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5/23/15- The Sawbill Dock, New & Improved!

Sawbill Newsletter - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:33pm

The landing dock used by Sawbill customers to enter Sawbill Lake has been extended to twice its former length. That means no more traffic jams!

The former dock, known as the iPod Classic of docks, was in need of an upgrade.

This is cause for celebration!

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Open for the Season

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Blog - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:28am

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is now open for the 2015 season. I hope you will stop up during the summer to see the progress they will be making on the new nature center that is being built.

Chik-Wauk will be open daily from 10 am to 5 pm until the 18th of October. We will be offering our Kid’s Nature Days again staring on the 30th of June until the 18th of August.

Admission rates are the same as last year, $3 per adult, $2 per child 5-18 years of age and anyone under 5 are fee.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society Members are fee.

See you this summer!


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What’s That You See Swimming?

Boundary Waters Blog - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:13am

Our guests have been having lots of wildlife sightings on their Boundary Waters canoe trips so far this season. It’s easy to recognize a moose standing on the shoreline or a bear climbing up a tree but when these animals are swimming it isn’t quite as easy.  It takes the mind a minute or two to compute that the head bobbing in the water is not a loon or a duck but a bear.  Our guests have reported seeing swimming bears, moose, wolves and of course the normal loons and ducks.  It’s so exciting to see one of those “big” animals and especially so when they are in the water.

Moose sightings on land have been frequent on the Gunflint Trail too. We have our neighborhood moose at the end of the Trail, one with a brand new calf.  Guests have spotted moose mid-trail and elsewhere on the Gunflint and it’s always a highlight of their trip.

I still love seeing moose and it’s a highlight of my day when I see them,  I don’t think I will ever grow tired of it.  Pretty soon you’ll be seeing people swimming too, but not me for a week or two.

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Northern Lights in the Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:10pm

Things are wonderful at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and the end of the Gunflint Trail. We’ve got guests paddling the BWCA, fishing on Saganaga and enjoying area hiking trails and we have a wonderful summer crew to serve them.  They have all been out enjoying the Boundary Waters on their days off and on a recent trip Evan, back for his third year, took some amazing photos of the northern lights. Enjoying the northern lights in the Boundary Waters? It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Evan Gates

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A pat on the back for parents

Unorganized Territory - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:54pm

It’s been a busy few weeks for the community, especially for our local schools as they wrap up the school year. It’s been an adventure as Brian Larsen and I struggle to remember when and where all the events are taking place. We’ve been juggling and rearranging schedules to try to be everywhere to get photos. And then, we have to find time to write it all up. It’s a tiring, but fun time of year.

I’ve been consoling myself that coming soon is the one week of the year that I do not write a column. You see this week before graduation is a bit of a cheat week for me.

I try really hard not to repeat myself in Unorganized Territory. I’ve written this column every week since October 9, 1999, so there have been times when similar ideas have been expressed. I’ve never intentionally run the exact same thoughts on the exact same topic.

But I’ve come close with the column I’ve written for parents of graduating seniors each year. It’s become a tradition to write this column which almost writes itself.

I write for the parents because the graduates of the Class of 2015 are far too busy to read a newspaper column. I know, they were almost too busy to get their senior photos and interview to us for our special Meet the Class of 2015 feature!

Last year’s graduates celebrating. The Class of 2015 will have its turn on Saturday, May 30. Congratulations all!

The members of the Class of 2015 are too excited to look to the News-Herald for sage advice. They are busy making travel and housing plans for college next fall or getting in shape for the physical training they will be met with when they enter the military. They are spending these final spring days with the dear friends to whom they will soon be saying tearful farewells.

It’s an amazing time for the Class of 2015 and they don’t need any more advice from caring community members.

It’s different for parents. It’s a bittersweet time for them. Parents are filled with relief that all those battles over homework and curfews are over. They are proud that their child has fulfilled the requirements of graduation and will make a dramatic entry in his or her cap and gown.

But there is also that looming goodbye—the one that every parent dreads from the time their son or daughter takes his or her first steps, shyly waves goodbye on the way to preschool, or gets behind the steering wheel for the first time. Graduation is a final rite of passage, one that comes all too soon.

It’s impossible that the tiny baby that changed your world could turn into an adult so quickly. It’s hard to believe how fast all those years of teacher conferences, spring concerts, sporting events, and last-minute grade concerns, flew by.

The last few months are the craziest, with the final chaos of invitations and open houses. I think the parents are the ones who need the pat on the back right now.

So, I hope they take a few minutes to sit down and read this column. They need a little time for themselves right now. They need a break between cleaning house for the party and figuring out where visiting relatives will sleep; between buying decorations and calculating how much cake will be eaten; between all the chaos that comes from planning for graduation.

Truly, it is good that there is a lot to do—it makes the fast-approaching farewell a bit easier for mom and dad. At least until the graduate packs up his or her belongings and leaves them to the empty nest.

For those parents, I’m ending with a longer-than-usual quote. I received it from my mom when my first “baby” graduated in 1997. I’ve shared this Erma Bombeck quote in Unorganized Territory several times now. It still makes me tear up when I read it, but I still find comfort in it.

I hope the parents of the Class of 2015 do too.

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Children are like kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re both breathless – they crash – you add a longer tail – they hit the rooftop – you pluck them out of the spout – you patch and comfort, adjust and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they’ll fly!

…Finally they are airborne, but they need more string – you keep letting it out and with each twist of the ball of twine, there is a sadness that goes with the joy, because the kite becomes more distant and somehow you know that it won’t be long until that beautiful creature will snap the life line that bound you together and soar as it was meant to soar – free and alone.

Erma Bombeck

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5/22/15 - Eden Prairie Students Visit Sawbill Campground

Sawbill Newsletter - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:50pm

5/22/15 - Eden Prairie High School students participating in the Camping, Climbing, and Canoeing class stayed in the Sawbill Campground last weekend.

All 108 students were very polite and had a lot of fun.

A student showing off his skills - what a catch!

Already looking forward to next year.

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Swimming in Lake Superior

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:28pm

Abby went for a dip in Lake Superior already this year. A little chilly but not as chilly as it usually is this time of the year or compared to last year.  There aren’t too many days of the year I feel like jumping into Lake Superior and Sunday, May 17th when she jumped in definitely wasn’t one of those days.

Lake Superior Water temperatures


On May 17, 2015 Lake Superior had an average surface water temperature of 37.7 degrees. This is 2.5 degrees warmer than May 17, 2014 and 0.8 degrees warmer than the 20-year average.


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Time for the Annual Meeting!

Arrowhead Electric - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:38pm

Please join us for the Arrowhead Cooperative Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 6th.

Breakfast will be served in the ISD 166 Cafeteria beginning at 8:30am.

Meeting begins at 10am in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Join us for food, fun, friends, and fabulous door prizes!

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Art Along the Lake, Music & More

North Shore Arts Scene - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:10am

Northern Lights over Hollow Rock by Travis Novitsky.

Summer in Cook County officially begins over the Memorial Day weekend, and this year  a wonderful new art event will be launched on the North Shore.

Called Art Along the Lake, the three-day festival hosted by art galleries in Cook County, offers a tempting array of cool exhibits, fascinating demonstrations. art classes and workshops as well as a chance to experience the incredible variety of art offered in galleries up and down the shore.

David Gilsvik works on one of the murals for the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center.

This weekend’s art experience actually kicks off on Thursday, when the spectacular larger-than-life Ojibwe Heritage Murals painted by David Gilsvik are revealed at the Heritage Center at the Grand Portage National Monument.

One of the murals focuses on community gatherings, another depicts the Ojibwe connections to Lake Superior, the third illustrates the artwork, beadwork, leather and weaving of the Ojibwe and the fourth focuses on inland activities like wild ricing and maple syrup. Gilsvik consulted with Tim Cochrane, Monument superintendent, Beth Drost, interpretive Park Ranger and Pam Neil, chief of interpretation, on the project. Everyone is invited to the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Heritage Center. Refreshments will be served.

Look for this brochure at galleries and shops. It lists all the galleries in the county, what they carry and includes a great map of where to find them.

Art Along the Lake begins on Friday, May 23, and continues through Sunday with three full-days of things to do and see. There’s a bronze pour, two music concerts, new exhibit openings, classes, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, including a puzzle-a-thon.

It’s a bit like an art treasure hunt, said Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony. A brochure of the galleries in the county has been produced by the collaborative effort between the art galleries and the Cook County Events Bureau,  and it describes what can be found at each of them. This weekend offers people the opportunity to get out and explore places they might have never seen before as well as see new work at their favorite galleries, Demmer said.

Here’s what you can experience this weekend:

Friday, May 22:

  • Hand Papermaking Class, 9 a.m. to noon, Grand Marais Art Colony. (fees apply)
  • The Cross River Heritage Center opens for the season on Friday.

    Opening Day at the Cross River Heritage Center, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a new exhibit on the history of old-time resorts in Schroeder and art by Ojibwe bead worker Marci McIntire and painter Bruce Palmer.

  •  Oil painting class with Joi Electa, 3 p.m., Cascade River State Park (fees apply)
  • Art Along the Lake Gallery Gala Kickoff, Johnson Heritage Post., 7:30 p.m. Refreshments, jazz guitarist Briand Morrison will play.

Saturday, May 22:

  • Intro to Letterboxing and Paper Marbling, 9 a.m. to noon, Grand Marais Art Colony (fees apply)
  • Oil painting class with Joi Electa, 9 a.m., Trail Center (fees apply)
  •  Sculpture Bronze Pour, 10 a.m., Last Chance Gallery with Tom Christiansen
  •  Kids Make-and-Take activities at Joy & Co., formerly known as The Garage,  10 a.m. -2 p.m.,
  • Woodturner Cooper Ternes will demonstrate bowl turning at Joy & Co. at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

    Nordic WoodenWare bowl turning demonstration with Cooper Ternes, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., at Joy & Co.

  • Silver jewelry making demonstration, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kah Nee Tah Gallery
  • Oil painting demonstration by Neil Sherman, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sivertson Gallery
  • Ukranian Egg Painting demonstration, 1 p.m., Cross River Heritage Center
  • Throwing clay pots demo, 1 p.m., Grand Marais Art Colony
  • Music from the Tip O’ the Arrowhead exhibit, opening reception, 1-4 p.m., Cook County Historical Society.
  • Natural Dye & Bookbinding classes, 2 p.m., Grand Marais Art Colony (fees apply)
  • Screenprint a T-Shirt, Community Ink Day with Mike Swindlehurst, 2-4 p.m., Grand Marais Art Colony. (fees apply.)
  • Gordon Thorne plays at Last Chance Gallery, 3-5 p.m.
  • Chel Anderson will talk about her new book, “North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast” at Drury Lane Books on Saturday.

    Writer’s Salon with Chel Anderson, 5 p.m., Drury Lane Books.

  • Painting & Wine Party with Joi Electa, 5-8 p.m., Joy & Co.
  • SplinterTones concert at What’s Upstairs Stage, 7:30 p.m., Tickets at the door.

Sunday, May 24:

  • Asian & Western Bookbinding class, 9 a.m., Grand Marais Art Colony
  • Kids Make & Take Activities, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Joy & co.
  • Photographers Larry & Linda Dunlap at Johnson Heritage Post, 10 a.m., for coffee and conversation
  • 3D printer demonstration, 1-3 p.m., Joy & Co,
  • Masterpiece Puzzle-a-thon, 1-6 p.m, Grand Marais Art Colony
  • Eric Frost & Bill Hanson play at Kah Nee Tah Gallery, 2-4 p.m.
  • Sculpture Bronze Pour with Tom Christiansen, 4 p.m., Last Chance Gallery
  • Spring Fling Jazz Concert with Chris Gillis & Friends, 7:30 p.m., What’s Upstairs? Stage.

Betsy Bowen is just about finished painting the floor in the redesigned What’s Upstairs? Stage above her studio at 301 1st Ave. W.

Betsy Bowen’s Studio and the What’s Upstairs? Stage open for the season in the Old Playhouse building this weekend and they are a must-see  — there have been some wonderful changes over the winter.

First, Bowen has changed the name of her studio to Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. It now features her studio with her woodcuts and books and other artwork, including  local pottery. Stephan Hoglund has a space in her gallery now, too. His Borderlands Gallery features art jewelry as well as wedding and portrait photography.

Upstairs, Wickwire Clayworks, featuring handmade ceramic tiles and pottery is located and a new studio, Ron’s World Rocks, is tucked into the corner of the redesigned stage area. His work features silver and gems and fascinating rocks.

All the old theater seats have been removed from the stage area and the covers over the big windows in the back have been removed, too, making it light and airy. It has also become a flexible performance space with a bigger dance floor and more sit-down space, perfect for the upcoming concerts this weekend, Bowen said.

A lot of hard work went into developing the Art Along the Lake event. Participants included, first row, from left, Karissa Wrich, Jan Sivertson, Amy Demmer. Second row: Marcia Hyatt, Linda Garrity, Jill Terrill, Stefanie Mitchell,   Third row: Don Davison, Danielle Fortin and Abby Tofte. (Not Pictured: Betsy Bowen.)

Bowen is one of the artists who began organizing the Art Along the Lake event. Marcia Hyatt (co-owner of Last Chance Gallery), said in a radio interview on WTIP Community Radio recently, that she and Betsy got together over the winter and started talking about ways they, as gallery owners, could collaborate.  They began talking to other gallery owners and soon a new collaboration was born. The updated version of the gallery guide was one result, as is the 3-day art event called Art Along the Lake. “It’s been the most effective, fun, planning project I’ve ever been involved in,” Hyatt said.

To listen to the interview on WTIP, click here.

One of the photos in the Historical Society exhibit: Live on the Lake in the early 1920s – Ben Seglem, Joe Wishcop, Emil Eliasen, Johnny Nelson, and Floyd Moses. Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society,

Another must-see this weekend is the Music from the Tip O’ the Arrowhead exhibit at the Cook County Historical Society. The exhibit celebrates 100 years of dances, pow wows, concerts, and festivals.

Follow the development of musical traditions from 1917 when the “outlaw” bridge border crossing allowed international gatherings… all the way to today’s music scene. Local venues and musicians are featured with photos, posters, and video. And there are lots of historical photos, too. The opening reception is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Isabel Wahlers with Amy Demmer, Grand Marais Art Colony, left and Leah Thomas, right. Thomas’ family set up the Emerging Artist Scholarship fund at the Grand Marais Art Colony in honor of Eric Thomas.

In other art news, Isabel Wahlers was awarded the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award earlier this week. She will receive the opportunity to take an art class of her choice at the Grand Marais Art Colony, all expenses paid.  This award celebrates the memory of Eric Thomas and his generosity, love of the North Shore and appreciation of fine art.  Isabel is the first winner of this annual scholarship.

The Grand Marais Playhouse is seeking student summer interns. High school age students interested in learning about the production elements of theater including set construction, scenic painting, properties, costumes, lighting, sound and stage management are encouraged to apply. Interns are paid hourly. Hours vary and may include afternoon and evening times, dependent upon job and production schedule.  Applications can be picked up outside the Playhouse office.

Briand Morrison will talk about his recent project “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” on WTIP radio at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Tickets are going fast for the Art & Ambiance Art Auction, a fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The live auction features the best in art from Northwestern Ontario in a wide variety of media. Refreshments will be served and Robin Ranger and Damon Dowbak will play. The event will be held June 5. The preview starts at 7:30p.m. (EST) with the live auction at 8:30 p.m.  Call 807-577-6427 for tickets and more information.

The Attic Gallery of American Crafts has just received new Minnesota dreamcatchers in a number of different sizes and styles.

Birchbark Book & Gifts has copies of “Falling Through Clouds” by Damian Fowler. The book tells the story of two sisters who were able to survive a plane crash near the Grand Marais airport in 2013. It’s a story of tragedy, survival and justice. The bookstore also has a big selection of books about fairies, including fairy gardens, fairy houses and fairy stories.

A Day in the Clouds” by Tim Pearson.

Sivertson Gallery has new Larchwood cutting boards and Lenore Lampi travel mugs and birch vases. Painter Tim Pearson has also brought in new work.

Thursday, May 21:

  • Rod & Caribou, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22:

  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing Co., 8 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 23:

  • Gordon Thorne, Last Chance Art Studio in Lutsen, 3 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne with Chris Gillis & Randy Sabien, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., reservations at 387-2919
  • SplinterTones, What’s Upstairs Stage, Betsy Bowen Studio, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur, Brewing Co, 8 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 24:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hanson, Kah Ne Tah Gallery, 2 p.m.
  • Barbara Jean, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Chris Gillis & Friends, What’s Upstairs Stage, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, May 25:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26:

  • Sure on This Shining Night, Cook County High School Choir, 7 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.

We found lots of great photos this week. Here’s a sampling.

First, some great bird photos.

Michelle Munson noted that it was a little breezy for this robin when she posted this shot to the Frozen Photographers Facebook page.

Photo by Michele Munson.

And this one, by Michael Furtman is captioned: “Has it stopped raining yet, Ma?”

Photo by Michael Furtman.


For this photo, Thomas Spence noted: “Coffee is on. Tent is up. Time to relax.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Nace Hagemann calls this “Foggy Morning.”

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Paul Sundberg calls this beauty “Aurora at Caribou Lake.”

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Mary Amerman caught this wonderful shot along Amity Creek in Duluth.

Photo by Mary Amerman.

Here’s another shot of Amity Creek, this time by Gregory Israelson.

Photo by Gregory Israelson.

Here’s my pick for the dog shot of the week. Jack was a shelter dog from Virginia that came to Jamie Rabold and soon became “the best photo partner I ever had,” Rabold said. RIP Jack.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

And last, but not least, here’s the storm shot of the week. Bryan Hansel took this photo at Shovel Point earlier this month after a two-day storm.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Enjoy Art Along the Lake!




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Coming Soon to Voyageur Brewing Company

Voyageur Brewing - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:39pm

The summer season is almost here and with it will be some exciting changes at Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais.  Beginning Memorial Day we’ll begin our summer hours and be open seven days a week.  Mondays through Thursdays our hours will be 3pm-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays from Noon-11pm  and Sundays from Noon-10pm.  Our tours will be available on Fridays and Saturdays at 11am.

Be sure to check out our website to find out the new musical groups who will be performing this summer. Stay tuned for some changes on our menu and the brewing of a new beer or two.  And last but not least construction has begun on our rooftop deck and we hope to have it open by the 4th of July so folks can enjoy the fireworks and a Voyageur Beer.   We hope you too will be coming soon to Voyageur Brewing Company.

Rooftop construction on Voyageur Brewing Company

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Memorial Weekend Forecast

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:28pm

I hope you are planning to visit the Gunflint Trail this weekend and of course us at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters too.  The forecast looks like the best weather ever for Memorial Weekend.  With sunshine, highs in the 70′s, very small chance of precipitation and just a breeze for wind the conditions for paddling are going to be perfect.

Some of our Voyageur Crew is out taking advantage of the beautiful weather already.  Hannah took a new crew member into the BWCA today and tomorrow Tony will venture out on a trip too.  It’s such a great time to be out in the woods. Very few people, not many bugs and plenty of fish to be caught! It just doesn’t get much better than this.

Gunflint Trail


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Chik-Wauk Museum Opens for the Season

Gunflint Lodge - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:55am

This coming weekend is Memorial Day.  On Saturday the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opens for the season.  They will be open from now until MEA Weekend in October.  Bruce and I went up with our neighbor Fred Smith to install this year’s temporary exhibit.  It is called “The Paper Trail.”  There is an essay about how we all communicated with each other before computers.  We also have some examples of the many journals that people kept about their times on the Gunflint Trail.  Copies of these journals are available to read at the museum.  Take some time while you are on the Trail to read one of the journals and learn about how life really was on the Trail before electricity, indoor plumbing, snow plowing and other modern conveniences were available.
While we were at the museum we looked out the window.  In the bay there is the Ritz Carleton of artificial loon nests.  One of our neighbors gave it to us.  There are high growing grasses that surround the nest to protect it from eagles swooping down to steal a baby for lunch.  On each side there is a slide that loons can easily use to get on and off the net.  Right now there is the crown jewel sitting on the nest.  We didn’t know when she started sitting but on the average loons sit on their eggs for 17 days.  Both the male and the female take turns sitting.  If you go to the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, you can visit our camera and see the activity on the nest.
Today I am starting my visit to all the resorts in Cook County.  I will be dropping off rack cards for the stables and the canopy tours to let people staying elsewhere know that we are open.  Many people staying at places other than Gunflint will visit us to go horseback riding or zipping.  It is great fun for everyone.
Of course, there is a reason why I am starting to drop off rack cards today.  The World’s Best Doughnuts shop opens for the season.  I would not want to miss a nice warm fresh doughnut.  There are not a lot of places up here to get a really great doughnut.  When you are going through Grand Marais, be sure to stop for this tasty treat.
Bruce and I spent last weekend in the Cities.  I needed a grandchild fix.  There were some times when it rained alot.  Then we found out the kids favorite indoor activity.  Grant always seems to move over to his Legos.  I have no idea how many he has but there are lots and lots.  He can build most anything with them.  It is fun to watch his assembly methods.
Mae, on the other hand, was into jigsaw puzzles.  Her eyes just see how they all go together.  At age 5 she is now up to 500 piece puzzles.  You watch her and suddenly she picks up what appears to be a random piece and announces, “I know where this goes.”  She does!  Neither Bruce nor I can do as well.  We are going to have to practice!
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Thank you for helping us win Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2015!

Clearwater Lodge Tales - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:59pm
Dear Clearwater Friends, We just got word that Trip Advisor has awarded us their 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This means a lot to us, and we want to thank all our guests who’ve taken a few minutes to share their experiences staying with us on Trip Advisor!
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Where are we in May 2015?

Unorganized Territory - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:58am

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 had a number of guesses of where we were in April, including Devil’s Kettle, Kadunce River, and Cascade River. However, the correct location was below the Highway 61 bridge on the Cross River in Schroeder.

Try your luck! Take a look at the May photo. If you think you know where we were when we took this picture, send us your answer.

You don’t have to be the first to reply. The location will be announced next month and a winner will be drawn from all the correct answers. Whoever is drawn from the correct entries will win a free one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald (a $32 value). Good luck!

Answer to the May WHERE ARE WE? must be received
by June 16, 2015.

Send your entry to:
Cook County News-Herald
PO Box 757
Grand Marais MN 55604

Drop it by our office at:

15 First Avenue West
Fax: 218-387-9500
Questions? 218-387-9100

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5/19/15 - Hopefully, this is the last picture of snow this season!

Sawbill Newsletter - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 8:55am

5/19/15 - Hopefully, this is the last picture of snow this season! It's only fun because the forecast is very good for the rest of the week and most of the Memorial Day weekend. - Bill

This looks like a typical summer sunrise picture of the Sawbill Store until you notice the snow on the roof and picnic table.

It's hard to get motivated to wash snow covered canoes.

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Dual Fuel Control Monday, May 18th

Arrowhead Electric - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:46pm
A DUAL FUEL interruption will happen today, May 18th, 2015 from 7:30 pm until 9:30pm. You can check out load control schedules at out
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Nature Center Building

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center Blog - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:09am

Started breaking ground this week for the Nature Center Building Project. What a week, they first had to cut all power, phone and internet to the museum. It was a bit hard working in the building this week without any heat or lights. I just had to make sure I wore my heavy long johns, stocking cap, gloves and heavy winter jacket while I was getting the gift shop together for the season. Then came time to start digging the power, phone and internet lines up so they could get them moved to another location. Bob Baker, Dave Tuttle along with the phone company were the foreman’s on the project they put me in the ditch to help with digging up the line. Dave did have some equipment to help with the digging process. I don’t think that was in my new job description. I kept trying to tell them I want to renegotiate my contract at least the black flies are not out yet. A huge thank you to everyone involved in getting this building project up and going. It is going to be a wonderful place to hold activities.

During the construction we will be open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. There will still be plenty of parking available for you to come up and visit the museum as well as enjoy the hiking trails on property. I hope you will stop up and visit and check out the building project as it progresses during the summer months.

It is a bit difficult to get to the bathroom right now but that will all be ready by opening day the 23rd of this month.


We have had so much wildlife activity here this week, despite the heavy machinery running around. Some hikers spotted 3 moose on the Blueberry Hill trail. Mother & father loon have been over by the nesting location. The mother has been on the nest all week. She is starting early this year, I hope all works out well for them this year.



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Mom’s selective memory

Unorganized Territory - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:23pm

I’m a sucker for those goofy Internet quizzes that answer burning questions such as “What Disney princess are you?” or “What state should you live in?” After clicking to answer a variety of nonsensical questions or choosing which picture you like best from an odd assortment, these digital Rorschach tests supposedly give you great insight. They tell you what the theme song for your life should be or which character on the Golden Girls sitcom you most closely resemble or whether you are a girlygirl or a tomboy.

These little personality tests remind me of the quizzes that used to be found in magazines. Taking those were more work. You had to jot down your answers—a., b., c., or d.—and then add to get your score. Once you tallied the points for each a., b., or c., etc., you had the score that would answer the burning question.

Seventeen magazine had quizzes every month, giving readers the chance to find out if her soulmate was Davy Jones of The Monkees or David Cassidy of The Partridge Family. As I got older, I graduated to quizzes in Redbook or Cosmopolitan. Quizzes that asked important questions such as “What career should you have?” or “How compatible are you and your sweetheart?”

I guess I like the silly cyber quizzes because I grew up on those magazine questions. And they are fun conversation starters. A friend recently shared a quiz asking “How bad were you as a child?” It was interesting to see who was 20 percent, 50 percent and 70 percent “bad.”

I took that test with some trepidation. I knew I wasn’t a very good kid. I was surprised when the results said I was 40 percent “bad.”

My Mom has put up with a lot through the years, from her kids — and my goofy Dad!

That is when I had an interesting conversation with my mother, who saw the results on Facebook. When I saw the 40 percent, I stated that I didn’t agree. I thought I should have been much higher on the “bad” scale. Mom, bless her heart, has selective memory. She said I was a good kid.

She is partially right, I was a good kid in elementary school and even into junior high. I was terribly shy and wanted nothing more than to shrink into the background with a book. So, aside from being a poor math student, I was a very well-behaved child.

But when I hit high school, I think I was horrible. I look at some of the journals I kept from that era and apparently the only word in my vocabulary was stupid. School was stupid. Confirmation classes were stupid. My sister was stupid. Life was stupid.

And, unfortunately, as friends from high school know, I really did misbehave. I was part of the snotty teenage crowd that hid in the woods behind the school and smoked cigarettes. I skipped school and I smarted off in class. My best friend and I snuck out of our junior-senior banquet after dinner and before the speaker because we didn’t want to be bored. There’s more, but I don’t need to tell on myself.

But what is important, what is wonderful, is that my mom was—and is—able to overlook it all. When I brought home mid-quarter slips showing failing grades or was got caught misbehaving, she didn’t scream and holler. She didn’t lecture too much. She simply shook her head and gave me “the look.”

“The look” let me know she was disappointed in whatever I had done. But it also let me know that she saw past the bad behavior. It let me know that she knew I could—and would someday—do better. Thanks for the love and support and the selective memory, Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!


A mother is not a
person to lean on, but a
person to make leaning

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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True North Broadband Update

Arrowhead Electric - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:36am

True North Broadband service is now available in Cook County throughout Schroeder, Tofte, and Lutsen (including Clara Lake). Service is available on Pike Lake Road, County Road 7, Cascade Beach Road, and along W Highway 61 at all locations up to downtown Grand Marais. Throughout the summer we will be beginning service in Croftville, Colvill, Hovland, and Grand Portage as well as up the Gunflint Trail. Information on pricing and service can be viewed here.  

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