Our Stories


Remembering Arlen Matson

  Arlen Matson, founding member of the NCTA Grand Traverse Hiking Club Chapter, passed away in early April. He received an NCTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. “Arlen loved being in nature and surrounded by God’s creation. His favorite hobbies included camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, biking, backpacking, fishing and photography. Arlen’s passion for the […]

Project Spotlight: Arrowhead Reroute Begins

  In the late 80s and early 90s, Minnesota volunteer leaders approached the National Park Service (NPS). In the northeastern part of the state, the North Country National Scenic Trail’s (NCNST) route was far from ideal. Due to extensive wetlands in the Floodwood area, trail leaders were instead hoping the North Country Trail (NCT) could […]

Mandy Huskey (Gunflint Lodge), Joe DeMuzio, and REI Foundation: Volunteer Spotlight

  2020 Trail Blazer Awards Mandy Huskey, Gunflint Lodge. The Gunflint Lodge is the quintessential, historic Northwoods resort facility on Gunflint Lake that goes back to 1927. They offer the public a variety of lodging opportunities, a fabulous restaurant, and a full service Boundary Waters outfitter operation in far northern Minnesota. Owners John and Mindy Frederickson’s […]