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Groups lose wolf hunting appeal

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 9:27am

A pair of groups that challenged Minnesota rules for a state wolf hunting and trapping season has been dealt another blow in court.

Minnesota's Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a petition aiming to undo rules that allowed for a wolf hunting season, the first of which was held starting in November.

The appeals judges decided that the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves lacked sufficient legal standing to challenge the Department of Natural Resources rules.

Minnesota resumed sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year. Hunters and trappers then killed 413 wolves during the state's first wolf season, which ended in January.

A bill seeking to impose a five-year moratorium on wolf hunts stalled during the Legislature's just-completed session.


Applications being accepted now for Artist Initiative grants

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 9:38am

The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the FY 2014 Artist Initiative program, which provides grants supporting the artistic and career development of Minnesota artists. Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000, and the program has three discipline-specific program deadlines between May 31 and July 26.
Applications are accepted from Minnesota artists at any stage in their careers working in any of eight disciplines: prose, poetry, dance, music, theater, media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts.

Last year, two local artists were among the grant recipients.

Michael Monroe of Grand Marais was awarded a grant to produce and promote a new live concert DVD; and Jo Wood of Duluth was funded to create fiber and beadwork on the theme of home for exhibit at a community housing organization in Duluth.

Persons interested in applying for grants this year should read the program overview and application directions on the Artist Initiative program page, which is linked on the Arts Board’s home page:

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. The Arts Board receives an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s general fund and the arts and cultural heritage fund, and it receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and private sources. The Arts Board offers grants, services, and other resources to Minnesota individuals and organizations to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Additional information about the Arts Board can be found at


Great Lakes region pins economic hopes on water

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 8:38am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Business and government leaders in the Great Lakes region are pinning hopes for a return to prosperity on a precious resource: fresh water.

They're encouraging the development of a so-called "blue economy" — a network of industries that make products and provide services related to water, from pump and valve manufacturers to resorts offering lakefront vacations.
It's happening as growing water scarcity casts a shadow over the economic boom in Sun Belt states.

They've benefited for decades from an exodus of people and jobs from the Upper Midwest as its industrial core faded.
In Milwaukee, an organization called The Water Council is opening a refurbished building this summer that will bring together scientists and entrepreneurs to develop water-related businesses.

“Dog Whisperer” training in Cook County

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:33pm

Delayne Duhaime of Grand Portage is a great fan of the National Geographic Channel television show Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. So much so, that she is considering pursuing a career as a dog behaviorist. Working toward that goal, Duhaime contacted Millan, who referred her to one of his colleagues, Jeff Morgan. Morgan is coming to Cook County to offer Duhaime some training. She is excited about his visit and she is offering others the opportunity to also learn more.
According to their website, Jeff and Yael Morgan are the owners and directors of Howlywood Dog Behavioral and Vacation Center in Ra’anana, Israel, which they opened in 2006. They’ve treated and rehabilitated some dogs considered to be “worst-case.”
They have also helped countless others overcome the most common behavioral problems that so many dog owners suffer from today. Jeff and Yael are considered to be among Israel’s most elite canine behavior experts. They relocated to Newtown, Connecticut in 2013.
The Morgans work with animals using much the same “calm-assertive energy” philosophy as Cesar Millan.
The Morgans coined the term “Conscious Dog Training.”
Their theories can be found in the book they authored Happy Dog 101: 101+1 Tips for Raising a Happy Dog, which comes highly recommended by Cheri Lucas, a renowned dog behaviorist at the Second Chance Love Humane Society, a no-kill shelter that has found homes for 3,000 dogs.
Of the book, Lucas wrote, “No one, and I mean no one, leaves my office without a copy of Jeff and Yael Morgan’s comprehensive guide to raising a dog or puppy.  Happy Dog 101 addresses every principle of dog behavior in a concise, clear way that resonates with both adults and children.”

Neighbors object to temporary asphalt production near County Road 6

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:32pm

At the public comment period during the May 21, 2013 county board meeting, two residents who live near the Bautch gravel pit on Meridian Road just off County Road 6 (also known as the Monker Lake pit) tried to convince the board not to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for Northland Constructors to operate a temporary hot mix asphalt plant in the gravel pit.  The Cook County Planning Commission approved the plant on May 8 despite public protest at that meeting as well.
The plant is expected to operate for nine days, producing 29,000 tons of asphalt that will be laid down on six miles of County Road 7.  Asphalt currently on the road will be reused as well.  The project will also involve gravel washing. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a permit for the equipment.
The Cook County Office of Planning & Zoning received objections from six out of 24 property owners notified by letter of the project.  Concerns included health impacts from ozone, lead, asbestos, and particulates and dust and dangers from traffic and trucks traveling fast. 
One neighboring property owner asked the county to monitor the dust and the speed of the trucks and limit hours of operation to 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. six days a week or 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. five days a week.
The zoning ordinance requires hot mix plants to maintain a 2,600-foot buffer zone from the nearest residence.  Five property owners on three parcels within the 2,600-foot buffer signed waivers, but Planning & Zoning Administrator Bill Lane said a decision was made to maintain the buffer distance anyway.

Weekend News Roundup for May 25

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 9:18am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. One of Lake Superior’s fish may be affected by warming waters, fire restrictions remain on locally, but the drought conditions in the state have lessened. These stories and more…all in this week’s news.


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