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Recipe of the Week: Paleo No Bake Bars, Oh Yeah!!!

Aging Youthful - 1 hour 23 sec ago

This recipe comes from the PaleoOMG website. No-bake and ready in an hour. Oh yeah…that sounds like OH. EM. GEE. to me!

PaleOMG’s No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cream Bars

Yields: 8-10 square bars
Prep Time: 8-10 hours (includes the refrigeration of coconut milk)
Chill Time: 1 hour

For the crust:
5 dried dates, pitted
1 cup almond butter
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
½ cup of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

For the toppings:
1 (14 ounce) can of Thai Kitchen Full Fat Coconut Milk, refrigerated overnight
1 tablespoon raw honey
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Place pitted dates in a food process and pulse until completely broken down.
Add almond butter and pulse until combined.
Then add shredded coconut, honey, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and puree until well combined.
Place in a bowl and fold in chocolate chips
Push crust down into a loaf pan (9×5) and press down firmly as possible to keep the crust from falling apart.
Remove the cream from the can of coconut milk. That will be the hard coconut that remains at the top of the can, milk/water will be in the bottom and you can reuse that later for smoothies or milk in your coffee.
Place cream in a bowl, add honey and cinnamon and whip together with a fork until smooth
Add whipped topping on top of crust and smooth out throughout the pan
Place in freezer for 1+ hours until topping has slightly harden
Cut into 8-10 bars, depending on the size you would like and serve immediately.
Store in refrigerator.

*To make it easier to remove the bars, line a bread pan with parchment paper and pull the parchment paper out with the bars before cutting.

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9/2/14 - There are trade offs for each type of weather that we experience here in canoe country.

Sawbill Newsletter - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:52am

9/2/14 - There are trade offs for each type of weather that we experience here in canoe country. This year, the weather has been mild and wet. The disadvantages included lingering mosquitoes, chilly swimming and muddy portages. The advantages included good fishing, low fire danger, abundant blueberries, and no bears looking for camp food.

Another, more recent advantage, is the proliferation of mushrooms, including this beauty.

This perfect specimen is growing right in front of the Sawbill Store.

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What’s REALLY In Our Food: Beaver “Scent” In Your Ice Cream?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:42am

It is really more than “scent” but I didn’t want to totally gross everyone out in the title. What is castoreum you ask? From the website:

What it is: Brace yourself—this food flavoring is extracted from the castor sac scent glands of the male or female beaver, which are located near the anus. According to Milkowski, the substance is pretty expensive (think about what it probably takes to obtain it) and is more common in perfume than in actual foods. 

Where you’ll find it: While it sounds downright disgusting, the FDA says it’s GRAS, meaning it’s “generally recognized as safe.” You won’t see this one on the food label because it’s generally listed as “natural flavoring.” It’s natural all right—naturally icky.

When Mark trapped beaver there was very little that went to waste. We fed all but the feet, heads and guts (which can make the dogs sick) to our sled dogs and Mark was sure to extract the castor as he would re-use it as scent bait on his traps or sell it as it was more valuable than the hide itself.

What foods could you find castoreum in:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • baked goods
  • frozen dairy
  • chewing gum
  • candy
  • beverages
  • meat products
  • pudding
  • gelatin
  • ice cream
  • vanilla flavoring
  • raspberry flavored food

This is what has to say about castoreum:

Castoreum extract (CAS NO. 8023-83-4; FEMA NO. 2261) is a natural product prepared by direct hot-alcohol extraction of castoreum, the dried and macerated castor sac scent glands (and their secretions) from the male or female beaver. It has been used extensively in perfumery and has been added to food as a flavor ingredient for at least 80 years. Both the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regard castoreum extract as generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Acute toxicity studies in animals indicate that castoreum extract is nontoxic by both oral and dermal routes of administration and is not irritating or phototoxic to skin. Skin sensitization has not been observed in human subject tests. Castoreum extract possesses weak antibacterial activity. A long historical use of castoreum extract as a flavoring and fragrance ingredient has resulted in no reports of human adverse reactions. On the basis of this information, low-level, long-term exposure to castoreum extract does not pose a health risk. The objective of this review is to evaluate the safety-in-use of castoreum extract as a food ingredient.

I don’t know about you but I don’t trust the statement of “generally” regarded as safe. Once again, it is SO important to read labels and if you can, make your own foods, stay away from processed as much as possible and cleanse your body regularly as we really do not know what is in our foods these days.

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Headlines You Might Not See

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:06am

If you live in the cities then you probably would never see an article like this. Living on the edge of the wilderness I don’t even see an article like this very often. Just thought I would share it with you!

Warning: Timber wolves attacking dogs, and what to do in that situation

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 11:28 PM CDT

Grand Marais, MN ( — The Cook County Sheriff’s office has issued a wolf warning in Cook County, Minn.

Residents are being warned because at least five dogs, in the last two weeks, are assumed to have been killed by wolves in and around Grand Marais.

A couple of the wolf attacks were witnessed by the dog owners.

“I think if you’re a dog owner anywhere in wolf country, northern, especially northeastern, Minnesota, then you should always attend your dog when it’s outside – never leave your dog unattended,” according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Darren Fagerman.

Sometimes attacks on dogs can occur because of territorial issues, or the wolves are looking for easy prey while in survival mode.

If a wolf is attacking your dog, you are not allowed to shoot the wolf because discharging a firearm in Grand Marais is illegal.

The sheriff’s office says you could make an attempt to scare the wolf away with shouting, banging metal and making any loud sounds, and call authorities.

However, if you are outside the city limits of Grand Marais, you can shoot the wolf to protect your dog, and then call the DNR, Fagerman said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s office also says wolves have been approaching people on the north side of Grand Marais.

“I don’t know if they are curious and losing their fear, I don’t know what it is. They seem to be coming into the city more and more lately,” Fagerman said. “The wolves seem to be more curious, and not aggressive, when it comes to approaching people.”

Fagerman says he learned from second–hand reports that someone was gardening outside in Grand Marais when a wolf came very close to her. He says the woman sprayed the wolf with the garden hose, and it ran away.

Another woman was walking in town when a wolf reportedly came close. She backed away from it, and the wolf went away.

Fagerman says backing away from a wolf slowly is the correct approach.

If you are in that area, and would like to be prepared, Fagerman says you could carry pepper spray.

Ramona Marozas

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Belated #FreedomFriday

Aging Youthful - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:52pm

RETIREMENT, TAKE 2: (Warning, long post and video. If you are ready to put your life up at a whole new level, this could change your life forever). Comment below, what excites you??? What excites you RIGHT NOW???

It has taken me two days to decompress and debrief and wrap my head around the everything I heard, learned and soaked in this last weekend. As I sat in the audience on Sunday morning I realized I had not been being my authentic self or congruent. I have been talking the talk, but just tip-toeing the walk.

As of 4:00 EST this afternoon, I am F O R E V E R psychologically unemployable. I turned in my resignation…I have not been truthful with you and most importantly myself, by working a 9-5 job…yes, a JOB. The one I tell everyone else they should leave and follow their passion. I ran back to one for a while, because it was safe, afraid to REALLY put myself out there in a strange city where I knew only a handful of people. For the last four months, my flame has slowly been just a slow burning candle flame. My boss knew exactly what I wanted to chat with him about, he could see my passion, my flame was like a massive 5 alarm fire burning in my belly! I told him he deserved to have someone who was not always wishing they were somewhere else.

I spent a good portion of the weekend in tears asking myself what am I afraid of? I have the keys to a life-changing vehicle in my hand and I have been driving it around with the freaking parking brake on for the last three years. These products, both nutritional and financial, are not only life-changing, they are LIFE-SAVING! Three people on the stage shared stories of how they were contemplating suicide as they felt they had no way out of the financial hole they found themselves in. All threes lives were turned around by what we have to offer: a life of hope, passion and FREEDOM from physical and financial pain!

Why did that have such an impact…both Mark and I have been feeling the same way in recent months as we’ve been apart. We are doing what we HAVE to do, but it seemed like there was no way out and there wasn’t if we didn’t play full out. It was easy for me to leave as the pay was marginal and I’m very grateful for the opportunity, but it left me deflated at the end of the day, not wanting to talk to more people, down and depressed. What excites me right now? To retire Mark once and for all!

NO MORE! My fire and passion has been re-ignited and I will NEVER let it burn out again. My first phone call to a friend to tell her that I am re-committing to changing lives, may have changed hers. Is she joining me? No. God and the Universe put her at the top of my mind this weekend when they said to write down the names of five people right now. I even texted her a photo of the list. This friend is personally going through hell right now and needed someone to reach out. I don’t “sell” products, I “sell” a lifestyle…what this “business” is all about:


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Back-to-school cool

Unorganized Territory - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:47pm

Just about everyone I’ve talked to in the last week has bemoaned the fact that summer is nearly over. The weather this year has not been kind to us on the North Shore. After the brutally cold winter that seemed would never end, things never really warmed up. We only had a few days of hot weather. More than once I’ve felt sorry for the folks hiking and paddling and sleeping in tents.

There is serenity and splendor in our backcountry, but there is sometimes a price to pay. I hope everyone who has enjoyed rough camping this summer—the summer that barely was—brought plenty of layers to stay warm.

In my own forays into the forest in the last week, I’ve already seen signs of autumn. Despite a short string of bright sunny days and slightly higher temps, the signs of fall are here. There are bright patches of red and orange interspersed with the brilliant green.

It seems like summer arrived and departed in the same week. I recall feeling this way as fall approached when I was growing up. I remember luxuriating in warm weather just before school started. I remember days spent swimming with cousins and friends in little pools in Rosebush Creek, which is now called Fall Creek, but will forever be Rosebush in my mind. I remember riding bikes down County Road 7, weaving in and out of the dotted white centerline—once we reached the paved section at Rosebush Creek. I remember roasting marshmallows and watching fireflies while sitting around a campfire—just days before that dreaded first day of school.

I shouldn’t say dreaded though, because truly it wasn’t all that bad. There was always sadness at giving up the freedom of summer. Back-to-school meant no more sleeping in as long as I wanted. No more bikes or hikes to a cousin’s house to hang out, no more playing on a tire swing or climbing around in my grandfather’s old barn. No more lying in the tall grass imagining pictures in the puffy clouds. No more unlimited TV watching.

No, back-to-school meant more structure. It meant going to bed earlier and getting up earlier than I liked. It meant school lunches instead of peanut butter sandwiches or Lipton chicken noodle soup. It meant sitting still and paying attention and worst of all—mathematics! And it meant homework, further cutting into time to enjoy being outside—or watching my favorite television shows.

No one is cooler than Grover!

But along with the loss of freedom came the excitement of a new year and a new wardrobe. I remember being pleased with new dresses and shoes, but I most vividly recall my delight in a particular pair of jeans when I was entering the seventh grade. They were denim bell-bottoms, of course, but had a strip of ticking down the side. They may sound “lame” to the current generation, but they were the height of cool in my seventh-grade mind.

Returning to school was also wonderful because it meant seeing the many friends that I hadn’t seen much of—or at all—over the summer. It was nice to see everyone and to giggle and gossip between classes, at lunch, and to the teachers’ dismay, when we were supposed to be listening. Another great memory—of seventh-grade again, was when I reconnected with one of my best friends, Janie and saw that she was wearing the same cool blue jeans with the stripe down the side.

In addition to the fun of a few new outfits and renewed friendships, was the joy of new notebooks, pens, and of course a shiny new Trapper Keeper. It didn’t take long to fill the notebooks with scribbles and notes and eraser marks, but I always loved all those blank pages full of possibility.

Although I would never have admitted it at that time. That would not have been cool. Just as I would never have admitted that I enjoyed some of my classes. Math was always a struggle for me, but I enjoyed science and social studies. And I adored English, history and art classes. Book reviews for extra credit? That wasn’t homework; that was downright fun.

So all in all, school was not so bad. It was where I learned not only the educational basics, but that I could get through anything including math–if only with a C. It was where I learned that I loved to write. It was where I learned the importance of being organized and where I began my never-ending quest to become so.

It was where I made lifelong friendships that I still treasure. The Class of ’75 “kids” are meeting for lunch soon as we do the first Tuesday of every month.

Perhaps the worst part of the school year was heading indoors on the waning days of warm weather. Labor Day was the last big fling for all of us, as I’m sure it is for the teachers and students today. Have a safe and happy weekend everyone. Welcome back to schoo

***** ***** *****

The larger the island of
knowledge, the longer the
shoreline of wonder.

Ralph W. Sockman

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8/31/14 - Terry Olson is a retired Forest Service employee who lives in Finland, MN.

Sawbill Newsletter - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:51am

8/31/14 - Terry Olson is a retired Forest Service employee who lives in Finland, Minnesota. A few years ago, Terry got interested in sport flying and bought a small float plane.

Every once in a while, Terry quietly glides into Sawbill Lake for a visit. He chooses his weather carefully, waiting for mornings with calm winds and blue skies.

He is kind enough to give rides to his friends and awards each rider a little wooden model of his plane as a keepsake. - Bill

Terry's plane looking pretty at the Sawbill Lake canoe landing.

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Other Owatonnanians at the end of the Gunflint Trail

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:34am

I think I made that word up but doesn’t it look cool? Last week I introduced Matt Ritter, one of our Voyageur Crew members from Owatonna and today I’ll introduce two others. Paul Swenson is a friend of Matt’s and Ryan Ritter is Matt’s brother. Paul has been working at Voyageur all summer but Ryan recently arrived after his short 900 mile canoe trip to Hudson Bay.

I haven’t had a ton of time to talk to Ryan about his epic paddling adventure but you can read a little bit about it on Facebook.  I know they saw Musk Ox, Polar Bears, Whales and Caribou and they saw very few people.  I haven’t had him fill out his Questionnaire about paddling in the BWCA so I might have to save that information for another post. He plans to stay at Voyageur through the fall and I couldn’t be happier. He’s done some great work in the short amount of time he has been here including clearing with a chain saw and painting a cabin. Keep up the great work Ryan.

Paul Swenson arrived early in the spring and has been with us ever since. He knows how to do everything there is to do at Voyageur but he prefers some tasks over others. He likes to build stuff and work on projects while he’s working and when he’s not working he likes to fish. His favorite Boundary Waters lake is Saganaga and his favorite route is the Granite River.  When he’s not at Voyageur he enjoys playing hockey, snowboarding and fishing.

Maybe that’s why Paul tolerates our 13 year-old son Josh and his friends so well? Josh likes to fish and loves to play hockey too. Paul is great with the kids and our guests.

Paul is a Sophomore Marketing major at UMD in Duluth, Minnesota. When he grows up he wants to be Mike Prom. I’m not sure how concerned I should be about that since he didn’t say he wants to be “like” Mike but actually wants to be him.

In any case Paul has been a great asset to Voyageur and we’re super lucky to have him as part of our crew.

Paul and Josh

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8/30/14 - Jan and Grant Friberg have been Sawbill Lake Campground campers for many years.

Sawbill Newsletter - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:37am

8/30/14 - Jan and Grant Friberg have been Sawbill Lake Campground campers for many years. They also take an annual trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. Last season, they got a coveted invitation from the National Park Service to be seasonal campground hosts at the beautiful Many Glacier Campground. They haven't forgotten their Sawbill roots though, as this picture attests. - Bill

Jan and Grant Friberg representing Sawbill at Glacier National Park.

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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Pie Social

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:23am

It’s not like you need a reason to take a drive up the Gunflint Trail but if it makes you feel better then here’s a reason. Sunday is the annual Pie and Ice Cream Social held at Chik-Wauk Museum.  Visiting the Museum is always a good time and if the weather is nice then be sure to take a hike too. There are quite a few hikes to choose from and the last time I was there blueberries still lined the hiking trail to Blueberry Hill.  Whether or not there are blueberries the views from the hiking trails are beautiful and it’s great to spend time outside.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will host an Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the museum front porch and grounds over Labor Day weekend on Sunday, August 31, from 11am – 4pm. As always, there’s a suggested donation for pie, ice cream and beverage. This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items. It will be a fun way to wrap up the summer and say “so long till next year,” to our friends and neighbors. 

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Start the School Year with a Walking School Bus – Wed, Sept. 3rd

Moving Matters - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:17pm

Don’t miss the first Walking School Bus of the new school year on Wednesday, September 3rd! Join in for a fun walk to school and enter to win a door prize

Walking School Buses are groups of people walking or biking to school together, organized by Cook County Safe Routes to School. The Walking School Buses (WSB) in Grand Marais meet in three locations:

  • West WSB leaves at 7:20 a.m. from 8th Ave. West & 2nd Street (passes Birchwood Apts on the way to school)
  • Central WSB leaves at 7:20 a.m. from the Courthouse Parking Lot.
  • East WSB leaves at 7:30 a.m. from 7th Ave. East & County Rd 7.

Each WSB stops at ISD 166 and GES on time for school to begin. If the student normally gets a ride to school, come in a little early to meet at one of the WSB locations and walk or bike to school with friends! Law enforcement and local community leaders will accompany each WSB. Volunteers are always needed; please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Maren at or 387-2330 if you are able to help or have questions.

While every day is a great day to walk or bike to school, every Wednesday this fall will be a Walking/Biking Wednesday! See the designated walking and biking to school routes on the updated Safe Routes to School Map. Other Walking School Buses this fall will be on October 8th and November 19th.

Walking School Buses are organized by the local Safe Routes to School group, with support from the State Health Improvement Program.

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Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:13am

To get to his winter home of course! Please use caution when driving on the Gunflint Trail and lend a helping hand to a turtle.

DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Aug. 28, 2014

Baby turtles are hatching and adults are getting ready for winter
Help turtles safely cross roads

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking people to share the road with hatchling and adult turtles this fall.

Turtles crossing roads in late-August and September are often moving to familiar overwintering locations. Unfortunately, many hatchling and adult turtles’ have to cross roads to get to wintering areas.

“Roadway mortality is believed to be a major factor in turtle population declines throughout the United States,” said Christopher Smith, DNR nongame wildlife specialist.

In Minnesota, where all turtles are mainly aquatic, overland journeys usually occur: in connection with seasonal movements between different wetland habitats; during the annual early summer nesting migration of egg laden females; or when newly hatched youngsters seek out the backwaters and ponds that will serve as their permanent home. Turtles can travel many miles during a single year, and may even be found far from water; this is no need for concern.

Giving turtles a hand
Here are some tips to help turtles across roads:

Avoid danger. Simply pulling off the road and turning on hazard lights may alert other drivers to slow down. Be aware of surroundings and traffic.
Avoid excessive handling. While wanting to inspect turtles closely is understandable, excessive handling can disrupt normal behavior. Prolonged examination of turtles should therefore be limited to only one or two individuals of each species.
Allow unassisted road crossings. When turtles can safely cross roads unaided due to a lack of oncoming traffic allow them to do so. Observe from a distance and avoid rapid movements, as doing otherwise will often cause turtles to change direction, stop, or seek shelter within their shells.
Handle turtles gently. If necessary to pick them up, all turtles except Snappers and Softshells should be grasped gently along the shell edge near the mid-point of the body. Many turtles empty their bladder when lifted off the ground, so be careful not to drop them if they should suddenly expel water.
Maintain direction of travel. Always move turtles in the same direction they were traveling in when encountered. Turtles should always be moved across roadways in as direct a line as possible.
Find more information at

Check out the DNR’s turtle poster:

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8/29/14 - Here is the Cook County West End News for 8/28/2014 and 8/21/2014 from WTIP-FM, North Shore Community Radio.

Sawbill Newsletter - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:29am

8/29/14 - Here is the Cook County West End News for 8/28/2014 and 8/21/2014 from WTIP-FM, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

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Unorganized thinking

Unorganized Territory - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:44pm

As I write this Unorganized Territory, I’m preparing to travel to Brainerd for the final session of the program I have been participating in this summer, the Blandin Foundation Editor & Publisher Community Leadership Program (E&P). It’s been an interesting experience although I’ve had a few “What was I thinking?” moments.

Two of the sessions have started on Thursday, which is the day we do our final proofreading, packaging, and sending to the printer. So it’s tough to be out of town that day. Frantically trying to get everything printer-ready before Thursday caused a few of those “What was I thinking?” thoughts.

The purpose of the E&P program is to allow editors and publishers to have some time away from their dayto day activities to look at the overall picture of the newspaper and its role in the community. The program is based on the Blandin Foundation’s 8 Dimensions of a Healthy Community, which are Life-Long Learning, Inclusion, Spiritual, Recreational and Artistic Opportunity, Environmental Stewardship, Infrastructure and Services, Safety and Security, Community Leadership and Economic Opportunity.

The Blandin Foundation asks participants in its E&P program and its other community leadership programs to take a hard look at these topics. Each participant is asked to evaluate how his or her community is doing in these dimensions. Are there life-long learning opportunities for all, from preschooler to the elderly? Are there adequate police and fire services so residents feel safe? Do community members care about the natural environment and work to protect it? Are all members of the community—regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity—included in making decisions that affect them?

Those are just a few of the questions raised in the Blandin Leadership Program. And although the program offers community building exercises and shares examples of what successful Blandin participants have accomplished, there are few answers. There is no “one size fits all” model of a healthy community or how to create it. I think at some point every Blandin Leadership program participant worries that he or she won’t make a difference, as the Blandin Foundation asks. I think we all ask, “What was I thinking?”

For me, participating in the program meant taking a hard look at the Cook County News-Herald and meant asking for feedback. That is why the News-Herald, with help from Cook County Higher Education, conducted a newspaper focus group back in May.

I survived my PowerPoint presentation!

The focus group was not as well attended as I would have liked, but those who were there offered invaluable advice. Some of it was difficult to hear. It was challenging to take criticism of our coverage of some troubling news stories, especially when many of the concerns were due to the headlines on articles.

Ask any writer—headlines are tough. It is extremely difficult to summarize a 500 -1,200 word article in five to eight words. It is hard to encapsulate the idea of the article in just a few words without sensationalizing the content. As I listened to some suggestions for alternate headlines that could have been used, I thought the ideas were great. But, as I listened to some of the complaints, I also couldn’t help thinking, “What was I thinking?”

When I compiled the results of the focus group and shared it with my friends and co-workers at the News- Herald, I was met with mixed reactions, ranging from “No way can we do that” to “That’s not a bad idea.” We’ve enacted some of the suggestions and are working on others. But as I distributed the suggestions and comments from the focus group, I could see my fellow News-Herald staffers thinking, “What was she thinking?”

Today, as I’m again hurrying to head off to the last E&P session, I am getting very nervous about the “final exam” of the program. I have to give a 15-minute presentation on what I’ve learned through the program and what actions the News-Herald will implement to help make our community a better place. I will be offering a Power Point presentation, only the second I’ve ever done in my life. “What was I thinking?”

It is especially hard because I don’t feel that I’ve done much in the way of community building yet. I am truthfully struggling with the balance of building community and allowing the community to have a voice. And as a newspaper, we cover not only the fun stuff—the festivals, the new businesses, the births and weddings—but also the tragic deaths, the accidents, fires, and court matters.

I keep turning to a George Orwell quote that is in rotation on my email footnote: Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.

My Power Point presentation addresses that. I will share my conflict and struggle to find balance. And I will admit that we have been taking baby steps.

We’ve tweaked our letter to the editor policy to put the responsibility to be respectful on submitters. We’ve resurrected our “Get Involved in Government” feature, providing a “Clip and Save” list of various government boards with information on when and where they met. We are trying to be cautious about headlines and pull-quotes, not highlighting something that doesn’t represent the article well. There are more things in the works—stay tuned.

I’m also thinking of starting a “Coffee with the News-Herald” monthly event, meeting with readers at the local coffee shop. I’m a bit nervous about that though—what do you think readers? Should we do it? Or will it be another thing that makes me say, “What was I thinking?”

Drop me an email at to let me know what you think!


After enlightenment, the laundry

Zen quote from Mirja P. Hanson Editor & Publisher Community Leadership Program facilitator

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Our House is a Very Fine House

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:16pm

Do you ever wish you could live in a tent in the wilderness? Think about how little time you would have to spend cleaning and making beds. It sounds quite attractive to me especially if I could set the tent up in the Boundary Waters. It would make a very fine house indeed.

Camping in the BWCA

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Favorite Everyday Products: Immersion Blender

Aging Youthful - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:00am

Mark and I use our immersion blender every day! Mostly we use ours for blending up smoothies and drinks, but it has been known to be used to blend some soups, and homemade tomato sauce. Mark uses it to mix up his “kitchen sink” eye opening breakfast smoothie. He starts with his IsaLean Pro protein and adds in our powdered fruits and greens along with some blueberries and/or other berries. Me, I use it to mix up my “bulletproof” coffee: a tablespoon each of grass-fed butter and coconut oil added to my heated cold-press coffee and mixed to frothy goodness. Our sits on the counter and never gets put away because we use it literally every day.

What other uses can you think  of?


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Labor Day Weekend coming up

North Shore Art Scene - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:24am

Bryan Hansel took this photo of Thompson Falls the other day.

Fall is in the air —  no doubt about it — making Labor Day weekend right on time this year.

It will be pretty quiet in Cook County, but there’s still plenty to see and do.

Moors & McCumber play at What’s Upstairs? Stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Rodney Bursiel.

First up is a Thursday-night  concert by Moors & McCumber at What’s Upstairs? Stage, above Betsy Bowen’s Studio at 7:30 p.m, Aug. 28, followed by the screening of “Cold Love,” an adventure film about Lonnie Dupre.

Moors & Mc Cumber, who have performed at What’s Upstairs before, are dynamic and highly skilled musicians who  switch up instruments on almost every song.

They play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, piano, harmonica, cello, weissenborn, ukulele, and create catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live. The acoustics in the space are outstanding, too. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. All invited.

On Friday, North House Folk School will continue its craft demonstrations from 1o a.m.-4 p.m. The demonstrations are held Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 7.   Tina Fung Holder will be demonstrating basketry this week.Free. All invited.

This is the last week of  art demonstrations at the Grand Marais Art Colony. A clay demo will be held in the ceramics studio at 10 a.m. on Friday. All invited.

Internet cartoonist Bill Barnes, who will be giving workshops in cartooning at the Grand Marais Public Library from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, will talk about the upcoming workshops on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Musicians Max Bichel and John Gruber will be in the studio to a few tunes.

On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. featuring lots of arts and crafts, baked goods and vegetables in season including tomatoes, peppers, onions, kale and lettuce. Maria Nickolay will play.

On Sunday, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will host an Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the museum front porch and grounds over Labor Day weekend on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, there’s a suggested donation for pie, ice cream and beverage. This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items.

Also on Sunday afternoon, MacArthur House celebrates its 14th anniversary with music on the deck with Mad Max & His Flying Circus (The SplinterTones) from 4-7 p.m. Bring your own chair and an appetizer to share. MacArthur House is located at 520 W. 2nd St. All welcome.

In other art news:

Carah Thomas (Carah Boo) will release her first solo CD at the Radio Waves Music Festival next weekend.

Carah Boo (Carah Thomas) has completed her first solo CD which will be released at the Radio Waves Music Festival next week. The title of the CD is “Big Empty Heart,” the title cut, written by Thomas. The CD features mainly traditional folk songs on mountain dulcimer and voice, along with two originals and three cover songs. Kari Wrich designed the CD cover with a photo by Nina Rizzo. Al Oikari recorded, mixed and produced the CD as well as plays on it.

September artists exhibiting at the Cross River Heritage Center include Trish Hunter, Tim Ostroot, Mary Jane Huggins, Kathleen Gray Anderson and Dave DeGree.

Birchbark Books & Gifts has copies of William Kent Krueger’s latest, “Windigo Island.” They also have John Henricksson’s book, “Over the Portage, Into History.” It was first published as an e-Book.

Sivertson Gallery is now carrying children’s books. Titles include “Children of the Northlights” by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire“Market to Market” by Nikki McClure; “The Best Part of a Sauna” by Sheryl Peterson, illustrated by Kelly Dupre; and “A Wild Neighborhood” by John Henricksson, illustrated by Betsy Bowen.

Tickets are still available for the Grand Marais Art Colony’s “Tour d’Art: The Legacy,” a homes tour of artists and instructors associated with the Art Colony.

The tour includes the homes of Hazel Belvo and Marsha Cushmore, Sharon and Steve FrykmanLiz Sivertson, Byron Bradley and Dan Quick. The tour is Oct. 4. For more information, call 218-387-2737.

Here’s the music schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Moors & McCumber, What’s Upstairs Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Pation, 3 p.m.
  • J Squared and The Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflit Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

  • Mad Max & His Flying Circus, MacArthur House B&B backyard, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 1

  • Joe & Jessi,  Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller,  Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found some great photos this week.

Let’s start out with this great portrait of a man and his dog by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


And then a beautiful fall-is-here photo by John Sikkila.

Fall is here. John Sikkila captured it perfectly in this photo of crown coral and spring cap mushrooms.


Here’s a wonderful shot of the northern lights by Heidi Pinkerton.

Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.


We had quite a thunder storm the other night. Travis Novitsky too shot of the storm over the Spirit Tree in Grand Portage.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Sandra Updyke was out walking the beaches on a windy day and took this image.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.


Here’s a another beautiful image of our beloved North Shore. It’s by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Stephan Hoglund took this beauty.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.


And Michael Furtman caught this loon parent bringing a BIG fish to its rapidly growing offspring. It took the youngster awhile to swallow it, but he managed, Furtman wrote on his Facebook page.

Photo by Michael Furtman.


Thomas Spence took this great shot of the Temperance (?) River at sunset the other day.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

And Bryan Hansel captured the Blue Hour in this lovely shot… the Blue Hour is about 45 minutes after sunset when, under the right conditions, everything turns blue. Enjoy!

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

And have a wonderful weekend!
























Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Pation, 3 p.m.
  • J Squared and The Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflit Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

  • Mad Max & His Flying Circus, MacArthur House B&B backyard, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 1

  • Joe & Jessi,  Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller,  Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.





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Paddling Safely in the Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:51pm

Some of these suggestions for safe paddling aren’t applicable in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but I figure most of our readers paddle elsewhere too.  It’s a short, cute video that is a good reminder to be smart wherever you paddle.  With Labor Day Weekend right around the corner I’m hoping many of you plan to paddle and this will keep you paddling safely.

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Banana Split For Breakfast? Yes please!

Aging Youthful - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:00am

This is an AWESOME way to get your kids to love having a healthy breakfast. Man, if my mom would have made these as a kid, I would have been begging for more! This recipe of the week, just like the Overnight Oats recipe from a couple weeks ago, doesn’t need a “recipe”, you can do whatever you want with it, just be sure to keep it with natural and low sugar ingredients. Heck on Sundays, why not even add in a few dark chocolate chips for a little extra treat? Or…use this as an evening snack when you are craving the real thing but don’t want to get off track!

Here are a few basic “rules”.

  • You MUST start out with a banana sliced lengthwise on either side of the dish/bowl.
  • Use cooked oats, cottage cheese or greek yogurt as the “ice cream”. You have have the “scoops” all the same or once of each!
  • Top with a little more greek yogurt to look like “cream” or better yet, if you have access to a raw dairy in your area, whip up some raw milk cream!
  • Top with any chopped real fruit of your choice
  • If you must sweeten a little more, use REAL maple syrup or local raw honey (not the high-fructose corn syrup varieties you find at the grocery store).
  • Don’t forget to add a few of your favorite chopped nuts!

This just goes to prove that eating healthy does NOT have to be boring. I think I’m heading to the kitchen right now to see what I can round up for a banana split!

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May your paddle be true and deep

Tuscarora Lodge and Outfitters News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:46pm

Our beloved Jerry Vandiver….Nashville singer songwriter and really good guy….had a particularly fabulous annual concert this year.  He also invited Danny and Liz to join him for a couple of his songs.

He’s something.

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