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8/25/14 - Our incredible Sawbill guides, Dave and Amy Freeman, are embarking on another big canoe adventure.

Sawbill Newsletter - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 8:16pm

8/25/14 - Our incredible Sawbill guides, Dave and Amy Freeman, are embarking on another big canoe adventure. They are paddling from Ely, Minnesota to Washington, D.C. This time, they are not only teaching wilderness values as they go, but lobbying for clean water and maintaining the diverse, vibrant economy in northeastern Minnesota.

You can find out much more at:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single paddle stroke. An enthusiastic crowd encourages Dave and Amy as they paddle petitions (including the canoe itself) from Ely to Washington, D.C.

The portage trail may be rocky, but Dave and Amy will complete their mission to keep the BWCA Wilderness safe.

Amy and Dave in their native habitat.

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What’s REALLY In Our Food: “Exploding” Soy Protein?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:00am

I LOVE my IsaLean protein bars, not only for the taste, but for the natural ingredients that are in the bars. They are a “processed” food and do contain a higher amount of natural sugars, I have to be careful to not rely on them for my food, as I am suspecting I have a fructose sensitivity (yep, even the natural kind found in fruit). I am so grateful our company does not use soy protein in any of their products becasuse it is NOT the health food we’ve been told it is. From the Natural News Website:

Virtually all “protein bars” on the market today are made with soy protein. Many infant formula products are also made with soy protein, and thousands of vegetarian products (veggie burgers, veggie cheese, “natural” food bars, etc.) are made with soy protein. That soy protein is almost always described as safe and “natural” by the companies using it. But there’s a dirty little secret the soy product industry doesn’t want you to know: Much of the “natural” soy protein used in foods today is bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent known as hexane. Click here for the full article….



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Don’t Get Lost

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:54pm

I read a story about a man getting lost in California while he was on a fishing trip and it reminded me about a couple I encountered the other day. I was out picking blueberries with friends in a very popular location.  We were talking and picking and then we heard someone yell, “HELLO!”.  We yelled back and in response we heard a man say, “Thank God, we were lost.”

We couldn’t see the man and didn’t see him until about twenty to thirty minutes later.  During this time we kept yelling to him so he could use our voices to figure out which way the road was. We were done picking but waited for him and his wife to get out to the road before we left. They emerged from the woods grateful, sweaty and disheveled.  He said he wouldn’t have known what to do if we hadn’t been there.

When they saw our buckets of blueberries they asked in astonishment, “Did you pick those right here by the road?” We answered, “Yes.” and then he said to both us and his wife, “Well, now we’ll know we don’t have to go in so far tomorrow.” To this his wife replied, “I won’t be going blueberry picking tomorrow.”

Thankfully this story had a happy ending.  It’s easy to get turned around in the woods especially since all of the trees and brush are about 10-12 feet tall. It’s very thick in places with tall grass hiding rocks, holes, downed timber and burned stumps. In one of the places I went picking I took flagging ribbon around to mark my path so I couldn’t get lost.

This reminded me of another story. A long time ago when Mike’s cousin Sheri was very young we went out hiking. I put her in charge of tying the flagging ribbon onto the trees while I attempted to locate/make my own trail to a destination I wanted to reach. The instructions I gave her were simple, “Just make sure you can see the last ribbon from where you tie the next ribbon.”

After awhile of bushwhacking I finally gave up and decided it was time to turn back the way we came. When I looked for the flagging I couldn’t see any in sight. I asked Sheri where the ribbon was and she said, “I ran out a long time ago.”

I think about that now and think it is so funny. On that particular day however I didn’t think it was funny. I was responsible for her and an employee I brought along on the expedition and I had no clue where to go. We eventually made it back to civilization exhausted and me soaking wet from a swim I had to do to in order to get someone to go back to get them with a boat.

Both of these stories had a happy ending but could just as easily not have been.  Try to keep the odds in your favor when you’re out in the woods and bring along a compass, map, whistle, flagging ribbon, gps, cell phone, sun dial or whatever else will help you from staying lost.

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Hey Summer, You’ve Been Fun

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Blog - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:33pm

You know what? It’s been one fun Gunflint Trail summer at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

We kicked off Kids’ Day, which sees a couple dozen kids through the museum on Mondays: making journals, learning about pond life, seeing if they can jump as far as a frog, and all sorts of other fun, hands-on activities. We host our last Kids’ Day of the season, tomorrow, August 25. Last Tuesday, our U.S. Forest Service naturalist friends put on their last presentation of the season at Chik-Wauk. And we’ve finished up a series of special guest presentations on Sundays as well. We’ve been having such a good time, it’s hard to believe that it’s nearly back to school time. We hope you found some time to play with us this summer!

To celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday, Smokey came for a visit to Chik-Wauk on August 4th, along with some U.S. Forest Service and Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department friends. Kids got to learn Smokey’s story and learn about fire is fought on the Gunflint Trail. A good time was had by all. Happy Birthday Smokey!

Thanks to all those who attended the Gunflint Woods, Winds, and Strings Benefit Concert on August 16. Several local and guest musicians entertained a sellout crowd of over 150 Gunflint Trail neighbors and guests. Thanks also to the organizing committee and all the volunteers who worked to put on this important fundraising event for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

The pace at Chik-Wauk always slows down a little during the week between when the MN State Fair starts off and Labor Day weekend. Things don’t stay quiet for long though. Come the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (August 31), we’ll have a full house for the Annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social Fundraiser. This beloved event features homemade pie, ice cream, book signings (with local authors John Henricksson and Nace Hagemann), and a gift shop sidewalk sale. The festivities go from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. , or until the pie runs out. Sorry, you won’t find any pie on a stick at the pie and ice cream social. With homemade pie this good, you don’t need a gimmick.

While you’re at the museum, don’t forget to pick up a few items in gift shop. These sales are so important to keeping Chik-Wauk strong and Christmas is just four months away, eh?

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Delete The File

Aging Youthful - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 1:00am

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their mind called ‘All the things that could go wrong.’ ~Marianne Williamson

#SoulFoodSunday #AgingYouthful

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Catch and Release Fishing in the BWCA

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:33pm

We encourage catch and release fishing in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park. This helps to ensure quality fishing for canoe country campers who visit in the future. While it is nice to get a photo of your fish it is better for the fish if it is done while the fish is in the water. If you must have a photo of yourself with a fish you plan to release then be sure to follow the guidelines below and remember to support the weight of the fish body with a hand under its belly and keep the fish horizontal. Do not hold a fish by the lower jaw because it can damage jaw muscles that will affect the ability of the fish to feed after release. It’s fun to catch a fish and even more rewarding to watch it swim away after you have released it.


  1. Be Prepared. Too many times I have casted a lure into the water not expecting to catch a fish and one ends up stuck on my lure. I then find myself struggling to reach a needle nose or other tool in order to release the fish. Always plan to catch a fish and have a needle nose, gloves or whatever else you need nearby so you can quickly and efficiently release a fish.
  1. Be Efficient. You can increase the rate of survival if you avoid over playing the fish. Retrieve the fish deliberately, not too quickly, slowly or sporadically. This will help reduce the stress and fatigue a fish experiences.
  2. Go Barbless. The use of barbless hooks or cutting the barbs off of lures can aide in a quick release that does less damage to a fish.
  3. Wear Rubberized Gloves. I know it might look silly and your friends may make fun of you but if you are planning to release a fish then wear rubber gloves. It helps protect the coat of slime the fish needs on its body and gloves allow you to get a firm grip without squeezing the fish too hard. Touching fish with your bare hands can cause fungus growth or infections leading to the death of the fish.
  4. Fish Belong in Water. If at all possible it is best to release a fish while the fish is still in the water. Air is an enemy of fish and sunlight can damage their eyes. To release a fish in the water just reach over the side of the watercraft and use a needle-nosed pliers to gently remove the hook from the fish and watch it swim away.
  5. Cut the Line. When a fish has swallowed the hook do not try to remove the hook from inside of the fish. Just cut the line as close to the hook as possible and over time the hook will dissolve or dislodge.
  6. Handle With Care. If you must touch the fish then either wear gloves or wet your hands first to protect the slime coating.  Keep your fingers out of the gills and eyes and hold the fish firmly without squeezing and prevent the fish from battering itself on hard or hot surfaces. Support the body of the fish with a hand under the stomach even while it is in the water so the pressure on the hook is eliminated.
  7. Use Nets Sparingly. If you must bring the fish into the boat with a net then be sure it is a rubberized net. This type of net will cause less damage to the fish.
  8. Release with Care. Gently return the fish to the water in a headfirst position pointing it straight down to allow the fish to plunge into the water.
  9. Fish CPR.  A fish may need to be revived if it is exhausted or if it has spent too much time out of the water. Hold the fish in the water in their normal swimming position while supporting the belly and holding both the mouth and gills open.  Move them forward or hold them facing into a current to allow water to pass through their gills.  They should swim away under their own power.

If all efforts to release a fish fail then consider it as part of your catch.  Otherwise give each fish the best fighting chance at survival so they may go on to live and reproduce for other generations. Follow these guidelines and let them go so they can grow.

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8/23/14 - There is a research project underway here in Cook County that examines the impact of international workers in the local communities.

Sawbill Newsletter - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:16am

8/23/14 - There is a research project underway here in Cook County that examines the impact of international workers in the local communities.

Part of the project is a survey of visitors, in which you are welcome to participate.

Former Sawbill crew member, Lee Stewart, started camping at Sawbill with her parents in the 1950s. Her mother, Lizzy Millard, would have been happy to see that her descendants are still camping at Sawbill. - Bill

Lizzy Millard's descendants, Emily Elizabeth Stewart Thomas, Lee Stewart, Jane Elizabeth Thomas - 60+ years of family tradition and counting.

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Land of True Happiness, Canadian Wilderness!

Tuscarora Lodge and Outfitters News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 8:49am

A blog from former staffer Amy -

On August 8, my friends Laura, Tessa, Steph, and I set off on a wonderful, witty, wandering wilderness women’s adventure. All of us had spent summers guiding and traveling through the Boundary Waters on the US-Canada border, but this was the first time any of us had ventured north of that border on a multi-night Quetico trip. We were so excited and so ready to go (especially guide dog Avery!).

A tow from Tuscarora gave us a jumpstart on our 95-mile journey. Thanks Kyle!

After checking in with Janice at the Cache Bay Ranger Station, we paddled north toward the Falls Chain.  It was so much fun to put “faces” with the names we’d heard so many times (Silver Falls, Saganagons, Kawnipi), to see the unique characters of the many waterfalls (Bald Rock, Koko, Four Falls, Little Falls, Canyon, Kennebas) around which we portaged. Turns out the sound of rushing water is very encouraging when you’re carrying a heavy pack and/or canoe!

Although we saw several other people along the Falls Chain, by the time we turned south towards Agnes it was beginning to feel like it was just us and the Canadian wilderness. We loved the still mornings and evenings (good for sunset yoga on the rocks!), streams along the Agnes River, pictographs, islands, and cliffs during this part of our journey. And we did a lot of singing of voyageur songs and oldies!

On our 4th day we stopped at Louisa Falls and were glad to be hiking up the steep, rocky, rooty trail without our canoes and gear. There the sun peaked out for the first time in a few days…it felt pretty glorious!

Our campsite on Sunday Lake that night was one of our favorites. We’d fallen into a pattern of good rock time, cooking yummy meals and taking out the map to talk through our plans for the next day. And that night we watched the sky and lake for a long time.

Over the next few days we looped south along the border and then northeast along the man chain. These lakes are very confusing to talk about… “Was that This Man or That Man? Is this This Man or That Man?” …but cliffy and island-y and calm.

In addition to large “Welcome to Canada” signs, we experienced lilypads and knee-deep mud during this part of the journey. It was all very wonderful!

The last few nights of our trip were cold and brought beautiful misty mornings. On our final morning in the Quetico we paddled through Ottertrack Lake in awe as the mist revealed perfectly still water and cliffs brightened by elegant sunburst lichen.

It was hard to leave this beautiful place experienced with beautiful friends. But Quetico, we will be back!!


If you go…

They did the route in 7 days but be warned, these girls move!  Moving 15 to 20 miles a day is not unheard of for them.

  • Day 1: Hook Island to Saganagons
  • Day 2: Saganagons to Murdoch (comes right after Kawnipi)
  • Day 3: Murdock, Agnes River, Agnes (halfway)
  • Day 4: Agnes, Meadows, Sunday
  • Day 5: Sunday, Bayley Bay of Basswood Lake, Birch Lake, Carp Lake, Sheridan Lake, That Man, No Man, This Man
  • Day 6: This Man, Other Man, Bell, Fran, Saganagons, Lilypad, Jasper, Ottertrack (Canada side)
  • Day 7: Ottertrack, Swamp, Sag, Roy, Grandpa, Seagull
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Moose Calling at the State Fair

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:39am

This might just be the way to get people from up north down to the Minnesota State Fair.

Hear the Call of the Moose at the Minnesota State Fair

Fairgoers can hear the Call of the Moose at the Minnesota State Fair. A new partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Les Kouba Outdoors was formed to raise awareness of the plight of Minnesota moose and raise money for moose research and management.

At the fair:

Get info on a new critical habitat license plate featuring moose art by renowned wildlife artist Les Kouba. Information about the program is available on the DNR website at
Hear moose calling when the finalists of the Let Loose Your Minnesota Moose-Moose Calling Contest sound off on the DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The DNR’s Tom Rusch, Tower area wildlife manager, will give moose background, demonstrate calling and help judge. Sign up for the contest from 9 a.m. today through 12:45 p.m. Aug. 29, at the fair at the Call of the Moose Store, or online at or
Hear original music from Michael Monroe dedicated to the Call of the Moose Minnesota. Monroe blends vocals, guitars, bamboo and crystal flutes, and will perform at various times on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Call of the Moose store, and at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 before the calling contest.
Merchandise is being sold near the DNR building at the Call of the Moose store. A portion of the proceeds benefits moose research and management. See a restored statue of a life-size moose that has been displayed at the State Fair for nearly 20 years. This year, the moose is outfitted with a tracking collar similar to those used to track real moose in northern Minnesota. See a video of the moose restoration at
Why all the focus on moose? Moose in Minnesota are in trouble. A 50 percent decline in the moose population since 2010 has left the iconic Minnesota animal in real danger of disappearing.

Information on the partnership between the DNR and Les Kouba Outdoors is available online at Information from the DNR on moose research can be found at


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Funny Fox Video

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:34pm

We love fox and we know how curious and mischievous they are. I’m not sure why this person left their GoPro on the ground but the fox took advantage of the opportunity to steal it. The video mainly shows the inside of the fox’s mouth. I’ve always been tempted to put a GoPro on my dog or wish I could put one on a fox to see where they go. Guess I will just have to settle for this video for now.

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Highway 61 Revisited: Help Redesign Highway 61

Moving Matters - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:50pm

The City of Grand Marais invites all that live, work, shop, walk, bike, drive, or play along Highway 61 in Grand Marais to the kick-off of Highway 61 Revisited to help redesign this important corridor. The first gathering will be Thursday, September 4th 6-8 pm at the Grand Marais Public Library.


Join us for a lively evening to engage in discussion and share ideas to improve Highway 61 through Grand Marais.

For more information and updates, visit

*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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Favorite Everyday Products: Cleanse For Life

Aging Youthful - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:00am

I LOVE my cleanse days! Now before you think I’m crazy and having to run to the bathroom every five minutes, our cleansing is not like that AT ALL! We are a whole body, cellular cleanse and it is so awesome to cleanse and feel amazing!!! Most people don’t know how good they can (and are suppose to) feel anymore. Just like your car needs an oil change to run efficiently so do our bodies. From our website:

Every day we’re exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the items we touch. Cleanse for Life helps give your body the nutrition it needs to cleanse itself naturally, and unlike other “cleanses,” laxatives or diuretics that can deplete your body, Cleanse for Life nourishes and feeds your entire body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals. 

Deep and daily cleansing supports your mental and physical performance, resistance to stress and digestive health. It can also help protect your body from the cumulative damage of environmental toxins and oxidative stress. 

Improved taste and technology: New and innovative extraction technology pulls more potency and flavor from each botanical. Increased potency allows for cleansing at the cellular level and greater protection against oxidative stress 

Enhanced formula: Now with turmeric to assist the body with efficient detoxification. More burdock than before to assist the body with cleansing in the circulatory system. 

I could explain it all day long, but this 6 minute video explains it so much better than I ever could:

Want to order…just give me a call or order yourself here:

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Kristi Downing Celebration, Art & Music

North Shore Art Scene - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00am

A summer sunrise by Kirk Schliefe.

It’s a quiet week in Cook County, as everyone gets ready for the music festivals and art tours coming up in September. But there’s still lots to do and see.

Kristi Downing, by Layne Kennedy.

On Saturday, a celebration of the joy, spirit and life of raku potter Kristi Downing, who passed away last year, will be held at the Hovland Town Hall. Aug. 23 was her birthday.

A benefit art sale will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Town Hall featuring a variety of artworks, including KK textile collages and commemorative raku cups as well as donated work by local and regional artists. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds will benfit the KKD Scholarship Fund at North House Folk School.

The event will also feature a fish fry fry from 5-7 p.m., donations accepted, a celebration of Kristi’s life in video, readings and music from 7-8:30 p.m. and a dance from 8:30-11 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

Other events this weekend include free craft demonstrations at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Parking lot featuring lots of arts & crafts, produce in season, baked goods and more.  Singer/songwriter Maria Nickolay will sing.

And the 4th annual Grand Portage Classic Car Show will be at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by the The Rockin’ Hollywoods starting at 9 p.m.

Writing is one of the things one can do  and/or and appreciate this weekend, too.

Sugarloaf Cove.

To learn more about the art of writing, Jill Swenson, an author, book developer and literary manager, will hold a writing workshop at Sugarloaf Cove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Entitled “Writing Wild Workshop,” the workshop will focus on the creative partnership between writing and nature one can find at Sugarloaf. Participants will be encouraged to write creatively in whatever genre they choose: haiku, short story, memoir, natural history, poetry, narrative nonfiction, science fiction. Cost is $30 for members. For more information, call 218-525-0001 or click here.

Also, Kate Hopper is reading and discussing her book, “Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood” at Drury Lane Books in a Writer’s Salon at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Award-winning poet Larry Schug will be reading his poems at the Cross River Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Satuday, too. He is the author of a number of poetry books, including “Scales Out of Balance,” “Caution: Thin Ice,” “Arrogant Bones,” “Nails,” and “At Gloaming,” which has just been published. The public is invited. Free.

In other art news, the Birney Quick Retrospective continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 7. The exhibit features a wide variety of paintings, prints, lithographs and drawings created by the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony during his career. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony continues its exhibit and sale of work by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Festival this year. The gallery space also features work by Art Colony members.
The  Art Colony is holding Friday studio demonstrations throughout August. Potter Joan Farnam will be demonstrating in the Art Colony’s  ceramics studio at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Free.

Sivertson Gallery has new paintings by David Gilsvik, many of the BWCA, new large, fused glass totems by Nancy Seaton and hand-turned bowls by Howard Hedstrom.

Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings at the Coho Cafe through August. Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer’s exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors continues through Aug. 30.

Blue Moose has new stained glass by Shelly Bouquet from Grand Rapids, including a loon and northern lights. The shop is also featuring a new artist crafting bird houses by Duluth artist Dave Hoad and handmade wall art from Haiti crafted from recycled oil drums.

Betsy Bowen puts the final touches on the lake trout she painted on a propane tank at Como Oil.

Artists who will be creating work for the Great Place Race, a Moving Matters and Cook County Chamber of Commerce project, include mosaic benches at the Grand Marais Art Colony by Kelly Dupre and Peter Jansen, Little Free Libraries around town crafted by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Betsy Bowen’s painting of a lake trout on the Como propane tank, and an art bench at the Co-op by Tom Christiansen. In all, the Great Place Race funded 16 projects. Patrick Knight is producing a video about the project. Pushing Chain (Boyd Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe) has just released their first CD. “Pushing Chain.”

There’s lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Midwest Assembly, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23:

  • Don Juans, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music on the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Restaruatn, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Gin Strings, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • The Rockin’ Hollywoods, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25:

  • Joe & Jessi, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • The Sudden Lovelys, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s,  8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Grand Marais Public Library, 6 p.m.

Summer is celebrated in gardens and the woods with great displays of flowers. Here are a few of the wonderful photos we found this week.

Photo by Ryan Tischer.


Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Photo by David Johnson.

We found some beautiful landscape photographs, too. Here’s a selection:

Two gorgeous shots by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Photo by Travis Novitsky.

A Lake Superior island, by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s a beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Baptism River Canyon by Bryan Hansel.

A Grand Marais sunrise by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

And last, but not least, this wonderful shot by Thomas Spence taken near Tofte.

Heartbreak Creek by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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No trickle down economy on election advertising

Unorganized Territory - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:12pm

Spoiler alert. There will be some whining in this Unorganized Territory. I’ll try to bring myself back around to positive thoughts at the end of this week’s column, but I really need to share a pet peeve. It’s because I’ve received a glut of political campaign press releases from all over the region, the state and the country—and it’s only the primary.

I’m guessing that faux news releases will really ramp up as we get into September and October. I wouldn’t mind these announcements if they actually contained real information on a candidate. But the majority of the “news” sent out by politicians is reports of alleged misbehavior by their opponents.

I’m somewhat used to that. I think we Americans know when a political ad is tweaked and comments are taken out of context and twisted. I am inclined not to vote for someone who uses that sort of campaign tactics. The advertisements and news I want to see from candidates is where they stand on issues.

I want to hear whether or not they have some sort of plan to resolve the flood of children across our southern border. I want to hear constructive suggestions on what can be done to fix the glitches in the Affordable Care Act and the devastating mishandling of veterans affairs. I want to know what my representatives are going to do to work with the other party—not how they are going to stonewall one another.

Unfortunately, we don’t get that sort of information. And the straw that broke the camel’s back this week was yet another ad sent out to a mailing list of Minnesota newspapers telling us about the upcoming campaign ad to be launched on television— and the millions of dollars spent on that campaign.

At least once a day I receive an email announcing, “Thanks to our generous supporters the Joe Candidate campaign is airing two TV advertisements during the primary season. The initial ad began airing across the 8th District on August 16.”

Or, an email decries the falsehoods in an opponent’s ad and asks for the print media’s help in setting the record straight.

So obviously, these political machines realize that newspapers are an effective way to reach voters. But for some reason they don’t want to spend any of the hundreds, thousands, or millions of dollars they have raised in campaign funds to get their messages out in newspapers.

I don’t know if I would have voted for President Hoover, but his ads were clever!

The decline of the newspaper is vastly overstated. Time and again the newspaper industry has surveyed its readers and advertisers and finds that people are reading and that newspapers are trusted sources for information. As recently as 2014, a study conducted for the Minnesota Newspaper Association by Scarborough queried Minnesotans. The survey found that 89 percent of Minnesotans had accessed a newspaper in print or in digital format in the past month. The net print readership was found to be 71 percent. Even more important was the reasons why people turn to newpapers. The survey found that newspapers were the most important resource for 56 percent of readers interested in local schools; for 50 percent of readers concerned about crime; 52 percent of readers looking for “things to do;” and 49 percent of readers wanting to learn about local government.

There are more reasons why people read their local newspaper and I wish these massive political campaigns realized that. I don’t know how candidates and campaign managers think newspapers will be able to stay afloat to help spread their message without their support. There is no trickle down economy when it comes to campaign financing.

Fortunately the story is quite different for our local politicians. Many of the folks running for township, Tribal government, city, county, school, hospital board, sheriff, or other elected seat, place ads in the Cook County News-Herald.

We truly appreciate it. Not only do we believe that we are one of the best methods to reach the people in the community who vote, the ads help us cover the cost of reporting on the election. Their hard-earned dollars stay in the community with us and help us keep the 123-year tradition of the Cook County News- Herald alive.

Their funding helps tide the local newspaper over for a bit after the election. It helps us cover those folks once they are elected and serving on the county board or the city council or a township board. They may not appreciate that we report comments made by an upset citizen or when we carefully monitor their actions to make sure they are not violating open meeting laws.

But these candidates support us anyway, with their campaign ads and by being cooperative and providing real answers to tough questions.

It takes a village to run a newspaper. We’re thankful to all of the loyal subscribers and advertisers who help us bring all the news to the community. We couldn’t do it without you.


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What Happened to the Sun

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:01pm

The sun is getting lazy. It stays in bed longer in the morning and goes to bed much earlier in the evening. This week the sun has barely shown itself during the day. It’s as if the sun has decided to cut back on work. I’d like to tell the sun its work isn’t over yet.  There are still two more weeks before the kids start school again and they’d like some sunshine. When it’s overcast and a mist is falling from the sky it’s difficult to find the motivation to go fishing, paddling or swimming so hopefully the sun will put in a few more hours of work this week. According to the forecast the sun must have asked for more vacation time with the exception of Saturday when it looks like its scheduled to work.  Let’s hope the sun has a guilty conscious and decides to work a little harder these upcoming weeks.

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken Nuggets

Aging Youthful - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:00am

Move over Chicken McNuggets….Tosca Reno has a version that uses REAL chicken, is easy and tastes so good even the kids will be asking for more! (Check  out for for easy, healthy recipes!).

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (20 to 25 nuggets)

Chicken Nuggets
    • 3 x 6-oz / 170-g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • ¼ cup / 60 ml oat bran
    • ¼ cup / 60 ml wheat germ
    • 1 Tbsp / 15 ml coarsely ground flaxseed
    • ¼ cup / 60 ml coarsely ground almonds
    • ½ tsp / 2.5 ml sea salt
    • ½ tsp / 2.5 ml white pepper
    • Pinch garlic powder
    • ½ cup / 120 ml water or low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 232°C. Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or coating lightly with extra virgin olive oil.
2. Cut chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces, about 1½ inches square. Set aside.
3. Next, combine all dry ingredients in a large container with a tightly fitting lid. Shake well. This is your coating mixture.
4. Combine water and egg in a medium bowl. Dip each piece in the water-egg white mixture. Then dip each piece in the coating mixture. Make sure each piece is well coated.
5. Place on the baking sheet. When all of your chicken has been coated and your baking sheet is full, place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

Tosca’s Tip
Use the almond coating on larger strips of chicken breast to make chicken tenders for the adults!

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8/19/14 - Every customer who visits the Sawbill store know that we have some pretty cool and unique merchandise

Sawbill Newsletter - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:44pm

8/19/14 - Every customer who visits the Sawbill store knows that we have some pretty cool and unique merchandise, but now the Facebook community knows it too! A fan of the Red Cup Living products we sell recently visited the store and was so excited by our stock that she took a picture and sent it to the company. The photo got posted on the Facebook page of Red Cup Living, so now all their fans know where to find us! - Britta

The lovely photo that one of our customers sent in to Red Cup Living.

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Minnesota Canoeing

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:30pm

Here’s a place for you to paddle if you live in Central Minnesota. Clear Waters Outfitting is owned by Mike’s first cousin Sandra and her husband Dan. Mike has been helping with their business since they started and still helps out when he can.  We’ve paddled a section of the river and had a great time. It’s not the Boundary Waters but it’s not a 6 hour drive from the Twin Cities either.  If you have time for a paddle then be sure to check Clear Waters out.

CLEARWATER, Minn. (WCCO) – The Mississippi is a powerful river spanning more than 2,000 miles. But there’s one stretch, not far from the metro, that’s shallow and peaceful enough to attract canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers.

It’s a wide section between St. Cloud and Anoka that’s been designated “wild and scenic” by the DNR.   That means no one can put up new buildings or cut down trees along the shoreline.

It’s where Dan Meer and his family started their company, Clear Waters Outfitting, five years ago.

“Right here, it’s probably only about three, four feet deep,” Meer said. “But you can definitely see to the bottom.”

It’s a lush, green view that Meer appreciates probably more than most because of where he was ten years ago, patrolling parts of Iraq with the National Guard.

“Definitely an eye-opener to see the poverty and the things that go on in some other countries,” he said. “And it really made me realize how good we have it here in the U.S.”

But then he returned from his deployment to a struggling economy and a stressful job in the printing industry.

“After coming back from Iraq, I really started reevaluating what I was doing,” he said. “Plus the recession was in place.”

And that’s how CW Outfitting was born, a chance for the Meer family to get control in their lives, and help others at the same time.

“We just want to send people out to relax and have a good time, and get away from their normal busy lives,” Meer’s wife, Sandra, said.

“We do this for the love of the outdoors,” Meer said. “We’ve been very fortunate to find just a gorgeous stretch of river that we can share with people.”

They set up trips of anywhere from eight to 13 miles, on paddle boards, canoes and kayaks.

This week, Mark Arrington of Maple Grove, Minn. took an afternoon to kayak the Mississippi with his daughter and son.

“There’s some stretches where you see nothing but trees and wilderness, and it’s really pleasant,” Arrington said. “It’s not paddling in the city.”

“One group, I think the biggest count of eagles was 12 eagles in one trip,” said Meer. “People see deer, all sorts of wildlife.”

He could’ve made more money, sticking it out through the stresses of corporate life, but he has a new perspective on what’s important.

“It’s not money, and it’s not fame and all that stuff,” he said. “It’s all about people and just having fun in life.”

Meer said that section of river is also great for fishing. And on September 27th, they’ll host their first small-mouth bass fishing tournament.



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Pop-Up Sidewalk Update: Fine Tuning a Pop-up

Moving Matters - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:57am

In response to feedback over the weekend, the City fine tuned the pop-up to allow for both parking and the temporary sidewalk by creating a buffer between the two areas with barricades. It is a great example of the pop-up process, which is designed to be flexible and change as feedback is received. It also illustrates the importance of sharing the space for vehicles and people walking in our tourist town. Many questions remain that the pop-up may provide information on: Is the temporary sidewalk being used? Does a sidewalk on the west side of the road reduce people walking in the road?  Are there more people walking on the east side of the road? Is a sidewalk needed or wanted in this area?…. Keep the feedback coming, through the blog comments, on Facebook, or email  This process is all about community input to understand how public spaces can best serve the people.

What the heck is a “pop-up”?
A “pop-up” is a temporary, low-cost project to try out a new use for a space without investing in major infrastructure changes and cost.  Think of it this way, pop-up = temporary.

Why a pop-up sidewalk in Boulder Park?
The goal of the temporary/pop-up sidewalk near Boulder Park is to give people a place off of the road to walk. This way, the City can gather feedback from visitors, residents, and businesses to see what the needs are and what might work to address the safety issue of people and vehicles on the street.  The area near Boulder Park, Sydney’s, and Artist’s Point is known for a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, spectacular harbor views, and popular businesses. Whether or not a change is needed is up in the air, but most agree that there is a conflict between vehicles and people walking in the roadway.

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Be Bold

Aging Youthful - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:45am

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