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Invasive species workshops held on the North Shore

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 5:34pm

Invasive species – plants not natural to this area that aggressively displace indigenous plants – affect human health, economics, and forest ecology, according to Angelique Edgerton, invasive species coordinator with the Cook County Invasive Team.  Invasive plants are present in Cook County, and to help people learn how to control them, several workshops are being held in August.
The workshops will be held Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaver Bay Community Center; Wednesday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais; and Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall.  Participation is free of charge and refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Canada thistle, common tansy, and spotted knapweed are three invasive species plaguing this area.  The workshops will help people learn how to identify these and other invasive species and what kinds of treatment methods will control them.  Different treatments are recommended for different species and range from pulling or cutting to spraying or wiping with herbicides.
The workshops will also cover what to do with an area once invasive plants have been removed.  “Planting trees and shrubs can help reclaim the site,” Edgerton said.  “One way to improve tree root growth and increase tree survival, as well as successfully extend the planting season into late summer and early fall, is through the use of gravel beds.  We will explain how to create gravel beds and discuss their benefits and applications.”
More information on the workshops can be found online at  For further information or to register, contact Angelique Edgerton with the Cook County Invasive Team at (218)387-3772 or Mike Reichenbach with University of Minnesota Extension at (218)726-6470.

Missing Grand Marais man found deceased

Sun, 08/11/2013 - 9:44pm

The search for Paul Brandt, 82, Grand Marais, is over. Searchers who determinedly continued searching for the man who went missing while berry picking on Thursday, August 1 discovered his body today. Nor’Wester Lodge & Outfitters posted the sad news on its facebook page at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 11.

The search began at 9:40 p.m. on August 1. Assisting in the search efforts were personnel from search and rescue teams from Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties as well as Central Lakes Search & Rescue in Minnesota and Sawyer County Search & Rescue of Wisconsin; Minnesota State Patrol; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Border Patrol; and the Gunflint, Hovland, Colvill, Maple Hill, Lutsen, and Grand Marais fire departments. Numerous civilians assisted in the search as well.

When official ground search efforts were suspended on August 6, volunteers continued the search, something that Cook County Law Enforcement endorsed. Cook County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Leif Lunde explained that the ground search had been suspended because “all reasonable locations have been searched without success.”

Weekend News Roundup for August 10

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 9:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. A missing Gunflint Trail man, drowning on the Temperance River, a rash of car break-ins in Duluth and more…all in this week’s news.


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New Restrictions on Plastics at Recycling Center

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:24pm

Due to a shift in the markets the Cook County Recycling program will not be able to accept mixed plastics until further notice.  This according to Cook County Planning and Zoning director Tim Nelson.

Only plastic containers with the numbers 1 and 2 will be accepted.  

Nelson announced the change Friday, August 9th.

Number 1 and 2 plastics are typically the milk and beverage containers.

For more information, contact the Recycling Center, or the Cook County Solid Waste Department at 387-3630.

Great events offered at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 2:48pm

It’s almost Rendezvous time in Grand Portage! There is something for everyone in Grand Portage this weekend!
At the Grand Portage National Monument, visitors can walk through history at the stockade and the encampment just outside the gate. There is lots to do—catch the 18th century puppet show; watch the voyageur contests; listen—or join in—during the 18th century music jam; watch lacrosse or take a workshop. There are courses such as finger weaving, basic blacksmithing, tinsmithing, haggis making and more.
In the Grand Portage Heritage Center, visitors can see history come to life in the film produced entirely in Grand Portage by the National Park Service and Great Divide Pictures, :Rendezvous with History: A Grand Portage Story."

They can also learn about the connection between the rugged North West Company territory and the city streets of London in an exhibit Furs to Fashion.

In a wonderful melding of past and present, the Rendezvous events at the Grand Portage National Monument will begin with the Grand Portage Stonebridge Singers at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. The stockade and historic encampment are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the Grand Portage Heritage Center for a full schedule of events for the national monument. The Heritage Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family continues search for Paul Brandt

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 10:38am

Although Cook County Law Enforcement has suspended its ground search for a missing Grand Marais man, his family continues its efforts to find some sign of him. Paul Brandt, 82, went missing while blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon, August 1.
According to the first public notification from Cook County Law Enforcement, Brandt is 6’1, 190 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses. It is not known what he is wearing.
At the time he went missing, his family described Brandt as in good health and “pretty fit.” Brandt lives at the lodge operated by his family, Nor’Wester on the Gunflint Trail and it is unusual for him not to return home.
 Gunflint Trail residents are taking part in a continued search of the area. The Brandt family is spearheading the efforts. They ask anyone who would like to assist with the search to contact Karyn at Nor’Wester Lodge at (218) 388-2252. Search parties begin at Nor’Wester each morning at 9 a.m.