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Burn restrictions still in place for Cook County

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 2:43pm

Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in several counties today, restrictions remain in Cook, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Roseau, north St. Louis and north Beltrami counties. It is anticipated these will be lifted soon.
Because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters can turn off burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant. This could occur if there is a dry, windy day when fires could start easily and burn quickly.  Check the fire restrictions page on the DNR website at: for information on daily changes to burn permits.

Art In the Garden, June 1st at the Community Center

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 2:02pm

The U of M Master Gardeners will host "Art in the Garden" at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday, June 1. Morning activities include "Garden Yoga," "Garden Art for the Heart & Soul," and "Landscape Art." In the afternoon, participants can choose one of four "make and take" garden art projects, including hypertufa, stained glass, mosaic flower pot, or metal garden art. Registration is requested by May 24, to Diane at the CC Extension Office, 387-3015. 

In this interview, master gardners Maxene Linehan and Nancy Carlson share details with WTIP volunteer Julie Bishop.

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Study: Less Lake Superior habitat for big trout

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 8:17am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — New research finds that Lake Superior's warming water probably already is affecting its most abundant big fish, the cold water-loving siscowet lake trout.

Increasing water temperatures over the last three decades have made conditions more favorable for chinook salmon, walleye and lean lake trout but less favorable for siscowet lake trout.

The study estimates that fatty siscowets have lost about 20 percent of their historic habitat because of the temperature changes that have already occurred.

The research used a mix of computer modeling and temperature measurements. It was conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, funded by Wisconsin Sea Grant.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the researchers picked lake trout, siscowet, salmon and walleye because they are among the most important species for sport angling and the region's tourism economy.

County to discuss septic ordinance changes at Tuesday work session

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:28pm

At the April 16 county board meeting, the septic system ordinance was discussed. After a long delay while the state responded to objections from the counties regarding new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency septic system rules, the Cook County Planning & Zoning Department has revised a septic ordinance it drafted several years ago in accordance with state law.
Each county now has until February 2014 to get its own septic ordinance in place. Cook County’s previous draft ordinance would have required property owners to have their septics pumped every three years whether they needed it or not.  The currently proposed ordinance allows people to postpone pumping as long as their septic tanks pass an inspection, which must be done every three years.
The board will discuss the proposed ordinance in a work session Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the courthouse.  The public will have time to comment on the ordinance before the board takes action to adopt it.

Weather: rain and more rain

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:32am

Rain and more rain due before the sun comes out on Thursday. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson .

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Moose researchers begin monitoring moose calves

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 8:05am

As part of its study to determine what is causing the steep decline in the moose population in northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun radio collaring 50 moose calves.

Researchers began capturing and collaring the young moose on May 8 in the Arrowhead Region. To date 28 calves have been captured and collared. The collars placed on the moose calves hold GPS trackers and transmitters that send back information (heart rate, air temperature, ect.) to researchers every 20 minutes. If a moose doesn’t move for six hours—twice its normal naptime—researchers assume it has died and go retrieve it to bring back to study in their St Paul lab.

Researchers give the cow and calf at least 36 hours to bond before they separate them and collar the baby.

Three calves have died. Scientists want to know why three-quarters of the area’s moose calves are dying within a year of birth, a number that is unsustainable to maintain the moose population in northeastern Minnesota.

Glenn DeiGiudice, PhD research scientist/moose project leader is in charge of the calf project, which he said this is the most detailed moose calf mortality study he had ever worked on.

One surprise early on is the amount of twins born this spring.

DeiGiudice said,“So far the project is going very well. We have captured 11 sets of twins, a much higher percentage then we thought we would find,”

In January 2013, the DNR radio collared 111 adult moose. About half of those were females and researchers are using their location to identify when they have calved.