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DNR issues reminders to human, canine trail users

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 6:16pm

With fresh snow on the ground and crews busy grooming trails for cross-
country skiing at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, the 
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds visitors about 
winter trail rules and etiquette.

On groomed trails, with or without a set of tracks, remember: Pets are 
not permitted on ski trails; hiking and snowshoeing is allowed 
anywhere in Minnesota state parks, except on the ski trails and trails 
posted “closed” for the winter; winter mountain biking is only 
allowed on trails designated for that purpose; all skiers age 16 and 
older must carry a current, signed Minnesota Ski Pass with them when 
skiing in Minnesota state parks.
Ski passes can be purchased three ways: Daily ski passes ($6) are sold 
at park offices where staff is available; self-registration for one-
season ($20) and three-season ($55) ski passes is available at most 
Minnesota state parks; ski passes can be purchased using Minnesota’s 
electronic license system, available at nearly 1,500 locations around 
the state.
To find a location, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html or 
call the DNR Information Center between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday 
through Friday at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

Weekend News Roundup for March 2

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 11:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Food shelf use is up in the region. Early primaries are possible under a proposed law. It’s tax time and that means a new tax scam. And a run-down of area sequestration consequences – if and when…all in this week’s news.

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Cook County RidgeRiders Trout Derby Sunday March 3

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 9:38am

One event winter enthusiasts look forward to each year is the 
Trout Derby. With a long-storied past, the derby is a time for the 
community to gather on the ice and for laughs and fun and hopefully, 
to catch a fish or two.
This year the vaunted fishing contest will be held Sunday, March 3 on
Gunflint Lake. Registration is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is $10 
for Cook County RidgeRiders Snowmobile Club members and $20 for non-
members.
All fish must be weighed by 2 p.m.
The Grand Marais Lion’s Club held the first trout derby in 1957. By 
1962 as many as 4,000 people attended the event that was also held on 
Gunflint Lake. Throughout the years the derby was held on a variety of
lakes, including Greenwood and Clearwater lakes.
The 1962 derby was held March 11 but was shortened due to flooding on 
the lake. Local TV news stars Marsh Nelson and Bill Krueger were 
supposed to attend but couldn’t make it.
That year 30 fish were caught and the big winner was Mrs. Clyde 
Wishcop, who took home a 19-inch TV with her catch of a 4-lb 10-oz 
lake trout. Her son, Steve, also caught a nice laker and took home a 
30-30 Marlin rifle for placing third overall.
The Lions Club organized trout derbies into the 1980s but quit because 
of rising insurance costs and declining membership. After a lengthy 
stoppage, the Cook County snowmobile club restarted the fishing 
contest as a way to provide family fun and to raise funds for trail 
maintenance and grooming equipment, said Shele Toftey, one of the 
group’s main organizers.
While everyone won’t catch fish, there will be fish burgers, hot 

Silver Bay Peewees in championship game this weekend

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 3:13pm

No. 2 seed Silver Bay Peewee Bs have advanced to the championship game of district playoffs. The game will be held on Sunday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Hermantown and will set the rankings going into regions.
Silver Bay’s first district playoff was against Hermantown Blue with a win of 4-1, scoring 2 open net goals in the final seconds of the game. The team secured their spot in regions with their 2nd win of 3-1 over No. 3 Seed Moose Lake.
Regions will be held in Silver Bay the weekend of March 1-3.

Higher Ed offers Microsoft Word training -- sign up now

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 3:08pm

Microsoft Word is the world's leading word-processing and text-editing software. It is a powerful software with a wealth of advanced formatting features. Many users, however, never progress beyond basic use of Word, leaving them unable to take advantage of the software's productivity-enhancing capabilities. In many cases, this lack of familiarity with Word's full range of options leaves users frustrated and excessively reliant on their help desk for answers to their questions.
Don Bremer, rocket scientist and computer trainer extraordinaire, can help. He will provide a full day of training in the use of Word on Wednesday, March 6, at Cook County Higher Education. Bremer will briefly review the basics of Word but will spend the bulk of the day focused on expanding users' knowledge of the software. Bremer previously has offered Higher Ed training in Excel and WordPress.
Maximum enrollment for this Word course is 15. You will need a laptop computer with the 2007 or newer version of Word. If you wish to take this class but use Word 2003, you will need to upgrade. This class is only for PC.
If you use Word 2007 or newer on a desktop in your home or office, you may use a Higher Ed laptop for this class. They are loaded with Word 2010.
To register for this full day of Word training, call 387-3411 or email jboyd@northshorecampus.org.

Reception for "Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art" Friday, March 1

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 3:07pm

A reception for Robert Two Bulls and Johnson Loud, the featured artists in the Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art at the Grand Marais Art Colony will be held Friday, March 1. The community is invited to the Art Colony at 6 p.m. to meet these talented artists. In celebration of this meaningful exhibit, there will be light refreshments and music by jazz guitarist Briand Morrison.
Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art is brought to the community by a collaboration between the Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness explains the purpose of the exhibit. She said, “We hope to delve deeply and begin to see (at least realize what we can’t see) through native eyes, both to broaden our artistic vision, but also to deepen our understanding. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the massacre of 38 Dakota warriors, we felt it appropriate to stop and consider from a different perspective.”
Their work will be on display in the Grand Marais Art Colony’s small gallery for four weeks.