Deals of Christmas from Voyageur

If you are subscribed to Voyageur’s Email Newsletter list then you have something special waiting in your inbox. Just in case you’ve been busy over the weekend we thought we would share the email here. And, for those of you who do not subscribe to our email newsletter here’s the incentive to do so. We’re offering 12 Deals of Christmas you won’t want to miss. To make sure you receive these deals, sign up today! It’s our way of sharing the holiday spirit with all of you.

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Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
We’re Making Gift Giving Easier This Year!
Voyageur’s 12 Days of Christmas
Between now and Christmas we’ll be sending out 12 emails with special 1-Day ONLY Deals.
These deals will help you shop for gifts for others as well as treats for yourself. You’ll need to act fast because they will be available for 1-Day ONLY. When you see the email in your inbox open it immediately because there won’t be a second chance. We’d hate for you to miss out on a great deal like “Half-Price Cabins” or a “Free Upgrade to a Kevlar canoe”.

Since this is our first deal and it’s a holiday weekend we’ll keep this deal available until midnight on the first day of December. That doesn’t mean we might not have a different offer available in the meantime so keep your eye on your email for the 12 Days of Christmas Deals.
Deal of the Day #1-
Round Trip Tow on Saganaga for $50
That’s 40% off

Purchase a virtual token good for one Round Trip Tow on Saganaga Lake.  Each token is good for one person and is valued up to $85.00. 
You can buy more than one token to ensure each member of your party receives the same great deal or you can use them for multiple canoe trips. We will maintain a record of your purchase and apply it to your next canoe camping trips with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. The best part about this deal is the token can be used for a Quetico or BWCA canoe trip and is good through September of 2020!
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Voyageur Canoe Outfitters 189 Sag Lake Trail Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604 United States (218) 388-2224


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Wild Rice Harvesting

It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since I watched Adam harvest wild rice with Kristi. The only reason I know how long it has been is because I wrote a blog about it in 2010. You can see photos and read all about it by visiting Harvesting Wild Rice on my blog.  It was a great experience and I’m happy to see Adam in a video harvesting wild rice. He’s wearing the same hat he wore in 2010 too! Enjoy the video.

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What’s For Dinner?

Thankfully Josh and Mike both had a successful deer hunt this year so we’ll be answering that question with the word, “Venison”.  They hunted on the Gunflint Trail but didn’t even see signs or tracks of a deer. They both shot their deer closer to the shore of Lake Superior and will anxiously await their opportunity to hunt deer again next fall.

DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Nov. 24, 2015

Hunters register more than 128,000 deer through third weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 145,383 deer, up from the 2014 to-date harvest total of 128,134. Preliminary numbers show that the number of deer registered rose 13.5 percent from 2014.

Buck harvest during the firearms season was up 18.4 percent from last year, indicating that the population has in fact grown from its low point two springs ago. Zone 1 total firearms harvest was up 11 percent, Zone 2 was up 15.5 percent and Zone 3 was up 7.7 percent. Buck harvest was up significantly in all zones.

The DNR has projected the 2015 total deer harvest to be between 140,000 to 155,000 deer. The 2014 total harvest after last year’s conservative season was just over 139,000.
In much of Minnesota, the last day of the firearms deer season was Nov. 15. The northern rifle zone season continued through Nov. 22. Additional deer will be harvested during the late southeastern season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 29; the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 28, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13; and the archery season, which runs through Thursday, Dec. 31.

Final numbers from all deer seasons will be available in January.

New this year, hunters can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the DNR at This map is the first step toward launching an online application that delivers useful information hunters need and want. Hunters are encouraged to take a look at the application, discuss it and provide the DNR with feedback.

More information on deer management can be found at

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What I’m Thankful For

Black Friday

Minnesota State Parks

I’m thankful for many things this Thanksgiving including healthy family members, good friends and enough of everything I need. I’m also thankful for all of the wilderness places we can go to reflect on just how lucky we are.  If you live in Minnesota then you can visit a State Park for free on Black Friday, get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Green Thanksgiving

It won’t be a white Thanksgiving but it can be a green Thanksgiving if we follow some of the suggestions from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. There is some great information about cutting down on food waste and other things you can do to help the environment. I learned how to store fruits and vegetables to make them last longer so hopefully I’ll have less spoiled food so I too can cut down on waste. Here’s wishing you a green Thanksgiving.

Simple ways to cut food waste

Of all the stuff we throw away in Minnesota almost 18 percent is food.

Wasted food represents wasted demand for water, land, and fuel. A more concrete way of thinking about this, however, is money: A family of four can save more than $30 a week by making changes in how they shop, prepare, and store food.

What would you do with $30 a week?

Whatever your answer, here is the how-to, with extra tips for holiday parties and meal planning. Most importantly, make a commitment–right now–to try one of these techniques in the kitchen this year. Which one will it be?

Before the meal

1.   Make a list with meals in mind. Create a shopping list based on specific meals. Choose recipes based on what you already have at home. Try out this Meals in Mind shopping list template from the Food: Too Good to Waste toolkit.

2.   Get help with portion planning. The fear of not providing enough to eat often causes hosts to cook too much. A handy tool for party planning is the “Perfect portions” planner from Love Food Hate Waste, a U.K. nonprofit that focuses on sharing convenient food reduction and reuse tips.

3.   Keep fruits and vegetables fresh by prepping ingredients for the week as soon as you get back from the store. Use both this fridge-friendly smart storage guide and A-Z storage guide from Eureka Recycling to extend the life of produce.

During the meal
4.   Use small plates and utensils. Simple tricks of using smaller serving utensils or plates can encourage smaller portions, reducing the amount left on plates. It is much easier and more hygienic to use leftovers from serving platters than from individuals’ plates.

5.   Allow guests to serve themselves, choosing what and how much they would like to eat. This also reduces the amount of unwanted food left on plates.

After the meal
6.   Refrigerate leftovers promptly.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that hot foods be refrigerated within two hours after cooking. Store leftovers in smaller, individually sized containers, making them more convenient to grab for a quick meal.

7.   Designate foods to eat first. Download and print this Eat First sign so that everyone knows and remembers.

8.   Create new meals. Check out Love Food Hate Waste’s creative recipes for using your food scraps to create new meals. Boil vegetable scraps and turkey carcasses for stock and soups, and use bread crusts and ends to make tasty homemade croutons.

9.   Compost food scraps. If you have access to a yard, you can start composting in your backyard (even in the winter!). Apartment and condo residents can consider composting indoors using red worms. Better yet, some Minnesota communities offer curbside pick up or drop sites for food waste–see the list of communities here. If you see your area listed, contact your city, county or garbage hauler to see what’s available.

10.   Donate extras. Food banks and shelters welcome donations of canned and dried foods, especially during the holiday season and colder months. For a list of Twin Cities programs, visit Rethink Recycling’s page on food recovery.

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Mining in Minnesota?

“Mining companies are unable to point to a sulfide mine that has not polluted.” “In 2010, the metal mining industry was responsible for 41 percent of all toxins released into the environment.” “Additionally, a loophole in the Clean Water Act allows mining companies to dump waste into wetlands.”

The above statements were found on the Mining Truth website.

Those are scary statements even if they are only half-true(I haven’t done any research and have no reason to doubt the validity) I’m just saying WOW!

Time is running out and your voice needs to be heard. If you enjoy the BWCA, fishing, wildlife and clean drinking water then you need to help protect the environment. You can help, here’s how.

Mining in Minnesota

Mining Truth


The following is a letter I received with some important information.

File your objection to PolyMet’s risky plan.

Despite years of citizens raising concerns about the impact PolyMet would have Minnesota’s clean water legacy, PolyMet’s plan hasn’t changed much at all. Considering that Minnesota’s clean water is at stake, PolyMet is not worth the risk.

Thousands of Minnesotans have raised reasonable questions about PolyMet’s potential for pollution with regulators. We’re disappointed that in each case, the latest version of PolyMet’s plan fails:

Predictions about where PolyMet’s polluted water would spread are not backed up by independent science. Only private contractors who stand to benefit if PolyMet is permitted have run the water models used to predict where pollution would flow.
PolyMet proposes storing billions of gallons of toxic mine waste behind a forty year old leaky dam. That’s the same approach that ended in disaster at the Mount Polley mine in Canada.
There are not detailed plans for securing a damage deposit sufficient to protect taxpayers from being stuck with a massive cleanup bill.
PolyMet would require treatment of polluted water “indefinitely” after closure. “Indefinitely” is a delicate way of saying “forever.”
Tell government regulators not to accept PolyMet’s risky plan – file your objection right now.

Minnesota can’t risk our clean water legacy like this. If we don’t speak up for Minnesota’s water now, we could lose it for the generations that follow. Take action today.

Paul Austin            
Conservation Minnesota

Paul Danicic    
Friends of the Boundary
Waters Wilderness

Scott Strand        
Minnesota Center for
Environmental Advocacy

Conservation Minnesota
1101 West River Parkway, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55119

Mining in MN

Not good for Minnesota

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Ham Run Makes the Top 50 List

What an honor to have the Ham Run Half-Marathon on the Gunflint Trail recognized as “the” race in Minnesota. It was recently named as one of the 50 Best Races in America! Congratulations Cook County YMCA. If you haven’t ran it then make this the year.

Distance: Half marathon, 5K
Month: May

For runners who want to unplug and abstain from the post-finish-line selfie, the Ham Run Half Marathon is for you. Deep in the Superior National Forest, there’s no cell service along the course, so it’s just 200 runners sweating it out in nature, no hashtags needed. The race follows the same route the Ham Lake Fire burned through in 2007, and it’s miles from civilization—quite the change-up from Minnesota’s more well-known Twin Cities Marathon. Even if you’re deeply attached to your iPhone, it’s worth trekking into the wilderness for the race’s scenic views. The fire route passes through the Gunflint Trail and ends at the Way of the Wilderness Canoe Outfitters, where finishers are offered all the ham and fixings their hearts desire.

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Ice on the Seagull River

Overnight the water on the Seagull River turned into ice. It was liquid on Saturday and Sunday it was solid. The temperature hasn’t gotten above freezing since the 19th and it dipped down to 11 degrees last night. That’s the coldest temperature we’ve had so far I believe. The small ponds are beginning to ice over as well. With temperatures like this it won’t be long until all of the lakes on the Gunflint Trail have ice on them.

BWCA ice

Ice on the Seagull River



Freezing up

Ice on Gunflint Trail

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Just Another Reason to Love Our Home

The traffic we encounter in Cook County is minimal to say the least. Even on the busiest of summer days we don’t have anything to complain about. Our population even with every resort and hotel filled pales in comparison to traffic in metro areas. The slowest drivers, people stopped in the middle of the road to look at moose, the leaf lookers and those hauling a trailer and boat are no match for what you find in the cities.

Sixty miles on the Gunflint Trail takes a little more than an hour to drive. It can be a bit longer with “traffic” but there are no stoplights or merging traffic entering the roadway to slow you down.

Driving in Florida this past week I encountered traffic. Stoplight after stoplight, ramp after ramp and vehicle accidents galore made for painfully slow travel.  Twenty to forty miles per hour on the Interstate was as fast as I could go and only for short bursts before I had to stop again.

It’s always fun to vacation different places but I’m always thankful to return home, especially when there’s no traffic!

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Colorado River Video

A short informative video about the Colorado River.

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