The Sterles

                      We are Sandy and Craig Sterle living in Blackhoof Township for over 30 years.  We have a variety of plants, animals, birds, and water on land, which quickly rolls between high and low.  I realize we are not owners, so much as stewards of…

Its time to PIPE UP!

Enbridge Energy has proposed a new oil pipeline right through some of the most productive farm and forestlands in Carlton County and across virgin wetlands and waterways. The Carlton County Land Stewards is a grassroots group of families, farmers, landowners, and individuals that opposes the creation of this new route. All it takes is 5…

Spectrum Farm

The Sandpiper Pipeline is poised to cut a 120 foot swath out of the middle of our sugarbush.  For the past 12 years we have heeded the call to gather sap and make syrup from the forest we steward.   We are careful to give each tree a rest when it needs one, and to tap…

The Schillo’s Story – Paul, Brenda, and Caleb

My name is Paul Schillo and I live near Wrenshall in rural Carlton County with my wife Brenda and son Caleb. Like many of our friends and neighbors, we were surprised to receive a letter from Enbridge this summer indicating that our property was under consideration as an alternative oil pipeline route.   We soon learned…

Kristie and Matthew

I was asked to write an article on the impact the pipeline would have on our property. Iʼve been putting it off since I just don’t know where to start. The Pipeline would run next to a natural gas line that I think has been here since the 60ʼs. They have had an easement here…

A word on Safety

In the words of one of our colorful neighbors: “having a little oil leak is like being a little bit pregnant”. In light of the recent oil spill in North Dakota and the three year anniversary of the continuing clean up from the massive Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan, we thought it might be…

The Andersons

Another Carlton County Land Steward Story 20 years ago we began looking for land that we could live out our dream of living off the land and being self sufficient.    We wanted land with good soil to grow our own food and open field to support our menagerie of animals.  We wanted a place…