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Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith

Fred Smith
Fred Smith, a native Iowan re-located to the wilderness of border country at the end of the century, has been writing of happenings in the upper Gunflint territory for going on eight years, first with the local paper, and since December 2008 for WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Fred feels life in the woods is extraordinary, and finds reporting on it to both a reading and listening audience a pleasurable challenge. Since retirement as a high school athletic administrator from Ankeny High School, Ankeny Iowa in 1999, the pace of Fred's life has become less hectic but nevertheless, remains busy in new ways with many volunteer activities along the Trail. Listen at your convenience by subscribing to a podcast.

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What's On:

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: January 9

Whereas the last Segment of 2014 was pretty meek weather-wise, the first week of the New Year has seen winter step up on the Gunflint.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: January 2

Happy New Year everyone! We at Wildersmith hope your holiday season has been peaceful and rewarding.     


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: December 19

‘Tis the week before Christmas, and oh what a mess, Old Man Winter has taken another hiatus!  Yep, border country experienced another December weekend meltdown as “Mr.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: December 12

Headed toward the midpoint of the month and the north woods winter has become a big frump. Our area is going on nearly two months since we had any worthwhile precipitation.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: December 5

The upper Gunflint territory enters December, and I’m beginning to get a little nervous in regard to our area continuing to be missed by major snowstorms.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: November 28

We wilderness folk are bidding November farewell, following the annual day of American bounty stuffing.  Hope your Thanksgiving was a comforting time!    


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: November 21

Beginning this week’s Gunflint scoop finds the weather outside frightful.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: November 14

Wildersmith adds his “many thanks” to all who stood up and pledged during the membership drive of last week.

"Whiskey Jack"

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: November 7

Act two of the Gunflint prelude to winter hit the marquee late last week.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: October 31

At the time of this Gunflint news scooping, the upper Trail has just come off a swell week of warmer-than-normal weather.