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Bands close lands to wolf hunt

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 6:32am

The Grand Portage band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa say that tribal lands on the reservations at Grand Portage, Nett Lake, and Lake Vermilion will be closed to wolf hunting during the upcoming state season.

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday rejected an effort to block the state’s wolf hunting season from opening along with deer season this Saturday.

The Duluth News-Tribune quotes Tribal officials as saying, “The Tribal Councils determined that hunting wolves for sport is inconsistent with a tradition of subsistence hunting and that for some members hunting wolves presented conflicts with cultural practices.”

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the 1854 Treaty Authority manages off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the ceded territory for the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands. They already announced they would not authorize wolf hunting for band members this fall.

The Fond du Lac Band asked the Minnesota DNR not to allow state wolf hunters to use public lands within the exterior boundary of the reservation. The DNR did not agree to that request, tribal officials said.

In its decision last Friday, the high court made no comment in denying an emergency motion by the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves to stop the upcoming wolf hunting and trapping seasons. The seasons will be Minnesota’s first since the region’s wolves came off the endangered list last January.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals earlier had refused to issue an injunction, and any trial for the groups’ lawsuit probably will take place after the upcoming season is over.

While the request for an injunction was denied, an attorney for the two groups noted that the groups’ lawsuit will continue. Howling for Wolves and the Center for Biological Diversity claim that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources failed to provide a formal opportunity for public comments before issuing its regulations for the upcoming season.

Instead of offering a formal public comment period, the DNR offered an online survey before adopting the details of how wolves would be shot and trapped. More than 75 percent of the comments opposed killing wolves.

The DNR says has it followed all necessary steps to establish the season. In court filings, the agency contended that it received extensive public comments that resulted in substantive changes to the final rules for the wolf hunt and that it acted within its legal authority for conducting expedited rulemaking.

Minnesota’s wolf hunting season will start Nov. 3, with a late hunting and trapping season starting Nov. 24. The DNR has set a target harvest of 200 wolves for each of the two seasons for a total of 400 animals. Minnesota has an estimated 3,000 wolves.

Trick-or-Treaters invited to Care Center on Halloween

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 7:24pm

Everyone at the North Shore Care Center looks forward to 
filling treat bags for kids to enjoy on Halloween at the Community 
Center and at the Care Center. The residents will give out candy to
trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, October 31 from 5 - 7 p.m., so
put that stop on your trick-or-treating list!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care 
Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at 
(218) 387-3518 or visit our website

Fun Halloween events coming soon

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:25am

Boo! Several traditional Cook County events are coming up soon. On the West End, the annual Birch Grove PTO Halloween Carnival will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Birch Grove Community 
Center in Tofte. It will feature bingo, kids games, a cakewalk, haunted house, raffles and tons of fun.
Organizer Diane Blanchette said, “Wear a costume (or not) and bring the whole family!”

The Cook County Community Center will host a party including treats, crafts and games, cakewalk and a food drive contest on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3:45 to 7 p.m. The costume contest for all ages is at 5:30 p.m.
To donate a cake, cookies, or sweet treats, contact Diane at (218) 387-3015.
The event is sponsored by Community Education, the Cook County  Community Center/Extension and Cook County Kids Plus.

And rounding out the Halloween activities is the second annual Haunted House at 121 West Third Street in Grand Marais from 5 - 8 p.m. on October 29 - 31. Community members are invited to tour the new and 
expanded haunted house.
There is no charge for the haunted house, but visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item if possible.

Bill & Kate Isles at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:08am
Bill & Kate Isles are making a stop at the ACA

Bill and Kate Isles will appear in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 27, offering their original acoustic songs and zany comedy at the North Shore Music Association’s annual silent auction event.
Bill and Kate Isles, based in Duluth, use a wide variety of musical styles so their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. Words like “mesmerizing,” "transcendent,” and even, “hysterical” are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.
The two have toured nationally as a duo, full-time, since early 2007, performing about 150 shows per year, for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. They 
have been main-stage performances at Big Top Chautaqua and Chicago’s FolkStage.
The doors open at the ACA at 6 p.m. for the silent auction, with an array of unique high-quality items all generously donated by local organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the auction benefit NSMA.  
Bidding will continue at intermission, and winning bids will be announced after the show.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18 adults, $12 students (age 18 & under) Tickets are available at or at the door.

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.