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century ago, stories are told of A families arriving at the Park Rapids train station for a summer vacation, a

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A PUBLICATION OF THE PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE Visitors to the Heartland Lakes area soon learn it’s the land of 10,000 things to do. To find out the latest local news and upcoming events, turn to the Park Rapids Enterprise, an award-winning newspaper published every Wednesday and Saturday. We offer year-round subscriptions for Minnesotans and out-ofstate visitors. For more information, call 218-732-3364. Our office is located at 1011 First St. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids. You can find us online at, Instagram or our Facebook page. © 2022 Park Rapids Enterprise This publication is the sole property of the Park Rapids Enterprise. No portion of it may be reproduced without the express, written consent of the Park Rapids Enterprise.

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resource. Throughout the world, clean, fresh water is increasingly scarce.” The fresh water in Minnesota’s driver with horse and buggy greeting aquifers, lakes and rivers is “a legacy the haggard guests. of retreating glaciers that shaped the They had ridden hours, arriving from landscape more than 10,000 years ago.” Minneapolis-St. Paul and out of state. Six percent of Minnesota is covered After a stop at the area mercantile with water – more than any other establishment for some flour, sugar and state. Minnesota has more miles of other basic necessities, it was off to the shoreline than Hawaii, California and cabin on the lake. Florida combined. Fishing. Swimming. Lounging on the In the heart of northern Minnesota beach. Card games. Catching fireflies. lies one of the world’s greatest rivers, Watching squirrels skirmish. Picnics. the Mississippi River. The Ojibwe Reading a good book. word for the river is Messipi, meaning Times may have changed. But “big river.” the overall lure of vacation on the A raindrop falling in Lake Itasca lake remains. arrives downstream at the Gulf of According to the Minnesota Mexico about 90 days later. Department of Natural Resources, As you and your family connect “Although water may seem abundant with the north woods’ natural in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes beauty, please remember to leave no (there are actually 11,842 lakes of trace. Let’s keep our beautiful lakes 10 acres or larger), water is a limited pristine, together.

MEET OUR STATE FLOWER: THE SHOWY LADY’S SLIPPER Minnesota is the only state to have an orchid as its state flower: the showy lady’s slipper. It was adopted as the state flower in 1902. Found living in open fens, bogs, swamps, and damp woods where there is plenty of sun, lady’s slippers grow slowly, taking up to 16 years to produce their first flowers. Lady’s slippers bloom in late June or early July. Under the right conditions, lady’s slippers can live for more than 50 years. A healthy showy lady’s slipper can produce a half

million seeds in a single year. The frilly, pink and white lady’s slipper can grow to a height of 4 feet – the tallest of the state’s nearly 50 native species of orchids. Its scientific name, Cypripedium, means shoe of Venus. Since 1925, it’s been illegal to pick this rare flower or uproot the plants. It’s state law.






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A LEGENDARY LOGGER GREETS YOU o drive around northern Minnesota N is complete without a visit to Akeley, the home of one of the biggest

selfie stops in the state – everybody wants their picture taken with the legendary big man himself, Paul Bunyan. Local lore has it that the giant lumberjack was born in Akeley, and the community honors their native son with the world’s largest Paul Bunyan statue. His huge hand outstretched, the 31-foot friendly behemoth has welcomed visitors for more than 25 years. Located on the Lake Country Scenic Byway, 10 miles west of Walker, Akeley is a hard-to-miss destination for anyone traveling around the area. The little town of about 440 people offers an array of outdoor activities and attractions for visitors, including a city beach and campground, picnicking, fishing, and trails for hikers, snowmobilers, ATVs and more.

LAND OF 10,000 THINGS TO DO MAY 21: Sculpture Trail opens 28: Farmers Market opens

JUNE 9: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids 11: Yunior Rebollar artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 12: Nevis Sites ‘N Bites 16: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 16: 2nd Street Stage 18: Author Fest at American Legion 19: Dorset Boardwalk Art Fest 23: 2nd Street Stage 24-26: Akeley Paul Bunyan Days 25: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis 30: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 30: 2nd Street Stage

JULY 1-3: PRCA Xtreme Bulls and Broncs, Park Rapids 4: Firecracker Footrace, Heartland Park

4: Fourth of July parade 4: Community Band pre-fireworks concert 4: Rotary Fourth of July fireworks 7: 2nd Street Stage 8: Dana Schutz-Ryan Johnson artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 8: Ginny Sims artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 9: Nevis Bands & BBQ 14: 2nd Street Stage 13-17: Hubbard County Fair, Shell Prairie Agricultural Association 16: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis 21: 2nd Street Stage 22-23: Nevis Muskie Days 28: 2nd Street Stage 28-29: Crazy Days, Park Rapids 29-Aug. 6: Northern Light Opera Company, “Hello, Dolly!”

AUGUST 4: 2nd Street Stage 5-7: All School Reunion 5-7: Antique Tractor & Engine Club Field Days 6: Taste of Dorset

6: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis 11: Water Wars on Main Avenue 11: 2nd Street Stage 12-13: Northern Nights Run to the Rapids classic car show 13: Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis 13: Legends and Logging Days/ Backyard BBQ Challenge 18: 2nd Street Stage 19-20: Summer Fest at Hubbard County Fairgrounds 20-21: Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery, Laporte 27: Veterans Tribute Program, Howard Maninga’s home, Ponsford

SEPTEMBER 24-25: Art Leap 2022

OCTOBER 1-31: Shoptoberfest 31: Trick or Treat Park Rapids

NOVEMBER 24: 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K 25: Community Tree Lighting and Yuletide Sampler

Note: Events are subject to change. Always check with the organizer before making plans. All events listed are in Park Rapids unless otherwise noted. For updates or a complete listing of current events, read the Park Rapids Enterprise. 4 | Cabin Reader



Wild rice, called manoomin in the Ojibwe language, has been a staple food for Minnesota’s Native Americans for centuries. Long before European settlers arrived in Minnesota, the Anishinaabe gathered wild rice to eat each year. Canoeing through grassy patches, they bent stalks over the canoe and gently tapped ripe seeds off the stems with special sticks. Many still harvest wild rice the traditional way. It is an aquatic grass, not related to common rice. Early in the summer, the plants bloom with tiny maroon and gold flowers. In August and September, their seeds mature into long, dark brown seeds. Wild rice is commercially produced as a field crop on about 20,000 acres in Minnesota. For many years, basically all of the wild rice produced in the world came from Minnesota, and most still does. Wild rice grows naturally in the shallow waters of lakes in central and northern Minnesota It was adopted as the official state grain in 1977.

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nglers who intend to release any of the fish A they catch can boost the chances those fish will survive by following best practices for catch

and release. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises to set the hook quickly to avoid hooking a fish in the stomach or gills. Before handling the fish, wet your hands to prevent removal of the fish’s protective slime coating. If possible, unhook and release the fish while it is still in the water. If a hook is deep in the fish, cut the line and leave the hook in the fish. When holding the fish out of the water, support it with both hands using a firm, gentle grip. It is OK to measure the fish and take a photo; however, minimize the time the fish is out of the water. Anglers intending to release a fish should not place it on a stringer or in a live well. To release a fish, hold it horizontally in the water by cradling it under its belly. If needed, revive the fish by slowly moving it forward and backward in the water until it swims away. An alternative to this method is cupping your hand and splashing water into the fish’s mouth and out the gills while holding the fish stationary on the surface of the water. Harvest a fish that can be legally kept if it is bleeding extensively or cannot right itself in the water.

THE ELUSIVE WALLEYE IS THE STATE FISH The walleye became the official state fish in 1965. The walleye is the most sought-after fish in Minnesota. Its thick, white fillets, handsome shape and coloring, and elusive nature make it the ultimate prize among anglers. This popular game fish is found throughout Minnesota in lakes and rivers. Walleyes are most at home in the large, clear, cool lakes of Minnesota’s northern forests. Their eyes are sensitive to light, so they go to deep, dark waters during the day and move to shallow areas at night. It gets its name from its glassy eyes, which make it look “walleyed” – an old-fashioned word for blind. The walleye is the largest member of the perch family in the U.S. The state record for walleye weighed 17 pounds, 8 ounces. 6 | Cabin Reader

THE RAILROAD’S EARLY INFLUENCE IN THIS AREA he largest Native American T group in Minnesota calls itself Anishinaabe, which means “the

original people.” Europeans named them Ojibwe. In 1879, Hubbard County’s first white settlers arrived. The village of Park Rapids was officially named by the owner of the town site in a July 4th celebration in 1881. The name originated from the hamlet’s park-like groves of trees

on the second prairie and the thenundammed rapids on the Fish Hook River. Hence, Park Rapids. Founded in 1882, the Park Rapids Enterprise is Hubbard County’s oldest continuous business venture. It was the first newspaper established north of the Northern Pacific Railroad in Minnesota. When the railroad was built in Park Rapids in 1891, the depot became the hub of the town and allowed

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akes country offers many opporL tunities to bike, run, walk, hike or inline skate with beautiful scenery.

HEARTLAND TRAIL An excellent place for running, biking, inline skating and walking. There are mile markers posted along the trail, which runs from Heartland Park in Park Rapids to Dorset (6.3 miles), Nevis (5.3 miles), Akeley (6.3 miles), Walker (9.4 miles), Wilkinson (12.5 miles) and ends two miles before Cass Lake (7.2 miles). The hilly snowmobile trail alongside the Heartland Trail, with beautiful scenery and wildlife, is a great opportunity for horseback riding, mountain biking,

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miles from New York to North Dakota. Being open to foot traffic only, Minnesota’s footpaths hold unimpeded The Paul Bunyan Trail is 115 miles travel for hikers, berry pickers, hunters, long, extending from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park. It’s the geocachers, cross country skiers and snowshoers. longest of Minnesota’s state trails and Short day hikes or overnight hikes the longest continuously paved rail-trail are possible. in the country. Maps, events and suggested hikes are The trail is open year-round to available at non-motorized use and snowmobile in Anyone walking this trail is in for a the winter. In Walker, the route intertreat as it meanders through forested sects with the Heartland Trail. hills and valleys interspersed with rivNORTH COUNTRY TRAIL ers, lakes, and numerous wetlands. The North Country National Scenic Later in the summer, you can be Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails in rewarded by finding wild strawberries, the U.S. and the only one in Minnesota. raspberries, blackberries and blueberThe North Country Trail runs 4,600 ries along the trail. running and walking.



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othing symbolizes the beauty of N northern Minnesota more than the haunting call of the loon, our state bird.

Do your part to protect loons. Minnesota’s loon population is threatened by loss of breeding habitat, water contamination and direct human disturbance to shoreline nests. When boating in open water, watch for loons and keep your distance – at least 150 feet. Give more distance if the loon calls or shows other signs of distress, like when it “dances” on the water surface. It’s particularly important to stay away from nesting loons.

Few birds use sound to communicate in as many ways as loons do. Scientists have categorized common loon calls into four main types, each conveying a unique message. Hoot: A loon gives a hoot – a soft, short call – to let other loons know where it is or to ask another loon where it is. A parent might hoot to its chick, or one of a pair to another. Tremolo: The wavering tremolo call – sometimes likened to maniacal laughter – means a loon is excited or alarmed. Loons also use the tremolo when they fly over a lake to announce their presence to any loons there. Yodel: Only male loons make this loud sound, which starts with three notes and ends with a couple of swinging phrases. They use it to defend their territory. Each male has a “signature” yodel. Some people have learned to recognize a specific loon by his yodel. Wail: The high, haunting wail helps loons to figure out where they are relative to each other. They call back and forth, using the location of the sound to move closer together.

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► Loons’ bones are thicker and heavier than the bones of many other birds. The extra weight helps loons stay underwater when they dive. It also makes it harder for them to fly.

► Loons sometimes dive 250 feet deep. ► They can swim 400 yards and stay underwater for up to five minutes to escape danger. ► Because their bodies are heavy relative to their wing size, loons need a 100- to 600-foot runway in order to take off from a lake. ► Loons can fly more than 75 miles per hour. ► The red in the loon’s eye helps it to see underwater. ► Scientists think loons can live for 30 years or more.

PARK RAPIDS CALLS ITSELF THE “LOON CAPITAL OF THE U.S.A.” The Legislature adopted the common loon as Minnesota’s state bird in 1961. A loon’s legs are near the rear of its body, enabling it to dive under water with great speed and agility. Averaging about 9 pounds, the distinctive bird, with its black and white

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plumage, can attain speeds up to 60 miles per hour and dive as deep as 250 feet. The loon earned its name from the old English word “lumme,” meaning clumsy one. Due to the bird’s inability to maneuver well on land, it’s a fitting description.

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FUN BY THE NUMBERS Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into

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nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!






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nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!





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CLUES ACROSS 1. Orator’s podium 5. UK-Netherlands gas pipeline 8. Partner to “oohs” 12. African antelope 14. Indigenous Thai person 15. Monetary unit of Angola 16. Becomes less intense 18. Insurance mascot 19. Tech hub __ Alto 20. Actress Tomei 21. Airborne (abbr.) 22. Type of smart watch 23. Natives 26. Incompetent person 30. Rare Hawaiian geese 31. Unspoken relationships 32. Passports and licenses are two 16 | Cabin Reader

33. Claw 34. Status quo 39. Mimic 42. Fur-lined cloak 44. Ancient foreigner 46. In an angry way 47. Ill-intentioned 49. Monetary unit of Serbia 50. S. American plant 51. One or the other 56. An alias for Thor 57. Gratuity 58. In a painful way 59. French commune 60. Promotional materials 61. Greek city 62. Assistant 63. Confederate general 64. Former NJ governor

CLUES DOWN 1. Used by gymnasts 2. “Luther” actor Idris 3. Broad volcanic crater 4. Not for 5. Blur 6. Tots 7. Acted leisurely 8. About the Alps 9. Gets out of bed 10. Town in “The Iliad” 11. Welsh given name 13. Remove salt 17. Calvary sword 24. Mental disorder concerning body odor (abbr.) 25. Keeps a house cozy 26. Ballplayer’s accessory 27. Southwestern Russian city 28. Pro sports league 29. Congress investigative body (abbr.)

35. Stop standing 36. Utilize 37. Sign language 38. Famed ESPN broadcaster Bob 40. Being of central importance 41. Ruin environment 42. Dessert dish 43. Sea eagles 44. Fertilized 45. Jerry’s friend Benes 47. Indian river 48. Pass into a specified state or condition 49. Nocturnal rodent 52. A way to travel 53. Iron-containing compound 54. Ancient Greek City 55. NFL signal caller Matt


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36. Very fast airplane 37. Czech river 39. Private school in New York 40.Israeli dance 41. Electron volt 42. Adjusting 48. Duct by the bladder 50. Small burger 51. Begin again 52. Unstuck 53. Jai __, sport 54. Get free of 55. For instance 56. Hotel chain 58. A team’s best pitcher 59. Extracts from various sources 60.Indefinite period of time

CLUES DOWN 1. St. Francis of __ 2. Supported 3. United in working 4. It cools your home 5. Predicting 6. Irritated 7. Popular talk show host 8. Fabric edge 9. A resource for employees 12. Broadway’s Jackman 13. Small water buffalo 17. City of Angels: __ Angeles 19. Asteroids 20. Tailless amphibians 21. German expressionist painter 25. What drives you

29. N. Vietnamese ethnic group 31. Gold coin used in British India 32. Have deep affection for 33. Ponds 35. Breaks between words 38. Hairstyle 41. Print errors 43. Family of iron alloys 44. Sidelined in bed 45. Many couples say it 46. Brazilian hoopster 47. Allman Brothers late frontman 49. German city 56. One hundred grams (abbr.) 57. One billionth of a second (abbr.) Cabin Reader | 17













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Hobo Dinner 1 lb. lean ground beef 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. onion powder salt and pepper 1 lb. baby potatoes cut in half 3 large carrots sliced into one inch cubes 1/2 onion sliced 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning 1 cup colby jack cheese shredded Cut four sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Combine hether cooking over a campfire or indoors in the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and oven, foil packet recipes make cleanup a snap. The foil packet is made from a square of heavy duty aluminum sprayed pepper. Shape into four patties and place in the center of the aluminum foil. with cooking spray so vegetables don’t stick to the sides. In a medium-sized bowl, toss potatoes, carrots, onion Tightly wrap the edges of foil together so the ingredients olive oil and Italian seasoning. Divide evenly between won’t fall out, but also leave a dome shape to the foil where the four packets. Fold the foil over and seal each the vegetables and meat are at. packet. It all cooks together over a hot fire, grill or oven. This Place the packets on the grill or over the coals of a sampling of foil packet meals is from, fire. Cook for about 45-60 minutes or until the potatoes which also includes tips on how to make foil packets in are tender. Carefully open the packets and top with advance of your camping trip, videos and more. cheese.


Butter Garlic Herbed Steak 1 lb. small red potatoes cut into fourths 2 medium carrots, sliced 1 red bell pepper, cubed 1 green bell pepper, cubed 1/2 red onion, cubed salt and pepper 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1-1/2 lb. top sirloin steak cut into one inch cubes Garlic Herb Butter: 1/2 cup butter at room temperature 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley 4 garlic cloves minced 1 tsp. fresh rosemary chopped 1 tsp. fresh thyme chopped 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper In a medium sized bowl add the red potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and red onion. Add salt and pepper and toss with olive oil. Place four 18-by-12-inch pieces of heavy aluminum foil on the counter. Evenly place the vegetable mixture on each piece of foil. Top vegetables with steak. To make the garlic herb butter: In a small bowl add the butter, parsley, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Divide evenly and place on top of the steak. Double fold the top and ends of each piece of foil, leaving space for steam to gather. To grill: Place packets on the grill and cover. Grill for 15 minutes or until steak is cooked through and veggies are tender. Carefully open packets and serve. To bake: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Unwrap and broil right at the end to give the steak a slight char.

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It’s you against the dealer in this classic casino game. Deal two cards face up to each player; the dealer gets two cards, too, but one is down and the other is up. The dealer gives the first player the option to get another card, with the goal of getting cards the value of the cards to add up to as close to 21 as possible without going over (which is game over!). Players can take (hit) as many cards as they like, or stop (hold) whenever they want. Note that in this game, face cards are 10 points each, and aces either equal one point or 11 points. When all players eventually hold, the dealer shows his hand and must take cards until he reaches 17. Whoever is closer to 21 without going over is the winner.

face-up pile. A player who does not have a match may play an eight and change the suit to anything they wish. A player who has neither a match nor an eight must draw until he gets a card that can be played. The first to discard all their cards wins.

is higher or lower than yours. If they’re right, they take the pair. If they’re wrong, it’s yours. Take turns and work your way through the deck. The person with the most cards at the end is the winner.


This quick-moving game, also known as LCR, can be quite addictive. It’s suitable The goal is simple: get rid of all your for children ages 5 and older, making it a cards! Each player is dealt seven cards. great option for family game nights. The The rest go in a deck in the middle of game requires three or more players. the table, with one card flipped over To play, you roll the dice (there are at each side of the deck. Like Solitaire three total) and pass chips, and the game in reverse, you’ve got to stack the is entirely based on luck rather than preceding card in the sequence, but strategy. If you roll an “L,” you pass a chip the opposite color. So, if the five of to the person on your left; if you roll an diamonds is showing, you can play a “R,” you pass a chip to the person on your four of spades or clubs. If you have a right; and “C” means you put a chip in the king, you can lay it down on the table “in center. Some sides have dots, and if you the corner” to start a new pile. roll one of those, you do nothing. CRAZY 8S As you run out of chips, you roll fewer This game has one crazy twist: eights FOREHEAD POKER dice, and the game ends when only one rule! Deal out seven cards to each person This is a fun, super simple two-player player has chips left. They get to keep in a two-player game, or five cards for game for little guys. Place the deck those—as well as the center pot. There’s games with three or four players. The between you and your child. Each of you really no limit to how many people can rest go in a draw pile, with one card grabs a card without peaking at it and play, but since the game only comes turned over to start the play pile. The places it on your forehead so that your with 24 chips, you may need to create player to the dealer’s left must match opponent can see it, but you can’t. Have new ones for additional players. the card’s number or suit from the your little one guess if their own card


MOREL: THE STATE’S FAVORITE FUNGUS Morchella esculenta, commonly known as the morel, sponge or honeycomb mushroom, became the official state mushroom in 1984. The morel is considered one of the most highly prized and delicious of all edible mushrooms. They are creamy tan or shades of brown and gray (darkening as they age), with pitted, spongy heads, smooth stems and hollow interiors. It’s usually 2 to 6 inches high. It grows from early May to early June among leaves or wood ashes in open woods, along roadsides and in partially shaded meadowland. Good places to find morels are near dead elm, cottonwood trees and old apple orchards. 20 | Cabin Reader

THE MONARCH IS OUR STATE BUTTERFLY A group of fourth graders in Mahtomedi, Minnesota suggested the monarch as the state butterfly in 2000. Monarch caterpillars appear to feed exclusively on milkweed, which grows throughout Minnesota. The monarch is one of the few butterfly species that migrates north and south like birds do. August is the best

month to see them before they migrate south to Mexico. Approximately four generations of monarchs are born in Minnesota each summer and live roughly four weeks; the exception is the last generation of the season, which survives about six months. Each fall, members of this last generation migrate to Mexico and spend the winter in a state of semi-hibernation.

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1. They are beetles. Fireflies are not flies, but nocturnal members of Lampyridae (which in Greek means “to shine”), a family of winged beetles. There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, and only some have the ability to light up. 2. Fireflies are just one type of bioluminescent species. Fireflies are probably one of the more popular of these species, but they’re definitely not alone in their ability to light up. Most of their bioluminescent peers live in the ocean so people don’t have as much contact with them. Their light is created by a chemical reaction during which oxygen combines with calcium, adenosine triphosphate and luciferin with the help of the enzyme luciferase. When they are larvae, fireflies use their bioluminescence to scare off predators. 3. Not all fireflies have the “fire.” Those who don’t produce light are usually most active during the day, while fireflies that produce light are active at night. 4. Fireflies are energy efficient. Firefly lights are the most efficient lights in the world. One-hundred percent of the energy created is emitted through the light. In comparison, an incandescent bulb emits 10 percent of its energy as light and a fluorescent bulb emits 90 percent of its energy through light. Fireflies’ efficiency is partly due to luciferin’s heat resistant properties. 5. Light shows are part of mating. Most of the fireflies flying around are males looking for a mate. Each species 22 | Cabin Reader

has a specific light pattern that they use to communicate with each other. Once a female spots a male she likes, she will respond with the same light pattern. Usually females are perched on plants, waiting for a mate. 6. Not all firefly light looks the same. Each species has their own specific color of light they produce. Some glow blue or green, while others glow orange or yellow. 7. They taste disgusting. Fireflies are poisonous to some animals. When fireflies are attacked, they shed drops of blood. The blood contains chemicals that create the bitter taste and poison. Most animals have learned this and avoid munching on fireflies. 8. Fireflies sometimes practice cannibalism. When fireflies are still in the larvae stage, they snack on snails. Usually as they mature, they move away from meat. Scientists believe adult fireflies live off of nectar and pollen. But others, especially the Photuris fireflies, enjoy their own kind. Photuris females often eat males of other genera. They attract unsuspecting males by mimicking their light pattern. 9. They need your help. There are several reasons why firefly populations are declining, including climate change, light pollution and habitat destruction. When firefly habitats are destroyed for roads or other construction, they don’t migrate to a new spot, they simply disappear.

Keeping a firefly journal can help scientists learn more about fireflies. Go to the Museum of Science Firefly Watch website (, which includes a virtual habitat and a link to share observations of fireflies with scientists. 10. Have a firefly party! The best areas for firefly viewing are near lakes and damp wooded areas. June, July and early August are prime viewing times. Bring a flashlight and go out after dark to a selected location. Wait for 10 or 15 minutes and if no fireflies are seen, select a new location. Sometimes flashing a flashlight will help in getting fireflies to respond with flashes of their own. This firefly information is courtesy of Ecowatch ( Check it out for more firefly facts.

MINNESOTA’S CREATURES OF THE NIGHT ong summer nights are perfect L for sitting out on the dock or by a campfire listening to the loons calling

development of sonar and radar. According to Bat Conservation International, one little brown bat can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in one night.


While they look similar to squirrels seen during the day, these squirrels across the lake. are nocturnal, explains the DNR. They While enjoying the night, you may do not actually fly, but instead glide also see one of Minnesota’s nocturnal from tree to tree. They are able to LUNA MOTHS creatures. When the sun sets, they glide because they have a fold of skin Luna moths have bright green wings emerge to start their activities. extending from their front to hind with a wingspan that can feet, called a patagium. Much like BATS stretch four-and-a-half the membrane on a glider plane, the Some residents put up bat inches, about the same patagium stretches out between their houses to provide habitat for length as an iPhone. four legs, allowing them to glide long these small mammals who eat According to National distances. mosquitoes and Geographic Kids, they are Most of the time they glide between other insects. found only in North America. 20 and 30 feet, but can glide as far as According to the Minnesota As caterpillars, they eat the 150 feet. Department of Natural Resources leaves of paper birch, walnut, There are two species of flying (DNR), while bats are a public hickory and sweet gum trees. health concern, and close contact After a month of eating leaves, squirrels in Minnesota. The southern flying squirrel is about the size of a with them should be avoided because the caterpillar builds a cocoon, emerging chipmunk and approximately nine they can carry rabies, they are also as a moth after about three weeks. An inches long. It weighs about two ounces useful in insect control. interesting fact about the luna moth is and is found mainly in the southern part The most common bat in Minnesota is that the insect doesn’t have a mouth or of the state. The northern flying squirrel the little brown myotis. a digestive system. That’s because it only is about 11 inches long, including its Three other bats live in some forested lives for about a week after leaving the wide, flat tail. It weighs about three areas of the state: the silver-haired bat, cocoon, and it doesn’t ever eat. the hoary bat – which is the largest bat in Bats will try to eat luna moths. In order ounces and is found in the forests of the state, weighing an ounce or more – to protect themselves, the moths spin the northern Minnesota. Flying squirrels live in tree hollows and the recently discovered evening bat. tails of their wingtips in circles to disorient or leaf nests. eat fruit, nuts, insects These bats are solitary, roost in trees, and the bats and get away. and small birds. They will also clean up migrate to the south before winter. Other interesting facts: luna moths whatever is left at bird feeders. During Bats navigate by echolocation.Their are mainly seen in May and late June in the winter, they sometimes nest in high-pitched chirps bounce off objects Minnesota.The Latin word “luna” means groups to stay warm and slow their and help bats catch insects and avoid moon, and the Roman goddess of the body activity. obstacles. Echolocation was used in the moon is called Luna. Call for a brochure today! 218-252-4570 or 218-652-2465 Reservations available online Akeley City Campground & Park

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POISON OAK ontact with poison ivy, poison oak C or poison sumac can cause red, swollen skin, blisters and severe itching,

sometimes within hours. Learning to identify and avoid these plants is the best treatment. Poison ivy has a short, woody stem and three, solid green leaflets. It can grow as a vine or low shrub. Like its ivy counterpart, poison oak leaves also cluster in sets of three. The edges of the solid green leaves, while reminiscent of an oak tree, are less dramatic. Poison oak is most often seen in shrub form, but it can also grow as a vine. Poison sumac has oval leaflets with smooth edges arranged in groups of 7 to 13. The leaf stems are always red. The bark is gray and smooth. It’s usually found in swampy or boggy areas where it grows as small tree or tall shrub. All parts of these plants contain a toxic, oily substance called urushiol (pronounced “you-ROOshee- ol”). The 24 | Cabin Reader

POISON SUMAC poison is absorbed by the skin almost immediately, although symptoms may appear 12 to 24 hours later. Gently washing your skin with ordinary soap within five to 10 minutes after exposure may help avert a reaction. Wash clothing and any other contaminated objects promptly with detergent or warm, soapy water. Mild cases resolve on their own within a few weeks. Control itching with calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. Oatmeal baths and cool compresses also might be helpful. Severe or widespread rashes should be seen by a doctor, especially if there’s a fever, blisters are oozing pus and the rash affects your face or genitals. Barrier creams containing 5 percent bentoquatam are the only FDA approved, skin applied products proven to protect against or reduce the severity of the rash when applied at least 15 minutes prior to exposure.



MYTH: The rash is contagious. FACT: Rubbing the rashes won’t spread poison ivy to other parts of your body or to another person. The blisters contain only body fluids. You spread the rash only if urushiol oil has been left on your hands. Urushiol oil is potent – only 1 nanogram (one billionth of a gram) is needed to cause rash. MYTH: You can develop a rash simply by being near the plants. FACT: Direct contact is needed to release urushiol oil. Contact may be between the plant and bare skin or the poison may travel on the fur of a dog, gardening gloves, camping equipment, clothing or other intermediary. MYTH: Don’t worry about dead or dormant plants. FACT: The plants are poisonous year round. Urushiol oil stays active on ANY surface, including dead plants, for up to 5 years.


10 MOUTHWATERING S’MORES RECIPES ’mores are the perfect ending to a day in the northwoods. S Once the campfire has glowing embers, place a marshmallow on a long fork and rotate until golden and

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puffy. Have squares of graham crackers topped and squares of chocolate ready. Place the chocolate and marshmallow between two graham crackers and enjoy! And be sure to have plenty on hand because everyone will want some more s’mores! These recipes are from Start with roasted marshmallows, then add different varieties of toppings to create these tasty combinations. Wild For Chocolate Dark chocolate candy bar + chocolate graham crackers Tropical Therapy White chocolate coconut candy bar + graham crackers Crazy For Bacon Salted caramel chocolate candy bar + crispy bacon + graham crackers Chocolate Covered Strawberry Sliced strawberry + dark chocolate candy bar + graham crackers Sweet And Salty Milk chocolate candy bar + flat pretzel crisps

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innesota’s oldest state park – M Itasca State Park – was established on April 20, 1891 to preserve the old growth pine trees that were in danger of being logged. More than half a million people visit Itasca State Park every year to see the giant pines and wade across the headwaters of the Mississippi River State Water Trail. Park Rapids is the undisputed Gateway to Itasca State Park and the south entrance is a 22-mile drive from Park Rapids north on Hwy. 71. The east entrance is only a couple miles farther north of the south entrance, and then another mile or so west on Hwy. 200 – you’ll find it easily at the junction of Hwy. 71 and Hwy. 200.


Itasca State Park encompasses Lake Itasca, the official source of the Mississippi River, and a scenic area of northern Minnesota that has remained relatively unchanged from its natural state. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Stand under towering pines at Preacher’s Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann’s Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota’s seven National Natural Landmarks.

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favorite river as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center offers outdoor displays, a restaurant and gift shop. There are plenty of other activities to do at the park, including taking an excursion boat on Lake Itasca, exploring along Wilderness Drive, biking or hiking along more than 30 miles of designated trails, fishing in one of the many lakes, observing the wild flowers in season as well as birding. For more information about the park events and schedules, call Itasca State Park headquarters at 218-699-7251, email or go to itasca/index.html.

THE STATELY NORWAY PINE GREETS VISITORS The Ojibwe refer to Norway, or red pines, as “grandfathers.” When people think of the northwoods, they often think of the towering red pine. In 1953, it became the official state tree of Minnesota in recognition of its important role in the state’s history, economy and environment. More than a century ago, loggers cut red pines and sent the logs downriver to build houses and businesses. It’s called a red pine because of the pale red color of its heartwood and the reddish tint of its bark. Their needles are four to six inches long and grow in pairs. Red pines typically reach heights of 60 to nearly 150 feet. They can live to be about 400 years old.

Itasca State Park has one of the state’s largest stands of Norway pines – about 5,000 acres. The park once was home to the state’s tallest red pine, towering more than 120 feet tall and more than 300 years old. It was blown down during a severe windstorm in 2007.


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Located at: North Entrance of Itasca State Park Hwy 200 & Co Rd 2 (218) 266-3604

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Saturday: 5pm Sunday: 8:30am

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► There are over 50 species of mosquito in Minnesota, and over 3,000 mosquito species worldwide. ► Mosquito eggs can survive for more than five years. ► One female mosquito can lay over 200 eggs at one time. ► Only female mosquitoes bite and take blood. Male mosquitoes feed only on plant nectar. ► Not all mosquito species bite people. Some prefer birds, orses or even frogs and turtles. ► All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. ► A mosquito weighs about 2 to 2.5 milligrams. ► Mosquitoes can fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. ► Mosquitoes find hosts by sight, by infrared radiation and by chemicals.

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► Mosquitoes are the primary food for many birds and bats. One bat can eat 200 mosquitoes in one night and birds eat hundreds of mosquitoes every day. Without these mosquito predators, we would really have a mosquito problem!


► American dog and deer ticks are just two of 13 known tick species in Minnesota. Deer ticks are potential carriers of Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis. ► Ticks are blood-sucking members of the arachnid family. ► American dog ticks feed on a wide variety of mammals, including mice, voles, chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, dogs, cats and people. ► Male American dog ticks feed briefly but do not become distended with blood. Once replete, female dog ticks detach from their host and drop into a leaf litter, where they can lay over 4,000 eggs before dying.

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► Deer ticks, also known as black-legged ticks, live about two years. Adult females are the size of a sesame seed. ► Lyme disease is named for Lyme, Conn., where scientists first discovered the tickborne infection in 1975.


► Use tweezers to grasp an attached tick close to its mouth. Gently and slowly pull ► the tick straight outward. Wash the area and apply an antiseptic to the bite. Ticks must remain attached for one to two days to transmit Lyme disease bacteria. ► When hiking in wooded areas, wear light-colored clothing so ticks will be more visible. Use a repellent containing DEET or permethrin. After being outdoors, get out of your clothes immediately and do a complete body check.

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hat better way to watch the stars than on your back with hands tucked behind your head? Let me suggest you face south. That way you’re aligned with the BOB meridian, an imaginary KING semi-circle that starts at Astro Bob the due south point of the southern horizon, passes directly overhead and then intersects the northern horizon at the due north point. Stars rise in the east (your left side) and set in the west (your right side). Earth’s the best spaceship there ever was. You don’t have to suit up – at least not in the northern hemisphere – the atmospheric pressure is just right and the view is more expansive than staring out the window of a starship. From many locations, brilliant Vega stands almost directly overhead as soon as it gets dark around 9-9:30 p.m. This diamond-white gem shines

at magnitude 0 from a distance of 150 trillion miles, equal to 25 light years. Vega stands in such contrast to the constellation it heads up, Lyra the Harp. All five stars that scrunch together to make the tiny harp or lyre are 4th magnitude and faint. Cygnus the Swan, also called the Northern Cross, lights up the sky about two fists to the left or east of Lyra. Its brightest star is Deneb at the top of the Cross. At the foot is a dimmer star named Albireo, one of summer’s most beautiful double stars. You can’t split with the naked eye but a 10x pair of binoculars held rocksteady can do. Near the bottom of what you can see while on your back and four fists below Deneb you’ll spy Altair, the brightest star in Aquila the Eagle and third member of the Summer Triangle, an asterism of three bright stars that includes Deneb and Vega. A fist and a half above and to the left (east) of Altair is another faint group of stars shaped like a diamond with a tail.

That’s Delphinus the Dolphin frozen in mid-leap. If you now return to Vega and look up as far as you can, you’ll see a trapezoid of stars that outlines the head of Draco the Dragon. The faintest star in the pattern is a sweet double star in any pair of binoculars called Nu Draconis. It’s an “equal pair” — two stars of matching brightness and color. “Astro” Bob King is a freelance writer for the Duluth News Tribune. Read more of his work at astrobob. Cabin Reader | 31

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