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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: September 2017
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9/29/17 - Dolly the English setter went missing near the Temperance River campground, midway up the Sawbill Trail, on Wednesday. If you are in the area, please keep an eye out, and let us know if you find her.

Dolly is a white 40-lb female English setter with brown ticking and ears. She was wearing a blue collar and an orange "track and train" collar.

9/22/17 - Today is the autumnal equinox, the day with equal parts sun and night, and the official beginning of fall.

Autumn is an important time to be on the lookout for moose, as it is their mating season. While you might see more moose because of this, please take care, as bull moose can be aggressive during this time of year. Viewing from a safe distance is always awe inspiring and quite the treat. Happy fall! -Britta

This bull moose was spotted a few days ago not far from Sawbill by crewmember Jessica Hemmer.

9/15/17 - Recently, the Quetico Superior Foundation ran a lovely feature story about Sawbill. The article starts:

"There is an outfitter at the end of the Sawbill Trail, to the northwest of Lutsen, Minnesota, where customers and staff return year after year and whose names are remembered. They become part of a kind of family tree, a network of people connected to the place and the family at its center. The Hansens, and now the Shirleys, have been running Sawbill Canoe Outfitters since 1957, creating more than a business. It's a place where annual traditions, lifelong friendships and marriages have been born. Their story suggests that it's still possible to combine business with the magic of introducing campers to canoe country and raising a family."

You can read the full article on their website, here.

Frank and Mary Alice Hansen, Sawbill's founders and grandparents of current co-owner Clare Shirley.


9/7/17 - The first signs of fall are appearing here on the Wilderness edge. The small maples in particular are already quite brilliant.

We are now operating on fall hours, 8am - 7pm.



9/2/17 - Every Labor Day we kick off the fall season with a group of friends who are more like family now. These musicians arrive this weekend each year to fish all day and play music in the canoe yard all night. It's a treat for us and the best way to welcome to fall!

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