Raise a Pint Nights will be held on Wednesday nights from January through May to give our community’s non-profit organizations an easy way to raise money for their important causes. We provide the venue for the organization to connect with their supporters and the public over a good beer as well as raise funds for their group. Voyageur contributes 10-20% of customer receipts to the sponsored group on Community Wednesdays.
10% up to $500
15% for $500-$1000
and 20% for $1000+
If you are interested in having a Community Wednesday at Voyageur Brewing Company please check out our website for more details.
I’ve been seeing quite a few eagles while I’ve been driving lately. Here’s why.
From MN DNR-
It’s the time of year when an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer that attract animals, such as eagles, to a free meal along roadways. This is also the time of year when Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nongame wildlife staff and area wildlife managers receive many calls about injured or dead eagles on Minnesota roads.
Why do eagles get hit by vehicles? After all, people rarely see a crow injured or dead along the roadway. Crows simply fly off.
Just as an overloaded plane can’t take off, eagles can “over eat” and become too heavy to fly until they digest their meal. Eagles can also suffer from neurological issues if they are exposed to lead in the carcass of the animal they are eating. When this happens, eagles become disoriented and do not know to fly off when a car is approaching.
“When deer are particularly active, we tend to get calls about eagles that are injured or killed by vehicles or sick and dying from lead poisoning,” said Christine Herwig, DNR northwest region nongame specialist. “If you see a dead deer on the road and can safely move the deer off the roadway, this improves the safety of other motorists and wildlife.”
People who encounter a dead eagle, can leave it alone or bring it to the nearest DNR office; it’s a good idea to call ahead to be sure they have a freezer. Eagles are sent to a national feather repository where the feathers and other eagle parts are cleaned and distributed to Native American reservations for use in ceremonies.
“You may not keep a dead eagle, but by law you are allowed to transport a dead eagle to a state or federal wildlife agency office.” Herwig said. “In 1940, Congress enacted the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which makes possession of an eagle or an eagle feather a federal crime punishable by a $10,000 fine and a year in prison.”
For people who encounter an injured eagle, Herwig recommends either contacting a permitted wildlife rehabilitator or letting nature take its course. Some eagles can survive their injuries and be transported to a rehabilitator like the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, which rehabilitates more than 800 sick and injured hawks, eagles, falcons and owls a year. Again, there are exceptions to federal laws, including an allowance for those attempting to bring wounded birds to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Citizens may not rehabilitate wildlife without a permit.
Before transporting an eagle to the Raptor Center, DNR office or wildlife rehabilitator, Herwig recommends to first contact the local DNR office or rehabilitator. Transporting any injured animal, particularly a raptor, can be challenging and even dangerous. Thick leather gloves should be worn and a blanket (without loops) could be put over the head of the animal to calm it down. Be sure the animal is contained in a secure and appropriately sized pet carrier or box. Do not feed or water the animal, and bring the animal to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. Being near humans and around unfamiliar, loud noises is stressful to wildlife, especially when they are injured. When transporting any wild animal in a vehicle, passengers should remain quiet, leave the radio off and leave the animal alone.
Information about wildlife rehabilitation including a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators: www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/rehabilitation/injured-wildlife.html.
People can help support Minnesota’s Nongame Wildlife Program by making a tax-deductible donation using the Nongame Wildlife checkoff this tax season.
For more information on bald eagles and the Nongame Wildlife Program, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame.
11/20/16 - Winter arrived at Sawbill, literally overnight. Similar to much of Minnesota, we experienced quite the storm this past Friday. High winds and snow accumulation of 7.5" has turned the Wilderness into a sparkling snowglobe. One large tree came down, narrowly missing one of our buildings. The lake is still open, wavy waters are hard to freeze. We have our fingers crossed for some calm nights ahead; with temperatures forecasted to be in the single digits we could end up with the elusive "wild ice" which is perfect for ice skating. -Clare
The Sawbill store is looking snug in its first winter coat of snow.
High winds and freezing temperatures have created many ice sculptures on the shores of Sawbill Lake.
The site work crews have been working on the new storm water retention ponds adjacent to the parking lots. Progress continues on the Care Center wing remodel and new hallways. The patient wing rooms are being sheet rocked. There is some intricate demolition going on between the old roof and new roof on the Care Center.
Fall has been long and spectacular this year. I admit I have not been doing my usual chores, but trying to work on projects and take some time to enjoy the outdoors. A great fall hike to High cliffs, some remodeling projects, some much needed yard clean-up. Of course I’ve also been spending time visiting Jaret at College in St. Cloud, and taking a little time off with Wyatt!
We’ve added a kitten to the mix this past August (Bow Flint Baker). He’s black with big yellow eyes. He’s super friendly and has been a big hit with some of the young kids.
We’re also having some work done on the website soon to make it easier for me to update more often. I always appreciate hearing from you, and know how much you all love to hear what’s going on in the woods – I just find it hard to want to spend more time at the computer – I prefer to talk in person, or by phone! Lets hope this is a wonderful winter season. I know last year was – the skiing was stellar for much of the season, and the temps made fishing and snowshoeing fun!
Remember this is you’re place to get away from the TV, e-mail overload, and constant pinging of your text messages! (But we still let you check in!!) Winter is starting to book up so start planning. We hope to see you in the Northwoods.
This time of the year I occasionally receive a few emails requesting items from our gift shop to be shipped out for holiday gifts. We have always had the Museum Store tab on the Chik-Wauk website but we have never developed it past that point. We are just in the starting stages of the online store but you can now visit the Chik-Wauk website and view some of the items we will have for sale this winter season. We will be adding some books and a few more DVD’s to the selection in the next coming weeks.
With the additional of new Administrative Building, we now have a place to store our gift shop items for the winter as well as our sensitive archival items. In the past we have actually had to turn away some important archival items because we did not have a proper storage area in place to house these artifacts.
When Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opened back on July 4, 2010 we had the 2000 square ft museum packed to capacity. The end of the 2016 season marked the seventh season we have been open to the public. We do recognize after being open for seven seasons we need to freshen-up some of the exhibits in the museum.
With the opening of the Nature Center this past year we were able to compliment that building with some of the natural displays that were located up in the Museum. Within the next five years we would like to highlight some other areas that did play a big part of the first pioneers that made the Gunflint Trail their home.
If you have an item you feel is just perfect for the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center collection, we invite you to fill out an Artifact Donation Form. (Before submitting the form, you may wish to review our Collections_Policy to make sure the item really is a good fit for us.) Upon receiving your completed Artifact Donation Form, the GTHS acquisition committee will review your artifact and get back to you shortly about how we’d like to proceed with the donation process. If it is a larger item, we will ask you to commit to holding onto the artifact for the next five years. We may contact you at any time in those five years to officially receive the item into our collection.
There are a few items we will accept without going through the Artifact Donation Form process.
We are always accepting any historic photos, postcards, new letters, flyers, diaries or brochures from the Gunflint Trail that you would be willing to gift or simply loan so we scan them into our collection and then return the originals to you. Books are another item we accept for our reading corner, as long as they aren’t duplicates of books already on our shelves.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about donating artifacts to the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-388-9915. The Gunflint Trail Historical Society’s goal is to preserve the history of the Gunflint Trail and its early settlers for residents, guests, travelers, and future generations and your photos, artifacts, and stories play an important role in that preservation.
All of us at Voyageur Brewing Company thank our veterans and troops for their dedication and sacrifice. We look out on our beautiful country, and contemplate all the ways we can spend our weekend with those we love, while others gave their lives for our freedom. We can never repay this debt. To those veterans and active service members who are able, please visit our taproom today for a free 9 ounce beer and our heartfelt thanks.
Balmy temperatures make strange but welcome weather for our Storm Festival here in Grand Marais this weekend. Perennial favorites Jim and Michelle Miller will play in our taproom today at 4pm. Renowned author Peter Geye will visit our brewery tomorrow, Saturday, November 12th at 3pm to read from his incredible book Wintering. At 4 o’clock the Plucked Up String will pluck things up with their rousing songs of joy and mayhem. On Sunday, November 13th we’ll host a painting class in our brewery at 1pm. If you’re interested at all in painting, please sign up now or else the class will sadly have to be cancelled.
Have a great weekend, everybody.
The trail trimming and mowing is now underway on the Central Gunflint Ski Trail system. The mowed trails are great for hiking, biking, and enjoying autumn activities. There’s still ample time to make the most of our fall weather here at Bearskin.
But once we start mowing, then mentally it’s “almost winter” for us. So just to get you into the same mindset, here’s a taste of winter in a new winter video for Bearskin Lodge. Watch it full screen if you can! Then call us to make your winter reservation, while your perfect dates are still available.http://www.bearskin.com/BearskinWinter.mp4
I recently received a heartbreaking news release from the Minnesota Department of Health. The email was full of statistics about suicide deaths in Minnesota in 2015.
It’s painful to read. The Department of Health reports that there were 726 suicide deaths in Minnesota in 2015, up from 686 in 2014. That equals 13 deaths per 100,000 Minnesotans.
And that means that all of us have likely been touched by the tragedy of suicide.
As Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said, “Let us never forget that this is not about statistics; each and every one of these 726 deaths is someone’s friend, relative and neighbor. We need to work together by focusing on prevention.”
I’m extremely fortunate that I have never been that low. I had a bit of postpartum depression when I had my first child, but I went for counseling. Talking to a caring professional helped me figure out that my sadness could be attributed to exhaustion and the loneliness of living far away from friends and family. Talking helped.
But I have been an observer of the challenges a person with mental illness faces. I’ve watched family and friends struggle with social situations and normal day-to-day living. I’ve seen people I care about become so depressed that they have considered suicide as a way to escape their emotional pain.
I’ve also seen the difference that community support, medication and counseling can make. Talking helps.
The Department of Health news seems to bear that out. There is a bit of good in the report. The number of suicides went down for Minnesota residents under 25 (from 119 in 2014 to 114 in 2015). Most prevention efforts have focused on this age group in recent years.
So it appears that the old belief that talking about suicide will cause someone to harm him or herself is not true. The state and national efforts reaching out to teens and young people—talking and listening— to them is working.
We need to expand those efforts, which Minnesota Department of Health officials have pledged to do. The 2015 Legislature invested $47 million in new spending for mental health services. This additional funding is the largest investment in state history, which is great, but we as individuals need to do our part.
It’s not just up to mental health care practitioners and law enforcement. All of us can help those who face mental illness by being there, by talking and listening. By asking, “Are you okay today?” and really listening for the answer.
And for those that face the challenge of mental health issues, if you reach the point of wanting to hurt yourself, please reach out for help.
A loved one, a suicide survivor, received some excellent advice during treatment and counseling. A behavioral health practitioner gave some tips on what to do if my friend reached that critical point again.
She said to make a list. Write down the names and phone numbers of trusted friends or family members. Not just one person, make it a list of 10 or a dozen. Before contemplating taking your life, call the first person on the list. If you get voice mail, call the next. If you text the next person and they are unable to reply right away, contact the next person… and the next and the next until you find someone to talk to.
I love this advice. It is gut wrenching to receive such a call. But it is horrifying to think that you may not be available to answer that call or text. So as part of a support network, it is reassuring to me to know that there are other options.
The tattered list remains in my friend’s billfold. Thankfully, because of medication and counseling, it hasn’t been needed. But it is a lifeline that needs to be there.
If you face depression that could lead to death by suicide, please make a list. Please, please, please talk to someone.
Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your
perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in
everything. That’s how the light gets in.
Banadad Ski Trail, BWCA’s Longest Tracked Ski Trail will hold their annual Trail Clearing Event and Annual Meeting/Dinner.
The annual meeting of the Banadad Trail Association (BTA) will be Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Schaap Community Center on the Gunflint Trail. (Next to the Fire Department, close to the Lima Grade intersection). The meeting will be at 5:30 and will follow with a Potluck Dinner; all are welcome.
The volunteer Trail Clearing Event will be Saturday, October 22, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m.; Meet at Boundary Country Trekking/Poplar Creek B&B at 8:30 a.m. for tools and instructions.
The purpose of the BTA is to maintain and enhance the Banadad Ski Trails, preserve the history of the forest and the trail and promote appreciation and care of the BWCA wilderness. The BTA is a volunteer organization open to all who share these goals.
Subscribe to the Banadad Bulletin, our free quarterly e-mail newsletter.
Banadad Trail Association
The Trapper’s Daughter & The…..
The day we have all been waiting for is finally here!!!
It is my great pleasure today, on April 25th 2015, to present to you for the first time,
Wow, isn’t she a beauty??
After their long sail along the Lake Superior coast, the Trapper’s Daughter, Bear & Raccoon are finally able to relax on the shore near a big campfire. With beautiful bright embers floating toward the starlit sky, this print … read more
Day 5! Day 5! Day 5!
Today is the last day of our countdown before we reveal the NEW Trapper’s Daughter print for 2015!!
We kick off today’s countdown with a truly incredible print from 2013,
“The Trapper’s Daughter Crosses the Height of the Land as Winter Fades From the Woods & Waters.”
“The Trapper’s Daughter and the Spring Moose” came into the gallery like a hurricane. We could hardly keep this image on the walls and in the bins after … read more
Day 4 of Our Trapper’s Daughter Adventure!
Day 4 of our Trapper’s Daughter adventure beings with the winner of our 2014 Summer Solstice Trapper’s Daughter Bracket Competition….
In 2010, Rick Allen decided to try something new. With 26 different wood blocks, and 26 individual passes through the press, Rick and his famous helper Janelle, the Warrior Printress, worked their tails off on this one!!!
But wait…. there’s MORE!
The Kenspeckles decided to add a beautiful moon to the Long … read more
Day 3 of our Trapper’s Daughter Voyage!
We commence day 3 of our Trapper’s Daughter voyage with the eighth image in Rick Allen’s series….
Back in 2009, you could hear all of our jaws collectively drop, “KER PLUNK,” as we viewed “The Trapper’s Daughter Takes the Otter Slide” for the first time. What a beauty! Rick Allen really went to town with this gem.
One of my favorite parts about Rick’s prints is that so often they spark a wonderful, rich memory. … read more
“The Trapper’s Daughter & the Second Day”
We kick off day two of our Trapper’s Daughter countdown with Rick Allen’s 4th image in this enchanted series. Released in 2006, this beauty is a gallery staff favorite:
Our first glimpse of the Trapper’s Daughter out of the winter, we see her strong, axe wielding arms and bare feet. A vision of strength and courage, she crosses the lake atop two loons. When looking at the clouds, I can’t help … read more
The Trapper’s Daughter & the Unwritten Story
This year’s Gallery Hop Earth Day Celebration at Siiviis in Duluth will be unlike any other event before! Why, do you ask? Well my friends, because this year’s celebration is truly a dream come true. On April 25th, the ladies of Siiviis, along with the Kenspeckles of the Kenspeckle Letterpress present to you:
A THIRTEEN year retrospective featuring all 17 of the Trapper’s Daugher breathtaking appearances in print, including this year’s truly amazing addition to … read more