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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: August 2011
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8/28/11 - We recently received this lovely note with fun pictures:

Sawbill crew,

Just thought I would send a note to express our thanks for another great trip, and share some fun pics from this July. I have been camping at the Sawbill campground each summer since the early 90's. The staff has always been courteous and extremely helpful when issues arose. Fortunately, this year was an uneventful trip, with great weather, super fishing, and exciting wildlife sightings. We had a doe that was a regular visitor to our campsite, and seemed quite unafraid, letting me approach to within 5 feet without running off. She seemed quite interested in my fishing poles and came up to inspect them daily, but never knocked them over, even when playing chase with 2 fawns through our campsite. We also had a long and close encounter with a small bear on the Sawbill trail. As medical issues prevent me from taking trips into the Boundry Waters anymore, camping at Sawbill and doing day trips more than gets me my fix each year. Thanks to your friendly and helpful staff for helping make it another memorable trip, and see you next year!

Tim Martinson and Kristin Kim
Racine, WI

"If only I had thumbs."

Take time to smell the flowers.

8/25/11 - Last week, former crew member and good friend Pat Eidsmo took at short trip out of our area with his girlfriend Jessica Olmanson. After a couple of days, the pair returned from Brule Lake engaged! Pat and Jessica met working in the Writing Studies office at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where they attended school and now work. Pat proposed to her on the island in the center of the lake, while watching the sunset last Friday evening.
Congratulations Pat and Jessica!

8/17/11 - A few days ago crew members, Luke and Liz, returned from an eight day trip along the border. While out they had beautiful weather, picked lots of berries, witnessed frogs hopping around everywhere, and took some great pictures. - Jessica

Nothing but blue skies and fluffy clouds while Luke soaks up the sun.

Liz showing off handfuls of ripe raspberries.

One of the nights they witnessed this breathtaking sunset.

8/14/11 - We have a sort of loose policy of not publishing pictures of big fish here on the newsletter. It partly because it is a bit of a cliche (except for the fisher-person who caught the fish) and partly because if we published everyone's big fish picture, we'd soon be posting little else. But, all rules have an exception, so we occasionally find a big fish picture that tells more of a story. In this case, the fish is certainly impressive, but my favorite part is the twinkle in his eyes. - Bill

Dave Baldwin is a former Sawbill crew member from the early '80s.

8/13/11 - Our fine local, community radio station, WTIP was a favorite of my dad, Frank Hansen. Frank volunteered at the station, recorded a weekly commentary and strongly supported their development. WTIP is recognizing the first anniversary of Frank's death by asking people to call into to their listener comment line and leave short memories and stories about Frank. The number is 218-387-3161. You can get more information at the WTIP website. - Bill

Bill, Frank and Mary Alice Hansen

8/12/11 - Yesterday the Sawbill boys completed yet another successful "Guys Night Out." On their afternoon away from Sawbill they relaxed playing a round of Frisbee golf in Lutsen, followed by dinner at the Trestle Inn in Tofte. - Jessica

The Frisbee crew from left to right: Nils "Shingles" Anderson, Joe "Snowbaby" Daniels, "Handy Andy" Keith, Tyler "TC" Campbell, Carl "Carlos" Hansen, and Leif "Nordic Nick" Gilsvik.

8/11/11 - Earlier today we received an email from long time Sawbill friend, Bill Towner. It reads...

I wanted to thank the Outfitters and say that we had a lovely reunion in the BWCA this year. Your outfitting was great, as always. The fishing was exceptional, like I remember it as a boy.

It was fantastic to be in this place again that is so special to us, in magical, spiritual and joyfully sentimental ways. Very exciting to be coming back with our fourth generation, that we brought to the BWCA as children, now adults. Our relation with your family and the backwoods that we simply and affectionately call, Sawbill is one of the cornerstones of our family. We'll be back!

Towner family from left to right. Front: Ted, Mark, Elyse, Josef. Middle: Bob, Helen. Back: Cherie, Bill, Marco.

8/8/11 - With a little bit of a lull in the action yesterday afternoon, a few of us decided to take some time to go see what we could find for blueberries. We were happily surprised to find mostly ripe berries. It may not have been a bumper crop like some years before, but we still found berries without too much trouble. -Jessica

A sample of some of the fine specimen.

The blueberry crew from left to right: Meg, Joe, Jessica, Nils, and Ellyn.

8/6/11 - A few days ago, in an attempt to beat the heat, Leif, Joe, and I went over to Alton Lake to try our hand at snorkeling. Alton is a very clear spring fed lake with lots of structure. These characteristics make it perfect for exploring under water. Sadly, we did not find any sunken treasure, but enjoyed ourselves in the process of searching for one. -Jessica

Joe and Jessica stopping for a break.

We got really high tech when Bill let us borrow his underwater camera to search for his glasses he lost in the water exactly one month ago.

8/5/11 - Our own Carl Hansen has submitted a short film to a film contest sponsored by Environment Minnesota to promote solar energy in Minnesota. Part of the judging process involves voting on your favorite file and Carl would sure appreciate votes for his film, titled "My Fellow Minnesotans..." The film features the solar system here at Sawbill which has been in use for more than 20 years. -

8/1/11- Yesterday afternoon the whole crew gathered together in the store to take our Summer 2011 Crew picture. We are all sporting our "do it firmly" crew shirts, which refers to the scene in the permit video addressing bear confrontations. Carl is holding onto the crank Vortex blender that we sell in the store, and former crew member Marc Le Voir is standing in for Tess, otherwise known as "Ted," who will be arriving next week and will be working here for the remainder of the season.

Summer Crew 2011

Shortly after the picture was taken, we all changed out of our crew shirts and into something nice for the Dome Dance, which is held at about this time every year and is located in the dome building on the side of the canoe yard. The dance consisted of an interesting form of folk dancing which was made possible by expert dance caller Terrance Smith and a great band. There was a good turn out and several people staying in the campground joined in on the fun. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a decent/non-blurry picture from the dance, so if you're curious you'll just have to stop on by next year!

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