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Is Spring Here-Ice out in Little Ollie Lake

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
Two days ago the ice left Little Ollie Lake along with most of the smaller lakes on the Gunflint Trail. Poplar Lake still is ice covered but with a little help from the weather could go out by this coming weekend. In the woods there is still lingering patches ...
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GUNFLINT TRAIL Celebrates “Two-Line Opener”

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
COOK COUNTY, Minn. (May 9, 2014)— Unfazed by lingering ice, the fishing mecca of the Gunflint trail in northeastern Minnesota is gearing up for a two-line opener. “Talk about the best of both worlds,” says Bob Baker, owner and fishing guide at Gunflint Pines Resort. “How often do you ...
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Grooming on Banadad Ends for the Season

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
While the last grooming of the Banadad Ski Trail took place early April there is still amble snow on the trail for the backcountry skier and snowshoer. As of Easter there is over eighteen inches of snow along the eastern end of the trail and it is currently snowing quite ...
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Break from the Cold Tomorrow-Friday

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
After many days well below zero, with the temperature hitting -36 last night, we are finally going to see the temp go above zero tomorrow. According to current prediction it could get as warm as 20 above. That will really be a switch.
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Very Large Black Cat Sighted

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
While I have been quite reluctant to post this because people will think I am nuts. However I have since found several other people who have had similar sightings. So here goes! On January 8, I was returning to Poplar Lake from grooming the Banadad Ski trail along the snowmobile ...
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Wound Vets Ski Nordic Trails

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
Combat Wounded Veterans, http://combatwounded.org/, visit ski lodges along the Gunflint. Ten veterans, several who had lost their legs while in the military skied from Bearskin to Poplar Creek Guesthouse and the Tall Pines Yurt. While the next day they were scheduled to ski on to the Croft Yurt ...
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Great Early December Snow

Poplar Creek Courier - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:47pm
While we did not have the 40+ inches of snow portions of the North Shore had, we did get enough snow to begin serious work on the Banadad. The Lace Lake and Tall Pines have been cleared and barrel rolled. A few more inches of snow and they will be ...
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11/20/14 - I failed to mention that Sawbill Lake froze over for the season on Monday, November 10th.

Sawbill Newsletter - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:27am

11/20/14 - I failed to mention that Sawbill Lake froze over for the season on Monday, November 10th. It would have frozen a few days before that except high winds kept it open.

We've been receiving some great pictures from talented photographers. Dave Brislance is a Lutsen, Minnesota based wildlife photographer. He was kind enough to share some close ups of a bull moose he saw just off the Sawbill Trail back in October. - Bill


Photo by David Brislance.


Photo by David Brislance.


Photo by David Brislance.

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FADP: French Press

Aging Youthful - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am

This is truly a #FavoriteEverydayProduct in my kitchen as I DO use it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. My mornings start out with a 16 oz. glass of water, followed up a cup of Bulletproof Coffee I take with me for my 15 mile ride to the gym. I use my French Press a little different than the average Joe (pun intended, get it?). I use my press to cold-press my coffee. I have read that cold-pressing coffee cuts the acidity and you won’t have the “day old” taste like you do with hot-brewed coffee. (Click here for a great article).

Cold-pressing coffee is uber-easy: put as many grounds to your taste (I use three scoops), add water and let sit for at least 12 hours. While I cold-press, this Minnesota born and raised girl likes her coffee hot. After living off-grid for 10 years, I don’t use a microwave much and heat mine in a pan on the stove. (I’ll save the reasons why I don’t microwave much for another post).

Give the French-press, cold-pressed coffee a try and let me know if you notice a difference in taste and the acid in your stomach.

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Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival this weekend

North Shore Art Scene - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:31pm

Sandra Updyke took this incredible shot of ice on the shores of Lake Superior the other day.

 

Winterer’s Gathering & the Arctic Film Festival is at North House Folk School this weekend.

Celebrate the North this weekend at North House Folk School’s Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival.

The three-day event features presentations, coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, a gear & ski swap, community dancing, films, featured speakers and more, all focused on the lifeways and cultures in the North.

This year’s featured speakers are Katherine BreenSarah and Eric McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer who paddled their hand-crafted traditional Inuit sea kayaks 600 miles around southern Baffin Island, retracing a historical migration route.

They will give a presentation about their adventures at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

‘Lost in the Barrens” will be screened at 9 p.m. Saturday, one of many films to be screened over the weekend.

This will be followed by the featured film of the Arctic Film Festival: “Lost in the Barrens” based on a novel by Farley Mowat. The film starts at 9 p.m.

There’s lots more to see and do at Winterer’s Gathering, however, including a variety of workshops, presentations and more.

Highlights include the the Snowshoe Shuffle Contra Dance with Over the Waterfall (7 p.m. Friday,) the Gear & Ski Swap (10:30 p.m. Saturday) and the Deep Freeze Chili Feed (6 p.m. Saturday) as well as ongoing films about the Arctic and the people who live there, and a wide variety of workshops and presentations.

New this year are “Drop-in Skills“workshops, where participants can sign up and learn a number of skills. On Saturday,  the workshops include “Fix your hole-y socks” with Elise Kyllo, “Sharpening Things” with Paul Linden, 3 p.m., and “Making Mittens” with Kurt Buetow at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Nate Johnson will hold “Meet the Crooked Knife” at 9 a.m. and Emily Derke will teach “Small Game Snaring” at 10 a.m. followed by Mike Schelmeske, “Repurpose Old Tools.”

For the complete schedule of events, visit www.northhouse.org.

Another storyteller of the north, author, filmmaker, Olympian and NHL hockey player, Henry Boucha, will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Friday. This is a free program about Boucha’s life growing up in Warroad, becoming an Olympic and NHL hockey player and how his Ojibwe roots have helped him persevere through challenges and tragedies to become a leader in raising awareness about Native American athletes today. All invited.

Also this Friday, Bill Kienert, the director of ‘Project Ice,” a film that will shown at 7:30 p.m. at North House during the Arctic Film Festival, will talk about making this film about the Great Lakes on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. Also, the EverGreen Grass Band will be on the show to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

And this is the weekend for the popular “Holidays in Schroeder” in the West End.

It will be held in two locations: the Cross River Heritage Center and the Schroeder Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A Christmas bazaar will be held at at the Town Hall. Entitled  “North County Creations,” it will offer a wide variety of handmade arts & crafts for the holiday season.

There will be a holiday sale at the Cross River Heritage Center at the same time and features an an art sale and an exhibit of works by Mary Jane Huggins, Peter Juhl,  Kathy Gray-Anderson, Trish Hunter and Tim Ostroot.  Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance, and there will be lefse and krumkaka demonstrations. The drawing for “Whitesky,” a handmade quilt, will be at 2 p.m. The Heritage Center will then close for the season. Free and open to the public.

Fans of NPR’s Stuart McLean & the Vinyl Cafe can see him in Thunder Bay this weekend, too. He will be at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium  presenting his Christmas show at 2:30 p.m. (EST) Sunday. Tickets are available online at www.tbca.com.

Painting by Liz Sivertson.

In other art news, this is the last weekend to see the Members Show at the Grand Marais Art Colony. It closes Sunday, Nov. 23.

This is an exceptional exhibit that showcases the breadth and variety of art work created by Art Colony members. Glass, ceramics, oil, encaustic, sumi-e, watercolor, mono-prints, sculpture, collage and more are featured in the show.

The Art Colony is also featuring extra handmade bowls from the Empty Bowls fundraiser last week in its Gift Shop. They are $10 each. All the proceeds will go to Empty Bowls.

The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

In Duluth, Lutsen sculptor Tom Christiansen is among 26  artists selected to exhibit in the 60th annual Arrowhead Biennial, which is currently open at the Duluth Art Institute in the Depot in Duluth.

Also at the Duluth Art Institute is an exhibit of Jo Wood’s bead paintings, “Meaning of Home” and a fascinating exhibit featuring drawings, notebooks, and source material for George Morrison’s masterpieces. The exhibit is entitled “Drawing at the Horizon.”

In conjunction with the Duluth Art Institute’s exhibit, the North Shore Bank of Commerce is exhibiting “From the Collection,”  a selection of works by previous winners of the Biennial as well as other selected works. It was curated by John Steffl, the former director of the Duluth Art Institute, and a ceramic artist and fine art photographer as well.

“Reservoir,” woodcut by Cecilia Lieder, is one of the works in “From the Collection” at the North Shore Bank of Commerce.

Well-known Minnesota artists like Jim Denomie, Craig Blacklock , Cheng Khee Chee, Cecilia Lieder, Elsie Cook, John Salminen and many more have works in bank’s exhibit space.

In his curator’s statement, Steffl notes: “Regrettably, there is a troublesome pebble embedded in the psyche of our society: the misguided perception that art cannot exist without a rarified and pristine environment. It is a twisted thought that turns owning and displaying artwork into an unfortunate burden, like caring for an expensive breed of delicate, if not sickly, schnauzer.”

He goes on to say that all the artworks in this exhibit have had a life. “They have been placed in offices, showcased in lobbies and tucked away in alcoves … They have been loved (or in some cases endured) by staff and clients, captains of industry as well as everyday folks. And, unquestionably, it is the egalitarian beauty of presenting at at the North Shore Bank of Commerce that makes curating exhibits so attractive. People from all walks of life have the opportunity to experience art in a familiar setting … at their discretion … for free.”

“Birch Bark No. 3″ by Gail Marshall.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre is featuring “Birch Bark Visions” through Nov. 30.

It is a collaborative exhibition of drawings on birch bark by artists Mac Squires, Lisa Winter and Gail Marshall.

The Baggage Building is located at Prince Arthur’s Landing in downtown Thunder Bay. Check it out here.

For music this weekend:

Thursday, Nov. 20:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21:

  • EverGreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Grove Foundation fundraiser, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22:

  • Josh Von Mink, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Comedy Show, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 8 p.m.
  • EverGreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 23:

  • Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe’s Christmas Show, 2:30 p.m. (EST), Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

 

Here is our selection of photographs for this week.

First up, some gorgeous northern lights photos.

Photo by Scott Canfield.

 

Photo by David Johnson.

And some great wildlife shots.

The first one is by Paul Sundberg.

There are two deer in this photo by Paul Sundberg: The doe in the foreground and an attentive buck hidden in the trees.

David Johnson has been taking lots of photographs of bald eagles recently. Here’s a stunning one.

Photo by David Johnson.

 

Thomas Spence captured this fascinating image of early ice on the Onion River.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

 

And we found two great sunrise shots. Here’s one by Bryan Hansel taken on Artist’s Point.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

And Jamie Rabold caught this gorgeous shot as a 1,000-footer approached the Duluth harbor in swirling sea fog.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bike Lanes or Multi-use Trail: Learning More about Highway 61 Concept Designs

Moving Matters - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:57pm

As the community has the opportunity to provide feedback on two concept designs for the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais, there are many things to consider. This is an important opportunity to shape the future of Grand Marais and each community member has a unique set of experiences and perspectives to share. With this in mind, we’re highlighting some of the different features and options in the current concept designs to help encourage individual input on the designs.

One of the differences between the two concept designs is the way bicycles are accommodated: on street bike lanes or a multi-use trail. Each option has its own pros and cons, while both would offer better bicycle accommodations that the current corridor. Even for those of us that do not bike, these designs have benefits for drivers as well.

What are on street bike lanes and multi-use trails?

In Concept Design A, bike lanes provide 5 foot wide dedicated pavement width for bicycle use, created with painted lines on the pavement. In Concept Design B, a multi-use trail provides 12 foot wide dedicated pavement for 2-way pedestrian use including bicycles, separated from the road.

 

Why would we choose on street bike lanes over a multi-use trail?

Some bicyclists prefer to use the road and bike lanes support the existing and future use of the roadway for bicyclists. The use of bike lanes also separates pedestrian and bicyclist traffic, which can have extra advantages in areas with more foot travel. In parts of the corridor, shared use of a multi-use trail has already been an issue at times with congestion. Road separated multi-use trails create potential driveway crossing conflicts due to limited visibility of the crossing. This can be especially of concern to faster moving cyclists, who are more visible in on street bike lanes. The use of bike lanes on Highway 61 through Grand Marais also replicates an existing bike lane system in the downtown of Grand Marais. In the winter months, on street bike lanes can be plowed with the road, not creating any additional snowplowing demands.

Why would we choose a multi-use trail over on street bike lanes?

A multi-use trail also has its advantages over on street bike lanes. By using the multi-use trail option, we could continue the existing Gitchi Gami State Trail through the length of the corridor on the south side until Broadway, when it could potentially switch back to the north side of the road, creating a continuous multiuse facility through the corridor. This multi-use trail would be two feet wider than the existing multi-use trail, creating more space for a variety of users. A multi-use trail provides a grade separated facility that helps protect pedestrians and bicyclists from vehicles. This may be especially appealing to bicyclists not comfortable with on street riding in the corridor, such as young riders. Multi-use trails, if left unstriped, also do not require the painting upkeep as bike lanes do.

What does this mean for drivers?

The design of the road, intersections, and driveways will help improve circulation and safety by better defining vehicular movements at driveways and bringing some angled intersections to 90 degrees. Both entries into town are designed to better inform drivers they are entering a pedestrian zone where slower speeds are required. The road needs to speak to the drivers not just MPH Signs. This results in a better informed driver and safer driving condition. Existing traffic, from local to heavy commercial, is accounted for in the new road design. Bike lanes help dictate bicycle behavior easing vehicle circulation in general. Better designed crosswalk at the correct locations minimizes arrant erratic pedestrian crossings and improves safety and vehicle circulation.

While these are not all the factors to consider, we hope this will help illuminate some of the benefits and trade-offs that are inherent in making community design decisions.

 

How can I share my thoughts?

The City of Grand Marais needs your input and not only on whether bike lanes or a multi-use path would be preferable for you. Take a few moments to look at the concept designs and provide your feedback at: www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61. Feedback will be welcomed until Wednesday, November 26th.

 

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Lake Effect Snow and the Lack of It

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:51pm

We haven’t been getting snow dumped on us and it’s kind of disappointing. Lutsen, the downhill ski hill in our area, is open but had to make most of their snow. I’m sure they would appreciate four feet of the real stuff right about now.  Cross-country skiers are biting at the chomp to hit the trails, including me, but it’s going to take a bunch of snow before the trails will open. Why aren’t we receiving lake effect snowfall? This article does a great job of explaining the process and if I had to guess at the reason we’re not getting big snowfall right now I would say it’s because there isn’t a big difference between the temperature of the water and the air on the North Shore. What do you think?

Science behind the lake effect Ed Russo POSTED: 12:27 PM EST Nov 17, 2014    UPDATED: 12:40 PM EST Nov 17, 2014

It’s no doubt that parts of the area are going to be dealing with an intense wintry blast over the next several days causing many headaches. There are other parts of the Great Lakes region, though, that will have it worse.

One key ingredient to lake effect snow is something called fetch. Fetch is the distance wind travels over water. The longer the fetch, the more intense the snow bands.

Since the prevailing wind over this part of the country is usually west to east, the fetch over Lake Michigan is relatively small, although still significant enough to create lake effect snow.

However, Lake Erie and Ontario are oriented more west to east so the prevailing wind matches up with the longest axis of both of those lakes resulting in much longer fetch. It’s no surprise that because of this, parts of northwest Pennsylvania and New York are going to be measuring snow in feet!

What about Lake Superior? The west to east distance is even greater than that of Erie or Ontario. Lake Superior is a much colder lake so the difference in air/lake temperature is never as great as it is on Erie and Ontario. The greater the temperature difference between air and water, the greater the instability, and as a result, stronger snow bands develop.

With a north wind Lake Michigan can really produce intense snow bands because the wind will travel along Lake Michigan’s longest axis which is a north to south distance of just over 300 miles. This is what generates major lake effect snow events in areas like LaPorte county. Due north winds are far more uncommon, however, than a west wind, since west is prevailing across this part of the country.

Another reason the eastern lakes have enhanced snowfall is because of the very hilly terrain across New York and Pennsylvania. This terrain causes the air to lift (called orographic lift) which results in heavier snow. Northern parts of Michigan, especially the UP, often see enhanced lake effect snow due to the higher terrain in places like the Porcupine Mountains.

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Barb Gecas on Cover of Minnesota Trails Magazine

Banadad Bulletin - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:13am

Hestons Lodge and Banadad Trail Association Board member Barb Gecas is on the front cover of the current Minnesota Trails Magazine. Her daughter is following her in the picture.

Barb Gecas and daughter on Gunflint Nordic Trails

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“Clean” Eggs Benedict? Oh yeah!

Aging Youthful - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:00am

Eggs Benedict is one of my all-time favorite restaurant breakfasts. I don’t have very often as it is not the most healthiest, but with this “cleaner” option, I may have to try to make at home! This recipe come from Clean Eating Magazine who has a whole section of “Classics Made Clean” where I found this week’s #RecipeOfTheWeek.

Classic Eggs Benedict with Lemon Basil Hollandaise

By Heather Bainbridge

Serves: 2
Hands-on Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp safflower oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 1-oz slices all-natural turkey bacon, no nitrates or nitrites
  • 2 1/2-inch-thick slices vine tomato
  • 1 whole-grain English muffin, halved and toasted

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare sauce: In a small saucepan on medium, whisk 1 egg, buttermilk, arrowroot, lemon juice, oil and cayenne. Reduce heat to low and cook, whisking often, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp basil.
  2. Meanwhile, poach eggs: Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches water and bring to a simmer. Crack 1 egg into a small cup. With a spoon, make a swirling motion in water and slowly add egg, using spoon to tuck egg white close to yolk. Crack remaining egg into small cup and add to water; repeat tucking motion with egg white. Cook each egg for 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove eggs from water.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a medium nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add bacon and cook, turning once, until crisp, about 4 minutes per side. Remove bacon from skillet and cut each slice in half; add tomato to skillet and sear, turning once, for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Top English muffin halves with bacon, tomato, egg and hollandaise, dividing evenly. Garnish with additional basil.

Nutrients per serving (1 egg, 1/2 english muffin, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice bacon, 3 1/2 tbsp hollandaise): calories: 251, total fat: 11 g, sat. fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated fat: 4 g, polyunsaturated fat: 3 g, carbs: 18.5 g, fiber: 3 g, sugars: 6 g, protein: 20 g, sodium: 474 mg, cholesterol: 309 mg

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Deadline extended for Highway 61 feedback

Moving Matters - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:45pm

The deadline for providing feedback on the concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais has been extended until Wednesday, November 26th. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to shape the future of Grand Marais, whether you drive, walk, and/or bike. The next public meeting will be held in January.

View concepts and provide feedback at www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61.

 

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Looking for a Canoe, Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board?

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:35am

Our friends in Clearwater, Minnesota may have exactly what you need.  They are located just a short drive from the Twin Cities and can set you up with a watercraft you’re sure to enjoy. Right now they are entering names of anyone who purchases a boat into a drawing to win a trip to the Boundary Waters, courtesy of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters.  This is right in time for the holidays so check them out today!

BRANDS OF PADDLE CRAFT THEY CARRY ARE:

Wenonah Canoes, Current Designs Kayaks, Pau Hana SUP boards, Jackson Kayaks, Native Watercraft Kayaks, NuCanoe, Liquid Logic Kayaks, Osagian Canoes, and periodically we get other used brands in.

 

Paddle board from Clear Waters Outfitting

 

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Kratt Chat: Get your MOVE ON!

Visit Cook County - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:22pm

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

Get your MOVE ON!  From tradeshows, festivals to movie theatres, you will find us busting out everywhere!  The quickest move for me this month was my dash into Lake Superior.  Well, actually, the dash out was more like lightning speed.

Visit Cook County is all about “getting our MOVE on”.  One of the two most significant moves occurred mid-month when we joined forces with our Info Center team and moved them to the new office building.   A four month renovation project was completed and our new location promises to be more visible from Highway 61 and more spacious for our visitors.

While most of the crew stayed home and coordinated our Moose Madness Festival, a few of us hit the highway and headed south.  Jim Vick, Kjersti Vick and I traveled to the Mall of America for the Minnesota Ski and Snowboard Expo.  It was heartwarming and satisfying to hear from so many people regarding their love of our area.  They truly call Lutsen Mountains home.   Kjersti hit the road again the next week and attended the Windy City Ski Show www.windycityskiandsnowboardshow.com  in Champlain (Chicago) Illinois.  She is young and can do these back to back weekends which are extremely fun but very exhausting.

At the end of the month, the administrative team bid farewell to the Mayhew Building and MOVED to the heart of downtown.  Visit Cook County and the Information Center are all part of one big team located at 116 W. Highway 61 (the old Gunflint Realty Building).  I figure if I describe our location as the “old Gunflint Realty” AND NOT “right next to the Dairy Queen”, I might forget that a DQ Blizzard is literally 20 feet away.

Please make sure to mark your calendars for:

Visit Cook County – Open House

Wednesday, December 10th

3:00 to 5:00pm

Kjersti, Anna and I will be packing our bags and taking Cook County to the metro once again. You’ll find us wearing our moose horns and talking up a storm at the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo  www.midwestmtn.com  on November 21, 22, and 23.  If you are visiting Minneapolis, please stop by and see us.    We will be joined by many area businesses who have found this show to be an opportunity not to be missed.

Visit Cook County will also be a part of (for the first time ever) the Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show in Duluth on December 12, 13, and 14 shamrockprod.com/exhibitor/ice/iceehome.aspx .  Just the name of this the show was screaming to me “you need to be here”!

In other exciting news, Lutsen Mountains opened for the 2014-15 season on Saturday. It was a beautiful sunny weekend with great man made snow. Open weekends until December, you can now get your move on down the slopes!

And last but not least, the coolest thing ever – our winter video will be part of pre-viewing in select theatres across the metro during the holiday season.  The 15 second winter video clip will hit 57 screens more than 12,000 times from November 14 through January 8th.    You will find us at the following theaters:

  • Showplace ICON at the West End – Minneapolis
  • Mall of America – Minneapolis
  • Rosedale 14, St. Paul
  • Eagan 16, Eagan

 

 

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Dual Fuel Rate Interruption Today: November 17th

Arrowhead Electric - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:24am

 

A Dual Fuel Rate Interruption will happen today, November 17, 2014 starting at 5:30pm until 8:30pm. You can check out load control schedules at http://lmguide.grenergy.com

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It’s Beginning to Feel Alot Like Winter

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:06am

Temperatures have dipped down into the single digits and the wind has been blowing fierce. It feels more like January outside than November. The good news is after a few days of bitter cold the weekend forecast calls for temperatures in the 30′s again. I think I had better get all of my outside chores done this weekend because who knows when we may see this warm of temperatures again. If this winter is anything like last year it will be quite some time.

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Quit Plastic and Think Your Safe From BPA?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00am

There have been many reports of the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastic food and beverage containers that can potentially leach into the foods they are stored, especially when microwaved. While there is debate over the ingredient, ever since I first heard of the potential danger, I will only buy containers with the “BPA-free” label hoping that it means it is safe and I NEVER microwave food in plastic. I will heat it on a paper or glass plate or eat it cold.

What I didn’t know is canned foods is one of the biggest sources of BPA  Americans ingest today. Yes, canned foods…like metal cans. According to the Good Housekeeping website:

The insides of food cans are often lined with an epoxy resin that keeps corroding metal away from the food. But bisphenol A in that resin can migrate into the foods; in fact, it’s the major source of our exposure to the chemical, says the government’s National Toxicology Program. While the FDA has issued reassuring statements about the risk, other experts aren’t so convinced. In 2007, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found BPA in more than half of the 97 food cans it tested, with the highest levels coming from chicken soup, infant formula, and ravioli. Just one to three servings of those foods with those concentrations could expose a woman or a child to BPA at levels that cause serious adverse effects in animal tests, the group concluded.

Though you may see “BPA-free” on some canned goods, food manufacturers are not required to list the chemical on labels, so you have no way of knowing whether it’s present.

The scariest part of this report is the statement it’s in the cans of infant formula and if you read the rest of the article, children have the highest levels in their bodies. How to limit exposure? Just like how we SHOULD eat:

  • Limit processed, packaged and canned foods.
  • Buy broths in boxed containers instead of canned or plastic.
  • Have the bulk of your diet consist of fresh one-ingredient foods
  • Use BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups

EXTRA SPECIAL CAUTION: Plastic water bottles left in cars in the heat can be the worst culprits. The bottles usually are NOT BPA-free and when they are left in the hot car in the sun, it can be a bad combination.

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