I found Lake Country Journal appealing for its focus on folks who live and vacation in the lakes region of Minnesota, with an emphasis on outdoor activity. Owning a cabin on Northstar Lake north of Grand Rapids, I could identify with the audience. It just so happens my first story also included cycling!
Pack-It-Up Kayaks and SUPs – Aug/Sept 2021
Inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards make exploring Lake Country that much more accessible, without the bulkiness of plastic.
Yurts in Minnesota – Feb/Mar 2021
Originally used as quick shelters for nomadic tribes, yurts are now an elevated camping experience for Midwesterners. Ski in, hike in, or drive in, yurts provide a relaxing (rustic) getaway.
Fiskur Fish Leather – Feb/Mar 2021
A trip to a sheep farm in Iceland led this couple to a fish leather tannery. They now sell and create products with this colorful, versatile leather.
Pond Hockey – Dec/Jan 2021
Minnesota’s coldest game
Kickin’ it Old School with Kicksleds – Dec/Jan 2021
Kicksleds gain popularity in Lake Country
Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary – June/July 2020
Making peace with the wild
Ready to Ride – Apr/May 2020
A Springtime DIY Tune-Up
Mushers, Mukluks, and Wolftracks – Feb/Mar 2020
A story about concentration, companionship, and the commitment involved in training, racing and raising sled dogs.
Braving the Arrowhead 135 – Dec/Jan 2020
The 135-mile ultra winter marathon from International Falls to Tower, Minnesota, tests the most rugged of athletes, who ski, run, bike, or do all three.
Grand Rapids Ghost Tours – Oct/Nov 2019
A glimpse into Itasca County’s spooky past
Crisp Point Lighthouse – Oct/Nov 2019
Volunteer lighthouse keepers are wanted at an isolated Lake Superior beacon
(My husband and I are keepers here every summer)
Life at Sapsucker Farms – Oct/Nov 2019
This Mora, Minnesota farm offers their visitors Yellow Belly Hard Cider, maple syrup, honey, free-range eggs, and much more.
Everyone Loves Deer Lake Charlie’s – June/July 2019
The remote tavern in Effie, Minnesota, offers live music and “a place to mingle”
Friendship Forged on Skis – Feb/March 2019
For twenty-six years and counting, these two women have plied the cross-country ski trails on their annual trip up the North Shore and other Minnesota destinations.
(FYI, this just happens to be me and my good friend Susan Schultze)
Bright Lights, Warm Hearts – Dec/Jan 2019
The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train trek through northern Minnesota spreads joy and raises funds for local communities.
Great Northern Radio Show – Oct/Nov 2018
Aaron Brown brings music, humor, storytelling and local flavor to auditoriums and radio audiences across Northern Minnesota several times a year.
A Tale of Two Trails – Oct/Nov 2018
Lake Country residents are fortunate to have two scenic trails in our own backyard: Paul Bunyan and Heartland trails.
Finding the Lost 40 – Aug/Sept 2017
A bicycle ride in the north country near our cabin is all the more fun with a destination – the Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area, with a trail through old growth pines up to 250 years old.