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Dicky Powell pauses while telling a story at the Chippewa Inn on the Canadian side of Saganaga Lake on a February afternoon. The resort is now operated by his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Larry Marxen. (sam cook /

On remote island, Northland man has lived a life beyond the grid

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SAGANAGA LAKE, NORTH OF GRAND MARAIS — Dicky Powell hops on his Ski-Doo and makes the 30-second ride from his cabin down to the frozen surface of Saganaga Lake. He removes the cover from his water hole, grabs an ice chisel from his sled and begins chipping away. The hole has frozen over, as it does every day this time of year.


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