I love to read. It is one of the simply pleasures of life for me. While I enjoy reading on my Kindle, sometimes I just want to hold a real book in my hands. The library in Grand Rapids is very nice but honestly I just don’t get the chance to swing by there much. If you live in a rural environment, like our Edge of the Wilderness Communities, you can get to the library without leaving your home! The Arrowhead Library offers a great program called “Mail-A-Book”. You can find the book you’d like to read on their website and then simply place your order (you’ll need a library card first). Your book will arrive a few days later with a pre-paid postage return label. Just enjoy your book and when you’re done, pop it back in the fabric envelope, attach the return label and put it in the mail. How simply is that?
I just received my first “Mail-A-Book” book. I’m reading a book by William Kent Krueger. He writes some great crime mysteries that are set in Northern Minnesota. It’s fun to read something where you can identify places in the book.
If you want more information on the “Mail-A-Book program, you can visit the Arrowhead Library’s page here.
Here’s a list of resources that I’ve compiled to give you some more information about Northern Minnesota. I’ve found these sites very beneficial to both buyers and sellers plus some of the sites are simply fun to visit.
- DNR Eagle Cam: When we moved to Northern Minnesota, I was struck by all of the wildlife that I saw. I especially love seeing the Bald Eagles. This fun site from the DNR shows a real-time webcam of a Bald Eagle Nest. Amazing to watch especially in the spring when the little ones make their appearance. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/webcams/eaglecam/index.html
- DNR Lake Finder: My goal since I moved here is to fish as many of the 1,000’s of lakes we have in Itasca County. As most fishermen/women know, to have success on a new lake, you need to have some information about the lake. The DNR Lake Finder gives a wealth of information to anglers. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/webcams/eaglecam/index.html
- Fall Color Tour: Fall is a magical time in Northern Itasca County. I can’t even begin to describe the vivid colors of the fall leaves. It’s my favorite time to go hiking or put my kayak in a remote lake. This DNR website give you all of the information you need to plan your trip when the colors are at their peak. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/index.html
- Chippewa National Forest: The Chippewa National Forest is the 1st National Forest established East of the Mississippi River in 1908 and is home to more lakes and wetlands then any other National Forest. It is breath-taking! Trails, camping, fishing, hiking; you name it! https://www.fs.usda.gov/chippewa
- Scenic State Park: I spend a lot of my limited free time at Scenic State Park. Winnie, my dog, and I love to hike the many trails. Scenic State Park is home to Coon & Sandwick lakes for fishing. You can camp, hike, and more. If you love to hike, try the trail to Chase Point. It’s amazing. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00262#homepage
- Plant Hardiness Map: Moving from Tennessee to Minnesota was a big adjustment to my gardening. Luckily I had great neighbors that told me “never put a plant in the ground until June 1st.” In TN, I was often planting cooler weather veggies in February! This Plant Hardiness Map is very helpful in learning about your planting zone. http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
- Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center: If you want to learn more about the Edge of the Wilderness, stop by the Discovery Center in Marcell. They are very friendly and have lots of information to share. In addition, there is a gift shop, nature programs, and more. https://www.facebook.com/Edge-of-the-Wilderness-Discovery-Center-430246440342339/
- Becoming an Outdoor Woman: What a fabulous program this is ladies! Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is a program just for women. Learn all kinds of outdoor skills at their many workshops throughout the state. I attended one of their weekend get-away events and learned about Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, and Dark House Fishing. Plus you get to meet women from all over. They also offer programming for Becoming an Outdoor Family to get the kids involved. I highly recommend it! https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/bow/index.html
- Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board: The principle mission of the Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board is to "retain the natural beauty of the area while progressing to provide our diverse population with opportunity, economic viability and a quality of life that will carry on into future generations". This site provides links to all of the Edge of the Wilderness Communities. Definitely worth a visit. http://www.edgeofthewilderness.org/
- Itasca County Soil & Conservation District: If you have land in Itasca County or are considering a purchase, this site is valuable. The Itasca County Soil & Conservation District provides programs in Wetlands, Forestry, Shore land, and more. They have cost share programs and do an annual plant sale where you can purchase native trees, plants, flowers, and grasses. https://www.itascaswcd.org/
Looking to purchase or sell a home in the area? contact Karen Wortman today.