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A Finnish Family in Ely, Minnesota

Dedication: To all the people, living or dead, of Finn Hill. They made this neighborhood so delightful a place in which to live. It is a community that I miss and will never forget.

Price: $18.95

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Nature’s Art Box

By Laura C. Martin Using materials children can find just about anywhere, Laura C. Martin offers 65 fun natural-art projects that teach both creativity and a respect for nature and the Earth’s resources.
*2004 Parent’s Choice Approved Award, Full-color; illustrations throughout, 224 pages.

Price: $16.95

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“Root Beer Lady” The story of Dorothy Molter

“Root Beer Lady” Written and Illustrated by Bob Cary. The story of Dorothy Molter who came to the Minnesota-Ontario Wilderness area as a young woman and stayed for fifty-six years. Making her home on Knife Lake, 18 miles from the nearest road, Dorothy became a North Woods legend. Trained as a nurse, she often cared for wilderness residents and visitors who needed help in this remote area. An ice-cold root beer and a warm welcome greeted thousands of visitors to her island home. 177 Pages, Soft Cover.

Price: $16.95

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A History of Incredible Ely

By John Somrock, author, and pictures by Lee Brownell.

Stories taken from the files of old newspapers, mining industry journals, and logging company records, along with stories told by old settlers, miners, lumberjacks, trappers, prospectors, guides, and Indians. Conversations with early immigrants and first-generation Americans whose parents and grandparents came from Europe to work in the mine and cut the virgin timber of Northeast Minnesota.

Price: $15.95

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A Wonderful Country The Quetico-Superior Stories of Bill Magie

Transcribed, edited, and arranged by Dave Olesen. Illustrations by Bill Nelson When Bill Magie began taking canoe trips in the wild country along the Minnesota-Ontario border, there were places where the lakes were so crowded with logs heading to the mill that his group put their gear on a horse-drawn wagon to portage to a spot where they could paddle. There were other places where they could travel for two or three weeks and see no one except the occasional Indian family. Take this book on your next canoe trip, and imagine Bill has joined you, spinning tales of lumberjacks and trappers, surveying the border, flying bush planes when flying at all was a novelty, camping before nylon and plastic and freeze-dried food, hunting and fishing when you succeeded or went hungry. And know that the spirit of those who have loved this pace lives on as today’s paddlers discover what a wonderful country this is.

Price: $22.95

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Birds of Minnesota Field Guide

By Stan Tekiela Easy-to-use field guide
*Efficient-111 common species- only Minnesota birds and Minnesota range maps
* Easy- See a yellow bird? go to the yellow section to find out what it is
* Helpful- compare feature helps you distinguish between look-alikes
* Focused – just the information you find helpful, and lots of it
* Engaging-“Stan’s Notes provide naturalist tidbits and facts
* Stunning-full-page photos that compare to not other
* Perfect companion for Birds of Minnesota Audio Cd

Price: $12.95

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Burntside Lake: The Early Years

By Milt Stenlund in cooperation with the Ely-Winton Historical Society.

The early history of Burntside Lake deals with those Native Americans who called it home for centuries, and those who came later in search of land, timber and minerals. Interviews with several people who lived in the area, or who had worked with the logging companies. Includes map of Burntside Lake with locations of the logging operations by various companies.

Price: $10.95

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Bush Pilots: Legends of the Old and Bold

Another great book by Bob Cary and pilot Jack Hautala

Price: $15.95

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Cooking with Wild Berries & Fruits of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan

by Teresa Marrone Teresa Marrone has been foraging for wild fruits and berries for years; now let her recipes guide you every step of the way in the kitchen. She’s compiled more that 150 tried and true recipes featuring 40 of the region’s most delectable edible plants. Many of the featured fruits and berries are common, and some might even grow in your backyard! This cookbook helps you make the most of the wild harvest that’s there for the taking.
* More than 150 recipes, featuring over 40 of the region’s edible berries and fruits
* Recipes for sauces, baked goods, drinks, desserts and more
* Tips on harvesting, freezing, dehydration and canning
* Small-batch jelly and jam recipes to maximize your harvest
* Tasty treats, whether ingredients are picked or purchased
* Handy cross-references to Teresa’s companion field guide: Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide of Minnesota,
Wisconsin and Michigan

Price: $12.95

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Dancing a Polka to Heaven

This is the story of Father Frank Perkovich, the Polka Mass Priest, as told by his friends. Father Perk, as he is known to his friends is one of the most unique and real individuals you could ever hope to meet. He has inspired thousands with his genuine love for people, his kind nature, and his dedication to reaching people through his Polka Mass. This book describes his journey and the charming effectiveness of his Polka Mass. This book will be loved and appreciated by people from all walks of life. “Go in peace, love the polka.”

Price: $16.95

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Dancing a Polka to Heaven

This is the story of Father Frank Perkovich, the Polka Mass Priest, as told by his friends. Father Perk, as he is known to his friends is one of the most unique and real individuals you could ever hope to meet. He has inspired thousands with his genuine love for people, his kind nature, and his dedication to reaching people through his Polka Mass. This book describes his journey and the charming effectiveness of his Polka Mass. This book will be loved and appreciated by people from all walks of life. “Go in peace, love the polka.”

Price: $16.95

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Dave Grinnell replica/decorative Snowshoe & Canoe Paddle

Made from wood harvested in Minnesota and crafted by a Northwoods craftsman/artisan with over 40 years of experience in building canoes, boats, toboggans, snowshoes and other wood products. He is now making scaled replicas of his locally famous snowshoes, complete with hand wound binding (look at detail photos) and decided to add the canoe paddle to complement our Ely and BWCA seasonal activities. They make great gifts and mementos of your trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Or, they will remind you to add such trips to your bucket list or as a reminder to reconnect with nature at every opportunity.

 

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Price: from $29.95

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Dorothy Molter – The Root Beer Lady

Dorothy Molter – The Root Beer Lady – by Sarah Guy-Levar and Terri Schocke

A fresh look at Dorothy’s life from the people who operate her museum in Ely, Minnesota. This new book includes new stories and long-forgotten photographs and Dorothy’s famous Christmas letters, also available for purchase here. As a bonus, you will also be given, in this book, Dorothy’s very own root beer recipe for the brew she happily gave to canoeist who stopped by in the hot summer’s gone by. Those who were lucky enough to have met Dorothy remember her kindness and generosity and welcomed her cool refreshing Root Beer after a long hot paddle in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

This new book about Dorothy is almost as refreshing as her Root Beer!

Price: $16.95

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Dorothy’s Christmas Letters

Years Nov.1955 bird letter, and Christmas Letters 1955,56,57,58, 59,60,61,62,63,64,65,67/68, $3.50 per booklet
All 13 booklets, $30.00

Dorothy took advantage of quiet times in the winter to write long Christmas letters which she sent to her friends in every part of the country. These letters describe the happenings of the year and give the reader great insight of what living in a remote wilderness was like.

Price: $30.00

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Energy Power Shift

The “Energy Power Shift” is a revolution made possible by a host of exciting new emerging technologies. This is a must read for anyone who drives a gasoline powered vehicle, who heats their home with electricity or fuel oil or natural gas, or uses electircity from the current grid; in other words, everyone.This is an excellent book by Barry J. Hanson that explains why we do not have to be dependant upon foreign oil today. Renewable energy with exisiting technologies mean we do not need foreign oil or nuclear energy. Barry Hansen makes this perfectly clear.Mr. Hanson brings to the renewable energy discusssion a broad understanding of energy with a formal educaiton in chemistry and work experience as a project manager with serveral consulting mechanical engineering firms. Mr. Hanson was introduced to the political realities of energy issues as a citizen lobbyist and activist on behalf of environmental causes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Price: $16.95

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