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Gunflint Lodge for sale after 84 years of family ownership

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Often, commercial property is put up for sale when profits dwindle. But that's not the case with the storied Gunflint Lodge, which the Duluth News Tribune says went on the market this week for $6.7 million.

"We are coming off our best financial year ever in the history of the resort," said Bruce Kerfoot, 74, who owns the resort with his wife. "Sue and I want to enjoy a little time in the pasture before we check out for good.”

The couple took over the property along the Canadian border from Bruce’s mother Justine Kerfoot in the late 1960s. They handed operations over to a son in 2001, but took back control in 2008.

The Gunflint Lodge has been in the family for 84 year. It began as a fishing resort and canoe trip outfitting business. Although the main lodge wasn't winterized until the early 1990s, in recent years the resort has become a winter destination complete with hot tubs, horseback riding and gourmet dining.

Last year, the Star Tribune carried a story about the resort's $400,000 addition of a series of eight zip lines to take visitors on a 2 1/2 hour sightseeing trip over pine trees through the wilderness around the Gunflint Trail.

On Friday, the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association announced that the Kerfoots have been inducted into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame.

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