Once the batter hit the ball, the player mounted a donkey to run the bases. Fielders could dismount their donkey only to retrieve the ball. In his book Newport Baseball History: America’s Pastime in the City by the Sea, author Rick Harris wrote that he had searched over “120 million newspaper pages identifying 9,850 articles” relating to donkey baseball in 43 states, Japan and Canada, noting that the first mention was in 1933. One commonality in the games was they were always meant to be jovial, not serious, events. In the 1930s, there were a number of promoters with touring donkey teams that played games against local teams from service clubs, churches, civic groups, police, etc. There’s also donkey basketball. In Virginia, Minn., the Mesabi Daily News reported on April 12, 2018 that “Donkey Basketball is Back in Town,” with students vs teachers/paraprofessionals in a matchup. And in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., the family-run Dairyland Donkey Ball still train their donkeys to carry riders for donkey baseball and basketball, something they’ve been doing since 1934. On another note, did someone actually tightrope walk across the 490-foot (150 m) Ouimet Canyon, located about a half-hour drive northeast of Thunder Bay? According to another vintage colourized postcard, yes, an American did in 1933. The caption on the postcard reads, “Ivy Baldwin, Crossing Ouimet Canyon, Ont., Canada—500 feet.—June 1, 1933.” While the postcard image is not the best, I did locate a poor quality black and white photograph from the event.


In June 1933, America’s 67-year-old Ivy Baldwin—who had been performing high-wire acts in Canada, the U.S., South America and Asia since 1893— walked a high-wire across Ouimet Canyon, near Thunder Bay. | ELLE ANDRA-WARNER Texas-born Ivy Baldwin (1866-1953) was born William Ivy, but took the “Baldwin” surname from two daredevil brothers he admired. Inspired already in childhood to be a tightrope walker after seeing a wire-walker perform, he left home to join the circus, did stunts, was a pioneer aviator (in 1910, the first to fly a plane in Nevada) and later, toured U.S. and Canada as a tightrope walker. He earned the title of ‘oldest tightrope walker’ in Guinness Book of World Records when on his 82nd birthday (July 31, 1948), he walked a 635-foot (194 m) tightrope 125 feet (38 m) above South Boulder Creek. Over the years, Baldwin had done this same walk more than 80

times at 582 feet (160 m) above the water; however, for this last walk, his family insisted that the tightrope be lowered to the 125-foot height. A puzzling vintage colourized postcard I’ve come across lately shows an airship with the caption “Dirigible ‘Titan’ Over the Kaministiquia, Fort William, Ontario, Canada.” (Fort William is now part of the city of Thunder Bay.) An airship over the Kam River? Seems historically unlikely… but well, who knows?

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Beautiful one level home situated on 6.5 acres overlooking Lake Superior with 175 ft of stunning gravel Lake Superior shoreline. Truly a gourmet designed kitchen with top quality cabinets, appliances, granite & tons of storage. Spacious great room, beamed ceilings, fireplace & lovely tiled floors. Att’d garage with upper level storage.

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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, builtins, 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.

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3 bedroom, 3 bath comfortable, elegant home on 218 feet of Lake Superior shoreline. Open concept, large window, gas fireplace, high quality home. Huge heated attached garage and workshop. Plus private rustic guest cabin in a wilderness wonderland.

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Stunning 4BR/4BA post & beam Lake Superior home! Features floor to ceiling windows for gorgeous views, updated kitchen and a HUGE living & family room. Lot has 1.65 acres & 214’ of shoreline, 2 garages, greenhouse plus a cute sauna by the lake.

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Looking for the dream cabin nestled in by the lake? This 2BR/2BA is the perfect size with 1128 sq. ft. of one level living. Gas fireplace, custom maple cabinets & solid wood floors. Gazebo, decks & benches make it easy to appreciate the 261 ft. of ledgerock shoreline.

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Exceptional Lake Superior lot with 313’ of amazing shoreline including a gravel beach. The depth of the lot, as well as the 4.26 acres provides plenty of privacy from Highway 61. Enjoy listening to the lake in the this cute 1940’s cabin located right by water’s edge.

Massively expansive ledge rock shoreline make these two lots some of the most amazing shoreline you will see on the North Shore. Lots are 2+ acres and 200 ft wide with significantly more meandering shoreline.

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Look up “Fantastic Lake Superior Views” in the dictionary and there will be a photo of this parcel. Great privacy with 10 acres, beautiful tree cover, magnificent rock outcroppings and take your breath away views.

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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.

MLS 6083698 $79,900

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Great 40A property with wonderful views of the foothills to the north as well as beautiful views of Lake Superior from the top of the lot. Nice variety of tree cover affords all the beauty of nature along with lots of wildlife.

MLS 6083714 $120,000

UNIT 210 MLS 6082642 $299,900 3BR, 2BA

UNIT 202 MLS 6074935 $295,900 2 BR, 2 BA

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54 Morgan Rd Special one room getaway in the woods on 40A of mature trees, abuts Cascade State Park and Federal land! Beautiful Lake Superior Views. Garage and bonus space is quite functional as it is, or remodel as you desire. MLS 6073759 - $209,900

200 Cardinal Road This unique property might stimulate your agricultural talents or soothe a desire for nature. 2 BR, 1 BA home is beautifully finished and surrounded by woods and fenced fields. Outbuildings include 30x30 office/workshop with in-floor heat, 20x60 shed for hay or equipment, chicken coup, & livestock shelter. MLS 6085867 WITH 39.90 ACRES $349,900 MLS 6086110 WITH 19.95 ACRES $249,900

1001 Pike Lake Rd Check out the charming farmhouse character of this 2 BR, 1 BA fixer-upper on a great 10 + Acre property only 15-20 minutes from Grand Marais. Motivated Seller! MLS 6080310 - $99,900

2928 County Rd 7 Country home with 3 BR, 2 BA just minutes from town. Home has an open floor plan with eat-in kitchen, large island and plenty of sunshine. Property is on 6+ acres and includes a 40 x 40 garage complete with in-floor heat. MLS 6081628 - $268,900

841 Irish Creek Rd, Hovland 75 acre parcel with a little one bedroom cabin with a loft, perfect for a weekend getaway, is located off of the Irish Creek Road, in the heart of the Arrowhead Trail. Lot is gently rolling with beautiful trees and a wildlife pond. MLS 6083960 - $79,900

2371 Cty Rd 7 Here is a turn-key, charming and rustic cabin getaway on 12 + acres. It is close to town on a paved road, but feels like a secluded forest cabin you can escape to. The old Backlund farm’s milk house served as the bones for the cabin. MLS 6085146 - $139,900

2021 County Rd 7 The interior is as cute as can be with gorgeous, nicely finished wood floors, an efficient kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room all on one floor!!! Perfect starter home with a little TLC and sweat equity. MLS 6084603 - $104,900

904 County Rd 14 Beautifully situated on over 5 acres of forest land this gem in the rough is just waiting for you to polish it into your personal space, whether it be vacation or full-time home. Quality windows, doors, and in-floor heat fueled by geothermal. MLS 6082863 - $139,900 REDUCED

502 E 2nd Ave Attractive 3BR, 2 BA home with many updates. Modern kitchen with a large island & granite counters. Walkout lower level with family room, including a kitchenette, which can be rented. MLS 6082692 - $279,000 REDUCED

NEW 415 3rd Ave E 2+BR, 2BA remodeled home nestled in a beautifully wooded private lot. Great possibilities with the 23x36 in-floor heated garage, 1 BR apartment, bonus space currently used as a salon, and additional 24x24 garage. MLS 6086500 $379,900

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G N I D N PE 34 Nordic Star Dr Brand new 3 bedroom, 1 bath home in a quiet neighborhood of Grand Marais. One level and low maintenance living with beautiful oak kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, island for extra seating. 2 stall garage completes the package. Prospective buyers must have a gross annual income under $101,900 MLS 6084904 $199,500


11 Wildflower Lane, Lutsen Beautiful 4 BR, 4 BA home with lots of special touches - gourmet kitchen, hickory floors, fireplace, eagle nest style loft, custom tilework and a separate w/o apartment, Lake Superior views, large deck all on 6+ acres. MLS 6085210 - $489,900


11 Nordic Star Dr Cute porch upon entering this brand new 3 bedroom, 1 bath home in a quiet neighborhood of Grand Marais. Kitchen features ample oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances, island open to the living room. The laundry/utility room accesses the attached garage. Prospective buyers must have a gross annual income under $101,900 MLS 6084907 $193,000

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NEW 25 Nordic Star Drive Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with an open upper level floor plan plus a full lower level, ready to be completed with more living space. This home features a southern exposure, solid raised doors, maple cabinets, all new appliances and a nice yard. Prospective buyers must be under the 80% AMI income limits, making these affordable homes. MLS 6086712 $179,500

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100 Sag Lake Trail

Primary cabin features 2 BRs, 1BA with a spacious open floor plan. Adorable guest cabin with knotty pine woodwork, bath & kitchenette. Large garage! All of this on 1.3A with 150’of shoreline & dock.

MLS 6082038 - $379,900



42 Soderberg Lane

MLS 6082108 - $339,900 REDUCED

MLS 6080113 - $199,900

57 Fireplace Rd

Enjoy the views of Poplar Lake from this incredible custom built, spacious year round home with 395’ shoreline, 2 docks, private boat launch AND a sand beach! Quality construction with a floor to ceiling rock fireplace, lots of windows and an exquisite kitchen.

MLS 6084916 - $549,000

Tucker Lake What a rare find. Check out this 18+ acre parcel on Tucker Lake. You look right across Tucker Lake to the BWCAW. Loads of privacy and tons of wildlife await. MLS 6084086 - $100,000 Tom Lake Lovely private super sweet spot on Tom Lake. South facing inland lake lot with 200 ft of shoreline and 2.66A with private driveway and cleared trail, camping area and fire pit. MLS 6081429 - $89,900

35 W Point Rd

Over 400’ of accessible shoreline on the end of South Point with a private boatslip and dock. This 2 BR, 2BA seasonal retreat may be the most perfect spot on Devil Track Lake to catch the sunset.

Poplar Lake Convenient mid-Gunflint Trail 2.75 acre building site featuring deeded lakeshore access. Building site cleared, driveway in, utilities available. MLS 2158160 - $52,500 Clara Lake With 200 feet of south facing lake shore surrounded by Forest lands this lot is a wonderful escape from the outside world, yet only 12 miles from the Lake Superior shore. MLS 6085959 $109,900


MLS 6085678 $299,900

MLS 6084119 - $269,000

Imagine the ultimate northwoods experiencethis rustic, two-bedroom cabin is 15 feet from the shore of McFarland Lake at the end of the Arrowhead Trail. Outbuildings include a sauna, generator shed, wood shed lean-to, shed and outhouse with 500 gallon tank.

MLS 6084619 - $249,900

MLS 6083715 - $199,900

Commercial 610 E 5th Street

Commercial lot in Grand Marais with a great location. Just over 100 feet off the Gunflint Trail on East 5th Street with over 10,000 square feet to develop. The area has excellent exposure.

MLS 6083349 $52,500

Devil Track Lake 5.9 acres to make your dreams come true on the popular north side of Devil Track Lake! 340 feet of shoreline to enjoy all the fun things to do on the water! MLS 6085879 $164,900

Poplar Lake Private lot with over 2 acres & 250’ of rocky shoreline on Fireplace Road. Great open lake views and a Southeastern exposure provides a perfect building site. MLS 6077828 - $139,900

Onagon Lake Amazing building spots with views overlooking both Onagon and Cupid Lake. 5 A and over 1000’ of shoreline between both lakes. MLS 6078278 - $99,900

Tom Lake Affordably priced Tome Lake property with over 600’ of shoreline and 34+ wooded acres. Wide trail to the dock to enjoy your evening sunsets over thepalisades and catching fish! MLS 6083123 - $117,900

101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Expansive vistas from this fantastic 3A lot on beautiful Greenwood Lake. The cabin features a great fireplace, loads of privacy and attractively situated on 225’ on one of Cook County’s premier lakes.

44 Carbine Rd

601 S Shore Drive

Exceptional 223’ of Devil Track Lakeshore and 2.5 A of land in a south shore bay. Rustic 1 BR cabin with open living spaces and fabulous 275 sqft wrap-around deck. This furnished cabin has all you need for a true Northwoods experience.

MLS 6083189 - $539,900

67 Walter Rd.

Family retreat or vacation rental with a proven track record! This lovely 6 BR, 5BA home has an open floor plan, gas fireplaces, screen porch, updated kitchen & much more AND it is situated on a fantastic Devil Track Lake lot with 222 ft of shoreline.

1544 Greenwood Lake Rd

Cedar log cabin nestled in the trees, overlooking McFarland Lake with 311’ frontage. 2BR, 3/4 bath, cathedral ceilings, wood floors and lots of windows. Complete generator/solar panel system, well, septic, all designed for year round usage.

G N I D N PE Incredible opportunity! This lovely B & B with Yurts, is located mid-Gunflint Trail, directly off of some of the best cross country ski trails in the area. The property was designed for those that love the outdoors, hiking, biking & skiing and is located on Onagon Lake. OR use it as the family cabin with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Time to let your imagination go wild!


3823 Arrowhead Trail

SERIOUSLY! Check out one of the only grandfathered-in Boat Houses in Cook County. This lot features 412 ft of shoreline on Birch Lake with 3+ acres. Property includes an older rustic cabin, is fully surveyed, year round access.

NEW 187 Little Ollie Road


8 N. Broadway

Prime commercial property has immediate income. Two upper level apartments with space for more, plus storefront, and grounds rental. For Grand Marais the location could hardly be better for tourism and traffic potential.

MLS 6029037 $437,900

Tom Lake Tom Lake lot with over 200 feet of frontage and an easy slope to the lake! There’s a shed and a dock waiting for you to start your adventure. MLS 6083377 - $69,900 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

(218) 387-2131

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 6084360 - $224,900

Pike Lake Pristine Pike Lake lot with 190’ of rocky shoreline on the north west side of the lake. Easy year round access off of the Caribou Trail, electricity & broadband available. This south facing lot is the perfect setting for a cabin or retirement home. MLS 6084251 - $178,900

Wilson Lake 4 plus acres & over 335’ of shoreline. Many improvements in place – a driveway; site prep work - partially completed; a septic system and a well!!! MLS 6082785 - $158,000

Chester Lake Imagine being the private owner on this lake? Property consists of 40A surrounded by USFS & 300’ frontage! Rough cabin sold “as is”. MLS 6079842 - $149,900

(800) 732-2131 NORTHERN  WILDS



Land 12XX COUNTY RD 14 Beautiful 40 acres abutting Federal land with a Lake Superior view! Located 15 minutes from town, excellent spot for your new cabin or camping spot. MLS 6084838 $69,900 XXX BROADWAY AVE 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 6085408 $44,900 1XX COUNTY ROAD 56 Rare opportunity to find a gently rolling 20 acre parcel in the heart of farm country. Land has trails, creeks, Lake Superior View and a driveway already in place. MLS 6083495 - $67,900 Lot 8 Silver Fox Rd Beautifully Wooded 5A lot. The lot is surveyed, septic sites were identified, year round access, gently rolling topography for an easy driveway and many ideal building sites MLS 6081817 - $49,900 Whispering Pine Private lot at the end of Wes Hedstrom Trail, just high enough for a view of Leo Lake. Convenient location mid-Gunflint Trail. MLS 6084939 - $45,000 19XX Camp 20 Road Affordably priced 20 acre parcel with privacy, situated near Federal land to the north. Seasonal access off of the Camp 15 Loop Rd in Hovland. MLS 6076349 - $24,900

Jonvick Creek Sites 12 lots available from 1.5 - 4.8 acres In the heart of Lutsen, just off the Caribou Trail. Maples, Pines, and cedars in varied arrangements will make a great back-drop for your home or cabin. Each property adjoins public land making your space seem even more private. $29,900 - $49,900 West Hwy 61 Attractive & affordable building site with 3+ acres & easy access right off of Hwy 61. Minutes from town and Close to Cascade River State Park MLS 6081834 - $39,000 REDUCED 310X East Highway 61 Nice lot east of town with 5.56 Acres; excellent topography lines. Lake Superior Access across the road. Owner will Carry a CD. MLS 6086836 - $59,900 313X East Highway 61 Fantastic lot with 20.89 acres, that could be subdivided. Features a pond, great views & healthy trees. Owner will carry a CD. MLS 6086834 $159,900 1xx High Ridge Drive Schroeder This 15 acre lot high on the ridge is ready for your dream home or weekend getaway! Views of Lake Superior to the South and a lovely, deep, valley to the North. MLS 6082812 - $99,900

Large Acreage

47X CAMP 12 Rd. Check out this property - one of the best deals in the market! Over 200A mature trees, gently rolling topography, wildlife trails and logging roads, practically all surrounded by State and Federal land. MLS 6083127 - $112,750 180X W Gauthier Rd 100 acres of privately owned acreage directly abutting Judge Magney State Park, with distant Lake Superior views. Direct access to the Superior Hiking Trail, with plenty of wildlife to observe! MLS 6079702 - $110,000 Camp 20 Rd Heavily forested 170 acres 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


Railroad Drive Lutsen Sweet 1.7 A building site located in the heart of Lutsen. Gently rolling topography, mature trees – easy building site and near many recreational opportunities. MLS 6084050 - $39,900 STROBUS LAKE RD LUTSEN 10 beautiful acres less than 10 miles from Lutsen and only a short drive to the Grade and multiple access points to the BWCA. Close to trails, fishing and more. MLS TBD $49,900 XX Boulder Point Rd Attractive YR building site with 3.22 A; private driveway; seasonal creek and gentle southern slope with some partial views of Lake Superior. MLS 6086785 - $59,900 XYZ MAPLE HILL RD Great 6+ Acres with quick and easy access to all the charm of Grand Marais with excellent build sites. This parcel features nice tree cover and a roughed in path/ driveway so you can see all the land has to offer. MLS 6084567 - $44,900


Serving Cook County since 1971

1XX Quist Road Fantastic five acre parcel all set up for your vacation or permanent home with potentially spectacular views of Lake Superior. MLS 6082716 - $57,000 14x Bloomquist Mtn Rd Ten acres of mature trees including huge White Pines! Sloping lot with lots of southern exposure for sunshine all year long. MLS 6075850 - $49,900 County Road 67 Lots Lot D 3.48A, with Lake Superior views MLS 6086070 - $69,900


BOB CARTER 370-9054

RICK AUSTIN 388-9434


ERIC FROST 370-1362



AIMEE LUICK 387-2131

Lot E 2.7A, all utilities readily available MLS 6086072 - $82,000 Lot F 2.24A, year round access MLS 6086085 - $39,900 NEW 1357 Camp 20 Road 32A of naturalist’s or sportsperson’s paradise with 700’ Mons Creek frontage, deeded access to a private 76A brook trout & Splake lake and varied forest cover. Improvements; driveway, 3 compacted bldg. sites, outhouse, 2000 gal holding tank and drilled well. MLS 6086919 $64,900

We are excited to introduce our newest agent, Kim Nelson... Kim grew up in the Twin Cities, after marrying and seeing the world, settled in Grand Marais 20 years ago. Family and community have always been a high priority wherever she has lived. So, it was not unusual for her to serve on the GM Playhouse Board, Library Board, and share her artistic talents teaching in her community. After raising 4 children, she embarked on a career in the resort industry, where Marketing/Business skills from the University of MN served her well as Front Desk Manger, Events Director, and even Activities Director. Property Management is second nature to her, having over 10 yrs. in the resort industry on the North Shore. Through these jobs she has learned how to keep on task, juggle priorities, and enjoy whatever she is doing. Perhaps that is why helping someone find their perfect home stirs her…She can be of help to you!


XX LEVEAUX RIDGE Looking for an affordable lot to build your future home? This south facing, year round property has electricity, phone and broadband on site plus it abuts State Land to the south for added privacy. MLS 6086067 $29,900

20X CARDINAL RD Rare 80 acre farm with Lake Superior views, established fields, fencing, views, pond, well, trails, roads & cleared building sites. AND located on a county road, only 10 minutes from Grand Marais. MLS 6084891 - $249,900


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


(800) 732-2131

REALTORS®: Mike Raymond, Broker • Gail J. Englund, GRI • Linda Garrity, Realtor Cathy Hahn, ABR/GRI • Larry Dean, Realtor • Jake Patten, Realtor • Jess Smith, Realtor

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

LAKE SUPERIOR PROPERTIES SUPERIOR LOCATION, WATERFRONT IN GRAND MARAIS. Situated on 160 ft of stunning shoreline with awesome views of the east bay and Artist Point, this early homestead has great commercial potential, or use as a residential home. The large 2 bdrm, 3 bath home would have many options for an Inn or B&B. Two garages, one with living space above, plus a charming shed. The half acre parcel is adjacent to downtown commercial businesses for visibility, but also feels tucked away and private. MLS# 6083621, 6083758 $789,000 PRICE REDUCED! PANORAMIC LAKE SUPERIOR. 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. MLS# 6031490 $399,000 LOG CABIN, PRIVACY, SIMPLE RETREAT. This Lake Superior 2 bdrm cabin is cozy with fantastic ledge rock shore and tons of privacy. Open floor plan, loft, wood stove, 4-season porch and large deck. 250 ft of stunning and dramatic accessible shoreline. Seller wants to see offers! MLS# 6083912 $379,000 NEW! BIG VIEWS ON FIVE ACRES. This cabin sits on almost 5 acres of land and includes 543 feet of Lake Superior shoreline in the Big Bay area of Hovland. It has a nice grouping of old pine trees along the shore and a few cedar. The views are spectacular and whether or not you are looking to build your dream home or use this as is for a getaway you will have some amazing views on the Big Lake. MLS# 6086940 $282,900 LAKE SUPERIOR – OLD FISHERMAN’S CABIN. Tucked in the corner of beautiful Big Bay on the shores of Lake Superior lies the old fishing cabin from a bygone era. This lot has great lake views, and looking east to the ridges running up the coast. The cabin could be renovated and is situated right along the shore. There are nice home sites with access to power and Broadband. The woods is deep and enchanting with large spruce and moss covered boulders. End of the road privacy. This is a unique spot for your home or cabin, and maybe a great place to launch your own fishing adventures. MLS# 6079826 $253,000


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# 6082580 $199,000 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# 6082864 $179,900 BIG BAY LOT. Lake Superior lot with views, deep spruce forest, adjoining state land and outstanding sunrises and sunsets with the east view of the lake. The forest is enchanting with huge mosscovered boulders. Build your home or North Shore cabin here and enjoy the feeling of seclusion with all the charm and peacefulness of the Hovland area on the east end of Cook County. MLS# 6079835 $177,900

INLAND WATER PROPERTIES LARGE TWO ISLAND LAKE RETREAT - GRAND MARAIS. This 46+ acre property includes a beautiful peninsula with outstanding lake views. Wide creek and tons of wildlife. Privacy assured with over 1600 ft of lake front, plus over 2000 ft of creek. Mostly US Forest lands surrounding you - literally walk to the BWCAW. Charming 4-season, 2 bdrm cabin with large dock and easy lakeshore access. Large stone fireplace and screen porch. Property can be sub-divided. A rare gem located just 20 minutes from Grand Marais. MLS# 6083464 $749,900 PRIVATE LAKESHORE WILDERNESS LAKE. Eggers Lake is surrounded by the Superior National Forest and has only one private land owner on its shore. This 160 acre island of private property sits within the scenic and rugged Misquah Hills with remote privacy plus a large wildlife pond. MLS# 6085583 $349,900 NEW! BWCA AT YOUR DOORSTEP. The cabin you have dreamed of! Perfectly cared for 3 bdrm home with many inviting windows and a huge composite deck. Half a mile paddle to the BWCA with great fishing. Solar panels and propane generator. Dream kitchen with propane oven and antique wood stove. Custom cabinets, solid wood flooring, and even a fireplace in the master suite! The large garage could hold an RV and more! MLS# 6086867 $349,000 FANTASTIC CEDAR LOG CABIN. This is the log cabin people dream about! Well maintained cabin on 3+ acres, open concept, abundant double pane windows with views of Tom Lake and the northern lights, huge wrap around deck. Master bdrm + spare, and a log-sided bunkhouse that sleeps 4+. Certified outhouse, sauna, gas generator, solar panel, and private dock on a great walleye lake. MLS# 6084757 $315,000

INLAND WATER PROPERTIES NEW! BEAUTIFUL GUNFLINT LAKE HOME. Description: Custom built and lovingly maintained, this 2br/2ba year round home is offered totally furnished. Nice view, wrap around deck, great stairway system to the dock and lake. Includes Wildfire Sprinkler System. Priced to sell! MLS# 6086404 $299,900 NORTH WOODS CABIN – IRON LAKE. You must see this beautiful north woods themed cabin with 200' shore, located right on the edge of the BWCAW and MOVE IN READY! Two large bdrms plus a partially completed bunkhouse above the garage. With well placed windows, wood accents and tasteful decor, this cabin exudes brightness and peace. Iron Lake has walleye, northerns, large bluegills AND is close to a well known splake lake. Home is used seasonally but it's insulated for winter use. Broadband ready. MLS# 6083525 $289,900 CUSTOM CEDAR LOG CABIN ON MCFARLAND LAKE. A cozy 2 bdrm hide-away with sauna building, guest cabin, storage and new outhouse. Lrg deck, cathedral ceiling, lrg windows with great views and open floor plan. Nice lot with great shoreline. Comes partially furnished. MLS# 6085522 $239,900 QUALITY GARAGE ON WILSON LAKE. The perfect place for your north woods dream. The Timberland garage is well built and provides an excellent cabin while you build your dream home on a great walleye lake. Knotty pine, wood burning stove, outhouse, and dock with 313' shoreline. Year round access. MLS# 6078042 $219,900 CABIN WITH BWCAW VIEW ON MCFARLAND. This super 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 fishing boats, canoe, dock, and two Onan generators. MLS# 6029644 $184,900 PRICE REDUCED! CLEARWATER CABIN – PALISADE VIEWS. This longowned and loved 2 bdrm cabin is in nice condition; the perfect simple BWCAW retreat. Warm, cozy wood interior and stunning lake views. It's just a short hop to the 200 ft of shoreline. Huge dock and 2.30 acres with room to build! MLS# 6081382 $194,000 • Locally owned and operated since 1996 • NORTHERN  WILDS



INLAND WATER PROPERTIES LEVEL LOTS, NICE WOODS, EASY SHORE. These Devil Track Lake lots have easy access from a county road, power, phone and great building sites. South shore, 200+ ft. frontage, great views. Build your home on the lake here! MLS# 6033181, 6078259 - $198,900 Each MARK LAKE - 159 ACRES. The only private land on the lake! Mark Lake is about a mile long, 8 ft deep with good northern fishing and lots of wild rice. Approximately 200 ft of shoreline with ultimate privacy and wildlife viewing. Seasonal forestry road access, or snowmobile in the winter. Priced well below assessed value. OWNER IS MOTIVATED AND LOOKING FOR OFFERS! MLS# 6026299 $179,000 LOON LAKE GETAWAY. 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 $179,000 WILDERNESS SETTING – TUCKER LAKE. Unspoiled views & lots of Gunflint Trail privacy. Property boasts two lots – one on each side of the peninsula. You can always launch your boat out of the wind! Planned building site, 554’ shoreline, direct BWCAW access. MLS# 6084691 $169,900 TOM LAKE LOT WITH DOCK. Imagine owning over 650 feet of shoreline on a fantastic walleye lake! The driveway is in and the dock is at the shoreline. Gentle slope with nice building sites. Electric and broadband are nearby, year round access. MLS# 6083761 $169,900 BEARSKIN LAKE CABIN. Lovely, comfortable 2 bdrm cabin on West Bearskin Lake with access to the BWCAW! Many updates, lake-water system, firewise system, nice deck, dock, and a “bath house” with an Incinolet toilet, sink, and shower. MLS# 6083987 $154,900 PRICE REDUCED! LAKE PRIVACY ON 20 ACRES. Beautiful Lost Lake is a private, remote wilderness lake with only a few parcels on the water. This outstanding lot has towering white pines, pristine views from a cabin site on a knoll looking south over the whole lake, and great accessible shoreline for your dock. The lake has no public access and is quiet and peaceful with a motor restriction, and nearly half the shoreline is protected by a conservation easement. Seller is motivated! MLS# 6083646 $129,000 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 $139,900 GREAT GREENWOOD LAKE LOT. Tremendous views of the bay and lake. 2.10 acres surveyed and ready to build. A true northwoods setting, nicely wooded, privacy, easy lake access. There is a stubbed in driveway and a building pad. Greenwood lake road is plowed in the winter. MLS# 6084314 $120,000 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# 603221618, 6032220 $88,000+ PRIVATE TOM LAKE LOT. 25 acres and 671 ft of shoreline on a great walleye lake! Nice white pines, fantastic rock outcropping for your dock. Remote access - no road easements are in place. You can visit this spot by boat or snowmobile. Look for the flagging and sign. MLS# 6083597 $105,000

NICE TOM LAKE LOT. Gently sloped 4.34 acre lakeshore lot that would offer some incredible views. Situated in a quiet and peaceful private bay. MLS# 6076728 $99,000 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 TALK ABOUT WILDERNESS! Private, deep wilderness parcel. 17 acres includes almost 300’ frontage on Tucker Lake plus a section of Tucker River. Superior National Forest lands next door with the BWCAW just across the lake. MLS# 6081605 $59,900 PRICE REDUCED! ESCAPE TO NINEMILE LAKE. Nice, quiet lake between Tofte and Finland known for its recreational opportunities. 2.9 acres very near the BWCAW. Good snowmobile access to the Tomahawk Trail and miles of trail riding. MLS# 6085601 $59,900 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# 6085287, 88 $43,900 ea.

HOMES & CABINS THE BALLY HOUSE B&B. Seeped in deep history and an abundance of charm and class, The Bally House Bed & Breakfast is now available. Not only does it have 4 guests rooms (each w/ their own bathroom), but the owner's home/quarters is spectacular itself. Absolutely turn-key. Updated throughout and lovingly maintained. Massive garage, lovely little stone garage, garden shed, unbelievable grounds. All within walking distance to downtown Grand Marais. MLS# 6084663, 6084813 $689,000 LOG HOME – MOUNTAIN TOP VIEWS. 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# 6082451 $479,000 PRIVACY AND QUALITY HOVLAND HOME. Magnificent, elegant 2 bdr, 2 ba home hidden on 30 acres. Marble tile floors, soaring cathedral ceilings, master bath with hot tub and sauna, marble stairs, artist etched glass, 2000 sq ft garage, and more! A rare gem. MLS# 6086559 $465,000

HOMES & CABINS NEW! CLASSIC LOG HOME – SCENIC MOOSE VALLEY. Beautifully crafted, 4 bdrm log home on 81 acres with a mountain-like setting. Large kitchen, large walk out basement, huge heated garage with work shop, two historic cabins used for storage, small creek and thousands of acres of adjoining state forest to explore MLS# 6086788 $446,000 PANORAMIC VIEWS, MAPLE FOREST, UNIQUE LOCATION. This Pike Lake Road property has a warm and comfortable main cottage-home and 2 guest cottages nestled on top of a maple forest ridge overlooking Lake Superior and rolling hills. Bonus sugar shack and acres of nearby public land to explore! MLS# 6085942 $425,000 LARGE CONTEMPORARY GRAND MARAIS HOME. This home/ studio is ready for your vision! Over 4200 sq ft of living space (including studio) on 2+ floors with many large dbl thermopane windows! Plus a cozy 1 bdrm apt on main floor with its own full size kitchen and fireplace. SOLIDLY built with dry basement, covered deck, garages and more! MLS# 6085626 $399,000 FANTASTIC HOVLAND HOME. The large home you've been waiting for only 20 mins from Grand Marais! Secluded park-like 3.83 acre lot with wildlife. The 4 bdrm, 2 bath home has a complete apartment for its lower level. Great features plus pole barn with in floor heat! MLS# 6085149 $254,900 REMOTE HIDE-A-WAY. Charming custom built 2 bdrm, 2 bath cabin tucked in the woods overlooking a beaver pond. A screened porch for summer dining. The living room is open and includes the kitchen and dining. A cozy Franklin stove warms the whole building. The full basement is a complete guest space. Generator power and over 100 acres to explore. MLS# 6029349 $244,000 • (800) 387-9599 Fax (218) 387-9598 • 50



REALTORS®: Mike Raymond, Broker • Gail J. Englund, GRI • Linda Garrity, Realtor Cathy Hahn, ABR/GRI • Larry Dean, Realtor • Jake Patten, Realtor • Jess Smith, Realtor

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

HOMES & CABINS UPDATED HOME NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Totally remodeled 2+ bedroom home 2 miles from Grand Marais. Newer well, septic, roof, furnace, hot water heater, windows, plumbing, electrical, appliances and more. 1350 sq ft of finished space, plus an unfinished basement. Bright interior, large windows. Move in ready! MLS# 6083759 $214,900 CUTE GRAND MARAIS HOME AND GARAGE. Simple, efficient one bedroom home with maple floors, wrap around deck, updated windows and shingles, and wonderful gardens including raspberries and an apple tree. Move-in ready! Huge 2 car garage with a wood stove, plus covered carport. MLS# 6086208 $174,900 3 BEDROOM HOME ON 8 ACRES. Cozy, live-able, fixer upper in progress! This 3 bdrm home sits on 8.8 beautiful acres less than 4 miles from Grand Marais. Lots of updates: new furnace, hot water heater, electric panel, exterior doors, gutters, new range and wood stove. The exterior cedar shakes are in great condition and waiting the color of your choice! Plenty of room for a new, large garage. MLS# 6083951 $164,900 CHARMING HOME AND GUEST CABIN. Whimsical 2 bdrm artist's home with cute bonus cord wood guest house. Many updates including roof, well, plumbing, furnace, flooring, bathroom, septic, and appliances. Lot features a nice mix of trees. Great vacation rental opportunity. MLS#6083863 $169,000 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# 6030154 $159,900



AFFORDABLE HOME IN COOK COUNTY. Great starter home for year round use or as a seasonal cabin. This home sits on 7.26 acres surrounded by maple trees and only 12 miles from Grand Marais. New construction in 2016. Nice big garage. Close to cross country ski trails, state snowmobile trails and hiking trails. MLS# 6085730 $154,900 RUSTIC CABIN – 77 ACRES. Amazing rustic cabin with beautiful acreage. The one bdrm, cedar sided cabin is wired for electric, though it's currently powered with propane. Cabin features 6” insulated walls for efficiency. Composting toilet, compliant outhouse, and pond. MLS# 6081010 $139,000 NEW! QUIET, RUSTIC RETREAT. Located less than 10 miles from Grand Marais, this rustic cabin sits nestled on 40 acres of land covered in Boreal Forest. There are numerous trails crossing the property, only a 10 min hike to the Superior Hiking Trail. This would make a great hunting cabin or just a quiet place to retreat to the North Shore. MLS# 6086823 $109,000 GETAWAY COTTAGE NEAR DEVIL TRACK RIVER. This little cottage needs some good TLC, but it's a start for someone who wants a seasonal getaway at an affordable price. Spacious yard, surrounded by towering pines and poplars. Property boundary is steps away from Devil Track River. MLS# 6085486 $99,000 NATURE LOVER'S PARADISE. Bright and inviting one bdrm cabin on 37 acres with a panoramic valley view and beautiful mixed forest. Everything in this place exhibits quality. Many windows, solid 24' deck, certified outhouse, generator shed, and cell booster. MLS# 6084083 $89,900

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES 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# 6084743, 44 $144,900 each

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES 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. MLS# 6080639 $97,900 • MLS# 6080640 $89,900

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# 6081432 $258,000 RIVER PARADISE WITH LOG HOMESTEAD. Charming 2 bdrm off-grid log cabin perched above the Flute Reed River in Hovland. Outstanding privacy on 80 acres with mature forest, meadows, river views, and distant views of Lake Superior. Cabin comes partially furnished, a true wilderness retreat. MLS# 6083102 $163,900 SUGARBUSH, BEAVER, TROUT. Remote 80 acres ,10 miles from Grand Marais with easy access. Surrounded by public land. 700’ of Durfee Creek frontage. MLS# 6024638 $149,000 BRULE RIVER RETREAT. Remote 40 acre parcel with small bunk house, covered camp shelter and outhouse. Walk the path to the river with 660' shoreline where you can launch your canoe and fish this placid stretch. Surrounded by wildlife and thousands of US and State Forest land. MLS# 6076495 $99,900 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# 6080793 $90,000 TWENTY ACRES – GREAT LOCATION. 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# 6085655 $89,900 WOODS, WATER & SECLUSION. Three 40 acre lots with 600 to 1000 ft frontage on Mons Creek. Also includes deeded access to Lost Lake. Private and secluded. MLS# 6081718 $69,900 or MLS# 6081719 $59,900 or MLS# 6081720 $69,900 HIGH PROPERTY, DRIVEWAY, CREEK FRONTAGE. This 25 acre parcel has great south exposure and views from a nice building site at the end of a long driveway. Very private setting and frontage on Irish Creek. Ready for your cabin in the woods! Good solar potential and easy year-round access. MLS# 6082872 $69,900 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 $47,500 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

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LAND/BUILDING SITES LOCATION, VIEWS, PRIVACY – 80 ACRES. This former homesteaders property has it all: rolling topography, ravines, grassy meadows, mature timber, flowing creek and expansive Lake Superior views! Minutes from Grand Marais, adjoins USFS land. MLS# 6076511 $279,000 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# 6085112 $169,000 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 $129,000 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# 6081431 $111,000 PROVEN GREAT HUNTING AREA - 80 ACRES. Prime 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# 6084731 $109,900 PRICE REDUCED! HUGE POND-HUGE PRIVACY. Large 45+ acre wooded parcel located across from Tom Lake. Huge pond/lake in the very center of the acreage. MLS# 6083920 $90,000 46+ ACRES NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Nice mix of fir and hardwoods, a beaver pond and lots of wildlife sign makes this parcel a great location to start a homestead or explore in your leisure time. Only 15 minutes from Grand Marais. A new driveway was just recently cut in for easy viewing and access. MLS# 6084273 $90,000 BEAUTIFUL LAND, TUCKED AWAY PRIVACY, POLE BARN. This 20 acre parcel is tucked up against the “Hovland mountain range” with mature forest, easy road access and a moderated Lake Superior climate. Large 34' x 56 pole building. Build a future home amongst the pines and with a lake view. Property can be split, utilities are nearby. MLS# 6076757 $89,900 MATURE WOODS, LAKE VIEW, CLOSE TO GRAND MARAIS. Great 20 acre parcel on County Road 14 with mature forest and Lake Superior views. Good area for a home or recreational property. Could be subdivided. MLS# 6086641 $89,900 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 ELEVATED VIEWS IN HOVLAND. Nice elevated property to build a house or cabin, with distant views of Lake Superior. Close to hiking at Judge Magney State Park and Superior Hiking Trail, or trout fishing in the Flute Reed River. The outdoor adventure opportunities are endless! MLS# 6086321 $79,900 RESORT COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL LOT – TOFTE. This 8.64 acre parcel has over 900 feet of Highway 61 frontage with great visibility. Utilities are on the lot. Lake Superior views. If you have a lodging idea in mind this might be the perfect spot. Great location between Tofte and Lutsen. The bike trail is just across the highway. MLS# 6082514 $77,900 TWO INCREDIBLE LUTSEN PARCELS. Driveway, electric/broadband, 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# 6080792 $75,000 FORTY WITH PONDS – COUNTY RD FRONTAGE. This 40 acre parcel has beaver ponds, adjoining federal land and easy access with frontage on County Rd 14. Just 15 minutes from Grand Marais, this would be a great large home parcel, or rec land with 1000s of acres of USFS lands on the west border. MLS# 6076727 $69,900




HIGH PROPERTY, DRIVEWAY, CREEK FRONTAGE. This 25 acre parcel has great south exposure and views from a nice building site at the end of a long driveway. Very private setting and creek frontage on Irish Creek. This property is ready for your cabin in the woods, with good solar potential and lots of seclusion. Easy year-round access. MLS#6082872 $69,900 HIDDEN GEM IN HOVLAND. 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 $68,000 GREAT LOCATION FOR YOUR HOME. 7.5 acres located just 5 miles from Grand Marais on County Rd 7 blacktop. Some lake views, good building sites, driveway and a tiny cabin set up for your camp outs until you build. MLS# 6083572 $64,900 WOODS AND WONDER IN HOVLAND. 92.71 acres of loveliness along Tom Lake Rd. This land is in close proximity to Tom Lake and has access to power and broadband. A beautiful spot to build your nest in nature! MLS#: 6083205 $64,000 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# 6086104 $63,900 NEW! LAKE SUPERIOR VIEWS – GREAT LOCATION. Five heavily wooded acres with driveway to a beautiful building site. Great lake view! Only minutes to Grand Marais. Nice mix of trees, quiet dead-end road, south exposure, power and Broadband nearby. Perfect for your home in the woods. MLS# 6086767 $63,000 BUILDING LOT NEAR TOFTE. This 5.82 acre parcel has privacy, adjoins US Forest land and has Lake Superior views. Utilities are at the lot. It's also zoned Resort Commercial if you have a lodging idea in mind this might be the perfect location. Great location between Tofte and Lutsen. The bike trail is just across the highway. MLS# 6082515 $61,900 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. MLS# 6085291 $59,900 DEEP WOODS AND PRIVACY 20 ACRES. Remote with access to modern amenities, this acreage has a nice elevation with some views, some maples, other nice trees and a small creek. Road frontage on an old DNR road in good shape. Power and Broadband are nearby. MLS# 6085875 $59,900 LOT NEAR NINEMILE LAKE. Very private and quiet beauty of a lot with power and year round access. This large 6.8 acre lot sits high on a maple ridge with a seasonal view of the lake and deeded access to the cleared corridor to the shore. MLS# 6083977 $56,300 DENSELY WOODED, HIGH GROUND – 20 ACRES IN HOVLAND. Great location not too far off the beaten path, potential lake views, nice forest and feels remote and private. Just off Jackson Lake DNR Forestry Road. Great area for hiking the nearby SHT, biking or four wheeling the many trails and old logging roads. Potential off-grid home site or cabin site. MLS# 6085963 $54,900 PERFECT 5 ACRE HOME SITE. This is a great residential home site Only 5 miles to town and on a school bus route. Nicely wooded and bordering public land on two sides. A new driveway has been curved into the meadow and perfect home site. 5+ acres for private living. MLS# 6084313 $51,900 REMOTE BEAUTY. This not-so-remote twenty acres is without road access, but just a short distance from Highway 61 with State land in between. It’s located on the hillside overlooking Lake Superior, and adjoins Tribal lands on 2 sides. Mature trees and nice topography would make it a great secluded cabin site. MLS# 6081823 $51,000 NEW! 20+ ACRES IN HOVLAND. Heavily wooded property with a rustic, wood-heated cabin, in the midst of a sled-dog neighborhood. Driveway minimally maintained; a 4 wheel drive vehicle is a good idea. Lots of recreational opportunities nearby. MLS# 6086501 $50,000

WILDLIFE HAVEN. Fairly flat 5.92 acre prosperty despite being located on a hill. Some wet soils, and a mixture of poplar, pines and birch trees. There is quite a bit of wildlife activity here, including deer, grouse and wolves. Potential for a distant Lake Superior view. Adjacent property available (MLS #6082089). MLS#6082090 $49,900 WOODED SECLUSION IN GRAND MARAIS. Six great wooded lots on the west side of Grand Marais. Build your home within a short distance of the bike trail and just a mile to downtown. Septic systems and wells are allowed here with power and broadband. Privacy on a dead end road. MLS# 6079335-40 $48,500 – 59,500 ROLLING LAND, PINES, HOME SITES. Two 10 acre parcels of heavily wooded land within 10 minutes of Grand Marais. Great location with remote feel near trails and thousands of acres of Federal land, yet close to town and the big lake. County road with utilities. MLS# 6076524, 6076539 $47,900 - $49,900 WOODED PROPERTY NEAR GRAND MARAIS. 10+ acres with pines, birch and poplars, rolling hills and a small creek. Could be a great place to build a home or set up a deer camp. There is also another lot directly adjacent that is also for sale (MLS#6082090). MLS# 6082089 $46,900 NICE 20 WITH BEAVER POND. The driveway and trails are in place on this nice 20 acre parcel with maples, cedar and variety of forest types. Large beaver pond adds a water feature for wildlife! MLS# 6084563 $45,900 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# 6085111 $43,000 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. MLS# 6079612 - $42,900 • MLS# 6079615 - $64,900 TWO ACRES IN TOFTE. A MUST SEE double lot (approx. 2 acres), less than a mile from Tofte. Lake Superior views and mixed forest of birch, poplar, and spruce. Road association for summer upkeep and winter plowing. Build large or small to fit your vision. MLS# 6083220 $39,900 NEW! LARGE UNDEVELOPED CITY TRACT – GRAND MARAIS. This Central Addition property is perfect for a lot development plan, or as a private home site. City utilities are nearby, city street access. Many possibilities. Great price! MLS# 6086819 $39,900 GREAT LOCATION HOME SITE. 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# 6084370 $34,900


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MAGNEY LANE CHARMER ON GITCHEE GUMEE! Unwind along the 200+ft of private shoreline along Lake Superior, or watch the storms roll in from the comforts of your home. Pockets of beach rock come and go, rearranging just so after each day’s series of waves do their artwork. Every room looks to the big lake for inspiration and relaxation. Lots of room for everyone in this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home.

MLS#6086609 $499,000


Border and Hovland, find Elegance combined with single-floor living. Views to the big lake soothe the eye in all the main rooms. Family-reunion size deck. En Suite Master bedroom. This home is all comfort and ease. Wild setting, with a civilized domicile.

MLS#6084180 $479,000

NEW! DEVIL TRACK RIVER COBBLESTONE HOME AT MOUTH OF LAKE SUPERIOR! Fully renovated MOUNTAIN TOP LIVING ON MINNESOTA’S NORTH SHORE! Breathtaking views of Lake Superior are the focus of this home, built by David Salmela. Lofty Red Pines are scattered amongst the boreal forest surrounding this 4 bedroom home while overlooking the wild country of Tettegouche State Park. MLS#6086880



FABULOUS HOME ON PIKE LAKE! 3 bedroom 3 bath home sitting on 10.97 acres, with 358ft of shoreline. Large family room and rec rooms give you space to invite everyone over for bbq’s and lake days. Walk out on the deck and soak in the views or sit in the sauna and let the days worries melt away. Great location just 10 minutes to Grand Marais! MLS#6086465 $475,000


Super Cute 1 bedroom 1 bath Getaway with all the Amenities at Chateau!

MLS#6086139 $69,900


charm dating back to the late 60’s, but nicely updated with newer windows, deck and updated interior living spaces. The kitchen is cute as can be, with nice views of Lake Superior from the kitchen sink. The living room is cozy with a ton of windows, a wood burning fireplace and walk out slider to a fantastic deck. Lofted above the lake, the views are astounding. Wander down the path to the lower level walk out w/ Rec space for your guests to enjoy with a second bathroom and laundry. GORGEOUS ACCESSIBLE SHORELINE. A Must See home! $549,000 MLS#6085991


THE AWAY-FROM-IT-ALL VIBE IS INTOXICATING. 4.4 acres and 455’ of frontage on

Lake Superior, the sheer number of windows is thrilling. The ambiance is all its own, as unique as that Big Beauty Gitche Gumee right outside the door! TWO dramatic stone fireplaces. Come together in the spacious kitchen. Plenty of bedrooms. Large three stall garage.

MLS#6084250 $599,000

and much loved home, you’ve all seen the outside, the cool looking Cobblestone house on the Lake Superior side of the Devil Track River, just a few minutes east of Grand Marais. While the exterior is interesting, the interior is FANTASTIC! From the warm wood floors to the hand hewn interior beams and trim, this home welcomes you in to the history of the North Shore. Updated everything and move in ready, walk to the beach and up the river for a day of Fly fishing, just incredible home and location. MLS#6086342 $399,000

LAKEVIEW HOME NEAR GRAND MARAIS! Great home for the outdoor enthusiasts: Kadunce and Brule Rivers close by and Hiking trails just North of you. This two bedroom home’s Lake Superior views will blow you away, while the sunrises and sunsets will make your days relaxed and peaceful. Cozy stone fireplace to take away fall/winter chills after spending the day exploring! MLS#6086879 $279,900

MAJESTIC LAKE SUPERIOR HOME- CASCADE BEACH RD IN LUTSEN. Take a step back in time, when family

gatherings were all about the gathering itself. The classic GREAT room: a Carlton Peak Stone fireplace; high Vaulted ceilings; A prow of windows allowing Lake Superior in all its Glory to flow in to the space. 4 bedrm, 2 baths. All need your vision to transform…make this home YOUR family gathering spot. Mesmerizing Lake Superior shoreline, level access you will LOVE.

MLS#6084614 $625,000 REDUCED!




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what’s better about this Villa, the cool rock island and easy access to beach shoreline a few yards from the Villa OR the master bedroom en suite, a rare find for the Villas! A Total of 3 bathrooms, plenty of space for family gatherings that will no doubt flow out on to the Big Lake Shoreline!

MLS#6084391$339,000 REDUCED!

NORWOOD SHORES, LUTSEN’S PREMIER LOCALE. This home is so close to the lake: a commanding view. Many details are taken care of by the Homeowner’s Association. The lack of any work encourages the mind to wander, relax, ponder life’s mysteries with the inspiring back drop of Superior generating ideas and dreams. Cathedral ceilings, Plenty of elbow room over 3 levels.

MLS#6083643 $344,900



Dale Mulfinger’s Lake Superior on 300 ft of ledgerock shoreline. The architecturally designed main home is truly a work of art with captivating views through walls of windows. Gourmet kitchen, Modern living. The 2nd home is a lovely guest home with one bedrm one bath, full galley kitchen, family room, and 4 season porch!

MLS#6083587 $925,000

hour Up the Shore from Duluth, this lovely Lake Superior townhome has nice a sense of seclusion and Big views of the Big Lake. The kitchen boasts granite counters, eat in breakfast bar. Vaulted ceilings, nice decks. Incredible Owner’s Suite with Soaking tub! Good walking path to the shared lakeshore, enjoy the amenities too!

the days of lakeshore setbacks, this home is perched just at the edge of the ledgerock leading to Lake Superior. Well designed home allows the Big Lake to be the Big Focus! Kitchen, Dining, Great room and two of the three bedrooms all have excellent views of Lake Superior. One plus car attached garage, Two driveways from the west end of the Cascade Beach Rd, perfect Lutsen location!


MLS#6080869 $184,900 FOR YOUR ¼ SHARE!

Overlooking BlueFin Bay on Lake Superior, this Tofte home has Amazing Lake Superior views! Top Notch Construction, with thoughtful design centered around family gatherings and individual spaces. Gourmet kitchen which will satisfy the fussiest chef, with kitchen island and breakfast bar. Wall of windows face Lake Superior, really fantastic interior spaces focused on the Big Lake. Master loft bedroom with nice views. Lower level bedrooms with rec space, your guests will love their own space, with Lake Views too! Large garage with guest space above. Gorgeous land, Gorgeous home. MLS#6076479 REDUCED! $499,900


MLS#6083610 $440,000

Clean and Crisp Modern Design, this Quarter Share is waiting for those looking to vacation A LOT along the North Shore! Sensible and cost efficient, this Townhome is a Stone’s Throw to Lake Superior! Check out the 3D Virtual Tour at www.TimberWolffRealty. com and walk through the townhome! You’ll see top quality and inviting spaces for you to create family memories!



MLS#6083301 $535,000

Excellent Vacation getaway on the North Shore, this 2 bedroom Condo has modern design with vaulted ceilings and TONS of Lake Superior views, just a stone’s throw to Lake Superior! Super rental revenues, excellent amenities!

MLS#6077000 REDUCED! $339,900


Just over an hour from Duluth, you’ll LOVE this secluded getaway with a timeless Vibe! The main home is just the right size, with a guest cabin, each bedecked in all the little matters that count. Carved birds soar out of the gables, there’s scrollwork, tin filigree, a sauna. The fireplaces! The beach cobbles came in handy, each a masterpiece - roaring delights.

MLS# 6081939 $639,000

AMAZING LAKE SUPERIOR HOME WITH A BEACH HOUSE! BIG VIEWS FROM ALMOST EVERY ROOM! Beautifully updated kitchen w/ center island. Living room wood burning fireplace is perfect for Lake Superior living! All the hard work on updating bathrooms has been done, this home is ready for your enjoyment! Wait until you see the Beach House! Fabulous for a great sense of the Lake! Many fun features! MLS#6083651 $589,000




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LODGE STYLE LIVING ON CARIBOU LAKE! Lutsen’s famed Caribou Lake, where mountainous terrain serves as the backdrop to pristine lake waters, just minutes to Lake Superior on the North Shore! Focused on main level living, the home has a real Lodge Style feeling. A grand gathering space welcomes all who enter. This lovely Lutsen lake home has even more to offer, a classic guest cottage that will surprise you with it’s charm and great condition. A three car detached garage allows for storage of the boats and toys! MLS# 6083867 $649,900

perfect little log cabin. Inside is well laid out, tidy like a ship: kitchen for frying up Christine’s walleyes, cozy living room, loft for dreaming, Large screen porch: listen to spring peepers, study the warbler migration, heck sleep out here all summer! Fire pit for contemplation. 204 ft of Lakeshore for kayaking and canoeing! A few modern conveniences Henry David would likely enjoy in the cabin: composting toilet, electric and baseboard heat, fiber optic. Ok, maybe he’d balk at the fiber optic!

Great Peninsula Point location! Fabulous Lake views from cozy living room w/ wood burning fire place! Wrap around deck, 2 car detached.

MLS#6085653 $349,900

MLS#6083457 $155,000


Lutsen’s coveted Caribou Lake combined with a spectacular 4 bedrm 3 bath log home. Main level living, gourmet custom kitchen, Great room with prow of windows and stone fireplace and spacious master bedroom and bath. Lower level guest rooms and bath, and upper loft bedroom en suite. Rec room walks out to the lakeshore. Screen porch room and large deck overlooking Caribou Lake. Sweet fireplace close to the lake. Two Plus car detached garage!

MLS#6086239 $550,000


240 ft of Prime shoreline on Tait Lake. Park like setting, this home is nestled in to the Wilderness. Two huge main level bedrm, large bath and separate laundry. Upstairs big loft, sleep the masses or remodel in to a master en suite! Terrific screened three season porch, updated kitchen with quartz counters. LOVE the Great Room and fireplace. 1 plus car garage/workshop. MUST SEE SOON! MLS#6082618





144C Bridge Run, End Unit two levels, two full baths!

MLS#6080922 $139,900 128 Bridge Run, Nice Views, Lots of Space!

MLS#2120739 $111,900

515 Moose Mtn, Holy Smokes Awesome Unit BIG Value!

MLS#6082462 $187,000

New! 120A Bridge Run at Caribou Highlands! Two levels of fun, upstairs bedroom/bunk space. Must See at this price!

MLS#6084056 $79,900!

124B The Best at Caribou because it is completely updated and has a double deck, gorgeous 1 bedrm condo!

MLS#6032522, $97,500

BARGAIN BUY!! 120A Bridge Run, Ski In Ski Out for a fantastic price! Two levels of fun, upstairs bedroom to sleep the masses! MLS#6084056 $79,900 REDUCED


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 $324,900

FORMER SITE OF THE CROSS RIVER CAFÉ! Lots of Opportunities, River Frontage and Established site. MLS#6078629 $65,000





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fixing up but these cabins have a highly desirable location just “Up the Hill” from Grand Marais. Currently generate rental income, use your vision on upgrades!

MLS#6085107 $69,000


Design, Simple Living! Really a must see home, you’ll love the Vaulted Ceiling, composting toilet, and interior finishings. The deck overlooks a boreal wilderness setting, peace and tranquility at a maximum. Minute’s to Lake Superior just off the Sawbill Trail in Tofte.

MLS#6085497 $55,000


mile from the Temperance River biking and hiking bridge, a minute more to Lake Superior! Head up the Temperance Rd to the tranquil setting of the #8 swimming hole on the Temperance River! Lovingly maintained home. 3 bedrms, 2 baths, plus sun room bunk room! Large garage w/ art studio space?

MLS#6084142 $355,000

Look to the West at the backside of Ulr Mountain at Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort! This lodge style home is in an easily accessible location while feeling very serene and peaceful. 5 acres of wilderness bordering Superior National Forest land, a ravine with small creek flows nearby the home. Stylish interior, wood burning fireplace. Master bedrm suite, Super master bath! Two car attached heated garage, plus a detached garage with side covered boat storage. This is a wonderful Lutsen Wilderness home in a fabulous location!

MLS#6083720 $315,000




NEW! COMFY AND COZY YEAR ROUND CABIN IN TOFTE! Great location just across from the Bike Trail, minutes to Lutsen Resort and BlueFin Bay. Cute cabin on a beautiful parcel of land. Big garage.

MLS#6085892 $179,000

brand new kitchen, bright and modern! Enjoy dining with large slider to soak up the nice woods surrounding this home. Spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and south facing sunshine! 3 bedrm 2 bath with updated bathroom. The lower level is all about entertaining, large rec room the kids will adore, everyone else can enjoy playing cards or crafting in the family room. Two car detached garage with side covered boat storage, large Sauna house, and lots of parking space. New Septic system, this home is move in ready!

MLS#6083975 $279,000

Newer SIP Energy efficient construction and fun layout! Wooded land envelopes this 3 bedroom 2 bath home that has some finishing left to do. Light flows throughout the home, Bright and Sunny! MLS#6086612 $229,900

MLS#6083092 $289,900


construction log sided home. 10 acres bordering the Superior National Forest on 2 sides- seclusion! Throw the boat in at the nearby Gunflint Lake landing when you want to hit the water. Newer home has Fabulous lake views, spacious deck. Fabulous stone fireplace, open dining/kitchen area. Gourmet kitchen, granite. Master en suite bedrm, screened porch. Lots of elbow room with the additional bedrms.



Nearly new, really nice home in woodsy setting, great recreational area for hiking, biking, and just enjoying some peace and quiet in Lutsen. Two bedrooms, Open kitchen/family room, nice Southern exposure! Big garage, shed. Walk to Christine Lake! MLS#6082440 $249,900


Recreational mecca on the Honeymoon Trail, this cabin is designed for main level living while you stick the family and guests downstairs! Vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and living room spaces, with propane fireplace, and tons of windows to enjoy the wilderness setting. 7 miles up the Caribou Trail, where there’s a ton of lakes, biking and hiking opportunities.

MLS#6086021 $189,900

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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

Whitetail Ridge Overlooking Lake Superior! Just off Highway 1, Enjoy Sprawling Lake and Ridgeline views and Rugged Terrain! Yr Round Access, Electric. MLS# 6024856 $99,000 30 acres Wilderness, Borders lands next to Little Manitou River! MLS#2309327 $129,000 HUNTERS check this out! 40 ac in Finland Near Cramer Lake-fantastic wilderness setting, picnic table in place! MLS#6085096 SALE PENDING! Crosswinds in Tofte, Walk to Coho! Large pkg lots, Great Value. FROM $45,000


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

LeVeaux Mountain, Super Views and Wildlife Ponds!

MLS#2220050 $69,000

2 ac at the Foothills of Eagle Mountain at Turnagain Trail! $55,000 MLS#6077521

Maples with lots of Elbow Room, Year Round access and nice location between Cross River in Schroeder and Finland! MLS#6028422 $49,000

Caribou Hillside in Lutsen! Maple hillside above Ward Lake and Caribou Lake, FABULOUS location for summer and winter fun! Must see land!

MLS#6029322 $59,900

32 Chester Blvd, build ready with driveway in place and lovely wilderness setting in Tofte, walk to Blue Fin Bay! MLS#6083919 $64,900

18 Maple Leaf, Hillside build site with lake views!

Beaver Ponds, 40 acres, awesome wild life habitat in Shcroeder/Finland area. MLS#6029593 $99,000

MLS#2309328+ FROM $39,000

Heartland of Lutsen, 80 ac at the Foothill on Turnagain Trail, Fabulous Wilderness Build s of Ski Hill ridge, near downtown Lutsen!

15+ acres with Spectacular Views of Lake Superior!

MLS#6086610 $229,000

Hansen Hjemstead Rd, level build site with nearby pond! MLS#6084134 $39,900 Tucked in the maples with cedar forest surround, 2 parcels at $36,000 MLS#6084131-2

NEW! High Ground above Lake Superior, Bloomquist Mountain area! MLS#6085097 $39,000 Quiet Side of Town Building Site, just off the East 5th Street in the heart of Grand Marais. Walk to East Bay!

MLS#2312987 $119,000

NEW! Top of the Ridge Overlooking Tait Lake! 2+ Garage in place sitting on 2.95 acres. MLS#6086718 $59,900

Over 8 ac of Wilderness on Turnagain Trail in Lutsen!

MLS#2216560 $45,000

Wilderness land with canoe access to Tait Lake! 3+ ac a stone’s throw to Tait Lake!

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

5 ac in the heart of Lutsen, just above TimberWolff! Great location for family home or Vaca Cabin!

MLS#6082222 $54,900

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

LAKE SUPERIOR views, Rolling terrain with creek meandering through the land. Beautiful setting less than five minutes to Grand Marais!

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#6078839 $42,000

MLS#6029849 $65,000

Mature Trees In Town! Excellent location for your main level living home, tucked in to the trees while being a minute to Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and the YMCA!

MLS#6074981 $57,500

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

MLS#6077951 $39,000

NEW! LAKE DEERYARD LAKE GETAWAY! 2.30 acres and 175ft of shoreline!

MLS#6029115 $33,000

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

40 ac Sugar Loaf Rd-Hunter’s Paradise, upland and level land. Yr Round Access, minutes to Lake Superior.


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

MLS#6079411 $49,000

MLS#2024250 $42,000 SALE PENDING!

MLS#6030129 $89,900

MLS#6084133 $49,000

MLS#6078781 5 AC $40,000 10 ac site, minutes to Lutsen Mtn’s. $62,500 MLS#6077523

BIG TIME VIEWS of Lake Superior-Tofte, Excellent value at Johannes Toftey

NEW! Well-Manicured Lot in Lutsen! Driveway and building site in place, 1.75 acres. MLS#6086735 $29,000

MLS#6086473 $48,000

Hilltop build site in the Maples-Isak Ridge Rd

MLS#6028619 $67,500


MLS#6086435 $174,900

CLARA LAKE IN LUTSEN! Wilderness Lakeshore Site with cleared build site, driveway in place. Electric at road, 200 ft PRIME shoreline.

MLS#6080711 $80,000 MLS#6080709 $79,000


Build ready with drilled well, new septic system, garage and Fabulous Lakeshore bordering Federal land, stroll to the Tait River for Moose Viewing! MLS#6079880

REDUCED BIG TIME! RUSTIC GETAWAY LAKESHORE, REDUCED! $199,000 BIG TIME VALUE! ISABELLA AREA. Mature pines, end of the road $169,000 MLS#6033095 location on Swallow Lake! CHRISTINE LAKE 10 AC bordering Superior MAPLES, CEDARS, LAKE. LUTSEN.

MLS#2300576 $64,900

LUTSEN LAKESHORE ON DEERYARD! Year Round access, elec/broadband.

Maple hillside, Rocky prime shoreline!

COME ON! AREN’T YOU A LITTLE TIRED OF SLEEPING IN A TENT? Very near the public access to Gunflint Lake, these Rustic cabins are CUTE, with Log sauna (needs a wood stove). Don’t worry, we aren’t talking 4 Star Accomodations, it’s STILL a Camp near Gunflint Lake Up the Trail! A Must See for the Adventurous!!

MLS#6076146 $129,900

FISHERMAN’S DREAM GETAWAY ON GREENWOOD LAKE, WALTER IS WAITING! End of the bay bordering USFS lands and some Super Shoreline! Call today for details!

MLS# 6027279 $199,000

MLS#6074179 $180,000 Owner is licensed REALTOR


NEARLY 8 ACRES AND 473 FT OF COBBLE BEACH SHORELINE ON LAKE SUPERIOR! Nice Build Sites, Rugged Terrain! Grand Portage area. MLS#6078704 $266,000 PENDING! JUST NORTH OF SILVER BAY, PALISADE VIEWS OF LAKE SUPERIOR! Gorgeous Lakeshore, Priced Way

Below Tax Assessed Value! Gorgeous Views down the Coastline and Well buffered from Hwy.

National Forest, Yr Round Access, electric/broadband avail. Hill top build site overlooking mature white pine, cedar lined shoreline on Christine. Serenity Now!

30 Minutes to Lutsen Mountains, Moments to Solitude! Deep gravel shoreline, south facing. #240 West Deeryard!


200’ of frontage each, Pike Lake, on Maloney Dr off Murmur Cr Rd. Solitude, big white pines, crystal waters, power and fiber within site. $139,000 EACH

MLS#6023288 $99,900

elevation, great build site. Shared 20 ft access to Pike Lake for $75,000 MLS#6078799

MLS#6080664 $187,000




Rolling terrain, level shoreline, and nearly 600 ft of it! Enjoy your own paradise on Lake Superior!

MLS#6032772 $499,900 NEW! TOFTE PARK ROAD ON LAKE SUPERIOR! Well buffered

MLS#2313255 $185,000 SCHROEDER, JUST OVER AN deep lot, Spruce forest and level HOUR FROM DULUTH! Home site just 40 sprawling ledgerock shoreline! ft from the Big Lake, level easy access, well buffered from MLS#6086299 $399,500 Hwy! MLS#6032752 $250,000




Own a slice of Minnesota’s Favorite Resorts We bring you closer. To the lake, each other and your vacation property dreams.

Surfside on Lake Superior

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 $174K-$215K, includes furnishings.

Bluefin Unit 7

Bluefin Unit 18

Bluefin Unit 26

Bluefin Unit 32

3 BR, 2 BA. Recent $130K elegant remodel. Only a few feet from shore. $419,900

2 BR, 2 BA floorplan. Unique to the whole resort. A guest favorite. $340,000

1 BR, 1 BA. Charming unit with brand new bath, kitchen, and fireplace. $50K in Rental Income. $275,000

1 BR/1 BA. Ideal location. Exceptional value and solid investment at reasonable price. $259,900

Bluefin Unit 37

2 BR, 2 BA. Upper level unit affords panoramic lake views. Over $60K in rental income. $315,000


Bluefin Unit 38

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

Deb Niemisto 218-370-8434


Lake Superior Condo’s

Come to the Lake and Create Memories Lutsen Resort

3 BD 3 BA Luxury Condo’s •Turn-key Rental.

Unit 535 MLS# 6083130 $399,000

Unit 515 MLS# 6083142 REDUCED $385,000

Chateau LeVeaux



1 BD 1 BA Condo Great Location Newly Remodeled pool • hot tub • sauna MLS#6084008 $77,520 NORTHERN  WILDS

Eric Frost

Sales Agent, Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts 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.

218-663-6886 |

Nan Bradley 218-370-8433 Lake Superior Log Home

Lutsen 2 BD 2 BA Home

Cascade Beach Road - Lutsen MLS#6084146 $799,500

Panoramic Views • Bunkhouse • Ideal Location Great Value MLS# 6083872 $269,900

SOLD Timber Frame Home • Hovland

37 Acres • New Lester Pole Barn MLS 6082907 $247,000


Lutsen 4 Season Retreat

Caribou Highlands Resort Elite Condo • Sleeps 6 • Guest Favorite MLS 6080501 $127,000

Talk to Terry! Terry R. Backlund Broker/Owner Phone: 218-387-1501 Cell: 218-370-8977 Email:

Frank Lehto Real Estate Agent Phone: 218-387-4955 Email:

Lori A. Backlund Real Estate Agent 553 CTY RD 6 GRAND MARAIS MN

New Listing

New Listing

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Log Home 30 x 40 Garage on 75 private acres MLS# 6085649 Price: $359,900


4 Bedroom 5 Bath 2 Car Garage Huge home at 3900 sq. ft. MLS# 6077992 Price: $287,750



New Listing

3 Bedroom 2 Bath 3 Car Garage 1782 sq. ft. super crisp and clean in town living MLS# 6085980 Price: $267,770



New Listing

5 Bedroom 2 Bath 2 Car Garage Barn/Workshop and Sauna on 10 private acres MLS# 6086606 Price: $347,750


2 Bedroom 1 Bath 2 Car Garage12+ Acres MLS# TBD Price: TBD


338 ft. of Lake Superior on 14.53 acres. 1 Bedroom Cabin, Garage, Dock MLS# 6029532 Price: $299,000

170 Ft. Shoreline 1.65 Acres Nicely wooded northside lot. MLS# 6082118 Price: $129,000

5.71 Acres. Sloped and nicely wooded Location, location, location MLS# 6082116 Price: $47,900

02 CTY RD 7



304 Ft. of lakeshore on 5.5 acres. MLS# 6082117 Price: $119,000

Base Camp - Family Compound. Sleeps 24. Private 5 Acres MLS# 6082599 Price: $157,900



2+ Bedroom 2 Bath 1176 sq.ft.home on 5 acres MLS# 6079593 Price: $172,500

7.7 Acres. Potential Lake Superior view. MLS# 6081904 Price: $59,000




1900 Sq. Ft. 3 Bedroom 2 Bath 2 Car Garage on Maple 10 Acres MLS# 6083602 Price: $269,000


212 Ft. of Lake Superior shoreline on 1.76 acres. MLS# TBD Price: $249,000

Phone: 218-387-1501 Cell: 218-370-8977 NORTHERN  WILDS



Grand Marais Area Perfect Grand Marais Location

Lutsen Real Estate Group Office 218-663-7971

Meet Our Awesome Agents!


Impeccably-maintained home on highly desired Birch Drive, just a few miles west of Grand Marais! One-level home with views of Lake Superior. 3 BD, 2 BA, and 2 family rooms provide the perfect floor plan with open concept kitchen, dining & great room w/vaulted ceilings and windows towards the big lake. Two large decks, plus new dual-fuel furnace, compliant septic, backyard bunkhouse and dbl garage. Close to GM, but far enough away to find true peace and quiet in this lovely & charming country home. MLS 6085223 $329,900

Coveted Cobblestone Cove Villa on Grand Marais Harbor.

Sandy McHugh 218-370-7841

Kelsi Williams 218-428-0992

The most coveted location on the entire North shore. This beautiful two bedroom townhome front faces the Grand Marais Harbor with the Sawtooth Mountain ridgeline and north coast of Lake Superior serving as the backdrop. Walking distance to an eclectic selection of foodie restaurants and cool art scene with so much more. MLS 6080023 $349,900



Just West of Grand Marais.

Inger Andress 218-216-7141

Bruce Kerfoot 218-388-0876

Steve Surbaugh Broker 218-663-7971


Sawmill Bay on Caribou

Located on a quiet channel on coveted Caribou Lake sits this two-level, cedar-sided home with 1.18a and 200’ of water frontage. Perfect elevation in a forested setting plus a lg permanent crib dock. Fabulous layout, good bones & plenty of room to enjoy the lake life. Spacious, with 4 BD, 4 BA and walkout lower level. Main level Master with bath. LL has family room & a bar for fun gatherings! Oversized detached garage with work space & attached office.


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. MLS 6083445 $294,999

Aspenwood on Lake Superior. Gorgeous lake views from every level of

this sharp Lake Superior condo. Quality finishes including granite, wood & tile floors, maple cabinets, with a cool, modern vibe. Multiple spaces to hang out in this spacious, three-level unit with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Large windows for wide-open views of the big lake. Vacation rental revenues help to offset the cost of ownership. Enjoy your time on the North Shore without any pesky chores. Just enjoy lake living, and all of the activities this area has to offer: golfing, skiing, hiking, biking, beach combing, music, shops & restaurants, plus more. MLS 6085503 $299,900.

Devil Track Lake Cabin.

Mike Larson Broker 218-370-1536

Lutsen/Tofte Homes

Don’t miss this cozy cabin located on 6.52 acres of land on the west end of Devil Track Lake! The cabin features wood beams, a main floor open-concept layout, and large loft space with amazing lake views. Idyllic, level yard space - plenty of room for yard games, outdoor dining, and bonfires! Enjoy reading, writing, or playing games in the peaceful screen porch. Unique shoreline with permanent dock access - you’ll love this cove of Devil Track and its possibilities for paddle boarding, boating, swimming and more! On the other side of the private road, you’ll love the clearing that has already been done - level land at the mouth of privately created trails. Perfect for ATV access, hiking, snowshoeing, and more! MLS 6085747 $284,900


Large Lutsen Home.

Fabulous 4 BD, 3BA home in Lutsen, just off the Caribou Trail. Spacious family home with two additional flex rooms that could be used as bedrooms. Multiple living/family rooms for kicking back & relaxing. Three large decks for outdoor living, overlooking a landscaped yard with seasonal Lake Superior views. Wirsbo in-floor heating system. Solid family home in a peaceful & private country setting. Just turn the key and call it home! MLS 6082375 $385,000

- EARN MONEY WHEN YOU ARE AWAY Place your home in our Vacation Rental Program. Give Andrew a call at 218-264-0497




Lutsen Real Estate Group

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

Real Estate is serious business, and we understand that.

From the Gunflint Trail, to the shores of Lake Superior- we have full time agents ready to assist you in selling and buying. Our agents live here, work here and are defined by service and expertise.

Give us a call today!

Lake Superior Parcels PRICEED C REDU

Coveted Stonegate Rd

Buildready Lake Superior parcel. Driveway, power & septic already in place. Private setting with no hwy noise. Accessible shoreline, cleared build site, surveyed. Make this beautiful spot your new Lake Superior homesite! MLS 6082793 $229,900

Other Vacant Land Parcels NEW!

Sugar Loaf Road ‘Eighty’ This wooded ‘untouched’ property is secluded yet has year round public road access that is snow plowed and maintained for you... approximately 1/4 mile of frontage road access. Only less than 30 minutes away from Lutsen Mountain’s ski hill and Superior National golf course. For the outdoor enthusiast, it is close to several destinations, the Sugar Loaf Nature Trails and Center, Caribou Falls, Temperance River and the Superior National Hiking trail. This is a generous eighty-acre parcel, with many older cedar trees that would be an ideal place to build a forest home, cabin for hunting or to have a piece of pristine nature! MLS 6085833 $144,900



Perfect Lutsen Home Site.

Check out this Lutsen parcel, with the potential for outstanding views of Lake Superior. Private setting, yet convenient to many local spots. Priced below tax value, so call today! MLS 6082966 $45,000

t withou! s s e c c Lake Ashore prices Lake

Enjoy beautiful Tait Lake without the cost of shoreline taxes! Two parcels totaling 6.1 acres, with deeded access to a private Association boat landing on Tait Lake. Towering white pines, multiple build sites and a corner lot ideally-situated for convenient ingress and egress from two sides of Caps Trail. Allows you to trailer your boat in and out with ease! Located 13 miles from Lutsen just off the Caribou Trail. Power and broadband at the road. HOA takes care of road maintenance and plowing; year-round access! Seller is a licensed real estate agent in the State of MN unrelated to listing agent. This area has everything you could want: forest, water, nature and tranquility. MLS 6085581 $69,500 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 $39,999

Gunflint Trail Area Lakeshore lot on Poplar Lake with a new 2 stall garage, electric, driveway, nicely wooded, great views to the north and west, 200’ lake frontage, 1.8 acres, on a private road with year around access. MLS 6074074 $158,000

Inland Lake Lots Tait Lake, Lutsen

This gorgeous Tait Lake property waterfront lot is a must-see! Enjoy 208 spectacular feet of shoreline and 3.83 wooded acres situated on either side of a private association-owned road which is accessible year-round. You’ll love the scenery as you approach the lake: the picturesque drive, mature trees, and rolling hills. Paddle, fish, snowshoe, hike, and more from this scenic location! Just 12 miles away from Lutsen area activities and a short 30 minute drive from the great shops and restaurants in Grand Marais. This serene lot is ready to be your retreat! MLS 6084736 $209,000.

Devil Track Lake Lots Great location for second home, primary residence, or cabin. Wooded shoreline with many potential building and driveway locations. Ample space for septic and well. Pristine shoreline, plus close proximity to Grand Marais and many area activities. MLS 6081021, 6081022, 6081023, 6081024. Priced from $99,900 to $149,900.

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. Lot 4 Block 2. This lot sits adjacent to #4 fairway on River 9 at Superior National Golf Course. Very nice build site with easy access from Ski Hill Road. Water, Sewer, power and broadband available curbside. This is an excellent value. MLS 6079877 $59,900 Lot 9 Block 5. Very nice golf course lot adjacent to the 6th green at the newly renovated Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course. A very nice building area has been sited. Broadband, water and sewer curbside meaning no need to drill a well or build an egregious mounds septic system. The property is within an HOA which provides water and sewer to homeowners within the association. MLS 6081231 $84,500

Hwy 61 Frontage Convenient Build Site. Great parcel of land

conveniently located just 2.7 miles east of Grand Marais. Well already in place. Located on Hwy 61; perfect place to build a new home. 2.29 acres. MLS 6081081 $55,600

Outstanding Lake Superior NORTHERN  WILDS



Lynne Luban


Over 12 years selling downtown MPLS Condo living. Currently representing this developers 10th project PORTLAND TOWER & THE LEGACY. I am available to meet with you in Grand Marais or Minneapolis to go over prices & floor plans.

Cell: 612-599-6986

Call: 218-591-0985 Email: or

Email: Website:

337 OLD 322 S


C 80% OC


Contact me for a personal viewing of floor plans photos of construction views and pricing.

2 NEW CONSTRUCTION CONDO BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS with quick close and occupancy • Portland Tower ONLY 19 units left!

A New Luxury Condo Development 740 Portland Avenue • Downtown Minneapolis

• 17 story New Contsruction • Pet-friendly building • High end standard features • Community and Fully equipped exercise room, and outdoor roof top green space • Climate controlled parking • Just a few blocks from US Bank Stadium • Additional garage stalls available for purchase • Walk the Skyway for all your needs

• Within a few blocks of Lightrail • Close to the Nicollet Mall • Choose from many restaurants close by! • Walk two blocks to the new 9 arce Commons Park that extends from the US Bank Stadium to Portland Avenue. • Choose from many available options to customize your unit.

Steve Carlson 218-591-0985

This 14 acre parcel has beautiful views of the Schmidt Creek is located near the French River. Just minutes from Duluth but with the North Shore feel. Call 218-591-0985, text or Email I will be happy to answer any questions you might have


112 units with 79 SOLD! • 7 units available for immediate occupancy • 40 still available to customize.

Lutsen resort company

Please call for more information or to set up an appointment:

Alyssa Sushoreba • Office: 218-663-6650 •

Investment opportunity with Lake Superior views!

Enjoy resort living while you’re here! When you purchase a unit at Lutsen Resort, you get so much more. The historic resort offers an extensive list of amenities and activities! kayaking • standup paddle boarding • fly-fishing hiking • par 3 golf (and disc golf ) course on property kids camp • kids pizza and movie night snow shoeing • cross country skiing • ice skating door to door ski hill shuttle • game room indoor pool, hot tub & sauna • live music • beach bonfires

& more!




Versatile rental on Lake Superior! These Poplar River Condos have 3 bedrooms, a sleeping loft, 3 bathrooms, each with a whirlpool tub, three gas fireplaces and amazing rental versatility. The ingenious floor plan allows rental as one, two, or all three bedroom units by guests making it a popular option for couples AND families visiting the resort. You and your family can enjoy a north shore getaway while earning an income. Unit 582 $339,000 Unit 572 $359,000 Unit 562 $379,000 Unit 512 $439,000

These 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Cliff House Townhomes at Lutsen Resort are the perfect Lake Superior getaway. An open concept kitchen, living, and dining area with a gas fireplace and a patio overlooking the lake, affords owners lake living at its best. This is a family favorite for guests of the Resort. Don’t forget the many activities and amenities a resort property offers to you as a unit owner. Unit 675 $429,000 Unit 673 $399,000

Enjoy visiting Lutsen in your very own lakeside unit while earning an income at Lutsen Resort! The Sea Villas are as close as you can be to the edge of the water which means amazing lake views and access to Lake Superior. This unit has 1 bedroom, plus a sleeping loft, a beautiful bathroom with a full kitchen, living and dining room, wood burning stove and deck facing the big lake. Don’t miss your chance and inquire further today! Unit K3 $212,000 Unit G5 $209,000


Gray Fox Last year we had a family of gray fox living under our garden shed. Gray fox love sunflower seeds so they would feed under our bird feeder at night. They didn’t come around during the day very often but after a heavy rain this guy showed up before dark and let me get a photo before disappearing into thick cover.—Paul Sundberg NORTHERN  WILDS



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