Thursday, October 22, 2009

You don't fish for Musky: You HUNT 'em !

Anglers long to hook a musky. Allusive, sought after and BIG; the muskellunge knows few predators. One of those is man. You fish for walleye, trout and panfish.

You hunt musky.

Once again, fishermen (and fisherwomen) will be competing for up to $5,000 in prizes in the 4th annual Iron River Musky Tournament on the Pike Lake Chain, Oct. 24 and 25. And again, the BATTLE AXE SALOON on the corner of U.S. 2 and Bayfield County B (South) in Iron River will be where the action is ... when you're not out there casting for this rare fish. Position drawing and music at the Battle Axe Saloon from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

The catch-n-release, non-transport tournament starts at 7 a.m. Saturday on any Pike Chain lake of your choosing. Judges will be out on the water until 4 p.m.

Food and music at the Battle Axe from 6 p.m. to close Saturday.
Sunday's fishing  action continues at 7 a.m. on the Pike Lake Chain until 2 p.m..
Food and awards at the BATTLE AXE from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 4th Annual Iron River Musky Tournament is sponsored by the Battle Axe Saloon, Woods & Water Outfitters of Iron River and NJ Custom Builders.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

American Book Cooperative moves to Main Street West location in Ashland

The American Book Cooperative will soon be moving to its new location at 3rd Ave. and Main Street West in Ashland.

Conveniently located across the street from Book World on Main Street West, The American Book Cooperative will specialize in antiquated and used books as well as books by local history authors.

It will also have an extensive collection of area poets and playwrights. Besides being a full-service book store, it will also provide a free book search service for customers.

Book dealers including bookshop owners throughout the region are invited to display portions of their collections as a showcase for their shop or private collections.

Besides marketing on the Internet, ABC will advertise in NorthWordNorth, EcoLogic, The Tall Timber Telegraph and other area online and print publications.

Watch NorthWordNorth for updates on the Grand Opening of the American Book Cooperative.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


An excerpt from ALL OUR RELATIONS, NATIVE STRUGGLES FOR LAND AND LIFE. LaDuke, Winona, South End Press, Cambridge, Mass.; Honor the Earth, Minneapolis, Minn., ISBN 0-89608-599-6, $16. Page 197.

"Somewhere between the teachings of western science and those of the Native community there is some agreement on the state of the world. Ecosystems are collapsing, species are going extinct, the polar icecaps are melting, and nuclear bombings and accidents have contaminated the land.

According to Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson, 50,000 species are lost every year. Three-quarters of the world's species of birds are declining, and one-quarter of all mammalian species are endangered. Tropical rainforests, freshwater lakes, and coral reefs are at immediate risk, and global warming and climate change will accelerate the rate of biological decline dramatically.

The writing is on the wall, in bold letters. There is no easy answer, and even scientists themselves seem to recognize the necessity of finding new strategies and understandings. In an unusual gathering in late 1998, for instance, NASA scientist met with Indigenous elders to discuss global warming an to hear the elders' suggestions on possible solutions. The response the scientists received may have been only part of what they had hoped for. As one observer summarized, the elders pretty much responded, 'You did it, you fix it.'

In the final analysis, we humans can say whatever we would like -- rationalize, revise statistical observations, extend deadlines, and make accommodations for a perceived 'common good.' But 'natural law,' as one Yakama fisherman and former director of the Columbia Intertribal Fishing Commission Ted Strong explains, 'is a hard and strict taskmaster.' Dump dioxin into the river, and you will inevitably eat or drink it."

Winona LaDuke speaks out for earth at annual Honor the Earth Benefit Birthday Bash

by Eric Hjerstedt Sharp
The Tall Timber Telegraph

LA POINTE, Wis. _ "Madeline Island holds a special spiritual significance," said LaDuke at Tom's Burned Down Cafe Thursday night.

Originally called Mooningwanekaaning ("The Home of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker") Madeline Island is the traditional spiritual center of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) people. LaDuke chose Tom's Burned Down Cafe in the town of La Pointe as the venue for her 50th birthday bash and the annual benefit for Honor the Earth, a native-directed and controlled organization of which LaDuke is the executive director. Honor the Earth's mission is "to create awareness and support for indigenous environmental issues and leverage needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable indigenous communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, media and indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the earth and be a voice for those who are not heard," according to the organization's mission statement.

LaDuke and the staff of Honor the Earth urged participants to be aware of local food communities and to follow sustainable paths to help the earth heal after centuries of neglect and resource depletion.

Native rocker Keith Secola on guitar and others joined the celebration at Tom's Burned Down Cafe for an evening of music and dance. Secola was joined by Chequamegon Bay-area musicians including Laughing Fox (Michael "Scooter" Charette, flute), Marky Rossow (Marky Mark sax, banjo and drums) and others at the event.

Photos by Chad Lampson, The Tall Timber Telegraph photographer and technical editor

FLUTIST LAUGHING FOX from Red Cliff, Wis. constructs his own flutes. A poet and artist, he has taught people of all ages.

Winona LaDuke

It was an honor meeting Winona LaDuke at Tom's Burned Down Cafe at La Pointe, Wis. Thursday night. Shown here signing her book All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life at her birthday party and fundraiser for Honor the Earth.

Friday, July 24, 2009

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July 24 - Andy Noyse
July 25 - 6-9 Russian Church 100th Annv.

(featuring the Balalaika Orchestra)
July 25 - 9-midnight Upnorth Haircut


Live Music at Boogies Saloon
Friday, July 24
Busterville plays Rock, Rythm & Blues live at 9:30 p.m.

Live Music at Boogies Saloon
Saturday, July 25
My Device plays Rock live at 9:30 p.m.

Porch Concert Series-White Winter Winery
Sunday, July 26 Spotted Mule, riginal tunes & a few covers for fun.

Held outside rain or shine from 1-4 p.m.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O'Neill is an English professor at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Michigan. He read from his newest book Deciduous March 19, 2009 at Nora's Red Carpet Lounge in Hurley, Wisconsin.

He also read from unpublished works.

Patrick O'Neil at Nora's Red Carpet Lounge

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

American Life in Poetry: Column 208

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American Life in Poetry: Column 208


To have a helpful companion as you travel through life is a marvelous gift. This poem by Gerald Fleming, a long-time teacher in the San Francisco public schools, celebrates just such a relationship.

Long Marriage

You're worried, so you wake her
& you talk into the dark:
Do you think I have cancer, you
say, or Were there worms
in that meat, or Do you think
our son is OK, and it's
wonderful, really--almost
ceremonial as you feel
the vessel of your worry pass
miraculously from you to her--
Gee, the rain sounds so beautiful,
you say--I'm going back to sleep.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ojibewegan:A Community Writing Group

Ojibewegan:A Community Writing Group

-share family stories and personal journeys

-craft a written record through poetry

-experience the works of contemporary Ojibwe poets

When: Tuedays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. beginning April 14-May 5

Where: Bad River Elderly Nutrition Center

Who: All community members, family and friends are invited

Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

The writing group is FREE
and funded by the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award

Group facilitator is Jan Chronister, English instructor at LCOOCC Bad River Outreach Site.Please direct questions to Sandy Corbine at the Bad River Elderly Nutrition Center, (715) 682-7150 or Jan at

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"A change in the weather is known to be extreme
But what's the sense of changing horses in midstream?"_Bob Dylan, from "You're a Big Girl Now.

Dylan had a way with words, we all know that, but did he predict climate change?
Probably not consciously, but the evidence that something is changing is quite obvious -- even to the amateur naturalist.

Droughts come and go. Weather warms and cools in cycles. It always has. But obviously something’s happening with the climate .."You don't need a weather man..." as Dylan also sang in a more popular lyric.

Ask anyone who's out in the woods or on the big lake if they've ever seen anything like this: Shoals popping up where you used to sail over with no concerns for your keel. Try to dig lately last summer? Dry dirt (red clay) for several feet down even in the late spring.

Global warming. It’s everywhere. According to climate scientists, last year was the warmest year on average throughout the United States in more than 100 years in 48 states. Furthermore, the last nine years have all compared with last year in average temperature, they just didn’t peak quite as high.

For us lay people, that means it’s hot.

Up until the late 1980s, the record temperature of a high-altitude town in Colorado called Fairplay was 79. The town most recently made famous by South Park is at almost 10,000 feet above sea level. But a few years ago, the high temp topped 80 and above. Since then, the little town atop the Rocky Mountains has experienced several days in the 80s.

As a Scout decades ago, I remember camping up north here and experiencing cool weather every morning during any month of the year. It was never hot, in fact we didn't spend much time in the water -- even in the inland lakes -- because we just didn't need to go in to cool off. It just wasn't that warm.

Ask that old farmer who used to plant cool weather seed crops about the weather. Now he's buying corn seed and planting it, not to eat, but as a cash crop for bio-fuels.

Other seed crops are also being considered to fuel vehicles too, and start-up efforts to develop these innovative alternative fuel centers have been popping up north here for the last few years. A small-scale center is even being considered for the Ashland area.

Whether you call it global warming or climate change or whatever -- predicting the weather has gone mainstream.

Even as early as the 70s, a small group of scientists had been predicting global warming. Few, unfortunately, believed them. Some even considered these people out of touch with reality; the rest ignored their findings and considered the idea that humans could actually change weather patterns significantly as radical or far-fetched.

The reality is, however, that climate change is progressing faster than even many of those scientists thought it would. We’ve all heard reports about melting glaciers and icebergs, but take a look around at our own backyard.

Local indications of climate change are just as convincing.

Right here in Ashland, the pilings of the former oredocks have always stuck out of the water, but more and more of them are becoming visible. The water at the beaches in Lake Superior is bearable during more of the summer,.

Last summer the temperature soared in the 100’s more than a couple times. Many summer evenings, which once were always cool, are often warm. No one used to have air conditioning in the northwoods; now it’s standard in new spec home construction to install central air.

Even the Lake Carriers' Association out of Cleveland blames falling water levels of the Great Lakes, along with a "lack of adequate dredging," as a leading factor as to why shipments of cargo on the Great Lakes fell almost a third from last year at this time. And although that speaks more about the present drought, it could very well indicate a trend, and even worsen if the weather doesn't get back to normal.

Right here in Ashland, the pilings of the former oredocks have always stuck out of the water, but more and more of them are becoming visible.

Today, few well-versed scientists doubt we aren't changing the weather at a very fast rate. The popularity of Al Gore's award-winning movie "An Inconvenient Truth," indicates a popular attraction to the idea that we are indeed warming the planet through emissions of carbon dioxide.

So maybe Dylan was a little ahead of his time. Speaking of Dylan, there’s throwing another birthday bash for him up in Hibbing, Minn. in May again.