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Happy 2024, Brightwater Winter Sale, Klondike Dog Derby Update

  Hi All,Happy New Year! Let’s make 2024 the best one yet, shall we? My year was off to a good start as Deb and I were up at the cottage, with the fire warming our bodies and souls. We got a dusting of snow on New Year’s Eve, which made it cozier. Not enough to cover the grass, but still pretty! I did make it out to Giant’s Ridge, in Biwabik, MN, for a day of skiing. The snow was okay on the runs, it was just weird to go up the lifts with no snow under them! I met up with Bethany Hway and her family, who are getting started into the ski world! It was great to...

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Chrstimas, Brightwater Lookbook 2023 Release, Hangar Steak Recipe

Hi All! It’s hard for me to believe it’s the 21st of December, especially if I look outside! I do remember some warm winters, but I can’t remember the a Christmas season quite like this. It’s certainly frustrating, but we’ll get through. We’ve just been spoiled! The important part of the holidays is being together, with laughter and love. Snow does make it a little prettier, though! By now, many of you have received the 2023 Brightwater Look Book. We shot this last March up in and around Knife River, on the north shore of Lake Superior. There was so much snow up there! We had many of our usual band of merry pranksters, and had the privilege of having...

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Thanksgiving Plans, Cottage Trip & Curating Our Winter Clothes Collection

How are you? I’m hoping that all is well in your sphere. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here! Time flies! What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Deb and I are having a quiet Thanksgiving at the house in Chanhassen. We’ll cook the turkey and make the necessary fixings: mashed potatoes, gravy, wild rice and a few more sides that will come together Thanksgiving morning. Sometimes kitchen spontaneity just happens! I hope that wherever your Thanksgiving happens that it can be full of grace and gratitude. We all have so much to be thankful for. We’ll probably head in to Brightwater for a while, too. I’m one of those old school retailers who believes holiday decorations don’t come out until...

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Big Sky Montana Ski Trip, Rob & Ryan DeLena, Bode Miller

How are you? What’s up with this weather?!? Officially 88°F on Wednesday? Not saying that I don’t like it, but it is a little bit much. I like to ease into the warmer temps. But I’m enjoying them, and I suspect all of us are. (I guess I’m a true Minnesotan, as the weather is often the first thing I talk about!)It was a week ago Wednesday that we got back from our trip to Big Sky, MT, where we visited my girls! We had such a great time! I’m really proud of them and their partners for truly making a difference in Big Sky. They all have have successful professional careers, are completely off of my payroll, and now (as...

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Duluth Photoshoot, Big Sky, Spring in the Shop

How are you? It’s hard to believe the end of March is here! I’d like to say where’d the winter go, but it seems to be lingering on and on! More snow this weekend? Let’s hope not… It’s been a little over a week since we did out photoshoot for Brightwater's 2023 look book! We headed up the the North Shore of Lake Superior, to Knife River, and had a fun time collecting many amazing shots for next fall/winter. After I go to market and select the fall and winter clothing mix, I ask the reps to send me sample pieces so we can shoot photos of them. The Brightwater crew is a wonderful collection of amazing friends that know how to...

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