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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: January 2015
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1/22/15 - We received this note from or friend Becky Rom. Becky is the daughter of Bill and Barb Rom, who were canoe outfitting pioneers in Ely.

Hi - As you know, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness/Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters is hosting a series of talks this weekend in the Twin Cities about the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining to the Boundary Waters and surrounding area. Would you please send out the invitation to these talks to your friends and family, and perhaps your customer list? Would you post this on your website? Three of the talks are described on the attached postcard. In addition, the Izaak Walton League is hosting a talk at REI on Saturday.

We are also asking that people contact Congresswoman Betty McCollum's office in St. Paul with a request that she permanently protect the Boundary Waters. Betty is the ranking member of a key committee in the House, and can influence Boundary Waters policy. Phone calls and emails to her office are best. We will be putting up more detail on our website in the next day or two, but calls and emails can have a very simple message (why you care and please protect) and should start right now.



Thursday, January 22
Ridgedale-Hennepin County Library, RHR Room
6:30 pm Open House
7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation
12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka

Saturday, January 24
Bachman’s Floral Gift & Garden, Heritage Room
1:30 Open House
2:00 - 3:30 pm Presentation
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

Saturday, January 24 - Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League
REI Bloomington
6:00 Open House
7:00 - 8:30 pm Presentation
750 W. American Blvd., Bloomington

Sunday, January 25
2:30 pm Open House
3:00 - 4:30 pm Presentation
Turtle Lake Room 110
4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview


1/21/15 - This is the time of year when we recruit new Sawbill crew members for the coming season.

We look for people who have experience in canoe country, passion for wilderness, personal optimism, enthusiasm, good personal adjustment, and demonstrated willingness to work. We usually only consider applicants who are 18 and have finished a year of college, or equivalent.

You are not hired for a particular job. We reschedule all the jobs on a weekly basis and you are generally able to choose the actual work you do. Inherent to our unique "work credit" system is a strong commitment to trust and cooperation. As a result, very little of the traditional employer/employee relationship is necessary.

We work around crew members school schedules, but we need at least some employees from April through October, so your dates of availability are important.

There are more details and an application available on our website.

Sawbill Crew 2014

1/10/15 - Longtime Sawbill paddler, Mary Bart, sent along this little note a few days ago. - Bill

Hiya Bill,

I don't know if you had a part in this or not, but son Chris & his brothers got me this framed 3-D topographical map of Sawbill Lake for Christmas, and blew my mind away with it. Boy, is it COOL! It's got water depths, and campsites marked on it - we can see where we've been, and it's just so neat! Chris got one too (or his wife got it for him, I don't know which) of Cherokee Lake, and we've been comparing depths, sizes of the lakes, campsites we've been to etc - the very first trip we took our kids on when Chris was 9 or 10 years old was to Cherokee, so it's a special lake to him. Come to think of it, MY very first trip up there was also to Cherokee! I thought I was gonna die on the 180 portage, but one of the other adults kept assuring me that there was really a BAR at the end of the last portage and I could get a beer there. I believed him. Anyway, we are both enjoying our cool maps of lakes we love!

And I am in the preliminary planning stages of putting together another ladies trip up there this coming summer - I think we can pull it off! We'll see.

Hope you're keeping warm and dry.

1/5/15 - Honoring a long standing tradition, numerous current and former Sawbill crew members returned to celebrate the coming of the new year. - Bill

The traditional midnight toast on the frozen surface of Sawbill Lake.

Tess transports champagne to the lake with a technique she learned in Botswana.

How to chill champagne - Sawbill style.

Jess' first act of 2015 is creating a snow angel.

1/2/15 - Happy New Year from the Sawbill crew!

Here is the Cook County West End News from January 1st, 2015 and December 24th, 2014 from WTIP-FM, North Community Radio.

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