Facing North: Portraits of Ely, Minnesota by Ann Goldman, Andrew Goldman

By Ann Goldman, Andrew Goldman

Ann and Andrew Goldman supply a revealing portrayal of the folks who name Ely domestic. that includes multiple hundred pix in addition to bright essays, dealing with North tells the tale of lifestyles during this Northwoods group: its breathtaking attractiveness, varied personality, and intricate heritage. From lodge proprietors to canoe makers, dealing with North is an evocative tribute to the long-lasting nature of Ely and its people.

Thank you, Andrew and Ann Goldman, for the endurance that it took to accomplish the images in dealing with North. it's a ancient rfile for Ely, Minnesota, that has all over the world curiosity as a picture of a special northern neighborhood. You so effectively captured my pals and buddies, and that i will continuously cherish this book. — Will Steger

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A week later, we are unafraid A friend told us of an acquaintance who was uncertain about the ice but drove on it anyway. As a precaution, he undid his seatbelt and rolled down his window. Good thing, because he was able to slip through the window and swim up to the surface when his truck did in fact go through. I kid you not. Will Steger, famed polar explorer and educator, has pulled many a dog and expedition member from stunning ice crevasses in Antarctica and has traversed the most hazardous of ice floes at the North Pole.

As you rolled over and submerged of Ely, ice is a way of life, a winter heaven of beauty, again, the last ghostly traces of a transient winter sport, and sustenance. After all, their forebears set- terrain would slide away across your body. tled this land on the heels of receding glaciers. Our host assures us it is safe to walk on the fro- The people here fish through the ice; they sled, zen lake. “You could drive your car on it,” he says. snowmobile, snowshoe, and ski on it. They cut and “We’re definitely lighter than a car,” I think, as I store huge chunks of it to preserve their summer venture the first steps with my young sons into the food, they trap beaver through it, and they even GREEN ICE 20 camp on it.

Here at home in Ely he makes a party out of the ice on Picket Lake. More than sixty people gather for the annual “Ice Ball” on a sunny February day to fill up Steger’s ice house, where he will keep his vegetables in perfect cool humidity all summer long. With the promise of a feast and a heel-kicking music concert, partygoers first chip through the ice of this shiny landscape, dreading instead our return to a different, grayer kind of winter in Chicago. FACING NORTH 25 PLATE 17. Roger Nyquist, Jackpine Lodge FACING NORTH 26 PLATE 18.

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