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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: December 2003
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12/31/03 - This is a surprisingly busy time of year at Sawbill. It is the time when we are constantly surrounded by family, friends, former and current crew members. The days are filled with cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, ice fishing, cooking, eating, drinking, game playing. laughing, saunas, music, dancing, and constant conversation. In between visitors, we have been traveling to Carl's cross country ski meets and practices. Tonight we will bring in the new year with board games and the traditional midnight ski. We are thinking of everyone who is not with us and hoping for you to have the happiest, most peaceful new year possible.

While walking across the lake to set up the fish house we came across the very fresh footprints of a large lone wolf. Perhaps it is the black wolf that we have been seeing all year. He was most recently sighted by the county grader driver just a few miles north of Tofte. It is not unusual for him to travel over twenty miles in one day. - Bill

Ruthie maintains vigilance in the traditional Minnesota manner while Bill baits a hook in the background. Ruthie, Bill, Adam and Clare Hansen show off the result. (Photo by Lida Storch.)

12/15/03 - Brian Tofte and his son, Eric, were fishing on Sawbill Saturday when a mink came running across the lake and ran right up to Eric. He started feeding it minnows and it hung around all afternoon.

Eric Tofte and his new friend on Sawbill Lake about half a mile north of the canoe landing, 12/13/03.

12/11/03 - The great horned owl that ran into Cindy's car awhile back is now a resident of the Minnesota Zoo. Although he recovered from his trauma pretty well, the vets at the Raptor Center determined that his eyesight was damaged enough that he shouldn't be released back into the wild. - Bill

12/10/03 - Schroeder resident, Charles Lamb, and his son Will have been fishing regularly on Alton Lake. They came in about 9 PM last night and reported good walleye fishing. They had been getting just a few fish per day.

Last weekend was a festive one here at Sawbill. Some of us traveled to the big city of Duluth for two days of bowling, movies, shopping, holiday parties and meetings. On Sunday we gathered our Christmas tree, an elaborate event that includes many odd traditions and jokes. Eventually, we did return with a lovely tree. We also celebrated Carl Hansen's 14th birthday. Cindy out did herself with a custom cake portraying Carl, Clare and Bill on their snowboards and Cindy on skis having a close encounter with a tree. - Bill

Carl and Clare scout for, and finally cut the perfect tree.

The tree after it has been trimmed and the famous cake depicting a typical scene at Lutsen Mountains Ski Area.

12/4/03 – - This is supposed to be our “quiet� time of year, but with two teenagers in the house, and the holiday season upon us, it seems we never sit down. We did get the phones working again, thanks to our dedicated technician, Steve Schuh. Hopefully, they will stay fixed for awhile.

We started cross country skiing here at Sawbill on Sunday, November 30th. That is a little later than usual, but with the winters we have these days, we are grateful to be skiing at all. The trails in the woods don’t have quite enough snow to ski on yet (~10�), but the unplowed campground roads are groomed to perfection. The lake formed a fair amount of slush after the heavy snow landed on relatively thin ice. The slush, in turn, froze during the last couple of cold nights, so travel on the lakes is pretty good right now. - Bill
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