Central Gunflint Ski Trail Report 3.24.17

New Snowfall: 
1.5" in last 24 hours
Last Grooming Date: 

There is still skiing on the Central Gunflint Ski Trail System! The snow is slowly melting and we are nearing the end of the season, but several trails still have enough snow for skiing and another couple rounds of grooming. Expect softer conditions due to the warmer temperatures. Beaver Dam Trail, Moose Pasture, Summer Home Road, Campground Loop, Ox Cart, and Bear Cub Trail were most recently groomed on 3-24. The remaining trails have about 1.5 inches of snow on them from the night of 3-23. Moose Ridge Trail, Cross Fox Trail, and re-route section of Logging Camp Trail are closed for the season due to low snow and exposed rocks caused from high sun exposure.

All trails on the north side of Flour Lake will no longer be groomed until next ski season. We recommend skiers access trails through Bearskin Lodge to find more recently groomed trails.

For the most up to date grooming information, as well specific trail conditions, please contact Bearskin Lodge (1-800-338-4170) or Golden Eagle Lodge (1-800-346-2203). Central Gunflint Ski Pass required.

Trail Center Lodge

Fish Fry

All you eat 

Starts at 5 pm

You can still get that last ski in...

New Snowfall: 
1.5 - 2 inches
Last Grooming Date: 
Friday, March 24, 2017
Base Depth: 
12 inches

Yes, we’re still skiing…


All trails in the system except Ole Hyvaa and Hilfiker had new classic tracks set.  They set amazingly well so classic skiing should be good just now.  The same trails were combed for skating, and again, conditions are remarkably good.  That being said, there are seeps on some trails and during the day today there will be some soft spots.  Everything will freeze tonight making for icy and fast conditions.  Late spring skiing,  so please exercise caution.


See you on the trails,



Lake View Natural Dairy Appeals to the MN Supreme Court

Lake View Natural Dairy (LVND), a privately owned raw/unpastuerized dairy that sells directly to consumers only, is in the beginning of their fourth year of misery with the MN Department of Agriculture (MDA).  The only point that is being litigated by the MDA is whether they have the right to step foot upon LVND’s property.

Currently, LVND is appealing their case to the MN Supreme Court.  This filing to the MN Supreme Court can be viewed here, Petition for Review, and is an easy and precise seven page read.  An additional Addendum of supporting documents can also be viewed here.  When a case is appealed to the MN Supreme Court, the court makes the decision to hear the case or not.  If they choose not to hear the case, the lower courts decision would stand. We will learn in the next several weeks and months whether the MN Supreme Court will take the Lake View Natural Dairy case.  Zenas Baer, LVND's attorney, states the argument well within the Petition for Review:

CONTACT: Greg Gentz
PHONE: 612 799 9080
DATE: 03/24/2017 01:00pm

Land For Sale

Land For Sale.  South Lost Lake Road, private gated access on the north boundary of Judge Magney State Park. The Minnesota DNR has qualified this property as a "Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area".  Which means, "Native Plants, Rare Species and Geologic Features of statewide significance". Three times the DNR has tried to purchase this property including an attempt to make it part of the State Park. However, this property is so amazing it needs to stay private. Over 100 foot granite walls to the north and gentle down to the Brule River to the south. Overlooking all of the Brule Valley corridor to the lake. Black dirt in the Valley and a 4 acre spring fed artisian pond with Wild Brook Trout. Over 3000 feet of DNR designated trout stream entirely on the property.

20 acres $99,000.  40 acres $119,000.   80 acres $199,000.  120 acres  $239,000.

Broker owned property, Call Grand Marais Realty at 218-370-2019

Thomas Kurschner  Broker/Owner




CONTACT: Tom Kurschner
PHONE: 218-370-2019
DATE: 03/24/2017 12:21pm

Weekend News Roundup for March 25

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:16am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Another Cook County resident wins a Bush Fellowship. Tragedy at the Pigeon River border crossing. Concern increases over Great Lakes Clean-up and white nose syndrome is on the rise...…all this and more in the week’s news.



Grand Portage advises National Park Service not to introduce more wolves to Isle Royale at this time

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 9:17am

Wait at least ten years before introducing any new wolves to Isle Royale.

Winter is still here!

Woke up to fresh snow?  Good thing we still have WINTER apparel on SALE NOW at The Lake Superior Trading Post!  NORTHFACE - SMARTWOOL - PATAGONIA - SOREL - KEEN- AND MUCH MORE! Stop in today and check out our sale racks as we make room for Spring arrivals!

PHONE: 218-387-2020
DATE: 03/24/2017 09:15am

SkyVault Theatre at Voyageur Brewing

The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre troupe makes the trek from Rochester today to entertain brewery audiences with interactive skits and music. Stick around after Pushing Chain (they're playing from 4-7pm) to take part in more Shakespeare themed fun at Voyageur Brewing Company!

CONTACT: Casey Fitchett
DATE: 03/24/2017 08:59am

Half off selected winter clothes

Half off on all winter coats, L and XL women's winter tops, all boots. Sale ends  April 9.

Help us make way for spring clothing.

Thank you to all who volunteer, donate things or shop at 1st and 2nd Thrift Store.

CONTACT: 1st and 2nd Thrift Store
PHONE: 387-1826
DATE: 03/24/2017 07:40am

looking for pre 1950s mahogany dresser

We want to buy a pre 1950s mahogany dresser or chest to go with old family furniture. Please send dimensions, price, and photo if possible. 370-0115 

CONTACT: Anne Hegg
PHONE: 218370 0115
DATE: 03/23/2017 09:47pm

Dupre and Pascale thwarted in attempt to scale Mt. Carpe

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:58pm

Two hundred feet separated Lonnie Dupre and his climbing partner Pascale Marceau from making a run for the top of Mount Carpe.

DeArruda Wharton receives Bush Foundation Fellowship

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:07pm

The Bush Foundation announced its 2017 Bush Fellows today, listing 24 leaders who were chosen for their records of achievement and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in their communities. Leaders were selected from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations in the region.

Among the 2017 Fellows is Kristin DeArruda Wharton of Grand Marais.

Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Ready said, "The 2017 Bush Fellows are extraordinary leaders who make significant contributions to their communities. The Bush Fellowship is both a recognition of their accomplishments, and a bet on their potentional to make an even bigger impact on our region." 

Rhonda Silence talks to DeArruda Wharton about the multi-stage process of becoming a Bush Fellow and about what's next. 


Tickets Now on sale for Lion King JR!!

Get your tockets today for the Grand Marais Playhouse production of Disney's The Lion King Jr. April 21-23 and 28 - 30. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 under 18. 

With a cast of 50+ some performanes may sell out at the door! Ensure your seat! Buy on- line today!!

get tickets Here:  http://arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=15

Friday April 21 is Food Shelf Friday. Bring $10 of food or cash for the Food Shelf and Get one ticket of equal or lesser valuse when you buy one tickets. Discounts at the door only!

Sunday, April 23 is Donation day. Pay any amount for your ticket at the door. advance sales are regualr price. Doors open 30 minutes before the play.


CONTACT: playhouse
DATE: 03/23/2017 11:52am