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Faith, community and humility On Sunday morning a bell rings, sounding across the forested hills of the remote North Shore community of Hovland, summoning the faithful to services at Trinity Lutheran Church. As in many small communities, Trinity is the only church in Hovland and as such serves not only as a house of worship, but also as a social gathering place. You can find churches like this throughout the Northern Wilds, even in cities like Duluth and Thunder Bay, where many churches once served immigrant, ethnic neighborhoods.

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In this issue of Northern Wilds, we embarked upon a project to find some of those churches and tell their stories. We’re pleased with the results. Some of the churches we feature here are now historic sites, while others still host gatherings of the faithful. In one instance, we feature a community of faith that has no church or, in their case, synagogue. What we discovered is that a common thread runs through all of these stories: None of these churches would exist without a community to support them. Temius Nate, whose Ojibwe father, Edward, became an ordained Anglican minister and built a church on Miminiska Lake in the northern Ontario wilderness, summed it up best when he said, “A church is just a building, but it has a lot of meaning.” It is at a church where many celebrate the milestones of life: birth with baptisms, the coming of age with confirmations and bar mitzvahs, selecting a mate with marriages and deaths with funerals. A lot of the happiness and sorrow in the lives and times of individuals, families and communities occurs beneath the sheltering roof of a church. That is a humbling thought.

Speaking of humility, we’d like to point you to Julia Prinselaar’s Northern Traditions column, where she reflects on her role as a keeper and instructor of the ancient craft of tanning hides. You may appreciate her perspective. In her Strange Tales column, Elle Andra-Warner writes about an extensive, but little-known ministry that reaches out to seafarers on the Great Lakes—another example of humility. Although they may not necessarily be humble, Maren Webb reports on businesses in Duluth and Thunder Bay that are creating outdoor gathering places called patios and parklets in front of restaurants and shops. As she points out, these little oases are truly communal efforts. In this issue we are introducing a new column from a familiar face. Actually, Shawn Perich’s Points North isn’t new, but going forward it will be found exclusively in Northern Wilds. Expect him to cover everything from the outdoor life along the North Shore to offering commentary on conservation and the environment. You’ll find other stories by Shawn in this issue, including a fun piece about a Belgian family he recently met at a fly-in fishing lodge. We are also developing an online format where you can read weekly columns from Shawn and related news that won’t be published in our print edition. We’ll keep you posted on that front. But for now, get outside and enjoy summer while it lasts. By the end of September, autumn will be here.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt

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Members of the Cook County Jewish community get together several times a year, usually around holidays such as Hanukkah, shown here. | GARY LATZ

Fellowship defines Cook County’s Jewish community GRAND MARAIS—The Northland has long been home to a number of small but lively Jewish communities. Many of these small communities have seen growth in recent years, including the Jewish community in Cook County. While Cook County has never had an official synagogue, the Cook County Jewish community is an active group that has been reaching across the distances to celebrate family, culture, and traditions together. Gary Latz is a member of the Cook County Jewish community. Latz graduated from high school in Cook County and returned to the area a few years ago to find a small but close group of Jews who were getting together to socialize and celebrate their shared heritage. “In rural areas, Jews came here as the mining industry started,” explained Latz. “There were synagogues in Grand Rapids, Virginia, and Hibbing. But the younger people grew up and left, and the demographics changed.” As the mining industry slowed and the population shifted, many of the smaller

synagogues in northern Minnesota became less active or even closed. Eventually, Duluth had the last congregation in the area with regular services. Now, however, the population is shifting again, and many people who left the Northland, such as Latz, are returning home. This has contributed to a new growth and renewed interest in the Jewish roots that many in the area have. When Latz returned to Grand Marais, a handful of Jewish people lived in the area. This small group of people would get together once in a while, and as others heard about them they reached out and became more and more active. Now, the Cook County Jewish community has increased from a handful of people to an active group of about 25 members. “About half of the group are Jewish by birth,” said Latz, “while others are spouses and converts.” The group also includes some members who have learned of their Jewish ancestry through genealogy testing and want to reconnect with the heritage they’ve recently learned they share.

The community is a social group, and they get together several times a year, usually around holidays such as Hanukkah in the winter, Passover in the spring, and the Jewish high holidays in the fall. Some past activities have included having Seders— the traditional Passover meal—and get-togethers at Hanukkah to sing songs, play games, and light the Menorah. “The Jewish communities here are very vibrant for their size,” said Latz. Though the Cook County community is an active group, it does not have a fulltime rabbi or regular religious services. As such, some individuals from the Cook County group are members of the Duluth Temple Israel and travel to Duluth regularly to participate in activities. Temple Israel is the nearest synagogue with services every Friday night and Saturday. Duluth is still a fair commute for residents of Cook County and beyond, such as the Thunder Bay community, which also does not have a permanent Rabbi. The Cook County group interacts with the congregations in both Duluth and

Thunder Bay, and has organized get-togethers with all three communities, usually held in Grand Marais because it is almost mid-way and because members of the other congregations love coming to Grand Marais. Some activities shared between the congregations have included summer picnics and the occasional religious service in which the Rabbi comes to Grand Marais. Latz says he enjoys the connection that the Cook County Jewish group brings, and is looking forward to continued celebrations with the Cook County group and the other communities along the shore. “It’s always fun bringing everyone together,” he said. For more information on the Cook County Jewish group, please contact Gary Latz at (832) 364-0310 or gary. To learn more about the Duluth Temple Israel, visit:—Rae Poynter




Harry, Lieve and Luka fishing with guide Isaac Nate. | MICHAEL FURTMAN

In northern Ontario, a Belgian family discovers fishing NORTHERN ONTARIO— Harry Demey can easily sum up his family’s philosophy for travel. “We try to be out of our comfort zone,” he says. “We look for places where no one we know has gone before. Then we just do it. We like new experiences…and good food!” That sort of explains how Harry, his wife Lieve and her daughter, Luka, of Antwerp, Belgium wound up at Wilderness North’s Miminiska Lodge, a northern Ontario fly-in resort on the Albany River about 40 miles upriver from the Ojibwe community of Fort Hope. Harry had discovered the place on a blog and booked a stay after a Facetime chat with lodge manager Kate Tabb. However, Lieve and Luka were a bit surprised to discover a fishing trip was scheduled into their Canadian tour of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls. “When we arrived here, we were asking, ‘Why did Harry not tell us we were going to the wilderness?’” Luka said. “We don’t have the right clothes with us. Our rain clothes are at home.” Miminiska Lodge is the kind of place where you become acquainted with the other guests. In conversation on the day of arrival, Harry said the trio were the “citiest of city people.” The Belgian family has traveled the world. China, Croatia, Alaska, Iceland, Lapland, Banff, Brooklyn and the Grand Canyon are but a partial list of the places they’ve been. At Miminiska, they planned to enjoy the scenery and wildlife, hopefully seeing a moose. As for fishing, they were satisfied to eat fresh walleyes caught by someone else. “We are not fishing people,” Harry said. “We don’t know how to do it.” “It’s boring,” added Luka. The promise of fresh walleyes brought the family to Shore Lunch Island the next day, joining the lodge anglers and their Ojibwe guides for a traditional lunch featuring fish, fried potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade cookies. Everyone contributes some fish for 6



the meal. When our guide, Andrew Missewace and my companion Mike Furtman fileted our contributions on a weathered fish-cleaning table, some folks sauntered over to observe them, including Lieve and Luka. Lieve winced as the walleyes were killed with a knock to the head, then watched the rest of the process. When Andrew and Mike were done, Luka stepped up to examine the remains. I gave her a brief introduction to fish guts. We looked at the walleye’s large eye for seeing in dim light, the sharp spines on the dorsal fin and examined stomach contents. She wasn’t squeamish. Since she was clearly curious about fishing, I made an offer. “Would you like to learn how to cast?” I asked. Luka nodded. We walked over to where our boat was pulled up on the rocks. I took out a spinning rod and explained how it worked. A very quick learner, she made a 25-foot cast on her first try. On her second cast, a yellow perch followed the twister tail on the end of the line as she reeled in. I don’t know if it was the perch or the realization that fishing isn’t rocket science that caused her to exclaim, “MaMa! MaMa!” Lieve, who was nearby, came over. Luka said something long and somewhat animated in Flemish. Soon I was giving her mother a casting lesson, too. Like her daughter, Lieve grasped the basics within three casts, then handed the rod back to me. Both women saw the perch follow the twister tail each time. I asked Luka if she wanted to try another cast. She did. This time the perch struck the twister tail and was hooked. Everyone on the island watched Luka pull the seven-inch perch from the water. Her smile said it all. On Day 3, the “citiest of city people” went fishing for the first time. Miminiska Lodge is a great place for beginners. The walleyes and pike are abundant and hungry, with the added benefit of the watchful tutelage of an experienced guide. Luka gave me the report that evening. She had caught seven walleyes and a 21-inch northern pike. Harry and Lieve caught fish, too. In the lodge, they had stories to tell, just like everyone else.

Luka hooks her first fish. | MICHAEL FURTMAN “Now we understand fishing,” Harry said. “You talk about it at dinner and in the morning, you wish each other good luck. It’s a social thing.” Luka described how they discovered that fishing wasn’t boring. “First we thought, only five more minutes,” she said. “Then we had to catch one more fish and then we had to see who could catch the most fish.” On Day 4, the Belgians went with guide Isaac Nate up to Snake Falls on the Albany River to take in the scenery. Andrew brought Mike and I to a secluded cemetery that contained members of an Ojibwe family who once lived nearby. Afterward, we had fast fishing for walleyes where the Albany River runs into Miminiska Lake. The lodge refers to the spot as The Walleye Mine. We were among the few who showed up for shore lunch, because many folks, including the Belgians, had taken sandwiches from the lodge so they could explore other parts of the lake and river system. After lunch, we returned to the Walleye Mine. The Belgians were there. In the midday sun, the bite slowed, at least for us. However, our afternoon conversation was often punctuated with, “Luka’s got another one.” The girl was putting on a fishing clinic. Harry, displaying the bravado that comes from catching more fish than you

deserve (like more than your wife), declared Lieve had caught but one walleye. “We hooked it on her line,” he said.

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I was awestruck. On his second day of fishing, Harry was already telling fish stories. During dinner that evening, Mike nodded toward Harry, who was seated across the dining room. “Look at him. He’s completely relaxed, talking to everyone and having fun. He’s a changed man.” After dinner, Luka told me about her day. She had taken a short walk with Nate through the bush to see Snake Falls. I heard all about the steep hill she climbed, the carpet of moss on the boreal forest floor, the moose tracks and the bear poop. “It was the first time I have been in the wilderness where there is no path,” she said. “It was so beautiful.” The next morning, it was time to fly out. The Belgians, headed for Toronto and Niagara Falls, were on the first flight. Mike and I said goodbye to our new friends. I don’t know where their future travels will take them. It seems unlikely they’ll wet a line again. But I’m pretty sure that Luka won’t forget catching her first fish. And the next time Harry encounters someone fishing, I suspect he’ll strike up a conversation. Because now that “citiest of city people” has become a fisherman. —Shawn Perich

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If you hold stocks or other investments for more than one year that have gained value, you may consider liquidating the asset to make a charitable donation. Doing so may result in a taxable long-term capital gain. One potentially more efficient way to maximize the value of your donation is to give appreciated stock directly to a charity. The charity would receive an asset it can continue to hold or immediately sell and you would not count the gift as taxable income. Additionally, the market value of the stock at the time the gift is made is generally deductible from your adjusted gross income if you itemize your deductions (subject to income-based limitations). Check to ensure the charity accepts this type of donation before exploring it as a financial strategy.


Another way to consider gifting assets is to set up a charitable trust. Trusts can help you manage highly appreciated assets in a more tax-efficient manner while, in some cases, allowing you to split assets among charitable and non-charitable beneficiaries. The timing of each gift and the flexibility you want dictates the type of trust that works best. With a Charitable Lead Trust, a charity is funded with income from assets placed in the trust for a specified time period. After that time, the remaining assets revert to other named beneficiaries, such as your heirs. In a Charitable Remainder Trust, the reverse occurs. The trust makes regular income payments back to you or another beneficiary. After a period of time specified in the trust, the remaining assets are directed to the named charities. These trusts have specific rules and are generally established through a professional. An alternative option is to choose a donor-advised fund,

which allows you to make a large donation that may be immediately deductible from taxes, but gives you the flexibility to recommend gifts to charities spread out over a period of years.


Workplace giving campaigns are becoming increasingly popular. Your employer may offer the convenience of making contributions through payroll deductions, allowing you to give systematically with each paycheck. In addition, your employer may match a certain donation amount, which can add to the impact your gift makes. If you have access to these or other workplace giving programs, check to see if the charities you care about are eligible to receive this type of donation.


If you have reached age 70-½, you are required to take distributions from your traditional IRA each year. If you don’t need the money to meet your essential and lifestyle expenses, you may prefer to avoid the resulting tax bill. An alternative is to take advantage of the Qualified Charitable Distribution rule. It allows you to transfer funds directly from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization. This is a tax-efficient way to shift up to $100,000 out of an IRA each year. By doing so, you may avoid having to claim income (and subsequent tax liability) since you would not receive the required distribution. If you have not yet reached age 70-½, you may want to consider this strategy as part of your retirement plan.


A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to any IRS-qualified public charity. Another great way of avoiding capital gains tax on your charitable giving.


You could eliminate the responsibilities with ownership, take a tax deduction, and possibly avoid capital gains tax. As you consider these and other gifting strategies, consult with your financial advisor and tax advisor. These professionals can help you evaluate the choices to ensure the gifts you make are most effective for your goals and consistent with your overall financial plan. Simply name the charitable organization as your beneficiary This would avoid probate and go directly to the charitable organization at death.—Shawn Perich

St. Louis Park artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest ST. PAUL—St. Louis Park artist Richard Goodkind has won the Minnesota DNR trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among nine submissions for the annual contest, and will be featured on the 2019 stamp. Goodkind is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2010. Two entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest that happened Aug. 2 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. The runner-up in this year’s contest was Stuart Nelson of Cloquet. The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The following species will be eligible for the 2020 stamp: rainbow, brown, splake and lake trout, coho, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon. Brook trout designs will not be eligible for the 2020 stamp. The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses and is required for Minnesota residents age 18 to 64 and non-residents older than age 18 and under age 65 to fish designated trout streams, trout lakes and Lake Su-

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Former synagogue features history, events VIRGINIA— If you come to see The Singing Slovenes (Sept. 15) or the Harbormasters Barbershop Chorus (Sept. 29) this month in Virginia, you’d do well to arrive early and explore the venue. The B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center tells a story of perseverance, not only for the Jewish immigrants who built the synagogue in the early 1900s but also their descendants, who saved the building from demolition 100 years later.

sad,” he admitted, when group members first stepped into the synagogue. There was wine still on a table. A chalkboard showed signs of a Hebrew lesson. “It was ghost-like,” he said.

As the Jewish population dwindled from more than 1,000 on the Iron Range to zero by the early aughts, the fate of Virginia’s synagogue was dire. Similar buildings in three other Range towns were demolished or repurposed. B’nai Abraham was the last remnant of Jewish history in the region.

The work was done with an interpretive plan in mind. The synagogue would become a museum showcasing Range history and also a cultural center with special ethnic programs like the two slated for this month. The center does about six events each summer, Ostrov said. The center teams with the Virginia Area Historical Society and has a permanent display focused on the history of Jews on the Iron Range and the efforts to restore the synagogue.

Charles Ostrov is a Virginia native and member of the Friends of B’nai Abraham group formed in 2004 to restore the 1909 synagogue to its former shape. Like most of those still living and connected to the building, Ostrov moved from the Range to attend school, later opening an ophthalmology practice in the Twin Cities area. “There are no Jews on the Range,” Ostrov recalled saying over and over again as the group wrestled to gain control of the building. Many of the artifacts had been taken out and donated to synagogues across the state and country. The roof was caving in and mold abounded. But overall, “the building was in pretty good shape,” Ostrov said. “It was pretty

Through grants and persistence, Friends of B’nai Abraham brought the building back. Putting in a lift to make the building accessible to all cost $90,000. It meant the group was committed, Ostrov said. By 2008, it was open to the public.

“It’s been positive,” Friends member Dianne Siegel said of the community reaction to the center and its offerings. She said people remain surprised that there was a thriving Jewish population on the Range. And locals are relishing a look inside a building that had seemed so off-limits for so long, she said. The success in saving the synagogue is today overshadowed by the nagging question of who will take care of the place as the age of Friends of B’nai Abraham mem-

bers have reached the 80s. “We’re older,” Ostrov said. “What are we going to do?”

“We need volunteers. We’d hate to see it fail.”

While more people have been exposed to the center through its programs and displays, they, too, are older, Ostrov said.

To learn more about the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center, visit:—Mike Creger

DWI law covers all motor vehicles ST. PAUL— A new law that went into effect Aug. 1 means people convicted of driving while intoxicated—regardless of the vehicle they’re driving—will lose their driver’s license and be prohibited from operating motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, motorboats and snowmobiles. The state Legislature passed the law following the death of eight-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., who died in January after being struck by a snowmobile driven by a man whose driver’s license was revoked after multiple DWI offenses. Before the law change, people convicted of DWI in a highway-licensed vehicle still could legally operate ATVs, motorboats and snowmobiles. The changes apply to violations that occur on or after Aug. 1. “We have zero tolerance for people who endanger themselves and other people by operating a motor vehicle or recre-

ational vehicle while they’re intoxicated,” said Col. Rodmen Smith, director of the Minnesota DNR Enforcement Division. As an example, a person convicted of DWI in a motorboat, or who refuses testing for a motorboat DWI, would have their driver’s license suspended and be prohibited from operating ATVs, motorboats and snowmobiles for one year. Additionally, first-time DWI offenders operating offroad recreational vehicles or motorboats also will be subject to chemical use assessments, conditional release and plate impoundment—the same as a DWI in a highway-licensed vehicle. The Minnesota DNR and other law enforcement agencies in the state, along with ATV and snowmobile groups, supported the law change, which passed the Legislature with bipartisan support and was signed into law in May by Gov. Mark Dayton.

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Orchard project is bearing fruit GRAND PORTAGE—The fruit tree project that started a little over a year ago in Grand Portage has continued to grow. As the apple, pear, plum, apricot and cherry trees have grown, so has enthusiasm over this community agriculture project. It is all part of the CACHE (Community Agriculture through Culture, Health and Education) program.

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Andy Schmidt, agriculture coordinator for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is happy to give an update on the fruit trees. Last spring, about 150 trees were planted at the community gardens on Mineral Center Road and on Upper Road. In addition to fruit trees, the Upper Road orchard also has elderberries, grapes, currants and rhubarb.

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Schmidt says overall the young trees are doing well. They came through the winter healthy and flowered very early. Perhaps too early, says Schmidt who notes that the trees seemed to bud out before the pollinators were out in force. Despite that, it appears that the trees will bear fruit, but Schmidt says he is researching a possible collaboration with local beekeepers.

Looking at the apple trees last fall, it is apparent the fruit tree project in Grand Portage has been a success. | RHONDA SILENCE

Schmidt says it is his understanding that local honey farmers lost a lot of bees last winter and it could help rebuild the bee population if hives were brought to the orchard area. “It could be a benefit to the beekeepers. It could make our trees healthier. And, it could be another educational opportunity for the community,” says Schmidt. Schmidt says the goal is to have different fruits ready for harvest at different times, such as rhubarb first, then currants in mid-July, and then cherries and grapes. Each harvest offers a number of educational opportunities, such as the making of jams and jellies. Schmidt says the currants are perfect for that, as are the grapes. Another educational opportunity has led to the expansion of the fruit trees in the community. This spring, community members had the chance to sign-up for fruit trees to be planted at their own home. Fifty-four families came away with two trees each. The most popular tree of choice was apple, followed by cherry, then plums and pears. With the trees came a training session,

with instruction on how to get them in the ground and started in a good way. The training also included tips on how to keep the trees alive by protecting them from deer and the trunks from damage from moles. Another 30 trees went to the Picnic Bay apartment building. Schmidt says thanks go to Howard at Picnic Bay, who planted

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Trees have also been planted by Grand Portage Community Center staff at the center and by the community baseball fields. Oshki Ogimaag students helped plant trees in the orchard.

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So far the new trees are doing well, says Schmidt. “And it is really neat to see pairs of trees everywhere. It will be really pretty when they all flower in the spring.” But before that comes fall, and we asked Schmidt how he knows when to harvest the fruit. Schmidt answers that a general rule of thumb for apples is not until after the first frost. However, he adds, “To be honest, the best thing to do is give it the taste test.”

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There will be lots of great tasting fruit in years to come, thanks to the Grand Portage CACHE program and the hundreds of fruit trees the community has planted. —Rhonda Silence


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St. Christopher’s Church in Haines Junction, Yukon, still hosts a thriving community, as well as an art gallery and thrift store. | EMILY STONE Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church is the “most photographed church in the Yukon.” | EMILY STONE

Churches of the north A story of resourcefulness HAINES JUNCTION, YUKON— Resourcefulness seems to be the name of the game in the North. The “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” ethos was especially important during World War II. As I drove through the Yukon on a section of the Alaska Highway from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek, I found that mentality preserved in four little churches along the way. Our Lady of Grace Church was built from an old Quonset hut used by the U.S. Army during construction of the Alaska Highway. | EMILY STONE

My first stop was at the St. Christopher’s Church in Haines Junction. The log structure has a big glass window lighting the atrium, and an elegant tree burl connecting the rafters in the octagonal space of the sanctuary. In the basement I found Kim Henkel watching over the gallery of local art, which becomes a thrift store in the winter. Back in the 1980s, when an older church started falling down, the congregation couldn’t figure out how they were going to manage getting a new building. Henkel told me that her dad, Henry Henkel, volunteered all of his time on the church because he just liked to build things. “Dad had the attitude, ‘we’ll just start and it will come,’” she said. Construction took place between 1987 and 1991, and that makes St. Christopher’s Church feel relatively new. It replaced an older structure built soon after the completion of the Alaska Highway, and that’s where the other church’s stories began.

The Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church in Burwash Landing, Yukon, was built in 1944 using logs recycled from an old Army mess hall. | EMILY STONE

The Alaska Highway was built mostly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a supply route connecting the contiguous United States to Alaska. Construction began in 1942, just several weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was completed in less than a year. Resources brought in to support the soldiers during its construction were often repurposed as the little towns along its length experienced growth spurts associated with road access. Just down the street from St. Christopher’s stands Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church. This surprisingly elegant structure was constructed in 1954 using a Quonset hut left over from one of the U.S. Army’s road con-




struction camps. Quonset huts are lightweight structures made of corrugated galvanized steel and are semicircular in cross-section. The first ones were manufactured during World War II, when the U.S. Navy needed an all-purpose building that could be shipped anywhere and constructed without skilled labor. Today, skylights provide ample illumination, and pews placed lengthwise keep the sanctuary from feeling cramped. Mountains in the Kluane National Park and Reserve provide a scenic backdrop. A wooden sign outlines the church’s history and proclaims that it is “the most photographed church in the Yukon.” Almost 300 miles farther up the Alaska Highway, the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beaver Creek, Yukon, sports a similar Quonset hut base salvaged from highway construction days. Our Lady of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Burwash Landing, Yukon, combined both the road camp reuse and log construction. Father Morrisette was working as the chaplain to the U.S. Army at the road construction camps when some local villagers asked him to start a mission and day school. Always resourceful, Morrisette deconstructed a log mess hall and cabin from the Duke River Camp and moved the materials to Burwash. When the Duke River Camp was completely abandoned, Morrisette used their leftover cement and plywood to pour foundations for the mission and attached missionary’s residence. The mission opened with midnight mass on Christmas Eve 1944, making it the first church northwest of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. From a can-do attitude; to the recycling of available materials; and the desire to make whatever is built beautiful, these four little churches in the Yukon fit right into a tradition of resourcefulness in the north.—Emily M. Stone Editor’s Note: Emily Stone spent the summer roaming across Alaska.




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Timber-Frear Loop has something for everyone SCHROEDER— ATVers who are looking for a fall ride with variety will find everything they are looking for on the Superior National Forest’s Timber-Frear Loop. The ideal starting point for the approximately 25-mile loop ride is at the gravel pit near the bottom of Whitefish Lake Road, off of Four Mile Road (Forest Road 170). There is plenty of room for parking and unloading trailers—and even for self-contained campers, if visitors want to stay overnight. Heading up Whitefish Lake Road is a pretty drive, shared with motorists until the narrow Timber-Frear Loop turnoff. This is one of the most scenic sections of the ride, with a fairly smooth treadway with trees and brush comfortably close. The trail meanders through the woods along what appears to have been an old railroad grade. Riders won’t feel as if they are driving up hill, but at some points the trail is level with tree tops, giving glimpses of the Timber-Frear canoe route below. The view is lovely when the leaves are turning—and the vistas more impressive after the leaves have fallen. The trail eventually crosses the Cross River, a first rest stop for many riders. On warm days, youngsters on a ride can splash in the river, looking for minnows and leeches. The upper portion of the trail offers some challenges, with plenty of mud puddles to splash through and a rocky trail bed. This part of the trail is definitely slow going and may require low gear in a few spots, but it is lots of fun.


From Tofte, turn off Highway 61 onto the Sawbill Trail. Head north for about 14.5 miles. Turn left onto Four Mile Grade (Forest Road 170). Travel about 2 miles to Whitefish Lake Road. From Schroeder, turn off Highway 61 to the Temperance River Road (Forest Road 343). Drive 4 miles to the 600 Road (Forest Road 166). Drive about 1 mile to Forest Road 346 and then 5.5 miles for Four Mile Grade (Forest Road 170). Travel about 2 miles to Whitefish Lake Road. This portion of rough and rocky trail is in much better shape this fall due to a major trail clearing project undertaken by the Cook County ATV Club and the Minnesota DNR this year. Coming back down the loop, another scenic stop is at Bone Lake, where a massive white pine overlooks a beaver dam. This is another great place for kids on an ATV ride. In the spring, they’ll find tadpoles; in the fall, frogs. And finally, just before getting back to the starting point, a sand pit offers the chance for some tire-spinning fun. All in all, a great experience for ATVers of all ages and experience levels. —Rhonda Silence

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Bush pilot “Hoot” Hautala of Ely flew trappers such as Alec Boostrom deep into the wilderness where they illicitly trapped beavers. | SUBMITTED

New book offers fresh look at BWCAW history GUNFLINT TRAIL— On the North Shore and in the canoe country, the pioneer past is not that far away. Although the region was opened to settlement following the signing of a treaty with the Ojibwe in 1854, the north was so rugged and isolated that pioneers slowly filtered into the region. As a result, some of the pioneer history is within living memory or nearly so. Jack Blackwell was born and raised in Grand Marais. He went on to have a 40year career with the U.S. Forest Service. Upon retirement, he spent a month in the Boundary Waters, alone except for the company of his Labrador retriever. He spent that time in a specific place deep within the wilderness where few paddlers travel. It was a place meaningful for him, because it was the heart of the trapping country beloved by his grandfather, Alec Boostrom. Blackwell was a junior in high school when his father was diagnosed with lung cancer and given six months to live. He died five months later. Because he was devastated by the loss, his mother and grandfather decided that he should take some time off from school. He spent the month of April with his grandfather in a camp on Mesaba Lake, trapping beaver. In the evening, when they processed their pelts, his grandfather told him stories about the past. They were wonderful stories. Blackwell listened and remembered. In 1914, 14-year-old Alec Boostrom got off the steamer America in the North Shore community of Hovland with his older brother Charlie, Charlie’s wife, Petra and their infant son, Donald. They hired a man with a team of horses to bring them 20 miles inland to McFarland Lake, where Charlie had left two canoes. From there 14


Alec Boostrom arrived in Hovland on the steamer America in 1914 and embarked on a life of adventure. | SUBMITTED a unique glimpse into the past of a very special corner of the world. Author Jack Blackwell tells his grandfather’s story in his new book. | SUBMITTED they paddled and portaged westward for two days to reach Moon Lake, where Charlie had previously built a rough cabin. They were home. They built a second, smaller cabin for Alec to stay in. They put up firewood for the winter and killed a moose for food. Then, as winter approached, they began trapping; first for mink and, when winter arrived, martin and fisher. Alec was initiated into a way of life. Recently, Blackwell released a book about his grandfather’s life: Boundary Waters Boy, Alec Boostrom’s Pioneer Life in the Canoe Country. In addition to Alec’s stories, Blackwell did extensive background research. The book, which is told in his grandfather’s voice, details a rich history of the Gunflint Trail and the Superior-Quetico canoe country. It provides


If the Boostrom name seems familiar, it’s because Charlie and Petra moved to Clearwater Lake off the Gunflint Trail, where they founded Clearwater Lodge. Charlie became a master log cabin builder, constructing a number of private cabins along the Gunflint Trail. His masterpiece was the imposing Clearwater Lodge, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Alec followed a different path, becoming a trapper and wilderness guide. He first found work with the crew that was setting the monuments along the international border with Canada from 191518. In winter, the crews surveyed the line across frozen lakes. In the summer they set the monuments. The crew was led by two men, an American and a Canadian, who at times had to decide where the border should be. Alec began trapping and, with his brother, owned a dog team. It was on a trip from Clearwater to Grand Marais with his

dog team that he met the young woman who was to become his wife. Jo Zimmerman’s father Sam, was a white survivor of the Dakota War of 1862. Her mother, Jane Maymaushkowaush Elliot, had lived in Chippewa City, a native community on the outskirts of Grand Marais. This is an important detail in the story, because it drew Alec and his descendants into the native community. As a result, Blackwell approaches some aspects of native life and history with greater detail and sensitivity than other accounts. An example is the story of Chief Blackstone Two, who lived in a native village on Kawa Bay of the Quetico’s Kawnipi Lake. In 1919, the village was beset with an epidemic. Blackstone, one of his wives and the only other healthy man in the village set off for help. They reached the town of Winton, near Ely, where they radioed the Canadian government that the people in the village were dying. There was no reply. Later, the Canadian government forcibly evicted all of the remaining native people living in the Quetico, including some at gunpoint in the middle of winter. Their

descendants now live in the village on the Canadian side of Lac la Croix. It was 1991 before the Canadian government issued a formal apology. For decades, from 1909 to 1952, the area that became the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was managed as a game refuge by the state of Minnesota in the misguided hope that the wildlife there would prosper and spread out to the rest of the state. For the local people who were trying to eke out a living from the land, the refuge was a farce, especially during the Great Depression. Alec was among the many men who journeyed into the canoe country every spring to trap beaver, which was one of the few ways they could earn cash. He had a couple of small, hidden cabins where he stayed while trapping. Stealth was important, because game wardens were looking for the trappers. While Alec travelled through the wilderness on snowshoes and with a canoe, he also used the services of a bush pilot named Ernie “Hoot” Hautala from Ely. At the time, low-level flying in the canoe country was still allowed. Alec recounts that flying back to Ely one night after dropping off a trapper, he counted a dozen campfires from the camps of other beaver trappers. In the north at the time, being an outlaw was a way of life. The stories Blackwell compiled in the book, including one about windigos—cannibals—on Basswood Lake may not be found anywhere else.—Shawn Perich Editor’s Note: Boundary Waters Boy is available at area bookstores and at

Deer hunters will have more opportunities this fall PERMIT AREA CHANGES

ST. PAUL— Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall because numbers continue to rebound across the state and now many areas have populations at or above goal levels, according to the DNR.

Changes to permit area boundaries made last year remain in effect this year. In southeastern Minnesota, portions of permit areas 347 and 348 were merged to form permit area 603 when CWD was detected. In northeastern Minnesota’s moose range, all or some of permit areas 122, 127, 176, 178, 180 and 181 from 2016 were realigned to form permit areas 130, 131, 132 and 133.

This year, there are more deer permit areas where hunters can use bonus permits to harvest more than one deer, and fewer areas where hunters need to apply in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. The deadline to apply for the antlerless permit lottery is Thursday, Sept. 6. Archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, and firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 3.


Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that they cannot bring whole carcasses of any member of the deer family into Minnesota. These animals include but are not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer, elk, caribou and moose. More information is available at: 

The regulations for each of Minnesota’s deer permit areas are set to manage populations toward goals established for each area. These goals are based on information from the DNR and local citizens through a periodic public goal-setting process.


Hunters who purchase a license by Sept. 6 are automatically entered into the lottery for an antlerless permit. Those who do not wish to harvest an antlerless deer are encouraged to purchase their license after the lottery deadline. Hunters may apply using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. If a hunter is selected for both licenses, only one antlerless deer can be taken.

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Hunters should review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes before applying for the antlerless lottery. Regularly updated deer information, including the DNR’s deer permit mapping tool, can be found online at: hunting/deer.


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Jessica Berg-Collman [LEFT] and her mom, Julie Collman [RIGHT], each caught a 45-inch northern pike within one hour and a quarter mile of each other on Saganaga Lake. | SUBMITTED

What a pair of pike! GUNFLINT TRAIL— It was the last spot of the day. Jessica Berg-Collman was trolling on sprawling Saganaga Lake on the Minnesota border with her mother, Julie Collman. Both are from Grand Marais. The mother-daughter duo had already landed a few fish, including lake trout, pike and bass. They were using Musky Jakes, a lure intended for big fish. As the women can attest, the lure works. Julie’s turn came first. She hooked and landed a 45-inch pike. “It was a good thing we had a muskysized net in the boat,” Jessica says. After landing the fish, the women spent about 40 minutes trying to revive it for release, with no luck. They decided to keep the big pike and continue fishing. An hour later and a quarter mile away, it was Jessica’s turn to shine. She had another brute pike on the line. When she battled the fish to within 15 feet of the boat, it decided to put on a show. Coming completely out of the water, it tail-walked across the surface. When Jessica landed the pike, she discov-

ered that it, too, was 45 inches in length. As with the first fish, they were unable to revive it. Landing two 45-inch pike an hour apart is an incredible stroke of luck. Yet one angler was a little luckier than the other. Jessica’s pike weighed 28 pounds; her mother’s, 25. “Mom had a hard time with it,” reports Jessica. “She says that because she caught hers first, it lost weight before we weighed it.” No matter. The pair of pike are Jessica and Julie’s personal bests. They plan to have them mounted. Jessica says that when she and her Mom fish together, they have some strange luck with northern pike. Five years ago, they happened upon a recently deceased pike that had choked on a three-pound sucker. That fish went to the taxidermist, too. —Shawn Perich

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Cook County Higher Ed seeds area workforce GRAND MARAIS— Change does not always come easy, but for Karen Blackburn and the dedicated team at Cook County Higher Education in Grand Marais, it’s all part of the job. “Everyone can benefit in some way from our organization,” Blackburn said. “Do you want to earn a college degree? Maybe learn introductory Swedish or hear about beekeeping? Do you want to move up in your job or move to another job? We can offer the training to learn new skills. It’s just an amazing organization that changes lives every day.” In this sense, Blackburn mentions “change” in the sense of progress, a core principal embedded within the educational roots that formed the organization. Blackburn said the official mission of Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is to provide local access and support for college education and training on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Take the case of Alyia Marxen, for example. Marxen, 25, graduated from Cook County High School in Grand Marais in 2011. After high school she went to culinary school and worked in fine dining for several years. Looking to broaden her resume, Marxen said she wanted to pursue other career options and return to the North Shore. When she turned the direction of her career course, however, Marxen said she initially felt overwhelmed. And then she connected with the team at CCHE, and the process suddenly had focus. Marxen is now taking college courses online through a regional school and pursuing a degree in business administration. Much of the credit for this successful transition, Marxen said, is due to the staff at CCHE. “I honestly don’t know how I’d be able to take courses remotely like this without them,” she said. “They’re so helpful at helping me pick the right courses and pointing me in the right direction.” CCHE got rolling under a federal pilot project in 1996. Since then, the organization has largely been funded through state dollars and grants from local organi-

zations. The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation based in Duluth, for example, is a very important supporter of CCHE.  “We recently received $30,000 from them to provide tuition grants to students in Cook County who are taking long distance college courses while living, working and often times raising families in Cook County,” Blackburn said of the contribution from the foundation.  In addition to those $30,000, the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation also granted CCHE $50,000 to support the students in their efforts.  Referencing back to change, it was a transition not long ago that brought Blackburn to her current post as the non-profit’s executive director. Blackburn took the reins from Paula Sundet Wolf, who led CCHE for 20 years before retiring in 2017. “Paula’s leadership over her 20-year tenure was remarkable,” Blackburn said. “She led the organization through so many changes, including the current campus purchase and renovations, very lean financial times, staff changes, legislative lobbying efforts and the growth of the program to include all aspects of learning.” And while CCHE is based in Grand Marais, its services are available to people all over the Northern Wilds. “We’re an open campus,” Blackburn said. “Recently, we offered boiler-operator training and we had people from all over the North Shore who attended. We’ll do our best to help anyone who comes in our doors.”

Cook County Higher Education is located in Grand Marais. | SUBMITTED Looking toward the future, Blackburn said there are some exciting concepts in the works for CCHE. “We’re starting the Hibbing Community College North Shore Culinary at the state of the art culinary facility (at the local school district) in January,” Blackburn noted. “This accredited school will offer a one semester culinary certificate, or a two semester culinary degree.” The culinary school is part of an effort being made by local stakeholders to address the labor shortage impacting many


regional businesses, including resorts and restaurants in Grand Marais, Lutsen and Tofte, Blackburn said. It also fits into the overall mission of CCHE to assist local residents who aspire to remain in these unique North Shore communities. “Once they graduate, our students get better jobs in the community and can continue to live, work, play and raise families here,” Blackburn said.  For more info, visit: northshorecampus. org.—Joe Friedrichs

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Country fair moves forward by looking back HYMERS—When it comes to meeting people who share a fondness for country living and embracing the past, one needs to look no further than the Hymers Fall Fair. “The Hymers Fall Fair has done its best not to change too much over the years,” said Wendy Handy, the president of the Hymers Agricultural Society and an organizer of the event. “We’ve modernized as time marches on, with commercial vendors, agricultural demonstrations, and advances in technology, but we’ve done what we can to remain a true country fair like the good old days.” Hymers is a small community located about 25 miles west of Thunder Bay. It’s a rural landscape largely recognized for its annual fall fair, with the first such event taking place in 1912. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3. In case you were wondering, both Canada and the United States recognize Labor Day on Sept. 3 this year. That being the case, Handy said the fair is a place to see the biggest pumpkins grown locally, horse and cattle shows, and to chat with the friendly people that come out each year to enjoy the real atmosphere of country living in Ontario. Basically, if you don’t dwell in a rural setting, it’s a chance to kick it old school for a weekend. And if you do live the rural lifestyle, then you’ll fit right in. “We like you to feel like a trip to the fair is a trip back in time,” Handy said. “There are cattle shows, craft demonstrations, good old family cooking and a great sense of community. Staying true to the traditional country fair, that’s the difference that keeps people coming back.” According to event organizers, the people in the rural area around Thunder Bay are still proud of producing their own food and raising their own livestock. And while the fair is certainly a venue to showcase people’s farm animals and perhaps even display some talent at riding horses, it’s also a place to take home fresh produce and other gifts. During the fair there are vendors selling everything from fresh vegetables and seasonal fruit to handmade wool socks. The fair is open to anyone and everyone, Handy said, though many attendees travel from Thunder Bay and the rest from rural parts of Ontario. However, it’s common for people to visit the fair from the United States and other parts of Canada. And to keep track of how far people are willing to travel for the Hymers Fall Fair, every year there is a contest to see who traveled the farthest. Last year’s winner came from Australia, so that could be tough to be beat this year. Meanwhile, where there’s a fair, naturally there is going to be good food. There are both hot dog and baked potato vendors, in addition to other fair food and snacks

The Hymers Fall Fair runs Sept. 2-3 in a rural area west of Thunder Bay. | SUBMITTED available throughout the day. However, the dining hall located on the fairgrounds offers slow-roasted deep pit barbecue beef starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, while a ham and pierogies meal will be served on Monday. By choice there is no alcohol served during the fair, adding another element to the family-friendly atmosphere. “Family is at the core of the fair,” Handy said. “In fact, we invite children to bring a sunflower or zucchini to get a reduced rate at the gate.” There aren’t too many events left in North America where showing up with a zucchini or sunflower will get someone a reduced rate to enter. So if you’re looking to embrace what a country celebration was like in the early 20th century, the Hymers Fall Fair is the place to be. “It’s a great way to spend the day connecting with everything from agriculture to entertainment,” Handy said. “Our board of directors is a fantastic, welcoming group of people who have spent an entire year getting ready for our two-day fair. We have fun putting this all together and love to share it with everyone.” To learn more about the Hymers Fall Fair, visit:—Joe Friedrichs

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Nipigon Marina’s floating dock provides inclusivity to paddling NIPIGON— Getting in and out of a kayak or canoe can be a challenge at the best of times, so how can a paddler who uses a wheelchair for mobility get into a kayak or canoe? A letter to the editor in a local newspaper brought to my attention that new dock equipment at Nipigon Marina was making paddling more accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Installed in 2016 as a floating platform at the end of the marina, the EZ Launch Accessible Transfer System for canoes and kayaks makes it a whole lot easier for paddlers of all ages and abilities to get in and out of the watercraft, plus use a railing system for safe launching and returning. It provides what the company calls, “universal accessibility” into the water. How does it work? The system has the innovative feature of a transfer bench that allows the user to sit and slide over on the bench, then drop into a kayak or canoe. Once in the watercraft, the paddler uses

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Points North Biologists puzzled by ruffed grouse decline By Shawn Perich

After he went grouse hunting last fall, Ted Dick had to eat some crow. As the Minnesota DNR’s forest game bird coordinator, Dick had predicted, based on an uptick in 2017 spring drumming counts, that grouse hunters would have a banner year. Six months later, the word from the aspen woods was that birds were few and far between. In his own rambles through the thickets, Dick reached the same conclusion. “My hunting was lousy last year,” he says. The big question is: Why? For decades, the annual ruffed grouse harvest has tracked closely with the spring drumming counts, where wildlife officials drive and stop along designated routes to listen for the “drumming” wingbeats of breeding males. Over many decades, wildlife biologists have identified that ruffed grouse populations follow a roughly 10-year population cycle from scarcity to abundance. The cause of the cycle isn’t understood. The 2017 drumming counts showed strong increases over the previous year, leading Dick and other biologists to believe the population was at or near a cyclic high. But that didn’t pan out for the fall hunt. Although he was still waiting for harvest statistics from the DNR’s annual small game survey, he was confident, based on his experience and that of many other hunters, that comparatively few grouse were bagged last year. A similar pattern emerged from Wisconsin and Michigan, too. Some hunters think extremely wet and cool weather during the June, 2017 nesting season may have had a negative effect on chick survival. Dick says there is no science showing cold, wet weather affects hunting success. Many hunters postulate that the northward march of wild turkeys in Minnesota is leading reduced grouse numbers due to predation of eggs and chicks. Again, Dick says there is no scientific research to support the theory. He says grouse must avoid a long list of predatory species in order to survive. As scientists scratch their heads and try to decipher what is going on with grouse, they’ve agreed to investigate a new possibility: West Nile Virus. Further east in Pennsylvania, biologists believe the disease, which affects birds as well as humans and other mammals, has devastated ruffed grouse. Research conducted in that

The 2017 grouse drumming counts showed strong increases over the previous year, leading biologist to believe the population was at or near a cyclic high. But that didn’t pan out for the fall hunt. | STOCK state compelled biologists in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan to launch a pilot program to look for evidence of the virus in their respective states. Working with hunter volunteers, the Minnesota DNR hopes to collect and examine blood samples from 400 grouse this fall. Even without the possible presence of West Nile Virus, Minnesota grouse have a number of factors working against them. Dick, who began hunting grouse in northcentral Minnesota in the early 1970s, says that since about 2000 there seem to be fewer birds in the woods, even in good years. Perhaps this reflects the changes in our forests. Remember when you used to be able to count on tracking snow during deer season? Dick says that on average, we’ve had less snow cover since the turn of the century and more irregular weather events like Christmas-season rains. For grouse, this means fewer winter days when the snow is deep enough for them to burrow into it and roost. A grouse that is tree-roosting during the winter is more vulnerable to predators and the elements. While never static, our forests are changing, too. Part of this is due to less industrial demand for wood, which has led to an

overall reduction in timber harvest. Dick says that on the Chippewa National Forest from 1996 to 2016, the amount of aspen under 20 years old—prime grouse habitat—was reduced by half due to less harvesting. In contrast, the DNR has ramped up cutting on state forest lands, presently harvesting 400,000 cords of aspen annually. Some biologists worry we may reach a point where there is too little older forest on state lands. Ruffed grouse remain Minnesota’s most popular game bird even though hunting participation has declined. Dick says we now have 80,000-100,000 grouse hunters. In the past, significantly more hunters would head into the woods during years when the population cycle was at a high point. That no longer occurs. Traditionally, grouse hunting was the primary way kids in northern Minnesota were introduced to hunting. Many began by following along with a parent or another adult at a young age, graduating to first a BB gun and then a shotgun as they became older. Because grouse hunters really don’t need anything more than a shotgun and a comfortable pair of boots, it is a great entry point for new hunters. At least it used to be.

As with any outdoor activity, newcomers have trouble fitting grouse hunting into their busy schedules. Even if they are able to do so, they may not have hunting opportunities available nearby. The irony is Minnesota has millions of acres of public forests open to grouse hunting. The rub is that most of the land is in the northern half of the state, a long drive from the Twin Cities metro. Even with fewer hunters, Dick says he hears complaints from some that forests have become too accessible. This is in part due to the ubiquitous presence of all-terrain vehicles, as well as the development of road systems to accommodate logging. That said, grouse hunters ought to be able to find satisfactory elbow room on most public lands. Despite a dismal forecast for 2018— the spring drumming counts indicate the population is headed into a cyclic low point—ardent grouse hunters will still be out there. For some, the hunt is about time spent with trained dog. For others, a grouse outing is an excuse for a pleasant stroll through the autumn woods. In either case, flushing a few birds is perhaps less important than just being out there during a down year. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves.




Historic Churches

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS Situated on the shore of Lake Helen (near Nipigon), St. Sylvester’s Church is now cared for by the Red Rock First Nation Band. | KIM CASEY

St. Sylvester’s Church: History and Community By Kim Casey A church is a spiritual sanctuary. A welcoming refuge for the weary. But what makes St. Sylvester’s Church even more sacred is the role that it has played in the lives of those that have chosen it as their place of worship.

devoted Catholics that believed the best way to encourage people to share in their spiritual practices was by example. Shirley and Albert’s devotion was so strong, that they participated in prayer meetings throughout the region. Norma stated that in their culture, the Ojibway people do not see themselves as just belonging to one piece of land or to a government-created reserve. “We are all connected, we’re all family.” And that some of her fondest memories were travelling to other communities and visiting with relatives and friends.

Situated on the shore of Lake Helen (near Nipigon), St. Sylvester’s location was chosen because it was an ideal resting spot for the Jesuits travelling to and from the other missions along the Nipigon River. The land was originally purchased by Bishop Jamot and is now governed by the Red Rock First Nation Band. Construction of the mission church began in 1877, and a year later a smaller building was erected to house the travelling priests. When smoke was seen from the rectory’s woodstove, the local people knew the priest had arrived. On October 7, 1880, the church’s cross was blessed by Reverend Joseph Specht, SJM. And the 300-pound bell donated by Henri de la Ronde was blessed on July 13, 1884. There are rumours that the bell hanging in the tower is not the original one. Apparently the first one accidentally sunk in the lake. The cemetery is encircled by a rocky cliff that solidifies the forest’s protective presence. Many of the markers uniquely created, their loving tributes offer hope—that even in death we are not forgotten. It was thought that the first burial was October 3, 1880. But Dee McCullay, a local historian, discovered a gravestone belonging to Ieremias Poulin, who had passed away on October 4, 1878 at the age of 15. To enter the church is to enter a world that was created shortly after Canada became an official country. There 22



Interior of St. Sylvester’s Church. | KIM CASEY is a somber yet joyful essence that can be felt with each creaking step across the wooden floor. The worn pews are adorned by faded drawings of children from the area, and near the alter hangs a painting of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Her origins Algonquin-Mohawk, she was born in 1656 and lost her family to a smallpox epidemic. St. Kateri also contracted the disease that left her physically scarred and visually impaired. Raised by an aunt and uncle, she chose chastity over marriage and duty over ridicule. She is the Patron Saint of the environment, ecology, people in exile and First Nation people. Norma Lesperance has been involved with St. Sylvester’s Church all of her life. She explained that her parents were

People from the Red Rock First Nation Band have taken on the task of maintaining the historic building. Bill Tuck Senior, Gerald “Spiner” Cote and Russel Hardy started working on the exterior and the summer work crew finished the painting. Another band member was happy to help with whatever was needed to be done. But he had one stipulation: he would not cut the cemetery’s grass. He had been told by his grandmother that if he did, it would make room for more. Every spring when Norma and her sister are tiding up the church, people will suddenly appear at the doorway and ask if they can have a look around. Their requests never denied, they are free to take in St. Sylvester’s empowering charm and learn about the Ojibway people. Regular services are no longer held at the church, but it is still being used for weddings, christenings and funerals. Once a year, a special mass is held on Aboriginal Day and all are welcome.

St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church, located in Duluth’s Gary neighborhood, was built in 1923. | ALI JUTEN grandma Sarah and her husband George donated one of the stained glass windows depicting St. George. Beneath, the dedication is written in Serbian with her name. My relatives are still active members of the church. My grandpa’s cousin, Carol Griak, age 81, still resides in Gary and attends St. George’s Church. She was baptized there and remembers when all services were in Serbian or Church Slavonic. Griak says that the church is still rich with tradition.

The iconostasis or the icon wall at the front of the church were painted by the famed Swedish-born artist, David Ericson. St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church holds the second largest collection of Ericson’s work. | ALI JUTEN

St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church By Ali Juten Built nearly a century ago, St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church carries on a vibrant part of local history. Tucked into Duluth’s Gary neighborhood, the solid brick church was built in 1923 after many Serbian immigrants came to the area for work in the steel industry. Between 1910 and 1920, the influx of Serbian immigrants created a strong social, cultural, and religious life in the area. The congregation began gathering prior to the church being built and missionary priests, along with neighboring priests from Chisholm, helped with occasional services, like baptisms, in people’s homes. In 1923, Father Vladimir Porobich became the first full-time priest and then work began to build the church. It was decided by the congregation to build the church at 104th Ave. West and Gary Street and to dedicate it to St. George, a third century martyr. The church is small, only 44” by 70”, but has a vaulted ceiling and a massive belfry tower. And it sure is beautiful. The side walls are lined with elaborate stained glass windows, many that were donated by church members throughout generations. The church, as a whole, is a combination of Serbian, Roman, and Byzantine styles.

The Orthodox faith is sometimes referred to as the “Faith of the Saints”. There are 24 icons painted at the front of the church near the altar. It is called the “iconostasis”, or icon wall. The painter was none other than the famed Swedish-born artist with Duluth roots, David Ericson. He completed the series of paintings in 1944, in the Byzantine icon style. To this day, it is one of the largest collections of his work.

This stained glass window has special significance to the author. Her great, great grandmother Sarah Griak and her husband George donated the pane on the right depicting St. George. | ALI JUTEN

“What it was many years ago, it still is today,” she said. They still have a church school that was established in 1924, a sisterhood called the “Kolo” founded in 1928, a church choir founded in 1957, and a brotherhood called the “Men’s Club”. The Kolo or “the circle”, is a sisterhood of church women who do all the cooking and much more for holidays and feasts, raising money for the church as well. Father Petrovich described the Kolo as being instrumental in the life of the church. “Without the Kolo, it would be like chopping off a wing, difficult for the church to function. They do a lot of work behind the scenes and are the backbone of the church,” he said.

Father Kristijan Petrovich is currently the priest at St. George’s church and moved from Detroit, MI to Duluth seven years ago to serve here. He grew up in Detroit with parents who were from the “old country” and spoke only Serbian with him until he was five. Today, the church liturgy is partially in Church Slavonic and partially in English. Many members of the congregation still are of Serbian descent.

St. George’s Church has adapted, though. In recent years, they’ve added a family night group and share some of their church happenings on Facebook. As an Orthodox priest, Father Petrovich is allowed to be married and have a family, as long as he is married before he enters priesthood. He has a wife and three kids and knew family night would be an important addition to church life.

“It was an anchor for them, the Serbs, and it kept them here generation after generation,” Fr. Petrovich said.

“Be in this world, not of this world,” Fr. Petrovich said referring to scripture. “I have one foot in both worlds. I understand the secular world; I have a family and understand the family dynamic.”

This is where my own family history intertwines with the history of the church. Though not a member, I am of Serbian decent. My grandpa Don Kervina grew up in this church, as did his mother Helen, and her mother, Sarah Griak. My great-great

And, with nearly 100 years of tradition underway, the hope is that the life and traditions of the church will carry them another 100 years.




“All he had to say was, ‘No. This is my home,’” says Temius. “They (government officials) knew they weren’t going to make him move.” The family was alone, but not lonely. Summer brought American anglers and others who had become friends with Edward over the years. Throughout the year there were frequent visits from family and friends in Fort Hope and other places. At times, there was sadness. Edward lost his oldest son. His other children grew up and moved away. Then his wife died in 1965. Edward decided to honor his wife by becoming an ordained Anglican minister. Services were first held in his home. Eventually, he built a tiny church beside his home with the assistance of friends in 1984. The first and only marriage at the church occurred the same year. Services were held every Sunday. A modest, wooden structure, the church has two rows of five pews separated by a center aisle. In the front is an altar and a pulpit. While the church was a place of worship, it had a deeper meaning for Edward and the Ojibwe who gathered there. It was the foundation of their community.

Edward Nate’s historic cabin on Miminiska Lake is being renovated by his descendants, who plan to work on the adjacent church, too. | MICHAEL FURTMAN

Edward Nate’s Church

He died in 1991. A funeral service held at Turtle Island was attended by over 300 people who came from far and wide, including American fishermen who he had guided over the years. Per his wishes, Edward was buried beside his cabin, close to the church.

By Shawn Perich A lot of people think the center of the world is someplace like New York City, London or Paris. But not everyone thinks that way. Up on Northern Ontario’s mighty Albany River are Ojibwe people who will tell you that Miminiska Lake is the center of their world or, more simply, “home.” One of those people is Temius Nate, who came to Miminiska as an infant in 1943 and grew up there with his family. But the whole story is older than Temius. We can go back to the fur trade era, even though the story truly begins long before that time. The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Northwest Company both operated trading posts at Snake Falls, just upstream from where the Albany River enters Miminiska Lake. Voyageurs in freighter canoes arrived with staples such as flour, sugar and tea, then left with loads of furs. Given its location along the Albany River, the lake was a hub not only for the traders, but also the Ojibwe. “Our family was nomadic,” Temius explains, “but they always came back to Miminiska.” In 1935, his father, Edward Nate, decided to make a permanent camp there on Turtle Island and raise a family. Miminiska was a good place. Moose and woodland caribou lived in the forest. Beaver were abundant along the Albany, which flows through the lake. In the spring and fall, the bays were filled with geese and ducks. And always, there were fish; massive sturgeon, abundant walleyes and northern pike. The fish, 24


game and furbearers allowed the Ojibwe to thrive.

Temius explains, “The church was the old man’s way of keeping the island sacred and protected. He was buried there so he will never lose sight of it.”

“We are like wolves. We are hunters,” says Temius. “When we get up in the morning, there is no breakfast. You check the rabbit snares. There is no Safeway, no farm. You have to kill to eat.” Edward followed traditional Ojibwe beliefs. His wife, Mary, who was half English, was a devout Anglican. They agreed to respect one another’s beliefs and to raise their children, four boys and three girls, to do the same. The family first lived in canvas tents, which were eventually replaced with two cabins. They were frequently visited by friends and family who were travelling on the Albany River or living nearby. As Temius says, everyone always returned to Miminiska. For income, Edward began guiding American anglers, who arrived in floatplanes. Since he was a good guide and, more importantly, good company, he developed friendships with men who would return year after year. As his sons became guides, he taught them to look after their customers and treat them well, because the fishermen worked hard all year and chose to spend their vacation time at Miminiska Lake. The growing business lead to the construction of the fly-in Miminiska Lodge in 1945, with Edward as a builder on the project. For an additional source of income, a commercial sturgeon fishery was developed on the lake.


Alone and growing old, Edward stayed at Miminiska. He had plenty of company. Depending on the season, guests might arrive at the island by boat, airplane or snowmobile. Because he didn’t speak English, Edward would point to a teapot on the stove to welcome his guests to a cup of tea. Temius says that although his family encouraged him to move to closer to them, he did not want to leave his home. Failing health forced him to move to Fort Hope in 1990.

The interior of the tiny Anglican church on Miminiska Lake, which Edward Nate built in honor of his wife. | MICHAEL FURTMAN The economic activity, coupled with abundant natural resources, allowed an Ojibwe community of 200 people to live at Miminiska and in the surrounding environs. Unfortunately, what suited the Ojibwe did not suit the Canadian government. “In 1964 the government moved everyone. I don’t know why,” Temius says. Many of the Miminiska Ojibwe went to the First Nations reserve community of Fort Hope, 25 miles downstream on the Albany River. Edward was not among them. He and his family stayed at his beloved Miminiska. He had a one-word answer when he was told to move.

Edward’s cabin and the church still stand. Visitors still come to this place. Some are Ojibwe who come to Miminiska to hunt and fish or to guide anglers at Miminiska Lodge, which is operated by Wilderness North Outfitters. The guides often take their guests to the island, where they can step inside the church, see Edward’s Bible and sign a guestbook that includes names from around the world. Outside, they pay their respects at the headstone marking Edward’s grave. This year, Edward’s grandsons and others began raising money to renovate the cabin and church to prevent them from being reclaimed by the relentless elements and surrounding forest. For Temius, the renovation seems bittersweet, because he prefers to see the home where he grew up as it was when his father was there. But he understands the importance of Turtle Island and its landmark church to the Ojibwe people who still call Miminiska Lake home. “The church is just a building, but it has a lot of meaning,” he says. “Miminiska Lake is where I’m happiest. I’m proud of my home, the church and the lake, and enjoy sharing them with visitors.”

Chippewa City Church: Keeping History Alive By Rae Poynter

Chippewa City church was built in 1895 and is the only remaining building of Chippewa City. | RAE POYNTER A few miles east of Grand Marais, tucked in a grove of trees just off Highway 61, sits the church of St. Francis Xavier. The little white church, though quiet today, was once part of the settlement known as Chippewa City, a town that no longer exists. The church has withstood over a hundred years of change, and is the last building that remains of Chippewa City. Dubbed the “Chippewa City Church,” St. Francis Xavier is now owned by the Cook County Historical Society, and both the building and its nearby cemeteries serve as a reminder of Chippewa City, its people and stories. Chippewa City was once a thriving community of the Ojibwe who called the Grand Marais area home. While the Native Americans had moved freely around the North Shore, the Treaty of 1854 allowed white settlers to move to the area. When the homesteaders began claiming and fencing off land, many of the Ojibwe in the area built a settlement that would become Chippewa City. Around the turn of the 20th Century, Chippewa City was home to around 100 families. Alta McQuatters, who has been involved with the Historical Society for 25 years, had relatives who lived in Chippewa City. “I love the history, and have a big passion for the cemeteries,” she said. With the creation of Chippewa City came the building of the church. While Christian missionaries had long been visiting the North Shore, St. Francis Xavier was the first Catholic parish established in the Grand Marais area. The church was built in 1895, with money raised from the local community. “The women would make birch bark baskets and fill them with baked goods. We had a lot of lumberjacks who would come and buy the baskets,” said McQuatters.

The church was built by carpenter Frank Wishkop. A step inside the quiet sanctuary reveals the original white pine logs and dovetailed construction. A later addition was put on to provide accommodations for visiting ministers. “The church’s priest wasn’t full-time,” explained McQuatters. “The addition is where he could stay when he came to visit either by dogsled or boat. There were also sheds on the property to house the dogs and equipment, but those are gone now.” For many years, St. Francis Xavier was the only Catholic Church in the area. It was fortunate enough to have survived a 1907 fire that ravaged the area. “The church was one of the few buildings saved because people went out in boats and formed a Bucket Brigade,” said McQuatters. Not far from the church is the cemetery where people from Chippewa City are buried. One half is currently in use, and the other half was used for burials from 19001925. Unfortunately, many of the wooden markers in the old cemetery have been removed or destroyed, making it difficult to know where graves are. Identifying which residents were buried in the cemetery is one of McQuatters’ projects. She noted that John Beargrease’s wife, brother, and nephew are among those buried in the cemetery. A map revealing the names and locations of specific graves can be found within the church. As the 20 Century progressed, the population of Chippewa City diminished due to a number of factors including illness, lack of work, and the construction of Highway 61 through the city. With the decline of Chippewa City came the last service at St. Francis Xavier on Christmas of 1936. The church then fell into disuse and was vacant for over 20 years. It wasn’t until 1958 that the Catholic Church and the Lions Club began work on restoring the th

A glimpse of the church’s interior. The building is sometimes used for events. | RAE POYNTER building. In 1998 the building was donated to the Historical Society. “We still use the church for events,” said McQuatters. “It’s been fun when we’ve had elders gather there to reminisce and tell stories. And one time I was cleaning in the morning and the sun hit just right, and I discovered the builder’s initials beneath a window. There’s still a lot of stories there.”

tained will also be a community effort, but one that will ensure the church and its stories continue to live on. For those interested in visiting, the church is open most Saturdays and Sundays in the summer from noon to 2 p.m. To learn more about St. Francis Xavier Church, please contact the Cook County Historical Society at (218) 387-2883.

The hope is to keep the church around for many years to come. To do this, it will need continued maintenance, particularly repairs on the foundation and a new paint job. Just as initially building the church was a community effort, keeping it mainNORTHERN  WILDS



The Honeymoon Trail, in Lutsen, is a great place to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. | JULIE KINNEY


A Fall Drive Up the Shore By Casey Fitchett While the words chlorophyll, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and tannins conjure distant memories of a biology course for many people, these biochemicals are crucial to the phenomenon that draws so many to the woods in the fall. Poets, recreationalists, photographers, artists, sightseers; all find overwhelming beauty in the biological process of the changing of seasons. The combination of reds, yellows, greens and oranges provide reason enough to put the car in drive and take a journey to a few spots on this side of Lake Superior.

“Early settlers in the forest often described the hazy days of autumn and while not so evident now, that haze is thought to have been from the decaying leaves, releasing compounds which filled the air in a haze and can still be smelled when you walk in the autumn woods,” explains the note. “Our local trees are at the border of the eastern hardwoods and the boreal forest, a border where there are intermingled patches of the two forest types, but from here, the eastern hardwood forest sweeps down over half the nation.”

Our fall color drive will take us through historical sections of Duluth to a loop around Lutsen, on the gravel back roads of Cook County, and across an international border to a popular provincial park in Ontario. The fleeting fall in the region increases our leaf looking haste and quest for scientific knowledge on our drive in late September through mid-October.

It is here we also begin to take notes about our route from Dennis Lamkin, a knowledgeable Duluth historian. Lamkin explains a few notable spots on our trip to better appreciate our trek.

The southernmost point in our journey begins in Duluth as we head west on the popular Skyline Drive. The hardwood forest below, which, according to the Superior National Forest Naturalist Notes, “stretches from here to the east coast” is undergoing a change that affects the atmosphere that was enough to pique the interest of those on the land long before us. 26


“You’ll first come upon Spirit Mountain, named as such because the area had special significance to the Chippewa Indians who, at one time, occupied the area. Traveling further west, you’ll come across a monument which, until about a year ago, had long been forgotten. The monument is marked by a newly installed sign denoting that this area was a result of Sam Snively, a four-term mayor who championed the park system and the East to West Boulevard connector,” he explains. “Traveling further west you’ll pass Bardon’s peak, a former


No matter what road you drive down this fall, the colors are sure to impress. | DENISE DUGAN stone quarry which yielded much of the bluestone (Basalt) used in the construction of bridges, retaining walls and even such places as Fitger’s Brewery.” After turning left onto Beck’s Road, we drive past the cut face of Bardon’s peak,

through Gary and New Duluth, both established when the United States Steel works were formed. A right turn on Highway 23 brings us to the oldest section of Duluth, Fond Du Lac. “Here there are ancient Indian burial

[ABOVE] Go on an adventure this fall. | BETHANY BURNER [LEFT] The options for fall color drives in the northland are as varied as the

colors on the trees. | JULIE KINNEY

grounds as you enter the settlement on the right and the former site of a Hudson Bay Trading Post on the left. Still further you’ll pass the oldest remaining house in Duluth, a white clapboard-sided home. The waterway you see is the beautiful St. Louis River, but upstream are two hydroelectric power plants originally put into service at the turn of the last century. Thomas Edison actually signed the engineering statement for the power station.” Chambers Grove, a city park at the intersection of Highway 23 and 210, is a good place for a respite picnic on the St. Louis River. Turning onto Highway 210, we enter Jay Cooke State Park and stop to admire the swinging bridge, which was built by the Works Progress Administration and Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Lampkin shares that “once you’ve made it to Carlton, you can see where the golden spike was driven to connect the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroads.” The connection with Interstate 35 completes our Duluth viewing section, and sets us up well for our trek north. As we race up the shore in our respective cars, the trees are racing to drop their cumbersome leaves. The leaves, which are both a source of water loss and are difficult to protect from winter conditions, begin to fall when temperatures drop and daylight hours become fewer. In the competition to move sugars, proteins, and minerals into the more stable root and branch winter storage, the black ash tend to move the fastest, with maples taking home the silver, and birch and aspen bringing up the rear. Our travels have been carefully planned and chosen to correspond with “peak” condition maps that have become so prevalent. But why now? Chel Anderson, a Plant Ecologist/Botanist for the Minnesota DNR explains both how species idiosyncrasies

and variations in the preceding seasons make each color display unique. “Timing of color change and leaf drop by trees differs by species, extending the color season. Maples are the parti-colored group but the aspen and birch are brilliant and dazzling in their mass of yellow and gold. Soil moisture and length of the growing season also play a role in timing and affects autumn colors,” said Anderson. “Like the weather, soil moisture varies greatly from year to year. The countless combinations of these two highly variable factors assure that no two autumns can be exactly alike. A late spring, or a severe summer drought, can delay the onset of fall color by a few weeks. Droughty conditions, like some areas along the Lake Superior shore, can create leaf browning before color change in birch, short-changing the display. A warm period during fall will also lower the intensity of autumn colors. A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights typically produce the most brilliant autumn colors.” With maples and birch around us, we realize that we have turned onto the Sawbill Trail (County Road 2) in Tofte. The generous display of color continues before we turn onto the Honeymoon Trail and back down the Caribou Trail (County Road 4) in Lutsen. If anyone knows the attraction of Cook County when it comes to fall colors, it’s Linda Kratt, the executive director of Visit Cook County. Kratt encourages visitors to make the most of their time in the area, whether sightseeing by car, foot, or even gondola. “Make Cook County your fall color drive destination. Not only is the landscape colored in brilliant autumn colors, you can ride the gondola at Lutsen Mountains for spectacular views outside of your vehicle.

The Sawbill Trail in Tofte provides a generous display of colors. | WALT HUSS Plan your fall color drive to take part in Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour; visit over 20 home studios showcasing over 50 local artists,” she said. Taking Kratt’s advice, we stick around for a second colorful drive in Cook County on a gravel road, The Grade. Also accessible from the Sawbill Trail in Tofte, it weaves its way around numerous lakes and past the trailhead for the hike to the tallest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain. Ball Club Road and Devil Track Road at its eastern terminus will bring you to the Gunflint Trail, a 57-mile National Scenic Byway that has endpoints in Grand Marais and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Passing through Grand Marais, Hovland, and Grand Portage on Highway 61 brings travelers across the international border to Thunder Bay and east to its iconic Sleeping Giant. On the northwest end of the Sibley Peninsula and within the provincial park is the Thunder Bay Lookout, a cantilevered (fixed at only one end) overlook platform. From Trans Canada Highway 11/17, we take Highway 587 to Thunder Bay Lookout Road for the opportunity to step beyond the edge of the cliff to see the bay and the Thunder Bay coastline. Looking down over the 450-foot high

view, we can’t help but notice how all the leaves have been shunned by their respective tree’s circulatory system. Once again, Anderson reminds us of the science behind the show. “Chlorophyll breaks down allowing colors associated with carotene for orange and yellow to be visible; reds are associated with clear days and cool nights, the sunny days generate leaf sugars (anthocyanins) which build-up in the leaf because the cool nights stimulate a closing off of veins that would move these sugars out,” she says. “A particular autumn’s daily weather plays a significant role; reds in particular will be more common if there are plenty of clear days and cool nights.” If this drive all the way up the shore—and unexpectedly learning so much history and science—has you tuckered out, backcountry and car camping as well as rustic cabin accommodations are available in the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park until October 9. Though the options for fall color drives in the northland are as varied as the colors on the trees, it is certain that the variety will eventually be replaced by a layer of white in the woods. As the shift occurs, embracing the natural change brings us exactly where we are supposed to be.




By Breana Roy

North Shore Art

It’s another busy month filled with art festivals, studio tours and exhibits, starting with the Ely Harvest Moon Festival Sept. 7-9. Then, head to Two Harbors for the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour, held Sept. 28-30. And don’t miss the annual Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour, held Sept. 28-Oct. 7 throughout Cook County. See the events section for more info.

Pastel artist Karen Stombaugh will also take part in the Lake Superior 20/20 Tour. This piece is titled “Wild Vervain at Swede’s Forest.” | KAREN STOMBAUGH

Jennifer Murphy’s ceramic sculptures are inspired by the fauna, flora and geology of the North Shore. “Wee Agate Bites” are part of the wee creatures series and will be shown in the 20/20 Tour. | JENNIFER MURPHY

Textured teapot by Kim Gross of Spirit Pottery and Sculpture. Gross will attend the Harvest Moon Festival in Ely. | KIM GROSS

“In for the Night,” by Lutsen artist Kathy Weinberg. Stop by her studio during Art Along the Lake to see more of her work. | KATHY WEINBERG 28



This necklace, by jeweler Brittany Foster of Tower, MN, can be found at Frykman Studio during Art Along the Lake. | BRITTANY FOSTER

Award-winning jewelry artist Sharee Johnson will also attend the Harvest Moon Festival. | SHAREE JOHNSON


Cherry Dirt By Will Moore

Permanent Exhibits

WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival returns to Sweetheart’s Bluff at the Grand Marais Municipal Campground Sept. 7-9. This year features seven new acts who have never played the event before.

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

One of those new groups is Cherry Dirt, an energetic and always surprising duo of husband and wife Ryan and Staci Cihlar of Richfield, MN. Playing “American music with a ukelele twist,” they recreate pop, rock, and classic country numbers in a stripped-down style of only vocals and ukulele. Staci sings while Ryan backs her up with the tiny Hawai’ian instrument.

Thru Sept. 2 Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells a Story Duluth Art Institute, Payton MacDonald & Kenneth Johnson: Sonic Divide Duluth Art Institute, Jonathan Thunder: Suspension of Disbelief Duluth Art Institute,

“Door County is kind of an island, and that’s why the ukulele works so well with my ideas,” jokes Ryan, referencing his hometown in Wisconsin. If the Cherry Dirt name sounds familiar, it’s because they have become increasingly frequent visitors to Cook County in recent years. They usually play at the Cascade Lodge Restaurant between Lutsen and Grand Marais. They were also part of the North Shore Music Association’s Grand Marais Ole Opry last year. Ryan says though they’ve performed on stage, more intimate shows like the ones at Cascade feel freer. “When it’s just the two of you, you can be yourself more, and you don’t have to worry about a bandleader that wants to show a certain type of personality. I think we’ve developed something,” he says. Both Cherry Dirt and the Cihlars’ relationship were formed out of playing with the Bear Creek Band from Wisconsin. Ryan, who’s predominantly a drummer, was playing with the group. The two met at the Hodag Country Music Festival in Rhinelander, WI when Staci, who taught voice in Minneapolis at the time, had to fill in for the lead singer. “I assumed she was this kind of older woman that teaches voice lessons.” said Ryan. “I met her that night on stage and

Thru Sept. 9 Fragments of the North: Reid Thorpe Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais, Thru Sept. 22 A Twenty Year Retrospective: James Brinsfield Joseph Nease Gallery, Duluth,

Cherry Dirt consists of Ryan and Staci Cihlar. | SUBMITTED thought ‘whoa, this chick can sing! And she’s not 50!’ I threw all my pre-judgments away.” Cherry Dirt started as a way for the couple to perform the songs they wanted to sing, rather than performing a set covering standard hit songs. Staci was driven to a more classic county focus from her Southern roots. “If there’s a song with a big arrangement and people know the hooks because of synthesizers or something, we probably won’t do it. That’s why classic country works. Because it’s simple,” says Ryan. Transforming country songs on ukulele isn’t the only twist on the duo’s sound. Staci is indeed a classically trained vocalist who is involved in several productions of the Minnesota Opera each year. And she says that growing up in Laurel, Mississippi, was a unique upbringing in regards to music, thanks to her parents. “I had these two extremes of musical influences,” says Staci. “You’d go to these lessons and have to sing in Italian

and learn good breathing technique…then you’d go home and watch Austin City Limits and Grand Ole Opry. During commercials dad is pausing it, kicking back in his recliner and playing, tearing up the guitar, singing what they just sung and mom is harmonizing.” Her opera experience gained Staci an opportunity to sing in the International Festival of Sacred Music in Rome this October, including a rare chance to perform within the Sistine Chapel. Even in their spare time outside of work or gigs, the Cihlars stay musical. They joyously recollect an evening of recording at a friend’s studio only a night before. “It was truly therapy to put the books down and put the headphones on and just sing. It’s an investment in your emotional and spiritual and marital health,” said Staci. “Music really surrounds our relationship,” Ryan adds. Cherry Dirt plays on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Radio Waves.

Thru Oct. 20 Children of the Finnish Homestead Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Local Artists Featured Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Thru Oct. 28 Chance: Kathy McTavish Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Nov. 2 Pacific Northwest Native Art from the William J. Saul Collection Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Thru Nov. 25 Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: Christi Belcourt: A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thru April 2019 Moose of the Bold North: Root River Photography International Wolf Center, Ely, Thru Spring 2019 Quiet Simplicity: Life in 19th and 20th Century America Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth,

Sept. 1-30

Lake Superior Water Color Society Exhibit Lakeside Gallery, Duluth,

Sept. 3-30

Water on the Move Exhibit (Reception Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.) Art & Soul Gallery, Ely,


Sept. 13-Oct. 28

PICK OF THE MONTH Ely artist Annette Mattingly uses pressed flowers and herbs from her garden, as well as birch bark, seeds and other natural materials, to create beautifully intricate geometric and kaleidoscope-type images. Mattingly is one of 125 juried artists that will attend the Ely Harvest Moon Festival, held Sept. 7-9 at Whiteside Park. Her business is called Morning Glory Creations. To learn more about the festival, visit:

Amanda Breitbach: Land/People (Reception Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.) Duluth Art Institute, Aaron Squadroni: Mesabi Land Portraits (Reception Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.) Duluth Art Institute,

Sept. 14-Oct. 7

Plein Air Exhibit (Reception Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.) Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais,

Sept. 25-Dec. 31

122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth,

Sept. 28-Oct. 7

Blue Horses Golden Goat (Reception Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.) Yellow Bird Fine Art, Grand Marais,




Grand Opening!

A Fundraiser for the Violence Prevention Center

September 28th & 29th

Custom Design & Jewelry Repair

Gifts, Home Decor & Yarn

Register for Door Prize Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm Grand Opening Celebration September 28th 4-6:30


Live Music by Maria Nickolay, Beer Vendors, North Shore Winery, Wood Fired Pizza by Double D’s Catering, Hot Dogs & Root Beer Floats

5339 W. Hwy 61, Lutsen

General Admission - $20 adults, $10 students. Tickets sold at the door

Violence Prevention Center • 218-387-1262 or 218-387-1237 •

Fall Studio Tour & Sale Hovland, MN Artists

Sept 28 - Oct 7

Open 10 days, 10 am - 5 pm

Neil Sherman Plein Air Painter

Lou Pignolet Wood Turning

Hwy 61, Milepost 124, left after Naniboujou

Hwy 61, Milepost 132, Lakeside

4194 Cty Rd 69, Hovland

20 Tamarack Trl, Hovland

All proceeds to benefit the Jake Forsman Memorial Scholarship for area youth pursuing a career in the trades.

Dan & Lee Ross Sculpture & Prints Hwy 61, Milepost 127, Lakeside

4678 E. Hwy 61, Hovland 30



$10 per entry • Spectators are free Fun for the whole family • Plan to spend the whole day Awards, Prizes, Silent Auction and more! Call Al Forsman 218-235-3767 for more information.

The annual Ely Marathon will be held Saturday, Sept. 22. Those wanting a bigger challenge can try portaging a canoe for the entire marathon or half marathon races. | HEIDI PINKERTON and cattle shows, artisan vendors and exhibits, and locally grown pumpkins. This year’s theme is Autumn Leaves and Country Breeze. Admission is $7 adults; $5 seniors and ages 6-12; ages 5 and under are free.



WTIP’s annual Radio Waves Festival will feature Cook County’s Most Wanted. | SUBMITTED


Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Enjoy four days of family-fun and excitement with the 54th Annual Fall Fishing Festival in Nipigon, Ontario. Kickoff the weekend with the 5k run/walk Friday evening, followed by the biggest slo-pitch tournament on the North Shore. Saturday morning, take part in the kids races on the recreation field, then find a sport on Railway Street to watch the parade. At the main event site you’ll find a classic car display, kids inflatables, food trucks and booths, and a giant penny auction. You can even buy tickets to “Catch the Ace” for a chance to win the progressive jackpot. There will also be two

fishing derbies with prizes for multiple categories; the two-day Family Derby and one-day Huck Finn Derby for ages 12 and under. Other activities include a spaghetti supper, a dance party, and fireworks over the marina Sunday night.


Sept. 2-3 The very first Hymers Fair was held in September of 1912. Since then, the current fair grounds were purchased and many buildings were added, but the true country spirit of the very first market still remains. Located outside of Thunder Bay, there will be live entertainment, contests and prizes, lots of good food, horse

Sept. 7-8 This challenging race, held on the Superior Hiking Trail, offers distances of 100, 50 and 26.2 miles. If the distance isn’t challenging enough, the terrain is. It is a rugged, rooty and rocky single-track trail with near constant climbs and descents. The 100-mile race will begin at Gooseberry Falls State Park at 8 a.m. on Friday; the 50-mile race will start in Finland at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday; and the 26.2-mile race begins in Schroeder at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Each race will contain aid stations and will finish at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen. Race registration required.


on-site camping, held rain or shine. This year’s festival will feature over 30 local and regional bands. New acts to perform this year are Kilborn Quartet, Aho Family, Axtell, Gillis and Stamps, Casey Aro, Cherry Dirt, and Jim McGowan. Other performances include Mysterious Ways, Gene & Amy, Maria Nickolay, SVEA, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, Lake Effect, and Cook County’s Most Wanted. Sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, this year’s line-up offers a variety of genres, from rock to folk, jazz, swing and country. Admission for the festival is available at the gate; $10 per day, $20 for the weekend, and free to children 12 and under.

Sept. 7-9 Area residents and visitors of all ages are invited to come together for three days of music at Sweetheart’s Bluff in Grand Marais as part of the 11th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival. The festival takes place under a big tent in an outdoor venue, with food, children’s activities and

Sept. 7-9 Enjoy autumn in Ely with the 25th Annual Harvest Moon Festival, filled with arts and crafts, food vendors, a beer garden, the Saturday Farm Market, live entertainment and activities for the whole family. Held at Whiteside Park, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, demonstrations from the Ely Folk School, and live music by the Singing Slovenes, Timmy Haus, and others. Shop a delightful mix of original arts and crafts from over 125 local and regional juried artists and craftsmen, as well as locally made merchandise, books and outdoor gear. There will also be a new show this year—the All-Star Stunt Dogs Challenge—which showcases stunt dogs that were rescued from pounds and shelters. They will perform amazing, big air stunts, athletic feats and high-jump challenges. There will be three, 30 minute shows a day with a meet-and-greet opportunity after each show. The festival will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.





Art of the Elements Gallery

Sept. 9, Sunday With roots in ancient India, the Colour Festival is a joyful reminder to cast away bad feelings and throw worries to the wind. Join the throngs of people laughing, playing, dancing, eating and filling the sky with a cloud of bright colours. Held at 3 p.m. at Marina Park in Thunder Bay, there will be live musicians, dancers, yoga instructors, colour throwing, and more. The colours used are plantbased, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly. The festival is open to all ages.

Friday & Saturday • 10 am - 5pm in Sept. 10 days daily for the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour Sept. 28 - Oct. 7


Marcia Casey Cushmore acrylic & oil

Seventy-five talented juried artists can be found painting or sketching outdoors during the annual Plein Air Competition Sept. 7-14, located throughout Cook County. | SUBMITTED


Martye Allen clay

Hazel Belvo oil

Paul Bandhus stone

Brittany Foster jewelry

Sept. 7-14 Plein Air has been an annual tradition, bringing outdoor painters to Lake Superior’s North Shore and the community of Grand Marais for more than a decade. Now, the Johnson Heritage Post is collaborating with Outdoor Painters of Minnesota to continue the event for this year’s competition and beyond. See 75 talented juried artists painting or drawing the breathtaking landscape, creating a work of art before your own eyes. This year’s juror is Jeffrey Larson from the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art in Duluth. He will be part of a panel discussion at noon on Sept. 13. There will also be mini-workshops with various artists held all week, as well as demos and the Quick Paint competition on Thursday. An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 14 at the Johnson Heritage Post and the exhibit will be on display until Oct. 7.


Sept. 8, Saturday For 25 years, the Lake Superior Chapter of SFA has put on the Harvest Festival, connecting producers and consumers. Located in Bayfront Festival Park in downLaurie Toth, pastel

town Duluth, the festival features one of the largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, handmade crafts, a nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits, family activities, a food court, an energy fair, demonstrations and more. Learn about backyard composting, backyard chicken-raising, and beekeeping. Or try maypole dancing at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The festival will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking is free.


Sept. 8-9 Participate or come and watch as more than 110 vehicles race head-to-head, roaring down Garfield Avenue in Duluth at speeds exceeding 150 miles-per-hour over 1/8 of a mile. There will also be music, vendors, and a car show, with more than 350 vehicles on display, including those scheduled to race (registration required to participate). New this year, all seating is now first come first served, with standing and bleacher seating available for the same price. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Kids ages 5 and under are free.

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Sept. 9, Sunday The annual Caribou Charity Ride was created to give people the motivation to challenge themselves while contributing to the Northern Cancer Fund. Cyclists can choose to ride a 50k, 75k, a new 75k gravel, or the 100k. All you need to participate is a bike, certified helmet and determination. All rides start at the Best Western Nor-Wester Resort Hotel on Highway 61 and travel through picturesque Oliver Paipoonge Township near Thunder Bay. Registration is required.


Sept. 14-15 The annual Duluth Rising Festival, held in Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, offers numerous family-friendly attractions, including hot air balloon rides, a craft beer tent, food, vendors, weather balloon launches, and live music. The Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth will hold a free family kite fly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Also on Saturday, join Disney TV star Peyton

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Natalie Sobanja, clay

at Frykman Art Studio

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Sept. 9, Sunday The 37th Annual Terrace Bay Fall Fair is one of the largest arts and crafts show on the top of Lake Superior. Held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Terrace Bay Arena, this event attracts local residents, individuals from surrounding communities and tourists who are passing through Terrace Bay. There will be hand-made artisan items of all kinds, as well as food vendors. Admission is $2.


FALL HOME TOUR & Renewable Energy Event FREE to the public

Hwy 7 Grand Marais

Fri., Sept. 28 - Sun., Sept. 30 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. NORTHERN  WILDS

“20 artists in 20 miles”

Join us on Saturday September 29th for a fun and educational day of solar energy information and home winterization tips. More details to follow on our website at:

List as she hosts the free Rising Stars event at 5 p.m. on the main stage. This free event will feature performances by the Madill Performing Arts Center, the Duluth Playhouse Family Theatre and the finals of the Rising Stars Talent Contest, featuring local kids competing for awards and prizes. Admission to the Duluth Rising Festival is free. kernkompany. com/duluth-rising


Sept. 14-16 The North House Folk School in Grand Marais will present their annual fall fundraiser for the 17th year, celebrating community, music, crafts and storytelling. With the Birch Bark Bash and Unplugged Performance (on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively), classic craft coursework and performance workshops throughout the weekend, and the Points North Online Auction and Folk Artisan Marketplace, it’s a true celebration of the educational mission of North House. Held at 5 p.m. on Friday, the Birch Bark Bash is a multi-course dinner by Scott Graden of New Scenic Café, with drinks provided by Fulton Beer, Voyageur Brewing and the North Shore Winery. The featured international instructors are renowned woodworker and crafts-

Fall Studio Tour Sept 28 - Oct 7

Open 10 days, 10 am - 5 pm The North House Folk School’s Unplugged Festival features storytelling, music and more. | NHFS man Jögge Sundqvist, and Daniel Serra, a Viking culinary archeologist who will teach three medieval cooking courses and give a public talk on Saturday. The Unplugged show held Saturday evening will feature storyteller Kevin Kling and seven guest performers, performing stories, music and more. Tickets for the festival can be purchased online.


Sept. 15, Saturday The Sixth Annual Harvest Booya Festival in Finland will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 15. There will be crafters and vendors, music by Casey Aro, an apple cider demo, a live falcon presentation by Jackie Fallon, a Finnish log construction presentation by Frank Eld, a BRCC bake sale with fresh lefse and a lefse demo, the kids sawdust pile and more. There will also be the famous bowl of booya and bread, a baked potato bar, fry bread, a caramel apple bar, nachos, brats, hotdogs, and corn. And don’t miss the Fourth Annual Booya Classic Car Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Don’s Auto Repair and Towing. The festival will take place at the Clair Nelson Center.


The Duluth Drag Races and Car Show will be held Sept. 8-9. | SUBMITTED

Loon’s Nest Gift Shop

20 years! A unique gift shop

located mid-Gunflint Trail.

We have something for everyone. Specializing in handcrafted gifts, many made from materials gathered right here in the forest. • Christmas Ornaments • Birchbark Baskets • Carved loons and other woodland creatures • Cribbage boards • Shelving • Wall hangings • Oil paintings on saw blades, paddles & rocks Open May to October

Hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday 7575 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais (218) 388-9973

Sept. 15, Saturday The Blacksheep Mountain Biking Club will hold the Third Annual Shuniah Forty Miner XC Marathon on Sept. 15 at Kinsman Park in Thunder Bay. Races include the 40-miner long course (48km); the 40-miner medium course (24km); the 40-miner short course (12km); and a 5km mini-miner course. An after party will be held at Sleeping Giant

Take our quiz while you golf!

Betsy Bowen Studio Open daily

Hand-printed woodcuts by Betsy Bowen. Special tour guests: Heidi Sobanja, oil paintings Wickwire Clay Works, custom tiles and installation Angela Robins, woodturning Marybeth Garmoe, brooms and woodwork Mike Loeffler, woodcarving

301 First Avenue West, Grand Marais more info at

Yellow Bird Fine Art

Exceptional Art • Contemporary Craft • Custom Jewelry Exceptional Art and Contemporary Craft

Exhibiting the work of 32 Artists Sculpture Painting Jewelry 101 W. Hwy 61, Grand Marais

Art of the Elements Gallery at Frykman Art Studio

Guest artists: Hazel Belvo, oil & acrylic paintings Paul Bondhus stone sculpture Natalie Sobanja clay vessels Martye Allen, clay sculpture & prints Brittany Foster, silver & brass jewelry

Answers are on the scorecards. The first 9 holes have animal tracks to identify. The 2nd 9 holes have leaves to identify. Plus many varied plants are labeled for educational fun, if you are done laughing at the trained goats.

Open: Mon.-Fri. 10-8, Sat 10-9, Sun 10-6 2014 Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN · 218-387-3570

Sharon Frykman, fused glass

306 County Rd 44 (See adjacent map) NORTHERN  WILDS



Northwoods Vacations on the Gunflint Trail!

• Cabins & Camping • Canoeing & Kayaking • Pets & Family Friendly • Groceries & Supplies • Ice Cream & Pizzas

Inspired by the Slate Islands, the Lighthouse Gallery is a contemporary venue for local artisans to showcase and sell their artwork collections that flow with a nautical sense and representation of Northwestern Ontario.

Open: Thurs., Fri., Sat. 11 am - 4 pm

9 Simcoe Plaza, Terrace Bay (807) 823-2337

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218.388.4454 · 800.533.5814 217 S. Gunflint Lk • Grand Marais, MN 55604

Saturday September 1 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission

Arrowhead Center for the Arts

51 West 5th St., Grand Marais

Coming in October: Ole & Lena and Zorongo Flamenco

Oktoberfest Sept 26 - 30 wed - Sun Authentic polka music, games, and specialty beer check oUR OUR Facebook/website Facebook/website for for the the schedule. schedule. check

The 23rd Annual NorthShore Inline Marathon in Duluth will be held on Sept. 15. | SUBMITTED Brewing, followed by an awards ceremony with prize drawings and awards going to the top three male and female riders in each distance category. Race registration required.


Sept. 15, Saturday Be a part of the largest inline marathon in North America this summer, by joining the 23rd Annual NorthShore Inline Marathon in Duluth. This year’s races consist of: kids sprints, half inline skating, half marathon run, full marathon rollerskiing, full marathon inline skating, a 10k run and the combined race, in which participants skate the half marathon, as well as the full marathon, for a total of 39.3 miles on inline skates. A postrace awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Grandma’s Sports Garden. Race registration required. The kids sprints will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 on Harbor Drive. Registration starts at 4 p.m. and is free to all kids ages 14 and under.


Sept. 22, Saturday Pura Fé, whose name means “Pure Faith,” was born in New York City and is a member of the Tuscarora Indian Nation. A co-founder of the internationally renowned Native women’s a capella trio Ulali, Pura Fé has been recognized in her solo career for bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of

the mainstream music industry. Her sound is infused with musical styles from folk to blues to “traditional music from all over the world, wherever the spirit is connected to our roots.” She will be performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at aca.tix. com. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m.


Sept. 22, Saturday Whether you are looking to buy, rent, or transition to assisted living, or you want to learn more about affordable housing, or simply learn more about the housing industry in general, the Northern Ontario Housing Expo in Thunder Bay is your one stop for all things housing related. This year’s expo will feature over 40 local housing vendors and 26 housing classes and workshops. There will also be a housing industry expert panel. And have breakfast with this year’s keynote speaker, Kateri Banning, owner of Kateri Construction, Consulting and Design. The expo will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Victoria Inn. Tickets can be purchased online.


Sept. 22, Saturday Signup for one of three races in Ely during the annual Ely Marathon. Races include the Northern Lights

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sales benefit the Cook County Community Fund. Voyageur Brewing Company in partnership with the Cook County Community Fund Presents Oktoberfest.

233 W. Hwy 61, Grand Marais





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5k Glow Run at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 (open to all ages and abilities); the 26.2mile Ely Marathon at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday; and the 13.1-mile Boundary Waters Bank Half Marathon at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Those wanting a bigger challenge can try portaging a canoe for the entire marathon or half marathon races. There will also be a “Kids Marathon” coined the Dorothy Molter Root Beer Run; kids are asked to run 25 miles prior to marathon day. Then, on race day, they will run the remaining 1.2 miles and finish the marathon along with the Ely Marathon finishers. Other activities include a fitness expo, live music, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, a beer tent and an awards ceremony. Race registration required.

out Cook County. There will be various art demonstrations, special exhibitions, book signings, artist talks, studio tours, hands-on activities for all ages, Q&A sessions and more. Locations include home studios, as well as galleries with guest artists, such as Sivertson Gallery, Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais Art Gallery, The Big Lake, Upstate MN, Frykman Art Studio, Yellow Bird Fine Art, Mueller Studio and Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery. All locations will be open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



Sept. 28-30 As crisp, fall air fills the atmosphere, you know it’s time for the annual self-guided Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour, located at various art galleries and studios in the Two Harbors area. Now in its seventh year, the tour offers new artists and a new route to help visitors stay clear of road construction. Held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., glass, ceramics, woodwork, painting, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture and photography will be exhibited and offered for sale. Many sites will provide refreshments, music, and surprise “Pop-Up” artists. This year’s new artists include Jeff Hall, Lisa Kosmo, Sue Stavig, Natalija Walbridge, Michael Kapsos and Jennifer Murphy. Also new this year is the addition of an information tent, located in Larsmont, which will provide info for visitors on how

Take part in the annual 10 km Hike for Health in Nipigon, held Sept. 29. | SUBMITTED to start the tour and avoid traffic on Hwy 61. A PDF printable map is also available online.


Sept. 28-Oct. 7 Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will feature a variety of unique, handcrafted artwork by more than 50 artists at 21 locations through-

Sept. 29, Saturday This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Heck of the North gravel bike races, which start and finish at the Alger Grade parking lots, north of Two Harbors. Along with the usual 100-mile and 50-mile courses, there will also be a 20-mile course this year; this all gravel route is the perfect introduction for new riders to the world of gravel cycling. All races start at 8 a.m. and each course will have its own checkpoint with Honey Stinger Waffles, water and traditional nutrients to help keep you rolling. After the races, stop by for a bonfire at Heck of the North Base Camp and catch up with the other riders. Race registration required.


Sept. 29, Saturday LunaFest is a short films program by, for, and about women. These films celebrate unique and inspiring women in local, nationally and international communities. This year’s films include “Girls Level Up” by Anne Edgar,


Sept. 29, Saturday The annual 10 km Hike for Health, which takes place along the Nipigon River Recreation Trail, is held on the last Saturday of September. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and opening ceremonies at the Nipigon Waterfront. A light breakfast will be served and fundraising/draw prizes awarded. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., buses will begin shuttling hikers to the Red Rock trailhead. During this rugged trek, hikers can expect fantastic views from three lookouts over Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior, and later relax on the leisurely portion of the trail beside the Nipigon River and its wetlands. New this year is a scavenger hunt that kids and families can do along the trail. All youth ages 14 and under who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a special gift and all participants will receive a wooden participation medal. There will be no lunch this year, but participants are encouraged to visit local participating restaurants where hiker's specials will be offered; they will receive 15 percent off of their meals on the day of the hike (with proof of participation).

Watercolor Classes

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“Toys” by Amanda Quaid, “Fanny Pack” by Uttera Singh, and “Waiting for Hassana” by Ifunanya Maduka. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Violence Prevention Center in Grand Marais and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit championing gender equality within the film industry.

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10 a.m. - Noon, and 1-3 p.m. Landscaping Prints with Kathy Fox Weinburg


10 a.m. - Noon Paint a Superior Leaf with Trish Hunter


6 - 8 p.m. Wine & Watercolor with Trish Hunter – Call to reserve your spot for classes. –


6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wine & Beer Tasting with North Shore Winery & Voyageur Brewery Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door


5 - 7 p.m. Discovering our Heritage of Finnish Log Construction by Frank Eld

Children of the Finnish Homesteads Artists Gallery Donated Art Sale/Local Artists Featured


11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Clear Capture with photographer Tim Ostroot

Quilt Raffle!

Rhapsody in Blue Tickets: $3 ea or 2 for $5

Date Nights in September


Thursdays 7-9 p.m.

Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sun.11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Closed Mon.

202 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen

7932 W Hwy 61, Schroeder • 218-663-7706

Music, wine, candlelight, and fires.





WHERE THERE’S ALWAYS TIME FOR THE FINER THINGS NORTHERN DELIGHTS HARVEST Oct 9 - 21 Northern Delights is returning to Thunder Bay’s Downtown Restaurants this October. Now in its third year, Northern Delights has expanded to include local food producers and even more restaurants! Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe meals for $25 and $35 (CDN) that showcase the culinary talent in our city and the incredible produce and homegrown bounty of Northern Ontario.




Good Times Await North of the Border

Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth exhibit continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery until November 25. The exhibit features artist Christi Belcourt with artist Isaac Murdoch. Together, they produce powerful images championing the restoration of balance between all living beings and the natural world. The movie Coco will play at Marina Park on Friday, Aug. 31 as part of the family-friendly Movie Nights on the Waterfront series, followed by Sherlock Gnomes on Saturday, Sept. 1. Movies start after sunset (roughly between 8-9 p.m.) and admission is free. Be sure to bring warm clothing, a blanket and a lawn chair and enjoy the show on the big screen overlooking Lake Superior. Concessions will be available. The Red Lion Smokehouse will hold various events throughout the month, starting with a Dawson Trail Brewery Tap Takeover and Chess Night at 8 p.m. on Sept. 5. A Video Game Night will be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, followed by Arts and Craft Beer at 8 p.m. Music Bingo will be held at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and Sept. 21. Other events include a Board Game Night Sept. 19, Quiz Night Sept. 26, and Beer and Yoga Sept. 29. Bang Bang, a drama by Kat Sandler, will open at the Magnus Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 6 and run through Saturday, Sept. 22. In this story, a white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. With Sandler’s trademark wit, Bang Bang traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.


Remember, Thunder Bay is on Eastern Time­— 1 hour ahead of MN time.

Held Saturday, Sept. 8, Doors Open Thunder Bay takes place every other year in September under the supporting partnership of Doors Open Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust. This free, one-day event, which takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., offers residents and visitors the opportunity to step through the doors of some of the city’s most unique structures and heritage sites. This year’s participating sites include St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Paramount Theatre, Thunder Bay Masjid, the Alexander Henry, Brodie Resource Library, Historic Fort William, Centennial Botanical Conservatory, the International Friendship Gardens, and more. thunderbay. ca/doorsopen The annual Festival of Colours will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. in Marina Park. With roots in ancient India, this family-friendly festival features live musicians, dancers, yoga instructors, and the color throw. Made from food-grade cornstarch, the colours used are plant-based, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. The 14th Annual Vox Popular Media Arts Festival (originally known as the Bay Street Film Festival) will take place Sept. 13-16. This year’s festival, held at the Trinity United Church Hall (310 Park Avenue), will feature over 55 films from Northwestern Ontario and around the world. There will also be a new media arts component with performances, art installations and more. Festival films include “Dad is Pretty,” “Darkslide,” “Ready for a Baby,” “War Paint,” and “Let Us Dance.” Festival tickets can be purchased online. The Savour Superior Food and Drink Festival will be held Sept. 14-15 at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Coliseum. Enjoy one of the region’s most fun and delicious culinary, wine, spirit and beer expos. This year’s festival features a variety of Ontario VQA Wines, international wines and spirits, craft beers, gourmet coffee and teas,

“New Beginnings,” by Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, is part of the Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until November 25. | SUBMITTED delectable desserts, mouthwatering cuisine, and locally grown and prepared farmers market produce. There will also be live entertainment, vendors and culinary demonstrations. Must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased online. Culture Days takes place the last weekend in September each year. This year’s event will take place Sept. 28-30, with family-friendly activities held throughout Thunder Bay. Attendees can join in free, interactive activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and the City. More info can be found online. Share your love of French culture with three days of music, arts, food and activities for the whole family with the Franco-Fes-

tival, held Sept. 27-29 at the Francophone Center. There will be free concerts by The Winston Band (8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Valhala Inn) and ARIKO (2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Franco-Festival outdoor stage). There will also be a tournament of cards for seniors, a dance party for 14-18 year olds, hosted by DJ Unpier at La Venendrye Catholic High School, and The Great Seduction at 8 p.m. at Paramount. Mark your calendars for Northern Delights, held Oct. 9-21. This culinary celebration features many of Thunder Bay’s downtown restaurants, such as El Tres, Silver Birch, Bight and Red Lion Smokehouse. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe meals for $25 and $35. This is a great opportunity to try something new and celebrate the local culinary scene.






Northern Wilds Calendar of Events Aug. 30-Sept. 1

I Am My Own Wife 7:30 p.m. The Underground Theatre, Duluth,

Rockin’ Recovery 5:30 p.m. Marina Park, Thunder Bay, Jay Fonkert: What Can DNA Add To Your Family History? 6 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library, Chess Night 8 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

Boundary Waters Blues Festival Winton/Ely, Movie Nights on the Waterfront After Sunset, Marina Park, Thunder Bay,

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Sept. 6, Thursday

Fest du Nord Music Festival

YMCA Camp du Nord, Ely, The Federales 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival Nipigon,

Sept. 1, Saturday

Moose Stories 10 a.m. Sugarloaf Cove, Schroeder, Heritage Homestead Tours 1 p.m. Embarrass Information Center, Embarrass, Music on the Deck: Joe Paulik 6 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen, Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert 7 p.m. Grand Marais, Monroe Crossing 7:30 p.m. Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais,

Sept. 1-2

Live Craft Demo 10 a.m. North House Folk School, Grand Marais, Old Fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social Noon, Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, North Shore Community Swing Band 12:30 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail Woodblind 4 p.m. Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, Grand Marais,



Sweetheart’s Bluff, Grand Marais Rec Park, Harvest Moon Festival Whiteside Park, Ely,

Sept. 5, Wednesday

Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Hymers Fair 9 a.m. Kakabeka Falls,

The Red Dog Band 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Duluth-Superior Pride Festival Throughout the Twin Ports,

Sept. 2-3

Sept. 7-9

Labor Day

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Sept. 2, Sunday

Sept. 3, Monday

AHC North Chainbreaker 5k Run/Walk 6 p.m. UMD Bagley Nature Center, Duluth, Billy Johnson 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Justin Moore, Whiskey Trail & Nora Collins 7 p.m. UWS Wessman Arena, Superior, The Superior Singers: Beatles Forever 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth,

Sept. 6-9

Live Craft Demo 10 a.m. North House Folk School, Grand Marais,

Sept. 6-22

Bang Bang Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, The Realistic Joneses 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.) Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, Duluth,

Sept. 7, Friday

Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament 10 a.m. Whitewater Golf Club, Rosslyn, Mastodon with Dinosaur Jr. & Netherlands 7:30 p.m. Essentia Duluth Heritage Center, Duluth, The Dead Pigeons 8 p.m. Wunderbar, Grand Marais, Don Juan 8 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais,

Sept. 7-8

Superior Fall Trail Race Caribou Highlands, Lutsen, Agate Bay Crafters 9 a.m. Little Red Schoolhouse, Larsmont,


Radio Waves Music Festival

Sept. 7-14

Cookie 4 p.m. Skyport Lodge on Devil

Track Lake, Grand Marais, Gag Me With a Spoon 7 p.m. Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, Duluth, Tony Petersen & Jill Zimmerman 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Plein Air Competition Grand Marais,

Sept. 10, Monday

Sept. 8, Saturday

Grand Marais,

Cause for the Paws Walk/Run Fundraiser 8 a.m. Osaugie Trail, Superior, Paddle the Pads Bass Fly Fishing Tournament 8 a.m. Fond Du Lac Campground, Duluth, Courage Kenny’s Shoot For Fun 8:30 a.m. Old Vermilion Trail Hunting Preserve, Duluth, Ashland Mural Fest & Classic Car Show 9 a.m. Ashland, WI, Lake Superior Harvest Festival 10 a.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Doors Open Thunder Bay 10 a.m. Thunder Bay, Walk to End Alzheimer’s 10 a.m. Duluth DECC, Nice Girls of the North Marketplace 10 a.m. Lakeside Lester Park Community Center, Duluth, Dance Until There Is No More 1 p.m. Sweetheart’s Bluff, Grand Marais Rec Park, Owls: Presented by Dave Grosshuesch 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, I Run & Rock 4 p.m. Boulevard Lake, Thunder Bay, Light Duluth Teal Gala 6 p.m. Duluth DECC, Dead Pigeons 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Brothers In Arms 8 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais,

Sept. 8-9

KIA of Duluth Drag Races & Car Show 9 a.m. Garfield Avenue, Duluth,

Sept. 9, Sunday

Caribou Charity Ride 8 a.m. Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Fall Fair Noon, Terrace Bay Arena, Festival of Colours 3 p.m. Marina Park, Thunder Bay,

Celtic Sessions 7 p.m. Wunderbar,

Sept. 11, Tuesday

Ruby’s Pantry 5 p.m. Community Center, Grand Marais, Leave No Trace Workshop 6 p.m. Bent Paddle Brewery, Duluth, Drying & Using Herbs Class 6:30 p.m. CC Whole Foods Coop, Grand Marais (218) 387-3015 Superior Shorts 7:30 p.m. Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, Duluth,

Sept. 11-13

HOCP Roundtable Gathering Voyageur Island, Atikokan,

Sept. 12, Wednesday

United Campaign Breakfast 7 a.m. Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay, Video Game Night 5 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay, Reading MN Native American Writers Series 5:30 p.m. Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais,

Sept. 13, Thursday Plucked Up String Band

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

Sept. 13-16

Vox Popular Media Arts Festival Trinity Hall, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 14, Friday

Leave No Trace Night 6 p.m. Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors, Portage Band & Cooper Ann Muska 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Rainbow Connection Concert 7:30 p.m. UMD Weber Music Hall, Duluth,

Sept. 14-15

Duluth Rising Festival & Craft Brew Village Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth,

Savour Superior CLE Coliseum, Thunder Bay, Birch Bark Bash North House Folk School, Grand Marais,

Sept. 14-16

Unplugged XVII North House Folk School, Grand Marais, Tour of Duluth: Running Across America’s Top Trail City 9 a.m. Duluth,

Sept. 15, Saturday

NorthShore Inline Marathon Duluth, Shuniah Forty Miner XC Marathon Kinsmen Park, Thunder Bay, Harvest Booya Festival 10 a.m. Clair Nelson Center, Finland, Parkinson SuperWalk 10:30 a.m. Intercity Shopping Centre, Thunder Bay, Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride Noon, Thunder Bay, Presentation by Author Staci Drouillard 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, The Singing Slovenes 2 p.m. B’nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center, Virginia, Rising Stars with Payton List 5 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, Consortium Aurora Borealis: The Enchanting Flute 8 p.m. St. Paul’s United Church, Thunder Bay, Cook County’s Most Wanted 9 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Music Bingo 9:30 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 15-16

Leave No Trace Workshops & Public Outreach on SHT 10 a.m. Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay,

Sept. 16, Sunday

Kidney Walk 9 a.m. Marina Park, Thunder Bay, Music from the Alps to the Adriatic Noon, GND Rec Center, Duluth, Terry Fox Run 1 p.m. Boulevard Lake, Thunder Bay,

Jim & Michele Miller 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Sept. 18, Tuesday

Modest Mouse 7:30 p.m. Duluth DECC,

Sept. 19, Wednesday

Blood Drive 11 a.m. Silver Bay High School, Board Game Night with Toy Sense 8 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 20, Thursday

Healthy Aging Expo 9 a.m. Amici’s Event Center, Ely, Blood Drive 9:30 a.m. Cook County Court House, Grand Marais, United Way Chili Cook-Off 5 p.m. Duluth DECC, Grand Marais Writers’ Guild 6 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library, Facebook: Grand Marais Writers’ Guild Wine & Beer Tasting 6:30 p.m. Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Book Launch: Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better 7 p.m. Clyde Iron Works, Duluth, Gordon Thorne 7 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Thunder Bay Horticultural Society Meeting 7:30 p.m. Oliver Road Community Centre, Thunder Bay, Student Recital: Noah Stephens-Brown 7:30 p.m. UMD Weber Music Hall, Duluth, Lakehead University’s Alumni Homecoming Weekend Lakehead University, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 20-22

Stomper’s Retreat Wunderbar, Grand Marais,

Sept. 21, Friday

Bocce Ball Fundraiser 1 p.m. Da Vinci Centre, Thunder Bay, Joe Pollock & Pat Flack 6 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Northern Lights 5k Glow Run 7 p.m. Vermillion Community College, Ely, Music Bingo 9:30 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 21-22

FEmn Fest Sacred Heart Music & Arts Center, Duluth, Diane Isackson Craft Show/Sale 9 a.m. Little Red Schoolhouse, Larsmont, Space Monkey Mafia 8 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Sept. 21-23

Hawk Weekend Festival Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Duluth,

Sept. 22, Saturday

Chocoholic Frolic Downtown Ely, Celebration Talent Dance Competition Duluth DECC, Ely Marathon & Half-Marathon 7:30 a.m. Ely, Northern Ontario Housing Expo 8 a.m. Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay, Cook County Airport Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast 8 a.m. Grand Marais Airport (218) 387-3024

Dorothy’s Root Beer Run 8:45 a.m. Ely, Walk A Mile In Our Shoes 9 a.m. UMD Malosky Stadium, Duluth, ATV Ride for Special Olympics 10 a.m. Ely, Walk for ALS 10 a.m. Boulevard Lake, Thunder Bay, LCCC Harvest Festival Noon, Hilldale Lutheran Church, Thunder Bay, Bats: Presented by Peg Robertsen 2 p.m. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, Gunflint Trail, Beargrease Beer & Bacon Bash 3 p.m. South St. Louis County Fairgrounds, Proctor, Frank Eld: Discovering Our Heritage of Finnish Log Construction 5 p.m. Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder, Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert 7 p.m. Grand Marais, Jean Pendziwol: The Lightkeeper’s Daughter 7 p.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, Pura Fé 7:30 p.m. Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais, Circuit Breakers 9 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais,

Sept. 22-23

NSHCF Golf Scramble Superior National Golf Course, Lutsen,

Sept. 24, Monday

A Conversation with Emanuel Ax 6 p.m. Weber Music Hall, Duluth, Full Moon Reading: Rachel Andrus 6:30 p.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais,

Sept. 25, Tuesday

Author Reading of “Boy” 7 p.m. Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais,

Sept. 26, Wednesday

Blood Drive 9 a.m. Two Harbors High School, Quiz Night 8 p.m. Red Lion Smokehouse, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 26-30

Oktoberfest Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais,

Sept. 27, Thursday

Joe Paulik 6 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais,

Sept. 27-29

Franco-Festival Francophone Center, Thunder Bay,

Sept. 28, Friday

Grand Opening Celebration 4 p.m. Jeweler of the North Shore & H. Lill’s, Lutsen, Downtown Duluth Arts Walk 5 p.m. Downtown Duluth, BLCW Harvest Dinner: Feast for the Community 5 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Marais Portage Band & Billie Johnson 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais, Patricia Hampl: The Art of the Wasted Day 7 p.m. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais,

Craft Show 9 a.m. Little Red Schoolhouse, Larsmont, Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour 10 a.m. Two Harbors, Cooter, Tonder & Friends Studio Art Sale 10 a.m. Two Harbors,

Sept. 28-Oct. 7

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour 10 a.m. Throughout Cook County,

Sept. 29, Saturday

Sept. 28-30

Fall Home Tour & Renewable Energy Event Grand Marais, Grand Traverse 6 a.m. Fitger’s Brewery Complex, Duluth, Heck of the North 8 a.m. Alger Grade Parking Lots, Two Harbors, Hike for Health 8:30 a.m. Nipigon River Recreation Trail, Nipigon, Wasaya–United Way Plane Pull 10 a.m. Wasaya Airways, Thunder Bay, Photographer Tim Ostroot: Clear Capture 11 a.m. Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder,



Fabulous Fall Nature Geek-Out Wolf Ridge ELC, Finland, Culture Days Throughout Thunder Bay, NCCA Color Rides Washburn, WI,

Live Music 9 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte,


Downtown Farmers’ Market 11 a.m. Lake Superior Plaza, Duluth, Community Yoga 11 a.m. 1st Congregational UCC: Lower Level, Grand Marais, Ely Farmers’ Market 5 p.m. Whiteside Park, Ely, Trivia 7 p.m. Grandma Rays, Grand Marais, Campfire Music with Joe Paulik 7 p.m. Bluefin Bay, Tofte,


Lake Superior Yoga 8 a.m. Tettegouche State Park Visiter Center, Silver Bay Country Market 3:30 p.m. CLE Dove Building, Thunder Bay, Open Mic 5 p.m. Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais, Chef in the Garden 6 p.m. Glensheen Mansion, Duluth, Live Music 9 p.m. Bluefin Grille, Tofte,

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Woman’s

Pumpkinfest 11 a.m. Gammondale Farm, Slate River,

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Community Yoga 11 a.m. 1st Congregational UCC: Lower Level, Grand Marais, Finland Farmers Market 5 p.m. Clair Nelson Center, Finland, Local Food Market 5 p.m. Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais Live Music 6 p.m. Cascade Lodge & Restaurant, Lutsen, Date Night with Live Music 7 p.m. North Shore Winery, Lutsen,

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The North Shore Dish Pop-Up Patios and Parklets By Maren Webb

The summer and fall seasons may feel short in the Northern Wilds, but we know how to make the most of them. Two communities are taking it one step further, helping restaurants and other businesses create additional outdoor areas for dining, relaxing, and connecting in the heart of downtown. Pop-up patios and parklets are helping reimagine public spaces and welcoming people to spend time in downtown Duluth and Thunder Bay. The Waterfront District in Thunder Bay has seen a resurgence in recent years, with new restaurants, shops, and other attractions. A new set of attractions has been added this year with the City of Thunder Bay’s pilot of a pop-up patio program. Inspired by similar projects in Hamilton and Peterborough, the pop-up patios go beyond the regular outdoor patio by allowing a business to use the entire sidewalk for patio space and a boardwalk is constructed in the parking lane for pedestrian traffic. Red Lion Smokehouse, The Foundry, and Apple Chipotle’s are all participating in this first season of the two-year pilot. Red Lion Smokehouse is likely a familiar name to regular Northern Wilds readers. With a pop-up patio, Red Lion is bringing its fun atmosphere and good food and drink outside. “Being able to sit outside with a cold, craft beer is one of the delights of summer!” said co-owner, Alex Bono. Red Lion has an extensive beer list, including local craft brews as well as ones from the United States and Britain. This season’s patio is sponsored by the Kenora-based craft brewer, Lake of the Woods Brewing Co., who is providing their seasonal beer Thumbs Up Pilsner exclusively to Red Lion Smokehouse for the patio season. A perfect pairing for Red Lion’s barbecue and smoked menu options, with the full menu available on the patio. Sunny, warm weather may seem like the ideal time to try out the patio, but we northern folk must be pretty hardy. “Even on cooler, damper days, we’ve had die-hard fans wanting to sit outside and dine,” said Bono. The creation of the patio was a real family affair, with their dad, Gerry, and sister, Anna, creating the design, construction by co-owner, John and Gerry, and beautification by co-owner, Alex, Jaden, and Caitlin. “It’s a great way to increase the walk-ability and sociability of our streets and encourage locals and visitors alike to try out new restaurants and businesses that they may not have noticed before,”

[ABOVE] Three parklets are located

in downtown Duluth this season, all of which are open through October. Shown here is the parklet in front of Duluth Coffee Company. | SUBMITTED [LEFT] Many parklets are located

in front of coffeehouses and restaurants, so Ryan Arola of AROLA Architecture Studio in Duluth decided to buck the trend and host one in front of his business. | AROLA ARCHITECTURE STUDIO manager. Apple Chipotle’s pop-up patio (42 Court Street South) will be open until September 10.

said Bono. The Red Lion pop-up patio (28 Cumberland Street South) is open Monday through Saturday to 10 p.m. until October 15. The patio is dog-friendly, with water bowls on hand to keep everyone hydrated. Another restaurant participating in the pilot is Apple Chipotle’s BBQ Grillhouse, Thunder Bay’s newest traditional BBQ spot. They jumped at the opportunity as

they saw it would provide another option for their guests while enjoying food and drink. The community’s positive response has blown them away. The pop-up patio was built by Tom Palosaari from Cutting Edge Construction. “We believe that our guests enjoy the experience of being outside in the sun and being able to enjoy our full drink and food menu,” said Caitlin Earl, Apple Chipotle’s front of the house

“At the end of this season we will consider removing the ‘pilot’ status, [which] would result in a greater number of patios and the City and business could enter into a longer term agreement,” said Joel DePeuter, manager of Realty Services for the City of Thunder Bay. Be sure to enjoy one of the patios this season and help make the case for this to be a permanent program beyond the two-year pilot. Down the shore of Lake Superior, Duluth has moved from a pilot to a permanent parklet program, creating more public spac-




es downtown. Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk for pedestrian use and include features like tables and seating, plants, bike parking, and public art. Instead of the seating being on the sidewalk and the walkway going into the street, like in Thunder Bay, the sidewalk thoroughfare remains and the seating is added next to the curb in the parking lane. The program started as a collaboration between the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition (now Zeitgeist) and the City of Duluth’s Planning Division to help the community reimagine the use of public space in relationship to public health and the urban environment in 2014. This season, three parklets are up at Duluth Coffee Company (105 E. Superior Street), AROLA Architecture Studio (205 W. 1st Street), and Zeitgeist Arts Cafe (222 E. Superior Street) in downtown Duluth through October.

This pop-up patio, located at Red Lion Smokehouse in Thunder Bay, is open Monday through Saturday until October 15. | RED LION SMOKEHOUSE

Parklets are public spaces even if located in front of and sponsored by a business. Many parklets are in front of coffeehouses and restaurants, like Duluth Coffee Company and Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, so Ryan Arola of AROLA Architecture Studio decided he wanted to buck the trend and host one in front of his business to show that it can also benefit a non-food business. People are often seen at parklets like ARO-

LA’s painting and drawing, playing music, having work meetings, bringing their own picnic lunches, reading a book, playing games, and, in this case, The Rambler food truck comes once a week to create a pop-up eatery with the parklet’s seating. “Nice weather is such a premium in the summer that those who use the parklet love to have a nice spot where they can enjoy being outside for either some work or a weekly stop at the food truck,” said Ryan. This is the second season of the AROLA Architecture Studio parklet. Furniture from MAVIS is placed during the week Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The parklet was designed by Ryan and built by Meteek & Co. “I would encourage to give downtown a chance and come for a walk during the week, our parklet is just a small piece that makes downtown Duluth a great place to spend some time,” said Ryan. After a pilot phase in Duluth, the City adopted a policy and permit process for seasonal parklets. “The results of the [original] study indicated that people loved parklets and that we could build them in a way that makes them relatively easy to take down and store for the winter,” said Zeitgeist active liv-

ing coordinator, Shawna Mullen. One of the unexpected, yet not surprising, results from the pilot was how the parklets tend to facilitate conversations and connections between people. “In our study, 47.6 percent of parklet users we surveyed said they had made new connections or met someone new while in the parklet. For us at Zeitgeist, having a connection to others and the places we share is a significant key to building a strong community,” said Mullen. Another finding: temperature did not greatly influence usage, with people using them in temperatures from 40 to 85 degrees F (although rain did reduce usage). The original pilots were funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the Legacy Endowment Fund through the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation. This season, get out to enjoy a patio or parklet, some delicious food and refreshing drink, and maybe meet someone new or make a connection. What’s better than an enjoyable activity that also benefits our communities?


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Great Garbanzos! By Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

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Roasted, pureed, or simmered, garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) should be a staple in every pantry.

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ƒƒ 2 15 ounce cans chickpeas ƒƒ 2 tablespoons olive oil ƒƒ 1 teaspoon cumin ƒƒ 1 teaspoon curry powder ƒƒ ½ teaspoon cayenne ƒƒ ½ teaspoon salt Drain chickpeas, rinse and pat dry. Allow to air dry for half an hour. Bake at 400F for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

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Canoes Inspired a Couple of North Shore Ales After a solid day of paddling and portaging, I was over-joyed to open up the food pack and reach for that plastic growler filled with Bent Paddle’s Kanu. But as we began to unpack for some base-camping, we were interrupted by a fisher, who was not happy that we had chosen such a grown-over, hardly-used campsite, reasons that may have drawn him there. We weren’t happy about it, either. Eventually, we got around to popping the seal on my plastic growler. I’d have gone for a fill of Pordij, which seemed maybe more appropriate, but my drinking partner on this trip, my dad, won’t drink heavier pale ales, and Pordij is a double IPA. Kanu is the perfect session pale ale as far as I’m concerned. It’s light, with a 4.8 percent alcohol by volume. But it still packs a lot of flavor, and, in particular, the type of flavor I look for in session pale ales, namely powered by Citra and el Dorado hops, balanced with a light bit of maltiness.

HOOPS FOR THE LOOP: Hoops Brewing got involved with the latest section of the Superior Hiking Trail to be built, which is being done in partnership with the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the City of Duluth. The new loop is at Ely’s Peak, and “will be the third of the Triple Crown of SHT Loops in Duluth.” Hoops hosted the SHTA and served a special “Ely’s Peak Ale” to celebrate on Aug. 1. LARGER FOOTPRINT FOR EARTH RIDER: Superior, Wis.-brewery Earth Rider announced that it was expanding its distribution footprint to more of the Northwoods.

By Javier Serna Available in 12-ounce cans, or on tap— not to be confused with Citrus Party Kanu, a juicier version sold in 16-ounce cans—it pours a clear gold. Duluth Brewhouse’s Superior Trail IPA also features a canoe on its can artwork. Of course, that canoe is being hoisted by an angry bull moose, and the occupants of the canoe are but skeltons toasting a pair of frothy beer mugs. Seems fitting for a hoppy IPA that just made its distribution debut under a new brewery name after years of being brewed and served at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth. As mentioned in this column recently,

That includes not only Grand Marais, but west into the Iron Range and Grand Rapids, as well as Ashland and Hayward, Wis. CASTLE DANGER CHANGES RED HOP CANS: Red Hop, Castle Danger’s hoppy red ale, is changings its container. Previously sold in four packs of 16-ounce cans, Castle Danger is switching up delivery to 12-ounce cans that will be sold in a six-pack. Why? “Think of it as an upgrade,” the brewery’s Facebook page reads. The new regime means 72 ounces of beer instead of 64 ounces.

Superior Trail IPA (left) and Apricot Wheat were the first two Fitger’s beers to be released for distribution by Duluth Brewhouse, which is a separate company than Duluth’s Fitger’sBrewhouse. | DULUTH BREWHOUSE the brewery is getting around Minnesota’s brewing laws that don’t allow brew pubs to package and distribute beer by forming an entirely separate company Duluth Brewhouse, which is actually being brewed by Barley Johns Brewing Company in New Richmond, Wis.

I did not have the advantage of a sideby-side comparison, but I would say the Duluth Superior Trail is pretty close to the Fitger’s version. Both are hoppy IPAs with a bit of malt balance. Check. Glad I can pick this beer up at the store from now on.

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Get an Annual Exam By Amy Schmidt The transition from summer to fall can be hectic. School starts, schedules take on a life of their own, sports practices kick into high gear, preparations for winter dominate and, to complicate matters more, there’s less and less daylight available with every passing day. Something’s got to give and, unfortunately, self-care is usually the first to go. Finding time to care for yourself can seem impossible when the laundry list of to-dos is a mile long and doesn’t even include the laundry that needs to get done. But, maintaining a routine of selfcare couldn’t be more important, especially in the months leading up to winter when stressors and illness abound. Getting an annual exam is an excellent way to ensure self-care. Whether you’re entering kindergarten or the world of retirement, a regular check-up with your primary doctor is important. An annual exam can help find problems before they start. It can also help find any potential problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. An annual exam is also the perfect time to ask questions. Thanks to the internet, you can find all the information about all the questions but, the information isn’t always credible. An annual exam

offers you the time and opportunity to ask your provider about vaccines, new medications, exercise and diet fads, a changing mole or your two-year old’s refusal to eat vegetables. Your primary provider can discuss your concerns with you, helping chart the best course of action. At your annual, various screening tools and tests might be used to help your doctor give the best, most personalized care they can give. In-house tests such as a blood glucose screen or a cholesterol test can help rule out chronic disease. Questionnaire screening tools, such as the GAD or the PHQ9, open the door for discussion about any potential mental health or cognitive concerns. Don’t be intimidated, though. These questionnaire screening tools are exactly what their name implies and are not hard and fast proof of a concern. Rather, think of them as a door opened to better health. If you need to walk through that door, your primary provider is ready and willing to help you. For children, a doctor visit can be scary. But, an annual exam provides a regular opportunity to see a doctor when they are healthy and well, serving to build an important relationship with their prima-

The transition from summer to fall can be hectic. However, finding time to schedule an annual physical can help establish important health baselines. | STOCK ry provider. A strong, trusted relationship with a provider can be invaluable for the health of a teen or young adult. Start this relationship early by getting your child in for a regular physical. An annual physical can also establish important health baselines. Your provider will measure your height and weight, take your blood pressure, and listen to your heart and lungs. Doing these things on a regular basis means a troubling change can be easily detected. Having record of these health base-

lines will also aid you and your provider in making future healthcare decisions. There’s no better time to transition to better health than right now. Do yourself a favor and find the time to schedule an annual exam. You can do the laundry later.

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Northern Trails Waterfowl Hunting in the Northwest By Gord Ellis

When September rolls around in the northwest, waterfowl start to fly. Initially, it’s the local birds that begin getting restless; mallard ducks, teal and the like. Then as the month wears on, the northern birds start moving through. This is when black ducks, bluebills and lots of geese fill the skies. For waterfowl hunters, this is the best season of the year. Northwestern Ontario is on several major flyways and has a variety of opportunities for the waterfowl hunter. Here is a short guide to some different types of waterfowl hunts you can enjoy in the northwest.

Jump Shooting For sheer aesthetic value, few hunts are better than jump shooting from a canoe. Just to be clear, you don’t actually jump in the canoe. That is a bad idea. Especially when holding a shotgun. The key to this kind of hunt is to get into a pond or small lake with a lot of wild rice, cattails or other aquatic vegetation. Not all ponds have a lot of ducks but those that do usually have them regularly. Slow meandering rivers are also a good bet. The trick to jump shooting is to have one person paddle in the back with a shooter in the front. You slowly paddle your way and watch for ducks to jump out of the weeds or water. It is up to the shooter to be ready for the sudden appearance of ducks in front of them. Needless to say, caution and care should be used and life jackets worn. Wearing wetland camo is also a really good idea, as is ear protection. But puddle jumping ducks is a lot of fun.

Decoys and Blinds on Water When ducks and geese are looking for a place to land, they often look for buddies. The presence of other ducks in the water means food and safety to them. This is why duck decoys have been used for as long as man has been hunting the birds. At one time, live ducks and geese were used, but that has long been illegal. However, any number of plastic or wood duck decoys will do just about as good a job. There are even decoys that have mechanical spinning wings, often called robo-ducks. The trick to decoy hunting is to place a representative sample of decoys in a way that will draw ducks and geese to land in the water, in front of a blind where you,

Goose hunting near Thunder Bay. | TOM ARMSTRONG the hunter, lay in wait. The blind can be anything from a basic mesh covered array of sticks to a semi-permanent structure made of plywood. You should be able to shoot freely and not be too uncomfortable sitting. Decoys are often set before dawn and small anchor lines are used to keep

Field Hunting Hunting waterfowl in a field situation is an entirely different type of experience over water hunting. Generally you are hunting in a field that is also a food source for the birds. It might be corn, alfalfa, winter wheat or some other crop. A little

Having a dog to retrieve ducks and geese is considered essential by many hunters. the plastic decoys from drifting off. Mallard and teal decoys are popular in small lakes and ponds, while diver duck decoys like bluebill and goldeneye do well in larger lakes and bays in Superior. Having said that, there is an art to setting decoys up. Things like wind direction and general attractiveness to ducks and geese will come in to play. A good duck or goose caller can also work magic on the more wary birds. When you see a group of mallards make its final approach into your decoys and they cup wings for landing in your set, it is a very exciting moment. Having a dog to retrieve ducks and geese is considered essential by many hunters.

scouting with binoculars will help you see where the birds are landing and when. This scouting should always be followed by door knocking in the agricultural parts of the northwest. A request for permission to hunt a privately-owned field can often—but not always—grant someone access to some decent goose and duck hunting. Field hunting often requires a different decoy than the floaters used on water. Some field decoys are stackable and flat-bottomed. Some of the decoys are placed on sticks for a little movement via the wind. An unusual aspect of field hunting is the use of magnum or oversized decoys. These decoys are a third again bigger than life size or more. I even hunted a field once with a hunter who used a single seat-

er blind that was made in the shape of a goose. It did not seem to bother the geese at all, despite the blind’s giant size. For many years, I hunted geese using a coffin blind in the fields. These blinds are as described by the name, except a bit flatter and camouflaged. You lay in it right on the ground. When the geese would approach the decoys scattered around the blind, I’d sit up and two fabric doors would pop open. This would allow me to shoot freely. It was a very exciting way to hunt, and the element of surprise was very effective on both geese and mallards. Hunting Canada geese in fields is the fastest growing part of waterfowl hunting as there are so many geese and they can be hunted late into the fall season. An occasional snow goose may be mixed in with the Canada’s and that adds to the experience. One more thing: Make sure you pick up all your shotgun hulls after a hunt as they are plastic and can be ingested by livestock. It should go without saying that leaving hunting-related trash anywhere is not good for the image of hunters.




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Wild mushroom hunting seems to continue gaining popularity in the Northern Wilds. Untamed Mushrooms is an elegant book every mushroom hunter ought to have on their bookshelf. Although it is lushly illustrated with color photography of wild mushrooms and foods prepared with them, this is not a field guide. Written from the perspective of the forager and the cook, the book explains what to do with mushrooms once you’ve found them, from cleaning and preparation to the recipes in which you can use them. Beginning with a baker’s dozen of chapters devoted to common edible mushrooms, including morels, pheasant backs, golden chanterelles, oysters, lobsters and chicken of the woods. Most of the book is a seasonal guide to using mushrooms in the kitchen. There are so many recipes the book has a special recipe index. Untamed Mushrooms is sure to become a foraging classic.—Shawn Perich

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In Milwaukee, Isabelle Day had a house and a father. Now, as of Halloween, she has half of a house in Minneapolis, a mother as sad as she is, and a loss that’s too hard to think—let alone talk—about. Hovering over Isabella’s new world are the duplex’s too-attentive landladies, sisters Miss Flora and Miss Dora; the gleefully demonic Sister Mary Mercy; and classmates Margaret and edgy Grace. In light of the elderly sisters’ lives, Grace and Margaret’s friendship, and her father’s memory, she just might find the heart and humor to save herself. With sensitivity and wit, author Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise. This heartening novel about loss and friendship is the companion to The Summer Sherman Loved Me and Grace Above All. —Breana Roy

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Written by Northern Wilds contributing photographer Earl Orf, with Val Cunningham, Bird Mug Shots features both front and side views of over 100 North American bird species. For each set of photos, Orf points out interesting features of the two views and describes how he was able to capture the shots. Cunningham, a nature writer who specializes in birds, provides facts about each species. There is also a range map accompanying each bird. This 110-page paperback book is printed in full color on high-grade glossy paper. You can order it online at: etsy. com/shop/earlorfphotos.—Breana Roy


There are also portages from Jasper Lake (for those travelling in from the west from Ogishkemuncie) and from Red Rock Lake (for those coming in from the north and Saganaga Lake’s Red Rock Bay.

FINDING WALTER: I’ve personally had some great days of walleye fishing, with 48


SOME DECENT PIKE: DNR’s most recent fisheries survey of the lake in 2002, said northern pike growth rates may be fast in Alpine, noting their access to lake whitefish or perhaps cisco. A couple members of my canoe camp have lost some mighty pike on this lake over the years, including two fish likely longer than 40 inches. In both cases, the anglers were not using steel leaders, and they were cut off by the toothy predators eventually, including one friend who had been tossing a fancy, BBfilled jerkbait that he was able to retrieve. We heard the fish for a while as it shook it’s head violently with the rattling bait in its mouth. Eventually, the bait was floating on the surface.


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Otherwise, we’ve caught a fair number of eater-sized pike from Alpine over the years. SMALLMOUTHS: Alpine has no shortage of smallies in it, and during those fall trips, I often have to settle for keeping a few when the walleyes refuse to cooperate.

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GAME SPECIES PRESENT: Lake whitefish, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and white sucker.

I much prefer working for them from an island or campsite with a nice drop-off in the mornings and evenings, with a nice wind blowing in.

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VITALS: This 403-acre lake has a maximum depth of 65 feet, according to Minnesota DNR’s Lakefinder data. For such a small lake, it can be confusing because of its irregular shoreline and many islands. In fact, the state says it has almost 24 miles of shoreline, and I’ve on more than one occasion had to point canoers in the right direction on this lake.

I’ve had more trouble getting them to bite in later September and October, though I’ve heard that some locals do get them dialed in this time of year. I would assume, at that point, the fish are in water deeper than 20 feet and a bit more scattered, but this knowledge has not produced many walleyes in the fall for me.

The other time, my brother had been tossing a white and red Beetle Spin when a giant pike snatched up the offering. I got one good look at the fish, which was well out of arm’s reach boat side, before slicing the line. Had we packed a landing net, we’d have had a chance at it.

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ACCESS: The quickest way in is the 100rod portage from the northwest corner of Sea Gull Lake (resist the urge to try the shorter stream portage also in the same general vicinity). That does mean a solid paddle from the east side of Sea Gull, of which the far west basin can get a little dicey in the right (or wrong) wind.

both a jig and a leech and slip bobber, but most of these have been in the heat of summer, when walleyes in this area can be quite active.


WHY GO: This 403-acre Boundary Waters lake is a short trip in from the Sea Gull entry point, and offers excellent fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. There’s even an abundant lake whitefish population believed to still be in the lake.

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For more information about Firewise and what you can do to better protect your property from wildland fires, call: 218-235-0899 or email: Venus takes a tumble into the sunset this month, but that still leaves three bright planets to ornament the evening sky. Mars shines in the south after nightfall, with Saturn to the west and Jupiter even farther west. Jupiter also exits the evening sky soon, but in a few months it will join Venus in the morning sky. Also in the west, the brilliant star Arcturus is dragging its kite-shaped constellation, Bootes, the herdsman, down toward the horizon. Arcturus is about 25 times the diameter of the sun and is probably a much older star. But those differences pale beside Arcturus’s main claim to fame: Instead of circulating horizontally around in the disk of the Milky Way like the sun, it is slicing its way down through the galactic disk. Nor is it alone; a group of at least four dozen stars, called the Arcturus Stream, is moving along with it. The Summer Triangle of bright stars is now high above Saturn and Mars after nightfall. Lowest is Altair, in Aquila, the eagle. Brightest is Vega, in Lyra, the lyre of Orpheus. Note the parallelogram of stars below Vega; they outline the lyre

and make a beautiful sight through binoculars. East of Vega, Deneb completes the Triangle. It also marks the “top” of the Northern Cross, a feature of Cygnus, the swan. The Summer Triangle abounds with small wonders. Look above Altair for thin, unobtrusive Sagitta, the arrow. Then grab your binoculars and look immediately northwest of Sagitta’s feathers to see the dim but astonishingly realistic Coathanger hanging upside-down. And check out little Delphinus, the dolphin, just northeast of Altair. Fall arrives with the autumnal equinox at 8:54 p.m. on the 22nd. At that moment, a space traveler would see Earth lighted from pole-to-pole. On the evening of the 24th, we’re treated to a lovely full harvest moon rising in twilight.



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Wild Traditions Tanning Hides as an Act of Reconciliation By Julia Prinselaar

I’ve been brain tanning hides for a handful of years now, mostly self-taught, without much guidance from mentors. In addition to trial and error, most of what I have learned has come from books written by white Americans, workshops offered by white instructors, and demonstrations led by white people. I am white, too. It’s true for most of us, if we reach back far enough, that we could trace our lineage to a time when our ancestors, at some point, in some part of the world, made shelter, crafts and clothing from animal skins. There are accounts of brains and/ or smoke tanning by the Zulus of southern Africa, the Chukchee of eastern Russia, and nomadic peoples of Asia, China, Japan, South America and North America. The North American fur trade was the backbone of industry development in the 1500s after European contact, and New York later became an epicenter for commercial tanneries. Still, imported leather came from places like Berlin and London. While there may be as many different methods of tanning hides as there are ethnic groups who developed them (brains, liver, urine, smoke, sweet corn, tree bark, soap and eggs to name a few), the principle of scraping a hide, treating it with a preservative, and pulling it dry remains the same. Over the years, I’ve received tremendous support for what I do and share, especially recently since I’ve started instructing deer hide tanning classes. And that includes, thankfully, support from Indigenous people. My students are a mix of Indigenous


Finished buckskins in Murillo, Ontario. | JULIA PRINSELAAR and non-Indigenous people who come together for four days to work together toward a common goal. To my knowledge, I haven’t been accused of being a white person appropriating an Indigenous cultural skill. But given the fact that Indigenous nations in Canada are arguably some of the last in the world who remain familiar with traditional hide tanning (many people I’ve

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talked to grew up with their mother, auntie or grandmother tanning hides), it often surprises my white friends when they learn that a growing number of students who attend my classes are Indigenous. “I thought they already knew how to do that stuff,” is a common remark. And yet, I have conversations with the same people about spending more time with our parents and grandparents to learn how to make

certain cultural food dishes before they’ve passed on and the secrets have died with them. So there’s an understanding that the teachings of our elders will disappear if they aren’t lived, shared and maintained. Yet we assume that Indigenous people automatically inherit traditional knowledge. During the first class I ever taught, I met an Indigenous woman who has now become a friend. She traveled from Sioux

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ing on islands, in isolated communities, or in the far north still hunt, gather, trap and fish for sustenance. Others living in or around metropolitan areas are being integrated into the lofty promises of convenient modern-day culture. And that includes most of us white folks, only we seem to be the product of civilization at a more advanced stage of alienation from our land. As a descendant of settlers in a new country, I often think of myself as orphaned from the relationship to the home that culturally and spiritually defined my ancestors. The generations that followed have had to forge a new, somewhat unguided path.

Dolor uses a rib bone to scrape the hair from a deer hide under the careful watch of his mother, Kanina in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. | JULIA PRINSELAAR Lookout, a small northern Ontario town to learn how to brain tan deer hides. On the morning of our first day, we did a round of personal introductions. When it was her turn to speak, she said something to the effect of, “You know, it’s kind of funny how we’re in this position,” gesturing to another Indigenous woman in the class, “learning this skill from you.” Her tone wasn’t inflammatory or critical, but it reflected an observation of what was, undoubtedly, the elephant in the room: Here I am, a white woman in a post-colonial era, teaching an Indigenous skill to Indigenous people. What was going on here? My friend Tom Terry once said that it has taken generations upon generations for nations and ethnic groups to develop the skills to live in intimate coexistence with the landscape. Yet in just a fraction of time, colonialism, racism and modern influences have brought these practices to the brink of extinction. The technological conveniences of a modern world have replaced Old Ways. The snowmobile outran dog sleds. The combustion engine rendered the horse and carriage obselete. And chromic acids have replaced the lengthy and labour-intensive process of tanning animal hides naturally. In addition to that, the legacy of colonialism in North America and around the world has confined many traditional landbased skills to groups living almost exclusively on the fringes of society. People liv-

Almost one year after that initial class, I found myself traveling to teach. The woman from Sioux Lookout who took my first hide tanning class is extremely crafty, skilled in fashion designing, cooking, and making just about anything with her hands. Tanning is no exception— she’s a natural—and she offered to bring me up to run a class with the intent of apprenticing under me in order to run future classes of her own.

After four days of class, she and I were sitting in front of her home, smoking two deer hides late at night by headlamp. As we watched wisps of smoke billow from between the seams of the hides, we talked about reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Who initiates reconciliation, and what does that look like?

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I found myself reflecting on how I’ve been able to reach out to someone who wanted to learn how to tan hides, a skill that is within her living memory, but is seeking repair. The chain was broken. Was I here to help fix it?

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“We think that reconciliation has to come from white people,” she said. “And you’ve started a movement. This is like your act of reconciliation.”

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At that moment I knew that what I was doing had merit. I had found a bridge, a connection, a meeting point. She thanked me for sharing all that I knew about hide tanning so that she may carry on with her own endeavors. To me, the knowledge is where it is meant to be. We cannot undo the past, but we are capable of trying to cultivate a better future for meaningful coexistence.

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The Sneaky, Slippery, Slithery Snake baby snakes receive no help from their parents—they are on their own from birth and can live up to 20 years.

Ecological Benefits There is something about the sight of a snake that makes most of us jump and scream. But here in the Northern Wilds, we have little reason to be afraid. There are three snake species found in our area—all of which are non-venomous and therefore harmless. The ringneck, common garter and the red belly are all snakes we find along the North Shore and into the boreal forest. Red belly snakes are tiny and distinguished by their red belly. They grow up to eight inches long. The ringneck snake is slightly longer, growing 10-15 inches and identified by an orange collar around the neck. The garter snake can grow up to three feet long and has yellow stripes down its sides. Garter snakes are especially important for controlling mice.

Cool Facts about Snakes

Snakes, like other reptiles, are cold-blooded, which means they need help to maintain their body temperature—they can’t regulate on their own. For this reason, snakes are often seen sunning themselves and it’s why they like warm places, such as a greenhouse. Garter snakes are the most cold-tolerant of all snakes in North America. To reproduce, some snakes lay eggs while others give birth. The 52



Snakes survive on small rodents, slugs, worms, birds and small amphibians such as frogs. Many snakes are toothless and so they swallow their food whole. Most notably, snakes have a great sense of smell—actually a small organ that detects chemical changes in the environment—and this is how they find their prey.

Hibernating or Hiding?

Unlike bears, snakes do not sleep all winter, but they do need to find an appropriate place to spend the winter—somewhere below the frost line so they don’t freeze solid. They have no stored fat like a bear; instead, a snake’s metabolism slows down, so much so that many snakes don’t lose weight over the winter, even without taking in a meal for months. Most snakes avoid eating before winter because any remaining food in its belly can rot. Snakes gather in snake parties for their cold weather retreat. Because it can be difficult for snakes to find a safe place to go, they all go to the same place. In Manitoba, garter snakes gather at a place called the Narcisse snake dens and as many as 8,000 snakes have been known to stay there in a winter. That will make those of us with a snakephobia shudder.

Strange Tales Unsung Heroes: The Seafarers Ministries include the traditional inclusion of two donated knitted items (toques, scarves, neck warmers) per bag. And each June, there is a Blessing of the Fleet by the Mission at the marina.

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In a radio interview with CBC’s Lisa Laco on Superior Morning (June 20, 2018), Swayze said the Mission transported about 800 seafarers last year. “Lot of the work is unseen but we look after the seafarers.” Duluth’s Christian-based Seafarers Center was founded by Duluth’s late Reverend Norbert Mokros, a German-born Lutheran pastor who aided stranded seafarers in the 1960s during a labor strike. Incorporated in 1969 as the Twin Port Ministry to Seafarers, the ministry opened in a waterfront house trailer, then moved in 1975 to its present home, a former Roman Catholic parish house on Duluth’s West Third Street. The ministry’s chaplain is Pastor Doug Paulson, who also works part-time in the campus ministry at University Minnesota Duluth.

One Thunder Bay shipping agent called them the “real unsung heroes here in the port”. He was speaking about the work of The Mission to Seafarers in Port of Thunder Bay where Reverend Ed Swayze and volunteers offer resources to meet the needs of seafarers from ships visiting the port. Similarly in Duluth, the Seafarers Center with Pastor Paulson, staff and volunteers provide similar services to the crew members of ships that come into the Port of Duluth-Superior. While both ministries are available to crews of ocean-going (“salties”) and freshwater bulk carrier freighters (“lakers”), most seafarers at the centers are from foreign-flagged ships. Last year, nearly 400 ships arrived in Thunder Bay, including almost 100 salties, while the ports of Duluth and Superior average about 900 ships per year, with 90 percent being lakers. Since 1959 when St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened, salties travel more than 2,300 miles (3,700 km) from the Atlantic Ocean through the Great Lakes to the heart of the North American continent, about a five-day journey. The Mission to Seafarers is a world-wide Anglican Church ministry founded in England in 1856. Today with stations in more than 200 ports across 50 countries (eight in Canada, four in U.S.), it’s the world’s largest port-based welfare operator providing a range of supports to 1.5 million seafarers. The ministry website notes that it “strives to meet the needs of all seafarers and their families, irrespective of faith or cultural background. Its simple mission is

On July 18, Reverend Canon Ed Swayze of The Mission to Seafarers did a “Blessing of the Ship” for the former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Alexander Henry, now a museum ship in Thunder Bay. | GLENN WARNER to care for the shipping industry’s most important asset: its people.” Its purpose is to “promote the spiritual, moral and physical well-being of seafarers and their families world-wide.” Thunder Bay’s Mission to Seafarers was established in 1961 and is located in a trailer at Keefer Terminal. The Mission’s services are offered without reference to race, creed or religion with most services free and available to any seafarers in the Port of Thunder Bay. The chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers is the Reverend Canon Ed

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Swayze, who started in 1994; he is also the Pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church and chaplain at HMCS GRIFFON. Services provided by Thunder Bay’s Mission include ship visits; transporting crews in its 10-passenger van to various destinations like shopping, the seafarers centre, city tour, church, etc.; a chapel for prayer and quiet reflection; a games table, TV, internet, Wi-Fi; donated clothing; a library; and a safe environment. Since 2016, the Mission has delivered Christmas gift bags to ships in port in December; the bags

An ecumenical ministry, the Seafarers Centre is governed by a board and supported through 13 denominations throughout a seven-state area and private donations. According to the ministry’s website, the Centre’s main purpose is to “offer hospitality and assistance, albeit accompanied by spiritual guidance for those who wish it” and it “strives to provide an agency, a ministry for the spiritual, social and personal needs of seafarers who are in the twin ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.” The Center’s services are similar to its counterpart in Thunder Bay. They include ship visits, free transportation by the center’s 12-passenger van, phone cards, Wi-Fi, donated clothing, books, a quiet chapel, Christmas gift boxes, and assistance with special requests. The Center also has a large common area, communal kitchen, pool table, ping pong, darts and TV. Both the seafarer ministries provide hospitality, assistance, spiritual guidance when requested and a safe trusted place.


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

HOVLAND MASTERPIECE MAIN HOME AND GUEST HOME ON VAST LAKE SUPERIOR LEDGEROCK Two homes on vast ledgerock with NO road noise! Welcome to architect Dale Mulfinger’s Lake Superior! The architecturally designed main home is truly a work of art. Captivating views through walls of windows, focus on the

nearly 300 ft of amazing ledgerock shoreline. Gourmet kitchen designed for entertaining and has large island for informal gatherings. Main home dining area enjoys the phenomenal views of Lake Superior, enhanced by the floor to ceiling windows. The second home, a lovely guest home space with private bedroom, 4 season porch, bath, a full galley kitchen, and nice Lake Superior Views! All this on Hovland’s spectacular Lake Superior shoreline!

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MLS#6077000 $349,900

Mountains Ski In/Out Condo was renovated from top to bottom, Inside & Out! New Exterior- windows, slider doors in bedrm and family room, stylish dry-stacked stone fireplace. INCREDIBLE Cottage Style Kitchen w/ Quartz Countertops! Moose Mtn Views from the HUGE double sized deck! MLS#6032522 $99,900


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

MLS#6075589 $170,000 REDUCED!







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Lutsen cabin is a MUST SEE if you enjoy the simple things in Life! Two bedrooms, open kitchen/ dining spaces, covered porch area and a sauna house! No well nor septic, but there’s an Outhouse! Must see to appreciate.

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MLS#6076115 $132,000 REDUCED! RUSTIC LIVING A HOP SKIP & A JUMP FROM GRAND MARIAS! Charming rustic cabin on 10 acres of south facing forest with distant views of Lake Superior. Bordering public lands, great for hunting or hiking!

MLS#6020031 $85,500 REDUCED!




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

MLS#6022904 $177,500 FAMILY FUN IN SILVER BAY!

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

MLS#6075984 $155,900 REDUCED, BIG VALUE!


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


NEW! 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


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

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

MLS#6074783 $59,500 REDUCED!


E two plus bedrm home, nice SAL IN Gcreated over time…you spaces D will love the three season porch! parcel for low maintenance PEN Small living, it’s all about location and enjoyment of the North Shore!

MLS#6076502 $164,000 WELCOME TO “THE BASE CAMP”! 77 ac of wild forest

for hunting or just creating trails. Already set up with a main cabin w/ mud room, open kitchen to the living room and 2 bedrooms. 2 add’l guest cabins. Detached garage with heated and insulated work shop, drilled well. There is a sauna/shower house on the premises. MLS# 6076146 $139,900



bdrm 3 bath Small footprint home in a fabulous location! Stand Out Kitchen with Island and views of fireplace and Lake Superior’s horizon. Modern design throughout with fabulous baths! A must see home, perfect for family living or a cool North Shore retreat! Two car attached garage on 5 aces, more land available! MLS#6076730

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

MLS#6032396 $208,000 REDUCED!




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

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

Just Up the Sawbill Trail Grab your little piece of the Northwoods, rolling terrain and small community feel with year round access, great build sites!

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

Wowser Lake Superior views on Overlook Tr!

$99,900 MLS#6074084

MLS# 6024856 $95,000 REDUCED!

30 acres Wilderness, Borders lands next to Little Manitou River! MLS#2309327 $129,000 Lakeshore on Ninemile Lake at the Village, common water and septic, build ready, borderscommon land!

MLS#2309096 $37,000 REDUCED AGAIN! Marks Drive Build Ready parcel in Silver Bay. City Utilities, Super location for a nice family home! Great neighborhood.

MLS#6031871 $22,000

MLS#2296509 $79,900

Maples with lots of Elbow Room, Year Round access and nice location between Cross River in Schroeder and Finland! MLS#6028422 $53,000

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

MLS#2024250 $49,900 REDUCED!

DRAMATIC Mountain Top Views, Rolling Hills, Maple Forests fading in to Spruce and Pine and year round access. $70,000 MLS#2090659 39 ACRES! Sawbill Trail Tofte Lake Superior Views, Mature Spruce forest with driveway and well in place!

MLS#6030129 $99,900

LeVeaux Mountain, Super Views and Wildlife Ponds!

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

MLS#6032752 $250,000


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

MLS#6032772 $499,900 JUST IMAGINE, A MODERN NEW CONSTRUCTION BUNGALOW ON LUTSEN’S CASCADE BEACH RD! Build it on this Dreamy Parcel, Have Vision!

MLS#2308906 $299,000

MLS#6031579 $449,900 REDUCED!

$62,500 MLS#6077523

MLS#6028619 $67,500

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

MLS#6029115 $33,000

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

BIG TIME VIEWS of Lake Superior-Tofte, Excellent value at Johannes Toftey MLS#6029322 $59,900

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

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

Overlook at LeVeaux Mountain-Tofte! Serene Woodsy setting with Lake Views!

MLS#6029324 $49,000

Maples Galore, Acreage! Schroeder Location with Yr Round Access and Electric! LeVeaux Creek Runs Through this Sweet Build Site, minutes to Lutsen Ski Resort! Lake Views!

MLS#6031876 $65,000

New! Crosswinds in Tofte, Walk to Coho! Large pkg lots, Great Value. From $45,000 up to $75,000


NEW! Build site ready to go! Affordable! $10,000 MLS#6077643 New! Wilderness land with canoe access to Tait Lake! 3+ ac a stone’s throw to Tait Lake! MLS#TBD


New! 5 ac in the heart of Lutsen, just above TimberWolff! Great location for family home or Vaca Cabin! MLS#TBD $39,000 New! Caribou Hillside in Lutsen! Maple hillside

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. MLS#2313255 $198,000



MLS#2309328+ FROM $39,000 MLS#2312987 $119,000 Over 8 ac of Wilderness on Turnagain Trail in Lutsen!

MLS#2216560 $45,000

MLS# 603266 $49,900

MLS#6029557 $65,000

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

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

MLS#2240533 $49,000

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

MLS#6024972 $49,000

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

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

MLS#6028569 $69,000 REDUCED!

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

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

MLS#6073655 $109,900

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

MLS#6073657 $44,900


RUSTIC GETAWAY LAKESHORE, ISABELLA AREA. Mature pines, end of the road location on Swallow Lake! MLS#2300576 $64,900

HOVLAND’S TREASURE ON TOM LAKE, prime lake only access with large acreage, privacy galore!

MLS#6032237 $124,900


Year Round access, elec/broadband. Maple hillside, Rocky prime shoreline! MLS#6074179 $185,000 REDUCED! Owner is licensed REALTOR

Ready, good buffer from Hwy, Spectacular Views! MLS#6028455 $199,000

CLARA LAKE IN LUTSEN! Wilderness Lakeshore Site with cleared build site, driveway in place. Electric at road, 200 ft PRIME shoreline. $189,900 MLS#6033095


SIMPLE LIVING ON LAKE SUPERIOR! A Step up from Thoreau’s Cabin,

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

Enjoy the peace and quiet this lovely little cabin offers on over 300 ft of Lake Superior Shoreline! Electric, and Nice gas Stove makes this a comfy and welcoming Cabin! MLS#6026595

ALL TO YOURSELF! 400+ FT, WITH ACCESSIBLE LEDGEROCK, OCCASIONAL BEACH! Rollins Creek Rd $214,000 REDUCED! Lutsen Locale, Historical Nature.

New! 2 ac at the Foothills of Eagle Mountain at Turnagain Trail! $29,900 MLS#6077521 New! 10 ac on Turnagain Trail, Fabulous Wilderness Build site, minutes to Lutsen Mtn’s.

MLS#6074179 $55,000

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



MLS#TBD 5 AC $40,000

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

MLS#6029593 $99,000

NEW! Crosswinds in Tofte, Walk to Coho! Large pkg lots, Great Value. FROM $45,000 UP TO $75,000 MLS#TBD

MLS#2220050 $69,000

MLS#2070509 Prices from $24,900!!

above Ward Lake and Caribou Lake, FABULOUS location for summer and winter fun! Must see land!

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

MLS# 6027279 $219,000

rocky! South facing build site, boreal forest. Lot 6 Willard Lane, must see! MLS#6031145 $190,000 REDUCED!

NEW! WILLARD LANE PIKE LAKE VIEW LAND WITH LAKE ACCESS! Rugged elevation, great build site. Shared 20 ft access to Pike Lake for $75,000 MLS#TBD




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

101 West Hwy. 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Serving Cook County since 1971 On Lake Superior

2942 W Hwy 61

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

68 Trailsyde

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

MLS 6076285 $492,000

MLS 6026201 $995,000

4794 Chicago Bay Road, Hovland

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

MLS 6074208 $499,900

E Hwy 61

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

MLS 6074658 $154,900

16 Beargrease Crossing

Spectacular 4BR, 3BA Lake Superior home on a private 5.26 lot that includes a waterfall, along with 276 ft. of ledgerock & gravel beach shoreline. Gourmet kitchen with huge island, stainless steel appliances & a lovely farm kitchen sink; floor to ceiling fireplace; walk out guest suite; many south facing windows for views & sunlight. Includes a large heated garage with a studio (or workshop) & greenhouse. MLS TBD $770,000 NEW

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

MLS 6075855


Lake Superior Lots PREMIER Lake Superior Shoreline!

1900 E Hwy 61, Grand Marais

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

MLS 6075220 $289,900




This massively expansive ledge rock shoreline makes this lot one of the most amazing you will ever see on the North Shore. Shared driveway, very deep for added privacy, healthy mix of trees – what more do you want? Each lot consists of approx. 2.3 acres & is 200 ft. wide with significantly more meandering shoreline. Check out the creek that meanders along the western boundary of Lot 2!

MLS TBD LOT 1 - $299,900 MLS TBD LOT 2 - $339,900 NEW

2888 W Hwy 61 $239,900

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

MLS 6027323

4224 E Highway 61 $995,000

Lake Superior mansion ready to be completed. 1000’ of shoreline and more than 30 A of land, price includes 6 lots.

MLS 6076523

Stonegate Rd

Premium lots sited along scenic Chicago Bay on Lake Superior includes a portion of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Trail. Nicely wooded, private, and well insulated from Highway 61, this lot offers an escape with no inconvenience.

MLS 6030239 $189,900 MLS 6030330 $194,900


319 E 2nd Ave

176 Camp 15 Loop

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

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

MLS 6027869 $168,000

MLS 2313220 $149,900

54 Morgan Rd

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

MLS 6073759 $239,900


902 W 5th Ave

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


MLS 6033214 $44,900



1911 Camp 20 Rd

210 Bloomquist Mtn Rd

MLS 6073896 $64,900

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

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

MLS 6032433 $176,000

MLS 6076190 $154,900

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

116 2nd Ave W


1561 East Hwy 61

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

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

MLS 6074334 $319,900

MLS 6075213 $177,900

219 1st Ave E


1473 Gunflint Trail

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

MLS 6033277 $159,900

2291 County Road 7

1230 W 5th St

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

Extremely well maintained country home within City limits. The spacious 4 BR, 2 BA house boasts an impressively manicured and private backyard with a lower level walk out to the patio. Two-stall detached garage and asphalt driveway. Move-in ready!

23XX County Road 7

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

MLS 6076994 $279,900

MLS 6075061 $699,900

MLS 6075310 $59,900

418 4th Ave W

502 2nd Avenue East

Large corner lot, 4BR home. The main floor has an impressive entry to the great room. Vaulted living and dining rooms surrounding the gas fireplace along with huge windows to let the outdoors in. Tastefully landscaped, private backyard, large deck and concrete patio. 5-stall garage and 24x24 workshop for your projects.

320 1st Ave E


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

Updated & stylish 3 bedroom, 2 bath home conveniently located on a beautifully landscaped yard. Lovely kitchen with many updates and a large island, perfect for cooking & entertaining. Large walkout lower level complete with family room, including a kitchenette – could be used as a rental! Come and check it out!

MLS TBD $299,900 NEW

MLS 6075590 $375,000

MLS #6075117 $338,900

44 Wild Plum Drive

61 Mort Meadow Rd

Affordably priced 3BR, 2BA country home with spacious kitchen including a nice dining area, master bedroom En Suite, as well as the office space. This DBL Wide home was built in 2007 & features 1568 sq ft.

Stunning one level 4BR, 2BA home surrounded by 40 acres. Gorgeous kitchen with custom cherry cabinets & granite counters. Features include the spacious dining room, family room, formal living room with fireplace & MBR En Suite with fireplace. Beautiful land w/fields, ponds & abuts to state land.

MLS TBD $114,900 NEW




Whether this is your year-round home or your vacation rental, this 3BR, 2BA home is your beautiful getaway. This fully furnished beauty offers the comforts of the great outdoors and the conveniences of all that Lutsen has to offer.

MLS 6075309 $449,900

101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Spacious 4BR, 2BA home with lots of woodwork and old world charm, on a landscaped 4.64 acre lot in Schroeder. Enjoy the open floor plan, with a wood burning fireplace, and the 3 season sunporch, perfect for sunsets.

MLS 6077691 $229,900 NEW

MLS 6077646 $239,900 NEW

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Devil Track

Poplar Lake


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

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

MLS 6074259 $199,900

MLS 6019286 $549,900



100 Sag Lake Trail

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


164 The Grade

Cute, cozy & comfortable 2 BR, 1 BA cabin features a propane stove, propane refrigerator and a cool generator for all the comforts of home from beautiful Two Island Lake. Just 20 mns from Grand Marais


MLS 6076302 $165,000

MLS 6075388 $379,900


Open lake views on a quiet Poplar Lake lot with a Southeastern exposure provides the opportunity for the perfect building. Septic sites identified and backyard variance already in place. MLS TBD $139,900 NEW


Quintessential Gunflint Trail log cabin lovingly restored through the years to maintain the charm of days gone by. This ultra charming 2BR, 1BA cabin is perfect for enjoying the lake in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.


MLS 6077585 $399,900

Lot 8 Wilderness Trail 300 ft of Tom Lake shoreline with spectacular views of the Palisades. Year round access!

MLS 6076298 $97,900

Devil Track Lake

Stunning Devil Track Lake lot on the north shore with 159’ of shoreline and 1.88A for plenty of privacy. Driveway and cleared building sites. MLS 6074624 $179,900 SOLD

Birch Lake

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

MLS 6074808 $99,900

Kemo Lake

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

MLS 6031924 $139,900

3823 Arrowhead Trail

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

Tom Lake

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

MLS 6074852 $119,900


Greenwood Lake

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

MLS 6073515 $179,900

Birch Lake

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

MLS 6075052 $370,000

MLS 6075428 $239,900

113 Winter Wren Road

Wilson Lake is unique with all oversized lots, similar to this one with 4 plus acres & over 335 feet of shoreline, providing lots of privacy. Many improvements in place - a driveway; site prep work - partially completed; a septic system and a well!!! All it needs are your plans.

MLS 6075434 $249,900

MLS 6075942 $125,000

MLS 6075594 $178,000



Tom Lake

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

MLS 6076516 $49,900

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

10 Bucks Trail

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

MLS 6073515 $179,900

Chester Lake

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

MLS 6075870 $149,900

East Bay Suites

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

UNIT 210 MLS 6033341 $329,900 UNIT 202 MLS 6074935 $319,900 2 BR, 2 BA

Poplar Lake

Surfside UNIT 11 MLS 6023870 $199,900 3BR, 3BA

3 BR, 2BA

UNIT 7 SOLD MLS 6074180 $195,000

Bluefin Bay Tofte

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

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

MLS 2158160 $52,500

Greenwood Lake

Unit 32 $275,000 MLS 6044681

Unit 38 $319,900 MLS 6074683

Unit 37 $315,000 MLS 6033212

Unit 61 $564,000 MLS 6032687

1 BR, 1 BA

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

2BR, 2BA unit

MLS 6073512 $139,900

2 BR, 2BA

3BR, 3Ba unit

Unit 55 $569,500 MLS #6075832 3 BR 3 BA Unit


Wilson Lake

This one room cabin is situated on 1.5A with 263’ of shoreline on West Twin Lake. It features all the comforts of home but at a remarkably affordable price. The cabin site offers wonderful views of the surrounding hills and bluffs and the user-friendly lake-shore makes it easy to launch your canoe or kayak.

MLS 6075429 $374,900


McFarland Lake

Pike Lake

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

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


XXX Fireplace Road




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


(800) 732-2131


Commercial 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.

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 6029037 $437,900

MLS 6075583 $224,900

Great mid-Trail location to build your home or cabin! Private lot at the end of Wes Hedstrom Trail, just high enough for a view of Leo Lake. Convenient location near snowmobile trails!

MLS 6077021 $45,000 NEW

Beautiful and affordable lot, with electricity, phone and broadband on site, abuts to State land for added privacy! Build your home and take in the surroundings while staying in close proximity to many recreation options! MLS TBD $29,900 NEW

8XA Irish Creek Road

Rosebush Hill – Grand Marais

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

80XX Gunflint Trail

MLS 6031909 $48,000

Broadway Ave – Grand Marais

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

Lakeshore access without lakeshore prices! This lot has access to Poplar Lake. Building site already cleared and driveway is in. Build your cabin or park your camper and put your boat in the water.

County Rd 67 – Grand Marais

XX Wildwood Acres Trail

MLS 6029973 $39,900

One mile from Highway 61 in Tofte. Build your year-round home or your getaway. Close to everything the area has to offer. The driveway with culvert is already started--all you need to do is decide on a floor plan and make your dreams come true.

MLS 6031563 $35,000 MLS 6031565 $22,000 MLS 6031566 $32,000

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

Boulder Point Rd - Lutsen

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

Raven Feather Road

MLS 6031787 $59,900

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

Victory Lane - Hovland

X Snowshoe Trail

Residential lot off the Sawbill Trail in Wildwood Acres. Nicely wooded and waiting for your year-round home or seasonal getaway.

MLS 6031568 $20,000 MLS 6031570 $30,000

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

MLS 6075126 $119,900

County Road 67

MLS 6032536 $25,000

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

10 Murphy Mtn Rd - Grand Marais

County Road 7, Grand Marais

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

MLS 6075749 $55,000

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

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

MLS 2170380 $149,900

North Rd – Hovland

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

Gunflint Trail

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

MLS 6075744 $54,900 PENDING

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

MLS 6033168 $87,500

14x Bloomquist Mountain Rd

County Road 60

MLS 6075850 $59,900

MLS 6073592 $99,900

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

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

Birch Drive

West Hwy 61 – Grand Marais

Dream big or dream small--most likely it will involve huge windows facing South! Bordering Cascade State Park, this lot is ready for outdoor activities. Features a partial driveway, 4.9 acres & year round access. MLS 6075803 $79,900

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


MLS 6029971 $69,900 MLS 6029972 $82,000

MLS 6073521 $49,900

5xx South Shore Dr

W Hwy 61 – Grand Marais

DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL with mixed zoning (Far-3, R-1 and commercial). Excellent location on the Highway 61 corridor west of town. Property extends north with access of off County Road 7. Owner will split. MLS 2164180 $649,900

Railroad Drive - Lutsen MLS 6023743 $39,900

MLS 2158160 $52,500

110 Acres - West Highway 61

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

Affordably priced 20 acre parcel with privacy, situated near Federal land to the north. Seasonal access is off of the Camp 15 Loop Road, which is a great area to go exploring on your ATV, Mountain Bike or Snowmobile.

MLS 6076349 $24,900

Heavily forested land that has been replanted with pine trees. Rolling topography, many building sites and hiking trails. Features a gravel pit on the northwest corner and a small wildlife pond to the south. State land to the south & east. MLS 6074422 $149,900

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

MLS 6030911 $33,900

MLS 6076178 $33,900

19XX Camp 20 Road

170 Acres - Camp 20 Rd

110 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 6076073 $110,000

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

1XX Quist Road

MLS 6076218 $57,000

Rare opportunity to find 200A of land, primarily surrounded by State and Federal land giving you access to thousands of acres! Close to YR access off of the Arrowhead Trail. Many trails in the area and close to many lakes. MLS 6074853 $159,900

Rosebush Hill – Grand Marais

XX Rosebush Hill – Grand Marais

Five acre parcel all set up for your vacation or permanent home with potentially spectacular views of Lake Superior.

200 Acres - Camp 12 Rd

180X W Gauthier Rd

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

700 feet of Irish Creek frontage. Septic sites have been identified. Irish Creek Road is now plowed in the winter. Year round access!!

MLS 6076853 $26,000

Remote, yet not far away from many mid-Gunflint Trail resorts. Incredibly unique chunk of land surrounded by USFS & abutting the BWCA for the ultimate northwoods getaway. Extremely close to Iron Lake. Access is a little rough! MLS 6074802 - $139,900

Nicely wooded with excellent development potential. Close to hospital and all the amenities of Grand Marais. Multiple zoning (R1 & Far 3), survey and wetlands delineation completed in 2007. Electricity & Broadband at road. MLS 2170711 $299,900

MLS 6076117 $69,900 PENDING

Lot 7 LeVeaux Ridge

160 Acres – Old Gunflint Trail

43 Acres - County Road 7

Land Whispering Pine – Lot 3


101 West Hwy . 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604

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


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


hill just around the curve from Cut Face Creek sits this cute 1BR, 1BA cedar cabin. Kitchen, living room, bath & laundry on 1st flr, plus open loft with space for multiple beds. 1.3 acres with 365’ Lake Superior frontage. Close proximity to Grand Marais, but far enough away from the crowds. Septic mound, well & garage complete the picture with spacious big lake views! MLS# 6075543 $365,000 PREMIER LAKE SUPERIOR PROPERTY. Beautiful, very private 1.84 acre residential lot with 240 ft of Lake Superior shoreline in the Chimney Rock Platted Development. Premier quality with stunning elevated and panoramic views of the lake. MLS# 2313197


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

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

MLS#: 6075756 $749,900



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

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

MLS# 6074287



Impeccably maintained 2 story, 2+ bdrm lake home with 3 season porch. Windows all around, vaulted ceilings, numerous upgrades, loads of finished living space. Workshop, landscaped yard and gardens. MLS#: 6074542 $399,900

PRIVATE LAKESHORE – WILDERNESS LAKE. Eggers Lake is surrounded by t he 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#

6076498 $349,900 SEA GULL LAKE LOT – BWCAW VIEWS.

This 10-acre lot has great views and 489 ft of accessible shoreline with a sand swimming beach. Rock outcroppings, blueberries, & pines. Driveway and power are in place with a fantastic building site for your dream lake cabin. Seller willing to divide.

MLS# 6074842 $339,900 NEW! LOG CABIN ON POPLAR LAKE. Beautiful,

well maintained Morris-built home with 334' lake shore, diamond willow furniture, stained glass windows, and artistic details. Warm up with the cobblestone fireplace or pot belly stove. Comes complete with a 14' boat and 3 motors. Close to BWCA entry points and more! MLS# 6077851 $334,900



well maintained 2 bdrm, 1 bath cabin cared for by the same family for over 60 years. 205 feet of shoreline on much sought after Clearwater lake with direct

access to the BWCA. MLS# 6032657 $249,000 MARK LAKE - 159 ACRES. The only private land on Mark Lake! Good northern fishing. 200ft. Shoreline, forestry road or snowmoblie access. Motivated Seller! MLS# 6026299



This wonderful and well-maintained 2 bdrm cabin has Poplar Lake shoreline on both sides of the property. Paddle to the BWCA or ski to the Banadad trails in winter. Classic cabin décor, custom cabinets, lots of windows, septic and lakewater system. MLS# 6077003 $220,000


long-owned and loved 2 bdrm cabin is in nice condition and is the perfect simple BWCAW retreat. Warm, cozy wood interior and stunning lake views, just a short hop to the 200 ft of shoreline. Huge dock and 2.30 acres – room to build! MLS# 6077533 $212,500


True Solitude! Over 5 acres and 355' shoreline with great build sites near the lake or tucked around the bluff for gorgeous views. Appreciate the stunning sunrises and paddle the bays in a canoe or kayak. Wilson Lake is also a great fishery!


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 pontoon boat, fishing boats, canoe, dock, and two Onan generators.

MLS# 6029644 $199,000 LEVEL LOT, NICE WOODS, EASY SHORE. This 1.55 acre Devil Track Lake lot has easy access from county road, power, phone and great building sites. South shore, 200+ ft. frontage, great views. Build your home on the lake here.

MLS# 6033181 $198,900


furnished cabin on pristine Loon Lake. Includes a newer 1 bdrm addition, cozy loft, open living/ dining room, sturdy deck, and 24' dock on 142' shoreline. Cabin easily sleeps 6. Lakewater system, septic holding tank. Great lake views! MLS# 6030355

$186,000 • Locally owned and operated since 1996 • 64





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


Mature woods with maple trees makes a beautiful home site on 225' frontage. Driveway, dock and open camp area are in place. Gentle shoreline with nice south facing views across the lake to USFS forest land. Power and year round access. MLS# 6077393 $179,900


Literally sitting at the water's edge is this unique, private off grid cabin on a Tom Lake peninsula. Generator power, composting and chemical toilets, gray water kitchen sink and laundry. The 2nd bdrm is in a sleeping cabin steps away from the main.

MLS# 6076725 $170,000 END OF THE ROAD PRIVACY – DEVIL TRACK LAKE. Lrg 10 acre private lot on the remote end of

the lake, with good forest road access. The 255 feet of shoreline is on a level lot with a beautiful point. Driveway and clearing with gentle access to the dock. MLS# 6076947 $160,000

A-FRAME ON POPLAR LAKE. Classic 2 bdrm, 2 bath

A-Frame cabin in a beautiful setting overlooking Poplar Lake. Located at the end of the road with year-round access. Very nice, gentle path to the 156’ of lake shore. Nice mix of trees. MLS# 6024438



1 bath cabin is situated on the shore of Tom Lake with loons and walleye just off the 24' dock. Solar power with quiet generator, though grid electric is available. Features a spiral staircase to a spacious loft and energy efficient windows. MLS# 6030876

$160,000 VIRGIN PINE, GREAT SHORELINE, PIKE LAKE. Two lake lots with wilderness, woods, and lakeshore are

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


Only a lucky few get to own cabins here. Remote water access from the US side, or drive in to the landing on Ontario side. Stunning views, easy access to the BWCA. The 2 bdrm cabin is one of the nicest remote cabins you'll find. Includes a great sauna. MLS# 6023214 $149,900


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


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# 6076787 $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# 6032216-18, 6032220 $120,000

and up

CARIBOU HIGHLANDS CONDO 113A. This is the epitome of a

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


camp on the edge of the BWCA! Small lot and rustic cabin with potential. Half an acre with 75 feet of shoreline and year round access.

MLS#: 6076184 $99,000 PRICE REDUCED! 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 $110,000 LEGENDARY SAWMILL BAY. Magnificent old-growth cedars and maples frame a corner lot with a high and dry build site. Yearround 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! Immerse yourself in a large tract of deep wilderness. 17 acres on Tucker Lake just off the Gunflint Trail. This parcel is tucked up to Superior Nat'l Forest lands with the BWCAW just across the lake. Frontage on the Tucker River, privacy and wilderness all around. MLS# 6074216


SALIENG D MLS# 6031840 $59,900 PE N

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


quiet lake between Tofte and Finland known for its recreational opportunities. Very near the BWCAW. Good snowmobile access to the Tomahawk Trail and miles of trail riding. 2.90 acres, 184' frontage. MLS# 6077701 $59,900


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

MLS# 6073911 $54,900 PRICE REDUCED! RARE ELBOW LAKE LOT. For the fisherman who has

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

MLS# 6074164 $85,700 PRICE REDUCED!


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

6074189, 6077735 $599,900


quality and detail at every turn in this magnificent 2 bdrm, 2 bath home hidden on 30 acres in the Grand Portage State Forest. Marble stairs and floors, loft, master bath with hot tub & sauna, soaring cathedral ceilings, and 2000 sq ft attached garage. Not your typical home in the woods, this is a rare gem waiting for someone who loves the outdoors, but wants the class of an elegant home at the end of the day. MLS# 6074633


$50,000 GREAT PRICE LAKE LOTS. Deep woods, seclusion

and nice views from these Tom Lake lots. This is the desired west side of the lake with access from the Camp 20 Rd. Enjoy a peaceful lake property with good access. Great back roads to explore. Adjacent land available. MLS# 6030741, 6030742 $49,900 each NEW! PRIVATE COVE ON TOM LAKE. Nice private lot with vibrant, wooded 255' lake shore. Desirable old growth cedar grove supports a great build site. Driveway and cedar walk corridor complete. Great recreational opportunities.

MLS# 6077180 $46,000

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

MLS# 6073745 $499,000 HOME WITH DRAMATIC VIEWS. This large,

efficient 3bdrm home has panoramic views of Lake Superior and the surrounding hills. Secluded with landscaped yard and 20 acres bordering Gov't lands. Quality features, many windows, shop building and more! MLS#6033328


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.


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

MLS# 6022175 $280,000 PRICE REDUCED!

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

charming cottage has warm pine paneling, oak floors and a very pleasing personality. Lots of light, 4-season porch, nice garage with finished guest space, large decks, yard and gardens. Solar array offsets the monthly bills. Simple living with a small creek and thousands of acres of adjoining public land. MLS# 6075176

MLS# 6074449 $275,900

LARGE HOME ON THE HILL. Privacy and comfort are yours in

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

6033566 $269,900

REMOTE HIDE-AWAY. Charming custom built

MLS# 6029349 $244,000


was set up for a simple lifestyle with solar electric, hand pumped well and composting toilet. Charming living room with stone fireplace, large kitchen and comfortable bedrooms. 12 private acres with mature white

pine and cedar. MLS# 6076755 $139,900


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

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.


HOBBY FARM OR LOTS OF IDEAS. Large property with open meadows, gardens, orchards, and a beautiful river waiting for your ideas. The living quarters are located above a 6-stall horse barn. 4 bdrms, 2 baths, lots of open living space. Pole barn, gathering hall and more! MLS#: 6075375


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 $169,900


home has all you need in just about 120 sq ft of space. Kitchen, full size bed plus sleeper sofa, storage loft, electric and broadband, fabulous deck, fire pit, shed, and a really cool outhouse. Year round living, close to

hiking trails. MLS# 6077550 $75,000 NORTH SHORE RETREAT. A little one room cabin waiting for you to make it into something. 3.8 acres on the Lake Superior side of Hwy 61 with decent lake views; you'll feel the lake effect. The cabin is kind of rough, but maybe this is the project you've been looking for.

MLS# 6074739 $36,000


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


log cabin on 78 acres with seasonal views of Tom Lake. Large loft bedroom and covered porch with swing. Stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and metal roof. Year-round access. Furnishings and generator included. MLS# 6027412


6033556, 6033557 $379,900 MARKET, DELI, LIQUOR STORE – HOVLAND. A bustling business in a beautiful rural community on the North Shore. Bakery, deli, pizza, convenience store, and liquor store under one roof. Large seating area & outdoor patio. Expansion/home site possible! MLS# 6030800



Prime commercial location in Hovland, 1000 feet of Highway 61 frontage. Large commercial space with a small 2 bedroom home and 1 functioning rental cottage. Many new improvements and upgrades. Two more small cabins could be rented, and there's room for many more...or other possibilities. Large 2-car garage plus two sheds. MLS# 6026089 $284,900

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

on Wisconsin St between Blue Water Cafe and Sivertson Gallery, with 25 ft street frontage and over 2300 sq ft each. Build up for a lake view – lots of possibilities! MLS# 6029930, 6029951 $144,900 each


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# 6032971 $99,900 • MLS# 6032972 $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# 6027384



You won't find a more remote and spectacular location – incredible Brule River views. The charming and comfortable cabin sits on almost 80 acres with an unspoiled view from the deck unlike any other in Cook County. Over 1100 feet of river frontage. Canoe or kayak in the wide and wild stretch of river just north or Magney State Park. Make this your own secluded wilderness get-away. MLS# 6076100 $249,900


Updated for convenience and comfort, this charming cabin has seen tender loving care. Solar electric, cute kitchen, great views from the deck. Year round use or rustic rental. 5 acres with mature trees and 360' Little Devil Track River frontage. MLS# 6076762



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

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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# 6033035

TOP OF BIRCH CLIFF. See 50 miles across


Charming homesteader log cabin with pasture. The river flows beautifully through the property. Private and secluded setting with some high views and heavy timber. The cabin is large and comfortable with a drilled well for carry-in water. MLS# 6077654 $132,900 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#: 6075954 $99,900


MLS# 6030517 $89,900 WOODS, WATER & SECLUSION.


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.

Three 40 acre lots with 600 to 1000 ft frontage on Mons Creek. Also includes deeded access to Lost Lake. Private and secluded.

MLS# 6073876 $59,900 or MLS# 6073877 $69,900 or MLS# 6073878 $74,900. HIGH PROPERTY, DRIVEWAY, CREEK FRONTAGE. This 25 acre parcel has great southern exposure

and views from a nice building site at the end of a long driveway. Very private setting and 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# 6077020


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

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

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

6030885 $49,900 each 500’ ON MOHNS CREEK. Mixed topography of beautiful

rolling land with many great build sites on 25 acres. Old growth cedar, spruce, pine and birch. Abuts state land. MLS# 6029353 $37,000


for a home or recreational property just minutes from Grand Marais. Rolling land with creek, borders thousands of acres of federal and state lands. Power at road. Seller willing to subdivide. MLS#

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


- $42,900 • MLS# 6076972 - $64,900 LARGE LAND, MAPLES, LAKE ACCESS. This 67 acre

ACREAGE ADJOINS WILDERNESS - LAKE ACCESS. This 42 acre parcel includes

400 feet of shoreline on McFarland Lake. Building sites are located across the road on the hillside with potential lake views. Easy access to the BWCAW and Border Route Hiking Trail. MLS#

6024602 $179,000 INCREASINGLY RARE, LARGE RECREATIONAL PARCEL. 190 arces fully surveyed. The perfect

retreat. Has a rich variety of trees, ponds, high and low lands, some meadow land and wetlands. MLS# 6029820 $139,000


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

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# 6030705 $69,900 LARGE LAND, POND, LAKE RIGHTS. Densely wooded 60 acre parcel with beaver ponds and access to Lost Lake. Good seasonal road access, many great building sites and southerly exposure. Lots of elbow room, privacy, and miles of forest roads to explore. MLS#

6033463 $64,900 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 $62,900 - $64,900 MAPLE HILL - HOME SITE. Heavily wooded 6.45 acre parcel

with great privacy, county rd frontage, power and phone. MLS# 6023465 $54,900 SUNNY 5 ACRES NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Beautiful sunny hillside with distant Lake Superior views. This is country living only 2 miles from Grand Marais. Large lot, great home sites with abundant wildlife. Driveway partially in place. MLS# 6077083 $54,900 DEEP WOODS NEAR GRAND MARAIS. Two 5+ acre lots adjoining USFS land with power/phone/broadband. Great location near Grand Marais with good road access and very secluded location with mature trees. Ready for you to build your country home. First time on the market. MLS# 6076518/6076517 $49,900

– $52,900 WOODED HOME SITE. This 5+ acre parcel is only 1.5 miles

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

from Grand Marais and ready for your country home. Mixed forest, with forest service land in the back for exploring or hunting. A driveway and culvert are already in place. MLS# 6026053 $49,900 LAND FOR FUN OR HOMESTEADING. Heavily wooded 39 acres with a large variety of trees and easy road access on Camp 20 Rd. Southern exposure great for solar set up. The Superior Hiking Trail is steps away. Close to county maintained road. MLS#:

MLS# 6029352 $90,000 BEAUTIFUL LAND, TUCKED AWAY PRIVACY, POLE BARN. This 24 acre parcel is tucked up

studded 7 acre property has easy walking access to the county beach on McFarland Lake. Nice elevated build site with easy county road access. MLS# 6024601 $43,000 BEAUTIFUL WOODED LUTSEN LOT. Beautiful level lot with an open build site for your cabin or new home in a quiet and peaceful area of Lutsen. You'll be minutes away from every type of north-woods activity, including Lutsen Mountains and Superior National Golf Course.

LARGE LAND, PINES, PRIVACY AND PIKE LAKE VIEW. Outstanding property with adjoining USFS lands,

corner lot with colorful maples and majestic cedars. Plenty of privacy. Close to hiking trails and the Caribou Lake boat landing. Year round access with power! MLS# 2279179 $35,000 THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Nice 6 acre parcel of mixed forest land only 6 miles from town! Great site for nature lovers, birders and wildlife watchers. The shared driveway is already in and there is a transformer on the property for easy electric access.

MLS# 6032712 $112,500 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#

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# 6032903 $109,500 HUGE POND-HUGE PRIVACY. Large 45+ acre wooded parcel located across from Tom Lake. Huge pond/lake in the very center of the acreage.

against the "Hovland mountain range" with mature forest, easy road access and a moderated Lake Superior climate. Large 34' X 56' pole building, utilities nearby. MLS# 6076757 $89,900 LARGE UNDEVELOPED CITY TRACT.This large Central Addition property is perfect for a lot development plan, or as a private home site. City utilities are close, street access on two sides. Many possibilities. MLS# 6076673 $89,900

good access on Murmur Creek Rd, and even nice views of Pike Lake. Launch your boat just a half-mile away. Nice planted red pine, power/ broadband close by. MLS# 6074689 $84,900 LAND NEAR WILSON LAKE. A special piece of the Northwoods – 16 acres with deeded access to Wilson Lake! USA-owned forest is your backyard. Driveway, electric, and a small bunkhouse/shed are in place. MLS# 6028685

$80,000 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.


acres between Tofte and Lutsen on the Onion River Rd. Resort Commercial allows rental cabins and businesses - a wonderful opportunity. Beautiful mature cedar forest, seasonal view of Lake Superior. MLS# 6032988 $74,900


MLS# 6033068 $34,900 5 ACRES NEAR CARIBOU LAKE. Gorgeous


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

MLS# 6025397 $34,900 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# 6029872


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

6075271 $29,900

SCAN YOUR homesteaders property has it all: rolling topography, ravines, grassy SMARTPHONE meadows, mature timber, flowing creek and expansive Lake Superior views! Minutes from Grand Marais, adjoins USFS land. MLS# 6076511 $279,000 $69,900 HERE! • (800) 387-9599 Fax (218) 387-9598 • 6032474 $277,900 LOCATION, VIEWS, PRIVACY – 80 ACRES. This former


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




Grand Marais Area Homes

Lutsen Real Estate Group

Caribou Lake


50 Sawmill Lane.

Cute 3 bedroom 2 bath log home located in Sawmill Bay on Caribou Lake in Lutsen. The home features two loft bedrooms, a main level master bedroom and a lower level rec area that provides numerous use options. The home is complemented with a gas fireplace, efficient design and wonderful large lake facing deck. Private wooded lot offering nice seclusion. Convenient to area four season attractions. MLS 6074183 $399,000

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166 Bloomquist Mountain Rd. Quality-built, classic chalet-style home on a private 6+ acre wooded setting. Has the feel of an “off-grid” estate yet complemented with expected features including broadband. Only minutes from town! Italian porcelain tile and solid oak flooring throughout. Significant new improvements include - road with smooth layer of gravel over crushed rock and new culverts, freshly painted interior and new deck stain. MLS 6073816 $239,500 Call today for a showing!



1044 Caribou Tr. MLS 6077597 $319,000 Year round cabin/home on Caribou Lake tucked in Northern bay. Accessed off Caribou Tr, this 150’ lakeshore parcel is located on the private outlet cove of Caribou Lake. Immaculate grounds with towering White Pines. Home features 3 bdrms, 1 bath, open kitchen living dining room. Large deck towards the lake with a nice level shoreline out to a permanent dock. Recent improvements include: new septic, new windows, new siding, new roof and chimney chase new insulation & more.

Area Homes & Townhomes Emily Breaker 218-387-5240


Frank Lehto 218-387-4955

Just West of Grand Marais.

Nicely appointed and extremely well maintained beautiful 3 bedroom home just west of Grand Marais. Home includes a two stall garage with adjacent office, workshop, wine room and more. Many wonderful upgrades made to home in 2010. Nice clean yard and garden areas. Move in ready. All you need is the key. Call our office today to schedule your private showing. MLS 6029508 $334,900

Sandy McHugh 218-370-7841

Bruce Kerfoot 218-388-2294

Jack McHugh 218-370-2602

Steve Surbaugh 218-663-7971

562 Poplar River Road

MLS 6075178 $379,000

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

In-town Home.


Cute 3 bedroom 1 bathroom family home. Walkout basement provides the option to convert the lower level into a long term rental with the addition of a kitchen and bathroom. 1+ car garage and located in a quiet Grand Marais neighborhood at 110 10th Av. W MLS 6075297 $195,000

Lutsen Resort Log Cabin #403. Ever so seldom does a Lutsen Resort authentic Log Cabin become available for sale. Here is your opportunity to become part of this unique family of home ownership at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior. Outstanding views – awesome cabin. Call today for your private showing. MLS 6030300 $399,000

Kelly’s Hill.

Very nice and well-kept 2 bedroom 2 bath home on nearly five acres just east of Grand Marais. Private trails cut on land with the Superior Hiking trail nearby. Yard and large garden areas surrounded by mature forest and some wonderful large White Pine trees. Beautiful sunrise and sunsets with Lake Superior views from the second level master bedroom and deck. MLS 6077096 $225,000

Mike Larson 218-370-1536

104 C Bridge Run Ln. MLS 6077413 $69,000 Nicely remodeled Nordic whirlpool studio condo at Caribou Highlands ski-in ski-out resort in Lutsen. With many amenities at the resort as well as hiking and biking trails on the ski hill, you won’t have a lack of options during the day. Enjoy relaxing on the new deck overlooking Moose Mountain, with distant views of Lake Superior. With new siding, roof and deck all part of the updates in the past few years this Nordic studio is not one to overlook!


Lutsen hobby farm, extensively remodeled 3+ bedroom, 2 bath home. New barn/workshop, large family room with fireplace plus Lake Superior views. Minutes to Lutsen Mountains ski area, golf course, and 2 miles to public landing at Caribou Lake! Agent/ owner. MLS 6076370 $345,900

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New 2 Bedroom, 1 bath, lake home on Gull Lake with direct access to Saganaga and the BWCA. 165’ of lake frontage, 1.7 acres, rock fireplace, comes furnished, plus a canoe, 14’ boat and 10 h.p. motor. Seasonal- $299,900

Lake Superior Vacant Parcels and Homes 10028 Gunflint Trail. Beautifully

crafted year round home with interior log beams and half log staircase serving as a centerpiece. This home will not disappoint as it’s complemented with views New Lakeshore lot on Magnetic Lake from every room across Loon Lake with state (connected to Gunflint Lake) overlooking Canada land serving as your back drop. Located near the and the BWCA, 297’ of lake frontage, 5.7 acres, Banadad hiking/ski trail, and snowmobile trails, hilly and nicely wooded, about 1,000’ deep, seasonal there is not a shortage of activities when it comes to private road, electricity, MLS 6077344 $99,000 this home. Keep in mind Loon Lake is a great Trout fishing lake! MLS 6074603 $215,000. Lakeshore lot on Poplar Lake with a new 2 stall garage, electric, driveway, nicely wooded, great 1 Bedroom log cabin on Gunflint Lake, views to the north and west, 200’ lake frontage, 1.8 306’ of lake frontage, 5.3 acres, approved septic acres, on a private road with year around access. permit, electricity, 3 Season, $229,000 MLS 6074074 $158,000



Other Vacant Land Parcels Lund Road off Honeymoon Trail. Looking for a peaceful spot close to some

lakes? This 5+ acres is tucked 15 min from downtown Lutsen, close to Christine Lake, White Pine Lake and Tait River, a great location for exploring the lakes and woods while still being close to the ski hill. A great quality on this land is gravel! Since the gravel is already on the property it can be used for the driveway, site prep and other. No hauling required! MLS 6075805 $45,900

xxx 342 Rd Finland.

Large parcel covered in Maples, Birch, and other mixed forest. Can be sold as parcels. No gravel mining for 10 years from date of purchase. 160 acres MLS 1968744 Price $299,000

Murmur Creek Near Pike Lake.

Have you ever wanted your very own 20 acres in a remote, peaceful place with a diverse forest and absolute privacy? Look no further than this sweet spot. Beautiful parcel with building and septic sites located. Call for specific directions for finding this pristine and secluded forested property. MLS 6076404 $35,000

Affordable housing starts here, with a forested, platted home site in Tofte. You won’t break the bank buying the land, and can build to suit your purposes—permanent home or a getaway. Distant views of Lake Superior, with close proximity to groceries, gas and restaurants. Wildwood Acres is surrounded by US and State lands, leaving lots of room to enjoy your favorite recreational pursuits. Feel free to drive by, and call with questions. MLS 6076203 $16,400

Stonegate in Hovland.

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

MLS 6076045 $249,000

Tait Lake, Lutsen. Recent sales of undeveloped lakeshore lots show prices exceeding $200,000. Lots 16 and 17 have the benefit of Tait Lake access without lakeshore prices. Tucked hillside overlooking Tait Lake on Caps Trail, Lot 16 offers 2.8 acres with convenient and deeded access to the association’s private dock. Lot 17 provides the same with 3.3 acres. Beautiful, wild and unspoiled and simply outstanding values. Lot 16. MLS 2143246 $49,499 Lot 17. MLS 6032087 $54,499

Superior National Golf Course Homesites Few Golf Courses

have been built on land as spectacular as Superior National. And more recently the golf course just completed its nearly $4.5 million course improvement project on the River and Canyon Nines. The homesites listed below are tucked within the Cedar Forest along River 6 fairway and River 6 green. With water, sewer, power and broadband available, combined the sounds of the Poplar River just across the fairway and so much more beauty, the value offered simply is unbelievable. Act now, the golf course will launch its new marketing campaign in 2018 announcing the grand-re-opening – with that, lot prices will likely increase next year. Lot 7 Block 3. This parcel sits adjeacent to the 5th fairway on Tall Timber Trail and has awesome Lake Superior views with the Lutsen Mountains serving as your backdrop. MLS 6075642 $89,900 Lot 6 Block 5. This was one of the very first lots purchased because of its outstanding location. Nestled adjacent to the River 6 Green - it offers so much. Great build site with outstanding orientation. Access to all HOA utilities. MLS 6028392 $92,500

MLS 6074324 $325,000 9480 Hwy 61

Unique 4 bedroom, 2 bath Dome home on Lake Superior near Schroeder. Outstanding lake views with useable and accessible shoreline allowing for kayak and other access on calm days. Bonus two-car garage near main home entry and an additional detached deck near the lake for any kind of occasion.

Mountain Ash Lane. Cedar covered

hillside overlooking Lake Superior in Lutsen. Roads and survey completed for small subdivision. Perfect opportunity to own large acreage in Lutsen overlooking Lake Superior or develop a small subdivision. Final plat not recorded. 30.89 acres. MLS 1600605 Price $649,000

Rosebush Lane near Grand Marais.

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

MLS 6076429


Pancore Lake/Tofte Trout fishing paradise found!

60 acres and 250’ pristine lakeshore on a clean, deep, DNR managed trout lake. Rare find, one of only 3 privately owned parcels on the lake.

MLS 6028959 $195,400

Jonvick Creek Sites in Lutsen Winding through the Sawtooth Mountain highlands, the private

road takes you through a mature maple forest: you have found your new homesite nestled in the hills, overlooking a trout stream with views of Lake Superior. Build the home of your dreams in the woodland paradise, only minutes from everything Lutsen has to offer; connect with a network of groomed cross-country ski trails, or set off on a snowmobile adventure on the adjacent trail system. Deer, fox, lynx and maybe the occasional moose will be your neighbors visiting your backyard. Several lots to choose from, ready for you to plan your Lutsen getaway home. Our featured Jonvick Creek lot is Lot 41–beautiful red maples on a rolling and wooded 2.65 acre lot. This parcel includes pond frontage and possible seasonal Lake Superior views. MLS 1599050 $54,900




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Bluefin Unit 38

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

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

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Deb Niemisto 218-370-8434

Newly remodeled log lodge cabin like condo with spectacular lake views. MLS 6077019 $79,900

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

Upgraded cottage themed condo. Great rental income! MLS 6077201 $79,900


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Nan Bradley 218-370-8433 7072 Two Moose Trail Wilson Lake - Finland

Caribou Lake - Lutsen 38 Sawmill Lane

Commercial - 126 Airport Rd Grand Marais Airport

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

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

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


American Bittern I saw this American bittern in a pond not far from Grand Marais along County Road 7. Bitterns are pretty common but elusive. When they are standing in cattails they blend in and are very hard to see. They will freeze in a stretched position with their head pointed up. Their call is very unusual; it sounds like pumping water through a culvert. You wouldn’t even think a bird could make a sound like that. If you have never heard it, I would suggest using the internet and listening to the call of the American bittern.—Paul Sundberg NORTHERN  WILDS









Northern Wilds Sept. 2018