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Ruffed grouse counts decline in 10-year cycle

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 6:48am

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were lower than last year across most of the bird’s range, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Compared with drumming counts conducted last year, 2012 survey results showed an average decline of 24 to 60 percent in the northeast survey region, which is the core and bulk of grouse range in Minnesota.

Mike Larson, DNR wildlife research group leader and grouse biologist said the grouse population is in the declining phase of its 10-year cycle.

Ruffed grouse populations, which tend to rise and fall on a 10-year cycle, are surveyed by counting the number of male ruffed grouse heard drumming on established routes throughout the state’s forested regions.

Minnesota frequently is the nation’s top ruffed grouse producer. On average, 115,000 hunters harvest 545,000 ruffed grouse in Minnesota each year, also making it the state's most popular game bird.

A long-range ruffed grouse habitat and population management plan is now available on the DNR’s website.

"Pets for Vets" benefit dinner at Harbor Light Wednesday June 27

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 11:52am

There will be a “Pets for Vets” benefit dinner at the Harbor Light Co. Supper Club on the last Wednesday of each month from now until August from 5 – 8 p.m.
 The next event will be Wednesday, June 27.
Pets for Vets is a group of American Legion and First Congregational Church members fundraising for America’s Vet Dogs to provide veterans with special needs dogs. Each special need dog costs up to $20,000.

The benefit dinners will be from 5 - 8 p.m. with live music entertainment donated by local musicians from 5 – 9 p.m.  Cheryl Walimaa of Harbor Light said, “ I have been fortunate to start lining up great local musicians to donate their time to provide entertainment during the dinner event.’
The dinner is $10 a plate, and will be a pasta buffet with choice of our homemade alfredo or marinara sauce; choice of chicken, Italian sausage or veggies; salad, breadstick and dessert bar.  $4 of every plate will be donated to the Pets for Vets group.

Donation jars will also be set up for those who do not wish to eat, but want to contribute. 

County board establishes Lake Superior - Poplar River Water District

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 11:48am

At the Tuesday, June 12 county board meeting, commissioners passed a resolution establishing the Lake Superior-Poplar River Water District recently authorized by state statute in a bonding bill.  The legislation authorizes a state-funded grant for construction of a pipeline from Lake Superior to Lutsen Mountains that can be used by property owners along that route.  The legislation requires appointment of a board of directors representing domestic water users, irrigation water users, and commercial, stock watering, and industrial users. 
The county board appointed Cook County – Grarnd Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chair Mark Sandbo and Superior National at Lutsen Manager Bob Fenwick to represent irrigation users such as Superior National at Lutsen golf course; Charles Skinner to represent commercial users (Lutsen Mountains Corporation); and Bob Ryan to represent domestic water users (homeowners and time-share businesses).

Flood damage survey information

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 6:00am

Boreal Access is encouraging any individuals or organizations who suffered damages -- including cancelled reservations --  to complete the Disaster Survey Form under Damage Reporting at the following website:

The goal is to create an accurate and complete database of damages to better understand where the needs are and ultimately find resources to help those in need.



USFS roads good, campsites are wet

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:32am

The recent rains have elevated water levels throughout the Superior National Forest. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with John Benson from the Tofte Ranger station about water on the back roads and in the back woods.

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Norwegian photojournalists seek stories

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 9:40am

“Brown cheese for stories!”  That’s what Norwegian 
photojournalists Kristian Balsrod, Anton Ligaarden, and Katinka Hustad 
will be offering to Cook County residents of Norwegian heritage – or 
locals with good Sven & Ole jokes.
The three University of Oslo students arrived in Cook County on June 
12 for a four-week stay during which they will start filming a 
documentary intended to find out how much Norwegian culture remains 
alive in descendants of the 50 percent of the Norwegian population 
that emigrated to the United States several generations ago.  Indeed, 
the population of Norwegian-Americans – close to five million – is 
about as large as the current population of Norway.  They also hope to 
get a sense for whether Norwegian heritage will still mean something 
to Norwegian-Americans 50 years from now.
“Norwegians have no idea how they’ve gone out and made a mark on 
the world,” said Balsrod, who with his colleagues stopped by the Cook 
County News-Herald office seeking help in finding Norwegian-Americans 
for their project. They are hoping to interview people of all ages.
Balsrod, Ligaarden, and Hustad started the project three years ago.  
The final product will be a new form of documentary Balsrod calls an 
“interactive web documentary.”  Offered on the Internet, it will 
include educational links and opportunities for people to leave 
comments and get in touch with each other.  They also hope to use the 
project to teach young Norwegians about their own emigration history.
The researchers plan to return for two weeks in December and then 
again next spring.