Day on a Dog Sled

It’s 6:30 am on a January morning. Granite, the sled dog, pulls his tail away from his nose to look over the dog yard in hopes that his human is bringing soup. Chris, a dogsledding guide and Granite’s human for the season, has just arrived at the mushers’ shed and is mixing up 10 gallons…

No-Can Tater Tot Hotdish

No-Can Tater Tot Hotdish  Serves 9-12 (depending on hunger levels & how blustery it is outside) This recipe comes from Land of 10,000 Plates by Patrice Johnson, one of the featured books from our Books for Blizzards segment in the 2020-2021 Ely Winter Times.   For the sauce:    2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1…

A Gift of Lights

This article originally appeared in the 2006 Ely Winter Times.    It is a cold December night in a garage near Ely. Predictions are for twenty-below. Two figures trudge between the house and the garage, lugging heavy pails, taking advantage of these perfect conditions to work on the project that is their gift to Ely…

Deep Space Photography

Richard Willits first started looking at the night sky through a telescope that his twelve year old son purchased at the Minnesota Science Museum. That son is now 55 years old. Willits went on to develop a hobby for deep space astrophotography in retirement. He spent the last seven years learning the technology and software…

Nordlys Cocktail Recipe

Nordlys Ingredients: 2oz Aalborg Jubileums Aquavit 1oz Green Absinthe 1oz spruce tip infused simple syrup—plain is fine too Juice of one fresh lemon 1/2oz Creme de Violet White from one egg Small handful of ice Shaker Fine cone strainer Coupe glass – Place egg white in shaker and dry shake (no other liquids or ice…