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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: March 2001
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3/28/01 - Many things are happening at Sawbill this time of year. The weather is altering the landscape dramatically. Although, looking out the window, it still appears to be full blown winter. In spite of having a solid 30" of snow on the ground, the warm sun is making its power felt. The snow has crusted over with a layer so dense that ski or snowshoes allow a person to stay right on top. We have taken advantage of this condition to enjoy a few wild skates down the rivers that drain into Lake Superior. The snow has formed itself to the contours of the river, so a skier flies along over a smooth but rolling terrain with frequent open holes filled with running water. Yesterday on the Temperance River, we found the remains of a deceased great gray owl. A little farther down stream we found a half eaten white tail deer. Life and death on the river.

Former Sawbill crew members Steve and Kate Surbaugh have announced that they are expecting their first child. This is very exciting news for two reasons. first, because Steve and Kate will be wonderful parents and they are very happy about their impending parenthood. Second, because it represents another generation of potential Sawbill crew members :-)

I have been privileged recently to participate in the Blandin Community Leadership Program. The program is designed by the Blandin Foundation to cultivate and strengthen leadership in rural Minnesota communities. It starts with a week long retreat with twenty four members from a single community. The training is very well done and it was great to spend so much time networking with twenty three interesting members of my community. - Bill

3/9/01 - Today is Ruthie Hansen's 19th birthday. Happy birthday Ruthie :-)

I saw a pine marten while skiing last night. It was only about a mile from here. This morning there was a fishing rod mysteriously displaced from its shelf in the store. A feeling of pine marten dread crept over me, but I could find no other sign of a marten in the store.

The Forest Service dog team was here yesterday hauling planks up to the Ada/Scoop Lake portage. Extensive boardwalk work will be done on that nasty little portage this summer. This is good news for those of us who have slogged through the slime there during the last decade.

The Forest Service musher reported very little slush on the lakes between here and Ada,

3/6/01 - We had a visit from a Barred Owl in the middle of the day yesterday. This morning, on the excellent radio program, "For The Birds", Laura Erickson reported that many owls are hanging around houses and bird feeders. They are apparently starving due to the deep snow and a downturn in the small mammal population. Many people are finding dead owls, although our owl flew off under its own power.

Sawbill Outfitters is a proud member of Northeastern Minnesotans For Wilderness which is working to organize the many people who support the wilderness and happen to live in northeastern Minnesota. Visit their site for more information on BWCA Wilderness issues and what you can do to help protect the BWCA Wilderness.
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