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Trappers Convention to be held in Embarrass MN

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:37am

The Minnesota Forest Zone Trapping Association  (MFZTA) was formed by a group of trappers want to have a 'voice' in the management of the sport. The trappers association is having its second annual Trappers Convention and Gun Show on Friday - Sunday, Aug. 10-12, 2012,  at the Embarrass Fair Grounds in Embarrass, MN.   The event starts at noon Friday and ends around noon on Sunday
The convention will include traps, trapping supplies, tail-gaters, skinning demonstration, trap setting demonstrations, a fur-bearers of Minnesota exhibit, and good food. Attendees can also expect lots of fun and lots of trapping stories.
There is camping on-site.  Admission is only $1 and youths under 15 are free.
The association has room for more food vendors,  and craft vendors,  Contact Ray at (218) 969-3425 if you would like more information on vendor opportunities.
Visit the Minnesota Forest Zone Trapping Association website for additional information at or e-mail for information to

County commissioners to now pay toward health insurance

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:36am

The last of this year’s county employee salary negotiations has been completed.  When Commissioner Sue Hakes brought her recommendations to the county board on Tuesday, July 24, the commissioners spent some time discussing whether they should start contributing toward their health insurance premiums and in what amount.
Commissioner Hakes recommended that the county’s half dozen non-union hourly employees receive an increase of 1.8 percent and continue to make no contribution toward their health insurance premiums, the same as regular salaried union courthouse employees and Highway Department employees.  The cost to the county would be about $3,400 over the next two years, Hakes said.  The board approved this recommendation unanimously.
Previously, on July 17, the board approved 2.5 percent cost of living increases for the supervisors, who are non-union, and the department heads and elected officials.  Supervisors will now pay $10/month toward individual or family health insurance and department heads and elected officials will now pay $25/month.  Union employees in the Sheriff’s Office also received a 2.5 percent increase and will pay $25/month for family coverage.
Commissioner Hakes then turned the conversation toward their own compensation.  She recommended that they receive no salary or per diem increases but that they pay $10/month toward individual or family health insurance.  “I think we should set an example,” she said, “and I think it’s a reasonable amount to ask in light of the fact that we’re not getting a raise.”

Proposals sought for Secure Rural Schools Act forest projects

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 9:19am

Duluth, MN – As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act approximately $155,000 of Title II funding could be available for projects on national forest lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Funding could be available for other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources of  the Superior National Forest.

Proposals should benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources. It can be used to maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure or to obliterate unneeded roads. The funds can also be used to control noxious weeds.  At least 50 percent of all Title II funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds. 

Individuals, non-profit organizations, and local governments can submit Title II project applications. Projects may be completed through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, or by temporary employees. 

Proposals are due on or before August 27 to be considered for funding.  The Superior Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet September 14 to review, select, prioritize and recommend projects.  
For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects please contact Superior RAC Coordinator, Lisa Radosevich-Craig at 218-626-4336, or any Superior National Forest District Ranger. The website is and link to the Superior RAC page in the Secure Rural Schools section.

Join WTIP for a fun evening August 23rd to support “A Home of Our Own”

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 4:00pm

WTIP Community Radio is presenting an evening of culture and fun at a beautiful, historic fish house on the shore of Lake Superior, adjacent to Butterwort Cliffs near Cascade River State Park. The fundraising event will feature music by Gordon Thorne and a presentation by naturalist Chel Anderson (heard on WTIP as the Northwoods Naturalist). Drinks and appetizers will be served.

The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd. Tickets are $100 each or more if you can. All proceeds will support WTIP’s “Home of Our Own” capital campaign.

Please call the station for more information: 218-387-1070 or e-mail:  Please RSVP by August 15th.

Temperatures to be more normal this week

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 12:17pm

Mike Stewart from the National Weather Service says we could have some normal temperatures for the rest of this week. Then, he says the next 30 days might be a bit above average in temperatures and moisture. The meteorologist says that’s good because we’re starting to dry out again. Mike spoke Monday, August 6 with WTIP’s Ann Possis. Here is what he had to say:

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Minnesota Sculptors on display at Johnson Heritage Post until August 12

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:18am

The latest exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post in downtown 
Grand Marais is filled with vivid three-dimensional offerings in 
bronze, marble, steel, wood, ceramic, copper, porcelain, glass and 
brass, offered by 14 artists who belong to the Society of Minnesota
The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece by ballot. The 
artist who has produced the sculpture voted most popular by the end of
the show will receive a special award from the Society. But be warned—
you will want to vote for them all!
The exhibit runs until August 12, so stop by soon to see the amazing 
forms that sculpture can take. To learn more about the Society of 
Minnesota Sculptors, visit