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Jim Junttila is a Keweenaw native and an outdoor writer/photographer specializing in fishing, hunting and travel. His columns appear in
newspapers, magazines and online -- including Michigan Outdoor Times, Great Lakes
Angler, Outdoors Now, Daily Mining Gazette, Porcupine
Press and Florida Fishing Adventures.
Jim Junttila holds a 20-inch, 5-pound smallie -- his biggest this summer --
caught and released on his ultralite brookie rod with 4 lb. test line, a
splitshot and a leech in Lake Mendota during the June 2005 Outdoor Writers Association of America
(OWAA) Conference in Madison, Wis. (Photo © 2005 Jim Junttila. Reprinted with permission.)
Jim is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers
(AGLOW). He is also a board member and past president of the Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen's Club and
the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Fishing runs in the Junttila family: Joe Junttila, Jim's nephew, is pictured here with a Northern he caught in Torch Lake on Labor Day, 2005. When not fishing, Joe spends some time as goalie for the Finlandia Lions hockey team. (Photo © 2005 Jim Junttila. Reprinted with permission.)
News (with Jim's photos)
Governor Jennifer Granholm visits Keweenaw County
Posted 08/19/2005 Updated 08/25/2005
EAGLE RIVER -- Keweenaw County residents filled the Courthouse in Eagle River on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to hear Michigan Governor
Jennifer Granholm share her vision of the state's future. Creating jobs and higher education opportunities, protecting the Great Lakes and promoting tourism were some of the topics Granholm discussed in her informal presentation and question-answer session. The Governor spent a good deal of the approximately 90-minute visit greeting individuals of all ages and listening to their concerns.
See also our update with a second page of photos by Jim Junttila.
Keweenaw snow photos: March 2005
A Photo Essay by Jim Junttila Posted
03/29/2005 Updated 03/30/2005 and April 8, 2005
Jim Junttila of Laurium, outdoor writer and active board member of the Calumet-Keweenaw
Sportsmen's Club, recently took a post-Vernal Equinox, late March, not-quite-spring photo tour
from Calumet to Copper Harbor. He offers these photos to assure Keweenaw Now
readers that, while the winter carnival statues in Houghton may
be melting fast, Keweenaw's north end still has plenty of snow for late March. more
Photo: Keweenaw deer herd at feeding station in
Eagle River. (Photo © 2005 Jim Junttila. Reprinted with permission.)
Fisherman's Sunrise on Lac La Belle
LA BELLE -- What possesses fishermen to be out on the water when the sun comes up? Is it the beauty of a Keweenaw sunrise? Is it because big, hungry walleye, northern and smallmouth prowl these waters at dawn, thinking
a big, fat crawler or a juicy minnow might go nice for breakfast? "It's both of those things and more," says outdoor writer and photographer
Jim Junttila, "but when a day this beautiful breaks, I
just want to be there to fix it." Photo: Sunrise
on Lac La Belle. (Photo © 2005 Jim
Junttila. Reprinted with permission. Click
here or on photo for larger version.)
Keweenaw loss: Jim Rooks of Copper Harbor,
1935 - 2005
By Michele Anderson Posted
COPPER HARBOR -- Jim Rooks -- naturalist, nature guide and educator -- passed away March 10, 2005, at Zablocki Veterans Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee.
Keweenaw Now and friends wish to express our deepest sympathy to Laurel Rooks of Copper Harbor, their daughter Hannah and Jim's other family members. From his helping to save the old-growth Estivant Pines
to his Keweenaw eco-tours, Jim will be remembered for many contributions to conservation and education.
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