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9/2/14 - There are trade offs for each type of weather that we experience here in canoe country.

6 hours 51 min ago

9/2/14 - There are trade offs for each type of weather that we experience here in canoe country. This year, the weather has been mild and wet. The disadvantages included lingering mosquitoes, chilly swimming and muddy portages. The advantages included good fishing, low fire danger, abundant blueberries, and no bears looking for camp food.

Another, more recent advantage, is the proliferation of mushrooms, including this beauty.


This perfect specimen is growing right in front of the Sawbill Store.

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8/31/14 - Terry Olson is a retired Forest Service employee who lives in Finland, MN.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:51am

8/31/14 - Terry Olson is a retired Forest Service employee who lives in Finland, Minnesota. A few years ago, Terry got interested in sport flying and bought a small float plane.

Every once in a while, Terry quietly glides into Sawbill Lake for a visit. He chooses his weather carefully, waiting for mornings with calm winds and blue skies.

He is kind enough to give rides to his friends and awards each rider a little wooden model of his plane as a keepsake. - Bill


Terry's plane looking pretty at the Sawbill Lake canoe landing.

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8/30/14 - Jan and Grant Friberg have been Sawbill Lake Campground campers for many years.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:37am

8/30/14 - Jan and Grant Friberg have been Sawbill Lake Campground campers for many years. They also take an annual trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. Last season, they got a coveted invitation from the National Park Service to be seasonal campground hosts at the beautiful Many Glacier Campground. They haven't forgotten their Sawbill roots though, as this picture attests. - Bill


Jan and Grant Friberg representing Sawbill at Glacier National Park.

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8/29/14 - Here is the Cook County West End News for 8/28/2014 and 8/21/2014 from WTIP-FM, North Shore Community Radio.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:29am

8/29/14 - Here is the Cook County West End News for 8/28/2014 and 8/21/2014 from WTIP-FM, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

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

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: PaddletoDC.org


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

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

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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