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DNR considering walleye regulations for Saganaga, Sea Gull and Gull lakes

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:34am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on experimental walleye regulations being considered for Saganaga, Sea Gull, and Gull lakes, and the Sea Gull River. All are located in Cook County, on or near the Minnesota-Ontario border. Regulations may include a 17-inch minimum size requirement and a limit of three fish, with only one fish over 20 inches allowed.

The regulations are being considered in response to concerns from anglers over a lack of smaller walleye in these waters, coupled with DNR assessment data showing declines in the number of walleye of all sizes present.

The minimum size limit is intended to protect younger fish from harvest, to maximize returns from natural reproduction and stocking. The lower bag limit is intended to prevent harvest of too many fish. The restriction on the number of fish over 20 inches has been included to be consistent with statewide walleye regulations, and to prevent overharvest of the largest walleye in these waters.

Two public meetings will be held to collect input on these proposals.

• An open house will be held at the DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul on Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff will be available to take comments on this proposal and other fishing regulations under review around the state.

• A public meeting will be held at the Cook County Community Center,
 317 W. Fifth St., Grand Marais, on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Grand Marais area fisheries staff will be on hand at that meeting to take comments on this proposal only.

The DNR will also continue to take input on the proposal for the remainder of the summer; comments will be accepted through Oct. 7.

The Flute Reed Ramblers to perform at North Shore Care Center Tuesday

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:32am

The Flute Reed Ramblers family group will be at the North Shore Care Center on Tuesday, September 23 to play folk music for residents and guests at 3 p.m.

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities at the North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at (218)387-3518 or visit the website:


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

Public meeting to consider tax abatement bonds for Superior National at Lutsen Tuesday

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 9:24pm

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) appeared before the county board on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, asking the board to schedule a public hearing on the EDA’s proposal to have the county issue tax abatement bonds for $2 million to fund continued improvements at Superior National at Lutsen (SNL) golf course. The hearing was scheduled for September 23 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners room.

Howard Hedstrom, who was appointed to the EDA board in January, said, “I’m new to the EDA, but the EDA is not new to the golf course business.”

Hedstrom shared what he had learned in his brief tenure, that the EDA had created a plan for development of SNL with Golf Course Architect Jeff Brauer of Golfscapes. He said phase 1 of the improvements would be done in September 2014 and phase 2 is expected to be completed by mid-September 2015. Hedstrom said the EDA has been handling all the “mundane details” of the construction project.

Hedstrom said the EDA was surprised when it learned from its bonding firm Ehlers & Associates that it was going to be very expensive to seek traditional general obligation bonds. “We found out that if we go out for tax abatement bonds, we’d save $1.4 million over the term of the contract.”

Hedstrom asked the county board, “Why wouldn’t you want to save $1.4 million? It makes the chance for success for the project that much better.”

Weekend News Roundup for September 20

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 9:05am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Wolves, zebra mussels, copper and mercury…all figured in this week’s news.


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Center for Small Towns to present rural trend info in Grand Marais Sept. 23

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:19pm

Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, owner and proprietor of the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, sees an interesting mix of people in the course of his day. A recent visitor was Kelly Asche of the University of Minnesota-Morris Center for Small Towns. A relaxed discussion over coffee at the B&B led to an interesting upcoming event. On Tuesday, September 23 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at North House Folk School, Asche will give a presentation on rural demographic and economic trends for small towns, looking at Grand Marais in particular.

Arrowsmith DeCoux said Asche would share data on towns with similar economies, such as Ely as well as communities with dissimilar economic environments. “The goal is to learn more about where we’re headed,” said Arrowsmith DeCoux.

The presentation will not necessarily provide answers for the problems facing small towns. However, Arrowsmith DeCoux said an important part of the presentation was the Q&A session at the end. “It will be interesting to see the data he has to share, but also some narratives about what other communities have done,” he said.

There is no charge for the presentation, which will be held in the blue building at North House Folk School. Light refreshments will be served.

Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at Arrrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:16pm

Come out and groove with the North Shore's dynamite new musical supergroup—Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at a CD release concert on September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Guitarist and composer Briand Morrison of Grand Portage, through funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and in partnership with the North Shore Music Association, composed twelve original jazz, rock, and blues works for guitar, backing instruments, and vocals. Having recorded and produced a full-length album, Morrison will perform this new material onstage with a wide array of the North Shore's finest musicians.

Morrison composes and performs solo jazz guitar extensively. He also composes and performs in a style he calls, "reminiscent of a Hendrixy, Stevie Ray, Allman Bros, Early Clapton sound—a refined 60/70s style."

Tickets $10 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) For sale in advance (no fees) at or at door (box office opens 6:30 p.m.). For more information about this and other NSMA events, go to