The latest issue for August 2017 is out! Make sure you pick up a hard copy on the newsstands or check out the preview of the online digital copy below!
Some say print is dead, but here at Northern Wilds, we don’t believe it. Sure, big newspapers and magazines took a hit as online technology changed the way people receive news and information and companies advertise their products. But publications, such as Northern Wilds, continue to be supported by readers and advertisers, because they fill a niche within their community. As always, we thank those readers and advertisers for their continued support. We strive to provide you with a publication that is informative, useful and just plain fun to read.
While print is our strong suit, we’ve always recognized the importance of the Internet. We have an online edition of Northern Wilds magazine, an expansive website, a weekly e-newsletter and an active Facebook page. Our online following continues to grow. Now, we’re about to take another step into the online world. We’ve begun offering sweepstakes and contests where you can win some great prizes. Every month, we’ll feature our current contests on this page. Information will also be included on our website under the Contest tab. If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll see our contest promotions, too.
Our goal with this endeavor is to build our online audience and offer a new venue for our advertisers to reach their customers. We hope to have some fun with the contests and give you an opportunity to win some great prizes. Our first contest, with a prize of two passes to the Live from the Rock Folk Festival Aug. 11-13, closed after this issue went to press. We currently have two contests, our annual Northern Wilds Photo Contest with cash prizes in four categories and a sweepstakes with a prize of two tickets to the North House Unplugged performance, featuring storyteller Kevin Kling and seven guest performers on Sept. 16. You can find the contests on our website, northernwilds.com.
This month we also introduce J Ron Tamanaha, the newest member of our Northern Wilds team. J Ron applied for the printer’s assistant position (also known as a printer’s devil), because he wanted to learn more about graphic design, printing and publishing. A resident of Hovland, he’s a student at Cook County High School, where he is on the cross-country team and involved in robotics. He also enjoys photography.
In June we attended the Outdoor Writers of America conference, which was held in Duluth. Three individuals whose work often appears in this publication were honored with awards: Emily Stone, James Smedley and Michael Furtman. A number of Northern Wilds contributors were in attendance at the conference, including Ali Juten, Kelsey Roseth, Eric Chandler, Javier Serna and Joe Friedrichs. We also met some writers and photographers whose bylines will appear in future issues.
Summer is a remarkably busy season in the Northern Wilds. While we enjoy the company of our many summer visitors, they do create some challenges for our distributors. Northern Wilds, the Cook County Map and the North Shore Menu Guide just fly off the shelves, so we work hard to keep them stocked up in our distribution locations. If you are having trouble finding our products, give us a call and we can direct you to another location, or view the online edition. If you are in Grand Marais, you can always stop by our office to find them.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt