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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: February 2004
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2/27.04 - Last night was Carl Hansen's acting debut at the famous Grand Marais Playhouse. He received good reviews for his performance in the Playhouse's Ten Minute Theater Festival. Today is Clare Hansen's 16th birthday. Happy birthday Clare!

Carl, in costume, contemplates Clare as she turns sweet sixteen.

2/18/04 - We received the following email and photos from Bob Henry. The "CCC" he refers to is the Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was located on the Sawbill Trail 6 miles south of Sawbill Lake. It was a large camp with hundreds of men. The CCC was a very successful federal program to create employment for young men during the depression. - Bill

Bill & Frank Hansen:
I am sending an attachment of photos from 1958, when my dad, Wayne "Pinky" Henry stayed at the campground with his siblings. Wayne began his Sawbill journey back in the 30's at the CCC just South of Sawbill Lake. I began annual visits in 1961, and enjoy my annual trips. Feel free to share this on your newsletter if you wish. Thank you for years of service and great memories. Wayne passed away in 1968 at only 51 years of age.

Bob Henry

Pinky Henry with an early pop-up camper at Sawbill (not sure of exact location). The Sawbill Lake canoe landing in 1958.

Alton to Sawbill Lake portage, looking toward Sawbill. The narrow gauge railway extended into the water so boats could be floated on to the car and pulled across portage. The railway was removed in the early '70s.

2/17/04 - We had a number of former Sawbill crew ladies visit over President's Weekend. Eight former crew members joined us for coffee, visiting, cross country skiing, wine, game playing, and laughter. Patti Olson, Michele Thieman, Annie Strupeck, Beth Rolf, Sandy Zinn, Ellen Lock-Bagnato, Kate Surbaugh, and Steve Surbaugh (not a lady, but oh well) were in attendance, at least for part of the weekend.

Michele, Sandy, Ellen, Patti, Beth, Annie, and Cindy. Not pictured - Kate and Steve.

Adam Hansen and Dave Freeman have posted the first update from their two month sled dog adventure in northern Manitoba. - Bill

2/12/04 - Last summer, a black wolf hung around the Sawbill Trail. He was nearly fearless and approached within a few feet of cars and campsites. He never seemed hostile, but clearly was seeking out human beings. We guessed that he was a wolf/dog hybrid or had been raised in captivity. This fall he moved down near Highway 61 and became well known among the residents of Tofte. We feared for his safety as there are still uninformed people who shoot every wolf they see. In the end, it was a speeding car on Highway 61 that killed him. His body was recovered by the local game warden and there is some talk about getting permission to have him stuffed for educational purposes.

The distinctive black wolf seen by many Sawbill visitors during the summer of '04.

On the same day that the black wolf died, Carl Hansen took a hard fall on his snowboard while riding at Lutsen Mountains. He separated his shoulder and is now sporting a magnificent rainbow colored bruise from his shoulder to his elbow. It prematurely ended his season with the Cook County High School cross country ski team. Carl is healing fast though and expects to be back on his snow board and cross country skis this weekend. - Bill

2/8/04 - Frank Hansen turned 83 years old on Friday, February 6th. He is in good health and spirits.

I just returned from delivering Adam and Dave to Norway House, Manitoba, where they have embarked on their two month sled dog adventure in the wilds of Canada. We had a great trip up with frequent stops to let the dogs stretch their legs. We speculated about what the dogs thought of downtown Winnipeg. They all had their noses poking out of their boxes as we negotiated the busy streets. Everywhere we went, we were treated to the warm Manitoban hospitality. Dean McLoed and his family were very kind to us in Winnipeg. They let us keep the dog truck in their driveway overnight and helped us exercise the team in the local dog park. We also visited the St. James Ravensway School where Dean is a science teacher. He happened to be teaching an interim class on winter camping skills, so Dave and Adam's appearance was well timed. In Grand Rapids, Manitoba we met up with Gerald McKay and his friend Preston. We spent the night at Gerald's house and they accompanied us on the four hour drive up to Norway House where they introduced us to several of their friends and relatives. Both men are born and raised in northern Manitoba and had many good stories to tell. their lifestyles are similar, in many ways, to the lifestyle here in the northwoods of Minnesota. Their lakes, rivers and woods are similar, and they have even have Lake Winnipeg, which has a similar feel to Lake Superior. They have a deep sense of their history and a great sense of humor.

Adam and Dave got underway by dog power on Saturday, February 7th. They will be posting journal updates three times a week. - Bill

Adam rides the dog sled as Gerald McKay drives and laughs. Lichen watches the big world unfold during the 20 hours of driving to Norway House.
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