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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: February 2015
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2/25/15 - It's real winter here now, with roughly three feet of pure white snow on the ground and consistently cold temperatures. The Sawbill Trail is beautiful, but mostly snow covered. Here is a picture of what happens when a long, snowy road is combined with -20 degree temperature.


The most common question we get during the summer months is "What do you do in the winter?" For me, playing music with my friends is one of my favorite winter (or any season) activities. Recently, Eric Frost and I were taped for appearance on the "PlayList" on WDSE - Channel 8, the public TV station in Duluth. Our set will be broadcast tomorrow, at 9 pm and repeated at 3:30 pm on Sunday. I'll post the YouTube version here on the newsletter as soon as it's available. - Bill

Here is last week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP-FM, North Shore Community Radio.

2/14/15 - Here is three week's worth of Cook County West End News on this cold, windy Valentine's Day! - Bill

West End News 2/12/2015

West End News 2/5/2015

West End News 1/29/2015

All from WTIP-FM, North Shore Community Radio.

2/3/15 - Jeanne and Wayne Dezell have been camping at the Sawbill Lake Campground since they were kids back in the '50s. Jeanne sent along this photo that she found among her parent's things. She recalls taking the picture with her new Kodak Instamatic when she was a little girl.

This is "Uno," the industrious Finn who kept Sawbill Creek flowing by turning his water wheel 24/7. He was a reflection of Sawbill Lodge owner Dick Raiken's (his birth name was Toivo Raikenen) sense of humor. "Uno" was located between the walking bridge and the driving bridge which is visible behind him in the picture. I think he was on duty from the mid-1940s until the mid-1960s. He always had a red bandana and a pint whiskey bottle in his back pockets. We still have Uno's head, torso and arms in storage here at Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.

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