Arrowhead Cooperative would like to announce recent changes in our Board of Directors.
Best wishes to Lou Terrizzi who resigned from the Board for a long-awaited move to Duluth with his family. Lou represented District 2, the Colvill area, from 2006 until his resignation in October 2013.
Welcome to Sharon Bloomquist who was appointed by the Board of Directors in November to complete the duration of the District 2 term, which will open for election again in 2015. Sharon is a returning Director who has previously served on the Arrowhead Board.
Director election terms last three years, and up to four terms may be served. Districts alternate election years, and elections are held for different districts three out of every four years in the rotation. Contrary to popular belief, Arrowhead Cooperative members may vote for a Director candidate for any district in an election year, not just the district within which the member resides. Director candidates, however, must reside in the district they represent.
For more information regarding Arrowhead Cooperative’s Board of Directors, or to see a list of all current Directors, view our Board of Directors page.
12/4/13 - Just a quick update. There is a major winter storm going on in northeastern Minnesota, but we seem to be just outside of the heavy snow fall. We've received about a foot of snow so far and it's supposed to continue all night tonight.
Nearby Two Harbors already has nearly 30" with more on the way. Here it has been a nice dry, fluffy powder, creating a winter wonderland at just the right time of the season. - Bill
Yesterday the kids had their first snow day of the year. With the forecast calling for 8-30″ of more white stuff they might see another snow day this week!
Published December 04, 2013, 01:23 PMNorthland to see heavy snow in afternoon, evening
UPDATE: North of Two Harbors reportedly is approaching 40 inches since Monday.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
The storm that wouldn’t end is far from over.
The National Weather Service in Duluth this afternoon is forecasting snow to fall at an inch or more per hour in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin into this evening, adding another 8 to 12 inches of additional snow by the time the storm moves out of the region early Thursday.
The highest snowfall will occur along the Interstate 35 corridor through the Twin Ports and up the North Shore.
Three-day storm snowfall totals generally ranged from 8 to 20 inches across the region by noon today, with 10 to nearly 20 inches common in Duluth.
The Weather Service says final storm totals will range from 12 to near 40 inches by Thursday. But one report north of Two Harbors was at 39 inches by 1 p.m. with no end to the snow in sight.
When the snow subsides sometime Thursday, bitter cold is expected to rapidly move into the region, sending temperatures below zero and wind-chill levels into the dangerous range. The low temperature Friday morning will drop into the teens below zero with wind-chill values to 30 below.
A winter-storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for the entire region and travel conditions are rapidly deteriorating with heavy snow falling and gusty winds causing drifting and glazed roadways.
Nearly all schools, universities and many businesses have closed for the day in the Duluth area. Nearly all meetings and events have been canceled for this evening.
The city of Duluth has suggested no unnecessary travel, and it issued a warning about ice and clumps of snow falling off the Aerial Lift Bridge due to gusts of wind.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports 175 crashes since Monday, statewide, and nearly 20 vehicles that had run off the road.
“We don’t get three-day snowfalls very often — every few years. Even for the North Shore and Duluth, for a storm to hit 30 inches, that’s pretty unusual,” Carol Christenson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth, said. “For us to even forecast snow totals like this, it goes against the averages.”
Kelly Fleissner, who leads Duluth’s snowplowing efforts for more than 400 miles of city streets, said city crews worked 16-hour shifts during the height of the storm Monday night and Tuesday. He said they will hope for an eight-hour break overnight before they come back out in full force before dawn Thursday.
“We had so much snow that we had to stay on the main roads all night into Tuesday morning. So we were late getting into the residential streets. I know it’s been tough for people just to get out of their neighborhoods. But, please, be patient,” Fleissner said. “We’ll have them back out early Thursday. Unfortunately it may be several days before we get to everyone’s street, especially the alleys.”
Even with plows going full tilt, in some cases, the roads were too sodden for those Northlanders who dared venture out. It took Gunnar Johnson an hour to get out of his driveway Tuesday morning in rural Duluth. He lives in the area north of Duluth that reported one of the highest overnight snow totals, 18 inches and counting in Normanna Township.
“It was not what I expected,” Johnson said of the wet kiss of snow that packed down under the weight of his car and created tire lanes of ice.
Before you go “oh gross…CLEANSING is something you do before a colonoscopy”, stop for a second and take a look. I, like you, was UBER-skeptical of cleansing until I found out that it was NOT a bathroom cleanse and it tastes great. Then after my first cleanse day, I was hooked. For the first time in 15 years when my thyroid was removed, I had energy! I wasn’t walking around like a zombie half of the day and I didn’t need a nap after work to get through the evening! Take a look what Cleanse for Life is all about:
Every day we’re exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the items we touch. Cleanse for Life helps give your body the nutrition it needs to cleanse itself naturally, and unlike other “cleanses,” laxatives or diuretics that can deplete your body, Cleanse for Life nourishes and feeds your entire body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals.
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If you are ready for feeling the best you have in years, give Cleanse for Life a try. If whole day cleansing is not your thing, you can take a small serving at night before you go to bed to assist the body with it’s natural cleanse process. If you’d like more information, contact Mary at 218-370-9063 to get the right product and the best pricing!
Forget Black Friday, around here every day has been white, white, white, since the 3 inches of snow that piled up on the Gunflint Trail on Thanksgiving morning. With up to 25 additional inches of snow forecasted to fall by Wednesday night, it seems like a good time to hunker down and start cranking on winter Chik-Wauk projects, like tending to the archives and preparing for the season to come.
Today is “Giving Tuesday” – a special day sponsored by GiveMN (the same folks that brought you “Give to the Max” day last month) that seeks to take the focus off of holiday spending and put it back on holiday giving. Today only, the kind folks at GiveMN are offering $100,000 in matching grants to the 50 Minnesota nonprofits who raise the most donations today. If you find it your hearts and holiday budgets to support the Gunflint Trail Historical Society today with a donation, we’d be most grateful!
One of our winter projects is adding content to the new Passport into the Past website. Passport into the Past is a special historical program for elementary school aged children and their families. The program is used in the local school systems and introducsd kids to Cook County history by visiting 19 different historic sites around the county. Each historic site (you guessed it, Chik-Wauk represents the Gunflint Trail!) has its own Passport into the Past website, where kids and adults can view specific information, like videos, tours, stories, and photos about that area. We’re just finishing up a special presentation that gives a general overview of Gunflint Trail history, so stop by often to see the content we’ve added.
By the way, have you seen the new Gunflint Trail Explorers website? The Gunflint Trail Explorers is another exciting kid-centric program that’s based out of Chik-Wauk. It’s not to early to start planning next year’s summer trip up the Trail!
Stumped on what to get that hard to shop for somebody on your holiday list? Once again, we are offering our DVDS – Gunflint Trail Pioneers and Gunflint Trail Businesses Past and Current – for mail order. Just fill out DVD Mail Order Form and return it to us with payment via personal check and we’ll get your order shipped just as soon as we possibly can. Learn more about the DVDs here.
My guess is mining would have a bigger affect on the Boundary Waters than a small portion of snowmobile trail, but then again, what do I know…Snowmobile trail plan at edge of BWCA causes legal rift
- Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
- Updated: November 30, 2013 – 11:08 PM
Critics say plan violates quiet of the wilderness; others predict light traffic, minimal disruption.hide
The trail would run about midway up along the Royal River bluff at right.
Photo: RICK BRANDENBURG • Special to the Star Tribune,
For some residents of Cook County, the 2-mile snowmobile route proposed by the U.S. Forest Service is a no-brainer — a safe, direct link for cabin owners on McFarland Lake to the fish-rich waters of South Fowl Lake on the Canadian border.
But for environmental groups, the plan is a boldfaced attack on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with one part of the route only 400 feet away from the federal parkland’s border. They imagine the rumble of snowmobiles piercing the solitude that makes the 1.1 million acres in northern Minnesota so special.
The legal dispute has gone on for eight years, gaining little statewide attention, but embroiling advocates on both sides in what has become a classic confrontation over the BWCA, which is managed by the Forest Service.
“It is a struggle between the longtime local residents to replace an historical trail they have used for years, and the outside groups,” says Rhonda Silence, editor of the Cook County News Herald, referring to the environmental organizations. Those groups, she says, “are just causing a lot of hard feelings for the people who live on the lake, and the ice fishermen who want to catch a walleye, to ride a trail to their favorite fishing spot.”
Snowmobiles are almost entirely banned in the Boundary Waters, and restrictions on motorized vehicles there have been a flashpoint for decades. The fight over the trail, which has been stalled in the legal system while the Forest Service conducted a complex noise analysis, returned to federal court in August. Both sides will meet in court in January to map out a pretrial schedule.
The proposed trail would “introduce new snowmobile sounds to the wilderness and from some angles it will introduce the sight of snowmobiles to the wilderness,” said Kevin Proescholdt, conservation director of Wilderness Watch, which wants the route rejected. “It will be incredibly loud, far noisier than it is now.” The group argues that the trail would be a violation of the Wilderness Act of 1964, which requires the Forest Service to protect the character of the BWCA.
‘It was a mess’
The fight over the snowmobile route dates to the winter of 2002-2003 when Forest Service rangers discovered people were using an illegal trail through the BWCA to get from McFarland Lake, where the ice fishing is not so good, to South Fowl Lake, where it is much better. “We went to investigate and we found snowmobile tracks and ATV tracks all over” Royal Lake, inside the BWCA, says Rick Brandenburg, a retired Forest Service ranger. “It was a mess.”
Brandenburg said he was ordered by his supervisor to ticket people, which upset the locals who had used the route for years. Some residents called the Forest Service to complain.
Even some Forest Service employees used the route, Brandenburg said he learned. He said he was told by the Forest Service to back off and stop issuing tickets.
The Forest Service, he says, eventually put up a fence to stop the snowmobilers. “The fence was completely ineffective. People went around it. … There was two more years of illegal use after that.”
In 2005, Brandenburg and another ranger decided to issue tickets. There was a confrontation when they tried to stop a line of about 10 snowmobilers using the illegal route.
Most got past them, but he says he was able to knock one man off his snowmobile and take his key. After that, armed Forest Service law enforcement officers were brought in and they ticketed eight snowmobilers. The illegal snowmobiling stopped, he says.
After examining alternatives, Dennis Neitzke, the Gunflint District ranger, proposed the route that runs just south of the BWCA that’s now the target of the lawsuit.
“He wanted to be in good standing with a section of the local population that likes to do motorized recreation and don’t necessarily like the rules that prohibit it,” says Brandenburg.
Neitzke, who now works for the Forest Service in North Dakota, argues in Forest Service documents that the proposed route is better than a much longer, more southerly route favored by environmentalists that requires snowmobilers to climb a steep, treacherous hill to South Fowl Lake.
Route defended again
A new environmental impact statement was prepared, this time with an elaborate sound analysis. In 2011, Neitzke issued another report recommending the route. “The sound impacts would only occur in the four winter months,” he wrote, and would not represent a dramatic increase in noise.
In August, the Izaak Walton League, Wilderness Watch, the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness filed an amended suit, saying their studies show the snowmobiles will still be loud and the trail “degrades the wilderness character” of the BWCA.
“We remain concerned about the noise impact but are also looking at the visual effect,” says Margaret Levin, Sierra Club Northstar state director. “The trail as planned cuts into a bluff and would be clearly visible from the BWCA.”
Nancy McReady of Ely, president of Conservationists with Common Sense, finds the environmental groups’ position puzzling. “According to the Forest Service, visitation in the wintertime is next to none,” she says. “It wouldn’t be a high-speed trail, you wouldn’t have a roar. It would be one or two snowmobiles at a time. … As for the noise, you have [Forest Service] planes flying over the Boundary Waters all the time. … I am hoping this trail gets built. This is getting beyond ridiculous.”
But Brandenburg argues that millions visit the BWCA annually for peace and quiet, not snowmobile noise. “We call it the trail to nowhere,” he says. “It’s for a few cabin owners who want a shortcut to their fishing lake.”
The alternate trail favored by environmentalists runs beside a road where snowmobiles could get hit by vehicles, the Forest Service says.
That route would require building a zigzagging trail up a steep hill for snowmobiles to climb.
“They would blast rock and cut brush and destroy — what kind of environmentalists are you?” says Diane Greeley, secretary of the Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use. She has one of about 40 cabins on McFarland Lake.
Proescholdt, the Wilderness Watch activist, concedes that bulldozing would be needed for the hillside route but thinks the Forest Service trail also will require heavy construction equipment, though advocates of that route disagree.
More to the point, he worries, the Forest Service route will set a precedent. “There is an old saying of death by a thousand cuts,” said Proescholdt. “There are threats to the BWCA all the time. All of these are cumulative harms to the Boundary Waters.”
Randy Furst • 612-673-4224
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 2-4 Tbsp sucanat or turbinado sugar or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the first 5 ingredients until well blended. Stir in the remaining 4 ingredients until combined. Put 10 paper liners in 12 cup muffin pan. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
- Bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes or until tops of muffins are golden brown.
Old Man Winter descends upon the Northland! Word of a coming winter storm prompts thoughts about preparations and safety. Visit http://www.noaa.gov/ to view the warnings for wintry conditions over the next couple of days. It’s a good time to brush up on winter safety both while travelling or in the event you become trapped at home during a winter storm. Arrowhead Cooperative works very hard to maintain power and restore weather related outages quickly. You’ll be more relaxed and comfortable in the case of an outage if you’ve taken a few preparation steps for warmth, food, water and hygiene. Here are a few resources providing safety tips, supply lists and reminders about how to be prepared for winter weather or storms that cause power outages.
It’s just another Monday as far as I’m concerned. Yes, it’s tempting to look at things online and get some Christmas shopping done but not tempting enough. If you must shop then check out the Voyageur Trading Post online, we aren’t offering any “deals” at this time, but no one is preventing you from looking:)
Check out our winter weather advisory!
Northern Cook / Northern Lake, Southern Cook / North Shore, Cook County Winter Weather Advisory issued December 02 at 4:51AM CST until December 04 at 6:00PM CST by NWS Duluth
Issued: Monday, Dec 02 at 04:51 am
Expires: Wednesday, Dec 04 at 06:00 pm
…SEVERAL ROUNDS OF SNOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY…
.AN APPROACHING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING INCREASING
MOISTURE…AND SEVERAL ROUNDS OF ACCUMULATING SNOW TO THE
NORTHLAND THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THE FIRST OF THESE ROUNDS OF SNOW
HAS ALREADY SPREAD INTO NORTHERN MINNESOTA EARLY THIS
MORNING…WITH MORE TO FOLLOW LATER THIS MORNING AS ANOTHER BAND
OF SNOW SPREADS INTO THE AREA. THERE IS MUCH UNCERTAINTY IN THE
AMOUNT OF SNOW EACH ROUND OF SNOW MAY BRING TO THE AREA.
HOWEVER…IF THE LATEST MODEL TRENDS CONTINUE…THERE MAY BE MORE
SNOW THAN CURRENTLY FORECAST FOR SOME AREAS. IN THIS CASE…AN
UPGRADE TO A WARNING FOR ALL OR A PORTION OF THE AREA MAY BE NEEDED.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING
TO 6 PM CST WEDNESDAY…
* LOCATION…NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MINNESOTA…EAST
CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO THE ST. CROIX RIVER VALLEY.
* TIMING…AN INITIAL WAVE OF LIGHT SNOW THIS MORNING WILL
DIMINISH FOR A FEW HOURS THIS MORNING. THEN…THE SNOW WILL
INCREASE IN COVERAGE AGAIN LATER IN THE MORNING…BECOMING
WIDESPREAD BY THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. ADDITIONAL BANDS OF
SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA TUESDAY AND TUESDAY
NIGHT…AND AGAIN WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6
INCHES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. LOCALLY HIGHER
AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR.
ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE FOUND THROUGH WEDNESDAY.
TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS…FROM MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY…IN
EXCESS OF 12 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED.
* IMPACTS…EXPECT TRAVEL CONDITIONS TO DETERIORATE TODAY AND
TONIGHT. UNTREATED ROADS MAY BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS.
THIS WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.
Regular readers of Unorganized Territory have likely heard me complain about technology and the unnatural ability of all electronic devices to fail at the worst possible time. You’ve heard me whine about Windows 8 and rant about my recent laptop hard drive crash. And you’ve listened to me try to change the grammatical rule that now says Internet must be spelled with a capital “I.”
However, this week I have something nice to say about technology. I actually enjoy using the Internet sometimes. Search engines are wonderful tools for finding something in minutes that may take hours in some other way. I am reminded of this just about every time I sling my camera bag over my shoulder and head off somewhere to take pictures.
Because, I used the power of the Internet (with a capital “I”) to find what is, for me, the perfect bag. Sick of the options for camera bags—black leather or canvas, with clunky pockets on a four-sided bag with a plain black strap announcing your camera brand—I turned to the Internet to try to find something different. I entered a few phrases to find a camera bag that I liked.
I tried woman’s camera bag, lady’s camera bag, purse camera bag, with no success. Then I thought I’d enter exactly what I was looking for. In the little Google search box, I typed: a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag.
Voila! A list of websites selling camera bags in variety of shapes, colors and sizes appeared. The website that caught my eye was that of Kelly Moore, whose website said exactly what I was thinking. Moore, a photographer for 15 years, always took her camera with her wherever she went. But she didn’t like leaving her house with a purse and a bulky, black, and unattractive camera bag. When she had children a huge diaper bag was added to the list. On her website, she asked what I was asking—Was it too much to ask for one bag that could do all these things?
Kelly Moore had also searched and had the same problem I had been having before I found her website. So, this enterprising woman set out to design her own bag. According to her website, in December 2009, after years of dreaming, sketching and planning she launched her business and began taking preorders for the first style of Kelly Moore Bags. In January 2010, she began shipping the bags from her garage. Since then her company has added 12 styles in over 50 colors and offers bags for professional photographers, students, bags that carry laptops, iPads, baby gear and more.
Her bags are not cheap. I paid more for the walnuttoned Hobo bag than I have ever paid for a purse or a camera bag before. But her pitch was so good. The photos on her page were so appealing; the video explanations of how your camera and lenses could fit in the Hobo bag so clear, that I had to order it.
And I have been incredibly happy with my Hobo bag. I’ve used it and abused it for nearly two years now, plopping it down on the ground in all kinds of weather. I’ve dumped it off my car seat numerous times and spilled coffee on it over and over. It has held up well.
It truly is a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag. It looks like a big, leather purse. You can’t tell by looking at it that it holds my Canon Rebel, my 75-300mm long lens, a pouch with extra camera cards and battery, all safely held in place by padded partitions. It also holds my wallet, a dozen pens, a reporter’s notebook, a spare pair of gloves, my cell phone, tissues, Chapstick, gum, and all the other odds and ends that fill a purse or bag.
You also can’t tell by looking at it how heavy it is. And one of its best features is that you can’t tell how heavy it is when carrying it. With its extra-long cross-body handle I sling it over my shoulder like a messenger bag and it rests exactly where it should, low on the hip, taking the pressure off my shoulder.
At a recent doctor’s appointment, I handed my Hobo to the nurse who was weighing me. She said, “Whoa! This thing is heavy.” She weighed it to see what I was lugging around. My Hobo bag with all my camera accoutrements weighed a hefty 32 pounds. She was concerned that I was carrying too much weight around. I assured her I was not.
The bag, thanks to the talented Kelly Moore, is just right. And, I must grudgingly acknowledge the part the Internet played in finding the perfect camera bag for me. I give her bag a capital “A.”
So maybe the Internet does deserve a capital “I” after all.
Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.
Introducing the newest member of the Sivertson Gallery and Siiviis team… Deer Abby! Just in time for the holiday season, Deer Abby is here to help you with any shopping questions you may have during this Holiday Season. Spending most of her days grazing through the gallery, Deer Abby has a keen sense of what is popular in our stores, and can help connect the dots for that perfect holiday gift. Whether you have questions about … read more
Stone Harbor is pleased to announce that we have added Surly as a vendor to our strong list of quality outdoor gear. We have recently acquired the terribly hard to get Moonlander Fat Bikes and are offering them for rental.
The Moonlander is like no other bike. Surly designed it to ride where there are no roads, no trails and no people. And in northern Minnesota, that means wet stuff, roots, rocks, pebbles, gravel, sand and many types of snow. You read that right: this bike rips it up on the snow. Which means you have a whole new way to enjoy Minnesota’s white bounty.
How can a bike go over snow? The Moonlander runs 4.8˝ tires on 100mm rims. Such a large footprint allows you to ride them at very low pressure, which (as with a snowshoe) enables unparalleled traction and float.
Of course, we couldn’t just take Surly’s word on it, so various members of our staff fought volunteered to try them out for you. They love them!
Here are the details:
- Rentals are $65.00 per day.
- Rentals can be picked up anytime after 10:00 am and must be back by 6:00pm unless special arrangements are made.
- Rentals include the bike, head/tail lamps, and helmet.
- There are a limited number available so reservations are strongly encouraged.
Would you eat something with the following warning label?
If you are eating Low-fat or no-fat chips and crackers, you are consuming Olestra and this is the warning label that comes along with it. Not only does this product cause what they call “anal leakage”, but it stops the absorption of important vitamins and nutrients! What’s worse, is when they add the vitamins listed on the label above, they are synthetic. If you must have chips, stick with the regular fat ones. What you save in fat, you gain in other problems.
When it comes to nutrition, what better equation could there be than zero calories, zero grams of cholesterol and zero grams of fat? In January 1996, the FDA approved olestra as a food additive. Cut out the unhealthy cooking oil. Shred the package of shortening. Bury the stick of butter. Frito-Lay was among the first companies to jump on board, introducing its WOW! division of potato chips in 1998 to claim fat-free stomach satisfaction. But olestra proved to be a greedy chemical. It not only removed unwanted fat from foods but also negated the body’s ability to absorb essential vitamins. Side effects included cramps, gas and loose bowels, turning fat-free French fries into a foiled business fad. The FDA has kept olestra as a legal food additive to this day, though, leaving its health implications in the hands of individual consumers.
Check out my Lean Bodies nutrition plans where your body will be nourished, not starved, and enjoying all your favorite foods…FAT and all! It’s not the fat that makes you fat, it’s the processed foods and their ingredients that make you fat!
While we’ve had snow off and on for awhile this fall, I’d like to believe it’s finally here to stay. The first measurable snowfall was October 18th this year, with total snowfall this season of 9.72 inches. Currently there is about 3 inches of snow on the ground and it is snowing lightly. While the ski trails are not open yet, it’s a great time for hiking and seeing the tracks and trails left by the various wildlife.
In the campground we have found bunnies, grouse, chipmunk and deer tracks. The Blue Jays and Woodpeckers have been working hard at a deer carcass we put on our home deck. It’s fun to sit here in the peace and quiet, only to hear them bang, bang outside knocking the heck out of the bone marrow.
Gunflint Lake is working at freezing over, but along with Saganaga lake still remains open water. My understanding is that all the other nearby lakes have frozen over – Loon, Birch, Litte Iron, Seagull etc. So it’s time to plan that winter vacation! Whether you come to ski or snowmobile, snowshoe or ice fish – we’re here waiting for you to join us!!
Soon you will have the opportunity to go ice fishing in the Boundary Waters. Do you have your trip planned?
11/30/13 - Quiet times have descended on Sawbill. Winter seems to be here for the long run. The snow is 8" deep in the woods and the lakes are safely frozen. - Bill
These two pictures were taken last weekend, before we had much snow on the ground. Lower l-r: Leif Gilsvik, Nils Anderson, Dan Seemon and Cindy Hansen.
This was taken yesterday. It was our first ski up the lake for this season.
Mike Mazzoni, long time Sawbill customer, wrote this beautiful blog post celebrating his family's long association with the BWCA Wilderness. The Mazzoni has a long tradition of Sawbill canoe trips.
Soon there will be the opportunity to snowshoe throughout the Boundary Waters. Will you take advantage of it?
Just thinking about shopping on this day makes me cringe. I have a hard time in the Duluth mall on a Saturday with all of the people so I can’t imagine how I would be on Black Friday. I guess it would depend upon my patience level on that particular day but I can imagine if my patience was running low it could end up being a black and blue Friday.
Let’s just say after living at the end of the Gunflint Trail for 20 years I have less tolerance for crowds, traffic and unkind people. We can drive 56 miles with just 2 stop signs and one traffic light. A bad parking spot for us is one that isn’t right in front of the door, maybe 20 feet from the door and at most during a busy time of the year still within a couple of blocks and it’s free. If you go to a big event and have to leave the parking lot and wait for the whole lot to clear out before you can go then the most you would wait would be 6 minutes. I guess you could say we are very spoiled.
Traffic jams in our neck of the woods are quite tolerable. Most of the time it’s moose in the road that causes a traffic jam. If it isn’t moose then it could be a couple of vehicles where the owners are busy visiting with each other. Chances are when you pull up you know who they are and join in the conversation. Horns aren’t used to say “Get out of my Way” they are used to say “HELLO!”. If I get honked at in a city then my first instinct is to wave because I must know them if they are honking at me.
Our bodies are set to a slower pace and mixed with the Minnesota Nice personalities I doubt I would end up getting any of the “deals” offered on Black Friday. Either that or like the title suggests, it would end up being a Black and Blue Friday.
Hope you have many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving and Always.
Red squirrels are our constant companions up here in the North Woods. They do not migrate south in the winter like the loons. Nor do they sleep away the cold months like the chipmunks. Their chiding calls can be heard ringing through the forest in every season. Playful antics and streaks of rusty red liven the boreal forest even in the bleakest of weather.
Tiny little red squirrels are constantly teasing the dogs, daring the large canines to get as close as they can before they sail off into the tree tops to chatter and scold the foolish pups. Their tiny tracks crisscross the snow as they make their way over to the bird feeders, scattering the jays and ignoring the caws of protest. They adapt easily to a close proximity to people. While never tame, they are more than willing to live in tandem with us, if only for the food. Squirrel raids on food packs of unsuspecting campers in the summer are persistent and ruthless.
In the quiet fall months, when the people grow scarce and the daylight grows more so, these tiny little survivors easily slide back into doing what their kind has been doing for centuries. They stock their winter larders with anything they can find. If you look close, you can see my favorite squirrel habit. The little guys carefully collect mushrooms from the ground, prune them to just the right size, then place them on the ends of balsam branches to dry in the fall sunlight. Once dry they are collected and stored over the winter.
This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the bounty of the season. We are thankful for our friends and family. And we are thankful for the beauty of the natural world around us, including the red squirrels. If you find yourself with a mushroom on your plate at dinner, just think, a red squirrel just may be dinning on the same thing today!