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Saganaga Lake boat landing

Nuisance bears reported in Cook County

There has been a spike in bear incidents within the county in recent weeks, with at least one nuisance bear being taken from the Gunflint Trail. WTIP News Intern Joe Friedrichs spoke with wildlife officials and Trail residents about the recent bear encounters in the region. Note: Bear baiting begins Saturday, Aug. 15.

(Photo by Ginnette Stacy of a bear investigating the garbage in the back of a pickup truck parked at Saganaga Lake boat landing)

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Temperance River

Report on Schroeder Township Board meeting

The Schroeder Township board met last night for a continuation of its March annual meeting in addition to its regular monthly meeting. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with the board's Gale Ring about those meetings.

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Agate

Rock collecting along the North Shore

Agates and other rocks are considered high on the list of North Shore treasures. WTIP News Intern Joe Friedrichs talked with some experts in the field of geology about what makes rock collecting such a unique hobby for some, and a livelihood for others.

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Photo by Bryan Hansel

Sunny's Back Yard: Nature's jewel tones

Nature has its own array of "jewel tones" - whether colors, smells or sounds. In this edition of Sunny's Back Yard, we are reminded that jewel tones are a gift to the spirit.

Sunny has lived off-grid in rural Lake County for the past 17 years and is a regular commentator on WTIP. Here she shares what's been happening in Sunny's Back Yard.

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Clearwater Lodge celebrates its Centennial August 15

Dancing with a swing band - and a barbecue - are part of the celebration this Saturday at Clearwater Lodge.  WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills talked with Erik Danielson of Clearwater Lodge on North Shore Morning. 
 

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Clearwater Lodge Centennial Celebration
Date: August 15 2015
Time: Afternoon and evening

A dedication will be had at 5pm, and then a barbecue with baked goods will be available.  Music will begin at 7 pm, provided by the North Shore Community Swing Band.
 
info@clearwaterhistoriclodge.com
218-388-2254
 

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"Partyhat" by Polylerus, Wikimedia Commons

Birch Grove Foundation celebrates 30th anniversary, August 15

You can celebrate with the Birch Grove Foundation this weekend at their "Back to the Future" celebration. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with the Foundation's Ashley Ross on North Shore Morning.
 

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"The Rest is Silence" features a sampling of Shakespeare on August 11&12

This Tuesday and Wednesday evening the Grand Marais Playhouse will be offering a sampling of some of Shakespeare's most well known plays. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with the Playhouse's Jackson Nickolay and Jacob Christensen on North Shore Morning.

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"The Rest is Silence" is a review of some of Shakespeare's most well known and loved plays. Arranged by Jackson Nickolay and Jacob Christensen this collection of short scenes and monologues provides a sampling of all the genres of Shakespeare's brilliance with scenes ranging from the dark tragedies like Hamlet and Titus Andronicus to the comedies like Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer's Night's Dream.

 Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12, at 7pm at the Grand Marais Playhouse.

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Perseid Meteor Shower {NASA /Flickr}

Northern Sky: August 8

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

The Perseid meteor showers at their best in the learly monrnings of August 11-14; Saturn at east quadrature on the 21st; Lyra and mony more constellations.

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Gunflint Lake

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: August 7

A week into this month and our Gunflint weather has mellowed from the last ghastly segment of July. Cooling northern air settled over the area and a brief thundershower in the wee hours of last Sunday morning calmed the dust in this neighborhood. Although the rain was not of major consequence, the dropping dampened the thirsty forest floor for at least a day or so.

Chapter eight of the year was ushered in on winds to remind us of November gales. As I commence this week's Trail review, three consecutive days has seen Gunflint Lake and her sky-blue cousins thrashing in frenzy.

The geographical alignment of the lake outside our door makes her most temperamental when prevailing west-northwesterly air comes barreling down “the pike” in earnest. In fact, the “old gal” is most unforgiving of anyone who does not give her respect during times of wrestling with the gales.

I know of at least three near disasters during the rough seas of last weekend here on Gunflint Lake. Two involved canoers having to seek refuge assistance while another episode found two boaters caught in a violent storm-front surge which ended up with an emergency stop at the Wildersmith dock.

In both instances the lake-faring navigators were experienced folks, but ended up being no match for the fury of our angry Gunflint waters. All were well taken care of by friendly, accommodating Gunflint south shore residents. So all is well that ended well!

Our dockside observations provided a seldom seen aquatic trek up the lake one evening last week. This adventure occurred during a somewhat calmer time of the recent blustery sequence. The fact of the matter is this incident took place in the hour or so prior to the storm front surge mentioned above.

Heading eastward (up the lake) three innovative canoeing parties had apparently conceived a plan to take advantage of the breezy conditions. Aligning themselves side by side, a tarp (maybe it was a canopy top) was stretched between the two outer canoes at the bows with rear corners of the resulting sail anchored in the hands of two comrades in the sterns. Meanwhile the third unit was sandwiched in between with the stern paddler of this canoe steering the catamaran like craft.

The crew seemed quite experienced in sailing maneuvers as they cruised by us on-lookers in no time at all. Apparently headed toward a rendezvous at Camper's Island, they soon disappeared from view. I’m guessing they beat the storm to a shore side campsite, or maybe they’re caught up in the trees near Bridal Falls still hanging onto their sail. In any event, it was intriguing to watch them battle the rolling waters.

The upper Gunflint heads off into week two of this month of the “Blueberry Moon” (Miinike Giizis) focused on a busy next few days. Sunday is a chamber music concert, Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings. It begins at 4:00 pm in the Mid-Trail (Schaap) Community Center. Requests for last minute seating reservations can be made by calling Susan at 388-9494. At this writing, it is unknown if seating remains available.

Scheduled for the next day, Monday (the 10th) is the August meeting of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. This gathering begins at 1:30 pm in the Seagull Lake Community Center. The program will feature Earl Niewald, retired USFS/Gunflint District Ranger who served during the BWCA controversies of the late 1970’s. This should be an interesting historical reflection! Treats will again be served after the program.

Then on this coming Wednesday, August 12, the annual Mid-Trail fundraising bash for the Trail Volunteer Fire and EMS crews takes center stage. The Flea Market, Gift Boutique, Auction and Quilt Raffle commences at 1:00 pm in the Schaap Community Center. This is always an energetic event, especially the often hilarious bidding wars for some great handcrafted items by local artisans. Come early and stay late, for the big quilt drawing around 4:00 pm. Soft drinks and baked goods will also be on sale. Be there or be square!

The Gunflint summer has whizzed by. In the minds of some out this way, summer is over after July 4 while others say it's “kaput” following the downtown Fisherman’s Picnic.

This thought is being confirmed by “Mother Nature,” too, as the ground level flora, dogbane, is now golden along area roadsides and a few birch trees and young maples are beginning temper chlorophyll production in this time of dwindling daylight minutes. And according to the Minnesota DNR, the August stanza also shows lake water temps peaking during this first week and slowly trending southward from this point forward. So the beacon of fall is beginning to glow!

This is Fred Smith, at Wildersmith, on the trail, don’t miss the unused warm season days up the Gunflint!

(Photo by David Griffin Photography)

 

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Superior National Forest Update: August 7

Steve Robertson is a Forest Interpreter with the USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest. He shares this week's update.
 

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