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Weekend News Roundup for October 27

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The state minerals exploration leases continues, Cook County has a new Chamber of Commerce, there was an explosion at Tac Harbor, the moose hunt was down this year, and much more…all in this week’s news.


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Surplus wolf hunt licenses available Monday, Oct. 29

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 2:50pm

Applicants not selected in this year’s early or late season wolf license lottery can purchase a surplus license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon on Monday, Oct. 29, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

There are 614 surplus licenses available for the early season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 3, and coincides firearms deer season in each of Minnesota’s three wolf hunting zones.

Any eligible hunter, regardless of whether he or she entered the wolf season lottery, may purchase a remaining early season license at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The DNR allocated 3,600 wolf licenses for the early hunting season. The remaining 2,400 licenses are for the late season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 24, and concludes Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Trappers were allocated 600 of the late season licenses.

Surplus wolf licenses are available from any DNR license agent, online at or by telephone at 888-665-4236. Complete wolf hunting regulations are available online at

Hunters and trappers selected by lottery for the late season must buy their licenses by Thursday, Nov. 15.

Unsold Minn. wolf hunting licenses to go on sale

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 8:47am

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Hunters will have another chance if they didn't win a lottery for Minnesota's early season wolf hunting licenses.
More than 600 wolf hunting licenses go on sale next week after going unsold to winners of a lottery.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say 2,985 lottery winners purchased wolf licenses by the midnight Wednesday deadline.

The remaining 615 will go on sale at noon Monday for people who applied for this fall's lottery but were not selected. If any wolf hunt licenses are left after that, they'll be made available to the public on November 1st.

Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt begins November 3rd, the same day as deer hunting season.

Halloween Party Fundraiser at Betsy Bowen's upstairs Friday

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 1:00pm

There will be a Halloween Party fundraiser for the co-op mural project on Friday, October 26 at the Old Playhouse (over Betsy Bowen’s Studio) from 6:00-11:00 p.m. Dancing for grown-ups after 9:00 p.m.
Admission by donation.
Join friends and neighbors for a fun Halloween evening with a dress-up corner, prizes for costumes, a Halloween cookie walk, Scary Storytelling (with prizes!), ghoulish fish pond, face painting, artist’s corner, snacks and beverages.

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-op Mosaic Mural was created by local elementary students, artists and volunteers over several years. The Co-op is being renovated and an effort is being waged by the community to raise the funds necessary to save the mural by carefully removing and replacing the art. The mural is a phenomenal educational example of connecting the young people to their community and has encouraged student ownership and pride in the place they call home. Grand Marais and Cook County are unique in that there is an outstanding celebration of the arts. The mural has become an iconic piece of Grand Marais scenery and there are high hopes of preserving this wonderful creation.

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-Op Mural Committee is Ann Mershon, Virginia Reiner, Jeff Kern, Mike Carlson, Kathleen Johnson, Betsy Bowen, Kathy Hellner, Kelly Dupre.

Cook County Chamber Launched

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 9:47am

Grand Marais, MN – The new Cook County Chamber of Commerce has been launched. According to spokesman Howard Hedstom, the organization will create a single voice representing all county businesses from all sectors.

In its initial statement, Chamber organizers say concerns with an aging population, shrinking workforce, chronic housing shortage, inability of businesses to invest and inadequate public investment have been building for decades.  The new chamber is in response to these issues and a desire to move the county forward and improve economic conditions for all residents.

The organizing committee is comprised of more than 20 community leaders from across the county and has worked for the past ten months outlining the organization’s mission, putting the organizational structure together and developing an operating budget.  

Norpine Trail Association to hold annual cleanup and meeting

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 9:01am

The Norpine Trail Association is holding an annual fall cleanup weekend on Saturday October 27 from 9 - 4 p.m. and the morning of October 28. The association encourages local cross country ski enthusiasts to take part in this weekend.  Norpine will  host a small group of North Stars from the Twin Cities who have been coming for 30 years to help maintain our trails! Please call 218-387-1112 and ask for Michael or email at to sign up or to get more information.
The Norpine Trail Association maintains and enhances the historic Norpine Trail System (which includes Cascade River State Park trails, Deer Yard Loop trails and Hall-Massey trails)—nearly 60 km of ski trails.
The association is seeking people to serve as local representatives on its board. The time commitment can be very nominal or if you really want to be active there is plenty of opportunity for that. 
The Norpine Trail Association is hosting its annual meeting at Solbakken Resort on October 26, 2012 at 7 p.m.