If you’re looking for something fun to do this Sunday then head over to Pincushion Mountain just outside of Grand Marais. It’s the Winter Festival and there will be a 10km and 32km classical ski race as well as a 7 km Fat Tire Bike Race and a Skijoring race. It looks like we’ll have perfect weather for the day. If only I had a fancy race suit I’d be able to race too. Here’s more information about the event.
Are you ready to save some money? Arrowhead Cooperative provides a variety of rebates on ENERGY STAR purchases. Check out the full list here: Residential Rebates List.
New for 2017:
We are no longer offering any rebates for CFL lights, but there are rebates for LED, LED string lights, and LED yard lights.
Check out the North Shore Promotion -one easy form for a bunch of rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers.
$25 Rebate for wifi thermostats! Smart Home thermostats let you manage your heating (and cooling) even when you’re away.
If you’re doing any renovations, remodels, redecorating, or just replacing an appliance, talk to us about ENERGY STAR-rated options and rebates. We’re here to help you use your power as efficiently as possible!
As always, Bearskin has lots of snow. We have not experienced the snow loss this winter that closed most of the cross country skiing trails along the North Shore and at lower elevations. Our new Pisten Bully did a fantastic job of telling and renovating the snow after our days of warmer temps, and trail conditions were back to “excellent” in no time.
But even with all this snow, we are excited about the big snow forecast for the week ahead. By the end of this coming week we could have an additional 10 inches or more of fresh new snow on top of the big base we already have.
Quinn groomed many of the trails today, and it’s snowing quite hard now. He reports that the trails are in excellent condition, but with fresh powder on the surface. We have a snow globe effect going on out there right now!
It’s going to be a pretty quiet weekend in Cook County, as everyone recovers from the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and settles in to enjoy the snow and quiet eves of February. There’s still lots to see and do, though — here’s a recap:
First up is the Ely Winter Festival which kicks off on Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 12 in Ely. This festival always has an outstanding snow carving symposium, as welll as an art walk and tons of winter activities and competitions, as well as live music and dancing.
In Cook County, look forward to the Ski Party Festival at Lutsen Mountains, a weekend ski, snowboard and music festival curated by the folks at GNDWIRE Records. The festival runs on Friday and Saturday. Bands on Friday night include Dead Man Winter, Frankie Lee and The Pines.
Apres-Ski on Saturday features DJ Lounge w/ Har Mar Superstar at 3:15 p.m. SIMS of Doomtree, Gramma’s Boyfriend and Night Moves perform on Saturday night.
Also on Friday, WTIP’s The Roadhouse will talk to the Minnesota band, IfEyeMay, as well as as go over Lake Superior State University’s 2017 List of Banished Words. That interview is always fun. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.
Friday Night Reels continues at the Grand Marais Public Library with a film screening at 6 p.m. This week: “Indignation,” a movie based upon a novel by Philip Roth, is on the playbill. Here’s the trailer.
The movie is free, but seating is limited, so come early!
For live theater, this is the last weekend of the Grand Marais Playhouse‘s production of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at the door.
On Saturday night, the 6-piece dance band, The SplinterTones, play at Grandma Ray’s from 7-10 p.m. Here’s a great opportunity to get out your dancin’ shoes.
No cover charge. All invited.
And Sunday night is Classical Music night at Bluefin Grille. The music starts at 6 p.m. Free.
There are a number of intersting art exhibits up and down the North Shore.
In Duluth, the Members Exhibition is continues in the Great Hall at the Depot with the work of more than 175 member artists on view. This year, the People’s Choice Award went to Annie Schweiger’s oil on canvas, “The Winston,” chosen from a broad range of media and genres on display. The people cast their vote at the exhibition’s opening reception.
The Members Exhibition continues through Feb. 24.
At the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus, Tuesday, Feb. 7, Dr. Jennifer Webb will give a presentation on the Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings on view from the museum’s collection.
The presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The Thunder Bay Art Galley is currently exhibiting Stories of Contentment and Other Fables: Recent Drawings by Amanda Burk.
And, in Grand Marais, Betsy Bowen’s Studio continues exhibiting local and regional artwork through the winter. Pottery, paintings, prints, fiber art, jewelry and more are on exhibit.
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
This year, Grand Marais is launching its first annual Hygge Week, Feb. 9-15. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire, hygge encourages us to embrace all of winter’s pleasures and unique opportunities.
There are lots of great activities planned, including Scandinavian themed menu items, a full moon reading with Scandinavian singing, a mukluk dance, cabin concert, art show openings and more. Stay tuned.
The Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will meet at the library at 6 p.m. Feb.16. Open to all writers. Free.
Interested in having a booth at the Grand Marais Arts Festival this year?
Jury applications are open via Zapplications Jan. 13 – March 12. Each summer the Grand Marais Arts Festival draws over 70 local and regional artists. Artists showcase their unique handcrafted work by the shores of Lake Superior and provide insight into their artistic process through demonstration and dialogue. The Festival will be July 8-9 this year. For more information, click here to learn more.
In other Art Colony news: A call has gone out for applications for a development manager at the Art Colony. The purpose is to establish, cultivate and lead a robust development program that includes donor relations, annual giving, planned giving, grant writing, event sponsorship and fundraising, and building towards a capital campaign. 2017 is the Art Colony’s 70th Anniversary, providing a unique opportunity for fundraising activities.
Click here to see a job description. Call 218-387-2737 for more information.
Local artists of every age are invited to participate in the Spirit of the Wilderness’ 8th annual themed art show. Each year, artists are challenged to produce work on the intersection between creativity and spirituality.This year, artists are asked to consider the phrase “Kindling Curiosity–Lighting the Creative Spark.” Artists may submit a maximum of two pieces of work. They can be dropped off at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery March 20-21. The exhibit opens at the Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 24. The exhibit continues through April 9. Questions? Contact the art committee: Bonnie Gay Hedstrom, Ellen Stubbs, Mary MacDonald, and Mary Ellen Ashcroft.
Intern postition open for MN Pottery Festival. Organizers of the MN Pottery Festival (Coyote Clay) are looking for an intern for this year’s festival.
The position includes social media marketing, e-newsletters, website updates, signage and surveys.
Advance work can all be done remotely, but we would like to have the Intern on site for both days to handle personal interviews and surveys. Ideal for a college student–looks great on a resume!
In Other Art News:
Songwriter Leah Thomas was recognized for two songs in the 2016 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition. “Skylarkin'” and “Angel Motel” both received Honorable Mentions in the Soft Rock category. “Skylarkin” was recorded by The SplinterTones in 2016 and is on their self-titled album. “Angel Motel” is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.
All songs entered in the annual SongDoor International Songwriting Competition are screened by industry
professionals with real connections to music publishing, producers, artists and labels, and are judged by
industry pros who have worked with Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennett, Britney Spears, Kenny
Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Fray, Train and dozens of other notable artists. Congratulations, Leah!
Sandra Updyke‘s photograph, Old Hovland Fish House,” was selected as the Best of the Year (architecture) category at Pixoto.com.
Artists continue their winter work. Here’s a new painting by Betsy Bowen.
And here’s one by Tim Pearson.
And here are self-portraits in glass created by the staff, instructors and artists at the Grand Marais Art Colony the other day. The class was called “Faces.” It was the first time working in glass for many of them.
And here’s the music for the week:
Thursday, Feb. 2
- Jim & Michele Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
- Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Jon Miller and the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3:
- Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Billy Johnson, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grile, 6 p.m.
- Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
- GNDWire Ski Party, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
- Joe Paulik Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4:
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
- Har Mar Superstar, Papa Charlie’s, 4 p.m.
- Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge Pub, 4 p.m.
- Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
- SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
- GNDWire Ski Party, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
- Joe Paulik Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5:
- Briand Morrison, Jazz Brunch, Mogul’s Grile, 10 a.m. to noon
- Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6:
- Molly Maher, Monday Night Songwriters, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
- Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7:
- Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8:
- Ben Kyle, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.
We found some great shots this week. Here’s a selection:
Sarah Reller caught this dynamic moment in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon as a musher comes into the Sawbill check point.
Bryan Hansel took this photo last week, but you’d never know it was winter. The reflected early light made the snow glow.
Here’s an evocative image by Tom Kasper.
And finally, this invitation to contemplate the beauties that are Grand Marais.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
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This summer the Gunflint Trail Historical Society & Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is planning a special temporary exhibit to be on display in the Museum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire. We are very happy to work with the following organizations on this project; Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee, Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, WTIP radio, and Good Measure Media. We will have additional financial assistance from the Gunflint Trail Association/Visit Cook County, and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.
Of course we could not put any of this together without the entire community helping us. The Ham Lake Fire started on May 5, 2007 and burnt over 75,000 acres.
After the 2017 season this temporary exhibit will be moved to a permanent location in the Museum to keep the history alive for future viewing.
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What you’ll need to make your outing successful:
- Permit. You’ll need to obtain a Christmas tree permit from the US Forest Service. It is $5 and can be picked up from any forest service office. Pro tip: pick up a map of the Superior National Forest. It can be purchased at the same time as your permit or from a local outfitter. Not only will it guide you through the backroads and identify the US Forest Service boundaries but is also a handy companion for year round navigation.
- Balsam Fir Forest. The Superior National Forest is filled with perfect trees dreaming of brightening up your home this holiday but you’ll need to know what you are looking for. Only certain types of trees can be harvested for Christmas. Balsam fir trees are the preferred species because they smell wonderful, are ideal for displaying ornaments and grow back rapidly so it keeps the forest healthy. Pro tip: bring a tape measure. You cannot return the tree to the forest if it is too big for your living space so it is important to know what you can accommodate.
- Saw. A folding handsaw or a chainsaw are the ideal tools for the job but any kind of cutting device or axe will be sufficient. Pro tip: look for tree of six inches or less in diameter and cut near the base of the tree at a slight angle. This will help determine the direction that the tree will fall.
- Rope. You’ll need something to secure your prized tree to the roof of your car. Similar to tying a canoe to the roof of your vehicle, you’ll need rope or locking straps to attach. Pro tip: bringing a blanket or tarp wrap the tree to protect it during travel will ensure the majority of needles stay intact as well as keep the roof of your vehicle scratch free.
- Winter clothing. It is not allowed to harvest a tree within 200 feet of a road or trail so you will have to venture into the woods to get your tree. Therefore, wearing appropriate winter clothing is a must. Besides you would never want to miss an opportunity for an impromptu snowball fight with your loved ones, would you? Pro tip: bringing a sled along to help pull the carefully selected tree out of the woods.
- Superior National Forest Service Christmas Tree Harvesting rules
- USFS quick guide to Christmas trees
- What you need to know about tree cutting
Permit locations in Cook County MN:
- Gunflint Ranger District -
2020 W. Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604 | PHONE:
(218) 387-1750 |
- Tofte Ranger District - 7355 West Hwy 61, Tofte, MN 55615 | PHONE: (218) 663-8060 | Email: email@example.com
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I recently received a heartbreaking news release from the Minnesota Department of Health. The email was full of statistics about suicide deaths in Minnesota in 2015.
It’s painful to read. The Department of Health reports that there were 726 suicide deaths in Minnesota in 2015, up from 686 in 2014. That equals 13 deaths per 100,000 Minnesotans.
And that means that all of us have likely been touched by the tragedy of suicide.
As Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said, “Let us never forget that this is not about statistics; each and every one of these 726 deaths is someone’s friend, relative and neighbor. We need to work together by focusing on prevention.”
I’m extremely fortunate that I have never been that low. I had a bit of postpartum depression when I had my first child, but I went for counseling. Talking to a caring professional helped me figure out that my sadness could be attributed to exhaustion and the loneliness of living far away from friends and family. Talking helped.
But I have been an observer of the challenges a person with mental illness faces. I’ve watched family and friends struggle with social situations and normal day-to-day living. I’ve seen people I care about become so depressed that they have considered suicide as a way to escape their emotional pain.
I’ve also seen the difference that community support, medication and counseling can make. Talking helps.
The Department of Health news seems to bear that out. There is a bit of good in the report. The number of suicides went down for Minnesota residents under 25 (from 119 in 2014 to 114 in 2015). Most prevention efforts have focused on this age group in recent years.
So it appears that the old belief that talking about suicide will cause someone to harm him or herself is not true. The state and national efforts reaching out to teens and young people—talking and listening— to them is working.
We need to expand those efforts, which Minnesota Department of Health officials have pledged to do. The 2015 Legislature invested $47 million in new spending for mental health services. This additional funding is the largest investment in state history, which is great, but we as individuals need to do our part.
It’s not just up to mental health care practitioners and law enforcement. All of us can help those who face mental illness by being there, by talking and listening. By asking, “Are you okay today?” and really listening for the answer.
And for those that face the challenge of mental health issues, if you reach the point of wanting to hurt yourself, please reach out for help.
A loved one, a suicide survivor, received some excellent advice during treatment and counseling. A behavioral health practitioner gave some tips on what to do if my friend reached that critical point again.
She said to make a list. Write down the names and phone numbers of trusted friends or family members. Not just one person, make it a list of 10 or a dozen. Before contemplating taking your life, call the first person on the list. If you get voice mail, call the next. If you text the next person and they are unable to reply right away, contact the next person… and the next and the next until you find someone to talk to.
I love this advice. It is gut wrenching to receive such a call. But it is horrifying to think that you may not be available to answer that call or text. So as part of a support network, it is reassuring to me to know that there are other options.
The tattered list remains in my friend’s billfold. Thankfully, because of medication and counseling, it hasn’t been needed. But it is a lifeline that needs to be there.
If you face depression that could lead to death by suicide, please make a list. Please, please, please talk to someone.
Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your
perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in
everything. That’s how the light gets in.
Banadad Ski Trail, BWCA’s Longest Tracked Ski Trail will hold their annual Trail Clearing Event and Annual Meeting/Dinner.
The annual meeting of the Banadad Trail Association (BTA) will be Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Schaap Community Center on the Gunflint Trail. (Next to the Fire Department, close to the Lima Grade intersection). The meeting will be at 5:30 and will follow with a Potluck Dinner; all are welcome.
The volunteer Trail Clearing Event will be Saturday, October 22, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m.; Meet at Boundary Country Trekking/Poplar Creek B&B at 8:30 a.m. for tools and instructions.
The purpose of the BTA is to maintain and enhance the Banadad Ski Trails, preserve the history of the forest and the trail and promote appreciation and care of the BWCA wilderness. The BTA is a volunteer organization open to all who share these goals.
Subscribe to the Banadad Bulletin, our free quarterly e-mail newsletter.
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The Trapper’s Daughter & The…..
The day we have all been waiting for is finally here!!!
It is my great pleasure today, on April 25th 2015, to present to you for the first time,
Wow, isn’t she a beauty??
After their long sail along the Lake Superior coast, the Trapper’s Daughter, Bear & Raccoon are finally able to relax on the shore near a big campfire. With beautiful bright embers floating toward the starlit sky, this print … read more
Day 5! Day 5! Day 5!
Today is the last day of our countdown before we reveal the NEW Trapper’s Daughter print for 2015!!
We kick off today’s countdown with a truly incredible print from 2013,
“The Trapper’s Daughter Crosses the Height of the Land as Winter Fades From the Woods & Waters.”
“The Trapper’s Daughter and the Spring Moose” came into the gallery like a hurricane. We could hardly keep this image on the walls and in the bins after … read more
Day 4 of Our Trapper’s Daughter Adventure!
Day 4 of our Trapper’s Daughter adventure beings with the winner of our 2014 Summer Solstice Trapper’s Daughter Bracket Competition….
In 2010, Rick Allen decided to try something new. With 26 different wood blocks, and 26 individual passes through the press, Rick and his famous helper Janelle, the Warrior Printress, worked their tails off on this one!!!
But wait…. there’s MORE!
The Kenspeckles decided to add a beautiful moon to the Long … read more
Day 3 of our Trapper’s Daughter Voyage!
We commence day 3 of our Trapper’s Daughter voyage with the eighth image in Rick Allen’s series….
Back in 2009, you could hear all of our jaws collectively drop, “KER PLUNK,” as we viewed “The Trapper’s Daughter Takes the Otter Slide” for the first time. What a beauty! Rick Allen really went to town with this gem.
One of my favorite parts about Rick’s prints is that so often they spark a wonderful, rich memory. … read more
“The Trapper’s Daughter & the Second Day”
We kick off day two of our Trapper’s Daughter countdown with Rick Allen’s 4th image in this enchanted series. Released in 2006, this beauty is a gallery staff favorite:
Our first glimpse of the Trapper’s Daughter out of the winter, we see her strong, axe wielding arms and bare feet. A vision of strength and courage, she crosses the lake atop two loons. When looking at the clouds, I can’t help … read more
The Trapper’s Daughter & the Unwritten Story
This year’s Gallery Hop Earth Day Celebration at Siiviis in Duluth will be unlike any other event before! Why, do you ask? Well my friends, because this year’s celebration is truly a dream come true. On April 25th, the ladies of Siiviis, along with the Kenspeckles of the Kenspeckle Letterpress present to you:
A THIRTEEN year retrospective featuring all 17 of the Trapper’s Daugher breathtaking appearances in print, including this year’s truly amazing addition to … read more