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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: December 2013
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12/12/13 - Charlie Ward is a life-long Sawbill canoeist and camper. A few years back, his parents bought a cabin on the Grade Road, which is the road that takes you from Sawbill over to Brule Lake. Charlie just published a little book,"The Grade", celebrating the wildlife that the Wards observe near their cabin. - Bill

"The Grade" by Charlie Ward

Here are the December 12th and the December 5th editions of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

12/11/13 - Here are two links for your enjoyment.

The first was sent to us by Jan Kitzing, a retired teacher with many years of Sawbill camping experience. It's a wonderful short film about how foxes hunt for small rodents under the snow. It was filmed in the Black Hills, but I've seen foxes doing this around Sawbill. Even Phoebe, Chief of Outfitter Security, does this under the bird feeder, although not with same altitude and intensity as the fox.

The second is from a good organization, Sustainable Ely, which is working to protect Ely, the BWCA Wilderness and the Lake Superior watershed from the very real threat of large scale copper mining operations. They are holding an information and fund raising event in the Twin Cities on December 22nd, which may be of interest to those who live nearby.

It's cold but beautiful here at Sawbill. Today the high temperature was -8F, but the sky was blue, the trees are burdened with snow and there is almost two feet of fluffy, soft snow on the ground. - Bill

12/4/13 - Just a quick update. There is a major winter storm going on in northeastern Minnesota, but we seem to be just outside of the heavy snow fall. We've received about a foot of snow so far and it's supposed to continue all night tonight.

Nearby Two Harbors already has nearly 30" with more on the way. Here it has been a nice dry, fluffy powder, creating a winter wonderland at just the right time of the season. - Bill

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