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This past weekend, I spent some time in our booth at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo.  The crowds were large and the conversations were good.  But something, or should I say someone, was missing – the Millennials.  One of our team members did an unofficial count and estimated a ratio of 15 “gray beards” to each millennial at the show... READ MORE

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Many of you may recall the controversy surrounding an ATT cell tower that was built near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness.  After a fight that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the 450-foot tower was completed in 2013.  It is true that the flashing red light on top of the tower may be seen from certain areas within the BWCA.  Cellular coverage remains spotty at best, and mostly non-existent, within the wilderness itself. Cell Towers - Good Or Bad The question remains.  Should cell towers be placed near or within wild places?  The latest front in...

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Our latest issue of the All Things Boundary Waters Newsletter has just been published. Grab a cup, sit back and enjoy!   Just click here to read the newsletter.

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I remember my first trip to the Boundary Waters.  Truth is, I was both excited and nervous.  While I had confidence in my canoeing skills, I had never really portaged between lakes before.  I was not sure what to expect. A portage is defined as carrying a boat and its cargo between navigable waters.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area consists of lakes connected, in most cases, by trails.  You have to portage, or carry, your canoe and gear between lakes using these trails. Portaging Can Be Tough It is true that portages can be tough.  Carrying canoes and equipment uphill...

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I just returned from a fly fishing trip to Yellowstone National Park.  I have been visiting Yellowstone annually almost every year since 1991.  It is a wonderful place – perhaps the most unique place in America.  The ability to see natural wonders in combination with lots of wildlife is remarkable.  The rivers and fishing are terrific. National Park Crowds However, this trip, more than any time in the past, was made stressful by the numbers of people in the park.  I was there in late October, which is far less crowded than the summer months.  It was my expectation of not competing...

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