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Isle Royale wolf population bottoms out at just three

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:46am

The wolf population on Isle Royale has declined from a high of 50 almost 40 years ago to its current low of three animals today.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with wolf researcher Dr. Rolf Peterson about the condition and future of wolves on the island.



KGM Contractors win bid for Gunflint Trail work

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:11pm

At the Tuesday, April 14 county board meeting, County Engineer David Betts asked the board to approve KGM Contractors bid of $2,047.778.01 to complete 3.73 miles of work on the Gunflint Trail from east of Fox Ridge Road to east of the intersection on County Road 92 [the old Gunflint Trail].

Although the bid was $330,000 over budget, Betts said KGM was the only bidder and the other two companies that normally bid these projects already have jobs for the summer.

“Despite the fact that we received only one bid, we recommend awarding the project to KGM Contractors of Angora, Minnesota, because we do not see any advantage to rebidding the project,” said Betts.

The job is expected to be finished by mid-August, but if it was re-bid, said Betts, it could take until late October and maybe not be able to be completed this year.

Plus, said Lisa Sorlie, the highway department’s secretary/book keeper, if no one bid on the job the county highway department would have to send back $500,000 in state aid funds that can only be used for this project.

KGM was the low bidder to crush gravel at $167,600. Betts also requested authorization to have KGM crush as much Class 1 gravel as the county had in its budget for gravel, and the board approved his request.


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DNR reminds public to be bear aware this spring

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:08pm

Wildlife managers remind homeowners who live near bear habitat to be bear-aware and check their property for food sources that could attract bears this spring.

Bears usually begin emerging from their dens in late March and early April. Allowing bears to forage for food in a yard can present dangers to bears and people, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“While one homeowner may not be bothered by the presence of a bear in their yard, it can cause conflicts between neighbors, as well as public safety concerns, when human-related food is easy to find and the bears stop seeking their natural foods,” said Jeff Lightfoot, DNR northeast region wildlife manager. “These bears eventually get into trouble because they return again and again.”

As bears emerge from hibernation they are not immediately hungry, but over the following weeks their metabolism ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Bears may be tempted by dog food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage.

“Bears are normally shy and usually flee when encountered,” said John Williams, DNR northwest region wildlife manager. “However, they may defend an area if they are feeding or are with their young. Never approach or try to pet a bear. Injury to people is rare, but bears are potentially dangerous because of their size, strength and speed.”

The DNR does not relocate problem bears. Relocated bears seldom remain where they are released. They may return to where they were caught or become a problem somewhere else.

For DNR tips for avoiding bear conflicts, visit


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Ham Run Half-Marathon follows "the trail less traveled" on May 2

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:13pm

The Ham Run Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run follow the “trail less traveled.” WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Emily Marshall of the Cook County YMCA on North Shore Morning. 


The Ham Run Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run are Saturday, May 2nd.  More information at 387-3386 or online at

The Half-Marathon will begin at Gunflint Pines Resort and Campground on South Gunflint Lake Road, approximately 43 miles from Grand Marais. The half-marathon and 5k will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and runners must be checked in no later than 9:30 AM.



"Marketing for Nonprofits" - Brown Bag Lunch topic April 22

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:38am

This week’s Brown Bag Lunch topic is ‘Marketing for Nonprofits.’ WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Erik Peterson of Bending the Arc Strategies on North Shore Morning. 


Cook County Community Fund’s Brown Bag Series in collaboration with Cook County Higher Education: "Marketing for Nonprofits"
Desserts/beverages will be provided.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Cook County Higher Education
300 3rd St, Grand Marais, MN

Registration online at


Fundraiser offers potluck and family dance featuring the SplinterTones, April 25

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:28am

A potluck, a family dance and the SpinterTones – it’s all part of a fundraising effort for the Cooperation Station Daycare and the Explorers Club Summer Youth Program being held at the Art Colony this Saturday. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Sarah Stover about the fundraiser on North Shore Morning. 


Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Grand Marais Art Colony
120 3rd Ave. W.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

A FUNdraiser and family dance featuring the SplinterTones for the non-profit daycare Cooperation Station and summer Explorers Club program.

For more information, visit the Grand Marais Art Colony website or call 218-387-2727.