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Constellation Orion (Peter Liebetrau/Flickr)

North Woods Naturalist: Constellation Orion - Part 1

In our part of the world, the most familiar nighttime sight is the constellation Orion.

courtesy If Eye May

If Eye May rocks The Roadhouse

Twin Cities alt rock band If Eye May made a return appearance on The Roadhouse, before their gig at the Wunderbar. Great, high-energy music! You can learn more at

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Adventurer Stevie Anna Plummer travels solo 1,000+ miles across Patagonia on horseback

With slow travel nearly forgotten, some explorers are rediscovering its charm. Adventurer and writer Stevie Anna Plummer, a former Cook County resident, recently completed a 1,000+ mile journey across Patagonia by horseback, with only her dog Darcie for company. Stevie talked with Dave about the challenges and joys of the trip. You can read her blog and see her gorgeous photography here


Artist/jeweler Danny Saathoff's exhibit focuses on climate change; opens Feb. 20 at Grand Marais Art Colony

Danny Saathoff is a Twin Cities jeweler and artist who recently received a grant from the MN State Arts Board for his work, "Swinging the Compass," which focuses on the effects of climate change on Lake Superior. He chatted with Jay about his art, how jewelry and sculpture are related, and the exhibit, which opens Tues.,  Feb. 20, with a talk by Danny at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. 

Northern lights along the Gunflint Trail

The northern lights glow in the Upper Gunflint Trail area during the late winter of 2018. Thanks to Mark Ellis for this photo.

4x4 touring vehicles - Photo courtesy of Thibault LeMer

DNR hosts open house on Border-to-Border 4x4 route

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association,&nbs

Grand Marais Playhouse preparing for Shrek

The Grand Marais Playhouse is hosting a production meeting for community members interested in working on the set or costumes for the upcoming youth/community play, Shrek Jrm the Musical.&nbs

Cook County Court House and government offices

County to host discussion on placing towers up the Gunflint Trail

There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The following discussion and action items occurred during Tuesday’s meeting.

Entrepreneur Anna Hamilton is now an author as well

Anna Hamilton tackles dementia in new book

Most community members know Anna Hamilton of Grand Marais by her involvement in the local business community. However, in her limited free time, Anna has taken a turn at writing.

Grand Marais would like to become more involved with the Green Steps Cities program

Grand Marais hires climate change coordinator

In January, the city of Grand Marais hired a climate change/Greensteps coordinator, Shane Steele.

Consultants from EOR developed a map of the flooding that occurs in downtown Grand Marais

City gets report on downtown flooding

At the last meeting of the Grand Marais City Council, councilmembers considered the feedback it has received to date on the city’s stormwater management plan.

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Northern Sky: Feb 17 - Mar 2 2018

“Northern Sky” by Deane Morrison  Feb. 17-March 2 2018

MnDOT has released the tentative plans for Highway 61 reconstruction through Grand Marais

City and MnDOT introduce preliminary Highway 61 plan

At the Wednesday, February 14 meeting, the Grand Marais City Council heard from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on the latest plan for highway reconstruction through the city,

Fort William Historical Park offers a activity-filled weekend during its Winter Carnival

Ft. William Historical Park hosts Winter Carnival

Ft. William Historical Park is hosting the Voyageur Winter Carnival on February 17, 18 and 19.

Swimmers at the YMCA prepare for state. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Local swimmers ready for state competition

A collection of swimmers on the Cook County Northerns Swim Team are headed to the state competition at the University of Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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