Wildersmith July 22

Canoeists fight the wake in the Women's Solo Races
Canoeists fight the wake in the Women's Solo Races

The spirit of our atmosphere is snarling as the once wonderful summer got ugly hot since our last visit. With the sparse moisture we’ve had since first of the month, that beastly sun boiled our northern earth into tropical misery.

Needless to say, there are some of us wilderness beings that are none too happy. Namely, the moose and me! As an indication of how hot it must be for the critters, I observed some crows along the road with beaks wide open, panting like dogs.

The sudden unbearable heat has caused a big spike in lake water temps. At last check, the water at the Wildermith dock was 74. This is within two degrees of the warmest I recorded in 2010, and we’re barely through one-third of the official summer quarter. If it spikes much more, we may be having a natural fish boil. At the very least, fishermen will be searching at even greater depths for those prized lake trout.

For about 10 days, not a drop of rain had fallen around our neighborhood, that is, until the deluge of this past Wednesday (3 1/3 inches at Wildersmith). Apparently, Mother Nature decided enough is enough for this thirsty territory. Thank goodness, the watershed north of the Laurentian Divide finally got a great dousing. Although it came much faster than we wanted, dwindling lake levels rose and dry river beds are gurgling with what they should be.

I measure the water level each week for the MN DNR. The Gunflint Lake surface has been dropping at an alarming rate, even more so than in 2010 when it was at an unheard-of low level when freeze-up came in December.

Observing over the past three years of measurements, I find that it takes nearly an inch of rain a week to keep the Gunflint Gal stable. It seems the watershed is lucky if it has been able to get that much in a month over the past several years. So this H20 happening was just what the doctor ordered.

Exciting news has come from the Chik-Wauk Museum manager. As many have been anxiously waiting, the hatching announcement “it’s a loon,” was made last week on July 15.

The loon tike has been given the handle of Peat, and has been hiding out under mom and pop’s wing since taking its first splash in the bay. I’m told that the pair resumed turns setting on the nest, and next day its little brother/sister cracked out into the world. Rumor has it the second hatchling is going to be called Re-Peat. At last report, the new family had moved into exploring the sky blue waters.

It was hot on the old lake last Wednesday night, no pun intended, as the annual canoe races took front and center up the Gunflint Trail. The event on the waterfront at Gunflint Lodge is believed to be the 35th such happening for the great volunteer fire department and rescue crew fundraiser.

With nearly 100 volunteers from up and down the byway lending a hand, the evening was a huge blast. Thanks go out to Tom and Melissa from over on Tucker Lake for their skilled organization and leadership.

Final tally that will be donated to the GTVFD from the evening’s fund raising endeavor was $14,500. Look for race results to be published in the News Herald next week. Once again, the Gunflint Trail community stands tall and proud, thanks to all who worked and donated prizes and of course, all the racing participants.

And, if readers/listeners haven’t been thanked enough, yours truly would like to congratulate all who opened their hearts and wallets to continue supporting the “little station” that continues “thinking it can!” The wonderful giving, from the now over 1,000 members, is truly an unbelievable tribute to our northland community.

Keep on hangin’ on and savor the thought of cool breezes!


Gunflint Trail Canoe Races Official T-Shirts


Katelyn Dold - Women's Eating Contest Winner


Ben Mommer - Men's Eating Contest Winner
Photos by Melissa Anderson

GUNFLINT CANOE RACE WINNERS
July 20, 2011


LONG DISTANCE

1st
-  Victor Bohnen & Jake Bendel
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2nd  - Alex & Steve Bultera
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd -  John Juran & Zack Dickhausen
Wilderness Canoe Base

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REGULAR PADDLING 10-16 ALL 

1st -  Evan & Justin Hawley
Panda Drive

2nd -  Will Gillette & Isak Preus
Heston’s Lodge

3rd - Jaret Baker & Frankie Miller
Gunflint Pines Resort

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REGULAR PADDLING Adult & Child to 13

 1st - Dave & Will Seaton
Hungary Jack Outfitters

2nd - Clair Sherburn & Victor Bohnen
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd -  Tessa Olson & Abby Prom
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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REGULAR PADDLING 13-29 Women

1st -  Amy Peterson & Rachel Bohnen
Adventurous Christians

2nd - Tessa Olson & Jessie Montgomery
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd - Paige Thornton & CassieVogt
Bearskin Lodge

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REGULAR PADDLING 13-29 Men

1st - Kris Schultz & Victor Bohnen
Adventurous Christians

2nd - John Juran & Zac Dickhausen
Wilderness Canoe Base

3rd - Kent Kaiser & John Eloranta
Gunflint Lodge

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REGULAR PADDLING 30 And Over All

1st -  Kaitlin & Bob McCloughan
Bearskin Lodge

2nd -  Patty Johnson & Mike Crook

3rd -  Ron Karczewski & Louis Heurvey
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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REGULAR PADDLING 13-29 Mixed

1st - Curtis Blake & Jamie Fisher
Seagull Fishing Camp & Tuscarora

2nd - Sherri Prom & Jake Bendel
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd -  Jennifer Thomas & Chad Goodale
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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BACKWARD PADDLE 10-16 All

1st - Abby Prom & Alex Bultena
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2nd - Austin & Clair Sheburne
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd - Rolf & Kari Preus
Heston’s Lodge

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BACKWARD PADDLE Adult & Child to 13

1st - Josh Prom & Kris Schultz
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2nd - Dave & Will Seaton
HungaryJack Outfitters

3rd - Steve & Nick Bultena
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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BACKWARD PADDLE 13-29 Women

1st - Tessa Olson & Jen Thomas
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2nd - Kristin Ostrowski & Jessie Montgomery
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd - Katie Vandeboomen & Sherri Prom
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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BACKWARD PADDLE 13-29 Men

1st - Curtis Blake & Lance Husky
Seagull Creek Fishing Camp & Gunflint Lodge

2nd - Alex & Austin Bultena
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd - Pete Keltz & Carl Hoag
Tuscarora Outfitters & Hungary Jack Lodge

BACKWARD PADDLE 30 And Over ALL

1st Monica & Steve Bultena
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2nd Fred Watson & Susan Alexander
East Bearskin

3rd Patty Johnson & Mike Crook

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BACKWARD PADDLE 13-29 MIXED

1st - Maggie Harings & Curtis Blake
Tuscarora Lodge & Seagull Creek Fishing Camp

2nd - Shelby & Daniel Ahrendt
Tuscarora Outfitters

3rd - Jamie Fisher & Aaron Mueller
Tucscrora Lodge & Seagull Creek Fishing Camp

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SOLO WOMEN

1st - Tessa Olson
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2nd - Jessica Montgomery
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd - Katie Vandenboomen
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

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SOLO MEN

1st - Fred Watson
East Bearskin

2nd - Victor Bohnen
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

3rd - John Eloranta
Gunflint Lodge

 


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