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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: July 2000
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7/28/00 - We received these photos from our friends at Woodside School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can see from their faces that this is an exceptional group of kids with dedicated, respected teachers.

7/27/00 - Here are a couple of belated items. Ben Boss caught this nice northern on Beth Lake earlier this year.

Dave Monos and Ed Dancek were here last week. They had to leave several of their usual traveling companions at home this year. They say to Gary, Tom and Ray: "August is coming. 23 1/2" walleye on Brule."

7/21/00 - Yesterday afternoon, Shawn Loiselle from Inver Grove Heights, MN reeled in quite a walleye on the northern end of Sawbill Lake. Usually not known for excellent walleye populations, Sawbill Lake has proven to be very productive this summer for fish of all species. Shawn was in the store earlier in the morning, and asked where he could get a fish as big as some of the pictures on the wall. We told him, and he found one (although not quite in the same area as we had told him, or even same lake). By the way, yesterday was Shawn's first day of his fishing trip. Not bad, eh?

Walleye caught on northern Sawbill. (9.5 lbs, 32")

7/20/00 - Recently members of the crew and I spent a quietly cool eve talking about what Sigurd Olson termed "the singing wilderness." As we took turns reading aloud, I was reminiscent of what first brought me up to the waters of Northern Minnesota. I came for the solitude of walking a less-traveled portage, the silence of friends sharing the glow of a night's fire, just as we come for the conversation during a morning paddle. Olson's words remind me to find the beauty of the wilderness by looking a little closer, walking a little slower, or just smiling a little wider. When I find myself doing so, my appreciation sings for all things wild and for the history of those who have traveled these waters before us. Olson writes, "Everyone is listening for something, and the search for places where the singing may be heard goes on everywhere. It is part of the hunger all of us have for a time when we were closer to lakes and rivers, to mountains, meadows, and forests than we are today." However reminiscent, there is always something new and fresh. Be it a new leaf on an elder tree, a paddle passing through waters that have felt many before, or a cloud moving through an endless sky of blue, we must revel in and sing the song of the wilderness that surrounds. This is why we continue to paddle these waters and how historical canoe trips are forged. - Frosty

7/18/00 - The "Walk To Remember" is an interesting grass roots effort to create a sense of community surrounding Lake Superior in order to address issues effecting the big lake. The walk passed through our area a week ago and is now working its way along Canada's North Shore.

7/17/00 - Sorry for the long delay between updates here. The program we use for this newsletter self destructed and we have been too busy to fix it. All is well now though.

We've had several fine visitors during the last week or so. Bruce (Rube) Rubenstein, former Sawbill crew member of indeterminate age, was here for over a week. Rube is a writer in Hollywood now, so he appreciates returning to the sanity of the northwoods. Mike Gaud, who worked here four years ago is visiting now. Mike just finished with a Geology PhD program at the U of New Mexico. As soon as he defends his thesis, we will start calling him Doctor Mike. Dan Seemon and Cathy Iverson visited for the last two days. They were also former crew members a few years ago.

The bears were active for the last couple of weeks, especially in the Polly, Koma, Malberg Lake area. There was one particular bear that became adept at snatching unattended food packs of the Polly-Townline portage. People reported that they would literally turn their backs for a minute and the bear would appear silently and snatch the pack. Several parties battled back with rocks, sticks and pepper spray and got their food back with minimal damage. In the last few days, no one has had any trouble, so we're hoping that the few ripe blueberries have lured the bruins back to their natural habitat.

Dave Monos from Westerville, OH is here on a trip right now. He sends greetings to the several members of his usual canoe group who had to stay home this year. So far, Dave has had nearly perfect weather.

The BWISB (Big Women In Sports Bras) group is back for another year of hilarity. This year they will be gracing Polly Lake with their refined and cultured presence.

Jeff Thompson, another former crew member, visited last week. He was catching batting practice for Carl and after a couple of close calls, donned a life jacket - diaper fashion - and a logger's hard hat as protective gear.

The SFGA (Sawbill Frisbee Golf Association) annual Masters Tournament was played last week. Jason Morse, who last won three years ago, recaptured the title. The tournament was not without controversy though. Defending champion Adam Hansen landed a shot in the water hazard (Sawbill Lake) and a difficult ruling involving the interpretation of what constitutes a rock was required. Adam graciously accepted a penalty shot, in spite of disagreeing with the rock interpretation. It ultimately cost him the tournament, but "we're all winners for playing."

7/3/00 - Today was the picture perfect day at Sawbill. The weather was ideal - not a cloud in the sky, low 70's for temperature and a light southerly breeze. It was busy, but not too busy. Everyone was in an excellent and relaxed mood. Swimming, exploring, sunbathing and a little fishing seemed to be the order of the day.

The night before last, our radio telephones were put our of service by a lightning strike at the Lutsen Mountains Ski Area, where our real phone lines begin. The lightning struck a junction box for the 480 volt power system that the ski area uses for their snow making equipment. The system shorted out and ran 480 volts into all the snow-making wiring, water piping, and the nearby telephone cable. Telephones run on 24 volts, so the cable immediately melted. We were able to have our calls redirected to our old single line radio telephone system for a couple of days until US West was able to install a new cable. We got along, but it was pretty pitiful trying to handle all the phone calls, VISA machines, electronic fishing licenses, and internet traffic on one bad quality phone line. We are back to our crystal clear five-line microwave system now.
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