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Red Diablo Run, Red Diablo run, to the

The Lamprey - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 7:27am
Red Diablo

Run, Red Diablo run, to the far side of the sun,
Or the Queen of Cotija will blind you.
You were a star but now you’re trash,
Take your bangers and your mash,
To the hills where her henchmen cannot find you.

Run, Red Diablo run, but remember what you’ve done,
To insult a queen is not the way to keep your head on.
She is ice, she is fire,
On the stage of her desire,
Is an alter which better men have bled on.

Run, Red Diablo run, tho you may think you’ve won,
There are legions in the hillsides who scorn you.
They’re not moved by pomp and gold,
And as the tragedy unfolds,
It behooves you to heed the ones who’ve warned you.

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Too Warm Outside

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 6:04am

We are a strange breed. We tend to complain about the weather no matter what it is doing. It was too cold when it was -20 degrees but it is too warm when it’s in the 30’s in January. We still have huge snowbanks and lots of snow covering the trails but it just doesn’t feel right.  I’m ready to see some more snowflakes falling from the sky and watch the mercury drop into the teens at least.

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Eagle Eggs Coming Soon

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:26pm

It’s time to start following the eagle camera again.

From the MN DNR-

We’ve continued to see the two adult eagles around the nest during this past week. Fresh sticks, grasses and sedges have appeared in the nest on several days, and the pair have been seen perfecting the layout of the nest. The adult eagles have been bringing food items to the nest and nest tree. We’ve seen muskrats, squirrels and rabbits — pretty typical fare.

 Defense continues to be a top priority for this pair too. A particularly dramatic late night defense against a very sorry raccoon was recently witnessed by some of our eagle fans with sharp eyes!

 This week a juvenile bald eagle has been seen in and around the nest, even “helping” the nest’s pair with some stick arranging. Juvenile bald eagles are about the same size as their parents, but their coloring is different. The juveniles are a mottled brown and white all over, with a brown beak and brown eyes. The characteristic dark body, yellow beak, white head and tail don’t develop until the birds reach maturity at about five years of age.

 We don’t know if this juvenile eagle hatched from this nest. Regardless of its origin, if it crosses paths with the adults, it’s likely to some firm encouragement to find a different hang-out. This tough love by the mature adults is necessary to ensure that the young quickly learn what they need to know in order to eventually give back to the population.

 Egg watch

The eagles’ behavior suggest that it won’t be long before they have some eggs to brood over. We can hardly wait! Here’s when the first egg appeared in the previous four years we’ve been watching this pair:

 2016: Jan. 25
 2015: Jan. 19
 2014: Feb. 14
 2013: First week in January

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City Council Meeting January 11, 2017

Grand Marais Mayor Blog - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 2:43pm
It always seems like right after the New Year I start too many new projects and then I tend to get behind in everything! Maybe I should make a resolution to start one new project at a time so I can get the blog posts out there in a more timely manner!

At any rate, thank you for being patient, here is the meeting summary!

The Council met for the first meeting of the year on the 11th, everyone was present so we moved on to the public forum.

Denny Fitzpatrick spoke to the Council urging the Council to do what is possible to acknowledge and prevent Climate Change either through the Carbon Fee and Dividend program or other programs that the City could consider.

After Denny spoke, no one else chose to speak, so the public forum was closed.

We then moved on to the Consent Agenda, which contained the usual three items (Approval of previous meeting's minutes, current meeting agenda, and city bills). There was no conversation about the Consent Agenda and the motion to approve was unanimous.

We then moved right along to the report of the Planning Commission who had three items for the Council to consider:

1. A resolution for 2 apartments to be made into 3 apartments at 21 W 2nd St. The Planning Commission went through the request and found that it was in correlation with the ordinance and voted unanimously to approve the request. The Council followed suit with a few questions, but seeing that it was in line with the ordinance and didn't change the nature of the area, approved the request.

2. The second item was a request for a variance for a sub-standard lot on 8th Ave W for construction. The proposed structure that would be built on this property would meet or exceed all of the set-backs and other stipulations of the zoning ordinance; the variance was asked for because the lot is 15 feet short of the minimum width requirement and thus 2,320 sq. ft. short of the minimum 10,000 sq. ft. lot minimum. The Planning Commission found that the construction plan was in line with the nature of the zone and that the lot would be undevelopable without the variance and thus requested approval of the variance unanimously. The Council heard the conversation and was glad to have the opportunity to open up another "in-fill" lot to development and voted unanimously as well.

3. The last item on the Planning Commission report was a request from the Planning Commission to adopt the temporary moratorium on commercial construction over 5000 sq. ft. in the C/I Zone as permanent only until the City has had time to complete its Comprehensive Planning process, which will give us the appropriate information to make an informed decision regarding the future of development in the City. This comes following the report from our previous meeting stating that the Council has three options to respond to this: a.) let the moratorium expire and not adopt any new language b.) draft new language now to capture the desires of the community c.) adopt the interim ordinance (moratorium) as permanent until we have collected the information necessary to properly rewrite the ordinance.
It was made clear by the Planning Commission and the Council that removing the protection given by the moratorium without having a full understanding of the needs/desires of the community would be dangerous, so option a.) was removed. The Planning Commission then reflected that there simply wasn't enough time to draft, proof, and have two readings of a new ordinance before the moratorium ran out, so they looked to option c.).
This option was not a very popular option, but it did seem to be the best option available to the Council to make sure that the community visioning process could be completed without compromise. I stated that I will make sure that the adoption of the moratorium is temporary and will get down to work to draft a C/I zone ordinance that is effective in revitalizing that area of town and making it more valuable to City residents and others.
In the end the Council agreed with the Planning Commission and had the first reading of the ordinance to adopt the interim ordinance (moratorium) as permanent.

Following that discussion, George Wilkes of the Public Utilities Commission came forward and made a presentation about a proposed program called the "Carbon Fee and Dividend" program.
This program is a concept developed as a cost-neutral way to create incentive for energy companies to do research for and develop renewable energy. It is a little complicated, but I will try my best to explain it. I added a little image below to help explain it as well:
1. When fossil fuel energy is extracted, there is a fee put on that activity. So when we suck oil or natural gas out of the earth, the company going the work is assessed a fee based on the amount that is extracted.
2. That money is collected and then issued to consumers as a dividend based on the amount of electricity they use (which is mostly calculated by family size and composition).
3. Energy prices go up to compensate for the fee, which is off-set for consumers by the dividends they are given.
4. This creates incentive for the energy companies to invest in renewable energy options because it puts the cost of renewable energy closer to on par with fossil fuel energy.
5. The fee continues to rise year to year, which continues the incentive for pursuing renewable energy at very little expense to the consumer.

**This plan does raise the expense of energy it should be explained. It will not however, raise the expense of energy beyond what it should be or beyond what it would be if the world was using only renewable sources of energy.

The PUC signed on last year to promote this solution to carbon mitigation and Mr. Wilkes was returning to the Council to see if the Council would sign on as well. Last year when this was brought up to the Council we stated that we would like to hear what our electricity producer, Southern MN Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), has to say about it. SMMPA did not take a formal stance on it, but it was made clear that SMMPA is composed of its member cities, so Grand Marais is SMMPA and thus a statement by one of the cities in the agency speaks for the whole agency.

The Council thanked Mr. Wilkes for his thoughtful presentation and then voted to support the Carbon Fee and Dividend program and promote it for adoption through the state and federal governments.

Following that conversation we moved on to appointments to boards and representative groups.

The City had several openings on City Boards:
2 on the Library Board
1 on the Park Board
1 on the Planning Commission

There was one person who asked to be re-appointed to the Park Board, so the Council re-appointed Barb Backlund to her seat. Thank you for your service Barb!

We are looking for City residents for the other boards however! If you are interested, please contact me or inquire at City Hall for an application. It is a short application and the work is very rewarding!

Library Board applications can be found at the Library Service Desk as well.

The Councilors voted to retain their same assignments to the various committees and boards as well. I have included that list below:

Moving right along the Council designated the Cook County News Herald as the City's official newspaper and voted to continue to work with the following list of banks for City deposits:Grand Marais State BankNorth Shore Federal Credit UnionSecurity State BankLMC / 4M Fund (investments and reserves)Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (investments and reserves)
Those were all of the items on the agenda so we moved on to Council reports!
Councilor Mills reported that the Park Board is going to be "tweaking" the Park Master Plan to make it more applicable for the application for Greater MN Parks and Trails Legacy monies. It doesn't sound like there is a lot that needs to be changed, but it will need to include some updated information about projects that have already been completed and capture any changes in direction that the Park has taken since the plan was originally written.
Councilor Kennedy reported that Spectrum Health has been in contact with the EDA concerning developing Assisted Living in Grand Marais and would like to come and look at some properties for potential development. The City has offered several plots of land for consideration.
Councilor Benson reported that the North Shore Management Board cancelled their latest meeting due to weather and lack of participation, but that she is going to be starting to push them more and more to allow for participation over the phone. She also stated that she wants to be a part of the conversation about collaborative projects between the City and North House to celebrate 20 years of partnership. She also asked for an update on the Comprehensive Planning process, which I gave shortly thereafter. (She also brought jelly beans to the meeting, which I ate a lot of during the meeting...)
My report was pretty brief, but focused on updates on the Comp Plan process/Community Visioning. We are getting close to the end of the first stage of the process where we gather information regarding what the values of our community are. We have gotten roughly 900 surveys turned in and have done over a dozen other activities around town to engage people. Some of the information that we learned was a little troubling: 38% of respondents were NOT from Cook County. We have the ability to filter out those responses, but it is OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE that we hear from community members!
Also we did not have many younger respondents, so... please fill out the form!

**I proposed that the City consider appointing a Greenstep Coordinator to work on helping the community continue to develop efficiency, carbon minimization, and renewable energy work... So that's something to consider!

**I also reported that there has been talk about getting Grand Marais reviewed as a potential Blue Zone, which is a place in the world where people live longer than the average. There was some conversation that Grand Marais may be one of these places, so there is interest in reviewing that. The Council seemed to think that was a good idea, so I will move forward with that.

That was about it! As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!

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Frozen Bubbles

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:31pm

It has been unseasonably warm the past few days with temperatures up into the 40’s!  When the sun has been shining it actually feels warm and it feels more like spring than winter. We know this weather isn’t going to continue forever but the forecast says it’s going to stay “warm” for another 10 days.  When it does get cold again I’m going to have to try freezing bubbles, it’s pretty cool!

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January Thaw, Movies, Music and Art

North Shore Arts Scene - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 8:24am

Split Rock Moon Rise by Paul Sundberg.

(Note: The Internet went down in our neighborhood last night, so this week’s post is a little skimpy and a little late. We hope you enjoy it anyway.)

The fabled January Thaw hit the North Shore this week, as well as lots of sunshine, (and moonshine) and everyone took advantage of the warm-up. Lots of snow meant everything from carrot-nosed snowmen appearing in yards to crowded ski slopes. Cross-country skiers and fishermen have been having a stellar time as well.
There is lots going on in the county this week, too.

First up is the monthly meeting of the Writer’s Guild with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. The group will meet at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday to talk and write. Every writer is invited. Free.

In Duluth, Jamie Ratliff will give a gallery talk at the Tweed Museum of Art about the exhibit “Un-typing Casta ” by Minneapolis Latina artist Maria Cristina Tavera. Her work is influenced by her transnational upbringing split between Minnesota and Mexico.


Jamie Ratliff will give a gallery talk about the exhibit, “Un-Typing Casta” at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday.

This installation explores the past concepts of “Casta,”a term coined by the Spanish in the 17th and early 18th centuries to refer to people of mixed ethno-racial heritage and the contemporary typological concepts of racial identity in the Latin American diaspora. The exhibit at the Tweed continues through this month.

And the deadline to register for the 100-Day Project is at midnight tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19. Artists from every media are invited to participate. The project, which originated in Marquette, Mich. a few years ago, challenges participants to commit to an artistic practice every day for 100 days. The project has been adopted by many artists throughout the Midwest as way to deepen their artistic awareness and skills. Last year, 45 artists in Cook County registered. To find out more, visit Events at or

The Grand Marais Public Library is front and center for entertainment this weekend, screening  two movies and a multi-media performance with video and jazz guitar.

On Friday, the movie, “Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot,” staring Tina Fey, who plays a journalist reporting from Afghanistan, will be screened at the library at 6 p.m.

“Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot” will be screened at the library at 6 p.m. Friday.

To see the trailer, click here.

Also on Friday, The Roadhouse on WTIP Community Radio will feature an all-music evening — the first half with Timmy Haus, the second half with Michael Monroe. Should be a great show. Tune in from 5-7 p.m. Friday to hear it all.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Community Conversation with Ryuta Nakajima, contemporary artist, independent curator, and product designer, who is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Minnesota—Duluth. He will discuss “The History and Nature of Installation and Conceptual Art” at 2 p.m. in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony.

Installation by Ryuta Nakajima. He will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Art Colony about installation art at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ryuta was educated at one of the first conceptual art schools in the United States and will lead a discussion on the history and nature of conceptual and installation art and talk about their similarities and differences. This should be a very interesting presentation. Free. All invited.

Then at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday,  jazz guitarist Briand Morrison will present “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” at the Grand Marais Public Library. This multimedia performance is a visual sequence of George Morrison images accompanied by original jazz guitar compositions by Briand, who is George’s son.

“Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison will be presented at the library at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Morrison created this video of 128 photographs of his father’s paintings and drawings from the 1940s through 2000, and, from all accounts, the result is a spectacular visual  and musical feast. Briand has been touring the show in northern Minnesota this winter. Free. All invited.

Then at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the library will screen Walt Disney’s “Iron Will.” The uplifting, true-life story of a young musher and his dog was shot on location in northern Minnesota 24 years ago. All families are invited.

Walt Disney’s “Iron Will” will be screened at the library at 6 p.m. Saturday.

To see a trailer, click here.

Also on Saturday, the Scottish poet Robert Burns will be celebrated at Cascade Restaurant. The program includes a full-course dinner followed by poetry and a sing-a-long after the meal. A piper from Thunder Bay will pipe in the haggis with much pomp and ceremony, too. For reservations, contact Jeff Morgan or Mary MacDonald at 218 387-1221.

Some highlights of music for this weekend:

• The Plucked Up String Band will play with guests Bluebird and Summer Carols at the Gun Flint Tavern on Saturday. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Dessa, the Minneapolis rapper, will perform at Papa Charlie’s at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. She will joined by the electronic duo Fraea.

And here’s an exciting event: On Monday night, Cobi, aka Jacob Schmidt, who grew up in Grand Marais, will perform on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Cobi (Jacob Schmidt) will be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

Check out his Facebook page here. And here’s his latest “Don’t Cry for Me.”


Winter Plein Air Painters will converge on YMCA Camp Menogyn next week and paint like crazy, regardless of the weather, in this annual extreme painting event. And then on Friday, Jan. 27, the painters will have a pop-up exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Gun Flint Tavern will cater the event. The exhibit and sale is one night only. Stay tuned!

The North Shore Music Association will celebrate Black History Month with a concert by Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club featuring jazz singer, Charmin Michelle on Feb. 18. The event is a tribute to Harlem Renaissance jazz singer Adelaide Hall, who is credited with the invention of the scat style of singing. The concert will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

In Other Art News:

Travis Novitsky‘s photographs are getting around. One of his photos graces a billboard for Grand Portage, and another is a cover shot on the magazine, Country Extra.






Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 19:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20:

  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Reservations at
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Dessa with Fraeca, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan 23:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • John Mark Nelson, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 24:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

  • Rachel Kilgour, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.


Here is a selection of photos that we found this week.

First, some wildlife photos.

A “flutter” of Bohemian Waxwings, by Paul Sundberg.


Otter Lunch by David Johnson.


A portrait of a pine marten by Sparky Stensaas.


Snowy Owl by Jason Kahler.

We’ve had some grey days.

Good god it’s cold. and pretty. and broody. and windy. and cold. by Kristofer Bowman.



Wisps of Avalon by Glen Sande.

And then some sun and spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

Sunset Waves by David Johnson.


Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

And finally, this shivering beauty.

“..Going …” by Sandy Updyke.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is a joy and is my contribution to the arts on the North Shore.  If you enjoy seeing this post every week, please consider making a donation to help support it. Thank you!























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Lake Superior Splendor

Voyageur Brewing - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:32pm
The home of Voyageur Brewing Company is on the edge of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

There are so many amazing things about our area. It’s impossible to share them all with you in one blog so I thought I’d focus on one that’s a big part of our lives. Lake Superior is a crown jewel of Cook County and we use water from it to make our beer. People love to take pictures of Lake Superior and luckily we have David Johnson in our community who captures photographs of Lake Superior in all her splendor.

Lake Superior never ceases to amaze us and neither does the talent of David Johnson.

The post Lake Superior Splendor appeared first on Voyageur Brewing Company.

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Awesome Eagle Video

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:10am

I’ve never seen anything like this video our guest Brent Sticha posted on our Facebook Page. I had no clue eagles were capable of such a feat.

Eagle vs. Trout from Brent Sticha on Vimeo.

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Pine Martin Visitor at Voyageur

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Cassidy and Matt had a visitor at Voyageur yesterday!

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Patient bathroom progress and old kitchen being demo’d

The changes are happening fast now! You can really tell how the hallway in the Hospital is going to look. The cabinetry for the nutrition center has been added.  We have doors, ceiling grid, sinks, and tile in some of the new patient bathrooms.

The new 200 hallway will become the neighborhood kitchen.

It didn’t take them very long to demolish the 300 hallway and start work on the plumbing tie-in. Demolition is also proceeding in the kitchen and on the old kitchen wall. They are working on the tie-ins in the hospital and Care Center area.


Some of the walls are boarded and doors are getting installed.

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Ham Lake Fire – Tenth Anniversary Exhibit

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Blog - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:14am

This summer the Gunflint Trail Historical Society & Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is planning a special temporary exhibit to be on display in the Museum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire. We are very happy to work with the following organizations on this project; Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway CommitteeGunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, WTIP radio, and Good Measure Media. We will have additional financial assistance from the Gunflint Trail Association/Visit Cook County, and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.

Of course we could not put any of this together without the entire community helping us. The Ham Lake Fire started on May 5, 2007 and burnt over 75,000 acres.

We need your stories or photos to preserve history, if you would like to share for the exhibit you can go to or contact or

After the 2017 season this temporary exhibit will be moved to a permanent location in the Museum to keep the history alive for future viewing.

Anyone with questions or concerns, or difficulty uploading something should contact Sue Weber at; Nancy Seaton at; or Joe Fredrichs at

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Shipping Season on Superior Ends

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 9:54am

Lake Superior is an amazing body of water that has so many different personalities. It can be calm and tranquil or choppy and angry. This time of the year when the lakes begin to turn solid the shipping season closes. Sometimes in Grand Marais we get the opportunity to see the ships close by and when we’re lucky David Johnson captures the beauty of the lakes and the ships that travel it.

Here’s the ship spotter website and an article about the close of the shipping season.

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More Opportunities for Winter Fun

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 6:20am

If you’re in the Twin Cities area on January 21st then be sure to check out their Winter Trails Day extravaganza at Fort Snelling.


For an intro to winter fun, visit Fort Snelling State Park on Winter Trails Day

For an introduction to winter fun, stop by the annual Winter Trails Day extravaganza at Fort Snelling State Park on Saturday, Jan. 21, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

As in past years, people can try a variety of winter activities, including ice fishing, ice harvesting, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, quinzee (snow shelter) building and more.

New attractions this year include fat tire biking, food trucks, outdoor ping pong and even a snowball fight.

“Our goal is to show people just how much fun winter can be,” said Kelli Bruns, park manager at Fort Snelling State Park. “We’ll have equipment you can use for free, friendly staff on hand to answer questions and a bonfire where you can warm up with hot cocoa.”

Winter Trails Day is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service, retail co-op REI, the U.S. Forest Service and Wilderness Inquiry.

Save time, get vehicle permit in advance
All Winter Trails Day activities are free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit). Although permits are available at the park, people attending Winter Trails Day can avoid waiting in line by getting their permit in advance. Visit, log in (or create an account), click on “entry permit,” select a duration of “one-day” ($5) or “year-round” ($25), and continue as directed. Purchasers will receive an email with a permit that can be printed and displayed in vehicles during visits.

For more information, call the park at 612-725-2724 or visit the Fort Snelling State Park webpage at

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Very Cold on the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:34am

By the time Cassidy and Matt took this photo yesterday morning it had warmed up about 7 degrees. The low on the Gunflint Trail was -37 degrees, not the coldest place in the state but close!

According to this article,

Winds were generally light across the Northland on Friday morning, but they were enough to send wind chills into the 30s, 40s and 50s below zero. A weather station near Birchdale in Koochiching County recorded a wind chill of 55 below, with 53 below at International Falls, 43 below at the Grand Marais airport and 38 below at the Duluth airport.


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Bobcats & Lynx by David Johnson

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 6:02am

I don’t know how many hours he gets to spend in the woods to see all of the wildlife he does but it sure must be awe inspiring.

Little one with lunch


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2016 Trout opener, Saturday on Gunflint Lake

Gunflint Pines Northwoods News - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 7:09pm
Winter within BWCA Lake Trout 12/31/16 – 3/31/17 2 Winter outside/partly outside BWCA Lake Trout 1/14/17 – 3/31/17 2 Stream Trout 4/30/16 – 9/30/16 5 with not more than 3 over 16″

Ice Fishing will be in full swing this weekend when the Trout season finally opens for the 2017 winter season.  Reports from the die-hard “Trouties” who ventured into BWCA lakes have found trout on Daniels and South Lakes with good Ice depths, but quite a bit of snow to go with it.  Fishing has been a bit slow as of yet.  The weather looks great for the weekend  – so head north!!

Friday Sunny and cold, with a high near 3. Wind chill values between -30 and -40. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 2 by 2am. South wind around 5 mph. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 14. West wind around 5 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around -4. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Sunday Sunny, with a high near 22. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. M.L.King Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.
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1.12.2017 MLK weekend snow conditions

Bearskin Lodge Ski Trail Reports - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:52pm


We’ve been in the deep freeze for a few days this week, with several days of below zero temps, but the forecast for the long weekend is for comfortably warm temps.  Everything is newly groomed after our last big snowstorm.

Quinn will be out in the groomer when needed over the long weekend to keep the trails fresh.  Plus, he needs to give the winner of our Facebook “Win a Groomer Ride” contest the trip around the trails.  If you’re out there skiing and see two little kids go by in the groomer, wave to them — they’re taking the winning ride!

Our musher, Erik Simula, does have dog sled trips available for the weekend. Check here for more information.

Soup and chili will be available in the Lodge all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as hot chocolate,wine by the glass or bottle, and a variety of local beers. Warm up by the fire and enjoy a treat.

The latest snow numbers from Golden Eagle’s measuring crew:

  • New Snow Last 24 hours:  1.0”
  • New Snow Last 7 days:  6.15”
  • Trail Base, Staked:  Average 12”
  • Snow in Woods, Staked:  Average 20”
  • Groomed with classic track:  70 km
  • Groomed with skate lane:  58 km
  • Surface Conditions:  Groomed fresh snow
  • Last grooming day:  1-11-17
  • Total snowfall since Nov. 1:  46.50”

Comments:  Freshly groomed trails once again! The Central Gunflint Ski Trail system received 6.15 inches of snow over the last 3 days. Followed up by a cold day yesterday and today, after being groomed, the new snow firmed up fantastically into the trail base. Comfortable skiing temperatures in the 20’s are predicted for this weekend. All trails are in fantastic shape; trail base is averaging 12 inches with 20 inches of standing snow in the woods.

Snow Totals

November Total 2016 – 15.0 inches

December 2016

  • Dec 1 – 4:  0.0 inches
  • Dec 5 – 11:  7.75 inches
  • Dec 12 – 18:  1.0 inches
  • Dec 19 – 25:  3.75 inches
  • Dec 26 – 31:  8.6 inches

December Total 2016 – 21.10 inches

 January 2017

  • Jan 1 – 8:  4.25 inches
  • Jan 09:  0.75 inches
  • Jan 10:  4.4 inches
  • Jan 11:  1.0 inches

January Total 2017 – 10.40 inches

Total Snowfall 2016-2017 – 46.50 inches

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<p>1/12/16 - Sawbill is hiring! </p>

Sawbill Newsletter - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:36pm

1/12/16 - Sawbill is hiring!

For the past 60 years, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters has provided its customers with high quality outfitting services. Our success, in large part, is due to the wonderful crew members we have had over the years.

We are looking to round out our crew for the 2017 season, which runs from May 1 - October 31. We will work around your school schedule, but we are busiest during July and August and we need some people who can work the early and late season, so your availability is a strong consideration for us.

You are not hired for a particular job. We reschedule all the jobs on a weekly basis and you are generally able to choose the actual work you do. Inherent to our unique "work credit" system is a strong commitment to trust and cooperation.

Sound like something you are interested in? Fill out this form online, or request an application by emailing

As always, feel free to give us a call if you have any questions,

Clare & Dan Shirley

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Free Ice Fishing during Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:20pm

Here’s a great opportunity to get a line wet this weekend!

Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free with kids Jan. 14-16

Just about anywhere in Minnesota, chances are there are fishing opportunities nearby, and it’s a good time to fish during Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, Saturday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 16.

During this weekend, Minnesotans age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without purchasing an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.

“Ice fishing is a do-able way to try fishing, even for those who have never fished before,” said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment and retention supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Young people who take up fishing tend to be introduced to the pastime by someone else and then get support along the way. This weekend makes beginning that process a bit easier.”

Before heading out, anglers should check ice conditions locally. Visit for ice thickness guidelines and more information about taking kids fishing.

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