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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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Wildersmith on the Gunflint: May 8



Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 17

What a difference a week can make! This area of borderland went from minus something on Easter morning, to almost sweltering seven days later. Whew, put away those layers and break out the Speedo!



Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 10

Ten days into April and suddenly it’s hard to tell if spring is going to take hold as easy as it seemed back in March.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 3

With a forecasted warm-up over the past few days, winter caught its breath and took another swipe at border country as Palm Sunday was memorialized.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 27

Since we last met over the WTIP waves, spring has backed off somewhat along the Gunflint.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 20

Out Gunflint way, it turns out that “old man winter” is exactly as the phrase denotes -- he’s old.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 13

A week into daylight savings time and we are March-ing along to a hint of spring.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 6

The Smiths have returned to the woods.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: February 20

Our third stanza of February is complete, and we round the bend in this short month with the March express bearing down on us.

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Wildersmith on the Gunflint: February 13

Fresh snow has re-dressed the upper Gunflint. A welcome dose of fluff arrived last weekend, adding about another 6 inches to the landscape in this neighborhood.