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Northern Lights Tonight?

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:23pm

Here’s hoping for a clear sky tonight!

Space Weather News for Oct. 25, 2016

STRONG GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A strong “G3-class” geomagnetic storm is underway on Oct. 25th as Earth enters a fast-moving stream of solar wind. The arrival of the solar wind stream was predicted, but the intensity of the resulting storm is greater than forecast. Tonight, Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle should be bright, and the glow could descend t

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Moose Party by David Johnson

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 5:29pm

I love these photos! He has videos on Facebook too if you are interested.


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City Council Meeting 10-12-16

Grand Marais Mayor Blog - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:26pm
Council Meeting 10-12-16
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 with all Council members present except for Councilor Moody, who showed up part of the way through the agenda.

After the roll call I opened the Public Comment period to which three people spoke. 
Local resident Todd Sylvester again expressed concerns on the legitimacy of the mayor's business signs. He presented the permit documents, which he obtained from City Hall and stated that the permit expired in 2015, which would then make the permit not in compliance. The observation was made from the City Council that the permit he showed to the City was not a portable sign permit, which needs to be renewed each year, but an off-site freestanding sign permit, which is a one time permit. Thus the sign is in compliance as the permit is still on file at the City. He then continued to pursue a claim that certain Council members encouraged members of the community to disregard ordinance in regard to zoning. He also expressed that he felt attacked by the Council. The Council heard his complaint, but was unclear as to an action to take that would reach a resolution as he stated that he was speaking for other members of the community who brought up the concerns. The Council encouraged him to invite those members of the community to reach out to the Council members in private or at a meeting so that their concerns can be heard and addressed.
Dave Beckwith spoke as well to support Mr. Sylvester in his claim that it was said in the Planning and Zoning meeting that a few members of the Planning and Zoning Commission told the potential purchasers of the Nor'Shor Building that they should buy the building and it was unanimous that the P&Z Commission said that no vacation rentals will be allowed and that the rezoning request was denied. He was also concerned that people will not come forward for the Comprehensive Planning process. The Council responded saying that we are trying to think out of the box so we can reach folks that aren't usually engaged. 
Mary Somnis reported that Spectrum Health responded to the RFP for an Assisted Living facility located in Grand Marais. They have asked two things locally: 1. 3-5 acres of land, 2. Assistance with IRRRB funding for infrastructure. She provided us a head's up that Spectrum has shown interest and that we should expect to hear this topic in the future. Another topic, county/city agreement to identify $175,000 in monies for the housing project in the City. Reminder that we need to identify this money to make sure that the project gets accomplished. 
We then moved on to the Consent Agenda, which had the usual three items on it and one additional item, an on-premise gambling permit for Grandma Ray's. Due to some questions on the gambling permit, we pulled it off of the Consent Agenda and passed the Consent Agenda with those usual three things.
We moved on to the on-premise Gambling Permit for Grandma Rays. The Council had some questions, which were answered very clearly by the managers of Grandma Ray's. There will be pull tabs and a few other small-scale activities on-premise, the proceeds of which will go to the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, a non-profit that offers funding for local events and scholarships. Once the Council understood the structure of the permit, its responsibilities, and who will be in charge of the operations, etc, the Council approved the request unanimously.
We then moved into conversation on the City's liability insurance policy, which is up for renewal. Our broker for the City policy, Paul Coe of City Insurance, walked us through the coverages and the amounts that the City has to pay. We discussed whether or not we have any other options that could be cheaper for the coverages that we get. We currently get our coverage through the League of MN Cities Insurance Trust, who negotiates on behalf of most of the cities in the state and who tailors the policies to the needs of cities. It was determined that the City would not be able to find another policy that would offer what we need for anything close to the amount we would pay. Our liability insurance is around $56,000 for next year, which is pretty close to what it was last year. 
One point of conversation here was whether or not the City wanted to waive or not waive a clause on the reimbursement of monies to people who are injured in events where the City has some liability. If we did not waive the protections then we would be liable for up to $500,000 per person or $1,500,000 per event. If we waived this clause then the per person limit is removed, allowing for a claimant to receive more than $500,000 if that is determined to be the reimbursement for damage done. Why do we want to waive this? Well, this is our coverage by our insurance. If we get sued for more than $500,000 by one person and the court says that we need to pay more than $500,000, then that comes right out of our pocket. If we have this waiver, then the insurance will cover that expense up to $1,500,000, which is pretty unlikely to happen... It is actually a safer bet for the tax-payers to waive this and protect our cash reserves than it is to have it in place and risk having to pay a settlement out of pocket. I hope that helps explain things... In the end the Council voted to approve the renewal.Other Business:
Public Works Facility we received two bids for being our Construction Manager. Kraus Anderson and McGough Construction. The Council will set interviews with both companies to figure out which we will be going with. The Council will get the proposals soon so that we can take a look at them. They were not identical proposals!Based on the proposals:Kraus Anderson asked for $330,000 for Construction Management and $37,000 that we didn’t identify. We will be asking about this at the interview.McGough rolled all expenses into a figure of $537,000.Looking at the significant price difference in the proposals we need to ask whether there were any differences in the proposals at the level of services rendered. We want an organization that will see us through the entire construction process and that will be responsible for fixing things that are done incorrectly or that will at least stand by their product.

Comprehensive Plan Update: CDG is coming next Tuesday 2:30pm at the Courthouse to do training with the Steering Committee and then to perform those skills for employees at the Courthouse. There will be another training at 6:30pm at City Hall. . Tuesday afternoon they will set up at the Y in the entryway and Wednesday at the Coop conference room 9-noon and the Y. So come down and try it out!The survey is live on the Grand Marais visioning website!
On to Council reports!
Councilor Mills—Park Board was his only meeting. The golf report showed that the annual memberships will go up $10/year. Conversation about Disc Golf showed that Mike K. thought that it wouldn’t be a good fit for the course, so conversation switched to other locations for a potential course. Paving is going to be happening in the Rec. Park and electrical upgrades will be located this fall before being completed next spring. Conversation about the Park’s rates was that there will be a modest increase in rates for 2017. Had a conversation with Go-Dog-North-Shore concerning being a part of the Sawtooth Bluffs Project with a dog park.
Councilor Moody—Had some questions about location of the winter plowing for some of the property in the Business Park in regards to being able to ride winter fat bikes from the snowmobile trail up to the groomed biking trails at Pincushion for the winter. This will not impact groomed SKI trails at Pincushion. It was decided that this would be a conversation to be had with the County and potentially with business owners on the Business Park loop.
Councilor Kennedy—Planning commission is looking at amending the language regarding non-conforming language, will bring proposed language to a public meeting of the Planning Commission to gather comments from the public in regards to the language changes. The purpose is to attempt to clarify the language from outdated language to something that will work better with current conditions.Active Living Policy Meeting where they reviewed the Active Living Plan and thus Grand Marais’ role in it. We have accomplished and are following through on our identified items. The conversation about what we will be doing in the future is hoping to be drawn out during the Comprehensive Planning process. Also, tweaking the Park Master Plan, which will happen this winter, should be a part of the Active Living Plan and these two should share some characteristics as well as sharing with other groups, such as Northwoods Food Project and the Sawtooth Bluffs Master Plan.
Councilor Benson—Question regarding whether or not anymore buildings have been bid on up at Tomteboda, etc. No more bids, people have been working on the moving of the buildings that they have purchased from the City. 
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My update was surprisingly short. I have had quite a few conversations with folks in the community. I went to a planning conference in St. Cloud a week and a half ago where I attended a lot of really interesting sessions that will be useful during our Comprehensive Planning process.
That's all for now! Happy Fall to you all and I hope that you are all finding some time to take a deep breath of that great fall air!
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Seagull Lake Nature Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 3:55pm

Trail’s End Campground

One of my favorite hikes is the Seagull Lake Nature Trail. The trailhead is at the entry point 54 landing into Seagull Lake at the Trail’s End Campground. There’s a brand new sign at this entry point that was just erected within the past month.

It’s a relatively short and easy hike through the 2007 Ham Lake Fire burn. It ends at the opening to Seagull Lake and provides a beautiful view of the BWCA.  The little set of rapids provide the perfect backdrop for sitting on a rock enjoying the solitude of the surroundings.

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Beautiful Day for a Paddle

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 10:15pm

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

When the sun is shining and it’s 57 degrees outside at the end of October it’s a perfect time to go for a paddle. And where’s the perfect place to go when you’re at the end of the Gunflint Trail? I know, there are many places to choose from but one of my favorite places to go when I’m short on time is the Seagull Lake palisades.

It’s a short paddle from the Seagull Lake landing to the palisades. It only takes about thirty minutes of canoeing past pine studded islands to reach the bottom of the cliffs. Then it’s a quick hike to the top for an amazing view of Seagull Lake and the surrounding shoreline.

Solitude in the BWCA

Once you are at the top is when you wish you had more time. Time to take in the scene, ponder life and relax in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. But when the sun begins to dip beneath the trees it’s time to leave. And hope there will be another beautiful day to paddle the BWCA.

Paddle to the Palisades

Seagull Lake

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Geocaching Fun

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:13pm

Sometimes people need a reason to go for a hike in the woods. I’m not one of those people. Spending time in the woods is enough incentive to get me hiking. Geocaching gets people walking in the woods and the more people who get out there the happier everyone will be. It’s because the benefits of spending time outside are so numerous that I have placed geocaches in numerous locations on the Gunflint Trail and in Cook County. is a great website that houses geocache locations all over. You can pull up a map and find out where nearby geocaches are located and if you want you can put caches out too.

Right now I’m having fun with four different caches for Voyageur Brewing Company. There’s the Boundary Waters Brunette, Palisade Porter, Trailbreaker and a virtual photo cache for Devil’s Kettle. People can search for these caches and earn a free beer by bringing in a business card from the cache container. Each of the beers have their GPS coordinates printed on the beer label.

You can read more about this on the Facebook Event Page. I’m hoping a little reward will get more people into the great outdoors. The next time you’re looking for a reason or excuse to get outside check out and go find a hidden treasure.

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Cheerio for the Season

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Blog - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:38pm

Sunday, October 23 will mark the end of season number seven for Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center and 82 years this stone building has been here.

We had such a wonderful season with the opening of our Nature Center and having an extra person on staff. Thank you Jacqueline Mallinson for your expertise you have added to Chik-Wauk.

We’ve enjoyed meeting new friends and welcoming returning faces, thank you for stopping and visiting with us.

If you would like to see what we have planed for the 2017 season visit our calendar of events throughout the winter months.

We’ll reopen on Saturday, May 27, 2017 see you next year!





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Weekend Fun on the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:39pm

If you only had a weekend to spend on the Gunflint Trail then what would you do? Sometimes people ask us this question and we have a difficult time answering it. Of course, the most rewarding thing to do is to take an overnight camping trip in the Boundary Waters.

Some people are not ambitious enough to prepare and plan for a BWCA canoe camping trip so we suggest spending the night at Voyageur.  When guests stay overnight at our place they can take advantage of our towboat service and transportation to take incredible day trips into the Boundary Waters.

Sometimes the wind is an issue for paddling on the wilderness lakes. If that is the case then we suggest hiking in the Boundary Waters or on the Gunflint Trail. There are of course restaurants, gift shops scenic overlooks and many more incredible opportunities on the Gunflint Trail. There are way more things to do on the Gunflint Trail than there are hours in the day so come enjoy a weekend of fun on the Trail and plan to return again and again.

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Get Out There

Voyageur Brewing - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 1:36pm

The best things in life are found outside.  We love this place and all its unique features, and invite you to discover the special activities and locations that inspire us. Like the natural world that slowly creates its wonders, we strive to honor nature and its ingredients in our craft beers. Many of Cook County’s glories are evident as soon as you pull in, but others are hidden among the cliffs, along forest trails and at the water’s edge. We’ll reward you for getting out there and discovering these wonders for yourself. Read more on Facebook and wherever you are, Find Us, We’re Out There.

Many families and teachers are visiting over this MEA weekend and Moose Madness is beginning in Grand Marais. Moose Madness is a multi-day family fun festival. You can participate in a scavenger hunt, a short kid-friendly run along the harbor, make crafts and look for Murray the Moose. Find more information about Moose Madness on their site.

Caribou Highlands Lodge is a spectacular resort in our area, showcasing some of the finest views of Lake Superior and Lutsen mountains.  We are delighted to team with them and be part of their Beer Lover’s package, which will be available over the next few months.  Check out their website to find out more about this special package.

Last but not least, please join us on Sunday to paint pumpkins during the Vikings game. For $5 you can paint a pumpkin and bring it home. Supplies are limited so get there early — the game starts at noon and we’ll paint from noon to three.

Hope to see you this weekend!


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<p>10/20/16 - When former crew visit us

Sawbill Newsletter - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:13am

10/20/16 - When former crew visit us in the Fall, the ensuing celebration is always BYOP - Bring Your Own Pumpkin. This year, we were happy to see former crew members Leif Gilsvik and Nils John Anderson along with Leif's girlfriend Elina. With an abundance of inspiration and optimism we carved up 12 jack-o-lanterns to adorn our deck. -Clare

Elina, Leif, and Nils are all smiles.

Clockwise from top left: Elliot's Hamm's beer tribute, Elina's map of the North Island of New Zealand, Carl's ode to the world's most perfect food, Nils' Monarch butterfly, Leif's map of the South Island of New Zealand, and Dan's rendition of the November gales on Lake Superior.

Clockwise from top left: Cindy drew inspiration from close at hand, Jess's friendly portrait of Huckleberry, Bill's nuanced depiction of Bob Dylan, Phil's minimalist Big Dipper, Brian's twist on the traditional Jack-O-Lantern, and Clare's wilderness scene.

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Moose Madness, A Jazz Concert, Art & Music

North Shore Arts Scene - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:35am

David Johnson caught the attention of this bull moose — briefly. Johnson said  it quickly turned back to watching a nearby female.


Moose Madness!

Grand Marais will be totally focused on this end-of-fall festival Oct. 21-23 with a huge number of activities, events and contests throughout the weekend.

There’s a Moose Coloring Contest, a Moose Cartoon Contest, a Moose Medallion Hunt and, one of my favorites: a Moose Poetry Contest.

Here’s a great haiku from last year:

Calves are small in spring

And become very tall in fall.

They mate on a date.

Clayton Flaten, 10

All the shops will have special moosey contests, too, including a challenge to find all the books in the new mural on the outside wall of Birchbark Books, and a challenge to check all the moose you see off a list at Sivertson Gallery. Moose Bucks can be accumulated at shops all over the city with prize drawings at the end of the festival. And The Lake Superior Zoomobile will be at East Bay Suites on Saturday, with everything from bunnies to bugs.

This is also the weekend for the Sawtooth Mountain Challenge, a bike race on Pincushion Mountain and a family weekend at North House Folk School with a Contra Dance at 7 p.m. on Friday night and free interactive craft demonstrations all day on Saturday. Short, family friendly courses and workshops will be on-going as well.

And there’s art.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a free watercolor resist painting event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No pre-registration is required. Free. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., the print studio at the Art Colony is open for families who want to try their hand at printmaking and there will be a glass bauble workshop in the glass studio. Pre-registration for the glass workshop is requested. $5 donation. Call 387-2737 for more info.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has a number of demonstrations planned for the weekend. On Friday, Mary MacDonald will demonstrate weaving from noon to 4 p.m. On Saturday, Linda Bauer will give a spinning demonstration at 1 p.m. and on Sunday, “Moose Whisperer” Nace Hagemann will be showing his latest collection of moose photos at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“Bull moose in rut” by Nace Hagemann.

And, finally, you can get into your car to look for moose. There’s a handy map of Moose Quest Routes in the Moose News, which can be found at the Grand Marais Visitor Center, which is Moose Central for this weekend. For more info on all the moosey events this weekend, click here.

There are other events in Grand Marais this weekend, too.

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum will hold its 7th annual Storytelling Dinner at Lutsen Resort on Friday evening. Storytelling guests this year are Georgie Dunn, who photographed decline of commerical fishing brought on by the loss of lake trout to the  sea lamprey. Beaver Bay commerical fisherman Clint Maxwell will also be a guest. For more info, call 663-7050 or visit

And on Saturday, the Blue Sky Jazz Ensemble and four guest musicians will perform “All Our Own Jazz” at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Guests include Max Bichel, Philis Anderson, Kathy Bolstad and Barb LaVigne.

The Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble is (from left) Brett Jones, Mike DeBevec, Erik Hahn, Karina Roth and Mike Roth.

The  Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble has performed and taught throughout Northeast Minnesota over the past seven years and collected a large, enthusiastic following of music lovers. This latest project, “All Our Own Jazz,” facilitates a creative collaboration of local musicians who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play together, using original jazz compositions as the medium. Eight of the compositions were written by Mike Debevec specifically for the event’s guest artists. This will be the debut performance of these new works. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Tickets are $15 adults, free for youth 18 and under. Tickets available in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Making bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser, which is at Bethlehem Lutheran Church this year on Nov. 10, continues next week with “Make a Glass Bowl” at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 387-2737 to register.

And the Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls event will be held at the Art Colony on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Newly painted bowls await firing after the Paint-A-Bowl event last year. This year, the paint-a-bowl event will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. All invited.

No pre-registration is required, although a $5 donation is requested. Community members are invited to stop by and paint a bowl to help the hungry.

And art lovers are invited to view the extraordinary exhibit of landscapes at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery over the weekend. The exhibit, entitled “Plein Air 2016,” features 240 paintings created by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Plein Air event earlier this fall.

“The Landing” by Greg Preslicka, is one of the paintings in the Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays and Mondays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission.

And, if you’re in Thunder Bay over lunchtime, consider taking an Express Tour at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, which is on the campus of Confederation  College. The guided tours start at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and are a great way to gain insight into current exhibits.

In the exhibit “The Unvarnished Truth” organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art, the museum keeps hearing the question “Are they the real thing?” Yes, these are original artworks including one that is 500 years old, and a Vincent VanGogh.

Take an Express Tour of the Unvarnished Truth at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Oct. 27.

The exhibition is a multidisciplinary, collaborative study that showcases the historical artworks along with the techniques used to analyze them. For more information on this fascinating exhibition, why not stop by for a lunchtime tour? It’s a pay-what-you-can event. Suggested donation, $5. The Express Tour for this exhibit continues through Oct. 27.


The 2016 Member Show & Sale opens at the Grand Marais Art Colony with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. The exhibit runs through Nov. 20. This year’s theme is “Ode to the Ordinary.” Or, as the Art Colony puts it: “There is delight in a ritual as simple as a morning cup of coffee or seeing a favorite rock leaning on the windowsill. These things may serve as a reminder or provide peace and grounding. Ode to the Ordinary honors the beauty, humor, resiliance, and steadfastness of the everyday.” The Art Colony will hold its annual meeting in the Founders Hall at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. All members invited. (Note: Artwork for the Members Show is due Monday, Oct. 24.)

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will host Brian Miller and Randy Gosa in concert entitled “The Lost 40″ at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay Nov. 3. The musicians play historical Irish-inspired music of the Great Lakes Region. For tickets, visit
The North Shore Music Association’s 26th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend will be at Lutsen Resort Nov. 4-6. This year’s featured instrument is guitar, and the featured performer and instructor will be Jim Hurst. Stay tuned for details. For more info, see

Painting Up a Storm: Artist Kathy Fox Weinberg will hold a Lake Superior/Storm themed acrylic painting class in honor of Storm Fest  Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes professional instruction, all supplies, wine and snacks. Reservations are required. Call the gallery at 387-2585 to make a reservation.


Artists are invited to apply for the Juried Artists-in-Residence program at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Two concurrent juried residencies are available in 2017, one in the Founders Hall Multi-use Studio and one in the Eco-Friendly Printmaking Studio. Juried residents are provided with two weeks of independent studio access, lodging, and a weekly stipend. Residents may choose to provide a community engagement component (optional) for an additional stipend. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9. For more info and to apply, click here.

In Other Art News:

 This is the last weekend to see Jim Ringquist’s exhibit of Cook County panoramas at the Cook County Courthouse.

Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will play together at the Amazing Grace Cafe in Duluth on Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Jim Sannerud is putting the final touches on chairs he is creating for his dinner setting exhibit, “At the Table.” Sannerud is a 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The grant allows him to build a dinner setting that is inspired by his visit last year to his ancestors’ farm “Gardsjord” in Rauland, Norway. He works in his studio space at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

Chairs by Jim Sannerud.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 20:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gunflint Tavern, 7-10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21:

  • Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The Pete K Group, Grand Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22:

  • Matt Ray, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Josef Deithelm Oktoberfest, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Josef Diethelm Oktoberfest Celebration, Cascade Lodge, 6:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
  • The Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23:

  • Brothers in Arms, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 24:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26:

  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Olschmidt, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

The rut has started in the Northwoods and bull moose are out there. So are photographers. Here are a few of the images we found. First up, the artist’s take.

Tom Christiansen’s painted moose. It’s only 2-feet tall. It can be found at his gallery: Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.


Paul Sundberg took this photograph of a handsome bull moose the other day.


Thomas Spence took this shot… it looks like this particular moose likes to have its picture taken.

We found some other great wildlife shots this week, too. Here are images from Michael Furtman.

American Coot, out for a walk by Michael Furtman.


Red Fox taking a nap by Michael Furtman.


This shot was of a Bald Eagle pair was taken in Michigan.

Photo by Brian Garwick, taken in Farwell, Mich.

The Northern Lights were crackling last week, too. Here are two great images.

Photo by Steve Ortman.


High Falls at Grand Portage by Jim Schnortz.

We found a few interesting night shots, too.

Photo by Breanda Lapos Loeb.


“My luckiest shot” by Michael Thompson.

And Fall, in all its glory, has been well documented. Here are some examples.

Paul Pluskwik: Fall Landscape.


Golden Hour by Thomas Spence.


Fall in Duluth by Katy Hawley.


Photo by Jamie Rabold.

And finally, this sweet shot by Mary Amerman.

Fall reflections by Mary Amerman.

Enjoy your weekend. Maybe you’ll even see a moose!






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A Great Drive on the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:24pm

I’ve been a bit sad when I’ve driven the Gunflint Trail lately. While some trips on the Trail we’d see multiple moose we haven’t seen many lately. Today I talked to my neighbors who told me they saw not one, but two moose on the Gunflint Trail on their drive to town today. In addition to the moose they saw an otter crossing the road. This sounds like a great drive on the Gunflint Trail to me. I am hoping to see moose on my next trip on the Gunflint Trail. We hope you’ll see some on your next trip too!


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Loons are Loony, Bald Eagles are Crazy?

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 6:12pm

Crazy story!

A Bald Eagle Is Somehow Fine After Getting Stuck in a Moving Car’s Grille By Andrew Del-Colle

October 11, 2016

The bird, nicknamed Matthew, miraculously escaped with no major injuries and should be released back into the Florida wild soon.

In life, sometimes you’re the grille, and sometimes you’re the Bald Eagle. Alright, so that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but it turned out to be true for an unlucky Bald Eagle in Florida this past weekend. 

According to a Facebook post by Florida’s Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, a Bald Eagle had to be rescued from the grille of a Saturn after the bird collided with the car and got stuck in the vehicle’s lower air intake. Fortunately for the eagle, members of the Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue were able to safely remove the raptor. “The bird is alive and was turned over to the B.E.A.K.S. Wildlife Sanctuary,” the post said.  “Great job by all involved.”

Perhaps what’s more amazing than the bird’s survival is the fact that the driver apparently didn’t notice hitting the bird in the first place.

Talking to CNN, B.E.A.K.S. owner, Cynthia Mosling, said that another driver at an intersection saw an “odd shape” in the vehicle’s grille and thought it was a decorative prop until the bird’s head moved. After chasing down the other car to notify its driver that America’s national bird was wedged in the front fascia, the good Samaritan dubbed the eagle Matthew for the Hurricane that had brushed Florida’s coast the day before.

In a follow-up interview with The Florida-Times Union on Monday, Mosling said that she was surprised that the bird, an adult male at least seven years of age, didn’t have any broken wings or a single broken bone. As of Monday, after having a bit of time to recover from the ordeal, Mosling said Matthew was eating and able to fly to some of the higher perches in his cage.

“He’s feisty now,” Mosling told The Florida-Times. “His wings are working.”

As soon as Matthew passes a flight test in a larger enclosure, Mosling says she’ll release him back to wild, where, if he believes in signs, he’ll immediately go buy a Powerball ticket. 

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Member Appreciation Continues!

Arrowhead Electric - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 1:52pm

Thanks to everyone who came by last week! It was lovely to see you all and we’re glad the burgers were such a popular lunch!

If you weren’t able to join us you can still enter our drawing for a $50 credit on your electric bill. Just mail in the entry form, found in the October newsletter that came with your most recent bill. You can also get the newsletter and the entry form on our newsletter page.


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Fishing Rules

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 7:57pm

Sometimes the things you hear make you shake your head in wonder.

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) encountered a man who was proud of his new kayak as he was just going out onto a lake for a fishing trip. The man went on to explain he didn?t know how he was going to run three fishing rods out of his kayak since he wasn’t used to it. The officer then told him that he’d make his predicament a little easier since you can only use one rod at a time in Minnesota. Officer Fagerman also had to explain what kind of fish were in this particular lake and what the limits were as the man didn’t seem to understand the rules. The man did have a fishing license on him which at least is a better start than some encountered.

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Northern Lights and a Full Moon

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:12pm

The good news is the northern lights should be good the next couple of nights. The bad news is it’s right around the full moon so the sky isn’t very dark. It’s a good idea to to keep your eye on the sky just in case.

GEOMAGNETIC STORMS UNDERWAY: G1-class geomagnetic storms are underway around the Arctic Circle on Oct. 16th as Earth enters a stream of very fast moving solar wind.  Veteran observers in Sweden are reporting one of the best displays in recent memory as “massive auroras” dance across the sky.  Visit for updates about the ongoing light show.

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU MIX AURORAS WITH MOONLIGHT? Some photographers say that bright moonlight is a real nuisance when you are trying to record faint auroras. Jim Schnortz of Grand Portage, MN, disagrees. In fact, he says, “it’s an awesome combination.” He photographed the mixture during a geomagnetic storm on Oct 13th:

Moonlight not only lit up the landscape, providing a beautiful foreground for the auroras overhead, but also produced a lovely moonbow (lunar rainbow) in the spray of the falls.

Schnortz’s photo settings are noted here. Write them down! Auroras and moonlight may be mixing again tonight as Earth enters a high-speed stream of solar wind. NOAA forecasters say there is a 30% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Oct. 16th–the same type of storm underway in the photo above.

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10/15/16 - Carl Hansen, photographer extraordinaire who grew up at Sawbill, is back for a visit and these gorgeous nighttime pictures are the proof.

Sawbill Newsletter - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:09pm

10/15/16 - Carl Hansen, photographer extraordinaire who grew up at Sawbill, is back for a visit and these gorgeous nighttime pictures are the proof. - Bill

View from the Sawbill Lake canoe landing last night.

A clear view of the Milky Way is a rare sight these days in most places, but not at Sawbill.

The International Space Station makes its way over Sawbill Lake.

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Colors of the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:03am

It may be past peak fall color time on the Gunflint Trail but that doesn’t mean it isn’t colorful. There are still some leaves hanging onto the branches and the larch trees are looking especially beautiful right now.  Larches are one of about 20 conifers that are also deciduous, which means they have needles and cones. In the fall they turn from green to gorgeous golden colors and then drop their needles.

The Mountain Ash trees have lost their leaves but their berries remain. I always thought the berries were poisonous but I guess not. According to numerous websites their leaves contain cyanide and there is probably some cyanide in the berries but not enough to do harm.  While the berries are tart and don’t taste very good in the fall after a frost or later in the winter the berries taste better and better. People make the berries into wine, jams and more.

The Gunflint Trail is beautiful in every season. It’s always changing so come see for yourself.

Gunflint Trail Fall Colors


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October in the BWCA

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:53pm

It’s been a few years since I’ve camped in the BWCA in October. I recently had the opportunity to spend a few nights in the Boundary Waters and as usual it was wonderful. It was just Rugby and me for a somewhat solo adventure.

I was happy to have Rugby along to use as a mini heating pad one night when the temperature dipped into the low 20’s. It didn’t get very warm during that day but the other days and nights were comfortable.

Paddling and camping in October you can have a variety of conditions all in one day. Snow flurries one minute, abundant sunshine the next and everything in between as the wind blows in new weather.  The majority of my pack space was filled with clothing and I’m glad I brought as much as I did. The one night I had all of my clothing on to sleep in including my hat, gloves and three pair of socks.

I’m still not putting my camping gear away just yet. As long as the lakes are still liquid there’s hope for another canoe trip into the BWCA. Try it, you’ll love it.

October in the BWCA

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We’d love to have lunch with you!

Arrowhead Electric - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:04am

We’re wrapping up Member Appreciation Week at Arrowhead Cooperative with a community lunch today. Come by our Lutsen office between 11am and 1pm for burgers hot off the grill.

You can still enter our Grand Prize Drawing for a complete power drill set.

Vote for members’ photos to be included in our 2017 calendar.

Learn about the Arrowhead Cooperative Solar Community.

See how your new meter will give you better data about your electric usage.

Talk to the folks from True North Broadband about your internet and streaming questions.

Meet Yusef Orest, our new Member Services Manager!


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