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Raffle & Silent Auction

Thank you to the businesses & individuals who generously donated these items.
All proceeds benefit Parks & Trails Council.
More items are being added as they are donated.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS - top bid for each

Salsa Beargrease X5 Bike from QBP

Fat tire bike
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$1,599 Value

Beargrease is the fatbike designed for speed, from ultra-endurance to traditional racing. It’s lightweight, agile frame is superb in singletrack regardless of the season.

  • Aluminum frame with 170mm rear spacing & QR
  • Salsa Makwa 150 QR fork
  • Sun Ringle Mulefut 80SL tubeless-ready rim with 45NRTH Husker Du tires

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Two Nights at Eagle Ridge & Four 2-day Lifts at Lutsen Mountains

photo of lutsen mountains and eagle ridge resort
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$1,000 Value

Lutsen Mountains lays within the Sawtooth Mountains, which brings more of what you want in a ski trip – the highest mountains, the most snow, and the breathtaking beauty of the North Shore. With runs on four separate but interconnected mountains, Lutsen is larger than several western resorts and dwarfs any other Midwest resort.

Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains is right in the midst of the ski area. The one-bedroom condo sleeps 4 with a queen bed and futon sofa, plus a fireplace, full kitchen, patio with a peaceful mountain view, TV/DVD. Enjoy the unique indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Restrictions: mid-week stay, excluding holidays. Expires 4/10/2017. Reservations required and can be extended/upgraded for addition charge.

Two Nights at Lutsen Sea Villas & 2 Golfers at Superior National

photos of lutsen resort and superior golf course
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$880 Value

Lutsen Sea Villas are as close to Lake Superior as you can get without getting wet! The property includes 1/2 mile of shoreline with spacious grounds, peaceful walking trails and fire rings at the shore for beach campfires. Located 2½ miles from the Lutsen Main Lodge, the Sea Villas have their own Guest Service building with registration and a large indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and kid’s play feature. A lakeside picnic & playground area are by the lake.

The two-story units are generally 2 bedrooms & loft with ladder access which children love. The units vary in size and configuration and accommodate 2 to 8 guests. All units have breathtaking views, a private lakeside deck, fully furnished kitchen, wood-burning stove, TV, DVD player and wireless units. Guests have full access to the many complimentary Lutsen Resort activities.

Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen is tucked away in the northwoods with several views overlooking Lake Superior. The course at Superior National at Lutsen is perhaps the most visually stunning course you’ll play in Minnesota or anywhere.  Though offering a somewhat traditional layout, this course will test your mettle with grand elevation changes and sloping fairways.

Resort Restrictions: no peak weekends or holidays. Reservations must be made in advance and based on availability. Golf restrictions: valid Sun-Fri. Includes cart and 18 holes.

Original oil painting by Matt Kania

Framed painting of tree and Lake Superior
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$500 Value

“Spring Pine at Split Rock”
Original plein air oil painting on canvas panel
9″x12″ (framed 15″x18″ – included)

Matt Kania’s philosophy of painting: “painting represents my best effort to convey the experience of a place – what it felt like to be ‘in this place, at this time.’ That is the motivation of my painting ‘en plein air.’ I am not trying to paint pretty pictures of nature. I am simply alive in these places and the painting becomes a vehicle for the experience – that lives on beyond the moment.”

Framed photo by Rudi Hargesheimer

Photo of Gold Rock Point at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
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$225 Value

Stunning photo of Gold Rock Point at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
Matted and framed (not shown). 18 x 22″ frame.

Rudi Hargesheimer is a former P&TC and Superior Hiking Trail board member whose primary photographic focus is the North Shore.

Handmade Alaska wilderness quilt

Quilt with inset of fish and birds
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$ Priceless

Handmade quilt by former board member Kathy Bonnifield. The fabric was acquired in Alaska and features salmon, ravens and grackles. Quilting design reminiscent of water flowing over the scene.

5’2″ x 4’3″

Simpkin's Cabin Weekend

Simpkin's Cabin
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$ Priceless

Enjoy a two-night stay and one home-cooked meal for up to five people at Dave Simpkins’ cabin in the Alexandria Lakes area. Dave is the editor of Minnesota Trails Magazine and enjoys hosting guests in this cabin he built down the hill from his home, which is surrounded by acres of forest. Enjoy the trail Dave created through the forest with free use of Dave’s collection of skis, snowshoes and bicycles. You won’t want to miss the sauna or the hammock. Lake Carlos and Glendalough State Parks are both a 20 minute drive from the cabin.

Duluth Weekend Adventure

Duluth package photos
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$300 Value

Willard Munger Inn
Stay 2-3 nights, located right on the 70-mile-long Munger State Trail.
$200 gift certificate

Day Tripper of Duluth
Head out on a guided 2-hour adventure (canoe, kayak, bike, or hike) with gear included for one person.
$50 gift certificate

There And Back Books
Then explore on your own using these 3 guidebooks: Hiking the North Shore, Camping the North Shore, Skiing the North Shore.

Lynx Game + Signed Basketball

Lynx players and signed ball
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$200 Estimated Value

2 Tickets to a game – seats located in 3rd row behind visiting bench

1 basketball signed by the full Lynx team – 3 time champions

North Shore Print
by Dave Gilsvik

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$90 Value

Richly painted scene of the North Shore on Lake Superior.

Print on paper
13″ x 19″

Dave Gilsvik is an oil landscape painter from Two Harbors. Dave’s paintings can be seen at Sivertson’s Gallery in Grand Marais and Siiviis in Duluth.

Behind the Scenes at the MN History Center

Exterior of MN History Center
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Private tour of the MN Historical Society Library archives – normally closed to the public – for up to 12 people with Pat Coleman, MHS Book Curator.

Glimpse into this treasure trove of history, that holds 500,000 books (from rare 17th century travel narratives to contemporary Minnesota romance novels), 37,000 maps (dating back to 1580s), and much more.

Delve into the history of MN’s parks and trails with documents on the creation of Itasca, a 19th century map of Twin Cities bike trails, early efforts to document Arrowhead canoeing trails, and the creation of the Gateway State Trail.

Handcarved Pair
of Pintail Ducks

two carved ducks on piece of wood
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$125 Value

Hand carved by Gary Bullemer, assistant manager at Sibley State Park. Each duck is carved from two pieces of basswood, painted with oils and finished with glass eyes. The finished size is 7-8 inches long (about 1/4 size of working decoys).

Framed Photo by Bryan French

Framed photo at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
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$150 Value

Photo from the shore of Lake Superior at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, facing northward with view of Ellingson Island.

8″ x 10″ – framed 14″ x 16″

Bryan French is a Duluth, Minnesota based photographer who loves really cold weather, adventure and a healthy dose of fun! In his spare time, he’s an adventure guide with Day Tripper of Duluth and a naturalist with Hartley Nature Center.

5-Day Canoe Rental from Sawbill Outfitters

Kekakabic - BWCA

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$210 Value


From Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, located at the entry to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A 5-day rental of a Kevlar Canoe for your next BWCA canoe trip. This canoe is widely regarded by the dedicated paddlers, professional guides, and park rangers of the lake country. The design features very high capacity and seaworthiness. It will hold a week’s worth of gear, still cope well with large lake waves and travel amazingly far with each stroke. Its sleek overall profile favors use by capable paddlers.

Greenway Tour and Brunch

photo of the Midtown Greenway and Tim Springer


Enjoy a weekend bike ride with Tim Springer, the co-founder of the Midtown Greenway Coalition. Hear the inspiring story of how he helped make this improbable vision a reality. Then relax with a brunch prepared by Tim-a man who prides himself on his cooking-at his house along the Greenway.

About Tim Springer
Tim’s history with bicycle transportation planning and visionary work began in 1992 when he co-founded the Midtown Greenway Coalition. He then served as its Executive Director from 1995 to 2011. Tim started a one-person consulting shop, The Greenway Guy, which in 2011 and 2012 assisted in designing 12 cutting-edge bicycle facilities in the Twin Cities. Tim has been car-free his entire adult life except for six months in 1984 when he owned a VW bug that caught on fire and burned up.

Raffle Items below

RAFFLE ITEMS ~ $5/ticket

Gift card to Arc'teryx
in Calhoun Square

Arc'teryx logo with mountain

$250 Value

2 Tickets to the
Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater building

$140 Value

2 tickets to Saints Baseball
+ $25 to Big River Pizza

Saints baseball and Big River Pizza

$81 Value

Scenic Boat Tour on Scenic St. Croix River

Scenic boat tour

$40 Value

4 VIP tickets to the MN Landscape Arboretum

Group walking through pink flowers

$48 Value

Teachings of Mother Earth(3 books) by Judy Stern

three books

$48 Value

Family Pass to Niagara Cave in Harmony, MN

inside of the limestone cave

$44 Value

Hawk Ridge book illustrated by Betsy Bowen

Book cover "Hawk Ridge"

$25 Value

Pair of Three Rivers Season Ski Passes

Ski trail and chalet at Elm Creek Park Preserve

Up to $150 Value

Gift Card to Midwest Mountaineering

Midwest Mountaineering storefront

$100 Value

(2nd) Pair of Three Rivers Season Ski Passes

Three Rivers Skiier

Up to $150 Value

Handwoven Willow Basket by Jacki Bedworth

$50 Value

Peace Coffee Gift Basket

Peace Coffee basket

$100 Value

State Parks & Trails Gift Basket

$200 Value

More items will be added as they are donated. Please check back later to see the latest.