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Weekend News Roundup for February 9

Sat, 03/09/2013 - 11:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Dry conditions continue despite the snow, a wolf hunt moratorium is proposed, the state will stop using products containing an environment-harming chemical, and a big land owner might start restricting public access …all in this week’s news.

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John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts this weekend

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:21pm

Festivities of the 30th running of the John Beargrease Sled 
Dog Marathon, originally scheduled to begin Jan. 25, will take place 
beginning this weekend, Friday, March 8, and “run” through Thursday, 
March 14. The race was postponed due to the lack of snow earlier this 
winter. The race starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at Jean Duluth and 
Riley Roads in Duluth. The Mid-Distance finish is scheduled for 
Monday, March 11 at the AmericInn in Tofte. Two days later, Wednesday, 
March 13, the Marathon Race finish will take place at Billy’s Bar on 
Tischer Road in Duluth. This year there will be a new race for 
juniors, the inaugural running of the "Little John" for mushers 
between the ages of 14 and 17. In addition, the John Beargrease Sled 
Dog Marathon board of directors has elected to guarantee a minimum of 
$15,400 for the 2013 purse. The current allocation is $9,000 for the 
Marathon and $6,400 for the Mid-Distance. Events begin March 8 with 
the annual Beargrease Gala and silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at 
Greysolon Plaza in Duluth. Opening ceremonies and the bib draw follow 
on March 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Depot in Duluth; activities there 
also include a pipe and drum ceremony. Awards banquets are scheduled 
for March 11 at Camp 61 in Beaver Bay (Mid-Distance), and March 14 at 
Black Bear Casino in Carlton (Marathon). The photographer’s show runs 
through March 25 at the Great Lakes Aquarium. At almost 400 miles, the 
Beargrease is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 of the United 
States. Teams must rest at least 32 hours during the race, including 

Moose researchers report five deaths in first month of study

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:16pm

So far five of the 111 radio-collared moose have died in the 
first month of an intensive six-year study being conducted by wildlife 
specialists to determine what is causing the high moose mortality rate 
in Northeastern Minnesota.
“To date we have had five mortalities,” said Erika Butler, D.V.M. 
Wildlife Veterinarian of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 
(DNR), which is working with a number of partners on the project.
But of these mortalities, Butler said, “Four of these are considered 
capture-related as they occurred within two weeks of capture. This is 
a mortality rate of 3.6 percent, which is within the expected range, 
especially given the poor condition of many of these animals. “The 
fifth was actually outside our window for capture-related mortalities 
and was a wolf kill,” Butler said.
Although moose have been radio-collared in the past, these new collars 
are outfitted with GPS tracking devises and will send researchers six 
locations of each moose each day, as well as the ambient outside air 
temperature. If a moose doesn’t move for six hours researchers will 
text its location every 30 minutes for the next six hours so DNR staff 
can track the animal.
The goal is to locate moose that have died within 24 hours so they can 
be brought back and studied to determine what caused their death. If 
the moose is too big or too far away to retrieve a necropsy will be 
conducted in the field.
While moose have all but disappeared in northwestern Minnesota, 
northeastern Minnesota has been the last stand for these magnificent 
creatures in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Back to the '80s with Mush for a Cure

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 10:58pm

It’s time to paint the town red…no pink!...again. The 2013 
Mush for a Cure will be held Friday and Saturday, March 8-9 on the 
Gunflint Trail. Shake your cabin fever and come out for fun at this 
amazing fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
There will be delicious pasta and dancing at Windigo Lodge on Friday 
night. The theme is back to the 80s, so find those parachute pants or 
leggings, pouf up your hair and get ready to party like a pop star—in 
pink, of course!
Part of the hilarity will be The Bald, The Brave and The Beautiful 
event. Three Cook County businessmen have put their heads on the line. 
There is a competition to see which man can raise the most money to 
fight breast cancer. If enough money is raised, all three will have 
their head shaved—in front of the partying crowd. Taking part in the 
crazy spring fever event is Bruce Kerfoot of Gunflint Lodge who is in 
the lead at this time with $1,550 in donations. Forrest Parson o
Hungry Jack is close behind with $1,485 and Scott Harrison of Lutsen 
Resort was not far behind with $1,055 in pledges.
If you’d like to push the men over the line to baldness, consider 
donating today. You can do it quickly and easily on-line at www.mushforacure.com
  - click on “Donate” and look for the name of whom you want to see 
shaved.
Or you can select your favorite musher to donate to. At press time, 
MFAC has already raised almost $20,000. Organizers are hoping to top 

Melting snowpack won’t help drought; spring floods predicted

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 11:18am

Melting winter snowfall won’t do much to alleviate the extremely dry soil conditions across Minnesota, even if some areas experience spring flooding, according to the state climatologist. 

Roughly 70 percent of Minnesota is in extreme drought or severe drought. All of the snow that has fallen over the winter by and large remains on top of the landscape, a landscape that is largely frozen.

Cook County along the Canadian border is considered abnormally dry, the rest of the county is in a moderate drought condition.

The National Weather Service, which produces flood outlooks, has called for a high risk of flooding in the southern reaches of the Red River Valley.

Ventriloquist to perform at library March 8

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 11:05am

Come see James Wedgwood and his amazing comic ventriloquism at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Grand Marais Public Library.
Like a one-man variety show, James makes virtually everything talk, from wooden “associates” to purses, bottles, and even audience members – yes, they open their mouths and James provides the surprising words! A game show, singing (without moving his lips) and much more are all part of the fun. With outrageous characters and hilarious audience participation, this is a performance unlike any other and one you will not want to miss.
The show is free and appropriate for all ages, and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.