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CLICK HERE to see a poem for the late Dr. John (Little Bird) Anderson, a contributor to the Benj Armstrong book. He passed away on the day the first press run of the book was ordered. :-(

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The Chief Namakagon Trilogy (Ships Free)

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Go to the Lakes & Streams page to order the final edition.

A "user's manual" for all who love our lakes. Many tips and tricks to improve water quality, protect the fishery and other recreational uses, and even protect property values. A "must-have" for cabins, resorts, short-term rentals, and campsites. Sales tax & shippng paid by BVP!

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A must-have for all who enjoy a spooky tale or macabre poem! Contains DARK, DARKER, & DARKEST (17 very short but very scary stories plus 52 delightfully frightening poems. See some samples on our DARK page on this website.)

Contains 53 macabre illustratons by long-deceased artists! With DARK'S title changed and new stories added, it's perfect reading for dark and strormy nights or under the covers with a flashlight.
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Plus Thirty-six Fairly True Tales from Up North


Stories from the good old days, straight from the heart and the heart of the north. Some are sad, some are shocking. Some are simply hilarious, but they’re all fairly true, more or less.
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The Secret Life of Chief Namakagon (SHIPS FREE!)

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Who was Namakagon BEFORE he came

to remote NW Wisconsin in 1846? Was

he a fugitve wanted for murder? The

answer and his early life will amaze

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Tor Loken & the Death of Chief Namakagon

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A fast-paced, fact-based 1886 murder mystery. Illustrated. 236 pages. Includes maps to the Marengo silver diggings. Signed.

Learn the facts behind Chief Namakagon's suspicious death as, with Tor Loken, you solve the mystery. Join Tor and Rosie as they save the tribal silver.

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THE TREASURE OF NAMAKAGON

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This is the 2013 ABNA 2nd PLACE WINNER OUT OF 10,000 ENTRIES.   $17.99. Shipping & Tax included. Signed by the author. 247 pages, 62 illustrations, 43 exciting chapters.

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UPDATE: THE SECRET LIFE OF CHIEF NAMAKAGON, the 3rd in the trilogy, is now available at Redbery Books and the Loon Saloon in Cable, Marketplace Foods and Ben Franklin in Hayward  and, in Spooner, North Wind Books. In Bayfield, find the trilogy at the Old Rittenhouse Inn and Apostle Island Books. Chequamegon Books in Washburn carries it as do many "up north" historical museums. Spirt Bay in Canal Park is the only place you'll find it in Duluth.
Watch for the SUMMER 2015 official MOOSE book launch details at this website and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jim.brakken



THE TREASURE OF NAMAKAGON:

An 1883 lost treasure and lumberjack adventure. 26 stories woven into a great lumberjack tale. Set in Bayfield and Sawyer Counties in northern Wisconsin and in Chicago. Fiction based on fact. Text and 63 illustrations by James A. Brakken.


ENDORSED BY MIKE PERRY, LARRY MEILLER, LAMOINE MACLAUGHLIN, ERIC OLSON, ANNE STRATTON, WALDO ASP, JEFF REVERA, Others ...

"Weaving mystery into history, "The Treasure of Namakagon" vivifies the tumultuous nature of 19th-century life in the legendary northwoods." Michael Perry, bestselling Wisconsin author.

"Great story. I liked it!."  Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio host.

... a very talented writer. Consider me fan!" Jeff Rivera, Media personality, bestselling author.

"Open with caution. You won't want to put this one down."  LaMoine MacLaughlin, Author, President, Wisconsin Writers Association.

Brakken’s new book animates the long history of conflicts over Wisconsin’s water and mineral resources. Eric Olson, UWEX-Lakes Director.

"A twisting, thrilling mix of mystery, adventure and legendary treasure, still waiting to be found. .... ...a great fund raising idea for our lake associations. ... Wisconsin history buffs will find this book a treasure in itself. ...an exciting adventure for all ages. Waldo Asp, Northwest Waters President and AARP County Chairman

"Like a live history lesson, Brakken takes his readers on a ride down Northern Wisconsin’s untamed Namakagon River, back when giant virgin forests lured heroic lumberjacks to seek their fortune. In scene after scene, the reader is surrounded by the beauty of pristine woods and lakes, rooting for the good guys to beat out the greedy ones, even learning step by step how to place the giant saw so the magnificent tree falls in just the right place." A. Y. Stratton, author of Buried Heart


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Namakagon stood to meet them. He was broad-shouldered and a half-foot taller than anyone in the room. He had black hair and a full beard. His buckskin clothes were clean and neat. A diamond-shaped silver medallion was neatly stitched onto his shirt. A dark belt around his waist supported a sheathed knife and two buckskin pouches. 

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 NOW AVAILABLE AT https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51102  For a limited time, the first 18 of the 43 chapters are yours to read free. I urge you and your contacts to take advantage of this offer NOW, as it is likely to change SOON.

 Above: "One pouch held tobacco. In the other was a map and an old pocketknife with one broken blade, a battered silver pocket watch, an old gold medal, and a very old tintype photograph.  Scratched into the back of the photo was ‘1868'."                                                          

Below: Charlie Martin on a star load of twenty-footers.

This is a thrilling north woods adventure, based very closely on historical facts from the 1880s logging days near Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin.


Join with 16 year-old Tor Loken as he and his mentor, Chief Namakagon, work to outwit the big timber tycoons and protect the secret of the silver mine. (This mine truly existed and has not been found since the chief's death in 1886.)


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The novel:

This north woods adventure is written and illustrated by Wisconsin conservationist James A. Brakken.  See more on the 'About Us' page, above.

This is historical fiction based closely on many facts surrounding the Great Lakes states' timber boom of the 1880s and the legendary lost silver mine near Lake Namakagon in northwestern Wisconsin.

 Themes and concepts in this story are rich and varied. See the 'Themes and Concepts' page for more. 

Author readings available at your community club, library or school. Contact the author today.


The ebook is now available at SmashWords.com, Amazon and B&N. They can be read on your personal computer, Nook, smart phone, blackberry, I-pad, or on any of a number of other e-readers, including the Kindle. Click on the box link at top of page.


Questions??? Contact James Brakken: 715 798 3163 or BayfieldCountyLakes@Yahoo.com

The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha and Northwestern train was known by most as the 'Omaha'. 

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Imagine . . . you find a box containing items from years past, including a decaying map and a journal written about one year in an 1880s lumber camp. The journal tells the story:

After a daring 1883 rescue, Ingman Loken frees his 16 year old nephew, Tor, from a child labor scheme in a Chicago coal plant. Ingman brings him to the Loken' s lumber camp in far northwestern Wisconsin. There, Tor meets Namakagon, an Ojibwe Chief who knows of a secret silver mine. They soon learn that a sinister lumber baron intends to stop the Lokens from driving their timber down the river. Only a confrontation between the lumberjacks from the two lumber camps will decide who rules the river . . . the industrialists or the people. 

More information can be found on this website and by e-mailing TreasureofNamakagon@gmail.com


SCLF:
The statement I read June 11 is no longer current. This replaces it. Select ALL, Copy, and paste into WORD to see this in a readable format. This will be removed June 19. JB

Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative

Advocating for Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers

Shoreland Status Report 2015/16

What we HAD before last summer.

1. Local control of shoreland zoning.

2. Lake classification system. Lakes were protected by data driven,

3. All aspects of residential zoning regulation went through towns and counties,

What we LOST, without our knowledge or any public hearing.

1. Control of all shoreland zoning was stripped from local government and given to the

state. Standards drastically reduced. Puts all lakes in jeopardy

2. Lake classification system eliminated. Years of effort, millions of dollars and tens of

thousands of man-hours wasted for no reason.

3. Local control of shoreland residential lighting. Without any state standard, there is

now no control of any kind.

4. Local control of non-conforming use structures. As an example, small, non-
conforming cottages may now be 35 ft. high.

5. Local control of boathouse regulation.

What we CLAWED BACK – at least for a while.

1. Our Attorney’s research revealed Sec. 236, subdivision law, which allows counties to

set standards on shoreland property.

2. They brought DRN and WCA together to give our counties guidance document that

helped. Our Attorney’s assisted in the creation of the draft document.

3. They also found an ability to declare a development moratorium, which some

counties have used. A subsequent bill in late spring had a rider that outlawed any

more moratoriums. It was passed.

What we FOUGHT AGAINST - Numerous new bills that weakened standards.

1. Many bills that included decrease in lake and wetland protection and attack the

Public Trust Doctrine.

2. One bill would have allowed riparian owners to DREDGE the lake bottom in front of

their homes and cottages and remove spawning habitat. Allowed removal of up to

30 cubic yards per year on inland lakes and 100 cubic yards per year on Great

Lakes. This is land owned by the people of the state of Wisconsin. The destruction

would have been immediate and irreparable.

uncontroversial regulation of setback and minimum lake frontage.

including residential lighting.

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3. In another bill, ATV’s would have been allowed to rip through the shallow water of

all lakes, destroying shallow water habitat and spawning beds.

4. In yet another bill, all residential zoning would have been changed to allow 7-day

rental of all homes, turning residential neighborhoods into transient hotel districts.

While we were able to defeat the above, we know these provisions and other new, ignorant

legislation will be attempted next session.

Since 2011, 120 bills reducing local control have passed the Wisconsin legislature.

We are suddenly in a new era of attacks on local government authority. Our property

rights, the value of our homes, our tax base and our local economies are threatened by this

new wave of uninformed legislation, and we know there is more to come. We must be

represented in the capitol to defend our lakes and rivers. Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative is

the only group dedicated specifically to this legislative effort with professional lobbyists,

and we need your continued support

We will offer legislation in the next session with the support of our states most prominent

water groups that will return shoreland zoning to local control. Join us.

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This book will give you a glimpse into Wisconsin’s single greatest economic event: The harvest of the largest stand of white pine in the world, a timber cache that was estimated to take 1,000 years to cut but was gone in just fifty. Tens of thousands of lumberjacks descended on the north hoping to harvest the ‘green gold’. Many northern Wisconsin towns sprang up and then boomed into bustling cities, full of life, fast money, loose women, ne'r-do-wells, businessmen and lumberjacks. Most of those boom towns failed soon after the pine was cut, shrinking to impoverished settlements and, in some cases, vacant ghost towns. Wasteful practices, poor management and outright greed prevailed. The great Wisconsin pinery, as it was called then, will never return. What remains today are the descendants of the lumberjacks and others who followed them along with the rich, rich history they contributed. 

 .  the legendary lost silver mine .

What also remains is the quest to find the Namakagon mine. 1880s newspaper accounts prove it existed. It's location is still a mystery and many still search for the Treasure of Namakagon today. Your search for the treasure begins with the map below and the above links to other pages in this website. Good luck!

Below: "There, on the back, was what looked like a map."

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