Around Cook County
Everyone loves the lake, but doesn't always understand or know much about it below the surface.
Learn more on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. when Cindy Hagley from Minnesota Sea Grant presents fascinating and fun facts about Lake Superior. The presentation is part of Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardships Association's annual meeting and ice cream social.
The presentation – including the ice cream – is free.
Sugarloaf Cove Center is located lakeside off Highway 61 at mile 73.3 in Schroeder. For more information call 218-663-7679.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Paul Brandt, who was reported missing on the night of Thursday Aug. 1st. The search has involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs, and many many people.
Fifteen agencies have assisted with the search efforts including Cook, Lake, St. Louis and Sawyer counties Search and Rescue teams, State Patrol, DNR, Forest Service, Border Patrol, all the county volunteer fire departments.
There have also been a tremendous number of civilian volunteers who have assisted the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
As of 4:10 p.m. last night, Brandt had not been located. According to Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk, there have been several items of personal property found in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location.
The search continues for a missing Grand Marais man, Paul Brandt, 82. Brandt went blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon and did not return home. He was picking blueberries in the area south of the U.S. Forest Service Seagull Guard Station. His vehicle was found in that vicinity.
Several items of personal property in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location, said Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk.
The search has involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs and according to Sheriff Falk, "Many, many people."
The following agencies have assisted with the search efforts:
Cook County Search and Rescue
Lake County Search and Rescue
St. Louis County Search and Rescue
Sawyer County Wisconsin Search and Rescue
Central Lakes Search and Rescue
Minnesota State Patrol
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
United States Forest Service
United States Border Patrol
Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department
Hovland Volunteer Fire Department
Colvill Volunteer Fire Department
Maple Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Grand Marais Volunteer Fire Department
Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department
Sheriff Falk said there has also been a tremendous number of civilian volunteers who have assisted the Cook County Sheriff's Office with this effort.
A smaller Minnesota wolf population means fewer hunting and trapping licenses will be available when the wolf season opens Nov. 9. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) set the statewide target harvest of wolves at 220 – 180 fewer than last season.
Starting Aug. 1, hunters and trappers can apply for 2,000 early-season and 1,300 late-season licenses. That’s a reduction from 3,600 early-season and 2,400 late-season licenses in 2012. The deadline to apply for the hunting and trapping license lottery is Sept. 5.
“The changes are a management response to the most-recent wolf population estimate,” said Dan Stark, the DNR’s large carnivore specialist. “As with other game species DNR manages, adjustments are made to regulate hunting pressure and harvest to ensure long-term population sustainability and provide hunting and trapping opportunities.”
Minnesota continues to have the largest wolf population in the lower 48 states. The DNR’s 2013 wolf population survey estimated 2,211 wolves last winter compared to 2,921 in the winter of 2008. The most recent estimate does not include the birth of as many as 2,600 wolf pups this spring, some of which will survive into winter and be counted in next year’s population.
“DNR’s population survey confirmed Minnesota’s wolf population remains firmly established on the landscape,” Stark said. “We can manage seasons for a sustainable population of wolves like we do for dozens of other game species.”
Wolf licenses cost $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. The early season purchase deadline is Nov. 1, with surplus licenses going on sale at noon Nov. 6.
The Grand Marais Public Library presents singer/songwriter Preston Gunderson on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. for a performance and workshop.
Gunderson, a native from Virginia, Minn. will perform songs from his latest release, “The Recluse – EP,” top 25 on the iTunes singer songwriter charts. His workshop on writing and recording original music, his processes and his musical experiences as a singer/songwriter are sure to appeal to teens and adults.
Everyone is welcome to this event, funded in part or whole by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Temperance River rapids have taken another life. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 20-year-old man drowned while swimming in the Temperance River, Friday, August 2
At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Friday, August 2, an emergency 911 call was made for help at Temperance River State Park in Schroeder. The caller said someone was drowning in the river on the lakeside of Highway 61.
The man, Pavel Shtrefleng of Eden Prairie, MN, was swimming in a pool just below the bridge when, according to witnesses, he got caught in the current and was pulled under several times. His brother attempted to save him, but was unable to reach him because of the current.
Shtrefleng was submerged for approximately 4-5 minutes before the current released him. His brother and another person were then able to reach him and bring him to shore where CPR was begun. CPR was performed for approximately 20 – 30 minutes before Cook County Ambulance arrived. Tofte – Schroeder First Responders assisted with CPR.
The Cook County Ambulance transported Shtrefleng to the Cook County North Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This is the same location where rescuers were paged on June 30, 2013 to rescue a 16-year-old boy from Northfield, MN. Fortunately, he survived.