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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries division is continually monitoring and strategizing how best to manage the lakes and streams under its care. Part of the effort includes gathering public comment on the lakes and streams being evaluated. Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on DNR strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams have until Feb. 15, 2013, to ask questions or submit comments.
“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.”
Every year, DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Grand Marais area, plans for the following lakes and streams will be reviewed:
* Bogus - managed for splake, reviewing stocking success and need for stocking adjustments.
* Little Cascade - managed for northern pike (special regulation), reviewing assessment needs to evaluate regulation.
* Daniels - managed for lake trout and smallmouth bass, reviewing status of lake trout population and assessment and stocking needs.
* Dawkins - managed for northern pike, no new management activity proposed.
* Holly - managed for northern pike and walleye, reviewing need for continued walleye stocking.
* Jack - managed for northern pike, no new management activity proposed.
* Loon - managed for lake trout, northern pike, and smallmouth bass, reviewing status of populations and assessment needs.
* Lost - privately managed, updating plan to reflect loss of public access.
* Mit - managed for walleye, reviewing need for continued stocking.
The Omnibus Hearing for a 36-year-old man facing a number of charges alleging sexual conduct with young girls has been continued to March 5
Assistant Cook County Attorney Molly Hicken and defense attorney John Lind agreed to the continuance Wednesday afternoon for Joel Ray Allard of Grand Portage. During the 10-minute hearing before Sixth District Judge Michael Cuzzo, it was disclosed that the US Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are also investigating charges against Allard.
After the hearing, Hicken said that Allard is the only subject of her office’s investigation.
Hicken told the court that federal law enforcement is now involved in the case which her office began investigating last year. She said the FBI’s investigating agent believes a federal grand jury will vote an indictment for Allard within the next few weeks. A federal indictment would take precedence in the case although Hicken said the state could continue its case once the federal case is resolved.
The assistant county attorney requested that Allard remain in county custody unless the federal system gets involved. She also asked that the Omnibus Hearing be continued for six weeks to give federal officials the time to act.
Under questioning from defense attorney Lind, Allard said he understood the involvement of federal authorities. Lind said he expected the federal case to have “quite rapid” movement.
Lind also said that his client was waiving his request for a speedy hearing. He said that if Cook County intends to actively prosecute the case that the proper discovery process continue with evidence to be made available by the county attorney. Cuzzo asked Hicken to continue with the discovery process as necessary and she agreed.
If the weather permits Thursday, Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre plans to begin moving his supplies another 2,000 feet up Denali.
Dupre is on his solo third attempt to reach the summit of Alaska’s Denali. He would be the first person to do so. The peak is North America’s highest.
His crew at One World Endeavors reports that Wednesday was “a rest day for Lonnie at the 14,200 foot camp. He must acclimate (to the altitude) before continuing on.”
Dupre spent Wednesday charging electronic gear and organizing for when he begins ferrying his gear up to 16,200 feet. The plan would be for him to move supplies today and return to his camp at 14,200 feet to sleep.
The route from 14,200 to 16,200 feet surmounts the mountain’s West Buttress. The Duluth News Tribune reports the route presents the steepest climbing along West Buttress route — an 800-foot, 40-to-55 degree snow and ice face known as the Headwall. From 16,200 to the 17,200-foot camp, the route follows just below a ridge line and includes several steep and exposed sections.
The News Tribune says Dupre hopes to move to his high camp at 17,200 feet on Friday. That would be his last camp before reaching the summit.
In addition to the grueling climb, Dupre also is working on a 20-minute documentary film called “Cold Love.” The film will call attention to climate change.
Dupre's expedition may be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com
The respiratory flu is still around, but the vaccines are all available. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with nurse Teresa Borak about what’s available for which patients.
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Last year when Bryann Bockovich of Grand Marais got a call from her friend Linda McClellan, asking her to take part in a fundraiser event to benefit the Special Olympics Minnesota, she said yes. When her friend told her the event was a Polar Bear Plunge in the Duluth harbor on February 2012, Bockovich still said yes. She not only dived into frigid Lake Superior, she and several other Cook County women raised $1,500 to take part in the event.
Bockovich is taking the plunge once again on February 16, 2013. Bockovich said, “I have committed to grin and ‘bear’ it for the athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota by participating in the St. Cloud Polar Bear Plunge.”
Although she is pleased to fundraise for Special Olympics Minnesota, which serves 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities, Bockovich has a particular young lady in mind, Linda McClellan’s daughter Holli. Holli is a medal-winning member of a Special Olympic bowling team.
After diving into the freezing water last year, Bockovich was asked if she would do it again. She replied, “Yes! I did it for Holli and yes, we are going to do it again. We love to have more people come join us!”
If you would like to join Bockovich in the plunge, contact her at (218) 370-9551. If you don’t want to brave the icy water, you can support her on-line at http://www.plungemn.org/plunger/bryannbockovich.
To learn more about the Polar Plunge, visit http://www.plungemn.org/ to find out all the chilly details.