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    Dorothy Molter Living in the Boundary Waters
    Video 42 minutes Color VHS Tape, Copyright 1987 Jade Films
    New DVD Format
    Book

    Quote from tape
    When Dorothy Molter died in Dec 1986, she was 79 years old, had never married and lived 18 miles and six canoe portages from the nearest road. Yet more than 6,000 visitors signed her cabin guest book each year and drank her homemade root beer. She was national news, featured on national public radio written about in the new york times and los angeles times. Filmmakers Judith Hadel and Wade Back worked with Dorothy for four years, all seansons, When they visited, they hauled in their film gear by canoe or dogsled. They became close to Dorothy, stayed in her cabins. The result is a remarkable film. Its a beautiful to look at and listen to. End quote

    In NE Minnesota is a designated area called the Boundary Water Canoe Area (BWCA). No one is allowed to live there. People from all over the world visit to go canoe/kayak camping and fishing. Dorothy known as the root beer lady or the Lady of Gunflint Trail was the only one authorized to live in the BWCA in her rustic cabins. She had one cabin for winter and another for spring/summer selling root beer.

    The park service tried to evict her at one time, lol. Dorothy called a canoe friend of hers a Judge practicing in MN who loved canoeing in the BWCA. Well, when he was done with the park service, Dorothy got to stay and the park service welcomed her with open arms. The park service setup a 2 way radio, cut ice blocks in the winter for her and setup her root beer operation each year, just to name a few, lol.

    The video covers both her cabins, lakes, gardens, root beer operation an 8 gal crock pot, ice sawing, fish cleaning, chopping wood, feeding her ducks, scouts and canoe campers visiting, signing her log book and buying root beer and candy. All her older grandkids helping out in the summer. Drinking water from the lake, no electricity and her reading lights were Coleman lanterns. This vid was narrated by Dorothy and she reviews stories living in the BWCA.

    Many books have been written about Dorothy Molter the Root Beer lady. Her cabins were on Gunflint lake in the BWCA. So she was refered to as Dorothy Molter or The Root Beer Lady or Lady of the Gunflint Train!

    I purchased the VHS tape and her book from Piragis Northwoods Company and The Boundary Waters Catalog back in the early 90s, here is their website www.piragis.com Good website if you enjoy canoeing and kayaking. Now they sell the DVD format and her book. Enjoy, my family did!
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    Price Paid: In the 90's paid $19.99 for vid, $15.00 for book.
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    Pros: I think I've covered it all above, good book and video.
    Suggest adding to your collection.
    May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. Irish Blessing

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