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Moose Calling at the State Fair

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:39am

This might just be the way to get people from up north down to the Minnesota State Fair.

Hear the Call of the Moose at the Minnesota State Fair

Fairgoers can hear the Call of the Moose at the Minnesota State Fair. A new partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Les Kouba Outdoors was formed to raise awareness of the plight of Minnesota moose and raise money for moose research and management.

At the fair:

Get info on a new critical habitat license plate featuring moose art by renowned wildlife artist Les Kouba. Information about the program is available on the DNR website at
Hear moose calling when the finalists of the Let Loose Your Minnesota Moose-Moose Calling Contest sound off on the DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The DNR’s Tom Rusch, Tower area wildlife manager, will give moose background, demonstrate calling and help judge. Sign up for the contest from 9 a.m. today through 12:45 p.m. Aug. 29, at the fair at the Call of the Moose Store, or online at or
Hear original music from Michael Monroe dedicated to the Call of the Moose Minnesota. Monroe blends vocals, guitars, bamboo and crystal flutes, and will perform at various times on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Call of the Moose store, and at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 before the calling contest.
Merchandise is being sold near the DNR building at the Call of the Moose store. A portion of the proceeds benefits moose research and management. See a restored statue of a life-size moose that has been displayed at the State Fair for nearly 20 years. This year, the moose is outfitted with a tracking collar similar to those used to track real moose in northern Minnesota. See a video of the moose restoration at
Why all the focus on moose? Moose in Minnesota are in trouble. A 50 percent decline in the moose population since 2010 has left the iconic Minnesota animal in real danger of disappearing.

Information on the partnership between the DNR and Les Kouba Outdoors is available online at Information from the DNR on moose research can be found at


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Funny Fox Video

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:34pm

We love fox and we know how curious and mischievous they are. I’m not sure why this person left their GoPro on the ground but the fox took advantage of the opportunity to steal it. The video mainly shows the inside of the fox’s mouth. I’ve always been tempted to put a GoPro on my dog or wish I could put one on a fox to see where they go. Guess I will just have to settle for this video for now.

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Highway 61 Revisited: Help Redesign Highway 61

Moving Matters - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:50pm

The City of Grand Marais invites all that live, work, shop, walk, bike, drive, or play along Highway 61 in Grand Marais to the kick-off of Highway 61 Revisited to help redesign this important corridor. The first gathering will be Thursday, September 4th 6-8 pm at the Grand Marais Public Library.


Join us for a lively evening to engage in discussion and share ideas to improve Highway 61 through Grand Marais.

For more information and updates, visit

*Free childcare is available for families participating in the evening, for children age 4 months and over. Drop-off will be at the YMCA starting at 5:30 pm, pick-up after the event.



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Favorite Everyday Products: Cleanse For Life

Aging Youthful - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:00am

I LOVE my cleanse days! Now before you think I’m crazy and having to run to the bathroom every five minutes, our cleansing is not like that AT ALL! We are a whole body, cellular cleanse and it is so awesome to cleanse and feel amazing!!! Most people don’t know how good they can (and are suppose to) feel anymore. Just like your car needs an oil change to run efficiently so do our bodies. From our website:

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. 

Deep and daily cleansing supports your mental and physical performance, resistance to stress and digestive health. It can also help protect your body from the cumulative damage of environmental toxins and oxidative stress. 

Improved taste and technology: New and innovative extraction technology pulls more potency and flavor from each botanical. Increased potency allows for cleansing at the cellular level and greater protection against oxidative stress 

Enhanced formula: Now with turmeric to assist the body with efficient detoxification. More burdock than before to assist the body with cleansing in the circulatory system. 

I could explain it all day long, but this 6 minute video explains it so much better than I ever could:

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Kristi Downing Celebration, Art & Music

North Shore Art Scene - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00am

A summer sunrise by Kirk Schliefe.

It’s a quiet week in Cook County, as everyone gets ready for the music festivals and art tours coming up in September. But there’s still lots to do and see.

Kristi Downing, by Layne Kennedy.

On Saturday, a celebration of the joy, spirit and life of raku potter Kristi Downing, who passed away last year, will be held at the Hovland Town Hall. Aug. 23 was her birthday.

A benefit art sale will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Town Hall featuring a variety of artworks, including KK textile collages and commemorative raku cups as well as donated work by local and regional artists. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds will benfit the KKD Scholarship Fund at North House Folk School.

The event will also feature a fish fry fry from 5-7 p.m., donations accepted, a celebration of Kristi’s life in video, readings and music from 7-8:30 p.m. and a dance from 8:30-11 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

Other events this weekend include free craft demonstrations at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Parking lot featuring lots of arts & crafts, produce in season, baked goods and more.  Singer/songwriter Maria Nickolay will sing.

And the 4th annual Grand Portage Classic Car Show will be at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by the The Rockin’ Hollywoods starting at 9 p.m.

Writing is one of the things one can do  and/or and appreciate this weekend, too.

Sugarloaf Cove.

To learn more about the art of writing, Jill Swenson, an author, book developer and literary manager, will hold a writing workshop at Sugarloaf Cove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Entitled “Writing Wild Workshop,” the workshop will focus on the creative partnership between writing and nature one can find at Sugarloaf. Participants will be encouraged to write creatively in whatever genre they choose: haiku, short story, memoir, natural history, poetry, narrative nonfiction, science fiction. Cost is $30 for members. For more information, call 218-525-0001 or click here.

Also, Kate Hopper is reading and discussing her book, “Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood” at Drury Lane Books in a Writer’s Salon at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Award-winning poet Larry Schug will be reading his poems at the Cross River Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Satuday, too. He is the author of a number of poetry books, including “Scales Out of Balance,” “Caution: Thin Ice,” “Arrogant Bones,” “Nails,” and “At Gloaming,” which has just been published. The public is invited. Free.

In other art news, the Birney Quick Retrospective continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 7. The exhibit features a wide variety of paintings, prints, lithographs and drawings created by the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony during his career. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony continues its exhibit and sale of work by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Festival this year. The gallery space also features work by Art Colony members.
The  Art Colony is holding Friday studio demonstrations throughout August. Potter Joan Farnam will be demonstrating in the Art Colony’s  ceramics studio at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Free.

Sivertson Gallery has new paintings by David Gilsvik, many of the BWCA, new large, fused glass totems by Nancy Seaton and hand-turned bowls by Howard Hedstrom.

Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings at the Coho Cafe through August. Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer’s exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors continues through Aug. 30.

Blue Moose has new stained glass by Shelly Bouquet from Grand Rapids, including a loon and northern lights. The shop is also featuring a new artist crafting bird houses by Duluth artist Dave Hoad and handmade wall art from Haiti crafted from recycled oil drums.

Betsy Bowen puts the final touches on the lake trout she painted on a propane tank at Como Oil.

Artists who will be creating work for the Great Place Race, a Moving Matters and Cook County Chamber of Commerce project, include mosaic benches at the Grand Marais Art Colony by Kelly Dupre and Peter Jansen, Little Free Libraries around town crafted by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Betsy Bowen’s painting of a lake trout on the Como propane tank, and an art bench at the Co-op by Tom Christiansen. In all, the Great Place Race funded 16 projects. Patrick Knight is producing a video about the project. Pushing Chain (Boyd Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe) has just released their first CD. “Pushing Chain.”

There’s lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Midwest Assembly, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23:

  • Don Juans, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music on the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Restaruatn, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Gin Strings, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • The Rockin’ Hollywoods, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25:

  • Joe & Jessi, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • The Sudden Lovelys, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s,  8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Grand Marais Public Library, 6 p.m.

Summer is celebrated in gardens and the woods with great displays of flowers. Here are a few of the wonderful photos we found this week.

Photo by Ryan Tischer.


Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Photo by David Johnson.

We found some beautiful landscape photographs, too. Here’s a selection:

Two gorgeous shots by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Photo by Travis Novitsky.

A Lake Superior island, by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s a beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Baptism River Canyon by Bryan Hansel.

A Grand Marais sunrise by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

And last, but not least, this wonderful shot by Thomas Spence taken near Tofte.

Heartbreak Creek by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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No trickle down economy on election advertising

Unorganized Territory - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:12pm

Spoiler alert. There will be some whining in this Unorganized Territory. I’ll try to bring myself back around to positive thoughts at the end of this week’s column, but I really need to share a pet peeve. It’s because I’ve received a glut of political campaign press releases from all over the region, the state and the country—and it’s only the primary.

I’m guessing that faux news releases will really ramp up as we get into September and October. I wouldn’t mind these announcements if they actually contained real information on a candidate. But the majority of the “news” sent out by politicians is reports of alleged misbehavior by their opponents.

I’m somewhat used to that. I think we Americans know when a political ad is tweaked and comments are taken out of context and twisted. I am inclined not to vote for someone who uses that sort of campaign tactics. The advertisements and news I want to see from candidates is where they stand on issues.

I want to hear whether or not they have some sort of plan to resolve the flood of children across our southern border. I want to hear constructive suggestions on what can be done to fix the glitches in the Affordable Care Act and the devastating mishandling of veterans affairs. I want to know what my representatives are going to do to work with the other party—not how they are going to stonewall one another.

Unfortunately, we don’t get that sort of information. And the straw that broke the camel’s back this week was yet another ad sent out to a mailing list of Minnesota newspapers telling us about the upcoming campaign ad to be launched on television— and the millions of dollars spent on that campaign.

At least once a day I receive an email announcing, “Thanks to our generous supporters the Joe Candidate campaign is airing two TV advertisements during the primary season. The initial ad began airing across the 8th District on August 16.”

Or, an email decries the falsehoods in an opponent’s ad and asks for the print media’s help in setting the record straight.

So obviously, these political machines realize that newspapers are an effective way to reach voters. But for some reason they don’t want to spend any of the hundreds, thousands, or millions of dollars they have raised in campaign funds to get their messages out in newspapers.

I don’t know if I would have voted for President Hoover, but his ads were clever!

The decline of the newspaper is vastly overstated. Time and again the newspaper industry has surveyed its readers and advertisers and finds that people are reading and that newspapers are trusted sources for information. As recently as 2014, a study conducted for the Minnesota Newspaper Association by Scarborough queried Minnesotans. The survey found that 89 percent of Minnesotans had accessed a newspaper in print or in digital format in the past month. The net print readership was found to be 71 percent. Even more important was the reasons why people turn to newpapers. The survey found that newspapers were the most important resource for 56 percent of readers interested in local schools; for 50 percent of readers concerned about crime; 52 percent of readers looking for “things to do;” and 49 percent of readers wanting to learn about local government.

There are more reasons why people read their local newspaper and I wish these massive political campaigns realized that. I don’t know how candidates and campaign managers think newspapers will be able to stay afloat to help spread their message without their support. There is no trickle down economy when it comes to campaign financing.

Fortunately the story is quite different for our local politicians. Many of the folks running for township, Tribal government, city, county, school, hospital board, sheriff, or other elected seat, place ads in the Cook County News-Herald.

We truly appreciate it. Not only do we believe that we are one of the best methods to reach the people in the community who vote, the ads help us cover the cost of reporting on the election. Their hard-earned dollars stay in the community with us and help us keep the 123-year tradition of the Cook County News- Herald alive.

Their funding helps tide the local newspaper over for a bit after the election. It helps us cover those folks once they are elected and serving on the county board or the city council or a township board. They may not appreciate that we report comments made by an upset citizen or when we carefully monitor their actions to make sure they are not violating open meeting laws.

But these candidates support us anyway, with their campaign ads and by being cooperative and providing real answers to tough questions.

It takes a village to run a newspaper. We’re thankful to all of the loyal subscribers and advertisers who help us bring all the news to the community. We couldn’t do it without you.


Never argue with someone
who buys ink by the barrel.

Charles Bruce Brownson

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What Happened to the Sun

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:01pm

The sun is getting lazy. It stays in bed longer in the morning and goes to bed much earlier in the evening. This week the sun has barely shown itself during the day. It’s as if the sun has decided to cut back on work. I’d like to tell the sun its work isn’t over yet.  There are still two more weeks before the kids start school again and they’d like some sunshine. When it’s overcast and a mist is falling from the sky it’s difficult to find the motivation to go fishing, paddling or swimming so hopefully the sun will put in a few more hours of work this week. According to the forecast the sun must have asked for more vacation time with the exception of Saturday when it looks like its scheduled to work.  Let’s hope the sun has a guilty conscious and decides to work a little harder these upcoming weeks.

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken Nuggets

Aging Youthful - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:00am

Move over Chicken McNuggets….Tosca Reno has a version that uses REAL chicken, is easy and tastes so good even the kids will be asking for more! (Check  out for for easy, healthy recipes!).

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (20 to 25 nuggets)

Chicken Nuggets
    • 3 x 6-oz / 170-g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • ¼ cup / 60 ml oat bran
    • ¼ cup / 60 ml wheat germ
    • 1 Tbsp / 15 ml coarsely ground flaxseed
    • ¼ cup / 60 ml coarsely ground almonds
    • ½ tsp / 2.5 ml sea salt
    • ½ tsp / 2.5 ml white pepper
    • Pinch garlic powder
    • ½ cup / 120 ml water or low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 232°C. Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or coating lightly with extra virgin olive oil.
2. Cut chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces, about 1½ inches square. Set aside.
3. Next, combine all dry ingredients in a large container with a tightly fitting lid. Shake well. This is your coating mixture.
4. Combine water and egg in a medium bowl. Dip each piece in the water-egg white mixture. Then dip each piece in the coating mixture. Make sure each piece is well coated.
5. Place on the baking sheet. When all of your chicken has been coated and your baking sheet is full, place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

Tosca’s Tip
Use the almond coating on larger strips of chicken breast to make chicken tenders for the adults!

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8/19/14 - Every customer who visits the Sawbill store know that we have some pretty cool and unique merchandise

Sawbill Newsletter - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:44pm

8/19/14 - Every customer who visits the Sawbill store knows that we have some pretty cool and unique merchandise, but now the Facebook community knows it too! A fan of the Red Cup Living products we sell recently visited the store and was so excited by our stock that she took a picture and sent it to the company. The photo got posted on the Facebook page of Red Cup Living, so now all their fans know where to find us! - Britta

The lovely photo that one of our customers sent in to Red Cup Living.

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Minnesota Canoeing

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:30pm

Here’s a place for you to paddle if you live in Central Minnesota. Clear Waters Outfitting is owned by Mike’s first cousin Sandra and her husband Dan. Mike has been helping with their business since they started and still helps out when he can.  We’ve paddled a section of the river and had a great time. It’s not the Boundary Waters but it’s not a 6 hour drive from the Twin Cities either.  If you have time for a paddle then be sure to check Clear Waters out.

CLEARWATER, Minn. (WCCO) – The Mississippi is a powerful river spanning more than 2,000 miles. But there’s one stretch, not far from the metro, that’s shallow and peaceful enough to attract canoeists, paddle boarders and kayakers.

It’s a wide section between St. Cloud and Anoka that’s been designated “wild and scenic” by the DNR.   That means no one can put up new buildings or cut down trees along the shoreline.

It’s where Dan Meer and his family started their company, Clear Waters Outfitting, five years ago.

“Right here, it’s probably only about three, four feet deep,” Meer said. “But you can definitely see to the bottom.”

It’s a lush, green view that Meer appreciates probably more than most because of where he was ten years ago, patrolling parts of Iraq with the National Guard.

“Definitely an eye-opener to see the poverty and the things that go on in some other countries,” he said. “And it really made me realize how good we have it here in the U.S.”

But then he returned from his deployment to a struggling economy and a stressful job in the printing industry.

“After coming back from Iraq, I really started reevaluating what I was doing,” he said. “Plus the recession was in place.”

And that’s how CW Outfitting was born, a chance for the Meer family to get control in their lives, and help others at the same time.

“We just want to send people out to relax and have a good time, and get away from their normal busy lives,” Meer’s wife, Sandra, said.

“We do this for the love of the outdoors,” Meer said. “We’ve been very fortunate to find just a gorgeous stretch of river that we can share with people.”

They set up trips of anywhere from eight to 13 miles, on paddle boards, canoes and kayaks.

This week, Mark Arrington of Maple Grove, Minn. took an afternoon to kayak the Mississippi with his daughter and son.

“There’s some stretches where you see nothing but trees and wilderness, and it’s really pleasant,” Arrington said. “It’s not paddling in the city.”

“One group, I think the biggest count of eagles was 12 eagles in one trip,” said Meer. “People see deer, all sorts of wildlife.”

He could’ve made more money, sticking it out through the stresses of corporate life, but he has a new perspective on what’s important.

“It’s not money, and it’s not fame and all that stuff,” he said. “It’s all about people and just having fun in life.”

Meer said that section of river is also great for fishing. And on September 27th, they’ll host their first small-mouth bass fishing tournament.



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Pop-Up Sidewalk Update: Fine Tuning a Pop-up

Moving Matters - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:57am

In response to feedback over the weekend, the City fine tuned the pop-up to allow for both parking and the temporary sidewalk by creating a buffer between the two areas with barricades. It is a great example of the pop-up process, which is designed to be flexible and change as feedback is received. It also illustrates the importance of sharing the space for vehicles and people walking in our tourist town. Many questions remain that the pop-up may provide information on: Is the temporary sidewalk being used? Does a sidewalk on the west side of the road reduce people walking in the road?  Are there more people walking on the east side of the road? Is a sidewalk needed or wanted in this area?…. Keep the feedback coming, through the blog comments, on Facebook, or email  This process is all about community input to understand how public spaces can best serve the people.

What the heck is a “pop-up”?
A “pop-up” is a temporary, low-cost project to try out a new use for a space without investing in major infrastructure changes and cost.  Think of it this way, pop-up = temporary.

Why a pop-up sidewalk in Boulder Park?
The goal of the temporary/pop-up sidewalk near Boulder Park is to give people a place off of the road to walk. This way, the City can gather feedback from visitors, residents, and businesses to see what the needs are and what might work to address the safety issue of people and vehicles on the street.  The area near Boulder Park, Sydney’s, and Artist’s Point is known for a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, spectacular harbor views, and popular businesses. Whether or not a change is needed is up in the air, but most agree that there is a conflict between vehicles and people walking in the roadway.

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Be Bold

Aging Youthful - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:45am

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Voyageur Brewing Company Makes Front Page News

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:49pm

We’re super excited to see an article about the Voyageur Brewery on the front page of the Sunday Duluth News Tribune.  It’s been fun to see the progress being made on the tap room each time I go to Grand Marais. It will be even more fun when the building is done and we’re actually brewing. It will be awhile before that happens but I’m sure the time will fly by and be here before we know it. We hope you are excited to come visit the brewery and taste our beer!

Voyageur Brewing Co. owners Bruce Walters (from left), Mike Prom and Cara Sporn, all of Grand Marais, stand in the area that is going to be the taproom at the new production brewery under construction in Grand Marais on Thursday afternoon. (Clint Austin / North Shore hops on brewery bandwagon By Jana Hollingsworth on Aug 17, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.


The Voyageur Brewing Co. in Grand Marais is still a shell of wooden beams and metal but its owners have already been approached by Cook County purveyors of honey, maple syrup, hops, wild rice, apples and coffee.

Owners Mike Prom, Cara Sporn and Bruce Walters are eager to see how their brewery will weave local products into the seasonal offerings they plan to put on tap when their 20-barrel production brewery opens in 2015.

“All walks of life have come up to us and are excited,” Prom said of the building activity on Highway 61 in town, “from the third-generation, blue-collar local to those that live here three months out of the year.”

The 5,400-square-foot space will be the first of its kind in the area, and will house a taproom that also includes a fireplace and lake views, a kitchen for small plates, and a rooftop bar. Tours and tastings are planned for the beer marketed toward the adventure-seeker, and a conservative estimate of 1,000 barrels in the first year is expected.

Prom and his wife, Sue, own Voyageur Canoe Outfitters at the end of the Gunflint Trail. They have been longtime friends with Sporn and her husband, Paul, who owns the popular Grand Marais restaurant My Sister’s Place. Bruce Walters, an investor, and his family have been longtime friends with the Proms. The Walters family recently moved to Grand Marais from the Twin Cities area. The friends have been talking about a brewery for six years, and two years ago began market research and crafting a business plan. None of the owners are home-brewers, but have business backgrounds and profess a love for craft beer.

Collectively, they felt a production brewery and taproom was a missing piece on the Grand Marais landscape, and demographic research has shown the county’s residents are craft beer drinkers, Prom said.

The company will fill eight year-round jobs. A head brewer has yet to be announced, but Sporn revealed that on permanent offer would likely be an IPA, a Belgian wheat and either a stout or a porter style. Six beers will always be on tap. The owners are excited about the influence of Lake Superior water on their beer because of how little pretreatment it needs.

“That’s one of the reasons you’re seeing so many breweries around Lake Superior,” Prom said.

Voyageur’s plan is to handle local customers first, and eventually roll out to Duluth and the Iron Range. Within five years it hopes to make it to the Twin Cities. The brewery won’t compete with local restaurants. Its charcuterie platter and spent-grain pretzels, for example, will whet the appetite of beer drinkers before they set out for dinner. They’ll also allow food to be brought in. The brewery will sell bottles at first, and growlers made of stainless steel and environmentally friendly Nalgene water bottles that can be brought into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The owners will be joining a serious roster of more than 10 brewers in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin, some of whom they’ve gone to for advice. Sporn said the craft brewing community is one of the friendliest industries she’s encountered.

Other regional production companies include Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Lake Superior Brewing Co. and South Shore Brewing in Ashland. A smaller production company — Castle Danger Brewery — just opened a bigger facility in Two Harbors. Neighbor and Gunflint Tavern owner Jeff Gecas will roll out five varieties of beer in the next month from his new five-barrel system.

But the region isn’t saturated, said longtime Fitger’s Brewery head brewer Dave Hoops.

“People really like to buy stuff from these areas. The North Shore and Duluth, Grand Marais; they are all brand names these days,” he said. “I always go back to the fact that right now 92 percent of the beer drank in this country is Millers, Coors, etc. As long as the product is at the highest level of quality, I don’t think there is any kind of limit.”

Even in Duluth, he said, where there is a greater concentration of breweries, he sees space.

“You can see with the unbelievable success of Bent Paddle how much people want this,” Hoops said, noting that many of the breweries are small: “Borealis, Blacklist, Carmody. They are all great, but tiny. Bent Paddle is the only game in town going statewide. I think there is plenty of room yet.”

Walters said the surge in craft brewing in smaller towns hearkens back to the pre-Prohibition era when communities had their own breweries. It’s an inspirational locavore movement and it makes sense, he said.

Prom compared consumers’ obsession with craft beer to that of coffee and wine in recent decades.

“They’re not just accepting one flavor,” he said. “They want to see the local stuff. When we vacation together we find the brewpub. It’s part of the culture right now.”

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Where are We in August?

Unorganized Territory - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:27pm

Cook County News-Herald staffers love to get out and about the county. So we decided, while we are traveling the highway and bushwhacking through the forest, to take pictures to see if our readers can guess WHERE ARE WE?

We did not receive any entries that were wrong in our July WHERE ARE WE? which was a little bit different than past locations. It was not a scenery shot, but was instead inside a building and we had a good response from people who knew that the photo was taken inside Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais. Thanks to Carolyn Wilhelm for sharing the idea.

And congratulations to Donna Gestel of Grand Marais whose entry was drawn from the correct answers. Donna wins a one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald.

Try your luck! Take a look at the August photo.

Where is this flag flying? Where was the News-Herald staffer standing when this photo was taken? Take a guess!

If you think you know where we were when we took the picture, send us your answer. The location will be announced next month and a winner will be drawn from all the correct answers. Whoever is drawn will win a free one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald (a $30 value). Good luck!

Return answer by mail, e-mail or fax to:

Cook County News-Herald

PO Box 757

Grand Marais MN 55604

Fax: 218-387-9500

Answer to the August WHERE ARE WE? must be received by September 15, 2014.

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What’s REALLY In Our Food: FAKE Blueberries?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:00am

I just about fell off my chair when I came across this article about fake blueberries. But then again, I’m not really surprised the more I learn about what is REALLY in our food, and what is not. Once again…READ YOUR LABEL! From the tv.naturalnews website:

The blueberries found in blueberry bagels, cereals, breads and muffins are REAL blueberries right? Wrong! Award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposes the deceptive chemical ingredients and dishonest marketing of “blueberry” products from big-name food and cereal companies. The blueberries, it turns out, are made from artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars. See more episodes at (Click here to the whole article and investigative video)…


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8/17/14 - Blueberry Season is upon us folks

Sawbill Newsletter - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:40pm

8/17/14 - Blueberry season is upon us! The pickins are ripe this time of year in late summer, and many, including the crew here at Sawbill, have been taking advantage of this glorious time of year to find our favorite spots and pick. One little known fact about blueberry season is that not only are the blueberries themselves prime for picking and baking into your favorite foods (pancakes, pies, muffins, etc.), but the leaves are also a valuable resource. Blueberry leaf tea is a very tasty, and very healthy tea that can be made simply by baking the blueberry leaves, and steeping them in tea. So have at it folks! Get out there and take advantage of the season while it lasts. Blueberry picking season usually lasts until the end of August. We could tell you some of our favorite spots, but we don't want to give away all of our secrets now do we? - Mark

Crew member Emma Nelson picking for berries at her favorite spot.

These berries are naturals in front of the camera.

A well rounded harvest of both blueberries and their leaves

So many berries!

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2014 Crew

Tuscarora Lodge and Outfitters News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:28am

The other morning I sat on my deck and watched the mist rising to meet the clear day, and my heart started pulling hard…to hold that mist down, to stall the start of the day, the end of the summer, this point in life.  It was so so beautiful, and I know it’s futile to try to hold onto something so beautiful and fleeting, but sometimes I can’t help myself.

Summer is closing.  Even though it seemed so endless and fresh 20 minutes ago (12 weeks actually) when the staff were arriving….old staff and new staff—to form the crew.  Now…as they start to trickle away, I want to hold them here. Each one of them. Let me introduce them to you.

Already we miss that bubbly cheerful Amy with her contagious happiness.  I could always hear Amy coming and going in the outfitting building- her chatter and laughter were not so subtle.  Also, I often scheduled her on late shift for those crazy busy nights, because this girl can multi-task ….from the fishing machine to the permit snafus to the phones, to the computer, to the store—simultaneously with the same bright confidence.   She’s something.

Liz was hired in May–as our fill-in-for-any-position person. Lucky us, because she can do it all. She joined Amy in finding humor in everyday things.  You cannot help but laugh a little at the things Liz finds funny.   But honestly, you should have HEARD her play the violin with Jerry Vandiver. You cannot help but get choked up a little by the sound she gets out of that instrument, either.  That’s pretty special when a person can make you laugh and cry in the same day.

Allie has been here for 3 summers, and I’m starting to feel like we cannot live without her.  She was a flawless food packer this year–but more than that, she quietly takes on the pulse of the staff– and she makes sure that everyone is welcome in her adventures.   My favorite moment with Allie this year is when we went blueberry picking in her jeep.  Well, I was going blueberry picking, she was actually off-roading.   We’re still hoping she can come back for one more summer before she heads into the real world of architecture.

Allie brought her sister Anna, who we hired without even blinking.   I should have known better than to expect an Allie-clone.  I mean, they both are really high quality workers, and great people. But-while Allie sits at the dinner table and I have to strain to catch her very quiet funny comments–Anna sings show-tunes.   And when the two of them planned the staff adventure list for the year–complete with a system of points and grids and “must dos”…Allie planned a cooperative effort for all to achieve, and Anna planned a competition.  Because Anna wins, or she’ll die trying.  Or in the case of the triathlon, she might just drown trying.   Style and form don’t necessarily count.  Winning counts.  Anna wins.

Kyle was in the fishing boat for part of every evening all summer.  Somebody asked him at one of our loud…everybody-talking-at-once..dinners–”What do you DO, what do you THINK ABOUT out there?   And Kyle–who always has a really good answer, but won’t give it to you unless you ask him— concisely replied  “The quiet is really nice sometimes.”    This guy has such common sense life intelligence, and he’s so quietly kind to everyone…I just can’t get over how lucky we are to have him.

Claire usually operates behind the scenes.  The most common thing I heard her say this summer was “Sure, I can do that.”   I really appreciate the way that Claire unloads the details out of my head and into hers.  It makes my load lighter, and we never run out of coffee.  One thing Shelby says is that people who bake are put together.  I tell you what, Claire can bake.

See sweet Lucy in the bottom of the boat, navigating?  She is our camp scout, and she takes her Tuscarora perimeter patrol job very seriously.   She also has a hold on Rachel’s heart.The thing about Rachel–who is our year-round manager, is that she always does things well.   Everything….from creating spiffy google website route pages, to repairing canoes, to cleaning corners, to training staff.  All details.  How lucky is that for us to have her at Tuscarora?

Kelly is our crew cook.  First of all, let me tell you that having a good crew cook is an amazing thing.  I just show up, with everybody else, and we line up for something really good, and hang out together.  Meals are a great part of the day.  I’ll bet we all have our favorites, but …whoa…her macaroni and queso, or her margarita pizza, and all  the salads…to die for.  We’ve had great food this summer, thanks to cute Kelly.Grant’s quirkiness amuses us all.  “Geez,” he said the other night.  “I don’t think I was ever funny until this summer”.   After hours, you can usually find his head and snorkel somewhere in the bay—not to be mistaken for a headless loon.   Sometimes he even fishes that way—with a little rod and hook he dangles right in front of his mask.  Grant notices the little details that can save us from catastrophes later.  He’s a good one to have around.

   For the first 11 weeks of this summer Shelby pursued an adventure-internship in Colorado. Isn’t that the bittersweet part of being a parent? We WANT her to have her own dreams, her own places-her own adventures of a lifetime—even though that means we lose her. We’re genuinely happy when she’s happy. Still, my favorite part is that we get her back for August, and now she’s a certified sawyer too.


Daniel is the outfitting manager.  It suits him.   As a mom, I worry that he’s taking on too much responsibility and becoming too old too fast, and developing a little twitch next to his right eye. As an employer, I have to admit that he sure is great at his job. Sometimes before he goes to bed he still comes around and says “hug” just like he did when he was three. He’s a competent man and a sweet boy all at the same time.

Macky is just a handsome little feller.

Joe is absolutely perfect for hospitality because he offers the same friendly helpfulness at the end of a long day that he did that first day of the summer.  He’s is an optimist…in the flesh….even after he just fails the gallon-challenge.  He’s just game for everything—and I hear he doesn’t miss anything going on…ever. You can’t help but like Joe.


There they are–our 2014 crew. Can you see why I love them?  It has been an honor for me to be part of this group of young people, and watch how they became a family who takes care of each other—and who are honestly committed to doing the hard work to take good care of every one who visits Tuscarora.  So, while I’m directing my heart to let go, I’m also really grateful for this slice of time and for the 2014 Tuscarora Crew.

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Quitting Wrinkles The Soul

Aging Youthful - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:02am

 Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. ~Douglas MacArthur

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Sharing Makes Sense

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:38am

I read this article and loved it so I thought I would share it with you, after all, sharing is caring!
Living Green 365  Sharing is caring

Have you heard of “collaborative consumption” or the “sharing economy”? They’ve become buzzwords with the rise of companies such as Airbnb and Zipcar. Both terms refer to the same economic model based on people and companies sharing, trading, reusing, and renting goods and services, rather than owning something outright. It can be as easy as sharing a snow-blower with neighbors instead of everyone on the block owning their own, or can be an entirely new business model like Airbnb where people rent out their extra bedroom to tourists. It is reinventing not just what we consume but how we consume.

The sharing economy offers benefits to participants as it strengthens community connections, allows access to goods without the cost of ownership, and reduces the environmental impact of most goods and services. It reminds me of that old adage we all heard in primary school: “Sharing is caring.” In the sharing economy, sharing is caring for your family, your community, and the environment.

There are tons of opportunities to get involved in sharing throughout Minnesota. It’s completely up to you how you want to get involved, from the individual to community level, and from sharing cars, to sharing used items, to sharing your skills with neighbors.

So check out some of these ideas on how to join the sharing economy:

Share your belongings and borrow from others. We all have those belongings that we rarely use and just sit in a closet or garage gathering dust. Why not find a use for them and share them with people in your community! Pass along your favorite books to people in your neighborhood by building a Little Free Library or holding a book-share event. If you have tools or items that you’d like to lend out to people, or are looking for something specific to borrow yourself, then the Sharing Shed might be for you. You can list what you have available to share, and search for items that you could use. Tool libraries offer a similar opportunity where people can checkout tools they need for free from a central location, rather than buying something new. If you want to learn more about how to start a sharing program like a tool library in your own community, then check out these handy instructions provided by the Center for the New American Dream.

Aim for reuse rather than buying new. If borrowing or renting won’t do, then look for something reused, refurbished, or repurposed! ReUSE Minnesota is a great resource for locating businesses and organizations that have used items for sale. You can also use the Hennepin County Choose to Reuse directory to search for specific items that are available used in stores throughout the area. Another great place to look for used products is the Twin Cities Free Market where you can find everything from TVs to dressers to exercise equipment, and the best part is that it’s free! And if you are a business, don’t forget the Minnesota Materials Exchange, a free service that links organizations with reusable goods they no longer need to those who can use them.

Save money by sharing cars and bikes. Owning a car can be expensive, especially given the harsh Minnesota winter conditions, and think about how much time that car just sits around each day. That is why various car-sharing programs such as HOURCAR and Zipcar offer the chance to enjoy the perks of using a car without the steep costs of owning one. When you use Car2Go you don’t even have to return the car to the same parking spot! But cars aren’t the only transportation option that can be shared. You can check out a bicycle at an hourly rate through Nice Ride MN, and when you’re done just return it to one of the kiosks throughout the Twin Cities. This is a great option for commuters or people who only bike occasionally. And finally, perhaps the most commonly used shared-transportation is the bus. Every time you ride the bus you reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, don’t have to worry about finding parking, and save money on car-related expenses! Check out the Metro Transit to find bus routes and learn more about other sharing-based transportation options such as carpooling. It’s never been easier to use a variety of options to get to your destination in a cheaper, more environmentally friendly way.

Share your skills. We all have talents and skills that other people might find useful. Why not put them to good use by teaching other people what you can do through a skill-share program. The Experimental College of the Twin Cities is a great chance to take classes taught by people on a range of topics from bike maintenance to film appreciation, or come up with a topic area and teach a class yourself! The classes are free and are a great chance to learn something new from a fellow community member. Similarly, the Hour Dollars program allows community members to swap time and services in an effort to strengthen communities. By completing services for other community members, you earn hours that can then be spent to have someone else help you out with a project. It’s a great way to get to know your community better and also get some work done!

Don’t forget about donating. Ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have scattered throughout your house, garage, or basement? No matter what you do, sometimes it seems like stuff just keeps accumulating. A great way to simplify your belongings, while helping others, is to donate your unwanted items to nearby thrift stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You’ll be helping support the work of charity organizations and cleaning out your home. If you have more stuff than you can transport to a thrift store, then a garage sale might work well to reduce clutter. It’s a great way to remove unwanted things from your home, make some money, and ensure that the items are reused rather than traveling to a landfill.

Be creative! Think of new ways to share with your community. You could set up a free-swap with neighbors where people can exchange items, or host a community sharing event. Or perhaps you could organize a community clothing collection of well-maintained clothing to donate to a local second-hand store. Whatever you do, you’ll get something out of it whether it is a less-cluttered closet, meeting your neighbors, or the satisfaction of donating to a great cause.

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Back to School Books!

Sivertson Gallery - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 3:02am

As summer starts to wind down and back to school advertisements flood our newspapers, radio and television, I am often brought back to the time when I, too was heading “back to school.” Back to school with new gym shoes, brightly colored notebooks and a bunch of freshly sharpened pencils. Life was good! In elementary school, I always eagerly awaited the “free read” time of day. A time when all us little kiddos had full authority to browse the children’s section of the school library. If there … read more

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