Arts & Culture

Earl and Ethel Leng inside Leng's Fountain

History Speaks: Recollections of Leng’s Fountain

Leng’s Fountain was a cornerstone of the community for many years. It was a true old fashioned soda fountain. You could order phosphates, ice-cream or stop in for coffee and a paper.


Chris Hoglund (by Stephan Hoglund)

Original Poetry: "Drowning in the Rain"

Chris Hoglund is a 17-year-old Cook County native who currently attends Perpich Center for the Arts for writing.


A Night to Remember by Travis Novitsky

Grand Portage photographer Travis Novitsky shares his approach to his art

Bob visited Aug. 12 with Travis Novitsky, accomplished photographer from Grand Portage, about capturing the northern lights, night photography, and more. Travis' images of the aurora were recently featured on spaceweather.com.


Rock Cairns

Of Woods and Words: Leaving a Mark

I don’t remember noticing them when I was younger. Now, on each visit to Artist’s Point and the Grand Marais Harbor, I’m amazed at the plethora of rock cairns I find.


Garden Bounty

Of Woods and Words: Plenty

Anyone who’s done the two-, or three-, or four-job shuffle in Cook County knows this isn’t exactly the land of milk and honey. Career prospects are few. Prices are high.


Shake it off! by Travis Novitsky

Of Woods and Words: All Things Bright and Beautiful

When James Herriot, the now infamous British veterinarian, chose titles for his memoirs of veterinary life in Yorkshire, he used lines from a familiar hymn: "All things bright and beautiful, all


Barnum Island, showing Johns Hotel complex

Moments in Time: The Decline of Isle Royale Commercial Fishing

Howard Sivertson is a descendent of an Isle Royale fishing family. His family has a connection to the island that spans over 118 years.


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Photographer Layne Kennedy on storytelling with pictures

Photographer Layne Kennedy visited with Buck July 29 while he was in Grand Marais teaching a class at North House Folk School. Learn about his approach to his craft, and about his recent book on the BWCAW, "Paddle North." Photo courtesy Layne Kennedy.


"Even in a dry summer—and this has been anything but dry—these wildflowers come, coloring our world so brilliantly"

Magnetic North: Humbled by Nature and Joy

Ahhhhh, late summer, my favorite time of year, next to winter, of course.


Grand Marais by Anthony on Flickr

North Shore International Influence

Wha gwaan! Ahoj! Merhaba! Hello! Summer brings International youth to Grand Marais.