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Remote Boundary Waters outfitters connected to power grid after six decades

Nov 27, 2022 06:05AM ● By Editor

November 23, 2022 by  of Quetico Superior Wilderness News

Photos courtesy Sawbill Outfitters

The modern world has finally made it to the end of the Sawbill Trail, at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Sawbill Canoe Outfitters reports that, after more than 66 years of operation, the business finally got connected to “the grid” last week. Located 24 miles north of Tofte, the remote location has long been powered solely by its own generators, solar, and wind.

Third-generation owners Clare and Dan Shirley say they are celebrating. Sawbill was founded in 1957 by Frank and Mary Alice Hansen, grandfather of current co-owner Clare, whose parents also operated the outfitter.


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