Guest Blog: the Mesabi by Motorcycle, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this guest blog by traveler, teacher and motorcycle enthusiast Phil Holbo. Phil and his wife traveled from the Twin Cities area in the spring of 2018 to experience the Mesabi Iron Range by car and motorcycle. You can read part 1 of their adventures here. 

After picking up a Mesabi 2017 Ride Guide at the International Motorcycle Show, I decided 2018 was the year I would visit the Iron Range on the motorcycle. This publication is good because it provides suggested routes, attractions, and restaurants along each route.

My wife, Jean, prefers short rides rather than long ones, so we “trailered” the BMW up to Mountain Iron. Our first stay at the Holiday Inn Express-Mountain Iron served as our base of operations. It’s nice, and the location is good for our rides throughout the Iron Range. The staff are great (thanks Travis), the place is clean, and the complimentary breakfast helps make an early getaway easy. A good choice.

The scenic Mines and Pines Tour made for a good tour to start our week. We went counter-clockwise through Virginia, Cook, down to McCarthy Beach State Park, then down to Chisholm.

McCarthy Beach State Park offers lake views, picnic areas, trails, beach and camping.

This ride was on a Monday. The Minnesota Discovery Center, and a few of the recommended restaurants, were closed on Mondays, so we saved them for another day.

Farms dot the landscape of the Mesabi Iron Range.

The route was nice. The spring growth in the forests provides a multitude of greens. I understand when riders come up for the fall colors, but the spring colors were a vision I did not expect. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many shades of green. Mother Nature at her best.

The “Mines” part of the ride was a fitting conclusion to a ride in the Range. After a nice lunch under a shade tree at The Stand, we visited the Minnesota Museum of Mining for a fun time learning about the history of the region’s mining.

Iron Man stands tall over one entrance to Chisholm, home to the Minnesota Museum of Mining.

After a couple of hours at the museum, we headed back to the Holiday Inn Express for a little “R & R” before dinner. The recommendation we had for a dinner restaurant was the Northern Divide Bar and Eatery. It was great! It’s been a long time since I had such a nice dining experience. It was nice, quiet, and a good place for a date with My Bride. The food and service were great! (Thanks Serena.)

The Northern Divide restaurant in Virginia overlooks the municipal golf course.

For more information about recommended rides for motorcycles, bicycles and regular old cars, contact the Iron Range Tourism Bureau at info@ironrange.org or call 218-749-8161 and leave a message. Happy trails!  

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Guest Blog: You *must* take this tour!

Editor’s Note: James Pointer is an Interpretive Supervisor at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

The “Iron Range” of Minnesota offers visitors world-class art venues, a multitude of recreational adventures, fantastic wildlife viewing, and a wide variety of historical attractions. The one attraction; however, that everyone needs to put on their travel plans when they visit the area is the Soudan Mine.

The former iron ore mine was a vital link to the development of the state and the country, which is evident by the National Historic Landmark status that it received shortly after opening for public tours in 1965.

On the surface, one might think that only history buffs would like the mine tour, but that is far from accurate. Whether you like history, geology, engineering, the arts, wildlife or you are looking for some adventure, the mine has it all.

While on the tour, you will travel ½-mile underground in a “man cage”, similar to what the miners used. Once underground, you load up on a train and travel ¾-mile to the former working area. Upon arriving at the working area, you will learn how the miners removed all the iron ore, what life was like as a miner and if you are lucky, you might even be treated to some singing. Visitors will also learn about the variety of rocks that make up the mine, including hematite, quartz, greenstone, and the beautiful banded jasper.

The Soudan Mine is part of Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park. They offer public tours of the mine daily from Memorial Day weekend until September 30th and weekends into October through the teacher convention weekend (usually around Oct 21st). Tours run from 10 am – 4 pm and reservations can be made on-line at www.stayatmnparks.com or by calling 1-866-857-2757. Visitors can reach the park office at 218-300-7000.

Make sure you visit the Soudan Mine, as your underground adventure awaits.

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Guest Blog: The Mesabi by Motorcycle Part I

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this guest blog by traveler, teacher and motorcycle enthusiast Phil Holbo. Phil and his wife traveled from the Twin Cities area in the spring of 2018 to experience the Mesabi Iron Range by car and motorcycle. Enjoy reading about their adventures! 

When I told my niece, I was going to tour Hibbing High School, she asked, “What for?” You might think the same, so let me share with you why. In a word, spectacular! Any building like this is worth a look. Hibbing High School is an example of what a community can, did, and still do, to support their school.

Hibbing High School is frequently called “Castle in the Woods”. Because the mining company determined valuable iron ore was under the City of Hibbing, the entire town was moved. The company paid for building the new high school at a cost of $4,000,000 in 1920.

From Holiday Inn Express-Mountain Iron, we rode into Hibbing. Check a current map, because the City of Hibbing wasn’t always where it is now. In 1918, the mining company determined Hibbing was sitting atop a rich ore deposit. Hibbing, and its high school had to move. Yes, the entire town had to move, two miles south of its original location.

Parking the motorcycle outside the Sportsmen’s, inside it’s easy to tell this is the place for breakfast. Large tables are full, and conversations are lively. Tasty food, good service, who would ask for more?

The auditorium is capable of seating 1,800. The ceiling panels were created on site during construction. These ceiling panels are unique as they have white backgrounds, unusual for the style.

At the school, we were met on the front steps by Mary and Joe. That’s right, just like in the Bible. Both attended school there and are on the historical board. They shared a comprehensive history with us. After visiting the “History Room”, filled with artifacts, year books, and memorabilia, Mary took us on the tour starting with the flag pole dedications; then inside we went. The spectacular building is especially well preserved. It was a good tour.

We discovered several of the open pit mine overlooks were closed, some permanently. We inquired about that and, well let’s just say, “I know a guy who knows a guy.” With that, we were able to visit the new overlook for the Hull Rust Mine, even though it is still under construction. So, through locked gates, and in “our guy’s” SUV, we received a personal tour of the area around what will be open to the public in 2019.

. It is very hard to gain a perspective of the size and depth of the mines. This panorama photo includes some huge ore trucks, and a “huger” excavator. Can you find them?

The first stop along the trolley ride was the mine view overlook. This portion of the mine is being reclaimed by nature.

After lunch., we made it to the Minnesota Discovery Center. First, we took the trolley ride around the Center. The two conductors described the history and details of the surrounding mining and related cultures. Part way through the trolley ride, we stopped at another station for a thirty-minute stop. Near there we found period housing, more mining equipment, and an opportunity to stretch our legs. The trolley ride continues past an overlook of the mine, then back to the station at the Center’s headquarters.

This house is an authentic miner’s home. They were built without basements. This allowed the mining company to move the house(s) anytime the mining activity required it. The description of the house described occurrences of miners coming out of the mine and having to find where their house went! Built in 1905, and occupied until 1935, the mining company charged $5 to $10 per month rent. At one time, this house had thirteen residents!

For a short ride, we packed in a lot of activities on the History and Heritage Tour. So much to see, it deserves another visit to see more of it. We’ll be back. We’ll have to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traveling With Pets on the Mesabi

Editor’s Note: Thank you to our dog-loving friend, Caitlin Lilly for her travel tips!

Traveling is one thing. Traveling with a four-legged companion is an entirely different thing. As a dog owner, I am passionate about bringing my pups along with me for as many adventures as possible. In order to do this, I have to be aware of pet-friendly hotels, trails, stores and more when I am planning my next trip. Here are a few of my favorite activities to do with dogs:

Parks and Trails
If there is one thing the Iron Range has in abundance, its an almost endless supply of parks and trails, ripe for exploration. There are only a few places that I have had to rework plan in order to bring my dogs along.

The Mesabi Trail
The Mesabi Trail is an absolutely gorgeous, historic walking and cycling trail that stretches over 120 miles of the Mesabi Range. The trail is happy to accept dogs as long as they remain on leash and you do your responsibility to pick up after them. The trail is clearly marked, paved, and there are trash receptacles at each trail head. It’s the best spot to go for a morning or evening walk, and the trail had spurs and trail heads in almost every Iron Range city, most of which have parking for easy access. Be aware of cyclists and even wildlife on the Mesabi Trail.

As with all trails and sidewalks, make sure to note the temperature of the ground. In the summer, the payment bakes all day in the sun and can still be hot enough to be uncomfortable or even hurt your pooches paws. This is also something to be wary of if you stop in town anywhere.

The Laurentian Divide
The Laurentian Divide is located just North of Virginia. It is a beautiful set of walking and running trails that give the feeling of secluded wilderness, easily accessed by the public. I take my dogs here for the perfect evening trail hikes. The sunset seeps through the trees and the forest floor is overflowing with plants and trails to explore.I always make sure to take picture of the trail map that is located at the trailhead.

My dogs and I have been known to take trails that look exciting without remembering which trail we were originally on. The Laurentian Divide is an awesome place to take dogs if you are looking for something more woodsy or want to feel how big Minnesota’s nature is.

Fish, Swim, Float
The land of 10,000 lakes, eh? There are plenty of lakes you can take your dog to so they can enjoy the water. There are not many regulations that refer to dogs on lakes that are in boats. If you are planning on bringing your furry friend fishing, please be respectful and keep them on a leash at the boat landing. Also be careful of hooks!

The Iron Range has lakes, rivers, and streams you and your four legged friend can explore! West Two Rivers is a great place to take your dog on a leash and hit the outdoors, as is Carey Lake, with about four miles of trails and plenty of places for your pup to take a dip.

Camping and Lodging
If your adventure on the Iron Range is so amazing you’d like to spend another day, we’ve got campsites that are ready to lodge you and your dog. There is nothing more Minnesota that enjoying a campfire under the stars with my dogs by my side. Most area campgrounds allow household pets that remain on a leash. Many hotels are also dog-friendly with prior approval.

And, if you can’t or don’t want to leave your dogs alone, there’s a doggie daycare option in Virginia. Grooming by Jane accepts walk-ins Monday-Friday, and is the perfect place to park your pooch while you take in a museum, event or other activity.

There are many different ways to enjoy the Iron Range with your dog. Please be mindful of your dog’s bathroom business and bring a baggie to remove it from where pedestrians may walk.

For more information about traveling with pets on the Mesabi, call 218-749-8161 today!

 

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Guest Blog: Shop, Make, Take & More!

This guest blog is one in a series featuring unique experiences on the Mesabi Iron Range. Jenni Smith, owner of Smith’s Infusion in Virginia, and is an ardent crafter, creator and mom. Her boutique is full of handmade local art and craft intermingled with antiques and collectibles. Her classes are open to all.

Next time you’re on the Range be sure to stop into Smith’s Infusion, located downtown Virginia at 417 Chestnut Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday we have a unique selection of handcrafted gifts, vintage finds, furniture and a lot of DIY!

Join us Tuesdays during the summer anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to create the make-n-take of the day, which you can totally scope out ahead of time on our website. We also offer a different make-n-take every Saturday any time between 10 a.m. and noon. Register for our make-n-takes online, and if they don’t fit your schedule on the day we have them, we’ll hold them for you until a day of your choice works out! Just let us know when you’re coming in!

Do you have a kiddo going into grades 1-9? Then we have summer craft camps for two days each month for grades 1-6, and four, half days for grades 7-9. We’ll share different skills they can utilize the rest of their life! Or maybe you are in town on a different day. Just stop in to see what’s new, check out the kit wall and maybe find something else of interest which you can create in-house in our classroom, or take home!

We make everything from little benches and seasonal items such as 4th of July Clothespin Wreath, to learning screen-printing and weaving. There is always something for everyone of every age!

We are handicap accessible with both parking in the front on the street as well as the back. So if you happen to come to Virginia and there is something going on where you can’t park in front of the store, no worries: we have immediate parking in the back or in free two-hour parking also in the back.

Smith’s Infusion also hosts birthday parties for all ages. You pick an item to create! We have different packages available depending on the length of the party and your choice of food to be brought in. For these parties we love to support our neighbors, including Snicker’s on the same block for pizza and Pep’s down the street for birthday cake or cupcakes!

Next time you’re in the area check us out online at http://www.smithsinfusion.com or check us out on Facebook! -Jenni Smith, owner

 

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Guest Blog: Bog Biodiversity

Editor’s Note: Clinton Nienhaus is a naturalist at Sax-Zim Bog. His occasional guest blogs share information about the bog and its’ inhabitants, as well as activities taking place there throughout the year. 

The author and Head Naturalist investigating some aquatic biodiversity from a creek in the Sax-Zim Bog.

As I illuded to in the last blog post, the Sax-Zim Bog is incredibly diverse in habitat types, as well as diverse in the opportunities to learn a little more about these habitats and species that call them home. From my perspective, as Head Naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, birds are the big draw for folks during most of the year, but those same folks are missing so much when they visit! Hopefully, this post will give some perspective on what can be found when exploring the Sax-Zim Bog, looking for birds or other species.

First, let’s talk birds! The Sax-Zim Bog is home to a host of boreal forest specialists, and those species that can be hard to find in other places. Each year, during the winter, we see an average of 2600 visitors, from 30+ states and at least 2 or 3 different countries. In the summer, there are fewer visitors, but that doesn’t mean the birds are gone! Sax-Zim Bog’s bird list is over 240 species, with many of those species staying to nest. The top bird species most folks are coming to the Sax-Zim Bog to see include Great Gray Owl, Connecticut Warbler, Black-backed Woodpecker, Golden-winged Warbler, LeConte’s Sparrow, Sedge Wren, among others. In the winter, most visitors want to see owls, including Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, winter finches such as Common and Hoary Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, as well as Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, and Sharp-tailed Grouse. For summer, Yellow-bellied, Alder, and Olive-sided Flycatcher, 19 species of warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Winter Wren, and even Pileated Woodpecker top most visitor’s lists.

Red and Blue Checkered Beetle is a nice pop of color against the wildflowers of the Sax-Zim Bog.

The Sax-Zim Bog may be a haven for boreal bird species, but there is much more than the diversity of resident bird species or winter visitors. Birds make up a small portion of the over 1,275 species that have been documented (so far!) in the Sax-Zim Bog. This huge diversity can be observed by traversing the 423 acres of land owned by the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, by investigating the roadsides that meander through the Bog, or in the rivers, streams, and lakes in the Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird Area. With 147,000 acres to cover, 1,275+ species is a great number, but there are more species to be found!

Dragon or Damselfly? Ocellated Emerald is a species of dragonfly that can be found in many of the clean running streams and ditches in the Sax-Zim Bog.

If we look close at the numbers, insects make up over a third of the species observed. This is not very surprising, as insects tend to make up most of the diversity in any given location. 415 species of insect have been found in the Sax-Zim Bog, but with 147,000 acres larger underexplored for insect diversity, this number could be two to three times as high! There is a lot of work to be done to find and identify the insects in the Sax-Zim Bog, but there are folks interested in the butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, tiger beetles, bumblebees, ladybugs of the Sax-Zim Bog who document their finds during their visits. The work of volunteers or excited visitors really helps bolster our understanding of this amazing place! Some insects of interest include 76 species of dragonfly and damselfly, 64 species of butterfly, and over 100 species of moth documented so far.

When you think of northern Minnesota, or bogs, you probably don’t think of the butterflies or other insects you can find; you probably think of the trees and the plants you find during your time in the Northwoods. Well, plants account for over 400 species of the 1,275 documented so far. This includes 93 species of sedge and grass, 14 species of orchid, pitcher plants, round-leaved sundew, and 46 species of tree make the Sax-Zim Bog a place worth a visit by casual wildflower watcher to botanists. Each of these plants play a big role into the diversity of birds that can be found in the Sax-Zim Bog.

Brown Elfin is one of the many bog specialist species that can be found through the 147,000 acres of the Sax-Zim Bog IBA.

Numbers of species are all good and fine, but what is so important about preserving biodiversity? Biodiversity really translates well as a mark on the health of an ecosystem. The more species you can find, the higher quality an ecosystem. The healthier the ecosystem, the better off the animals and folks like you and I are able to enjoy what can be found on a short stroll in the woods. Consider the number of species found in the Sax-Zim Bog: 1,275. Ecologically, you can start to develop a bigger picture of an area: 1,275 means that there is a diverse set of organisms in this place that have been able to survive due high quality ecosystems in the Sax-Zim Bog. 1,275 means that there is an ecosystem that is worth investigating and exploring in person and through preservation those same 1,275 (and more) can be seen by future generations! Bird and Wildlife watching are among the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities in the United States and the diversity in the Sax-Zim Bog attracts bird watchers, butterfly watchers, wildflower lovers, and even dragonfly and damselfly enthusiasts.

One of the many plants found in the Sax-Zim Bog, Bog Rosemary adds subtle color to hummocks of sphagnum moss.

An easy way to enjoy and learn more about the Sax-Zim Bog would be to attend one or more of the education programs offered during the spring, summer, and winter months. This summer will have programs featuring fern identification, lichen identification, bird watching trips, dragonfly and damselfly programs, and even a program on spiders! Another great way to experience the Sax-Zim Bog is to attend our BioBlitz, currently scheduled for July 7th. This will be our 6th annual BioBlitz, where experts go out into the field with trip participants to showcase and find new species in the Sax-Zim Bog! It is a great way to learn about wildflowers, spiders, butterflies, or even fish and aquatic plants! Typically 40 folks attend this one day event and it is always and exciting time for leaders and participants both. To find out more about our field trips, education programs, or the BioBlitz check out our website by following this link: http://saxzim.org/events/. If you have any particular questions about a species of interest or want to register for a program, email Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org. And be sure to check out the Bog Blog for articles about biodiversity in the Sax-Zim Bog, or any other of our upcoming and past projects by following this link: http://saxzim.org/sax-zim-bog-news/.

The Sax-Zim Bog is an amazing place and the spring season is upon! Time to get out and enjoy the plants and flowers, sounds and smells, of Spring in the Sax-Zim Bog!

Until then, we will see you in the Bog!

 

–Clinton Nienhaus, Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Head Naturalist.

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Guest Blog: Mesabi Outdoor Adventures

Hi, I’m Bret Alexander. A few months ago I decided to start inviting people to join me in group hikes around the region. The outings were well-received, and I’ve decided to move forward with Mesabi Outdoor Adventures, a new outdoor club on the Iron Range that hopes to bring many of the non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts in the area together.

 

The Iron Range and surrounding communities of Northern Minnesota are blessed with a wide variety of outdoor recreation outlets during every season. There are a lot of people getting outside to do things all the time, and this club is an attempt to bring them together for the sake
of sharing resources and building community.

 

This project is just beginning, but will hopefully develop into a place where people can find new friends to go on trips with, create trips that others can join, and be a place to join a trip that is already being organized by others. Currently, trips or classes are being offered 2 or 3 times a month by one person (me), however this club’s resources are open the others in the community who want to organize their own outings or trips and offer them to an established audience to
participate in.

 

Our group from an April hike on Bird Lake Trail near Hoyt Lakes.

To encourage others to step forward and create outings, MOA is conducting two
trainings in June and July on how to plan and organize trips. In addition, MOA has partnered
with the Laurentian Environmental Center to create a Wilderness First Aid Course in September which is being taught by instructors from the National Outdoor Leadership School to help increase education and efficacy of people who might be interested in organizing trips through MOA for the community.

 

Since January 2018 MOA has created more than 10 events offered to the community including day trips, evening trips, overnight trips, and classes.

 

January 2018 hike at Outlook Mountain north of Virgina.

MOA is interested in an inclusive approach to participation. You don’t have to be an expert to participate, just a desire to spend time outdoors. See you out there!

 

Editor’s note: View area hiking trail systems here.

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Top Five FREE Things to Do on the Mesabi

Free yourself and your whole family with these fun – and totally free – things to do this spring and summer.

 

1. Museums and Historic Sites: That’s right, free admission to the interesting and educational – and that’s just the wonderful staff! The exhibits are great, too. Best of the best: Hibbing Area Historical Society Museum, Virginia Heritage Museum, Olcott Park Greenhouse, Nelimark Homestead Museum.

2. Trails:  These trails are perfect for an afternoon hike. Pack a lunch, maybe even a fishing pole, and get out into nature on these family-friendly trails. Our faves: Cary Lake Trail, the trails of Giants Ridge, and the Laurentian Divide trails.

3. Viewpoints: From Skibo Vista’s views of the Superior National Forest and beyond, to Leonidas’ panoramic of communities, minelands and forests, to Finntown Overlook, where you’ll see a vast mine lake, these views are not to be missed!

4. Photo Ops: Take your pic with an iron man, a moose or a giant hockey stick at these made-for-selfies stops across the region. Take time for seriousness, too, when you visit two veterans memorials along the way.5. Get in the Groove: Stop by Biwabik on a Thursday evening and you might catch some free music in the park. Check out all the great events happening around the region this summer!

 

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Get in the snow, be in the know: Info on Nordic and snowshoe trails on the Mesabi

Here on the Mesabi Iron Range, getting outside is an essential part of getting through winter! For many, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing is the best way to find fresh air, exercise and the beauty of winter, all in one!

Cross-country skiers enjoy the Nordic trails at Giants Ridge. Find groomed trails at Big Aspen, Carey Lake, McCarthy Beach State Park and Hoyt Lakes.

Rent Nordic skis and snowshoes from Giants Ridge, where there are 60 km of Nordic trails, including three km of easy, lighted trails. Loops range from four to 14 km, mostly are two-way, and two of the 10 loops are lift-served. Download a map here.

All the trails at Giants Ridge are groomed classic and skating. Rental packages range from $9 (children’s) to $39. Lessons are from $30 (semi-private) to $84 for a three-hour private lesson. Nordic lessons must be requested 48 hours in advance. Daily ski passes range from $10 to $17. Ages 6 and under ski free.

Skis can also be rented from the  Hibbing Parks and Recreation Department. The Carey Lake system in Hibbing includes 25km in five single-direction loops groomed classical-only or skate-only. Download the map here.

There are 32km of classic-groomed, looped trails at Big Aspen Recreation Area 11 miles north of Virginia. This site is located in the Superior National Forest, and managed by the US Forest Service. No pass is required to ski here.

Also in the Superior National Forest system, Lookout Mountain has 25km of trails four miles north of Virginia on Hwy 53. These two-way, single-track  trails are easy to explore and offer great views. A portion of this system is kept ungroomed for the adventurous. Find map and details here. 

Just over 3km of trails at Carey Lake in Hibbing are designated for snowshoeing/hiking and fat biking.

Snowshoe trails are also offered at Giants Ridge and range from easy to more difficult. A pass is required and ranges from $10 to $17 daily. Hiking is also permitted on the Lookout Mountain trails near Virginia. Request a map that includes 11 area Nordic trail systems, or call 218-749-8161 for more information. This winter, get out there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bazaar Times on the Mesabi

It’s the first week of November. That glorious season when some in northern Minnesota don orange and head into the woods while others, mostly women, make the rounds of the holiday bazaars

 

You can literally map a route across the region and spend days stopping into churches, community centers, armories and memorial buildings, shopping for all manner of gift and personal items from homemade bath bombs, quilts, mittens and kids toys to jams, jewelry and repurposed “junk.”

 

You can restock your Scentsy, Young Living Essential Oils and Tastefully Simple supplies, go in for the handmade items, or both!

 

And the luncheons. Holy Hannah, the luncheons. Sandwich loaf, chili, beef stew, chicken a la king, turkey salad, wild ride soup and more, lovingly cooked by the wonderful church ladies who make the world go ’round (and maybe an occasional Confirmation class volunteer). And for like, $8.00. With pie!

 

Buy gifts for others or yourself if you want, but don’t forget to do your “holiday baking,” too. Who will know you didn’t make those buttery spritz cookies? (Only everyone).

As if these gatherings of bakers, builders, creators and crafters aren’t enough to fill a couple weekends and empty a couple pocketbooks, all our favorite stores are hosting open houses with sales, snacks and surprises.

 

On my list: Rozalla’s Rack and Firelight Galleries, Smith’s Infusion, Irma’s Finalnd House, Material Girl,  Casey’s Drug, Fine Edge Custom Framing, Moxie, Silver Birch Gifts, Northern Comfort, Kunnari’s, the Knitting Knight, and Bender’s Shoe and Sport. Who did I miss? Let me know: info@ironrange.org

 

And happy hunting to everyone, whether you’re carrying a rifle or a purse!

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