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PUBLISHER Megan Kellin


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Christina Monson

ADVERTISING Kelly Kabotoff, Dayna Mase, Christina Monson, Kim Shelton

CONTRIBUTORS Erin Blegen, Jessica Colter, Emily Enger, Rob Fairbanks, Kari Hedlund, Paul Jackson, Kelly Kabotoff, Josh Lindstrom, Lindsey Marschka, Meet Minneapolis, Morgan Morgan, E. Nolan, Brianna Roberts, Avesa Rockwell, Julia Ruelle, Lane Stangler, Jeff Vondenkamp, Amy Woschek Schmidt WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA: Kim Shelton PODCAST: Kim Shelton

DISTRIBUTORS Bemidji Brewing, Marcy Erickson, Scott Kabotoff, Lew Kellin, Alissa Kovanen, Dayna Mase, Chris Monson, Maddy Siroin, Scott Sobiech, Mary Kay Jacobson

ART DIRECTION Mary Jones-Snell

GRAPHIC AND AD DESIGN Ken Nyberg of Lost Forty Mary Jones-Snell

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Inside each issue of Lake Time Magazine we produce pages full of people’s stories. Stories of inspiration and courage, struggles and triumphs. Stories from everyday people who share their stories while their hearts show brightly on their sleeves. We’re continually told that we need to tell our story – the story of the magazine and the personal lives and backgrounds of those of us behind it but we’re pretty modest people… we wear our hearts on our sleeves through our listening ears, enthusiasm, and open minds. Because who are we as a magazine is much more important than the people behind the magazine. Don’t get me wrong, putting together each issue is an incredible feat of hard work and extreme hours but being in the position of sharing people’s stories has certainly never felt like a job. It is most definitely a privilege. We are a tiny team doing giant things to promote the people of Minnesota because that is what matters to us. Sharing the stories of these fascinating people is in our blood. It’s what sets this magazine apart. It sets the magazine apart but it also sets our people apart. We are northerners - through and through. With the dawn of spring brings new life and new growth and we are certainly feeling it at Lake + Co. It’s in the air we breathe and it’s in the ambition we wake with every single day. To work hard and tell more stories… the people’s stories… YOUR stories. There are big things breaking the Lake + Co. horizon this spring – new issues, new events to attend, new avenues of telling the story of Minnesota, a new podcast to hear the voices of this great state’s northerners. New opportunities for us to keep engaged on multiple levels. So we encourage you to embrace the light airy inspiration that spring brings with it and share your story. With us. With yourself. With those around you. We promise you’ll find new energy and a thread of common thinking and camaraderie. It’s incredibly liberating and unites people. And if you’re modest… be modest. That’s okay too but always remember that your story is important and worthy of sharing. Share on…

Christina Monson

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by Megan Kellin, Publisher



t's been said that you are the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time. Yeah, makes sense right? Well, that's how we feel about business. After all, we eat, sleep, live, and dream this company... it's our life, so it's full circle, really. Simply put, we work with people we enjoy, respect, and who challenge us and we publish the stories and carry the products of those who inspire us. Essentially that collaboration has determined the culture and undertone of absolutely everything we believe and create. It's all about the people. We call it “keeping good company.” And, for us, that little phrase makes all the difference. Let me throw a buzzword out there and see if it resonates. If it does, keep reading. If not, put the magazine down and slowly walk away.

TRIBE There, I said it. The word that has been buzzing like a persistent mosquito. It's in social media, casual convo, and on hats and t-shirts everywhere. But I don't think 'tribe' is what the buzzword craze has spun it out to be. It's not a simple synonym for “groups” or “friends.” I don't think it's far off to say that the meaning has been lost. Sure, many have it figured out, naturally... but what is the difference between say “tribe” and a... “club,” for instance? I needed to know more, so I went digging. Here's my quick synopsis: Historically, Tribe was a group of people represented by a village. A community that lived together, worked together, and survived together. If everyone were the same, the village would have failed. Hybrid systems are stronger, and a Tribe is a system of people. Tribe isn’t about uniformity. It’s about diversity. It's not about appeasement. It's about authenticity. It's not to conform, but to keep individual integrity. Straight forward right? One of my favorite philosophers, Alan Watts, once said, “The one implies the many, and the many implies the one… All the variety in front of you… means one. The more different everything is, the more it proclaims its basic unity with everything else…” Opening up that concept in a way that we can use it now, Tribe is a collection of people shining their true selves and skills; true unity through variety, together. And this, I believe, is why the buzzword has taken full force. This is the spark that pulls us in while we’re thinking of our friends, our supporters... heck, even our Instragram followers. This is why ‘tribe’ grabs at the strings of our souls. We know, on an instinctual level, that a tribe is what we’re after; that this is what we want. The trick is finding Tribe in its truest form and it's one of toughest challenges our communities face today. It's complex. Attention is scattered. Roles are matrixed - sometimes it can be hard to find our place. But the beautiful thing about it all is that when we all come together, we start to understand that we are far more alike than we ever realized. By nature, especially in MN, we tend not to share what our fears and struggles are or whatever the story is that we carry - but we all know... everyone has a story. Sharing our stories makes us vulnerable, yet there is a lot of power in this. We need people. It's in our DNA to want to be a part of something, something we believe in. Something real, integrated, and tangible. Something that deepens and refines our sense of place, brings out the best in us, and helps us recognize, unquestionably, that we belong.

-Margaret Mead Sharing stories brings us together and, in our experience, it has allowed us to find our tribe (you!). Authentic people, engaging stories, and a sense of community are the very pillars upon which Lake + Co. are built. For all these reasons and more, we believe community has the power to nourish and sustain us in countless ways - some of which even science can't explain. Yet, we know it's worth building, maintaining, and holding dear. The past couple years we've built a community of storytellers. A place where people gather to connect, inspire, and empower one another. Our tribe is made of hunters, homesteaders, bakers, and builders. We have web designers, marketing specialists, photographers, craftsmen, managers, and entrepreneurs. And like that infamous Minnesota modesty, our tribe is subtle, but serves up a whole lotta diversity and human spice and, yeah... it's where the magic happens. Every day we are amazed by our community who use innovation, ideas, and service to create impact from the local to the global level. We are inspired. Every time we read and edit a story, we're empowered and comforted by the fact that there are people out there fulfilling their own mission to turn a story into a message. By doing what you do, we get to fulfill our mission by delivering the message that we all have a voice and the power to make a difference. We recognize the pioneering achievements of today's individuals who are forging a path for others to make their mark. Unwavering in their course, we celebrate the unabashed contributions of our elders and those before us who represent, with all their being, this pursuit.

BECAUSE BEING BRAVE AND GOING FOR IT GIVES OTHERS PERMISSION TO DO THE SAME. We believe the real change makers are the people who aren't always recognized but continue to do good, little-by-little, day-to-day. These are our heroes and the people that have made the greatest impact. The people who DO. These are the people who have earned the stories and these are the stories we set out to tell. I'm so proud of the tribe we're creating here at Lake + Co. From issue to issue, our pages are filled with real stories from different stages of life, business, and passion, and this magazine is co-created by all the people who carry the values and ethics of the north - a global community, all drawn together for the love of the lake. It's our absolute privilege to be able to promote and share our state with the world, to be representatives of our home and culture, and to showcase its wonders and authenticity. This is our community, where we celebrate the stories of people doing exceptional things in the north, and we invite you to be a part of it. Stand up, speak your mind, take the lead, and tell your story. Start building where you want to stand. Make an impact and most of all, be the company you want to keep.





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Megan Kellin (Publisher) Captain at the Lake + Co. helm, Megan has a zest for the big ideas, but knows the difference is in the details. Driven by vision and obsessed with the journey, she believes in the power of enthusiasm, grit, and family. She thrives in awkward moments and has stories about real-life unicorns. Her every mission is to align people and places around purpose, create connection, and inspire action. Always a hand in the air for the unabashed and those willing to take a chance, and another for those who understand that good work happens because of good people. Read on. Christina Monson (Editor-in-chief) is a self-proclaimed slave to the English language and loves every second of it. Raised in NE Iowa, her work ethic is second to none and she can take all the IA jokes you can throw at her because that's what strong Iowans do. With a long, monotonous background in details and agency work, she finally found her sweet spot in obsessing over the use of the Oxford comma and catching grammatical faux pas that never (fingers crossed) make it onto these pages. And in case you're wondering, she does take any discovered error to heart. Speaking of which, MN now has the heart of Christina, her husband, their sweet daughter, Ella, and their soon-to-be bundle of joy... arriving probably around the time you're reading this!


Kelly Kabotoff (Lake + Co. Shop) is the buyer and manager of The Lake + Co. Shop. She's also a visionary when it comes to Lake + Co. and all things business. Passionate about growing the North through entrepreneurship and community collaboration, she's applying her expertise gained from working in merchandising and franchise development over the last 10 years in Denver, CO. Having returned to her roots, she now lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Scott, and their 4 children (ages 9, 7, 4, 1). She’s never bored and is always in need of another hand... or a glass of wine. Mary Jones-Snell (Graphic Designer) is a creative graphic designer with 12 years experience in branding and package design. After living in Minneapolis for 10 years, she moved back to the northland where she currently lives with her husband and son. Mary stays inspired by all the beauty of the surrounding nature, art, painting, photography, fashion, and music.

Ken Nyberg (Graphic Designer) is a freelance graphic designer as well as being a graphic web designer for a large women’s retailer. He lives in Duluth now but grew up on the shores of Little Turtle Lake in Talmoon, Minnesota. He believes in simple, authentic design aesthetic and is inspired by the great Northwoods. Ken and his wife, Sarah, have two kids, ages 4 and 1. He is constantly on the move whether it’s exploring the Superior Hiking Trail or just getting his son to preschool. Follow Ken on instagram @lostfortydesigns E. Nolan has been a Travel and Leisure “Agent" since 2007, writing golf, resort, and family articles for 18 American publications and tourism agencies in that time. A Rochester native with four kids and a Hospitality Management degree, E. has played 428 golf courses in 39 states, and another 38 courses in 12 countries.

Kari Hedlund is the Music Director at Northern Community Radio, KAXE/KBXE. She listens to music all day, every day; puts on concerts, creating the lineup for the CenterStage Concerts and Mississippi River Festival in Grand Rapids; helps with various community events, including the annual Record Store Day celebration in Bemidji, and more. In her spare time, Kari enjoys gardening, nature hikes, boating, and hanging with her husband, Kyle, son Anders (5), and added a new baby girl to this mix this year, Signe.


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Rob Fairbanks Born in Minneapolis, proud Leech Lake member, and exclusively known as “The Rez Reporter,” Rob Fairbanks currently resides in Cass Lake, Minnesota. He started doing “Rez Reports” via Facebook page and through the YouTube channel, “Rob Fairbanks Channel” (2013). Rob exploded onto the comedy scene with his rezzy style of reporting in his “Rez Reporter Weather Reports.” After catching the attention of Indian Country Today and Tens of Thousands of dedicated fans, Rob has kept himself busy traveling the country and performing comedy and filling every seat in the house.

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SEA LIFE MINNESOTA AQUARIUM A wonder for all ages, the aquarium is home to more than 10,000 sea creatures in 1.3 million gallons of water. Explore 30 displays including interactive touch pools, walk through a 300-foot tunnel, and see a blacktip reef shark swimming with graceful rays overhead. URBAN ADVENTURE QUEST Embark on an interactive experience of Minneapolis as you explore the city while following clues and completing unique challenges. See and learn about landmarks and landscapes like US Bank Stadium, Saint Anthony Falls, and City Hall, solving fun and fascinating puzzles along the way. SAINT ANTHONY FALLS Overlook the falls from Guthrie’s Endless Bridge that jets over the Mississippi. Be sure to walk to the base. There are 108 stairs, but the view and trails at the bottom are definitely worth the trek back up. LORING PARK Scenic walk through what’s coined the Central Park of downtown Minneapolis. MALL OF AMERICA MOA has more than 500 stores that attract locals and tourists alike. Take the Light Rail to avoid traffic, and maybe hit up one of the mall’s many bars after you’re done shopping. THE CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE Offering over 25 artistic attractions that encourage creative family fun. NICKELODEON UNIVERSE Ride a rollercoaster or cross the park on a zip line at the largest indoor theme park in the nation. CELEBRATE FASHION IN MINNESOTA While we are far away from New York Fashion Week, there are still a number of talented designers who reside in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota continues to host its Senior Fashion Show, and resale shops like b. resale frequently partner with local designers to put on smaller-scale fashion and trunk shows. Shop the boutiques in the newly revitalized North Loop neighborhood. BROWSE THE VINTAGE STORES OF ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS At the intersection of Selby and Snelling in St. Paul, you will find a pair of vintage shops that stock affordable as well as higher-end pieces. Up Six, Lula Vintage, and Hunt & Gather are just a few. THE SHOUT HOUSE Sing along with the dueling pianos. UPSTAIRS CIRCUS Create, drink, and be merry with friends, family, and co-workers at a DIY project bar. THE BASILICA OF SAINT MARY Visit the oldest Basilica in the country. THE FOSHAY TOWER Get a birds-eye view of downtown Minneapolis from the observation deck on top. PAISLEY PARK Get a rare glimpse of Prince's 65,000-square foot home, studio, and rehearsal spaces. Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music, and video recordings and motorcycles. DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB See the biggest names in local, national, and international jazz.


WEISMAN ART MUSEUM Explore the 25,000 art pieces dating from the early twentieth century to contemporary America – even the building is a modern American art piece. WALKER ART CENTER (AND SCULPTURE GARDEN TOO!) Capture the meaning behind the visual, performing, and media art collection. MORE MUSEUMS! The American Swedish Institute gives guests a glimpse into a 1900s Minneapolis mansion, and the intimate Museum of Russian Art showcases decades' worth of artifacts. If you're looking for something with more local roots, the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota has quite the collection of taxidermy. RIVERVIEW THEATRE Watch an indie film or recent blockbuster at the 1950s style theatre – tix are $3! IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST PUPPET AND MASK THEATRE Take the kids to a Saturday morning puppet show - each show tells a different children’s story from around the world. CANDYLAND! Feel the nostalgia of childhood in the candy shop that’s been in the Twin Cities for over 70 years. THE FREEHOUSE Pair beer with breakfast, each brew is crafted to complement a full menu of inventive grub. TAKE YOUR FRIENDS ON A NORTHEAST BREWERY TOUR They make some great beer in the Twin Cities. Head to Northeast for the brewery trio of 612 Brew, Indeed Brewing Company, and Dangerous Man Brewing Co. SEE A SHOW AT THE GAY 90'S If you can manage to make your way through the bachelorette parties, a show at the Gay 90's is just about the most fun a person can have in downtown Minneapolis. Each night a number of performers take to the stage, performing in drag as such icons as Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. HIT UP A MEAT RAFFLE Hey! Local flavor! BRING YOUR KIDS TO WILD RUMPUS BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus is a 20-year-old Linden Hills bookstore that keeps some special furry friends around to greet young readers. With roaming and caged pets including a ferret, chicken, and tarantula, as well as a few cats, the playful store is a huge hit among animal-loving children. SEE A PLAY. ANY PLAY! Minneapolis is the third largest theater market in the nation, with venues ranging from big players like the Guthrie and the Ordway to smaller venues like the Southern, Brave New Workshop, and Mixed Blood. There are festivals and performances for any age and price range, making the theater scene diverse and entertaining enough to please even the most theater-averse. CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRE Invite some drama to the dinner table at the largest dinner theater in the country. WATCH A LOCAL ACT HEADLINE FIRST AVENUE First Avenue may get some major talent through its doors, but watching a local band headline the star-covered venue for the first time is always a special treat.

VERTICAL ENDEAVORS Rock climb indoors on nearly 20,000 square feet of climbing wall. RIDE THE FERRIS WHEEL AT BETTY DANGER’S This kooky “country club” features a giant Ferris wheel overlooking Northeast Minneapolis. WHIP UP YOUR OWN DINNER AT A COOKS CLASS Classes are taught by local chefs from popular restaurants and range from make-your-own sushi to pasta and pizza. SHOP LOCAL AT THE MILL CITY MARKET Whether you’re searching for produce or oneof-a-kind gifts, the market at Mill City Museum is a must-visit. GO WILD AT THE COMO PARK ZOO Where else can you see giraffes, tigers, and polar bears in Minnesota? HIKE FORT SNELLING STATE PARK Not just for historical reenactments, Fort Snelling is also home to Pike Island, which makes for a scenic day trek. LAUGH AT ACME COMEDY CLUB The open mic night is the best place to heckle stand-up hopefuls, but they do get some really great talent in here. AAMODT'S HOT AIR BALLOON Committed to providing the most intimate and romantic balloon excursions, with smaller sized groups and the most beautiful setting. JOSEPH WOLF BREWERY CAVE TOURS LUNA ROSA WINE BAR The Joseph Wolf Brewery Cave Tour is a walking tour that lasts about 30 minutes while learning the historical details of how the cave was built, what it was used for and how it relates to the history of Stillwater.

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Terraria Gigantica: The World Under Glass: Dana Fritz, Duluth The Cut Worm Forgives The Plow: Russell Prather, Duluth Territory: Emerging Photographers 2017, Duluth Open Skating at the Cook County Communicy Center, Grand Marais Briand Morrison at Moguls Grille, Lutsen Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Winter Dart League (2), Grand Marais Charlie Parr, Songwriter Series, Lutsen Open Mic at Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Tuesday Night Trivia at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Fathers Reading Every Day " Just Me & My Family", Grand Rapids Family Paint at MacRostie, Grand Rapids Winter Dart League (2), Grand Marais Bump and Burger Night, Grand Marais JohnRuss at Moguls, Lutsen Date Night at the Winery, Lutsen Sound Exchange, Wilcox Theater- Reif, Grand Rapids Wizard of Oz, Duluth Swan Lake, Duluth Gorndon Thorne at Moguls, Lutsen Seedfolks, Reif Center, Grand Rapids Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, Wilcox Theater - Reif, Grand Rapids Family Discovery Day: Fossils! Fossils! Fossils!, Chisholm Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Log Cabin Concerts with Michael Monroe, Grand Marais Paint & Sip Class, North Shore Winery, Lutsen 50th Annual Motorhead Madness, Duluth Briand Morrison at Moguls Grille, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Winter Dart League (2), Grand Marais Artaria String Quartet, Wilcox Theater Reif, Grand Rapids Open Mic at Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Tuesday Night Trivia at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Go, Dog, Go! Reif Center, Grand Rapids Easter Dinner, MN Discovery Center, Chisholm Artist Talk: Q & A with Joe Paquet, Grand Marais Winter Dart League (4), Grand Marais Team Up to Green Up -Minnesota Zoo is Coming!, Grand Rapids Harlem Globetrotters, Duluth Timmy Haus at Moguls Grille, Lutsen Date Night at the Winery, Lutsen Pete Kavanaugh at Cascade Lodge, Lutsen Boyd "Bump" Blomberg, Lutsen Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Apre Ski at Papa Charlie's - James Moors, Lutsen Family Fun Night, Summit Chalet, Lutsen Eric Frost at Cascade Lodge, Lutsen Briand Morrison at Moguls Grille, Lutsen Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Winter Dart League (2), Grand Marais Tuesday Night Trivia at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Winter Dart League (4), Grand Marais Foreigner in Concert, Duluth River Songs& Tales with Mark Twain" by VocalEssence, Grand Rapids Arrowhead Home & Builders Show, Duluth Puzzles Galore, Bigfork Boyd "Bump" Blomberg, Lutsen Education Garden Series Class, Chisholm Lend me a Tenor, Duluth 62nd Annual Last Chance Bonspiel, Hibbing Eric Froster at Moguls Grille, Lutsen Beauty and the Beast, Wilcox Theater Reif, Grand Rapids Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Briand Morrison at Moguls Grille, Lutsen Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Winter Dart League (2), Grand Marais Kinky Boots, Duluth


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Apr 11 Apr 12 Apr 12-15 Apr 12-15 Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr 14 Apr 16 Apr 17 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr 18-21 Apr 19 Apr 19 Apr 19-21 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 21 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 25 Apr 25 – May 6 Apr 26 Apr 26-28 Apr 27 Apr 28 Apr 28 Apr 28 Apr 28 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr 29-30 Apr 30

MAY May 1-6 May 2 May 3 May 3

May 3-5 May 4 May 5 May 5 May 5 May 5-6 May 6 May 6 May 7 May 12 May 12 May 12-13 May 13 May 14 May 17 May 17 May 18-19 May 19 May 19 May 19 May 19-20 May 19 May 21 May 24-26 May 24-27 May 25 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26 May 26

Tuesday Night Trivia at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Good Night Moon & Runaway Bunny, Wilcox Theater - Reif, Grand Rapids Winter Dart League (4) at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Bumble Bee Team, Grand Rapids Lend me a Tenor, Duluth Into the Woods at UMD Theater, Duluth Family Movie Night, Deer River Mercy Me in Concert, Duluth Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Tuesday Night Trivia at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Empty Bowl: The Main Event @ The Depot 10am-6:30pm $20/Ticket, Duluth Winter Dart League 4 Person at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Into the Woods at UMD Theater, Duluth Education Garden Series Class, Chisholm Siama's Congo, Reif Center, Grand Rapids Sweet Charity , Duluth Journey to Oz, Reif Center, Grand Rapids Pot It! Earth Day Art, Grand Rapids Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Tuesday Night Trivia at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Winter Dart League 4 Person at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Grand Marais Art Colony's Annual Member Show and Sale, Grand Marais, MN Genealogy Genie, Chisholm Sweet Charity , Duluth Strings For All, Grand Rapids Family Discovery Day: Our Magnetic Earth, Chisholm Free Family Art Day @ Lincoln Park Building 11am-2pm, Duluth Children's Fair at Itasca Civic Center, Grand Rapids Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra presents: Reflections, Duluth Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Jim Gaffigan - Fixer Upper Tour, Duluth Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, Duluth Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, Duluth Home Free in Concert, Duluth Education Garden Series Class, Chisholm Arlo Guthrie, The Re:Generation Tour, Wilcox Theater - Reif, Grand Rapids Sweet Charity , Duluth 5th-8th Grade Dance, YMCA, Grand Rapids Marcell Family Center Spring Fling, Marcell Wilderness First Aid Class, Grand Marais Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais The Cat in the Hat, Duluth Deer River Family Prom, Deer River Wilderness First Aid Class, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Genealogy Genie, Chisholm The Cat in the Hat, Duluth Mother's Day Brunch, Chisholm Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Education Garden Series Class, Chisholm Romantica, Reif Center, Grand Rapids Ely High School Veterans Memorial Showcase, Ely Ely’s 8th Annual City Wide Rummage & Business Crazy Day Sale, Ely 10th Annual Jeremy Hiltbrunner Cystic Fibrosis Walleye Fishing Tournament, Ely Reading by Design - Summer Reading Kickoff at GR Library, Grand Rapids The Cat in the Hat, Duluth Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais What She Said Festival, Duluth Our Town, Duluth Art Along the Lake, Cook County Art Along the Lake, Cook County Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic, Grand Marais Voyageur Brewing Co. Tour, Grand Marais Log Cabin Concerts with Michael Monroe, Grand Marais LeGrand Du Nord Gravel Cycling, Grand Marais Trolley & Mini Golf Open, Chisholm Museum open for the season, Ely



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May 27 May 28 May 30-31 May 31

JUNE Jun 1 Jun 1-3 Jun 1-3 Jun 2 Jun 4 Jun 8-9 Jun 8-9 Jun 8-10 Jun 9-10 Jun 11 Jun 11-12 Jun 14 Jun 14-16 Jun 14-17 Jun 15 Jun 16 Jun 16 Jun 16 Jun 16-17 Jun 19, 26 Jun 23 Jun 24 Jun 28 Jun 28

Art Along the Lake, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Duluth Superior Film Festival, Duluth Our Town, Duluth


Daniel O'Donnell Home Again, Duluth Duluth Superior Film Festival, Duluth Our Town, Duluth Grand Opening of 'The Big Lake' 10-5pm, Grand Marais Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Park Point Rummage Sales, Duluth Reif Dance Spring Show, Grand Rapids Taste of Ely VFW Classic, Ely Geocache Adventures in Wolf Range, Ely Open Mic Night at Grandma Rays, Grand Marais Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini Camp, Ely Music in the Park, Crosby Grandma's Marathon Event Weekend, Duluth Pinocchio, Duluth Oz Under the Stars , Grand Rapids Be a Lumberjack Family Day, Forest History Center, Grand Rapids Land of Oz - Kid's Activites, Grand Rapids Grandma's Marathon, Two Harbors to Duluth Wolf Family Rendezvous, Ely Camp KWITCHURBELIAKIN Children's program, Ely Great Northern Radio Show, Wilcox Theater - Reif, Grand Rapids Dorothy Day, Celebrating 25 Years, Ely Brew-it Yourself Class, Ely Music in the Park, Crosby

RESOURCE GUIDE DULUTH CANAL PARK SILOS RESTAURANT 800 West Railroad St NORTHERN WATERS SMOKEHAUS 394 S Lake Ave #106 GRANDMA’S SALOON BAR AND GRILL 522 S Lake Ave CANAL PARK BREWING 300 Canal Park Dr. HOOPS BREWING 325 S Lake Ave. GREAT LAKES AQUARIUM 353 Harbor Dr. LAKE SUPERIOR MARITIME MUSEUM 600 S Lake Ave. PIER B RESORT 800 W Railroad St CANAL PARK LODGE 250 Canal Park Drive INN ON LAKE SUPERIOR 350 Canal Park Drive WATERS OF SUPERIOR Carrying a variety of hand-selected regional crafts by people making captivating art and jewelry inspired by the area. 395 S Lake Ave DULUTH PACK 365 Canal Park Dr DEWITT SEITZ MARKETPLACE 394 S Lake Ave


UP THE SHORELINE FROM DULUTH'S CANAL PARK VALENTINI’S VICINO LAGO A family owned Italian restaurant whose family traditions and homemade recipes came to Duluth from the legendary Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm, MN. 1400 London Rd FITGER’S RESTAURANT 600 E Superior St THE BOAT CLUB 600 E. Superior St. BLACKWOODS GRILL AND BAR 2525 London Rd GLENSHEEN MANSION TOUR 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region. 3300 London Rd BEACON POINTE Enjoy this hotel on the waterfront with a wonderful view of the lift bridge from up the north shore. 2100 E Water St FITGER’S INN 600 E Superior St

UP THE NORTH SHORE FROM DULUTH NORTH SHORE WINERY Quaint winery on Lutsen Mountain with an experience to remember! 202 Ski Hill Rd, Lutsen FIKA COFFEE Unforgettable lattes served with love and passion for the bean. 5327 W Hwy 61, Lutsen BETTY'S PIES 1633 MN-61, Two Harbors LARSMONT COTTAGES Enjoy 40 acres of private woods and 1,300 feet of Lake Superior beachfront shoreline. 596 Larsmont Way, Two Harbors GRAND SUPERIOR LODGE Grand, authentic log resort hugs the shore of this inland sea amongst aged pines and mature birch and aspen. 2826 MN-61, Two Harbors BREEZY POINT CABINS ON LAKE SUPERIOR Twelve pristine cabins. Timeless setting. Conceived in the 1930s’ and perched on the famously picturesque outcropping of Precambrian rock. Total rennovation in 2016 with all the modern amenities. 540 Old North Shore Rd., Two Harbors SUPERIOR SHORES RESORT 1521 Superior Shores Dr., Two Harbors COVE POINT LODGE 4614 Highway 61, Beaver Bay AMERICINN SILVER BAY Comfortable lodging on Lake Superior with amazing views of the lake and access to Black Beach. 150 Mensing Dr., Silver Bay BLUEFIN BAY 7192 W Hwy 61, Tofte CARIBOU HIGHLANDS An all-season resort nestled in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains in Lutsen. 371 Ski Hill Rd, Lutsen GOOSEBERRY FALLS 3206 US Hwy 61, Two Harbors SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE TOUR 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors


SPIRIT MOUNTAIN 9540 West Skyline Parkway LAKE SUPERIOR ZOO 7210 Fremont St

JAVA MOOSE Must stop for great North Shore coffee. 218 W Highway 61 VOYAGEUR BREWING 233 W Highway 61

LIZZARDS ART AND FRAMING Unique downtown Duluth Art Gallery featuring the work of more than 100 local and regional artists, as well as custom museum quality framing. 11 W Superior St. DULUTH TRADING COMPANY 300 E Superior St.

STONE HARBOR WILDERNESS SUPPLY Quality outdoor sporting goods, clothing, tours, partial outfitting, and more. 22 E 1st St JOYNE’S BEN FRANKLIN “Everyone’s favorite store on the shore, celebrating over 75 years.” 105 W Wisconsin St


Mar 10 Mar 10-11 Mar 16 Mar 17 Mar 17 Mar 17 Mar 17 Mar 22 Mar 24 Mar 24 Mar 24-25 Mar 31

Storybook Time and Corn Husk Doll, Onamia Applique Beading Workshop, Onamia Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy, Grassroots Concerts, Nisswa ShamRock'n BRUNCH at Pickled Loon Saloon on Pokegama, Grand Rapids Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration, Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Red Beard Run/Walk, Willmar 14th Annual Rudy Zwieg Decoy & Sporting Collectible Show, Alexandria United Way of 1000 Lakes Campaign Celebration and Awards, Grand Rapids West Central Concert Series Presents: J. Mark McVey, Willmar Maple Sap, Sugar, & Syrup Demo, Onamia Craft & Vendor Show, Alexandria Nisswa American Legion Easter Egg Hunt, Nisswa


JUNE Jun 9 Jun 9 Jun 12 Jun 13 Jun 14-17 Jun 14-17 Jun 15-16 Jun 15-16 Jun 20-23 Jun 21-24 Jun 22-23 Jun 23 Jun 23 Jun 24 Jun 24 Jun 30 Jun 30-July 4

Northland Arboretum Half & Half Marathon, Brainerd Kid Crafts:, Onamia Make n Take Children's Craft Series - June Session, Alexandria Nisswa Turtle Races, Nisswa Atwater Festival Days, Atwater "Bye Bye Birdie" The Musical at The Barn Theatre, Willmar Confidence Learning Center Golf & Fishing Classic, East Gull Lake Studio Hop at Various Locations in Willmar, Spicer, New London, Willmar, Spicer, New London Willmar Fests, Willmar "Bye Bye Birdie" The Musical at The Barn Theatre, Willmar History Live! In Fort Alexandria, Alexandria Ribfest & Awake the Lakes, Alexandria Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run, Willmar Vikingland Band Festival, Alexandria Classic Car Show, Alexandria Spicer 4th of July Street Dance, Spicer 4th of July Celebration in Spicer, Spicer

APRIL Apr 5 Apr 6 Apr 7 Apr 14 Apr 14 Apr 14-15 Apr 19 Apr 19-22 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 21 Apr 26-28 Apr 26-29 Apr 27 Apr 27-28 Apr 28

STEAM Expo, Alexandria Annie Humphrey, Grassroots Concerts, Nisswa Miss Nisswa Pageant, Nisswa Nisswa PTO Bloom Event, Nisswa Kid Crafts: Bead a Ring, Onamia Sweet Grass Basket Workshop, Onamia The Taste of Douglas County, Alexandria Sex Please, We're Sixty! At The Barn Theatre, Willmar Ann Reed, Grassroots Concerts, Nisswa West Central Concert Series Presents: Grand Magic Show, Willmar Kinship Partners Purses for Partners, Nisswa "The Andrew Brothers" at New London Little Theatre, New London Sex Please, We're Sixty! At The Barn Theatre, Willmar Northland Arboretum Arbor Day Wine Tasting, Brainerd Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon, Nisswa Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra, Willmar

MAY May 3-6 May 4 May 5 May 5 May 7 May 10-12 May 11 May 12 May 12 May 12 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 25-28 May 26 May 26 May 27 May 27 May 28 May 29

"The Andrew Brothers" at New London Little Theatre, New London Mark Olson, Grassroots Concerts, Nisswa Mounted Eagles Run for the Horseshoes 5K, Pequot Lakes Theatre L'Homme Dieu's Annual Run for the Roses, Alexandria Good Sam Bowl, Brainerd MN Governor's Fishing Opener, Willmar, Spicer, New London "Monroe Crossing" at New London Little Theatre, New London Welcome Wannigan & Fishing Opener, Gull Lake Kid Crafts:, Onamia Workshop, Onamia 6th Annual Mayor's Bike Ride, Willmar, Spicer, New London Kinship Partners Downtown Nisswa Chocolate Walk, Nisswa 14th Annual Sunburg's Syttende Mai Celebration, Sunburg Ole Oppe Fest, Alexandria Memorial Day/Law Day 5K Run/Walk, Willmar Minnesota American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival, Onamia American Indian Music Fest, Onamia Awake the Grapes 5K & 10K Fun Run, Alexandria Memorial Day Powwow, Onamia Nisswa Women's Club Fashion Show, Nisswa

JUNE Jun 2 Jun 2 Jun 5 Jun 6 Jun 6 Jun 7 Jun 7-10 Jun 8-9 Jun 8-9

Paddle on the Crow River, Spicer Nisswa Garden Club Plant Sale, Nisswa Fishing with Artificial Lures, Alexandria Planting Containers for Summer Beauty, Alexandria Nisswa Turtle Race Season Starts, Nisswa Plein Art Painting in the Legacy Gardens, Alexandria "Bye Bye Birdie" The Musical at The Barn Theatre, Willmar 34th Annual Kandi is Dandy Days, Kandiyohi Nisswa-stammen Scandinavian Folf Music Festival, Nisswa


RESOURCE GUIDE BRAINERD LAKES AREA ITASCA LEATHERGOODS Handmade, exquisite moccasins and other unique leather gifts. 14287 Gould St, Crosslake CHRISTMAS POINT WILD RICE CO. 14803 Edgewood Drive, Baxter LUNDRIGANS CLOTHING 35732 Allen Ave, Crosslake BRAINERD GLASS Locally-owned, commercial and residential glass business. 302 5th Ave NE, Suite 4

NORTHLAND ARBORETUM 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd PAUL BUNYAN LAND AND THIS OLD FARM PIONEER VILLAGE 17553 State Hwy 18, Brainerd SAFARI NORTH WILDLIFE PARK 8493 State Hwy 371, Brainerd NORTHERN TRACKERS RAILROAD 35170 Co Rd 3, Crosslake CROSSLAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 35404 Co Rd 3, Crosslake PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL PAUL BUNYAN SCENIC BYWAY ARROWWOOD LODGE AT BRAINERD LAKES Come for the night or stay for the week! 30,000 square foot indoor water park. On-site grill and bar. Meeting/ banquet rooms. 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter CRAGUN'S RESORT ON GULL LAKE 11000 Cragun's Drive, Brainerd GRAND VIEW LODGE 23521 Nokomis Ave., Nisswa MADDENS ON GULL LAKE 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Rd, Brainerd WHITEFISH LODGE & SUITES 14150 Swann Dr, Crosslake MANHATTAN BEACH LODGE 39051 Co Rd 66, Manhattan Beach BREEZY POINT RESORT 9252 Breezy Point Dr., Breezy Poi

ADVENTURE NORTH Inspired by the rugged beauty of Northern Minnesota, Adventure North MN gear is designed for exploring the outdoors—and looking good in the process. 210 Minnesota Ave N, Aitkin

ALEXANDRIA AREA PIKE AND PINT GRILL 110 30th Ave. W, Alexandria CARLOS CREEK WINERY 6693 County Road 34 NW, Alexandria COPPER TRAIL BREWING 410 30th Ave E, #103, Alexandria PANTHER DISTILLERY 300 E Pike St., Osakis KINDRED PEOPLE A classy women’s boutique accessories, shoes, and gifts. 111 6th Ave E, Alexandria




OTTER TAIL COUNTY UNION PIZZA AND BREWING COMPANY 114 S Union Ave, Fergus Falls CAFÉ 116 116 South Union Ave, Fergus Falls STUMBEANO’S COFFEE ROASTERS 1221 North Union Ave, Fergus Falls FALL’S BAKING 1217 North Union Ave, Fergus Falls OTTERTAIL COUNTY MUSEUM 1110 Linoln Ave. W, Fergus Falls PRAIRIE WETLANDS LEARNING E 602 MN Hwy 210, Fergus Falls NEW YORK MILLS CULTURAL CENTER 24 N Main Avenue, New York Mills THUMPER POND Comfortable accommodations and a host of onsite activites such as championship golf and and indoor water entertainment center. 300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail THE BRIC 215 W Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls HD BOUTIQUE 216 W Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls


GRAND CASINO MILLE LACS 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia

EDDY’S RESORT & THE LAUNCH BAR & GRILL Modern décor with a hint of history hosts an unforgettable dining experience. 41334 Shakopee Lake Rd, Onamia

MCGREGOR BIG SANDY LODGE & RESORT Eat, play, & stay! Enjoy the restaurant, golf course, or recreational rentals all in one location. 20534 487th St.




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ASIAN MARKET & FOOD DELI 726 Marshall St., Albert Lea B&B CAFE 321 Sibley St., Albert Lea BIG ISLAND GRILLE 2306 E. Main St., Albert Lea CABIN COFFEE CO. 152 Bridge Avenue, Albert Lea

LANESBORO CUT AND SHOOT STAGE LINE, LLC 12771 Sayles Rd, Spring Grove AMISH TOURS BY R&M 105 Coffee St. Located at Little River General Store, Lanesboro LANESBORO ARTS 103 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro LANESBORO GOLF CLUB 900 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro ST. MANE THEATOR 206 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro

ACOUSTIC CAFÉ 77 Lafayette Street, Winona BLACK HORSE BAR AND GRILL 34648 Old Homer Road, Winona BLUE HERON COFFEE HOUSE 162 West Second St., Winona ISLAND CITY BREWING COMPANY 65 East Front Street, Winona

Mar 24 Mar 29

International Owl Center, Lanesboro Salt Water Moon, Lanesboro New Ulm Film Society, New Ulm UNRAVELED Escapre Room, Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade, New Ulm Great River Shakespear Festival Design Expo, Winona Winona Film Society: The Sultan & The Saint; Winona Wayward - A little bit Pop, a little bit Indie, a lotta' Love!, Lanesboro Raku Firing, Lanesboro

APRIL Apr Apr 7 Apr 12 Apr 12

A Taste of Heritage Festival, Albert Lea Dinner on the Bluff, Lanesboro Live Music, The Doggery, Rochester Gourmet Dinner/Tour with Winemaker, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, Spring Valley Apr 14 Exhibit: Beauty in the Simple Things, Lanesboro Apr 14 Get Squirrley with Surly Fest, Lanesboro Apr 19-22, 25-28 Act Theater "The Miracle Worker," Albert Lea Apr 20 Patrick Scully in "Leaves of Grass Illuminated," Lanesboro Apr 21 Taste of Nations, Austin Apr 21 Cork and Canvas, The Grand, New Ulm Apr 26-27 Mid West Music Fest, Winona Apr 28 Civic Music "Glen Miller Orchestra," Albert Lea

MAY May May May May May 1 May 3 May 4-6 May 5 May 11 May 11 May 11 May 11 May 12

JUNE Jun Jun Jun 2 Jun 4 Jun 8 Jun 9-10 Jun 11 Jun 13 Jun 13 Jun 13 Jun 16 Jun 22-Aug 5 Jun 23




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Jun 30

Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Month, Mankato Discovery History Day, Albert Lea Family Fun Festival, Albert Lea International History Day, Albert Lea Artistic Side of Photography, Austin Legal Clinics fro Entrepreneurs, New Ulm 100 Mile Garage Sale, Winona Cinco De Mayo Celebration, New Ulm Cocktails at the Governor's, New Ulm UNRAVELED Escape Room, Rochester Suite Surrender, Rochester 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Lanesboro Old Order Amish Country Trolley Tour, Rochester

Solstice Bayside Ski Shows, Albert Lea Three Rivers Flea Market, Austin Music in the Park, New Ulm New Ulm Golf Invitational, New Ulm Austin All Stars Baseball Tournament, Austin Trivia Night at the Forager, Rochester Berne Wood-Fired Pizza Artisan Market, Rochester Rochester Honkers Baseball, Rochester Plummer House Tour, Rochester North Mankato Road Race, Bicycle Festival, Mankato Great River Shakespeare Festival Design Expo, Winona Just Play Festival/Bike Rodeo, Albert Lea Dixieland Jazz Festival, Winona



BEST WESTERN PLUS 821 E. Plaza St., Albert Lea CZECH INN BED & BREAKFAST RETREAT 19158 800th Avenue, Hayward VALHALLA RETREAT Rural Albert Lea ADAM’S ORIGINALS 238 S. Broadway Ave., Albert Lea BETWEEN FRIENDS 144 S. Broadway, Albert Lea ALMC GIFT SHOP 404 Fountain St., Albert Lea BROADWAY BIKE CO. 114 S. Broadway, Albert Lea

MANKATO 101 MAIN RESTAURANT 101 Main St, Mankato BERRY BLENDZ - ADAMS STREET River Hills Mall, Mankato BLUE BRICKS 424 S. Front Street, Mankato OLIVES 20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY CARLSON MANKATO HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER 1900 Premier Drive, Mankato COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT HOTEL & EVENT CENTER 901 Raintree Road, Mankato SUMMER BREEZE RESORT 45872 Summer Breeze Lane, Mankato ARIZONA OLIVE OIL CO. 521 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato DESIGN & WINE, LLC Mankato ENCORE! IN OLD TOWN 311 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato SALVAGE SISTERS 613 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato

LANESBORO AROMA PIE SHOPPE 618 Main St, Whalan OLD VILLAGE HALL RESTAURANT & PUB 111 Coffee St E, Lanesboro OLD BARN RESORT & RIVERS BEND GOLF 24461 Heron Road, Preston PEDAL PUSHERS CAFE 121 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro LULU'S FUNHOUSE - TEAHOUSE & CAFE 115 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro O'LEARY'S BED & BREAKFAST 707 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro GRANDMA'S INN 100 Elmwood St E, Lanesboro THE CROSSING B&B 427 Prospect, Peterson SCANDINAVIAN INN BED AND BREAKFAST 701 Kenilworth Ave S, Lanesboro THE BLACK CROW GALLERY 110 Coffee St E, Lanesboro WINDY MESA 102 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro

NEW ULM LAMPLIGHTER FAMILY SPORTS BAR & GRILL 214 N Minnesota, New Ulm JONI'S RESTAURANT & CATERING 24 N Minnesota, New Ulm VEIGEL'S KAISERHOFF 221 N Minnesota, New Ulm AUGUST SCHELL BREWING COMPANY Schells Park, New Ulm MORGAN CREEK VINEYARDS 23707 478th Ave, New Ulm COLONIAL INN 1315 N Broadway, New Ulm BEST WESTERN PLUS 2101 S Broadway, New Ulm BINGHAM HALL BED & BREAKFAST 500 South German, New Ulm THE THIMBLE BOX 10 N Minnesota, New Ulm SPINNING SPOOLS QUILT SHOP 106 S Minnesota, New Ulm BAILEY CREEK BOUTIQUE 103 N Minnesota, New Ulm

ROCHESTER GRAND ROUNDS BREW PUB Historic 3rd Street, Rochester THE TAP HOUSE Historic 3rd Street, Rochester THE LOOP Historic 3rd Street, Rochester BLEU DUCK KITCHEN 14 4th St SW, Rochester ASPEN SUITES 1211 2nd Street SW, Rochester DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ROCHESTER MAYO CLINIC AREA 150 S Broadway, Rochester HILTON GARDEN INN 225 S Broadway, Rochester ROCHESTER MARRIOTT MAYO CLINIC AREA 101 1st Avenue SW, Rochester PESCARA 150 S Broadway, Rochester ROCHESTER TROLLEY & TOUR COMPANY 101 1st Ave, Rochester THE ESCAPE CHALLENGE 20 6th St NW, Rochester POSH BOUTIQUE 123 16th Ave SW, Rochester HERS/KAHLER-PEACE PLACE 107 1st St SW, Rochester A BEAUTIFUL SOUL 619 6th Avenue NW, Rochester APACHE MALL 52 US 14, Rochester

RED WING ST. JAMES HOTEL 406 Main Street, Red Wing

ALEXANDER MANSION BED & BREAKFAST 274 E Broadway Street, Winona BRIGGS FARM 27171 County Road 9, Winona CARRIAGE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 420 Main Street, Winona MERRIMACK CANOE COMPANY Since 1954 we've built each Merrimack canoe with more quality, style and detail than any other canoe on the market. 460 W 3rd St., Winona A-Z COLLECTABLES 152 Main Street, Winona ADVENTURE CYCLE & SKI 178 Center St., Winona HEART’S DESIRE 51 E. 3rd St., Winona

FARIBAULT BLUEBIRD CAKERY 318 Central Ave N #101, Faribault CHANNEL INN 23219 Farwell Ave, Faribault COFFEE SHOP & CHOCOLATE HAVEN 313 Central Ave N, Faribault F-TOWN BREWING COMPANY 22 4th St NE, Faribault BE MY GUEST LOFT 112 3rd St NE, Faribault GRANDSTAY RESIDENTIAL SUITES HOTEL 1500 20th St NW, Faribault HISTORIC HUTCHINSON HOUSE 305 2nd St NW, Faribault ANADELAS NOVEDADES 230 Central Ave N, Faribault FARIBAULT WOODEN MILL RETAIL STORE 1500 2nd Ave NW, Faribault CHEESE CAVE 318 Central Ave N #6, Faribault


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1. Pack In, Pack Out: You need your hands to be free to explore on your next adventure, so finding the right pack is crucial. We love when a pack is also guaranteed for life and made in the USA like this one. • Scout Pack in Olive Drab ($135) – Duluth Pack

2. Fuel Your Body while you nourish your soul: You don’t have to travel far to find good snacks. Local Minnesota granola and cookies are easy to bring anywhere and are loaded with only the good stuff to keep you going strong.


• Cranberry Apple Granola ($5.95) - Crapola!


• Boundary Waters Blueberry Kakookie ($2) - Kakookies

3. Drink Up: It could be water, or wine, but either way you want to make sure you don’t go thirsty. A large stainless steel water bottle will keep your drink cold for 24 hours, and the ones from S’well also give those in need access to safe water. If you choose wine, a stainless steel wine glass is a must. It’s light to carry and won’t break in your pack. • 25oz. Water Bottle in Smoky Quartz ($45) – S’well • Stainless Steel Wine Glass ($20) – Lake + Co.





A merino wool tee is not only fashionable, but functional. Merino wool's incredible antimicrobial properties allow it to be washed only about a third as often as other fibers- and you won’t stink either! Added bonus- it’s made right here in Minnesota! And while a cotton tee might seem basic, its impact can be INSPIRED. A portion of the proceeds of this Happy Camper tee go to the Association of University Women. And don’t forget to top it off with a trucker hat inspired by days on the lake. • Unisex Starry Loon Merino Wool Tee ($55) – Borealis Wool

5. Take Note: Your iPhone photos will help you remember what you saw, but will you remember how it made you feel? Jot down those feelings before they disappear with the setting sun. A handcrafted leather journal this special might even inspire new ideas. • Red Winnebago Journal ($60) – Itasca Leathergoods

6. Sit Down and Warm Up:

• Women’s Happy Camper Tee ($28) – The Bee & The Fox

There is nothing worse than being cold or not having a dry place to sit when it’s time to take a break. A 100% wool blanket with nylon backing that rolls up and stays clipped shut is the perfect fix.

• Canoeist Trucker Hat ($28) – Sanborn Canoe Company

• Buffalo Check Travel Blanket ($150) – Faribault Woolen Mill

All products can be found at The Lake + Co. Shop – LAKE TIME MAGAZINE



4. Say it loud:


offee Worth Living For




by Amy Woschek Schmidt and Josh Lindstrom Photos by Jacob McCormick

At Fika Coffee, we live for exceptional coffee. Our aspirations and our efforts center around a quest to roast, brew, and serve an exceptional cup and we’re compelled to do so because anything less would be an injustice to the coffee itself, the people that farmed it, the resources that grew it, and the people who pay money to drink it. Top of the line equipment, trained baristas, and dedicated time make brewing good coffee relatively easy for us. When we’re in the shop, we’ve got everything we need. Likewise, when you’re in our shop, we hope you’ll find the good coffee you’ve come in search of. But you don’t live at Fika Coffee and we don’t either (though it feels like it some days). Fortunately, for us and for you, coffee can be made at home. And, even more fortunate, we believe the coffee you brew yourself can be just as good as anything you’d find at Fika. With a handful of tips and a bag of your favorite coffee (it doesn’t even have to be Fika!), you can have an exceptional cup of coffee no matter who or where you are.




DON’T GO CHASING Spring - that time of year when the Northland starts to thaw, the air gets a little warmer, the sun shines for longer, and taking in a deep breath of fresh air doesn’t hurt your lungs like it does in the middle of winter. It’s the time of year when the outdoors is begging you to get outside. And what better way to get outside after being cooped up all winter than by taking a trip up the North Shore of Lake Superior? The North Shore has so much to offer during springtime – probably the best, are its waterfalls. Spring is the prime time to head up the shore to visit the falls because everything is melting, which makes for vigorously fast crashing waters.

Tischer Creek

Lester River

Tischer Creek offers visitors the opportunity to experience its waterfalls either alongside the creek or up above on one of the bridges. After entering the park, you may feel like you are in a completely remote place even though you are in a neighborhood within the city. This spot allows you to step into nature without having to go too far.

Lester Park River is the perfect place to spend an afternoon walking the trails, having a picnic, and taking in nature's beauty without having to drive up the North Shore.

Duluth, MN (2.1 mi)

Duluth, MN (4.7 mi)

If you want to see some waterfalls this spring but don’t have the time to head far up the shore, Duluth is your destination. Within city limits there are many impressive (and sometimes hidden) falls. Stay at Beacon Pointe Resort for convenient access to all of Duluth’s waterfalls and an epic Lake Superior view. This resort gives you the privacy to relax while taking in the views of the lake. But not only that, it gives you the convenience of being close to shops, restaurants and, of course, waterfalls. These are a few that visitors should search for when visiting Duluth and nearby (distances are measured from Beacon Pointe):

Chester Park Duluth, MN (1.9 mi)


Jay Cooke State Park Carlton, MN (20.8 mi)

A short ride from Duluth, Jay Cooke State Park offers a couple of beautiful waterfalls to see. Walk a short hike from the Visitors Center to view a waterfall at Swinging Bridge Falls or park a little further up the road at Oldenburg Point to see a set of cascades. Experience one or both for an enjoyable day in the park!





Another beautiful place to explore in Duluth is Chester Park. Located right off of Skyline Drive, families and friends alike can walk the 2.5 mile hiking trail loop to experience the rushing waterfall that flows down towards Lake Superior.


WATERFALLS. BY Morgan Morgan

Manitou State Park Finland, MN (35.9 mi)

Visit Manitou State Park to encounter waterfalls within the first mile of hiking. The George H. Crosby Manitou State Park is a little more inland than most of the parks along the North Shore, but is one that is a definite must-see.

Cascades at Split Rock

Two Harbors, MN (9.3 mi) While visiting Split Rock Lighthouse, hike the 5-mile loop to experience unforgettable views of the river’s cascades.

Caribou Falls

Beaver Bay, MN (33.2 mi ) While hiking the scenic Superior Hiking Trail on Minnesota’s North Shore, don’t miss out on viewing the beautiful 35 foot waterfall on the Caribou River. The hike will allow you to get the perfect view of the Caribou River gorge before declining to the falls.


One of the most convenient locations that travelers can stay while chasing waterfalls is Grand Superior Lodge. Located right on the shores of Lake Superior, guests get the priceless views of the lake while also having the advantage of being near some of the major falls on the North Shore. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy some s’mores right on the lake after an enjoyable day visiting waterfalls? Doesn’t get much better than that! These are some of the waterfalls that you don’t want to miss out on while staying at Grand Superior Lodge (distances are measured from the lodge):

Beaver River Falls Beaver Bay, MN (15.7 mi)

Beaver River is known for its series of cascades and falls that drop 300 feet and flow into the Sedate Bay. Take Highway 61 as it takes you around the bay to the East Beaver Bay to experience the river from a different perspective!

Tettegouche State Park

Silver Bay, MN (21.1 mi) Tettegouche State Park is the place to go for overlooks that feature incredible views of Lake Superior. It also offers superb birdwatching, challenging rock climbing, and finally, breathtaking waterfalls. The park has two popular waterfalls called the High Falls and the Illgen Falls. Both within a short hiking distance of one another, Illgen Falls is a 40 foot cascade which flows to High Falls 70 foot waterfall. Check them both off your list while visiting the park for an unforgettable day!

Gooseberry Falls Two Harbors, MN (1.9 mi)

A crowd pleaser of the North Shore, Gooseberry Falls is an easy hike that takes you on a loop around the upper, middle, and lower falls. Visitors can view the river and the way it flows into Lake Superior from numerous spots along the winding trails. If you are going to stop anywhere, Gooseberry Falls is a place you don’t want to miss.

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Photo by Jillian DeChaine Photography Courtesy of Iron Range Tourism Bureau



FROM TRAFFIC TO TRANQUILITY One man's dream to pursue a craft instead of degree, trust intuition, and be less afraid of failure.


by E. Nolan

he most famous painting in the world may very well be the Mona Lisa, but I appreciate the finger paintings on my fridge more. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”... yeah, it’s okay, but I’ll take the natural, glittery canvas over Banff, Alberta any day. I’ve walked the hallways of the Louvre in Paris, and stood beside Michelangelo’s "David," but I didn’t really “get” the raw appeal. Truthfully, I was far more enamored with the bronzed “Make Way for Ducklings” statues in Boston. And even then...

When I think of timeless art I think of work with actual, practical relevance. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is impressive, mindboggling even, but then so are many of the intricate sculptures at Legoland. (Clearly I have kids.) My preferred form of art is architecture. (And occasionally Instagram.) I’m inspired by the Pont du Gard in southern France and by the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. I have the Great Wall of China on my “Bucket List” and, sticking with the bucket list theme, I’d encourage all of you to add a stop on your own respective lists—the Green Gate Guest Houses, right here in Minnesota. As unassuming as the name might be is as awesome and surreal as the property is. And the artist/architect responsible for the ever-expanding eco-friendly resort project: Shawn Callahan.

three years for the Barn Home, nearly a full decade to perfect his Farmhouse (after several renovation stages), and the past two years he’s been completing his fourth guest house—the Miner House. That’s tens of thousands of labor hours over a 15-year period. As someone who had considerable pride in my Lincoln Log creations as a child, I can only imagine the waves of wonder Shawn must feel as this epic project progresses.

Just so you know, the name “Green Gate” didn’t come from an actual green gate—though someday Shawn might actually have to add one. “Green Gate” stands for the towering tunnel of trees you pass through, the segue from traffic to tranquility, and for the sustainability feature in all of his architecture.

Can you give us a brief verbal tour of the houses? “The Log Cabin is ‘pioneer living in style’—a ‘big things come in small packages’ delight with a cozy, minimalistic footprint as a ‘tiny home.’ The Farm House is a large and timeless blending of comfortable furnishings with historic elements and vintage fixtures. It has a screened in porch and tons of detailed dynamics. The Barn House is a perennial favorite—a deconstructed 1935 hay barn meticulously rebuilt to be the inside/outside architectural marvel people come from all over to see. And then there’s the Miner House with its century-old hand-hewn log construction, with mining-themed elements and a super-insulated exterior. Climate-controlled comfort 24/7... 365. All of my houses are a local tribute in one way or another, with the Miner House honoring the timber and mining history of the local Iron Range.”


Shawn Callahan is a genius, though he’ll never concede that fact, far more comfortable accepting credit for his effort and ethics than his intelligence. Still, the man who considers Elon Musk his “hero,” “good health” his greatest possession, and “Tesla” the corporate sponsor he’d sign with, deserves heaps of praise for his collection of creativity in Up North country.


Shawn bought the Biwabik property in 2002 and has four guest houses built so far at this poplar paradise. I mean “built” in every sense of the word, far more than merely hammer to nails. He has conceptualized, planned, and handmade each magnificent home from scratch. How “scratch?” Using materials preserved and refurbished from earlier generations, Shawn has stripped, scrubbed, scraped, chiseled, and taken many other great pains to make sure each detailed house stands uniquely on its own diverse merits. It took him two years to build his “tiny home”—the Log Cabin—



Do you have a favorite project, Shawn? (Yes, I get it’s like asking if he has a favorite kid.) “I have a strong connection to each home, but the newest project is always my favorite for awhile—the euphoria of bringing another vision to reality.”

So what’s next? I ask, but he really can’t say. In this day and age of social media sharing, concept theft is at an all-time high. And while Shawn appreciates the vision of my own proposals—a Light House, Bridge House, and/or Mill House—he apologetically insists he’d prefer to keep his plans to himself until he starts his next building. Can you start it tomorrow then? Or at least before this article comes out? Shawn just laughs. (I wish!) He


photo by: Eric @MobileGolfer

photo by: Eric @MobileGolfer

photo by: Eric @MobileGolfer



Photos by Shawn Callahan (unless noted)

photo by: Brian Oar @BrianOar



March 21st is Down Syndrome Awareness Day and a great time for Arc to celebrate the lives of the people that the nonprofit serves. On Saturday, March 10th Arc Value Village Thrift Store & Donation Center in Bloomington hosted a free style show featuring models of all abilities wearing fashions that embrace their individuality. This free event was co-emceed by the in-house style program manager Michelle Raven and event correspondent Anahita Champion. The show featured fashionable clothing donated from the generous community, something very important to store manager Diane Jensen who is a strong advocate for green fashion. Each model was styled in clothes that represent their unique personality and show how they embrace style. The Arc Minnesota opened its first thrift store in 1982 as a creative solution to boost funding and give The Arc more independence and a stronger voice. To give to The Arc, click You may also give to The Arc by shopping, donating, and volunteering in one of five store locations in Bloomington, Richfield, New Hope, Brooklyn Center, and St. Paul.

Initiative supported by

Lake Time Magazine, Lake Bride Magazine, and The Lake + Co. Shop





In Minneapolis, City by Nature, you’ll find everything you’d expect in a large city. Theatres, hotels, shops, restaurants, internationally known art museums. And don’t forget the skyscrapers. But a concrete jungle it is not. Other major cities can have all that. Minneapolis will keep its waterfalls, chain of lakes, too numerous to count parks (even though it has--there are 197), and more bike trails than you can tackle in a day on two wheels.


ix blocks. That's the longest distance any Minneapolis resident has to walk to get to one of the city’s parks. When you get to one, take in the scene and take part in the action. It's common to see pick-up soccer games break out, Frisbees whizzing around, bikers and joggers flowing by, and people simply relaxing. Often as soon as the temps hit 50 for the first time in the spring. Hailed five years running as the best park system in the nation by Park Score (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) you can't visit the City by Nature and miss spending time in one of the acclaimed parks that beat out New York City and San Francisco year after year. Consistently ranked as one of the top bike cities in the country, Minneapolis boasts a 200 plus mile system of bike trails and paths throughout the city. Rain, snow, or shine, this city is adamant about its biking (they even plow the bikeways in winter). With the country’s first bike share program, Nice Ride Minnesota, since 2010, Minneapolis leads the way and makes it easy for everyone to get around with pedal power. Want a few suggestions of ways to get outdoors and try some of the activities that keep residents the most fit in the nation (Minneapolis is the #1 fittest city in the nation according to the 2017 ACSM American Fitness Index®)? We thought so.

1. Stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge and explore Mill Ruins Park Walk across this iconic Minneapolis bridge that overlooks the only natural falls on the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, then check out the nooks and crannies of the former milling capital of the world from the 1880s to the 1930s in a park where you’ll see the inner workings of the river system that powered the world’s largest flour mill.

2. Cruise down the Mississippi River aboard the Minneapolis Queen paddle wheeler Want the outdoors experience without the work? Sit on deck and relax on this cruise down the Mississippi River as you learn all about the rich history of Minneapolis while taking in skyline views with eagles overhead and enjoying the sound of the water lapping against the boat. 50



3. Take a Nice Ride bike tour of one or

7. Watch the River Rats Water Ski Show

several sections of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

from Pryes Brewery

Explore Minneapolis on two wheels. Travel like a local and rent a Nice Ride bike to take a ride by the river. Or the greenway. Or the lakes. The 52-mile byway consists of a linked series of parks and weaves through seven segments of the city. From the downtown riverfront, to the Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth Park to Victory Memorial and Northeast, you’re bound to pass by more than just bodies of water. The loop encompasses woodlands, riverbanks, wetlands, lagoons, gardens, and parkways.

4. Get active where Mary did: Lake of the Isles Runners, bikers, skaters, picnickers, readers, snoozers. You’ll find them all at Lake of the Isles, where fictional 1970s heroine Mary Tyler Moore’s Mary Richards lived and strolled. Take your own walk, join the paddlers, or bring a few snacks and pop a seat under a tree to experience some of the best people watching in Minneapolis.

5. Watch a movie at the Lake Harriet Bandshell Sometimes it’s just nice to sit and enjoy the great outdoors, too. After an active day, catch a flick with hundreds of your new best friends in this city of lakes. From Disney originals to old classics and even some Harry Potter, the Lake Harriet Bandshell, among many other Minneapolis Parks locations, hosts their Music and Movies in the Park series throughout the summer months. Bring a blanket, cozy up, and catch your favorite flicks with a snack from Bread & Pickle.

6. Take a Magical History Tour of the Mill City Learn about the natural and civic history of the Minneapolis riverfront while cruising along on a Segway. This is one of the most unique ways to see the city, and this tour is incredibly popular. Because it’s incredibly fun. And there are snacks. You’ll get a threehour tour, training, and even a pass to the museum for later.

Did you know waterskiing was invented in Minneapolis? It’s true. Grab the best IPA in town and watch the River Rats take over the riverfront from Pryes Brewery! Watch water skiing acts and skits and listen to music as the River Rats entrance you with their feats on the flowing Mississippi.

8. Have some wheel fun Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska are just a couple spots where Wheel Fun Rentals provides pedal boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, and surrey bikes to rent so you can get your workout and see the scene without missing a beat.

9. Get on the freeway You’ll want to spend time on this one – a bike freeway, built along a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor in south Minneapolis, the Midtown Greenway’s three lanes – two for biking and one for runners – are well maintained, lit at night, and open 24/7. For most of its distance, the paths are separated from streets, making for a safe and barrierfree ride at all times. Along the west, the Greenway connects with the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and the Southwest LRT Trail, while along the east it adjoins with trails along the Mississippi River.

10. Recite the Song of Hiawatha where Longfellow was inspired to write it Popular Minnehaha Regional Park is best known for its modest, yet highly photogenic 53-foot falls. While the falls attract most visitors, they stay and return time and again for the numerous playgrounds, picnic areas, and trails, some of which follow right down to the creek where people sunbathe and fish. The notably long lines at Sea Salt Eatery (open seasonally) are an indication of its flair with fast-casual seafood and the appeal of its inviting patio. There are plenty of other great spots to get outdoors, be active, and take in the green, lush City by Nature. For more ideas and trip planning help, check out

Photo by Mike Krivit Photography, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Photo Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Photo by Mike Krivit Photography, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis


Photo by Dan Anderson, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis





Wild Brewing by Jeff Vondenkamp, Co-Owner and Head Brewer, Portage Brewing Company

As the sun rises over the towering red pines of Chippewa National Forest, bugs and bees buzz - scouring the nearly 700,000 acres of protected land for fruits and flowers to feast upon. Wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries all thrive here. This morning though, they aren’t alone, as I too forage for an organism that’s been used by humans to make beer for over 9,000 years - yeast.


Before you read on (and if you’re 21 or older) crack open a nice beer. The etymology of that beverage you’re holding stems from a process that man accidentally discovered 9,000 years ago - when a bowl of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice was left out to spoil. After a few weeks, the liquid turned into something sweet and pungent and, when drank, made your head spin. Spontaneous fermentation occurred. This is the basic premise for how we at Portage collect and use wild yeast in our fermentation process.




Illustrations by Mary Jones-Snell





Private lakes. Remote cabins. Pure nature. No distractions. Imagine having the time and support to tap into your creative impulses with all the logistics of exploring the lakes and land just over the border. Manitoba and Ontario are a literal hop, skip, or jump away and all with options for the outdoors one can only dream of. Whether it's a fly-in, paddle, or cruise, you're sure to find a healthy dose of nature that will ease you into utter bliss.




“Fish camp doesn't just happen Jackson…” by Paul Jackson

Those were the oft spoken words of my late friend, Mark Schmokel, as we would gather in the hangar for a happy hour fish camp planning meeting on a summer evening. A fishing trip to Canada with a group of guys takes some planning. It takes some real planning if your group is flying to Canada themselves. Our flying group with a fishing problem started with Wipaire employees who loved to use the products they produce: floats for aircraft. St. Paul’s Fleming airport is the home of Wipaire (which is the largest manufacturer of aircraft floats in the world) so it seems only natural that the original group’s core would be made up of current and former Wipaire employees. I met the group in the mid 90’s at the invitation of a friend who owned a float plane and was planning a trip north. I am not a diehard fisherman and roughing it isn’t exactly my thing either. I left on that first trip with an eye on adventure and no idea where this trip would take me. Our transportation was a ragtag group of Cessna’s, Piper’s, and DeHavilland’s out of St. Paul, headed to southern Ontario to a remote camp. I played navigator in my friend’s Beaver. In the days before GPS, I looked for roads to follow until we got too far north and then played the game of match the shape of the lake to the picture on the map to find our way. Through luck (and my superior pilotage skills) we found the intended camp, or one that looked a lot like it, on one of the many rectangular lakes with an outlet on the northwest corner. To be clear, this is not Babe Winkleman and Ron Schara level fishing that we practice. Most of us bring a handful of yellow

and white jigs and the biggest decision is whether to hook a leech or minnow to them. Our portable cigar humidor and martini kit are far more important items than our tackle boxes. As I was told early on, “We don’t fish in Canada, we catch.” After one trip I was hooked, literally. In short order, I added a float rating to my pilot’s license and I went all in and bought my first float plane. With that purchase my world went from flying from airport to airport to having every lake as a potential runway. At the aforementioned fish camp planning meetings, I went from a passenger and a problem, to a pilot and solution. I became an active participant in fish camp planning now that I had some status. One of my assigned tasks was grocery shopping for the group. We kept a weathered yellow legal piece of paper with our shopping list on it. It had a sliding scale of how much of an item (such as cooking oil and eggs) was needed for the number of guys and days of our trip. It was the Holy Grail of fish camp planning. We then set to packing the planes and figuring out who gets which seat. Weight and space is a constant fight in a float plane and we always have to edit the green horn who brings too much gear and a huge tackle box to the airport.

Our portable cigar humidor and martini kit are far more important items than our tackle boxes. As I was told early on, 'We don’t fish in Canada, we catch.'





by Keane


Some of my fondest food memories I have revolve around freshly caught lake fish. The experience of being out on a boat all day with friends, catching what inevitably becomes our dinner, cleaning the fish and preparing the meal, the final feast – all these memories bring me to a happy place. I was never an avid angler – fishing was always a very casual event for me – but perhaps that’s why I’ve enjoyed it so much. It was never a chore. It wasn’t considered work. It was something done on special occasions or on vacation. This lack of expectation kept the task simple and fun, made sitting on the water comfortable, relaxed, blissful. A respite.


Growing up with a fair amount of Julia Child in my life, I appreciated early on that the best way to learn your way around the kitchen is to just go for it. Play with your food; don’t be afraid of it. Once you get comfortable with fish, you’ll discover that it’s one of the easiest and fastest things to cook at home. Make sure your pan is hot and oiled, and you won’t have to worry about the fish sticking. Once it’s seared properly, the fillet will release from the pan and allow you to flip it over. It’ll tell you when it’s ready.


Reprinted with permission from Lake Fish: Modern Cooking with Freshwater Fish by Keane Amdahl, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.



Big lakes to scenic trout streams to the mighty Mississippi. Large and smallmouth bass, sturgeon, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, walleye. It’s easy to lose yourself in one of the serene

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GO FISH “the little things in life” By: E Nolan

he boy was five the first time his Great Uncle Ken took him out in his boat. The resigned words of an avid fisherman turned reluctant babysitter echoed across the bay—“I’ll have him back in an hour.” Five hours later they returned, both grinning ear to ear. “Catch anything?” I asked my son. “Sure did!” Dylan proudly held up a six-inch sunfish. I turned an apologetic smile towards Uncle Ken, grateful that he fell on that sword for me. “Wore him out finally?” I laughed. Uncle Ken shook his head. “No. Other way around. That boy could fish all day.” (Ten years later, he still does.) Personally, I never understood it. Fishing has never floated my boat. I grew up on the ocean, adjacent a West African fishing village even, but I wanted action and fun, not… well… static boredom. I chose surfing over swordfishing. I got into golfing as a hobby, fatherhood as a career, then writing as a… well… whatever it is I’m doing. The only time you’d catch me dead sitting on the water for 10+ hours was if I was in fact dead. And then I learned a valuable lesson. Life Is Fleeting. I’ve been a stay-at-home dad for almost fifteen years now, fifteen years after I swore I’d never do it… not even for a day. My fourth and final child is mere months away from her first day of school, and I’m that far away from tearfully reminiscing over every moment I had at home with each of them. I learned my lesson last summer, when traveling around the country with my wife and kids. My girls

wanted me to go swimming with them every day. Literally. Every. Day. My son, he didn’t necessarily want me to fish with him… but he wanted me to “go fishing” with him. He wanted me to be there while he caught fish. Six months and six huge fishing trips later, I get it. I understand the allure of no mobile interruptions, and of

BEING OUT ON THE LAKE SO EARLY THAT YOU WAKE UP THE LOONS, AND SO LATE THAT YOU CATCH THE REFLECTIONS OF FIREFLIES ON THE WATER. I thrived on the joy in Dylan’s eyes as he yanked a thrashing bass to the surface and, again, as one of his sisters asked if she could come fishing next time, too. It turns out, (a surprise to no avid fisher) that fishing is about loving the little things in life (occasionally bigger things), and (in a father’s case) about spending undistracted time with the ones you love in their element. It’s about sacrificing what you really want to do for what you really should be wanting to do. No matter how old you are, trust me, it’s not too late to fall in love with the hobby. Whether or not you have a kid to take, there’s a lake out there with your name on it. (There has to be in this state.) I spent over 100 hours on the lake with my kids this past year and never caught a single fish myself. But I hauled in a boatload of memories and, for the first time in my life, I heard the words come out of my mouth—







• Not having to keep up with all the costly advances in technology. • They know the local fish hot spots under all weather and temperatures


of the LAKES


Mike Heiman is crazy. Crazy lucky… crazy nice… crazy cool… and, well, crazy crazy. (Apologies to every English teacher ever, and to my super awesome editor.) Mike is Crazy Lucky. He wakes up every day in Ely, Minnesota, kisses his wife, Allison, goodbye, and goes to work for Jim and Joan Blauch (with their kids Gavin and Claire) at Moose Track Adventures Resort on Farm Lake—a gorgeous gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Mike has worked at that Boundary Waters Outfitter & Guide Service post for 13 years now—at the aquatic doorway to heaven (in Minnesota). Mike is lucky—even lucky enough to have seen actual moose (almost extinct in Minnesota now) on his canoe trips. Mike is Crazy Nice. He and Dylan hit it off right away, and the Blauch’s swear he’s the nicest “kid”—basically family to them. “Mike loves working with kids, loves teaching them how to fish and loves sharing in their successes.” Mike’s favorite way to fish is out of a canoe. In fact, he might like canoes just a bit too much. (I’ll get to that.) Mike is also nice enough to warn Up North visitors about the dangers of Lyme Disease (something that hits close to home for him). “If you’re fishing, hiking or camping anywhere, you need to watch out for ticks.” Mike is Crazy Cool. He fell in love with fishing when he was young… um, younger. (He’s not 30 yet.) He’s cool enough to let clients use a bobber. When inexperienced boaters get tired of paddling, Mike keeps the boat moving and he knows the subtle differences in technique to use between fishing a lake or a river. Mike is soft-spoken but enthusiastic, aware enough to high-five a 15-year old when he hooks a 20” smallmouth—never forgetting how cool it is to catch a big fish, no matter how many thousand he’s seen. BTW – We left that beast in the shallows near what I call “Big Smallmouth Island”—three islands up the Kawishiwi River from Farm Lake. Go get him!

And Mike is Crazy Crazy. This is Where His Legend Begins. Last summer, Mike embarked on a 78-day canoe/fishing trip through the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park to International Falls and Lake of the Woods. (His longest prior trip was 8 days.) Do you have any idea how much time that is in a canoe? That’s almost 115,000 minutes. How long can you sit still? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Mike is crazy.

We were in Estes Park, Colorado, fishing for rainbow trout at a stocked farm (if that even counts as fishing). It costs $1.25 an inch for whatever fish you catch, and I would imagine I wasn’t the only dad praying his kid would catch a minnow. Alas, Dylan caught a 26” trout in about 2.3 seconds.

LEGEND OF THE MN FISHING HALL OF FAME Royal Karels is "the nicest old man I’ve ever met.” That’s what my son said. (A tribute that Royal’s four kids and multiple grandkids would no doubt endorse.) But this wonderful and extremely accommodating man has received plenty of accolades far greater than my son’s, including what is arguably fishing’s greatest local honor. Royal Karels, in 2016, was inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is an odd place for a man like Royal, who would prefer the spotlight be redirected towards the people he’d do anything for—like Dutch and Irma Cragun, the owners of Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd. (We’re in the same boat on that one.) That people today can still have the opportunity to book a legend like Royal as their guide is a testament to the great fishing fortune we have in Minnesota, and (should you be looking to fish around Brainerd) an option you ought not overlook. Royal (like seemingly every avid angler) began fishing at age five and literally started his guiding career in a rowboat at age 10 on Shirt Lake, while working for his grandfather. He knew every corner of that lake then like he knows every corner of water around Gull Lake now. Royal graduated from St. Cloud State and (like Lynn Harker) was a schoolteacher in Brainerd before transferring to the outdoor classroom full-time in 1993. He married his “greatest catch”—his high school sweetheart, Diane—and is entering his 49th year as a professional fishing guide. To say that Royal Karels has a passion for fishing is like saying Tom Brady is good at football. “Is fishing something you can perfect?” I asked him. “No,” he replied. “FISHING IS ALREADY PERFECT.” It was a great quote, but even Royal would concede it’s not entirely true. As much as he loves fishing he wishes people would appreciate the “nature” aspect of it a little more. Royal has been advocating for the “Catch and Release” program since the 1970’s. He has no problem with people mounting a trophy fish or three, and/or keeping a few big ones to eat, but he hates seeing wastefulness, and wants future generations of fishers to have the opportunity to catch “the big ones” too. People who get the chance to fish with Royal don’t pass on it. Ask Bob who just took his 60th trip with Royal in October, or Al from Naperville, Illinois—a man who has been fishing with Royal for 47 years now… well over 100 trips. Royal takes on 100+ guiding gigs a year and his Guide Book would be even more overbooked if it weren’t for the fact that he sometimes elects to just “get away,” (to fish with his kids and grandkids). Dylan caught 11 fish with Royal on Lake Sylvan, including a 38inch 14.5 pound northern that Royal insisted he could keep. Dylan respectfully took a picture, then let it go.


Moose Track Adventures (218) 365-4106

“Isn’t Fishing Awesome, Dad?”

he asked. I looked at the beautiful mountains around us and took a deep breath of perfectly pure air before responding, probably with a slight bit of sarcasm.


“Yeah…It Sure Is.”





Lutsen Resort (800) 258-8736 (218) 663-9932

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HUMOR IS HEALING by Rob Fairbanks


s a kid growing up in Minneapolis, we moved around a lot and that caused me to always be having to make new friends in a new school and neighborhood. It wasn’t always the easiest thing for me because I was so shy and insecure. I doubted the new kids would accept or like me, so I kept quiet and to myself most of the time. Every now and then kids would come up to me and start talking to me. Most of the time I’d make them laugh just by the things I’d say and I noticed they wanted to hang out with me more. Humor became my tool for making new friends. Humor was a tool, not just in school but in an alcoholic home it was also a survival skill. I grew up with my mother and step father throwing parties on the weekends and I knew the routine: first the laughing and then the fighting. So I would try to make the adults laugh because I knew this would keep them from fighting. Also I noticed after the parties that my mother would be down and it hurt me to see her that way, so I’d try to make her laugh. That gave me the best feeling ever when she would crack up and laugh. My grandfather would stay with us for awhile and he’s the one who introduced me to Laurel and Hardy and "The Three Stooges." We would sit around on Sundays and watch these old black and white re-runs. As we would sit there laughing, I would always wonder how did they know this would be funny? It was then I became a lifelong student of comedy, always watching comedy films and shows. Yet, I kept my secret of wanting to be a stand-up comedian to myself,

because I thought everyone would make fun of me. Later in my teen years, I started to party and skip school which led me into trouble and as an adult I was incarcerated in prison. My humor got me through that dark time and I still held on to my dream of becoming a comedian. After being released from prison, I decided to do something positive with my life and to be a father to my children. So I went back to school and graduated with a two year degree in HVAC. Then I decided that I wanted to move up north to work and raise my children. Around this time I started doing videos on social media and with the encouragement from others I kept making videos and they went viral overnight. My good friend Tito had been doing stand-up comedy for about four years and was always pushing me to get into stand-up, but my fear always prevented me from jumping on stage. Then one day he put together a comedy show at one of our casinos and I asked if I could open for the comedy show. He said “Yes” and that was the scariest thing I've ever done in my life but the feeling of being on stage was liberating. I was finally free from all the fear and doubt I’d had all my life. Humor is truly healing. Check out the Lake + Co. "Between Two Paddles" Podcast on iTunes for Rob Fairbanks interview.

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James Drug | Vintage medicine bottle. Courtesy of Tim Zager

S t o ri es i n st r uc t ur e S O L D B E C O ME S N E W IN E LY, MIN N E S OTA By Lindsey Marschka

Your reflection is bouncing back through the dusty 1930s porthole window. It’s the top in a group of three nestled in the Pepsi blue door, ripe with age and stained fingerprints. One gentle push and you’re in the lobby, adorned with Art-Deco lines and abandoned film reels, the speckled terrazzo floors taking on a life of their own as their zig-zag pattern appears through the marks buffed by your path. You forge your way through the foyer’s double doors, flip the breaker and suddenly - color. The bulbs that have been stagnant for years are still vibrant. Reds and greens shimmer from the sconces flanking the curved stage. Light beams peer in from holes in the brick corners, illuminating clouds of dust and insulation falling from the ceiling. There’s beauty in ruin, here in the brief moment between past and future as the dust stirs, and stories emerge. A new narrative is taking shape in Ely, Minnesota. No doubt that this region is a treasure of tales, rooted in the land of iron and water, in the ancient rocks and great lakes that shape the landscape. Tucked away in the apex of the USA on the edge of the Northwoods and the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely is a place modeled by mining and tourism, heralded and held dear for its remoteness. Yes, backpackers, canoe enthusiasts, and fisherman flock here. And yes, the lake is just steps away from where we live, work, and play. Lately, its downtown district is garnering attention, with historic preservation and entrepreneurship in the limelight. The resurgence of its buildings and stories inspire the James Drug | Retail space, Available for lease

lifestyle many Americans are leaning towards: something memorable, charming, walkable, and social. Those coffee shops with exposed brick and expansive windows, or restaurants with an urban feel and ‘pizazz of the past.’ While we’ve spent countless hours in dark musty basements pulling out old boilers or tearing plastered walls from crumbling corners, rehabilitating and preserving Ely’s oldest structures has afforded us the opportunity to collect tidbits, quick tales, and heartfelt monologues from the community about the buildings they cherish. The stories shared from passerby’s, the research from Ely’s Historic Preservation Commission, and the objects and features we’ve discovered knee deep in these preservation projects are at the heart of the work. And it’s this historic integrity that’s driven our passion, ironed out our purpose, and fueled the restorations. As the buildings are modified, so too are the stories. The stories originating back to Ely’s advent as a frontier town in 1888. The stories that adapt with each generation. It is where, and from here, that we begin, telling tales of seven structures that have captured the hearts of locals and tourists since the turn of the century, so that they may live on for the next one hundred years.

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SEED by Erin Blegen of Yellow Birch Hobby Farm, Grand Marais

Our Minnesota winters can certainly drag on, especially when it starts as soon as October and overstays its welcome by a month… or two. For those of us who love getting our hands in the dirt, the wait can seem especially unbearable. I don’t know about you, but I crave the feeling of soil packed underneath my fingernails. The good news is we don’t have to wait for it either - even though the garden is buried under snow. Seed starting is the perfect way to get back into the gardening groove, and get us set up for a great growing season ahead.

What To Do: Prepare your soilless mix by combining it with warm water until damp, not wet. The reason behind using this type of planting medium is that it is not only sterile, but also lightweight and porous, providing the optimal environment for a germinating seed. Fill your planting containers with your soilless mix, scraping and leveling off the tops with a knife or other flat tool. Using a toothpick, poke a hole into the soil to the appropriate depth as listed on your seed packet. Drop the seed into the hole and sprinkle with a fine layer of vermiculite which is lightweight and works great for retaining moisture. Additionally, it allows for some light penetration for those seeds that need it for germination. Because you are using a pre-moistened planting medium, there is no need to water right now. Simply cover (either with plastic wrap or a plastic dome lid that fits your tray appropriately), and place on a heat mat (optional, but does encourage faster germination, especially for heat lovers like peppers). At this point, there is no need for direct lighting from grow lights. In fact, try to keep your seeds away from direct sunlight or other light sources until they have germinated. A couple times a day, be sure to remove the accumulated moisture from the plastic coverings to prevent damping off, the dreaded soil-borne fungal disease that will kill your seedlings. You can also combat this disease by sprinkling the top of your growing surface with cinnamon, which boasts natural anti-fungal properties.


Monitor watering closely; don’t be tempted to over-water. Wait until the soil is dry (not hard) before watering, and water your plants from the bottom rather than the top. This can be done by placing your planting receptacles onto a large tray with a lip (cookie sheet, lid from a rubber tote, etc.), and pour the water onto the tray. The water will then get drawn up by your containers. If you absolutely must water from above, use the mist setting on a spray bottle.


As soon as your seeds germinate, remove the plastic covering and put under lights. Keep your grow lights to within a couple inches of your seedlings, to prevent leggy plants. This is also why artificial lighting is preferred over sunlight; if the light is not within close range of your seedlings, they will reach toward where it is available. By concentrating the light directly over the tops of your plants, they will grow straight and strong. Also, be sure to mimic natural light by shutting off your grow lights at night to prevent stunted growth, burned and wilted plants, or worse.

Well, are you ready to get your hands dirty with me now? I figure, if spring doesn’t want to come on its own, then I can make it happen right inside my own home. I hope you decide to join me. LAKE TIME MAGAZINE






T h e C u lt u r e

o f G r av e l By Avesa Rockwell Images by Jeremy Kershaw


undreds of cyclists gather at dawn in a frosty parking lot. They add warm layers to peel off later, clip cue cards onto their handlebars, check tire pressure, and then wait for the signal to roll out onto the remote unpaved route. The fastest riders form a blurry peloton. The middle pack spreads out quickly. The slow pokes chat and enjoy the scenery. In Minnesota, the gravel cycling season spans mid-April to mid-October, so any kind of weather can be expected. Event organizers never cancel rides for rain, sleet, or snow. Wet seasons force riders off their saddles to push through miles of mud. Sometimes sharp rocks pop tubes and rough spots break frames. With the exception of a rare checkpoint with snacks and water refills, riders are on their own. Sag vehicles and support teams are prohibited. Some stretches have zero cell coverage. However, riders can and will help each other out. The fastest will typically finish around noon. They won’t stand on a podium and receive a medal. Sometimes they’ll get a homemade necklace and a growler of craft beer. The slowest riders arrive after dark to receive handshakes from the organizer and a few die-hard volunteers.




300, 000



22% 2%

The majority are white (42%), followed by black/African American (24%), Hispanic, of any race (22%), and Native American (2%).*


Average out of home placement time for a child in Itasca County for 2017: 341 days

100, 000 Their average age is approximately 8 years old. There are slightly more boys than girls.

Approximately 400,000 children are in foster care at any given time. More than 100,000 of them are available to be adopted.

In ITASCA COUNTY we currently have 150 children in out of home placements. (as of 3/5/18)




According to the most recent report published by the US Department of Health and Human Services





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