Day Canoe Trip to Stairway Portage

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota is one of the world’s top destinations for canoeists. And Stairway Portage is one of the best day trips in the BWCA. The entrance point only about 15 minutes from Okontoe. So it’s not only one of the best day trips along the Trail, it’s the easiest … Read more

8 Short & Scenic Gunflint Trail Hikes

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During your visit to Okontoe be sure to take advantage of the great hiking opportunities along the Gunflint Trail. Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail is sandwiched on either side by one of America’s most unspoiled wilderness areas, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Located in the northeast corner of our state, this 56-mile road begins in Grand … Read more

God’s Opportunities

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by Nancy Patten “We are near the end of all things now, and you should therefore be calm, self-controlled men (and women) of prayer. Above everything else, be sure that you have real deep love for one another, remembering how love can ‘cover a multitude of sins.’ ” 1 Peter 4:7-8 (JB Phillips) The times … Read more

Welcome Them as Friends

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by Nancy Patten Dad often used J.B.Phillip’s New Testament translation when he taught and preached. It seems that this passage from James 1 well describes challenging times and how we should respond to them: “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them … Read more

Who Holds the Reins?

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Sometimes the circumstances around us can make us feel that everything is out of control. That is the place where our adversary, the devil,  steps in to grip us with fear. The circumstances in this nation—Covid-19, and now the rioting, demonstrations and violence—may appear to be hurtling out of control. But we have to remember … Read more