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9/15/17 – Recently, the Quetico Superior Foundation ran a lovely feature story about Sawbill. The article starts:

There is an outfitter at the end of the Sawbill Trail, to the northwest of Lutsen, Minnesota, where customers and staff return year after year and whose names are remembered. They become part of a kind of family tree, a network of people connected to the place and the family at its center. The Hansens, and now the Shirleys, have been running Sawbill Canoe Outfitters since 1957, creating more than a business. It’s a place where annual traditions, lifelong friendships and marriages have been born. Their story suggests that it’s still possible to combine business with the magic of introducing campers to canoe country and raising a family.

You can read the full article on their website, here.


Frank and Mary Alice Hansen, Sawbill’s founders and grandparents of current co-owner Clare Shirley.