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Heading out to ski? Remember to get the Great Minnesota Ski Pass

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 2:44pm

Now that winter has officially arrived along with lots of fresh snow, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people to purchase the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. The ski pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 miles of grant-in-aid and state-designated cross-country ski trails. Many of these trails are in state parks and state forests.

"Skiing is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors during the winter," said Andrew Korsberg, state trail coordinator for the DNR. "The money collected from the ski pass goes directly to support grooming and maintenance of ski trails statewide."

State law requires skiers 16 years of age and older to purchase and possess a daily ($6), annual ($20) or three-year ($55) ski pass before using any grant-in-aid or state-designated cross-country ski trails. A map of locations where the Great Minnesota Ski Pass can be used and a statewide snow depth map (updated every Thursday) are available on the DNR website at

Skiers may purchase passes at any one of about 1,500 electronic licensing agents throughout Minnesota and at most state parks that have ski trails. Annual and three-year passes may also be bought online or by calling 888-665-4236.

Weekend News Roundup for January 11

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 10:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. This week WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk about the 2014 Legislative session…all in this week’s news.


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Duluth meeting provides opportunities for public comment on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine Jan. 16

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 10:52pm

The first of three public meetings on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine will be held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) at 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 - 10 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Onsite parking in the DECC parking lot is available for $5. Additional parking information is posted at

The three meetings are designed for the public to learn more about the environmental effects of the proposed PolyMet Inc.'s NorthMet mine project in northeastern Minnesota near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. Attendees will also have an opportunity to offer comments regarding the adequacy and completeness of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

Youth program to offer sleigh rides and snowshoeing in February

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:31pm

Join in the winter fun with two events planned through ISD 166’s youth program.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be held Feb. 14; registration deadline is Feb. 10. Participants will leave the school at noon and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 each, or $20 including transportation. Parents are welcome.  Children must be in kindergarten or older to attend without a parent.

"Harmonious Wail" and more coming up courtesy of North Shore Music Association

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:30pm

The North Shore Music Association has announced its upcoming winter and spring events. Included on the list are:

Current County Board chair and vice-chair re-elected

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:30am

The Cook County Board of Commissioners met in special session Tuesday morning to among other things select a chair and vice-chair for 2014.

The process began with the nomination of Commissioner Sue Hakes by Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk. Hakes made a brief statement expressing her willingness and enthusiasm to serve. Hakes has represented Grand Marais West on the board for three years and previously served as mayor of Grand Marais.

Commissioners Gamble, Hall and Martinson each declined to second and the motion died.

Gamble then nominated Commissioner Jan Hall. Hall is currently board chair and also held the position in 2012. Martinson made the second. The vote was 2-2, with Hakes and Doo-Kirk opposed. Hall then cast the deciding vote and was re-elected as chair for the coming year.  Commissioner Martinson was then nominated for and elected to the position of vice chair.

The action of retaining Hall and Martinson in their board positions for another year runs counter to a historical tradition of rotating the board chair between commissioners.