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Spring Gear Swap Coming April 12

The 9th annual Spring Gear Swap sale will take place Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 am until 12:30 pm in the Houghton High School multipurpose room. Drop-off is Friday (5-7:30) and Saturday (9-9:45 am), with the swap opening at 10 am. The swap is a great place to recycle all sorts of outdoor gear by buying and/or selling. Buyers find great bargains on used gear. Sellers pay just 15 percent commission per item for the convenience, with a maximum of $50 commission per item regardless of price. Continue reading →

Green Film Series Continues March 20 with “Gasland”

The 2014 Green Film Series continues on Thursday, March 20, with the presentation of “Gasland,” focusing on the natural gas drilling process known as fracking. The documentary will be shown at 7 pm in G002 Hesterberg Hall (forestry building) at Michigan Tech, followed by discussion and refreshments. A $3 donation is suggested. Continue reading →

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Great Bear Chase Saturday; Last Price Break March 6

GBC-2010-03-02The Great Bear Chase ski marathon is Saturday, March 8, and prices go up at midnight on Thursday, March 6. The Bear Chase includes distances of 50k, 25k, and 10k. See www.greatbearchase.com for details.

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KLT Hungarian Falls Snowshoe Hike March 9

On Sunday March 9, the Keweenaw Land Trust will host a snowshoe hike at the Hungarian Falls Nature Area and surrounding gorge, starting at 2 pm. Snowshoes are a must, as the snow depth in the woods is four feet or more in some places! Take M-26 to Hubble and turn north on Golf Course Road. Drive to where the plow line ends and hike in from there. The hike will last between 1-2 hours, depending on how many stops we take or if anyone needs rescuing from deep snow.  Dress in layers to ensure you are warm no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. For more information, go to keweenawlandtrust.org.

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Ed Harjala Passes at 91

Ed Harjala, local silent sports legend, passed away February 28, just a week before his 92nd birthday. He was a fixture at the Swedetown Trails, as a skiier and as a volunteer. Peter Vorhes penned a tribute to Ed on SkinnySki.com and Lake Superior Magazine did a nice article on him a couple of years ago. Skiers, take a moment the next time you are at the top of “Ed’s You Are Here Hill” at the Swedetown Trails, to remember and say thanks to Ed Harjala.

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Glide-n-Gorge Feb. 23, 2014

GNG-apitizers-KNSCThe sixth annual Glide-n-Gorge, sponsored by the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, will be Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 from noon until 3pm at the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock.  The 3.5 miles, which will begin at the Four Seasons Chalet at the Houghton County Fair Grounds, will guide you through spectacular scenery and plenty of delicious eats along the way.  Tickets will be available at the chalet on the day of the event for $30. Tickets can also be purchased at Down Wind Sports in Houghton and Cross Country Sports in Calumet or from any KNSC board member. For more information, please contact Candi at cjsilvola@chartermi.net or 906.482.4578, or visit www.keweenawnordic.com

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Presentation: Canoeing U.P. Rivers

The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a special presentation, Canoeing the Wild Rivers of the Western U.P., on February 19th, 2014.  Special guest Ray Weglarz will share stories and beautiful photos from his trips down 88 rivers in the U.P., and over 150 throughout the northern U.S. and Canada. This free event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, February 19th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202.

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