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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized rules for Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season this fall and winter.
There are several changes to what the DNR originally proposed in May as a result of input received since the proposal was announced. The hunt start date remains the same -- Saturday, Nov. 3.
“We changed the closing date for the late season from Jan. 6, 2013, to Jan. 31,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife program manager. “We also tightened the wolf harvest registration requirement so we can more quickly close a zone based on harvest results.”
Another notable change is that the wolf range will be divided into three zones for the purposes of harvest targets, registration and season closure.
The northeast zone and the east-central zone closely parallel the 1854 and 1837 treaty ceded territory boundaries. These zones will allow the state to allocate and manage wolf harvest in consultation with Indian bands that have off-reservation hunting rights.
The northwest zone will be the other area open to wolf hunting. When harvest targets are reached in any zone, that zone will be closed and hunters will be able to continue to hunt in any other open zone.
The season will be split into two parts: an early wolf hunting season coinciding with firearms deer hunting; and a late wolf hunting and trapping season after the firearms deer season. Trapping will begin Nov. 24. The target harvest remains 400.
Merchant said the public comment period that ended June 20 was helpful. The DNR received 7,351 online survey responses. He said of those who approved of the season, 82 percent said they supported the proposed structure. However, the DNR reported earlier at the close of the comment period, that about 5,800 respondents did not approve of a wolf hunt season at all.
There are only a few more days to catch the Northern Perspectives: Local Color exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais. The show with the plein air paintings of
Joi Electra of Silver Bay and the photography of John Gregor and David Grezdens of Two Harbors is a beautiful look at our region. Don't miss it -- Northern Perspectives: Local Color will continue through July 15.
At the Cook County Community Center Steering Committee meeting on June 22 and during a School District 166 board special meeting on Tuesday, July 10, architect Dan Miller of JLG Architects spent some time in person and on the phone asking and answering questions about the proposal to attach a new community center to the west end of the School District 166 campus. Miller has been tasked with designing project, as well as possible changes to the existing community center building and the ice rinks.
Miller will return with architectural drawings for a joint county/school board/YMCA meeting from 2 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. A public input meeting will be held that day from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Mianowski Conference Room.
Beer lovers, meet your makers! That’s the invitation from the organizers of the 2012 Hopped Up Caribou Beer Fest at Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen on Saturday, July 14.
The Hopped Up Fest features a mouth-watering barbecue and live music by Cook County’s Most Wanted in the mountain side beer garden from 3 – 6 p.m. Beer lovers will have the chance to sample homegrown (local and regional) beer from 13 area breweries and to get to meet the brew masters behind the beer. Fest-goers get to vote for the beer that should receive the Lake Superior Beer Cup.
From 7 – 10 p.m. there will be a Still Hopping After Party with an outdoor bonfire, barbecue, and more live music with the Boomchucks.
Cost is $35 per person in advance ($40 at the door), which includes food and live entertainment. Lodging packages are available. Designated drivers receive discounted admission.
For more information, go to: www.hoppedupcaribou.com or call (800) 642-6036.
The Gunflint Trail Canoe Races are set for July 18 at Gunflint Lodge. The annual event, the biggest of the summer on the Trail, benefit the Gunflint Trail Fire Department, and last year raised $14,500.
The well-trained fire department averages a call a week. Those include medical, search and rescue, and fire-related. The three stations along the Trail are situated at population centers: Station 1 at Mid Trail; Station 2 at Gunflint Lake; and Station 3 at Seagull Lake near the end of the Trail. All stations have brush trucks, with the ambulance at Gunflint. Tanker tenders are an important part of the services to provide water when needed.
The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department covers a total of 192 square miles stretching along the Trail from Swamper Lake to the end of the Trail and reaches to Greenwood Lake and Twin Lake. This makes it the largest territory in Cook County and perhaps in the state.
Plans are being made to upgrade the three fire stations. Project Chair Michael Valentini reports that two buildings will be added at Station 1 – a storage building and a hall that will double as a community building and incident command post with bathrooms are planned. Building should begin in mid-summer and completed in the fall.
At Station 2 bathrooms with shower will be added and should be completed in the fall. At Station 3 the present tiny building will be moved off the property as the land is permitted to have only one structure. The new building will house two trucks, storage and serve as an incident command center and community center.
The canoe race schedule begins at 4 p.m. Over 100 items will be raffled at $2 a ticket. A second raffle of a Wenonah Spirit 11 Royalex canoe donated by the Wenonah Canoe Company of Winona will also be held at $5 a ticket. The canoe is on display at Trail Center.