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Eyes on the Sky This Week

Boundary Waters Blog - 6 hours 31 min ago

It seems like there have been more reasons to keep your eyes on the sky this year.  There have been numerous solar flares causing what seems like higher than normal northern light activity and we had the lunar eclipse a couple of weeks ago. This week there will be a partial solar eclipse and tonight is the peak of the Orionid meteor showers.  It’s a great week to visit somewhere like the Gunflint Trail where the skies are dark from the absence of  light pollution providing a great place to keep your eyes on the sky.

This week: solar eclipse and Orionid meteor shower By Mike Lynch

Posted:   10/19/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT | Updated:   about 2 hours ago

This year has been a good year for eclipses. In April and again this month, we witnessed a total lunar eclipse. And this week, we’ll see a partial solar eclipse

Lunar eclipses are a lot more common than solar eclipses. Next year, we’ll have two more total lunar eclipses. The next solar eclipse visible from the continental United States will occur on Aug. 21, 2017.

Thursday’s solar eclipse will begin around 4:23 p.m. and peak at 5:35 p.m., when slightly more than half of the sun’s disk will be covered by the moon. We won’t see much of the eclipse after that because the partially eclipsed sun will set at 6:15 p.m.

It’s going to look weird. There will be a definite reduction in daylight in the late afternoon, kind of like twilight occuring before the sun has set.

Plan to watch the solar eclipse the right way. Staring at the sun is never a good idea; doing so can permanently damage your eyes. Never, never look at the sun with a pair of binoculars or a telescope.

In the past several columns, I’ve written about special safety glasses you can buy to view a solar eclipse. I hope you got a pair.

If not, use the projection method to safely watch the moon march across the sun. Make a pinhole in a piece of white cardboard. Find another piece of stiff white cardboard or fiberboard. Stand with you back to the sun and hold the pinhole piece toward the sun. Aim the shadow of that cardboard over the blank cardboard, and watch the eclipse.

Autumn is known for meteor showers.

 One of them is the fairly reliable Orionid meteor shower that will peak between midnight Monday and the start of morning twilight Tuesday. The Earth, as it orbits the sun, is heading into a trail of debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. Due to the absence of moonlight, sky-watchers in the outer suburbs or the countryside may see 20 to 30 meteors an hour.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and professional broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio and is author of the book, “Stars, a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations” published by Adventure Publications (adventurepublications.net). Check out his website at lynchandthestars.com. Write to him at mikewlynch@comcast.net.

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A Little Anti-Freeze Ingredient With Your Breakfast Sandwich?

Aging Youthful - 22 hours 6 min ago

Each week I as I look for a subject on the What’s REALLY in our food posting, I get more and more sad about what is allowed to go into our food supply. What is most disturbing; many of these ingredients are banned in other countries, so when you go to a McDonald’s or buy a Gatorade overseas, they will NOT have the harmful ingredients in them, PROVING that it can be made without it and still appeal to the masses. If that doesn’t get you angry, it should!

Forbes magazine researched the ingredients in fast food breakfast egg sandwiches. While eggs are an ingredient, you may be surprised to find other nasty ingredients as well: propylene glycol (Subway), Potassium sorbate (McDonalds), Soy Oil (Dunkin’ Donuts). Article author, David DiSalvo says:

I found several interesting ingredients, and one big surprise (at least it was surprising to me). I fully expected that McDonald’s or Burger King would take the prize for the most unrecognizable ingredients, but neither one stacks up to the egg manipulation of Subway.  McDonald’s still takes second prize, but as you’ll see, it’s the “Eat Fresh” folks whose list is easily the most baffling.

I would have to agree that I am surprised Subway made the top of the list…”Eat Fresh” anti-freeze ingredients?  Again, choose to have fresh foods as much as possible. If you are in a rush for breakfast, choose a protein meal replacement shake, but again be sure to READ THE LABELS. Many of them are full of harmful and artificial junk and fillers as well. There is a reason I chose organic, undenatured whey protein concentrate from an exclusive cattle herd in New Zealand!

 

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Pink Paddles for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:31am

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. You’ll notice more pink in October than you will on Valentine’s Day and almost as much pink as you find at our annual Mush for a Cure event on the Gunflint Trail.

A long time ago I created the Pink Paddle.  It’s a graphite, bent-shaft canoe paddle made by Wenonah and it’s PINK! I decided to do this to raise funds for breast cancer and thought it was a good idea.  It turns out it didn’t raise alot of money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation but Mush for a Cure has. You can find Mush for a Cure on the main sponsor page of the NBCF website as we’ve donated $226,500 over the years.

The Pink Paddles are great paddles and I love paddling with mine. It’s lightweight, durable and always gets attention. The logo on the paddle represents a blessing and means,”May your new beginning bring you strength, peace and tranquility and may your journeys over water always be safe.”

I didn’t order too many of the paddles to begin with and I have a few of the paddles left for sale.  On the last order the handles came separate from the shaft so we can cut the paddles to a specific size.  We then glue and epoxy the handle onto the shaft and it doesn’t always end up as beautiful as the ones that came pre-cut and glued from the manufacturer.  I have retailed them over the years for $155.00 each plus shipping and handling.  Depending upon where the paddle is getting shipped the cost varies from $9-$20.

For the month of October we’re willing to let these paddles go for $99 plus shipping and handling.  If you’re interested in purchasing one then email or give us a call at 1-888-CANOEIT.  It’s a great price for a unique paddle.

 

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Planning for the 2015 Paddling Season

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:13am

It’s the end of the paddling season at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. We may still have a few folks who come up for a late fall trip but for all practical purposes the 2014 BWCA canoe camping season is over. That means the Voyageur crew will continue to prepare for winter by cleaning and storing all of our canoes and gear.

Sometimes Mike likes to make it easier on the crew by offering used gear for sale. If you buy it then they do not have to deal with it!  We still have some nice canoes, packs and paddles for sale at a great price. You may have received an email with this information already but if not, then here it is.

Also included in the email was a special for outfitting in 2015. It is a canoe and equipment package for 50% off but we’re only selling 50 of those and it has to be purchased by October 22nd.  You don’t need to know your dates for your trip, you just need to know you’re planning a BWCA or Quetico canoe trip in 2015.

We hope you are planning to visit us in 2015 as we look forward to the next paddling season.

 

 

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BWCA Campsite Study

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:12pm

I came across an interesting article about a study done in the Boundary Waters. Thought you might find it interesting too.

Popular wilderness area requires intensive management to remain natural

October 17th, 2014 by Lynn Davis in Earth / Environment

Recreation ecologist Jeff Marion revisited dozens of campsites in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters that he had surveyed for his doctoral research in 1982.

 

Recreation ecologist Jeff Marion revisited dozens of campsites in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters that he had surveyed for his doctoral research in 1982.

Some 250,000 annual visitors to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters have a significant impact on the campsites along the area’s 1,000 lakes in America’s most visited wilderness area.

But while tree loss at campsites is huge, the news is not all bad, a Virginia Tech expert on the impacts of recreation on natural resources reported at the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque being held through Oct. 19.

In 1982, Jeff Marion, now an adjunct professor in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and a recreation ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, surveyed 96 of the 2,200 campsites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for his doctoral research.

With funding from his agency and the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the area, he returned in July 2014 to document the impact of continued use on those sites and to measure recovery on 10 sites that had been closed.

He was assisted by Holly Eagleston of Wenatchee, Washington, and Jeff Feldhaus of Omaha, Nebraska, doctoral students in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and field assistant Claire Underwood.

“In addition to documenting over three decades of camping impacts, this study is focused on helping managers make recreational visitation more sustainable,” said Marion.

An important finding of the 1982 survey is that the impact of use levels off. The impact on campsites receiving less than a dozen nights of use each year is two-thirds of that on sites receiving 60 or more visits. “Thus it’s better to have a small number of well-used campsites than to disperse use and impact across a large number of sites,” said Marion.

In 1982, researchers found tree damage at almost every site, root exposure at 84 percent of the sites, virtually no seedlings or saplings, and the replacement of native broad-leafed herbs by grasses and some nonnative plants.

In 2014, the researchers made the same 94 measurements at each site. They measured soil loss, root exposure, tree damage, canopy cover, and vegetation cover for each plant species, comparing the campsites to adjacent undisturbed control sites.

“It took 45 minutes per site and we did five or six per day, canoeing in between,” Marion said. “When a site was occupied, we asked permission. It was pretty cool to hear people tell stories about their experiences and about the importance of the Boundary Waters wilderness.”

The researchers documented 34 percent fewer trees on campsites than in 1982 and damage to 44 percent of the remaining trees “despite three decades of Leave No Trace instruction,” said Marion, who was a founding board member of the Leave No Trace education program.

In some cases, the Forest Service had removed potentially hazardous trees, a few sites had been reached by forest fires, and some suffered wind damage, “so we can’t say that trees are missing just because of recreational use,” Marion said. “But visitors continue to cut trees and strip birch bark to start fires, which essentially girdles the trees and can kill them.”

“We found 384 stumps on campsites, and 1,054 stumps were visible from campsite boundaries,” he continued. “That’s an avoidable impact because you can get firewood from fallen trees.”

Site use compacts and erodes the soil, which is one of the impacts that does not level off. The 81 sites measured this year have lost an estimated 194 dump truck loads of soil, or 1,935 cubic yards, Marion reported. “It’s a small amount each year, but cumulative.”

But there was also good news. Nonnative plants, such as dandelions and chickweed, were confined to campsites. The researchers did not find the invasive plant goutweed, which can out-compete native plants and was seen in 1982. The grasses that have spread across the sunnier campsites, a result of tree loss, are effectively reducing erosion.

And the closed sites can recover fully. While noting that impact is rapid and recovery slow, Marion reported that in three cases they were not able to pick the closed sites out of the wilderness. “That is wonderful news,” he said.

He estimated that 15 years is enough time for a site to largely recover. “Bark will even grow over ax scars on trees.”

Designated a protected wilderness area in 1964, the 109.5-million-acre Boundary Waters is among the country’s best-managed wilderness areas, Marion said. “They are leaders in wilderness management. In 1983 I assisted Forest Service staff with a new effort to have their trail maintenance crew work on campsites. We developed site management actions that would prevent or reduce camping impacts.”

Federal budget cuts over the past decade, however, have limited management efforts, according to Marion.

“If you have high visitation you have to pair it with intense management, but you have to do it in a natural way,” he added. The philosophy of wilderness management is for impacts and management to remain “substantially unnoticeable,” according to the Wilderness Act.

As Marion reported at the National Wilderness Conference, which observed the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, suggestions for preserving wilderness areas include closing less sustainable campsites and selecting, constructing, and maintaining more resistant sites. Best management practices include selecting sites that have bedrock in the sloping areas and limited amounts of flat terrain.

“And there must be visitor education, including improved Leave No Trace guidance and better communication,” he said.

Provided by Virginia Tech

“Popular wilderness area requires intensive management to remain natural.” October 17th, 2014. http://phys.org/news/2014-10-popular-wilderness-area-requires-intensive.html

 

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Aging Youthful’s Top 3 Rules for Internal Freedom

Aging Youthful - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:20am

It’s #FreedomFriday at #AgingYouthful For each of us and different aspects of our lives, freedom can have many meanings. I believe freedom begins with how we feel about ourselves and our lives; an internal feeling. My Top Three Rules for internal freedom:

1. You must learn to FLY: First Love Yourself
2. You must feed your soul and follow your heart
3. While listed last, but the most important: You cannot give a damn what other people think.

What would you add to this list?

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10/17/14 - Current Sawbill crew member Brian Henry captured this calm day optical illusion

Sawbill Newsletter - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:13am

10/17/14 - Current Sawbill crew member Brian Henry captured this calm day optical illusion a couple of days ago when we were enjoying a gorgeous stretch of Indian summer. - Bill


Which way is up?

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Old enough to vote*

Unorganized Territory - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:06am

I am diligent about voting. I am a firm believer in the adage, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.”

I have voted in every election since I was old enough to vote, even when it was inconvenient. For most of the years that I lived away from Minnesota with my soldier husband, I cast my vote by absentee ballot. From Washington State, Germany, Colorado and California, I went through the steps to apply for an absentee ballot and get it returned promptly.

Some of Cook County’s hard-working vote counters in the 2010 election.

But with every election, I imagined one day being able to go to the polls to cast my vote—the polls back “home” in Minnesota. I remember going with my mom when she voted at a town hall. My memory is sketchy, but I think she voted at what is now a house at the top of Fall River Road (County Road 13). I remember the U.S. flag hanging at the entrance. I remember neighbors visiting as they were coming and going.

I also remember controversy about voting when I was a teenager. It may seem unbelievable to the current generation, but when I was growing up, you had to be 21 years old to vote. There were a lot of changes in the turbulent ’60s and lowering the voting age to 18 was one of them.

I was a bit young to follow all the debate about letting 18-yearolds vote. Apparently the suggestion was first made before I was even born. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to endorse voting rights for 18-year-old citizens in his 1954 State of the Union Address.

It took quite awhile for the idea to take hold and there was a great deal of legal maneuvering as many states questioned the federal government’s right to lower the minimum voting age. States that refused to follow the federal government’s lead faced the need to have separate voting rolls and special ballots for voters between 18 and 20 years old for federal elections.

I don’t remember all this legal wrangling, but I do remember the young men facing the draft into military service—and the possibility of being sent off to fight in the Vietnam War—demanding the right to vote. I remember news stories on our old black and white TV about the horrors of the war. I remember watching footage of anti-war protests and amongst the protest signs there were some that read, “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.”

In those times of trouble in our nation that message appeared to be something citizens could finally agree on. On March 10, 1971, the U.S. Senate voted 94-0 in favor of an amendment lowering the voting age. On March 23, 1971, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 401-19 in favor of the proposal.

Amazingly states followed suit. To add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, three-fourths of the United States must ratify Congress’s action. I’m proud to note that Minnesota was among the first five states to agree. Ratification was completed on July 1, 1971 when enough states had taken action. On July 5, 1971, with President Richard Nixon as witness, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment became part of the Constitution.

I was 14 years old and more interested in clothes and nail polish and whether or not the Beatles would ever get back together than politics, but I still remember feeling jubilant that I would soon be able to vote.

The first presidential election in which I had a vote was in 1976. I was able to choose between the Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale or Gerald Ford/Bob Dole tickets. I won’t say who I voted for. But it was with great pride that I was able to vote in my first election. Even though it was an absentee ballot mailed back home to Minnesota.

I know it is unlikely that any 18-year-olds read Unorganized Territory. But if they do, I hope they take a minute to think of the struggle that went into establishing the right for them to vote.

Young women also owe a debt to the women suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote. Without the work of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Jane Addams the 19th Amendment would never have come to pass.

But that’s another column. This week I’d just like to remind everyone in Unorganized Territory that voting is not something to take lightly.

So if you’re 18 and want to vote, take some time to go to the Cook County courthouse before the end of the day on Tuesday, October 14 to pre-register. You don’t have to pre-register, but it makes voting much easier.

When you pre-register your name gets added to the official roll of voters. In most of Cook County, that means you will receive a ballot in the mail. In the City of Grand Marais, it means when you go to the polling place, you’ll be on the list and will be able to enter the voting booth to cast your vote— quickly and easily. And hopefully, proudly.

Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

George Will

* Apologies to any 18-year-olds for not getting this posted before the Oct. 14 pre-registration deadline. You can still vote! Contact your county’s auditor office for information.


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Good Morning Beautiful

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:31pm

It’s always a beautiful morning on the Gunflint Trail. Thanks Voyageur Crew Tony for sharing the beauty with everyone.

Beautiful Gunflint Morning

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Dual Fuel Equipment Test

Arrowhead Electric - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:50pm

A scheduled annual Dual Fuel Equipment  TEST will affect members on the DUAL FUEL Interruptible rate Thursday, October 16th starting at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. This TEST is for your benefit so you can make sure your automatic backup system is functioning well before the cold winter season arrives.

Arrowhead Electric apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank you for your continued support while our radio receiver testing occurs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rose the AECI office at 663-7239.

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Get Your Daily Greens in 1 Scoop

Aging Youthful - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:00am

This week’s Favorite Everyday Product feature is on one of my favorites: Isagenix Greens. While I would like to be able to eat 8 servings of leafy greens a day, the truth is if I can get in one serving, I consider it a good day. It is usually my meal of choice when I’m out for lunch and when I get home late in the evening, the truth is the last thing I want to do is sit down and make and eat anything let alone a salad. The Isagenix greens give me an easy way to get my greens and unlike a lot of other powdered greens on the market (you know…the ones where you have to plug your nose, chug it down and then shudder to KEEP it down), this actually tastes good on it’s own!

What is in it you ask??

Features chlorella and spirulina. Antioxidant-rich ingredients, like ginkgo biloba leaf, green tea extract and grape seed extract, help fight free radicals, which can potentially endanger cells and weaken your immune system.

  • Complement your recommended daily intake of 3-5 vegetables
  • Boosts the body’s natural ability to neutralize environmental pollutants
  • Gluten-free 
  • Great source of colorful phytonutrients
  • Antioxidant dietary supplement that protects against free radicals

- See more at: http://blackmary.isagenix.com/en-US/products/categories/individual-items/greens-antioxidant-dietary-supplement#sthash.Ohdjev2b.dpuf

It’s super-convenient in either the 30-serving tub or the 30-serving single-serving packets. Either way, at just over $1.00 per day, it is a BARGAIN! Since Mark went back to MN to work, I have been throwing out so much greens and vegetables and have finally given up buying them and opting for a salad at lunch and a serving of greens. My other meals on the go are our shakes or protein bars, or nuts that I can keep in my car and not have to worry about melting (it is still in the 80′s in Florida in October).

Not only do I love the convenience, I LOVE how these make me FEEL. Yes, I get a boost of energy when I take its as well as super healthy fast-growing hair (you can’t tell by what the humidity does to my hair) and nails. I recently started having my nails done with natural nail polish and my tech Michael is amazed that I have to come in as often as I do as the grow out happens so fast!

For more information on these awesome greens, click here. If you’d like to order, you can click here for my site, or contact me for information on getting your whole body back in to balance with one of our 30-Day Systems!

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Moose Madness Weekend!

North Shore Art Scene - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:41am

Northern lights graced the skies in Cook County the other night. Here’s a photo by Nace Hagemann documenting the night.

David Johnson calls this one “Old Frosty Rump.”

Fall’s Final Fling and/or  the Moose Madness Family Festival is this weekend in Grand Marais; there’s lots to see and do and it’s definitely moosey.

There’s a Moose Medallion Hunt, a Moose Cartoon Contest, a Moose Poetry Contest, a Moose Coloring Contest, a Moose Sumi-e  workshop, (at the Grand Marais Art Colony), a Moose Mosey (or Rut Run on the Rocks), a Moose-A-Zumba (under a tent), a Moosebassador (Michael Monroe) performing in Harbor Park, a Moose-A-Rama with the Muffin Man at Drury Lane Books, Moose Cookies and Moose Bucks that can be earned all over town.  Murray the Moose is on the loose, too, and available for photo ops throughout the weekend.

Oh, and Michael Monroe will be on WTIP Community Radio‘s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about his new CD, “The Call of the Moose.” He’ll sing a few songs, too. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday nights.

The Cook County Events Bureau has moved and will be in the new Tourist Information Center, right next to the Dairy Queen) all weekend. It’s Moose Central this weekend, and is the place to go to find out what’s happening, pick up entry forms for the contests, Moose Medallion Hunt clues and more.

And that’s just a brief listing of all the moosey things going on in Grand Marais this weekend. It’s a grand celebration at the end of fall and draws families throughout the region for a weekend of fun.

To see the complete schedule of events, click here.

North House Folk School is holding a Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend, too, with a wide variety of courses and classes, including a special rate for adult/child pairs. See www.northhouse.org for all the course details.

There are also a number of public events at North House over the weekend including a Campfire Bannock & Outdoor Film Screening at 7 p.m. Friday. Over the Waterfall will play for a kid dance from 7-8 p.m. and an 8 p.m. community dance following.

On Saturday, there will be a Sled Dog Meet & Greet (with real sled dogs and mushers) from noon to 2 p.m.  and a spinning and knitting demonstration from 2-5 p.m.

Everyone is invited. Free.

Meanwhile there’s more going on in town, too, with two local artist book signings at Sivertson Gallery.

Kelly Dupre will sign the book she illustrated, “The Best Part of a Sauna,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gallery on Friday and Betsy Bowen will sign the book she illustrated, “Plant a Pocket of Prairie at the gallery on Saturday from 11;30 to 2 p.m.

Mario Cianflone will be at the library at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Marais Public Library will host Mario Cianflone for a special presentation on the history and music of the accordion at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone invited. Free.

Also on Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be open for the last day of the 2014 season. The market is held in the Senior Center parking lot and features a wide variety of arts & crafts, homebaked goods, jams and more. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are two wonderful art exhibits open in town as well.

The Five Generations of Arts & Crafts exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post features a wide variety of artwork by the Ralph W. Smith, Glenn S. Smith, Nancy Daley, Jody Ouradnik, Amy Ouradnik and Madeline Burton. The exhibit continues through Nov. 2. The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Sculpture by Byron Bradley.

The Tour d’Art Legacy Exhibit continues at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The show features a selection of works by the founders of the Art Colony, Birney Quick and Byron Bradley, as well as artists closely associated with it– Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman and Liz Sivertson.  Work by some of their students is also included. It’s quite an amazing show, and highly recommended. The Legacy Exhibit  continues through Oct. 26. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. daily.

In other art news, here’s an interesting list of photography contests in the region and links to each:

Fall Color Photography Contest

Gunflint Trail Photo Contest
Over $100 in Sven & Oles Gift Cards up for grab
Lutsen / Sawbill / Tofte Photo Contest
Prizes from Bluefin, AmericInn, and Sawbill
Waterfall Photography Contest
Win a $1,000 resort stay in Babbitt
Moose Madness Photography Contest

Images on Bryan Hansel‘s new landscape calendar.

Speaking of photographers, Bryan Hansel has just released his calendar for next year: Northern Landscapes 2015. To find out more, click here.

And here are a few things to look forward to.

Chris Gillis will play two concerts at What’s Upstairs? above Betsy Bowen’s Studio Oct. 24 & 25. A number of musicians will perform with him, including the drummer and bass player from his dad’s (Frank Gillis) band. Stay tuned for details next week.

And, the premiere of “The Story of Winter,” a Kenny Blumenfeld and Alex Johnson film, opens at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis Oct. 24. The trailer is really funny… only in Minnesota. Check it out here (and get tickets if you’ll be in town.)

OK. Here’s the music line-up:

Thursday, Oct. 16:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Bay, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • The Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Mario Cianflone, History & Music of the Accordion, Grand Marais Public Library, 3:30 p.m.
  • Jeff Diethelm, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19:

  • Polka Fest, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, noon to 8 p.m.
  • Steve Blexrud, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

It was hard to pick what photos to put up this week. There were a lot of wonderful ones. Here’s a selection. Enjoy!

“Fall Art Project,” by Thomas Spence.

Full Moon Over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Lunar Eclipse by Paul Sundberg.

“Hollow Rock” by Linda Farwell Ryma.

Here’s Bryan Hansel‘s shot of the northern lights the other night, taken with a fisheye lense.

And, to finish off, here’s a moose haiku written last year for the poetry contest. And have a great weekend!

Silently walking,

through the woods, antlers brushing

the tall evergreen trees

Sonja Milkovich, Age 9

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Wood is the Word at the Voyageur Brewery

Voyageur Brewing - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:28pm

Reusing barn wood in the new brewery

Reduce, REUSE, recycle at the Grand Marais brewery

Grand Marais Craft Beer in Minnesota

One of our goals in building the brewery in Grand Marais was to buy or use local whenever possible. We feel we have done an excellent job at that by using local carpenters, plumbers, electricians and tradespeople on the brewery. Another way we have contributed to reaching that goal is through our wood.

We recently took apart a barn at a farm up near Hovland, Minnesota. The wood in this barn was cut and milled right here on the North Shore by Otis Anderson many years ago. This wood will be used to decorate some of the walls inside the taproom.

The countertops and bar tops will be made using live edge white pine from Northern Minnesota. Hedstrom’s Mill in Grand Marais, Minnesota cut the wood specifically for our brewery project.

We’re also getting some reclaimed wood from a place in Duluth, Minnesota. We’re using Douglas Fir that is over 100 years old for tables.

It’s great to be able to reuse wood, be green and incorporate parts of our area history into our building.  We’re hoping to add more pieces of our area history to our brewery as we continue our building process.

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Whiskey Jack Fun

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:23pm

The Whiskey Jacks have been entertaining our Voyageur Crew lately.  Canadian Jays, grey jays or camp robbers are another name for these fun to watch and feed birds.

One time when we were out ice fishing and not catching, I kept myself entertained for hours by feeding these hungry camp robbers.  I was relaxing on shore with a bag of pretzels and the birds were patiently waiting all around me.  I tossed a few broken pieces onto the snow for them and they would soar in to pick them up.  They were having difficulties with the hard pieces of pretzels so I decided to chew the pretzels a bit before handing them out.  Before long I had birds resting on my cap, in my hand and on my boot waiting for more pretzels to be chewed up.  Luckily the contents of the bag disappeared before my jaw fell off and right about the time the anglers were ready to leave.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Baked Apple Chips

Aging Youthful - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00am

Another “chip” recipe this week. This time it’s baked apple chips! With fall in the air (even in Florida) my palette is craving apples and cinnamon. What a great way to get it and my craving for crunch satisfied at the same time! From the website Paleo Grubs:

Ingredients
  1. 1-2 apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Using a sharp knife or mandolin, slice apples thinly. Discard seeds. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange apple slices on it without overlapping. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples.
  3. Bake for approximately 1 hour, then flip. Continue baking for 1-2 hours, flipping occasionally, until the apple slices are no longer moist. Store in airtight container.
By Rebecca Bohl (PaleoGrubs.com) For extra tips and info, click here for the full article.
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Good-Byes You Look Forward To

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:07pm

There are some good-byes you look forward to while others you do not.  In the case of the black bear that has been hanging around Voyageur this year we are hoping to see him leave soon. We wish he would go into hibernation and stay out of our neighbor’s garage, off of our deck and out of our outfitting building.

Then there are other good-byes you wish you didn’t have to say. Those are the ones you say to staff when they leave or maybe you don’t even get to say good-bye but wish you could have. Yesterday Luke left and today Elsa and Ron left for the winter. It’s always sad to see them leave even though I know they are happy to get back to the Phillippines. I selfishly wish I could keep them here year round.

There’s a skunk hanging around Voyageur. We’ve never had a skunk on our property and in fact we rarely see them on the Gunflint Trail.  We’d be happy to say good-bye to the skunk and wish him no happy returns.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life it’s you don’t always get to choose when or if you get to say good-bye. Sometimes you don’t even know you’re saying good-bye. With the bear or skunk that would be just fine, as long as the leave!

Voyageur black bear

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Opportunity to View Highway 61 Concept Designs and Provide Feedback: Oct. 28th

Moving Matters - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:17pm

Join the City of Grand Marais on October 28th for an open house and presentation of concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais. Your feedback and input is needed! A light meal will be provided and free childcare* will be available at the Cook County Community YMCA.

Tuesday, October 28th
6 – 8 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais

Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator at cityhall@boreal.org or call (218) 387-1848. For more information and updates, visit www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61.

*Free childcare is available for families participating in the evening, for children age 4 months and over. Drop-off will be at the YMCA starting at 5:30 pm, pick-up after the event.

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Trail Clearing Help Needed

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:03pm

A fun thing to do in the winter on the Gunflint Trail is cross-country ski the Banadad Trail. It’s a long trail(18 miles) and it travels through the Boundary Waters. Mid-way through the trail Boundary Country Trekking has a yurt skiers can stay in overnight.  I’ve stayed there a couple of times and absolutely loved it.

Since parts of the Banadad Trail are in the BWCA they can’t use chainsaws to clear the trail. This means all of the work must be done by hand. Like any project the more hands there are the faster and easier the work is.  If you’re looking for something to do on October 25th then how about lending a helping hand on the Banadad ski trail?

Banadad Ski Trail Work Day, Annual Meeting and Pizza Party
Saturday, October 25

The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. We will be concentrating our clearing and trimming low hanging tree branches starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead. I was out on the first mile of the Banadad from the eastern trailhead and found nine large downed trees blocking the trail including a 12-14 inch Aspen along with several other trees it brought down and on either side of this clump of trees were two more large downed Aspens. These trees are just beyond the Swamp Lake Portage and well within the BWCA where all trail work must be done using hand tools.

If what we experienced on this part of the trail holds for the rest of the Banandad we have got a real job ahead of us. Please join us; we really need your help!”

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 25, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.

After the work session volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to return to Hestons Lodge, 579 South Gunflint Road for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth Annual Meeting followed by pizza dinner cooked in Heston’s wood fired-outdoor oven and social hour. Festivities at Heston’s begin a 6:00 PM. RSVP, 218-388-2243

For more information on the Trail Work Day and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Dinner contact 218-388-4487.

Hope to see you on Saturday, October 25, Ted Young, Banadad Maintenance and Grooming Administrater

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Vlog: It’s All a Part of Me

Aging Youthful - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:30pm

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“Ocean Plump” Chickens?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:00am

This week’s “What’s Really in Our Food” article is about the process of “plumping” chicken sold in the grocery store. What is plumping you ask? Well, it’s not getting the chicken fatter by feeding it more; according to the website Say No to Plumping the definition is:

The practice of injecting saltwater, chicken stock, seaweed extract or some combination thereof into chicken to increase its weight and price, while simultaneously increasing sodium content by up to 500%.

If you buy frozen chicken breasts for convenience like I’ve been known to do, more than likely they are injected with some sort of “solution”. The best way to know is to (I’ve said it a hundred times) READ THE LABEL. Also, chicken is not the only meat subjected to plumping. I was reading the label on a frozen turkey and saw it had been injected as well.

While most people may not be affected by this, those who are on a low sodium diet for health reasons, this could be a concern. Also, while you think you are paying for meat, you may also be paying for saltwater. Again, as I preach and preach and preach…READ LABELS so you are educated about what you are putting in your body.

 

 

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