Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith

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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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Wildersmith on the Gunflint: October 10

Just past the full, “falling leaves” moon, the upper Gunflint territory has experienced a typical month 10 atmosphere.


Grouse by Richard Minnick of Hungry Jack Lake

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: October 3

The Wildersmith two are back on the Trail. It’s great to be home after a swell visit with our daughter in Iowa. The return brought us into a simply stunning trip up the Gunflint Byway.


 

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: September 19

Another week has passed along the Trail as we inch ever closer to autumn’s equinox. Samples of what’s ahead in the atmosphere were observed during the past seven days.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: September 12

Who would have thought that I’d be scribing a weekly news column following my retirement fifteen years ago?


 

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: September 5

The final countdown of summer is on both here in the wilderness and all over the country for that matter.


Black Bear

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: August 15

The Gunflint north reaches mid-August after having recorded another spectacular weather week.


 

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: August 8

The second weekend of this new month found our part of the world leaning toward the dry side of the weather ledger.


Dogbane

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: August 1

Hello month eight! Who would have thought we’d be in August already. “Neebing” (summer in Ojibwe) is rapidly approaching the halfway point by the calendar.


 
Red Squirrel (Bob MacInnes / Flikr)

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: July 25

            Summer has stepped up, though not with a vengeance, while I begin this week’s Gunflint scoop.


Mosquito

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: July 18

Upper Gunflint weather conditions calmed some over the past week. The wash-out rains of the week prior have subdued into a few minor episodes which totaled 1 ¼ inches at Wildersmith.