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Exploratory drilling into the largest deposit of iron ore in North America could begin as soon as Saturday in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Gogebic Taconite filed a notice of intent to drill with the Department of Natural Resources in a letter dated Friday. Department of Natural Resources waste management director Ann Coakley said GTAC can start drilling five days after they get the notice, and they received the notice Monday.
Eight holes, one in Ashland County and seven in Iron County, will be drilled this month. Coakley said the DNR will keep an eye on the operation with unannounced spot-checks.
The bore holes will be 350 to 1,143 feet deep. The 2-inch holes will gather data on the layers of rock, the quality of the iron ore and the chemicals in the ore body.
Under a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), it will be illegal to bring wood products in or ship wood products out of Cook and Lake counties beginning in the spring of 2014 unless the wood products have met rigorous compliance agreements (CA) set up by the state.
The MDA is taking this action to, “prevent and stifle the growth of gypsy moth populations in Lake and Cook County,” states the newsletter distributed to the Cook County board of Commissioners at its Tuesday, May 21, 2013 meeting.
Because of their destructiveness, gypsy moth caterpillars have caused millions of dollars of damage nationwide as they defoliate trees and plants. Brought in to Boston from Europe accidentally in 1868 or 1869, gypsy moths slowly spread. Because they are so numerous and have few predators, they move almost unimpeded, slowly making their way across the country. Over the last 20 years millions of acres have been sprayed with pesticide to slow the spread of gypsy moths. But still the moths are winning, advancing along the food trail.
If the proposal is carried forward Cook and Lake County will be the first counties quarantined in the state, and Minnesota will be the 21st state to be completely or partially quarantined for gypsy moths.
Since 2006 the MDA has worked in Cook and Lake County to suppress the growth of gypsy moths. Every year people are hired to trap gypsy moths and over the years the number of moths in certain areas in the Lake and Cook County has increased.
“Populations have now grown to a point where treatment is ineffective,” stated the newsletter.
“They [MDA] need to convince us that imposing significant hardships on loggers and mill owners is going to make any real difference in the spread of gypsy moths,” said Wayne Brandt, executive director of the Minnesota Timber Association.
There are three Grand Portage Casino Express trips planned for the Cook County Senior Center in June—Lucky Wednesday, June 5; Lucky Wednesday evening, June 19 and June 26. Contact the Senior Center for times and pick-up information.
Another Mystery Trip is planned for Wednesday, June 12, 9:45 a.m. Last month the center travelled to Silver Bay. They visited the new UMD Sustainable Farm and enjoyed lunch at Camp 61 in Beaver Bay, followed with shopping at the new Honey Bee Bakery.
This trip will include at least three mystery stops including a lunch stop. The cost is only $10 per person for transportation from the Senior Center.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660.
Five people were injured — one seriously — in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 61 along the North Shore.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the accident happened at milepost 78, near Schroeder, just before 5 p.m.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, a southbound 2001 GMC Yukon SUV driven by Kimberly Reno, 39, of Anoka, Minn., drifted over the right shoulder, overcorrected and rolled.
A passenger, Anthony Reno, 56, of Anoka, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle; he suffered serious injuries.
Kimberly Reno and three children in the vehicle, ages 15, 7 and less than 1 year old, all were wearing seat belts or were in child restraints and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
All five people were transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais.
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. High moose calf mortality concerns the DNR, so does finding zebra mussels in Itasca County. Missing boaters were found, wolf advocate lost a court decision. A Sig Olson exhibit opens in Ely and Minnesota signs on to a mutual aid deal with Canadian provinces…all in this week’s news.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A study of Minnesota moose calves is confirming the high mortality rate for newborns.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Within days of finishing their work, 22 of the newborns already had died, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
Most were killed by bears and wolves.
Ron Moen, a moose researcher at the University of Duluth, says a moose population can thrive with only 40 percent of calves surviving. But he says Minnesota moose calf survival has dropped below 30 percent in recent years, and this research should help explain why.