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Beer, It Does a Body Good

Voyageur Brewing - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 11:17am

That’s what the hangover cure product Revivol claims anyway. According to Revivol drinking beer is good for you. We’ll support that theory and invite you to visit us at Voyageur Brewing Company. The shorter days of Fall have brought shorter hours for our taproom but you can still visit us on Thursday and Friday from 3pm-10pm, Saturday from Noon-10pm and Sunday from Noon-7pm.  You can drink Voyageur Beer at a number of places and purchase our 6-pack bottles in our local liquor store in Grand Marais as well as some locations in Duluth.

Beer is good for you

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Care Center foundations being poured

The concrete crews were in full swing last week forming and pouring the concrete foundations for the new Care Center additions.  The crews were tying rebar, forming up the concrete panels, Thoreson was delivering concrete and Econ-Placer was helping move the concrete from the trucks to the forms.

Care Center addition footings and foundations

Thoreson concrete truck and Econ-Placer

Concrete placement truck – Econ Placer

Forming the foundations

Foundation crew

Formed foundations

Newly poured foundations with forms removed

Newly poured foundations

Patient wing addition sitework

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Paddling and Camping for a Purpose

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 6:59am

Dave and Amy Freeman are spending a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to bring attention to the harmful effects mining would bring to our precious BWCA. They began their trip on September 23rd and have experienced beautiful weather so far. The nights are getting longer and colder and the days shorter and soon the lakes will turn to ice.

They have planned and prepared for this journey and have had plenty of experience in wilderness travel. Different people are bringing them supplies throughout the trip. We’ll take a turn to re-supply them next summer but until then we’ll follow their journey online.

Here are a couple of articles online you can read to learn more about their trip.

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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Blog - Sun, 10/11/2015 - 3:11pm

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Centers last day is Sunday the 18 of October.

I enjoyed my first season being here at Chik-Wauk Museum. You never know who is going to walk through that big sturdy door, every day I learn some new history about the Gunflint Trail.

May started out this year digging trenches and having the cement pads poured for the new nature center and the administration building.    


In June we had the addition of Fluff & Duff to the neighborhood. I am sure they have already headed south for the winter they are missing such beautiful weather this October. Our second annual Shrimp Boil was a huge hit.

July we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the formation of The Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the fifth anniversary that Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center has been open with a very special sit down dinner that was catered by Guest Chef Carol Valentini of Valentini Vicino Lago.

August brought back the poplar Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings with an afternoon of chamber music. It has been such a great event hopefully we will have it again next season.

With the threat of rain and wind we moved the Pie & Ice Cream Social indoors to the new Nature Center, thankfully the weather turned out to be another wonderful day and I believe we had over 36 pies donated for the event.

We also had guest speakers come up throughout the summer to talk about the Northwoods Archeology Projects, Wild Edibles & Invasive Species. Every Tuesday during the summer we had Kid’s Day at Chik-Wauk, we offered a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique-history and nature of the Gunflint Trail. All of these programs you can find on either the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Centers website or The Gunflint Trail Historical Society’s website.

Sunday, October 18 will be the last day that Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will be open for the 2015 season. We are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Next season when we open the doors on May 28 we will be happy to show off our new Nature Center as well as the temporary exhibit on Birds of the Northwoods.

An end to a great season is the pretty fall colors by Earl Falls (that is what a few people call it) located by the Seagull Guard Station.

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10/11/15 - This is the time of year when the crew has a little more spare time for fun.

Sawbill Newsletter - Sun, 10/11/2015 - 10:58am

10/11/15 - This is the time of year when the crew has a little more spare time for fun. - Bill

Phoebe is campaigning to go on a canoe trip.

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Trails to Maintain

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 10/11/2015 - 9:14am

The many miles of trails in our area bring hours of enjoyment to visitors and locals alike. What most people don’t think about while hiking on these trails is how they are kept in such great shape. Some trails or portions of trails are maintained by the USFS or MN DNR but many are maintained by volunteer groups.

There are many opportunities to help clear trails and you can usually find out more information by visiting the trail club’s websites, I’ve listed a few below.  Coming soon is a trail clearing day for the Banadad Ski Trail on the Gunflint Trail and the USFS is looking for help with the Pow Wow Trail.

Banadad Trail Work Day and Annual Meeting/Pot Luck Dinner
Help Needed! The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. Tentative plans call for one crew of four or five people to clear a 300 foot reroute around a this beaver dam blocking the Tall Pines Trail.

Another crew will be hand cutting this past summer’s accumulated downfall on the east end of the Banadad inside the BWCA and a final crew will continue the widening of the Banadad near the Lizz Lake portage.

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 24, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail.  Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.  After the trail work volunteers are invited to return to the Poplar Creek Guesthouse to clean-up and for a short reception.

At 6:00 PM, Trail Clearing volunteers and other friends of the Banadad are invited to the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual meeting followed by a Potluck Dinner at the Schaap Community Center – Gunflint Fire Hall #1 – on Gunflint Trail (next to Lima Grade).  Bring dish to pass. For more information on the Trail Work Day, Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner or if you need lodging for this event contact 218-388-4487.

It take lots of sweat and money to get the Banadad Ski Trail open each year. You help Trail Clearing day, by joining the Banadad Trail Association and/or by giving a donation.

Forest Service Asking for Help to Restore Powwow Trail

Friday, October 09, 2015 12:20 p.m. CDT by Mike Oakes Powwow Trail

DULUTH, MN (KDAL) – After more than 3,500 hours of work have failed to restore a fire-damaged trail in the Boundary Waters, the forest service is turning to volunteers to help maintain a portion of it.

The Superior National Forest hopes volunteers can help keep-up six miles of the 30-mile Powwow Trail from the trailhead near Isabella Lake to Pose Lake.

The organized group would be expected to go out twice a year to clear fallen trees and brush with non-mechanized tools. Forest service officials are hoping the effort will help reestablish hiking opportunities for at least a portion of the Powwow Trail.

Vigorous vegetative re-growth since the 2011 Pagami Creek wildfire has thwarted serious efforts to restore most of the trail, but the six-mile stretch contains more-manageable vegetation.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact Anna Botner at 218-387-3200

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Canoes for Sale from Voyageur

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 10/10/2015 - 9:49pm

It’s the end of the paddling season and we have some of our used canoes for sale.

Canoes For Sale We have a great selection of canoes available for sale all made by Wenonah in Minnesota.  The canoes are priced at $1650 and our Kevlar 17 is and Kevlar Minnesota II’s from 2013. The Boundary Waters Kevlar canoes are from 2014. Purchase yours online and if you decide you do not want the canoe upon inspection or photos then that is fine.  Matt can tell you more about them and send you photos of them.  Just give him a call or send him an email with any questions. 218-388-2224 or  We may be able to set up transportation of the canoe to the twin cities area, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, or Indiana.

Canoes for Sale

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Cooperation is needed to get there

Unorganized Territory - Sat, 10/10/2015 - 4:33pm

The Ojibwe students from Cook County High School who respectfully asked that the county proclaim Monday, October 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of honoring it as Columbus Day. (L-R) Joe Deschampe, Jr., Jaden Aubid, Dyami Blackwell, Samantha Scalise, Michael Hendrickson, Trusen Gordon, Marcus Logan, Brent Sorenson. Seated: David Logan.

As the discussion grew more heated over whether Cook County should change the designation of the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I was reminded of how the matter was handled by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

I enjoyed a visit to the museum in August. There was a wonderful mix of new and old, high tech and low tech. There was a great historical section with information on the fur trade, on early efforts at mining and an impressive display of Ojibwe artifacts.

There is an interesting display about logging that includes a monster-sized slab of white pine polished to a sheen with pushpins marking historic dates that coincide with tree rings. For example, May 14, 1607: Founding of Jamestown settlement; April 19, 1775: Start of Revolutionary War; May 11, 1858: Minnesota became the 32nd state and so on.

Next to the giant tree was a display with a single pin that had been removed from the timeline. The label read: October 12, 1492: Columbus discovered America. Below the label was a drawing of Christopher Columbus and a well-written explanation of his accidental discovery of the “New World.” The display went on to describe the devastation caused by the arrival of Europeans, both intentional and unintentional.

The display also shared the convoluted history of Columbus Day which was declared a federal holiday by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937.

The museum didn’t attempt to erase history. It did not deny the accomplishments of Columbus—he did expand the horizons of the European people. But it also didn’t sugar coat the mistreatment of the natives he encountered and enslaved. And, finally, the museum reported that the city of Minneapolis, where the museum sits, no longer celebrates Columbus Day, honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

I think the museum did a great job with a sensitive subject. I wish our county board had done the same.

I think that Commissioner Frank Moe thought his request to adopt a resolution to change the designation of the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day was a no-brainer. His constituents are the people of Grand Portage and from talking to them—including the 10 youths who bravely came to the county board to ask for recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day—he knew this was something many people felt strongly about. It’s one I support.

Commissioner Moe also lives in the same community as Deb White, the Hovland-area school board representative who has been advocating for the establishment of Indigenous Peoples’ Day for over a year. They have likely discussed the initiative at town hall meetings.

It would have been helpful if Commissioner Moe had gotten his proposed resolution in the county board packet in advance of the Grand Portage students’ earnest request. If Commissioner Heidi Doo- Kirk had the chance to get her questions answered, she likely would have been supportive. However, she is also committed to doing what is best for her constituents—many who are county employees. So upon hearing the request, she thought logically—is a resolution necessary? Is a proclamation a better way to handle the request? Can the county make a difference with its opinion? How would this change affect the county employees? Would this impact union negotiations regarding days off?

It was disappointing that Commissioner Doo-Kirk thought more with her head than her heart on the first hearing of the request. But now that she has had time to think about the questions and do a little research, she has voiced her support for a proclamation designating the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to add her vote of support.

A special meeting has been called by Commissioner Moe at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 12. Commissioners Doo-Kirk and Garry Gamble told their colleagues they would not be available for that meeting, but Moe, eager to do the right thing before the federal Columbus Day holiday, scheduled the meeting anyway. Commissioner Moe’s enthusiasm is great, but I’m disappointed that he didn’t give his colleagues more time to also do the right thing.

It wouldn’t be the end of the world if discussion continued, if the Grand Portage youths were invited back to the regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13 to plan for Indigenous Peoples’ Day next year.

I’m guessing that the Science Museum of Minnesota didn’t get its Columbus Day label removed the first time the request to do so was made. I’ll bet it took a lot of discussion and debate to come up with the wording on the panel that is now next to the historic timeline.

I hope that the county board will follow suit. The board best serves the county by being a model of cooperation on potentially divisive issues. Because perhaps most important—more important than when the county gets the second Monday of October designation changed—is how the county gets to that point.


It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way.
Jeremy Aldana

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A winning campaign

Unorganized Territory - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 4:18pm

It was fun getting to know the candidates who were running in the primary for the Minnesota House 3A seat. As Rob Ecklund said in the statement that he gave to the Cook County News-Herald

Rob Ecklund of International Falls advances to the special election for the Minnesota House 3A seat in December.

the day after the primary, it is a sad way to get to this election, with the passing of Representative David Dill, but it was nice to see an intelligent and caring field of candidates coming forward to fill the vacancy.

I didn’t know Rob Ecklund at all before the primary campaign, but he seems like the type of person who will be straight with you. He didn’t dodge the tough questions at the Cook County Chamber Election Forum or tailor his answers to the audience. Statements he has made in articles in other newspapers in District 3A have been consistent.

And, he is friendly and easy to talk to, so although I’ve only talked to him a few times, I feel like he’s a friend.

Of course I already knew our “local guy,” Bill Hansen. It was nice to see the overwhelming support he received from the North Shore. And it was really nice to talk to Bill the day after the primary, to hear his still-positive voice. He assured me he will still be involved in the community in some other way, so that is good news.

I did know Eric Johnson. I met him the last time he took a run at the House 3A seat and he too, is a hard-working, goodhearted guy. He became a good friend of my son, Ben, when they took a class together during the previous campaign. He stops by to say “hi” whenever he makes it to Cook County. And of course he got bonus points with me when he told me what nice guys both of my sons are.

I didn’t know Heidi Omerza before the primary campaign but I’m glad to have met her too. She’s a well-spoken and outgoing person and you can tell she is passionate about public service. She’s also warm and friendly. I’d love to sit down over coffee with her sometime.

I wish Eric and Heidi well in whatever they go on to do. I hope they are facing the disappointment of the defeat as well as Bill Hansen is. As Bill said in his concession statement, they ran campaigns that were always cordial and they stayed focused on the issues that are important to the voters. I really appreciated that.

I would like to add my thanks to all of the candidates. It takes a huge leap of faith to run for office. Taking on the task of phone calling, traveling, speaking to the press, posing for photos and TV interviews is daunting and all of the House 3A candidates appeared to be having a great time doing it all. There is energy to spare amongst these folks.

It takes a major financial commitment. In addition to raising money for advertising and yard signs and travel, it means a lot of time away from regular jobs.

It also takes immense courage to run for office. I can only imagine the reactions of these candidates’ families. “You want to do what?”

Running for office you put not only yourself in the public spotlight, but spouses and children as well, so that is a hurdle to overcome even before applying to run for office. The candidates were all able to get their family members on board and they went on to campaign with smiles.

In that respect, they were all winners.


Advocacy groups and voters are not wrong to push candidates to declare their position clearly on policy issues. That is good citizenship. Hard questions should be asked of every candidate, every politician. And those public servants should be prepared to answer, but in their own words.

Mark McKinnon

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Boundary Waters Canoe Trip for Less

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 6:32am

Did you get your email newsletter from Voyageur Canoe Outfitters on Friday? If not then you probably didn’t hear about our deal for next year.  Here it is, so take advantage of it today.

4-Day Complete Package Just $249/person This voucher is good for a four day, fully outfitted canoe trip package into the BWCA. Rates are PER PERSON. Enjoy a wilderness trip at 51% off. Purchase also includes the night before in a private bunkhouse and pancake breakfast your first morning.    We will be selling 50 of these vouchers and they will only be for sale until October 20th. Last year we sold out in less than a week so purchase yours online today.  

Purchase of this voucher is good for a four day Complete Outfitting Standard Expedition package for a canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Rates are per person. We provide all the gear and food needed for a successful canoe trip into the BWCA, view the full list here. You will select your meals from a wide variety of lightweight and delicious options and we will pack it for you. Also included in this package is a bunkhouse stay the night you arrive before going out on the water, “worlds best” pancake breakfast before heading out on your wilderness trip and a hot shower upon departure. The only items not included in the fee are permits, fishing licenses and personal items. Dates do not need to be decided at time of purchasing the voucher, once you know what days you would like to come simply give us a call and we will set up a reservation for you!  Voucher must be used by September 15th, 2016.

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Bear, Go Away Bear

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:02am

This woman appears to have done everything right and was even polite when asking the bear to leave her kayak alone. Unfortunately begging and pleading just didn’t work.  A paddle to the head might have worked, if only the bear could have found the paddle then he could have made her be quiet.

This took place at a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska.

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Fall Is Here–Time for Art, Music & Poetry

North Shore Arts Scene - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:04am

Don Davison took this beauty at Thompson Lake recently. Enjoy!

There’s a harvest of color on the North Shore this week, and everyone is getting out there to enjoy it.  The northern lights have been playful, too, making for long days and long nights for photographers and nature lovers. Indoors, look for a celebration of storytelling, music, art and poetry.

First up is the 6th annual Storytelling Dinner at Lutsen Resort Oct. 9, a fundraiser for the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum and the Tofte Historical Society. This year, father and son, Brian and Eric Tofte, will give a presentation entitled “Fishing Throughout the Ages.”  The social hour by the fireplace starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is at 7 p.m. For tickets, call Lutsen Resort at 663-7212.

John Gorka will perform  on Saturday.

On Saturday, renowned singer/songwriter John Gorka will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Gorka, who got his start in the late 1970s in a coffee house in Pennsylvania, was quickly recognized for his soulful baritone and original songwriting. It wasn’t long before his rich, multifaceted songs gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country as well as in Europe, where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany.

Over the years, Gorka has produced 11 critically acclaimed albums, and in 2010,  he released Red Horse with Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson. The album landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Tickets for the concert are $24, $8 for 18 and under, and can be purchased at and at the door.

MN Opera teaching artist, Alisa Magallón, will be at the Grand Marais Public Library on Monday.

On Monday, opera comes to the Grand Marais Public Library when Alisa Magallón, teaching artist with the Minnesota Opera, will present Stories Sing! A Special Storytime Presentation by the MN Opera at 10:30 a.m.

Magallón has performed as a young artist with Chicago Opera Theater, given concerts in Chicago’s famed Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, performed in the Teatro Piccinni in Bari, Italy, and has given recitals in the capital city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The presentation is geared toward preschoolers and is open to the public. She will perform  from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

A Random Acts of Poetry crew stop off at Lakehead Unversity Radio to recite a poem or two.

For the poetry side of things, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Random Acts of Poetry continues throughout public spaces in Thunder Bay through Saturday. Poetry “construction crews” have been wandering the streets and dropping into libraries, cafeterias, coffee shops and radio stations all week with poetry on their lips. This is the 11th year of the event, and is one of the largest poetry performances in Canada.

It’s a totally fun event. For example, here’s the schedule for the poetry crew on Saturday:

  • 1st stop, outside the Thunder Bay County Market, between 11:30 a.m. and noon
  • 2nd stop, Starbucks Coffee House, between 12:30-1 p.m.
  •  3rd stop, Either at the Marina Waterfront Park, outside the Calico Coffee House or outside the Waverley Library, between 1:30-2 p.m.
  • 4th stop, Lakehead University Radio,  between 2:30-3 p.m.

For more info, and to see the schedule for the week, click here.

In Grand Marais, the Plein Air 2015 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues to draw accolades. Bob Upton won 1st place with his painting “Clearwater.”  It also won the People’s Choice award.

“Clearwater” by Bob Upton, won 1st place in the Plein Air Competition.

The event, which is sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony, brought 70 plein air artists to Cook County to paint for a week. Their work is on exhibit at the Heritage Post through Nov. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Pastel by Lisa Stauffer.

In other Art Colony news, Lisa Stauffer will teach a workshop,  “Harvest Bounty in Pastel” at the Art Colony this weekend. And North Carolina potter David Voorhees will teach a porcelain workshop this weekend, too. For more info and to register, call 218-387-2737 or visit

Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls continues this month where the public is invited to the ceramic studio at the Art Colony to make bowls for the fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction is Nov. 12  at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Make a bowl for Empty Bowls this month!

Registration to make a bowl or two is still open. Sessions are held on Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m., although there will not be a session this Sunday, Oct. 11. To register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.


Next weekend is Moose Madness in Grand Marais with lots of moosey events scheduled throughout town and nearby hillsides. To find out more, click here  and stay tuned for details next week.

The Annual Members Show & Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony opens Oct. 27.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice,  hosted by the Art Colony, Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library, is Nov. 5-8. Lorna Landvik is the keynote author. For more info, click here.

The Bluegrass Masters Weekend is Nov. 6-8 this year and will be held at Lutsen Resort. The featured instrument is the resophonic guitar with Mike Witcher as the featured artist. For more info, click here.

Marco Good is directing “As You Like It.”

In other art news, Marco Good is directing Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” for the Grand Marais Playhouse.

This is not the first time that Good, who studied theatre arts at Augsburg College, has directed a play for the Playhouse. “I did ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ one year and ‘The Crucible’ when they did that one spring,” he said.

But directing this play is really an exciting opportunity for him.

“I’m getting so wound up about it, I can hardly sit still,” Good said in a telephone interview recently. “I especially love Shakespeare. The language is so brilliant and fun and playful … Nobody does it like Shakespeare.”

The cast of the Playhouse’s production of “As You Like It.”

The cast includes Rosalind-Linnea Henrickson; Orlando-Finn Garry; Celia-Erica Marxen; Oliver-Kevin Kager; Phebe-Robin Henrickson, Silvius-Janet Healey, Touchstone-Santina McMillian, Audrey-Shae Morowitz; Duke Senior-Sam Kern; Jaques-Mark Abrahamson; Adam-Dick Swanson; Charles-Mark Abrahamson; Duke Frederick-Sam Kern; Corin (Shepherd)-Aurora Schelmeske; Amiens-Amelia Roth; Tina Krauz and Kurt Anderson and other cast members to play multiple roles.

Set design and lights will be by Jackson Nickolay, costumes by Emma Bradley. Beth Farone is the stage manager.

“As You Like It’ opens Nov. 12.

Betsy Bowen printed new cards during the Crossing Borders Studio Tour.

Everyone at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries is taking a long nap after a busy 10 days of the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, but there’s still lots of art to see. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 18. Stay tuned for the fall schedule. The Holiday Art Underground sale, featuring a variety of local and regional artists, is scheduled to open Dec. 4.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Friday, Oct. 9:

  • Al Oikari and Rod Dockan, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Chris Gillis & Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • John Gorka, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Chris Gillis & Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11

  • Cellist Yvonne Caruthers, Chippewa City Church, Hwy 61, just east of Grand Marais, noon to 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 14:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Let’s start this week’s photo tour with fall colors.

Photo by David Johnson.


“Rengo Road” by Allan Aubid.

“Oberg Mountain”  by Mickey Johnson.


Specked Trout & Swamp Lakes by Susanne Von Schroeder.


“Sumac” by Paul Sundberg.


“Hike to Carlton Peak” by Martha Russell.

We found some wonderful water shots, too. Here’s one by Travis Novitsky.

Presque Isle Potholes by Travis Novitsky.


Christian Dalbec calls this “Wave Pieces–Split Rock.”


Photo by Bryan Hansel


“Lake Superior Morning” by Jeff Henningsgaard.


Tofte Harbor by Don Davison.


“Driftwood” by Michael Thompson.


Christian Dalbec took this photo of Oberg Lake reflecting Oberg Peak the other day. Enjoy!

And here are some great northern lights photos.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


Photo by Nace Hagemann.

And last, but not least, two photos by Layne Kennedy. First, the harvest.

“Fresh Eggs” by Layne Kennedy.


And last, but not least, this photo by Kennedy of Erik Simula and his dog “Kit” on Elbow Lake paddling one of Erik’s classic birch bark canoes.

Erik Simula & his dog Kit by Layne Kennedy.

Have a great weekend, everyone!






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Halloween at Voyageur

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 6:44am

Things are beginning to look like Halloween at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. The remaining Voyageur Crew must have thought we needed some decorations and carved some pumpkins.

Last year I waited too long to purchase pumpkins for my kids and they didn’t get to carve any. I have been ordered to buy some sooner rather than later this year so they can once again participate in the carving fun.

Voyageur Jack-o-Lanterns

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Moose Rut Time

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:09pm

A house at the end of the Gunflint Trail is a great place to live but I sure would have liked to have been visiting this house in Anchorage for the opportunity to see wildlife perform like this video shows.

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10/5/15 - The hard working Sawbill Fall crew went out for their traditional October bowling night at the Silver Bowl bowling alley in Silver Bay.

Sawbill Newsletter - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:49pm

10/5/15 - The hard working Sawbill Fall crew went out for their traditional October bowling night at the Silver Bowl bowling alley in Silver Bay.

The good folks at the Silver Bowl are nice enough to stay open late to allow us to bowl ourselves silly after the Sawbill store closes for the night. - Bill

The bowling Sawbill Fall crew of 2015.

Our friendly hosts at the Silver Bowl.

Brian shows the proper technique for the perfect gutter ball.

Buck shows that he, unlike the rest of us, actually knows how to bowl.

Bill and Cindy attempt to simultaneously pick up nearly identical spares.

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Join the Arrowhead Cooperative Solar Community Today

Arrowhead Electric - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:50pm


Arrowhead Cooperative Members may now subscribe to the Solar Community!

Panels are available for $1,300, payable up front in full or financed over two years and charged directly on your electric bill. The members receive a monthly credit on their electric bills based on the monthly output of the array.

Check out some Frequently Asked Questions and review the Agreement Terms.

For more information contact our office at 218-663-7239 or email us at


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Indigenous Peoples' Day Grand Marais

Grand Marais Mayor Blog - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:00pm
I returned yesterday to my beloved town after spending about 2 weeks on a working vacation out in North Dakota. As beautiful as it is, there is truly NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

As I tried to settle in, I read some of the news of the past few weeks and reflected on all of the commentary I have heard concerning Indigenous Peoples Day and the honoring of those people who came before us and first inhabited this area, laying down a foundational culture that we still rely on today.

With that said, and with my limited ability to impact this situation, I would like to make the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, the City of Grand Marais recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial; and
WHEREAS, the City of Grand Marais recognizes that Grand Marais is built upon and shares the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whose knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts, and deep cultural contribution the building of the City and the City’s character would not have been possible; and
WHEREAS, the City of Grand Marais has a responsibility to oppose the systemic racism and misunderstanding towards Indigenous People in the United States, which perpetuates poverty and income inequality, and erodes access to health, education, and social stability; and
WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Mayor of the City of Grand Marais, do hereby proclaim the following:
Section 1. The Indigenous Peoples’ Day shall be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and positive values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region.
Section 2. The Cook County Public Schools and other educational institutions are encouraged to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Section 3. The businesses, organizations, and public institutions are encouraged to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Section 4. Indigenous Peoples’ Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous People, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Indigenous nations add to our city.
Section 5. The second Monday in October shall be declared as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Grand Marais.
Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux
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Join the Arrowhead Cooperative Solar Community!

Arrowhead Electric - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:41am




We’re open! The Arrowhead Cooperative Solar Community is now open for members! Subscribe to a panel and receive a credit on your monthly electric bill. Come by our office this week to learn more or call us at 218-663-7239.


Arrowhead Cooperative is thrilled to have the first community solar array in Cook County.

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Weekly Look-ahead 10-5-15

The week of October 5th rock blasting will be completed on the north side for the new Care Center and Hospital Additions. The weeks of October 5th and 12th the concrete footings/foundation walls will continue on the south and start on the north. Excavation for foundations will continue. Site utilities will start.

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First concrete pour

Thoreson’s Ready Mix trucks have arrived and delivered our first pour of concrete.  The concrete crews have formed up and poured out the new footings and foundations for the addition.

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