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New firehall buildings dedicated on Gunflint Trail

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The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department held a grand opening celebration for the newly expanded and upgraded Poplar Firehall, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  WTIP's Carah Thomas was there. (Click on audio mp3 above to hear the report.)

Serving the Gunflint Trail Community since 1992.

The Gunflint Trail is a two-lane asphalt road originating in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and ending at Gull Lake, Minnesota. It is the only access to this major outdoor year-round wilderness recreation area.

The Fire District includes over 700 private and commercial property parcels and is surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Superior National Forest. The main economic activity in this area is the resort and outfitting business, which attracts many overnight tourists throughout the year. Since 1992, the fire department has been responding to structure and wildland fires, medical emergencies, and search and rescue.

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Important dates:

  • Wednesday July 17, 2013: Gunflint Canoe Races 
  • Thursday August 8, 2013: Mid-Trail Auction and Fundraiser at the Schaap Community Center 

A. Paul & Carol Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center 
The Schaap Community Center is available for use by Gunflint Trail residents and organizations associated with the Gunflint Trail for community activities that "benefit the Gunflint Trail community". The Center is not to be in competition with for-profit venues on the Trail. All requests for use will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

The Schaap Community Center is available free-of-charge to not-for-profit community groups of less than 15 people for meetings under 2 hours. Other groups will be charged a cleaning and maintenance fee of $25 per use, or as pre-arranged. Alternate fee arrangements may be discussed with the Schaap Community Center Policy committee members (Jim Morrison, Barb Bottger, or Jayne Johnson). Fees should be remitted to the GTVFD Treasurer. If the room is not left in good condition as outlined below additional charges may be assessed. 

In an effort to maintain and improve the Schaap Community Center, the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department always gladly accepts and appreciates donations.