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National Forest Lodge: 180 degrees from hectic

January 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ken Vogel

The National Forest Lodge, seven miles northwest of Isabella on Minnesota Hwy. 1, has been a cross country skiing and snowshoeing destination for decades. A short distance from the BWCAW, the lodge is situa…continue reading on

Make plans to attend ‘Mike-a-Palooza’

February 28, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

WHAT: “Mike-A-Palooza,” a benefit for Silver Bay resident Mike Maki
WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 9
WHERE: National Forest Lodge, 9905 National Forest Lodge Road in Isabella, just off Hwy 1
WHY: To help pay medical and personal bills for Maki, who is battling esophageal cancer
TICKETS: $25 in advance at, $35 at the door
DONATIONS: Checks can be sent to “Benefit For Mike Maki,”
NSFCU at PO Box 159, Silver Bay, MN 55614.
Auction items can also be mailed or dropped off to
JT Starkovich at 21 Green Lane, Silver Bay, MN
55614, or Andy Fisher at 6125 Hwy 1, Silver Bay,
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Bird is the word for some this Christmas

December 20, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

The Christmas Bird Count is a program of the National Audubon Society. According to its website, the nationwide count was initiated in 1900 as an alternative to the popular practice of Christmas Side Hunts, during which hunters would form teams and spend the day hunting. At dusk, the team that had slain the most animals would win. Conservationist Frank Chapman proposed the bird census as an alternative, and the practice has been popular ever since. Continue Reading

Wolf Ridge ELC: Jack and Genea’s enduring dream

October 4, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

The morning sun illuminated the red and gold leaves and the sky was cloudless blue in Finland on Sunday. It was a fitting tribute by Mother Nature to a couple whose vision has brought over a half million people to northern Minnesota to learn about the environment. Continue Reading

Knotted Pine’s 75th anniversary

September 14, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

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Isabella spike camp is home away from home

September 29, 2011 in Lake County News-Chronicle

A sea of tents and trailers nestled in the woods just northwest of Isabella is what hundreds of firefighters battling the Pagami Creek fire have called home this past month.
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