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…

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…

Northwoods Light Show

Photo courtesy of Jim Brandenburg. This article was originally published in the 1999-2000 Ely Winter Times.    One of the northwoods’ winter wonders is the night sky. Away from artificial light sources, the view of the stars and planets is dazzling. The sheer number is awe-inspiring, especially to urban dwellers who have become so accustomed…

Crooked Lake, July 1950

The following article was originally published by Raven Words Press in the 1997 Ely Summer Times.    Helen opened her eyes. Morning. Letting sleep slide away, she listened to the sounds of guests gathering in the lodge for breakfast. The talk centered mostly on bait, weather, and how many days of fishing were left before…