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Deer hunter association offers Forkhorn Camp opportunities

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 1:28pm

The Arrowhead Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has scholarship money to sponsor local boys and girls who would like to attend a Forkhorn Camp this summer.

Three levels of camp experience are offered for youth ages 11-17. Forkhorn I camps for ages 11-15 are designed for beginning hunters; Forkhorn II camps for ages 12-16 are advanced camps with an emphasis on bow hunting; Forkhorn III camps for ages 14-17 are designed for youth with hunting experience who wish to expand their knowledge of big and small game hunting tips and techniques. Interested youths should apply soon as the camp is open to young hunters all around the state.

The chapter has scholarships of up to $375 available. Money for the scholarships comes primarily from the Hides for Habitat fundraising project that is done each fall during the deer hunting season and from major fundraisers such as the annual chapter banquet, which this year will be held June 3 at the American Legion in Grand Marais.

For more information contact Pete Harris at (218) 387-1868.


I-68 forms to be issued at Grand Marais Coast Guard/Border Patrol Station May 4 and 11

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 2:35pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) will be issuing I-68 permits from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 4 and May 11 at the Grand Marais Coast Guard/Border Patrol Station.  The Form I-68, allows certain applicants entering the United States by small boat to telephonically report their arrival to CBP.  There is no requirement that boaters obtain Form I-68. However, boaters who choose not to obtain Form I-68 must report, in person, for inspection by a CBP officer at a port-of-entry each time they enter the United States.

The Form I-68, after an initial inspection, permits a boater to report their arrival into the United States telephonically without having to appear at a port-of-entry for an in person inspection. The initial inspection involves an interview, checking the individual in the Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS) and possibly other law enforcement databases, completion of the form I-68, and payment of the fee.

Each applicant who is 14 years of age or older must appear in person for inspection. The names and dates of birth of children less than 14 years of age must be listed on one or both of their parents’ Form I-68. If approved, page one of the three-part Form I-68 will be issued to each applicant age 14 years of age and older. Each of the three pages of the Form I-68 will bear the photograph and fingerprint of the applicant for identification purposes. The fees for both individuals ($16) and families ($32) will remain the same as last year.

Travelers are encouraged to visit for more information on the Canadian Border Boat Landing (I-68) Program and other available CBP Trusted Traveler Programs.  The Grand Marais, U.S. Coast Guard /Office of Border Patrol Station is located at 315 south Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604.


Great turnout for affordable housing information session

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 2:29pm

There was a great turnout at Lutsen Resort for the Monday, April 28 information and strategy session on affordable housing and buildable lots in the West End of the county.

There were a number of presenters, local realtor John Oberholtzer, Leah Hall of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Small Business Consultant Pat Campanaro and more. By all reports the crowd was energized by the meeting.

Commissioner Bruce Martinson, one of the organizers of the event, ended the night by saying that the county may acquire property through a proposed land exchange of county land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for U.S. Forest Service land outside the wilderness. He said although the priority for acquired land is currently for fire halls, communication towers and gravel resources, some land was put on a list for housing development—60 acres east of Birch Grove school property is one of the parcels on the list.

Martinson said after appraisals are done at the end of August, Cook County will know which parcels will be acquired in the trade. However, the USFS doesn’t expect the final deed to transfer until June of 2015.

Martinson also said he had talked to a Minnesota Power representative about the availability of land owned by the company for affordable housing.

And, Martinson said he had just learned that the Northspan group, on behalf of the Cook County Go Team’s Housing Task Force has submitted two grant requests to fund a study that would assemble a team of affordable housing experts to study the issue of developing affordable workforce housing in Cook County.”

Martinson told those in attendance, “You comments will be important to the Cook County Go Team and the West End housing advisory/work group.”

Weekend News Roundup for May 3

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 9:35am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. Iron Range schools consolidation and walleyes in Cook County, not to mention bears in Ely…all in this week’s news.



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Gala for the Grove: A Fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 4:42pm

On May 17, the fourth annual "Gala for the Grove" will take place at Surfside in Tofte. The auction held at the gala is a fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School. North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson talked with Diane Blanchette, the director of the school about the event, the food, and the wonderful cause that it supports.

More information and reservations from Birch Grove Community School at 663-0170.


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Fishing closures to protect spawing walleye

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 2:03pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that the following closures took effect April 1: Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake, approximately one-third of a mile north of the narrows, closed through May 23; Saganaga Falls on the Minnesota‑Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake, closed through May 31; Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids) on the Ontario side of Saganaga Lake, closed through May 31; channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes on the Minnesota‑Ontario border, closed through May 31; Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake) from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake, closed through May 23.

The following areas will be closed to fishing from May 10 through May 23: Tait River from White Pine Lake to Forest Road 340 crossing, including a portion of White Pine Lake; Junco Creek from the first log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, and including a portion of Devil Track Lake near the river mouth.

Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas. All closed areas will be posted.

The closures are intended to protect concentrations of walleye that may be vulnerable to over-harvest in what is expected to be a year with relatively late ice-out and delayed spawning. Questions may be directed to the DNR fisheries office in Grand Marais at (218) 387-3056, or to Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor Steve Persons at