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Summer solstice signals to us that our summer has begun and we can look forward to sunny days and warmer temperatures. All of these climate changes excite the members of Zoar Lutheran Church. We are looking forward to our worship on the rocks on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
This year we have the benefit of the Father Baraga Cross improvements. The walkway to the cross has been made wider, and now one does not have to navigate over and around tree roots and limbs to arrive to our rock service. The worship area is now more handicap accessible. While we sing songs and hear Pastor Deborah Lunde’s message, we can watch the sun sparkle on water of Lake Superior, hear the waves lap to the shore, and giggle as an occasional gull decides to join us.
Those who participate arrive in their outdoor clothes from hiking shorts, to jeans, and many don hooded sweatshirts. Campers and cabin dwellers say this worship time is a fixture of their Lake Superior vacation experience each year. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. This service causes one to recall what it may have been like when Jesus taught along the lakeshores, so many years in the past.
The Zoar Church lake service will be conducted every Sunday, July 8 until Sept. 2, weather permitting. Bring your own chair or cushion and join us. Coffee will be provided to all participants.
Superior National at Lutsen is hosting a Rally for the Cure® Women’s 18-hole Scramble on July 14 – 15. Rally for the Cure is a grass roots program that works to increase breast self-awareness and mammography screening rates to ensure the early detection of breast cancer through volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events. More than two million people have participated in Rally events across the nation since its inception in 1996. This year marks the 6th year Superior National has rallied against breast cancer.
Superior National has 70 participants registered for this year’s Rally and invites the public to take part. At press time space was still available.
The two day’s activities include a golf clinic and “Social Hour” on Saturday the 14th. On Sunday, June 15 there is a 10:00 a.m. golf shotgun. Prizes will be awarded following the event and each participant will receive a goody bag with important breast health information and other Rally items plus a subscription to a select Condé Nast magazine such as SELF, Golf Digest and Bon Appétit.
“We are proud to open our facility and host a Rally for the Cure event. The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to support an important cause while playing a sport they are passionate about,” stated Heath Ekstrom, PGA member and “Rally” ambassador.
For further information about Superior National’s Rally event, go to www.superiornational/tournaments or contact 218-663-7195.
Patsy Ingebrigtsen will be teaching about horses for children ages 5 - 8 on Saturday, July 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Children will have the opportunity to view and learn about having a horse in this 4-H presentation.
Sign up in the Community Education office at school at 387-2000. A map will be provided for the location of the class. There is no fee and parents are also encouraged to attend.
If parents are interested in starting 4H clubs in September, please attend these sessions or call Diane Booth at (218) 387-3015.
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.