Summer the llama

Magnetic North: Retrieving Summer

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where the first green Easter of my life here is about to dawn.


Melinda and Mark Spinler tap tress for sap

Making maple syrup is a sticky business

Syrup season is in full swing on the North Shore. This year, sap in the Arrowhead ran before the rest of the state, forcing syrup produces to kick operations into high gear much earlier than usual.


Orange flags line the bumpy Gunflint Trail this time of year

Frost heaves and orange flags

In the latest edition of the Gunflint Notebook, Steve’s in for a bumpy ride as seasonal frost heaves wreck havoc on the Gunflint Trail.


Fiber optic cable

Another party heard from on local high-speed internet

The Cook County Board is on record supporting the fiber optic federal grant applications of both Arrowhead Electric Cooperative and Northeast Service Cooperative.

Shawn's dog Abby in South Dakota

Points North: Making Up for a Lost Spring

What change a year can bring. Last year, in midst of deep snow and below-zero cold, I took a breath and wrote that April was my favorite month of the year.


Chipping sparrow

Field Notes: Chipping sparrow

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Fri


Kate Frost and family at Sugarbush, Jim Wipson, waving, lower right.

Walking the Old Road: Going to Sugarbush

Grand Portage band member Jim Wipson, shares the story of making the annual trek to Sugarbush with his grandmother Kate Frost, a tradition that has taken place each spring on the North Shore of Lak


Ada's snowflake decorations

Of Woods and Words: 'Tis the Season

When I was growing up, the Christmas tree went up shortly after Thanksgiving and didn’t come down until well into January. The outside Christmas lights stayed up even longer.


Frank reminisces about playing lacrosse

West End News April 1

A notice that an original member of the seasonal Gust Lake community, Dick Brown, had died brought back many memories.


Footprints on Sawbill Lake, photo courtesy of Sawbill Outfitters

Wildersmith April 1

The weather cooled some in the wilderness last week, though it would appear that we have had the last sub-zero temps for several months to come.


School lunch

ISD166 starts program to improve school lunch nutrition

Food at school. Obesity in kids. Improved nutrition for the young. All topics in the news today. It’s also a topic of discussion at Cook County Schools.

2010 Census logo

April 1st is Census Day

Thursday, April 1st is Census Day —the official reference date for the once-a-decade civic ceremony.  

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