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Owners of Nor'Wester Lodge profiled in News Tribune

Apr 15, 2018 09:28AM ● By Editor
Carl and Luana Brandt, have operated Nor'Wester Lodge on the Gunflint Trail north of Grand Marais for more than 50 years. Carl's parents, Carl Sr. and Alis, started the resort in the early 1930s. Sam Cook / [email protected]

ON THE GUNFLINT TRAIL — She came to the north woods in 1965 from a little farm town on the prairies of western Minnesota. She was a college kid, and she had taken a job at a resort on Hungry Jack Lake north of Grand Marais.

Luana Brandt remembers the lanky Swede, Carl Brandt, who came by that summer from his parents' resort on nearby Poplar Lake.

"I think Carl came over to check out the summer help," Luana Brandt said with a grin.

Carl didn't deny that.

"That's what you gotta do up here," he said.

Carl's parents owned a lodge up the Gunflint Trail a few miles. The romance blossomed quickly. Carl and Luana were married on a Saturday in June of 1966.

"By the following Wednesday, I was cooking breakfast for 26," Luana Brandt said. "It was a little crazy."

She and Carl have operated Nor'Wester Lodge and Canoe Outfitters on Poplar Lake since that summer of 1966, taking over for Carl's parents, Carl Sr. and Alis Brandt, who had run the resort since the early 1930s.

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