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Runes of the North by Sigurd Olson

Runes of the North is a collection of essays that go beyond good
outdoor nature writing and venture more clearly into philosophy. Sigurd Olson’s earlier books had evoked a conservation ethic and pointed to a wilderness philosophy that is more consciously developed in Runes of the North. The title, and even the choice of topics, such as “The Dream Net,” “The Sauna” and “Wild Rice,“ suggest a search for meaning in ancient traditions, but Runes of the North is also a song of praise for what the Voyageurs called Le Beau Pays, The Beautiful Land.

Price: $15.00

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Section 30 The Mine and the Community

By Milt Stenlund in cooperation with the Ely-Winton Historical Society.
History of the Section 30 mine in Lake County near Winton. Discussion of development of the mine and the community it generated. Interviews with Section 30 residents, pictures, map of Section 30 from 1910-1923 showing location and name of family houses.

Price: $10.95

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Stories of Old Ely & the Lake Country

“Laconic phrases came out of Mike Hillman in a natural North Country Poetry. Mike then digressed — all good storytellers digress — to tell me, offhand and by the way, on of the most affecting small-town stories I’ve ever heard. In Mike Hillman I thought I had stumbled upon the soul of Ely, Minnesota. He is a tenacious and able man of the north. In the spirit of his forebearers, he can do anything he sets his mind to — even if it’s something he’s never done before. Ely should always belong to prople like Iron Mike Hillman, who realize that lakes are the eyes of the earth; people who know enough to thank the Great Spirit for the rice harvest and to tread lightly on the portages.” Charles Kuralt in Charles Kuralt’s America — the introduction from Mike Hillman’s book.

Price: $14.95

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Stories of Old Ely & the Lake Country

“Laconic phrases came out of Mike Hillman in a natural North Country Poetry. Mike then digressed — all good storytellers digress — to tell me, offhand and by the way, on of the most affecting small-town stories I’ve ever heard. In Mike Hillman I thought I had stumbled upon the soul of Ely, Minnesota. He is a tenacious and able man of the north. In the spirit of his forebearers, he can do anything he sets his mind to — even if it’s something he’s never done before. Ely should always belong to prople like Iron Mike Hillman, who realize that lakes are the eyes of the earth; people who know enough to thank the Great Spirit for the rice harvest and to tread lightly on the portages.” Charles Kuralt in Charles Kuralt’s America — the introduction from Mike Hillman’s book.

Price: $14.95

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Tales from a Finnish Tupa

By James Cloyd Bowman and Margery Bianco.
“Tupa” means the cottage of the Finnish common people. Ancient popular tales are made up of myths, legends and animal stories, and stories from the Kalevala. Appeals to young and old.

Price: $10.95

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Tales from Jackpine Bob by bob Cary

“Bob Cary is the best storyteller I know. More clarity comes from his pen than I can coax out of my Nikon. I wonder if he would trade?” – Jim Brandenburg, author and photographer.

Price: $15.95

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Talking Rocks

By Ron Morton and Carl Gawboy with illustrations by Carl Gawboy.
Geology and 10,000 years of Native American tradition in the Lake Superior Region. Book is the result of a series of lectures by Carl Gawboy on the facts of Native American culture and tradition with different stories and myths. Discussion of stars, pictographs and their meanings.

Price: $20.95

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The Eagle Hatched in A Chicken Coop

A Read and Color Story Book

Price: $10.00

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The Lonely Land by Sigurd Olson

The Lonely Land is a book about Sigurd Olson’s canoe trip on the
Churchill River in the Canadian wilderness with a group of friends. It is an interesting travel account and describes the growing friendship, forged in the wilderness, between Sig, the Bourgeois, and his friends, the Voyageurs, but The Lonely Land is much more. This book is full of reflections on what we’ve lost as a people since the day we lived among what Sigurd calls the “great silences.”

Price: $15.00

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The Singing Wilderness by Sigurd Olson

The Singing Wilderness is Sigurd Olson’s first, and perhaps best,
book. For 30 years Sigurd had been writing reflective essays about his experiences in the wilderness and trying unsuccessfully to publish them. When Albert Knopf offered him a book deal, it didn’t take him long to put together his best writings. Essays such as “No Place Between” or “The Loons of Lac La Croix” narrate short trips where the author’s exuberance practically jumps off the page, while “The Way of the Canoe” and “Silence” establish wilderness as a vital connection to our past. The Singing Wilderness is Sigurd’s most energetic and poetic book, establishing him among America’s best outdoor writers.

Price: $15.00

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The Voyageur’s Highway

By Grace Lee Nute.
Brings alive the eras of the fur trade and voyageurs, the personalities of the Iron Rangers, and the way of life of the loggers. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society as a result of Frank Hubachek asking for Nute to write the history. Written in 1941, reprinted 1969.

Price: $15.95

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Trees of Minnesota Field Guide

By Stan Tekiela
* Contains 93 species – only Minnesota trees
* No need to look through dozens of photos of trees that don’t grow in Minnesota
* Easy-to-use thumb tabs show leaf types and attachment
* Fact-filled, contains the information you want to know
* Compare feature shows average tree height compared with a two-story house
* Full-page color photos with corresponding full-page descriptions
* Stan’s Notes include naturalist information and interesting gee-whiz facts

Price: $12.95

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What’s In Your Boat House? Amazing Stories of Nautical Archeology

Bob Matson has been asking people what’s in their boat house for years.  He has assembled stories: family histories, serendipitous tales, incredible restorations, complete with photos of pleasure craft in barns, garages and -where they really belong- on the water.  It is a great cabin read and perfect gift for any boating enthusiast!

Price: $25.00

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Where in the World was Calumet?

Hand Drawn Maps of Ely Area Mining Locations up to 1941, compiled by Aune Bobence and the Ely Winton Historical Society.

Price: $10.95

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White Iron and Birch Lake 1898-1920: The First Settlers of Two Rural Communities in Northeastern Minnesota

“America was supposed to be the land of milk and honey. Everyone wanted to come to America, that’s why they left… Ely wasn’t as wonderful as I thought it would be. It was just a little mining camp.” Katie Sarri Dyhr, 1976 speaking of her arrival in Ely in 1893.

Price: $20.95

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