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What To Wear in the Winter in the Boundary Waters

Tuscarora Lodge and Outfitters News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:33pm

No season poses more challenges in the Boundary Waters than winter. How to dress for winter play in the Boundary Waters is particularly puzzling, especially since it’s not unheard of for winter temperatures to fluctuate as much as 70 degrees in the span of 24 hours. (Just think how differently you would dress for 30ºF temps vs. 90ºF, yet we hardly bat an eyelash when temps go from -35ºF below to 35ºF above in the winter months.) While hypothermia should be a consideration nearly all year in the BWCAW, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, a clothing misjudgment in the winter can lead to the loss of toes or even, life. (We’ve all read To Build a Fire, amirite?) If you get only thing right during your winter camping or ice fishing adventure, you want it to be your clothing.

The amount of winter clothing you need directly correlates to your level of physical exertion, so you really need two clothing plans for any given day: one for when you’re in motion and the other for when you’re in camp or hanging out by an ice fishing hole.

After 30+ winters in northeastern Minnesota, we’ve honed our winter clothing pretty well, so we’ve  put together a “winter wear primer” to help others avoid common stumbling blocks when dressing for winter weather.

On any typical winter day, we’re wearing some sort of mix and match outfit from what’s laid out below.

How all that clothing shakes out each day depends on the day’s activity, temperature, and wind.

1) All about that base

Rule #1 for winter wear in Minnesota is to dress like an onion –  an onion made of wool, that is. Keep the layer next to your skin comfortably snug and opt for wool material to avoid a cold, clammy base layer. The wool wicks moisture away from your body so you stay dry when you’re in motion and warm when you’re taking a breather. (If you’re allergic to wool, consider silk.)

I’ve had good luck with stuff from Minus33, a company specializing in merino wool garments of varying weights. I wear their mid-weight long sleeve shirt when temps are above 0º and opt for ” expedition weight” when it’s colder. For bottoms, I throw on the nearest pair of leggings (yep, those much hyped Lularoe leggings work pretty well as long underwear) if it’s a warmer winter day, but it’s below 0º, I opt for mid-weight wool long underwear.

2) Pants

Wool pants are the #1 item we recommend if you’re serious about winter recreation in the Boundary Waters. In our opinion, wool pants are the perfect winter pants solution for northeastern Minnesota’s climate, since they seem to maintain a comfortable temperature regardless of if it’s 30º above or -20º. They might not win fashion points, but they wick moisture,  dry quickly, and as long as you have a base layer on, aren’t itchy. Beside, you can wear them right next to a fire and never worry about them melting. If you’re planning to hike several miles in a day, you’ll appreciate their breathability.

Note: Unfortunately, wool pants are very difficult to find in a women’s cut. (L.L. Bean used to be a safe bet, but they don’t have any listed on their website currently.) It’s worth hunting around for a pair, because trying to squeeze into a pair of men’s cut is not a comfortable solution.

Wool pants are your best option for if you’re planning to spend most of your day in motion, but the wind will whistle straight through them. For more sedentary winter activities (i.e. snowmobiling, ice fishing), don’t knock bib snow pants. While bibs can be a pain, it is nice to duck under a snow-laden branch and not have a mini avalanche down your backside. They’re clumsier to move in than wool pants, but if you’re hanging out in windy conditions, insulated water and windproof pants are what you want. Alternatively, you could just pull a windproof nylon shell over your wool pants.

3) Middle layer

This is the part of dressing for winter where the wheel starts to come off the wagon for people. Functional winter clothing is definitely an investment and many people try to fudge it with lots (and lots) of layers of cotton sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajama pants, and rain gear. But more clothes does not equal more warmth. In fact, by the time you’ve pulled on four sweatshirts and shoehorned yourself into your rain jacket, your clothing will be so tight, you’ll be compromising your blood’s circulation. Your body’s internal furnace can’t keep you warm if it can’t fully circulate blood.

Also, no one wants to end up like Randy in The Christmas Story:


But good news! This is a classic case of “less is more.” All you really need for your mid layer is a loose fitting wool sweater or Polarfleece pullover or zip-up. The idea here is to create pockets of warm air around your body, just like how a quilt functions. If it’s below 0º, I throw a down or Primaloft vest over my sweater. Always have a vest in your backpack to use as an outer layer on a long rigorous hike or as an extra layer if the wind picks up.

4) Socks

Oooo, is there anything worse than cold toes? This is another area of winter wear where people compulsively keep throwing on layer after layer . . . to their own detriment. The last thing you want is your feet sheathed in an impenetrable layer of socks; you want the warm air inside your boots to actually reach your little piggies.

You should just need one or two layers of socks, regardless of the temperature. When it’s above 0º, I wear a merino wool hiking sock. If it’s colder, I’ll pair a thicker wool sock with a lightweight liner sock.

Not all wool socks are created alike and if you’ve been wearing wool socks for a while, you’ve probably had the unpleasant experience of having a pair of popular and expensive wool socks blow out in the heels and balls of your feet after just a few wears.  We’ve gone through a lot of different wool socks and find Point 6 and Darn Tough brands to have the best bang for your buck(s).

5) Boots

There are a lot of schools of thought when it comes to winter footwear. Many Minnesotans swear by Steger Mukluks. Mukluks are your warmest and lightest winter boot option if you’re walking through dry powdery snow. However, they’re not waterproof, so don’t wear them if there’s a chance of slush.

I wear Schnee’s Extreme Pac boots for most Boundary Waters winter adventures because they’re waterproof, the removable thinsulate/wool liners keep feet warm and dry, and the textured soles are helpful slippery portage hills. They’re on the heavy side, although not nearly as clunky as the Baffins I clomped around in for years. I spent my childhood in Sorel boots which sport a very similar design to these Schnees. One point in the (more expensive) Schnee boots’ favor is that they can be sent into the factory in Montana for resoling, although you to get years and years of use out of a single pair.

Honestly, for a couple hour excursion in above 0º temps, I’d just pull on my Bogs since I won’t be standing still long enough for the completely unbreathable neoprene to turn the inside of boots into a swamp. Regardless of the fact that they’re rated to -40ºF, the neoprene in Bogs makes them a really bad option for an all day or overnight expedition.

6) Accessories 

One place not to skimp on layers is with outer accessories. To get away with less layers on your core and legs, you need to prevent body heat from escaping through your hands and head. A warm hat (you don’t have to wear a hand knit alpaca Tuscarora hat, but I would), a scarf or polar fleece neck gaiter, and mittens are essential winter accessories. When it dips below 0º, or if you’re going to be standing outside, add a thin polar fleece balaclava underneath your hat and gaiter. You’ll also want a pair of sunglasses (and some sunscreen) packed to combat the glare from the snow on sunny days.

I’ve always preferred mittens over gloves because they utilize “the buddy system” with your fingers to keep your hands warmer than when your hand is in gloves. I utilize a mitten system of a pair of buckskin chopper mittens to block with wind and moisture with a set of hand knit wool liner mittens inside for warmth and to wick away moisture. Mittens and gloves have a sneaky habit of getting damp, so make sure to always have a dry pair of mittens and/or gloves packed. If you prefer gloves, OR makes great waterproof gloves, just keep in mind that in frigid conditions gloves will never keep your hands as warm as mittens will.

Although too warm and bulky to be useful when hiking, I pull out my Wiggy’s mittens when I’m going to be sedentary in cold weather because they’re basically sleeping bags for your hands and are impervious to extreme cold. They’re your “I never ever want to have cold hands again” solution and are nice to have in your pack to hand to the person who just stuck their hand down the ice fishing hole.

7) Outer layer

To top it off your winter outfit, you need a big puffy parka or anorak. If you’re not allergic, down is your warmest option, but synthetic fibers also work well and are definitely easier to care for. A hood with a fur ruff (real or faux) is an important feature to keep the wind off your cheeks. You also want plentiful pockets to hold extra mittens, balaclavas, Kleenex, snacks, and more.

Regardless of the weather forecast, you should always have a heavy winter coat packed. Never underestimate how chilly you can grow standing in the middle of a windy frozen lake. Even on the warmest winter day, you may find you want the protection from the wind that only a thick hooded coat can offer.

What lessons have you learned about dressing for winter in the Boundary Waters? What winter clothing item would you never be without? 

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Ceilings installed and walls prepped

Studs are being placed in preparation for wall installation. The old maintenance room and kitchen is nearly empty so the crew can start transforming it into the new ER and patient rooms.

The crew is starting to stand up studs for wall installation.

Ceiling tiles have been installed.

The OR and the scope cleaning room are taking shape.

The maintenance shop is almost cleared out to become the new ER with three patient rooms.

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Guess What’s Coming?

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:37pm

A winter storm!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again in May

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:26pm

Rain in February is something I do not like to see. It rained off and on throughout the day on Monday and that combined with the warm temperature made travel conditions quite wet on Saganaga. Matt said there was a good 4-6 inches of standing water on top of the ice!

While the rain did knock down the standing piles of snow there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. Until the temperature cools down again cross-country skiing may have to wait along with snowmobiling on trails. It’s a bummer to have such unseasonably warm weather when we all know it’s going to get cold again and snow some more. The perfect winter conditions are no longer perfect but will hopefully be once again and soon.

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<p>2/20/17 - With temps in the 40s

Sawbill Newsletter - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 9:18am

2/20/17 - With temps in the 40s these past few days it's been feeling more and more like spring. With about three feet of snow on the ground before the thaw, we still have quite a bit of the white stuff even with the warm days. Here's hoping that we get a few more days of good cross country skiing before the summer season. Dan measured lake ice yesterday and there was about 25 inches, with a big layer of slush on top of the ice. Sawbill Creek and Alton pond both have open water, so if you're out recreating on the lakes, be mindful of any moving water.

This backyard snowshoe hare is pretty happy there is still snow covering the ground. He blends in pretty well, I'd say! You can see a video of his quick getaway on our Facebook page.

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Record High Temps and Low Ice Cover

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 10:43pm

Does this temperature map look like it’s from February? Ughhh, not any kind of February day I want to see, it’s way too warm!  And what about the ice coverage? That doesn’t look good to me either. Bring back a normal Minnesota winter please.


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Sledding in a Canoe, you betcha!

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:01am

Enjoying some paddling this winter at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.

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Winter Camping in the BWCA

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:02pm

These photos are from a few years ago when Mike went out winter camping. Tom Thulen captured some nice photos and makes it look like so much fun.

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Unseasonably Warm, AGAIN!

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:04pm

The forecast calls for warmer than normal temperatures again. Highs in the upper 40’s and lows above freezing certainly doesn’t feel like February. I prefer it to get cold and stay cold once winter begins, I dislike the big swings in temperatures. The good news is we have a ton of snow and it will stay around unlike other places in the state. I feel really bad for folks who live where the snow is probably going to disappear this weekend with a forecast of temperatures in the 60’s.  We shall see what the weekend brings!

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Great Lakes Ice Coverage or Lack Thereof

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 9:55pm

I don’t think it will be a year for visiting the ice caves in Wisconsin. There isn’t enough ice yet and it’s doubtful we’ll have enough consistently cold temperatures to freeze it solid enough for travel.  I guess I’ll have to cross my fingers for a visit to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore next year!

We don’t have ice around Grand Marais and the harbor has barely been frozen this year. We’ve had stretches of cold weather but it’s been followed by unseasonably warm weather.  It’s been a strange winter when it comes to weather.

According to Paul Huttner’s article the mild winter is producing below average ice cover… As of Sunday, 13.5 percent of the Great Lakes is covered with ice… well below the historical median of about 30 percent for this week of the year.

The lack of ice is making for a different kind of situation around Madeline Island this year, here’s an interesting article about it.


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Great Day for a Cross-Country Ski

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:29pm

The woods are blanketed in snow and perfect for all sorts of winter fun.

A great day in the woods

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Walls are going up and the Nurses Station is going down

The layout is getting more and more apparent each week, especially with more structures appearing this week. The Nurses Station and the old kitchen is cleared out to be remodeled.

Demo began in the old Nurses Station to be reduced and remodeled.

Nurses Station starting to take shape.

Scaffolding has been put up in the OR.

Grab bars and nurse call stations have been installed into the patient bathrooms.

Walls have been put into the hallway entering the hospital.


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Happy Endings for a Moose

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 1:57pm

I don’t like to see animals suffer and I was a little afraid to watch this video but I’m glad I did. Hopefully the moose was able to recuperate fully.

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More Eagle Updates

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 9:19pm

From the MN DNR

Eagle Nest Update: February 10, 2017

And then there were three

True to form, our eagle pair laid their third egg two days after the second egg.  Egg number one arrived on Saturday, Jan. 28; the  second egg came on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and the third egg appeared on Friday, Feb. 3.  Looking ahead about 35 days, we should start watching for a hatch around March 3.  We’re looking forward now to a full month of watching this diligent pair switch off incubation duties and bringing new culinary surprises into the nest.

We’ve received some questions about the color of the third egg.  Why is it so bright compared with the other two?  This is normal color variation, according to the Raptor Center of Minnesota; it’s no cause for concern in terms of development or shell thickness. After a month of rolling around in the nest with the other two, the odd egg will likely be the same color as the other two by hatching time.

Minnesota weather also has been true to form, changing dramatically from one day to the next. Temperatures this week at the nest have gone from 0 degrees Fahrenheit to almost 40 today.  We saw snow and freezing rain on the ground — and on the eagles this week. Weather for the week ahead is expected to be mild, good for hunting and good for incubating.

Winter breeding is for the birds!

Did you ever wonder why bald eagles breed during the winter? It’s sure not because it’s easy! Incubating eggs and finding food for hungry mouths is hard work, especially when temperatures are frigid, daylight is scant, and everything’s covered with snow and ice.

One explanation for the species’ winter breeding may pertain to the “biological head start”  it affords eaglets. Earlier breeding means earlier eggs, earlier hatching, and earlier fledging or nest departure. That provides more time for eaglets to practice their flight and foraging skills before fall migration and the onset of the next winter.

Although most birds breed when temperatures are mild and food is abundant, the bald eagle isn’t the only winter breeding bird in Minnesota. Other winter breeders include the great horned owl and rock pigeons (although pigeons have the ability to produce multiple clutches of eggs throughout the year).

As winter progresses and temperatures rise, more and more species begin breeding. Common ravens, barred owls, and house sparrows breed during late winter or early spring. Then, when spring begins overshadowing the rawness of winter, species like hairy and pileated woodpeckers and American woodcock begin their breeding preparations.

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Rose’s Photos

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:28pm

We’re so thrilled one of our former Voyageur Crew members is sharing her awesome photos with us. Rose Wenck worked for us two summers ago and took some great pictures while she was there. She’s currently in a winter wonderland out west but we’ll be sharing her pictures here!

Voyageur at the end of the Gunflint Trail

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Great Winter Conditions

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 2:24pm

Lovers of all things winter are as happy as can be with the additional snow we received this past week.  The only people who aren’t happy are those who have impossibly high piles of snow with no where left to put the new stuff when they shovel.  Snowmobile trails, ski trails, Lutsen Mountain and everywhere in between is blanketed with abundant snow for optimal enjoyment of outdoor recreational activities. I’m not sure where this drone footage is from but it will give you a great idea of what our winter wonderland is like.

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Lunar Eclipse

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:32pm

From the Earth Sky website…

Tonight – February 10, 2017 – you might think the full moon looks slightly darker than a typical full moon, if you catch it as it’s passing through the Earth’s faint penumbral shadow. There’s a penumbral lunar eclipse tonight, the most subtle kind of eclipse. Some people will easily notice Earth’s light penumbral shadow, inching across the moon’s face. Others will look at tonight’s full moon and swear they notice nothing unusual.

The star near the moon on eclipse night is Regulus, sometimes called the Heart of the Lion, brightest star in the constellation Leo.

As always, to see the eclipse, you have to be in the right place on Earth. The map below shows who will witness this one.

The world’s Western Hemisphere (North and South America, Greenland) sees the penumbral eclipse of the moon on the evening of Friday, February 10. The world’s Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia) sees the eclipse on Saturday, February 11. Read more.

As far as the Americas are concerned, the penumbral eclipse will be more easily viewed after sunset February 10 from the eastern portions of North and South America than along the American Pacific Coast, where a shallow penumbral eclipse must contend with the glare of evening twilight. For the most of North America, the moon will be in eclipse at moonrise (sunset) on February 10 and will be obscured by evening twilight.

The ideal spot to watch this penumbral eclipse is from Europe, Africa, Greenland and Iceland. From there the whole eclipse can be seen, from start to finish, and it occurs at late night in a dark sky.

In Asia, the eclipse will be obscured by morning twilight on February 11 and will be in eclipse at moonset (sunrise) February 11.

Lunar eclipse computer via US Naval Observatory (select date of eclipse and location from pop-up list)

Akash Anandh in Singapore caught a September, 2016 penumbral lunar eclipse as it progressed.

The Earth’s shadow is composed of two parts: the inner dark cone-shaped umbra and the faint penumbra surrounding the umbra, as shown on the image below. So be forewarned. A penumbral eclipse is nowhere as dramatic as a total or even partial umbral lunar eclipse.

Although the whole eclipse, from start to finish, lasts for some four and one-third hours, the beginning and ending stages are not visible to the eye. Given a dark sky, free of twilight glare, the eclipse might be visible to the eye for an hour or two, centered on the greatest eclipse (February 11 at 00:44 UTC). At North American time zones, that means the greatest eclipse will happen on February 10, at 8:44 p.m AST, 7:44 p.m. EST, 6:44 p.m. CST, 5:44 p.m. MST, 4:44 p.m. PST and 3:44 p.m. AKST.

A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon, but more often than not the full moon swings above or below the Earth’s shadow. On February 11, 2017 the full moon swings south of the dark umbra but passes through the faint penumbra.

We list the times of the penumbral eclipse first in Universal Time (UTC), and then in local time at North American time zones:

Penumbral eclipse begins: 22:34 UTC (on February 10)

Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 00:44 UTC (on February 11)

Penumbral eclipse ends: 02:53 UTC (on February 11)

How do I translate UTC to my time?

For North American time zones (on February 10):

Atlantic Standard Time
Penumbral eclipse begins: 6:34 p.m. (on February 10)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 8:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 10:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Eastern Standard Time
Penumbral eclipse begins: 5:34 p.m. (on February 10)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 7:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 9:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Central Standard Time
Penumbral eclipse begins: 4:34 p.m. (on February 10)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 6:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 8:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Mountain Standard Time
Penumbral eclipse begins: 3:34 p.m. (on February 10)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 5:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 7:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Pacific Standard Time
Penumbral eclipse begins: 2:34 p.m. (on February 10)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 4:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 6:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Alaskan Standard Time
Penumbral eclipse begins: 1:34 p.m. (on February 10)
Greatest eclipse (nearest umbra): 3:44 p.m. (on February 10)
Penumbral eclipse ends: 5:53 p.m. (on February 10)

Lunar eclipse computer via US Naval Observatory (select date of eclipse and location from pop-up list)

The moon travels from west to east across the Earth’s penumbral shadow, to the south of the umbra (dark shadow). The north side of the moon will be noticeably darker because it’s closer to the umbra.

Although the residents of Australia and New Zealand will miss out on this penumbral lunar eclipse completely, a different sort of eclipse will occur in their sky. The moon will occult (cover over) Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, on the night of February 11. For instance, from Perth, Western Australia, the occultation takes place on February 11 from 8:39 p.m. to 9:51 p.m. local time. However, the full moon’s glare may make it difficult to observe this lunar occultation. Click here for more information.


This photo – from James Jacolbia in Quezon City, Philippines, shows a moon with no eclipse (left) and the moon undergoing the March 23, 2016, penumbral lunar eclipse (right).

Bottom line: As far as the Americas are concerned, the penumbral eclipse of the moon will be more easily viewed after sunset on February 10 from the eastern portions of North and South America.

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2/9/17 - Shoveling roofs...

Sawbill Newsletter - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:37am

2/9/17 - Shoveling roofs...

One common winter chore is shoveling the roofs on buildings that can't bear a full snow load. Jessica is working on the roof of our crew housing. The peak of the roof is to her right and the solar panels are overhead. There is 32" of snow on the ground here at Sawbill. - Bill

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Hygge Week launched in Grand Marais

North Shore Arts Scene - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:31am

Snowshoes in winter… hygge for sure. Grand Marais launches the first annual Hygge Week Feb. 9-15.

 Grand Marais is launching the first annual Hygge Week, Feb. 9-15. (Pronounced hoo-gah and is Danish for cozy, hyyge is a perfect festival for the North Shore) This week, visitors will enjoy all the splendors of a classic North Shore winter vacation, dogsledding, stargazing, fireside gatherings, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, with the added bonus of unique events to encourage the celebration and enjoyment of the wonderful things that make North Shore winters unique … and cozy.

 Hygge Week events:

Thursday, Feb. 9:

Getting Through Winter at North House Folk School. This week, the Folk School will screen the movie “Sherpa,” a film about Mount Everest and the Nepalese mountaineering industry. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in the 501 Building on campus. All invited. Free.


Mumbling Drew and Liz Draper,  house concert at Art House B&B
8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. for a Scandi Snack Bar – cookies, crepes, cheese & drinks. To hear a preview, tune into WTIP Community Radio at 4 p.m. today.

Mumblin’ Drew Temperante and Liz Draper perform at Art House B&B, 8 7th Ave. West, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Drew Temperante and Liz Draper play clawhammer-driven old-time, and thumb-thumpin’ country blues. Temperante (resonator guitar, banjo) has spent countless hours playing as a street musician across the country, where he has picked up a collection of unique songs. He performs with acoustic bands in the Minneapolis area such as The Dumpy Jug Bumpers, who have championed awards from The Battle of the Jug Bands in Duluth. Draper (upright bass) is a veteran bassist of the Minneapolis scene having played with Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Ben Weaver and Lucy Michell. She currently plays with the Grammy award winning Okee Dokee Brothers. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Friday, Feb. 10:

Trollbeads Party at Sivertson Gallery, 4-6 p.m.

Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books, 5:30 p.m. Nordic Folk Tales, Poetry and Acapella Folk Songs by the bonfire, 5:30 p.m.

Performers include Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erika Ternes, Yvonne Mills and Erin Swenson-Klatt, plus other singers and storytellers. Everyone invited. Free.

Friday Night Reels at the Grand Marais Public Library is screening “Blush” at 6 p.m. on Friday. Free.


Saturday, Feb. 11:

Hygge Wine Painting with Anna Hess, North Shore Winery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anna Hess will teach painting on glass at the North Shore Winery on Saturday. Reservations are required.

RSVP to reserve your spot at or call (218) 481-9280.

Card Stamping, Joy and Co., noon to 3 p.m.

Knitting by the fireplace, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon to 2 p.m.

Pincushion Mountain Family Ski Festival, all day at Pincushion Mountain.

Open Skate,  Cook County Community Center, skate rental $1.

Mukluk Ball with the Plucked Up String Band, 7 p.m., Voyageur Brewing.

The Plucked Up String Band will play for a Mukluk Ball at Voyageur Brewing on Saturday night.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will host the 14th annual Snowarama, a fundraiser for Easter Seals kids.  The event draws in snowmobilers from around the state and Canada. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The 14th annual snowarama will be held at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this weekend.

Peter Mack Bagpipe Concert, Grand Marais Public Library, Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. Mack, a resident of north central Minnesota, will be playing the Highland bagpipe in this concert. Concert goers will have opportunity to hear traditional marches, upbeat jigs, classic hymns and dlow airs. Mack plans to use a soft reed, however, ear plugs are available for those who might need them. All invited. Free.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, Elizabeth Buset, whose exhibition “Swine” continues through March 5, will give an artist talk about her work at 7:30  p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Feb. 9 at the gallery.

One of Elizabeth Buset’s paintings in her exhibition, “Swine” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. She will give an artist’s talk on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The Duluth Art Institute‘ Members Show continues through next weekend.

“Minamalist Loon” by Tyler Johnson.

Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will give a Fireside Chat at Sivertson Gallery next week. 6-7 p.m. Definitely recommended!


 The Grand Marais Playhouse will begin a two-part Theater Education experience next Tuesday, Feb, 14, for children in grade three through grade nine. The Lion King Experience is an immersive, project-based exploration of theater-making and is
intended to introduce theater to children. They will learn a variety  of theatre skills and then work on a production of  The Lion King Jr. For more information, contact the Playhouse at 387-1284

 Window Shopping

Mary MacDonald has her weaving at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

UpstateMN has a selection of Adam Gruetzmacher’s batter bowls.


Sivertson Gallery has a series of handmade dolls from Alaska natives.

An Alaskan doll at Sivertson Gallery.


Woodturner Cooper Ternes has a shop in Joy and Company.


Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Feb. 9:

  • Bump Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Mumblin’ Drew and Liz Draper, Art House B & B, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Willie Waldman, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11:

  • Shane Martin, Mogul’s Grille, 2 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Willie Waldman, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Cloud Cult, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12:

  • Black River Revue, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Communist Daughter, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Moors & McCumber, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week. Here’s a sampling:

Christian Dalbec caught this Great Gray Owl making a very delicate landing.


Here’s an evocative image of a Great Gray Owl hunting by Michael Furtman.


Here are some plump-breasted beauties! Sandra Updyke said she seldom sees flocks of Bohemian Waxwings after the Mountain Ash Berries are all eaten.


Proof that winter is here. Photo by Kristofer Bowman.


“Good to be out of the house” by Ann Possis


Icy Shoreline by Sandra Updyke.


Ice Toupee by Scott Kroeker.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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