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: June 13

“June is bustin’ out all over” as the old tune goes, and it couldn’t be more fitting for folks coming to and living in the upper Gunflint Corridor.


Fiddlehead Fern

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: June 6

It took until June, but the last of winter’s snow cover is now gone along the Mile O Pine.


 
Black Bear

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: May 30

Mother Nature turned the lights out on Old Man Winter over the long Memorial Day weekend.


 
 
Pussy Willow

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: May 2

The Smiths are back on the Mile O Pine after a trek south where we visited kids, grandkids and reconnected with many friends.  I was also a member of the great officiating crew for the 105th


Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 18

Atmospheric conditions in the upper Gunflint have been tranquil with hints of “old man winter” ceding his hold on us in favor of the “gods of re-birth.


 
Gunflint Green-Up

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 11

A third of the way into month four and “old man winter” is still tinkering around with his seasonal elements up this way.


River Otter

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 4

No foolin’, it’s April!  As the keying of this week's scoop began filling the monitor screen, the weather guessers were predicting another swipe from “old man winter.”