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Wood is the Word at the Voyageur Brewery

Voyageur Brewing - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:28pm

Reusing barn wood in the new brewery

Reduce, REUSE, recycle at the Grand Marais brewery

Grand Marais Craft Beer in Minnesota

One of our goals in building the brewery in Grand Marais was to buy or use local whenever possible. We feel we have done an excellent job at that by using local carpenters, plumbers, electricians and tradespeople on the brewery. Another way we have contributed to reaching that goal is through our wood.

We recently took apart a barn at a farm up near Hovland, Minnesota. The wood in this barn was cut and milled right here on the North Shore by Otis Anderson many years ago. This wood will be used to decorate some of the walls inside the taproom.

The countertops and bar tops will be made using live edge white pine from Northern Minnesota. Hedstrom’s Mill in Grand Marais, Minnesota cut the wood specifically for our brewery project.

We’re also getting some reclaimed wood from a place in Duluth, Minnesota. We’re using Douglas Fir that is over 100 years old for tables.

It’s great to be able to reuse wood, be green and incorporate parts of our area history into our building.  We’re hoping to add more pieces of our area history to our brewery as we continue our building process.

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Whiskey Jack Fun

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:23pm

The Whiskey Jacks have been entertaining our Voyageur Crew lately.  Canadian Jays, grey jays or camp robbers are another name for these fun to watch and feed birds.

One time when we were out ice fishing and not catching, I kept myself entertained for hours by feeding these hungry camp robbers.  I was relaxing on shore with a bag of pretzels and the birds were patiently waiting all around me.  I tossed a few broken pieces onto the snow for them and they would soar in to pick them up.  They were having difficulties with the hard pieces of pretzels so I decided to chew the pretzels a bit before handing them out.  Before long I had birds resting on my cap, in my hand and on my boot waiting for more pretzels to be chewed up.  Luckily the contents of the bag disappeared before my jaw fell off and right about the time the anglers were ready to leave.


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Recipe of the Week: Baked Apple Chips

Aging Youthful - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00am

Another “chip” recipe this week. This time it’s baked apple chips! With fall in the air (even in Florida) my palette is craving apples and cinnamon. What a great way to get it and my craving for crunch satisfied at the same time! From the website Paleo Grubs:

  1. 1-2 apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Using a sharp knife or mandolin, slice apples thinly. Discard seeds. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange apple slices on it without overlapping. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples.
  3. Bake for approximately 1 hour, then flip. Continue baking for 1-2 hours, flipping occasionally, until the apple slices are no longer moist. Store in airtight container.
By Rebecca Bohl ( For extra tips and info, click here for the full article.
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Good-Byes You Look Forward To

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:07pm

There are some good-byes you look forward to while others you do not.  In the case of the black bear that has been hanging around Voyageur this year we are hoping to see him leave soon. We wish he would go into hibernation and stay out of our neighbor’s garage, off of our deck and out of our outfitting building.

Then there are other good-byes you wish you didn’t have to say. Those are the ones you say to staff when they leave or maybe you don’t even get to say good-bye but wish you could have. Yesterday Luke left and today Elsa and Ron left for the winter. It’s always sad to see them leave even though I know they are happy to get back to the Phillippines. I selfishly wish I could keep them here year round.

There’s a skunk hanging around Voyageur. We’ve never had a skunk on our property and in fact we rarely see them on the Gunflint Trail.  We’d be happy to say good-bye to the skunk and wish him no happy returns.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life it’s you don’t always get to choose when or if you get to say good-bye. Sometimes you don’t even know you’re saying good-bye. With the bear or skunk that would be just fine, as long as the leave!

Voyageur black bear

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Opportunity to View Highway 61 Concept Designs and Provide Feedback: Oct. 28th

Moving Matters - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:17pm

Join the City of Grand Marais on October 28th for an open house and presentation of concept designs for Highway 61 through Grand Marais. Your feedback and input is needed! A light meal will be provided and free childcare* will be available at the Cook County Community YMCA.

Tuesday, October 28th
6 – 8 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais

Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator at or call (218) 387-1848. 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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Trail Clearing Help Needed

Boundary Waters Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:03pm

A fun thing to do in the winter on the Gunflint Trail is cross-country ski the Banadad Trail. It’s a long trail(18 miles) and it travels through the Boundary Waters. Mid-way through the trail Boundary Country Trekking has a yurt skiers can stay in overnight.  I’ve stayed there a couple of times and absolutely loved it.

Since parts of the Banadad Trail are in the BWCA they can’t use chainsaws to clear the trail. This means all of the work must be done by hand. Like any project the more hands there are the faster and easier the work is.  If you’re looking for something to do on October 25th then how about lending a helping hand on the Banadad ski trail?

Banadad Ski Trail Work Day, Annual Meeting and Pizza Party
Saturday, October 25

The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. We will be concentrating our clearing and trimming low hanging tree branches starting at the Banadad’s eastern trailhead. I was out on the first mile of the Banadad from the eastern trailhead and found nine large downed trees blocking the trail including a 12-14 inch Aspen along with several other trees it brought down and on either side of this clump of trees were two more large downed Aspens. These trees are just beyond the Swamp Lake Portage and well within the BWCA where all trail work must be done using hand tools.

If what we experienced on this part of the trail holds for the rest of the Banandad we have got a real job ahead of us. Please join us; we really need your help!”

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 25, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.

After the work session volunteers and friends of the Banadad are invited to return to Hestons Lodge, 579 South Gunflint Road for the Banadad Trail Association’s fifth Annual Meeting followed by pizza dinner cooked in Heston’s wood fired-outdoor oven and social hour. Festivities at Heston’s begin a 6:00 PM. RSVP, 218-388-2243

For more information on the Trail Work Day and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Dinner contact 218-388-4487.

Hope to see you on Saturday, October 25, Ted Young, Banadad Maintenance and Grooming Administrater

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Vlog: It’s All a Part of Me

Aging Youthful - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:30pm

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“Ocean Plump” Chickens?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:00am

This week’s “What’s Really in Our Food” article is about the process of “plumping” chicken sold in the grocery store. What is plumping you ask? Well, it’s not getting the chicken fatter by feeding it more; according to the website Say No to Plumping the definition is:

The practice of injecting saltwater, chicken stock, seaweed extract or some combination thereof into chicken to increase its weight and price, while simultaneously increasing sodium content by up to 500%.

If you buy frozen chicken breasts for convenience like I’ve been known to do, more than likely they are injected with some sort of “solution”. The best way to know is to (I’ve said it a hundred times) READ THE LABEL. Also, chicken is not the only meat subjected to plumping. I was reading the label on a frozen turkey and saw it had been injected as well.

While most people may not be affected by this, those who are on a low sodium diet for health reasons, this could be a concern. Also, while you think you are paying for meat, you may also be paying for saltwater. Again, as I preach and preach and preach…READ LABELS so you are educated about what you are putting in your body.



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10/12/14 - Lou's Shoes

Sawbill Newsletter - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 7:44pm

10/12/14 - Our very own Cindy Lou Hansen got back today from a four day shoemaking class taught by Jason Hovatter at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. "I can't even begin to tell you how many steps went into making these," she said as she showed off her beautiful new pair of shoes, "No pun intended!" - Peter

We're trying to convince Cindy to switch careers from canoe outfitting to shoemaking. She could call her business Lou's Shoes!

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North Shore Fun

Boundary Waters Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 2:13pm

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Grand Marais lately. This weekend there was a homecoming football game on Friday night and dance on Saturday night.  Our house in town was filled to the brim with kids on both nights.  On Saturday night there were over 20 of them at one time for photos. I was happy when Sunday rolled around and we were able to get out of the house and enjoy time outside.

There are so many places to explore around Grand Marais no matter which direction you choose to go.  Today we decided to check out Cut Face Creek since I had never explored there.  There wasn’t much water so Abby’s friend and I walked through the culvert that goes beneath Highway 61, kind of creepy, a little bit wet but lots of fun. We didn’t go too far up the river as Josh and his friend wanted to go fishing at Cascade River.

We got back in the car and headed West to Cascade.  West is the direction people from Grand Marais use to describe what most people refer to as South or towards Duluth, Minnesota.  The kids had fun walking along the river and trying to catch fish but we didn’t see any or catch any.

It didn’t matter to me if we caught fish or not. It was just great to be outside on a gorgeous fall day with 3 fun kids.

fun on Minnesota’s North Shore

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Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Survey

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:13am

It’s been a few years since I was on the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee but that doesn’t mean other people haven’t been working diligently this entire time.  A big thank you to the folks who are continually working on making the Gunflint Trail Corridor an even more special place.  To thank them for their hard work you can participate in the survey they are asking you to complete so they can keep up their wonderful work.

Contact: Ryan Miller
218-529-7552 (direct)
1-800-232-0707 (toll free)

Participation Requested in the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Survey

(Grand Marais, MN)  The Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee, a sub-committee of the Gunflint Trail Association, is working on an update of the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan (CMP).  The purpose of the update will be to acknowledge changes that have occurred since the 2008 plan such as the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway’s designation as a National Scenic Byway and also to evaluate the progress of goals and strategies identified in the previous plan.

Public input is being requested through participation in the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Survey, which asks participants for their input on aspects of the Corridor Management Plan, specifically what they feel are the strengths, weakness, and opportunities of the Gunflint Trail.  The survey will be distributed to members of the Gunflint Trail community and will also be made available at  The survey will be open through October 23rd.

The Survey was prepared by the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) on behalf of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee.  Results will be collected by ARDC and analyzed by the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee and included in the Corridor Management Plan update.

The mission of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee is to act as advocates and stewards for the preservation, protection, understanding, and maintenance of the natural historic intrinsic values of the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road #12) and its corridor.  The goal of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee is to work with all stakeholders to understand and retain the intrinsic values of the Gunflint Trail corridor for all those who work, live, recreate, and value the area.

For further information on the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Survey, please contact Ryan Miller, Associate Planner (218) 529-7552 or

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Wilderness Safety 101

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:40pm

Every day you can find an article where someone has gone missing in a wilderness area. Some are lucky and are found alive while others aren’t so lucky. Is it just luck or is there something that separates the survivors from those who perish?

Being prepared may be one thing that helps those who survive through ordeals of being lost.   Here’s a release from the Minnesota DNR that might just help you be a survivor.

Learn wilderness survival basics before going afield

A missing duck hunter near Mille Lacs Lake forced to spend the night in the woods is a good reminder that anyone spending time outdoors should know wilderness survival basics, said an official with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A recent news release from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office said that 76-year-old Glenn Huff of Garrison had become disoriented while hunting and was unsure of his whereabouts. Rather than wander aimlessly, Huff then “hunkered down with his dog for the night, and at first light started to make his way back to his vehicle.” The following morning Huff and the dog met up with sheriff’s office deputies who reported Huff in excellent condition following the incident.

“That incident is a good reminder that anyone can get lost in the woods, including hunters,” said acting Capt. John Paurus, DNR enforcement education program coordinator.

Panic is an enemy for those who get lost. They should remember the acronym S.T.O.P.

SIT: They should collect their thoughts and realize they are not lost; they just can’t find camp or vehicle.
THINK: What do they have at their disposal both physical and mental that can help them in this situation? Inventory survival kit and start to develop a plan.
OBSERVE: Look around, is there shelter, water, an open area where searchers could see them?
PLAN: Create a plan of action. Pick a spot that to build a fire for heat and signaling. In addition, can the spot provide basic shelter?
A basic survival kit can be packed into a quart zip-lock bag and should contain the following:

Basic shelter materials: Two 55 gallon garbage bags and 30 feet of braided mason’s line.
Means to start a fire: Disposable lighter, waterproof matches or matches stored in a waterproof container, or 10 feet of toilet paper or Petroleum Jelly soaked cotton balls in a waterproof container.
Means of signaling: Whistle, signal mirror (could be an old CD). A fire is also a signal.
Means of knowing direction: A compass.
Comfort food: Food bar, nuts or trail mix.
Anytime people head outdoors they should plan for the unexpected and be prepared to spend the night in the woods. Here are some musts before heading out.

Always let someone know the destination and return plan.
Carry a compass or GPS and know how to use it.
Carry a basic survival and first-aid kit.
Carry a cell phone.
Check the weather and dress for it.
These outdoor safety tips are part of the DNR hunter education firearms safety program. An online study guide for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts is on the DNR website at . Click on HunterCourse.


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Save the Date: Tues, Oct 28 Highway 61 Revisited, Meeting #2

Moving Matters - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:20am

Mark your calendars today for the next important opportunity to influence the future of our community with Highway 61! More details to come shortly.

Highway 61 Revisited: Meeting #2
Presentation of Concept Designs for Community Feedback
Tuesday, October 28th 6-8 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
417 1st Ave West, Grand Marais

Want to keep up to date with this project of the City of Grand Marais? Sign-up for the email list and see updates at

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A quality of life narrative

Unorganized Territory - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:45am

I’ve ended up in a lot of meetings lately, as part of my job and as a citizen.

Right now, the all-important update of the Cook County Comprehensive Land Use Guide is under way. I went to the well-attended meeting at the Cook County Community Center on September 17. I was pleased to see the turnout and even more pleased to see that there was a lot of consensus on issues I care about. I’m looking forward to more discussion about what the county should look like in 15, 20 and 30 years.

There have also been meetings on the Highway 61 corridor as it passes through Grand Marais. Another good-sized crowd turned out at the Grand Marais Public Library recently to share concerns and to talk about possible improvements to the highway to make it safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Because of these and the many other meetings I’ve attended recently, I almost passed on the presentation by the University of Minnesota- Morris at North House Folk School on Tuesday, September 23. I had started my day in a county board meeting and had a couple of interviews, so by 6:30 p.m. I was ready to just head home.

But the invitation from Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux about the UM-Morris Center for Small Towns statisticians was intriguing. Jay said he had had some interesting conversation at his B&B with Kelly Asche of the Center for Small Towns.

Jay was excited enough about it to arrange the presentation, so I decided to head to the talk at North House Folk School. I wanted to hear what the university had to say about Grand Marais.

I’m glad I did. The discussion about the “rural narrative” was enlightening. Asche and his co-presenter Jon Bennett talked about the supposed “brain drain” that is occurring in small towns in Minnesota. There is a huge concern about all the young people leaving our rural communities. Asche shared slides with dire newspaper headlines declaring that small towns were dying.

The duo shared statistics that show that is actually far from the truth. Small towns are changing, but they are not dying. In fact, Asche said, in Minnesota only two towns have dissolved in the last 50 years.

The demographics, not the populations, of towns are changing, said Asche. Young people are moving away— most likely to college and to experience the world. But that population is replaced by an older, more stable demographic.

In opposition to the theory that with young people leaving there is a “brain drain,” Asche said the people moving to rural areas bring education, experience and enthusiasm. He said there is actually a “brain gain.”

People who have had their fill of metro-area living are returning to rural life. People with children are moving to the country to raise their children. People are choosing quality of life over high salaries and the “rat race.”

Asche and Bennett had figures and charts to back up their statements. However, their assertion that people move to rural areas because of the quality of life was confirmed— and amplified—by the environment in which they were speaking.

The windows of the lovely “blue building” on the North House campus look out onto the periwinkle blue waters of Lake Superior. As they talked, the sky darkened and became streaked with soft pastels. Eventually it grew dark—until a brief flashing began—the soothing light of the Grand Marais lighthouse

This David R. Johnson photo is a vivid example of why we love to live in Grand Marais.

It was distracting. I zoned out a little bit because of the lighthouse. I started thinking about hikes out to The Point and about ships on the lake. As I blinked and cleared my head to refocus on the presentation, I had to smile. That was exactly Asche’s point.

We are here because even though we must attend meetings, we can do so in such scenic spaces.

Perfect proof for his quality of life argument!

To read the papers and to listen to the news… one would think the country is in terrible trouble. You do not get that impression when you travel the back roads and the small towns do care about their country and wish it well.

Charles Kuralt

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End of Year Gear Sale at Voyageur

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:47am

Some of you may have received an email in your inbox regarding our end of the year sale.  If not, and you’re interested in deals, then you might want to sign up to receive our “specials” email newsletter.  Just call the office and they can make sure you receive them. 218-388-2224.  We don’t send them out very often but when we do you don’t want to miss them.  I’m not sure what all we have left but I know if you call or email Hannah, Tony, Mark or Ryan will be able to help you out.

See photos and more by clicking on the link below.

Virtual Garage Sale For Our Loyal Customers!
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

We have created a package with our lightly used gear and a royalex canoe. Included is everything needed for two for your next BWCA or Quetico canoe camping trip! Canoe, tent, pads, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, paddles, cook kit and more for only $1200.00 Shipping available for areas near the twin cities, and possibly Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa or Wisconsin for a small additional charge! Buy Here-Only 5 available.

Featured Used Canoes
This season we have a handful of canoes that we are ready to part with. We have available Royalex canoes, Aluminum canoes, and Lightweight Kevlar canoes in a variety of conditions ready for purchase. Checkout the links below, if you cannot find what you looking for give us a call so we can help you find your dream canoe!

20′ Ultra-Lite Seneca(3 person)
(used for 7 seasons) Good Condition Only $1300

18.5′ Ultra-Lite MN II Canoe
(used for 1 season) Great Condition Only $1600

17′ Ultra-Lite Boundary Waters Canoe
(used for 1 season) Great Condition Only $1600

16′ Ultra-Lite Canak/Kayak
(used for 3 seasons) Great Condition Only $1650

17′ Royalex Spirit II Canoe
(used for 3 seasons) Great Condition Only $500

18.5′ Aluminum Alumacraft Canoe
(2002 canoe) Good Condition Only $500

Winter Guided Lake Trout Fishing Packages

2 Nights in Cozy Winter Accommodations and 1 Day Guided Fishing $399.00 (only 10 packages available)
Purchase Here
Join us for a winter adventure. Arrive in the afternoon or evening for your cabin stay. Get up in the morning and spend the day letting an experienced guide show you how and where to catch BWCA winter lake trout. Retire for the second night to enjoy the warmth of the cabin by the fire with your lake trout dinner. Feel free to use your new skills to fish on your own the third day before heading back to reality!
How it works: Simply purchase one voucher, per lodging unit (1-4 people) now and then call us later to set up your reservation dates for any available time this winter season.

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Favorite Everyday Products: The Magic Bullet

Aging Youthful - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:00am

I LOVE my Magic Bullet blender for so many reasons. First is it uber-convenient for mixing up my morning shake; I put in the amount of water I like, add two scoops of my IsaLean protein, add the mixing blade, flip and blend. BOOM, 10 seconds later I have an awesome breakfast on the go after I flip the glass over and remove the mixing blade. I’m all about convenience and not having to wash a lot of dishes as I have lived mechanical dishwasher-less since 2003, when we moved to our cabin.

I also use my Magic Bullet for grinding coffee beans. Yep, no need for another appliance on my limited counter space! I like to grind enough beans to get me through a week and will store in a container in the freezer to keep as fresh as possible. Again, it’s all about making things simple.

While there are recipes that come with the blender, I have to say I haven’t used them. I tried making salsa in it when I first bought it, but I couldn’t figure out the right consistency. I know of moms with babies that will make their own home-made baby food in their magic bullets as they don’t want to serve the commercially canned foods to their babies (read labels…some are loaded with added sugars and other ingredients)

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Fall is Falling, Art & Music

North Shore Art Scene - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:03am

John Sikkila took this gorgeous photo. He calls it Morning in Autumn. 

There are some cool new exhibits in Grand Marais this week, as the season winds down in Cook County.

Cyanotype by Madeline Burton is one of the pieces in the Five Generations exhibit.

First up is the Five Generations  of Arts & Crafts exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, which opened with a lively reception last Friday.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 2.

The wide-ranging show includes everything from paintings, fiber art, and jewelry, to encaustic, handmade paper, photography, collages and more crafted by five generations of the Smith-Daley-Ouradnik family.

The show was put together by local encaustic and handmade paper artist Nancy Daley and her two daughters, Jody Ouradnik and Amy Ouradnik, and Nancy’s granddaughter, Madeline Burton.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder will close on Saturday, Oct. 18 and re-open for the Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Drawing Nov. 22.

Meanwhile, stop by and see their exhibits, including work by local artists and artisans and the “Ojibwe Faces and Stories: Eastman Johnson Graphic Panels,” the featured exhibit this year. The Heritage Center also has a well-stocked gift shop.

The Heritage Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays.

One of the paintings in the Tour d’Art Legacy Exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

There’s a new exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony, too.

Entitled ‘Tour d’Art Home Legacy Exhibit,” the show features work by by four artists on the Legacy Home Tour including Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, and Liz Sivertson as well as select students these artists have influenced. The exhibit includes paintings, prints, glass and sculpture. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Also this week, an exhibit of paintings created by the Summer Youth Program in Grand Portage entitled “Seven Grandfather Teachings” opens with a reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Grand Portage Community Center on Friday, Oct. 10. The paintings were facilitated by art therapist, Belle Janicek, who worked with the children to put their ideas on paper and then transfer and paint images on canvas.

Among the Anishinaabe people, The Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. The exhibit will display seven canvasses: Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Courage, Humility, Honesty.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

In Thunder Bay, the powerful exhibit, “Walking With My Sisters,” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Oct 12.

The show is a commemorative art installation for the missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada and the United States, and features more than 1,000 decorated and beaded vamps or moccasin tops arranged in a sacred manner in the gallery space.

For this exhibit, the gallery is open from noon to 8 p.m.(EST)  Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. (EST) Friday through Sunday.

Also, this is the week for Random Acts of Poetry in Thunder Bay. A number of Thunder Bay poets read poetry in a wide variety of venues and places throughout the week, including to the Thunder Bay City Council, at Waterfront Park and at the Farmer’s Market, to name a few.

To catch the word, check out the schedule of appearances here.

In other art news, the Barley Jacks, a roots-bluegrass band, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about their music and sing a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday is Community Ink Day at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The public is invited to visit the print studio and create a fall-inspired monoprint. The event, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11,  is open to all ages and skill levels. No pre-registration is required.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market will held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, too. The market closes for the season next Saturday, Oct. 18. The market is held in the Senior Center parking lot and features a wide variety of arts & crafts as well as baked goods, jams, jellies and pickles and produce in season.

Auditions for “We Happy Few” by Imogen Stubbs, produced by the Grand Marais Playhouse, will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.  Performances are Dec. 4-7 and 11-14.  The Playhouse is also seeking a stage manager, light board operator, sound board operator and backstage crew.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with video production and sound editing, and a saxophone player and a pianist  are needed for either live or recorded participation in the production.  Set construction will begin Nov. 8. For more information, call 387-1284 ext. 2.

Life Drawing sessions have begun at the Grand Marais Art Colony. They will be held  from 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday nights through through Dec. 10. Open to all artists. Participants must be 18 and older or accompanied/permission by an adult or guardian. Cost is $100 for the entire series or $12 a session. Drop-ins are permitted.

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

Thursday, Oct. 9:

  • Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Barley Jacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Barley Jacks, Gunflint Tavern,  8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week. Here are a few.

The first snowflakes have fallen Cook County. Here’s a photo by David Johnson to prove it.

David Johnson‘s “A Skiff of Snow.”


An eclipse of the full moon could be seen very early Wednesday morning. Bryan Hansel was out there and caught this beauty.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And we had some wind the other day.

David Johnson‘s “Southwester.”


Layne Kennedy caught a calmer moment on Artist’s Point with this shot. His latest blog post, “Turn that Bad Light into Good Light” can be read by clicking here.

“Superior Red Light” by Layne Kennedy.


And, of course, we found lots of wonderful fall shots. Let’s start with a close-up of a fall leaf by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Mary Amerman caught this fleeting view of fall colors in a creative way.

Gunflint Trail by Mary Amerman.


Here’s a wonderful shot of Wolf Lake by Paul Sundberg. He said it’s a shot he’s been working on for years and  he finally nailed it this year.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Christian Dalbec caught this haunting shot of the Cascade River the other day.

Photo by Christian Dalbec.


The end of the leaf season can still be gorgeous, however. Paul Pluskwik took this beauty.


Photo by Paul Pluskwik.


And, finally,  Holly Johnson Beaster took this great shot of a rose blooming at the Rose Garden recently … in fall colors! Enjoy!

Photo by Holly Johnson Beaster.


Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Why I Love the BWCA

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:30am

No phones, no internet, no snap chat, just quality time together in the Boundary Waters.


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Recipe of the Week: Sweet Potato Chips

Aging Youthful - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:00am

These are just about the easiest recipe EVER. This is as simple as heating up a pan of coconut oil, peeling sweet potatoes, slicing them thin and frying the sweet potatoes until they are brown and crunchy. If you want to season them, go ahead, but they are great without any seasoning if you ask me. I like to add a little cinnamon and have them as an after dinner treat!

One tip: if you use coconut oil that is “refined” (read the front of the label), it will not have the coconut smell or flavor.

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