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Superior National at Lutsen hosts Rally for the Cure

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:57am

On July 20 – 21, Superior National at Lutsen is hosting a Rally for the Cure women’s 18-hole scramble. The rally is a fundraiser intended to increase breast cancer awareness and mammography screenings to ensure early detection. More than 2 million people have participated in rally events—golf, tennis and social events—across the nation since its inception in 1996. This is the seventh year that golfers have gathered at Superior National at Lutsen to rally against breast cancer.
At press time Superior National had 70 participants registered for the Rally and the golf course invites last minute participants. The activities start on Saturday, July 20 with a social hour. On Sunday, July 21 there is a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event and each golfer receives a goody bag filled with important breast health information and some fun rally items.
“We are proud to open our facility and host a Rally for a 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,” said Heath Ekstrom, PGA member and rally ambassador.
Golfers have a great time as they spread across the golf course greens in their primarily pink attire. Many teams dress in a theme for the day on the links. Everyone has a good time.
“The success of rally is attributed to volunteer ambassadors like Heath who have said ‘It will be an honor to have a rally at our club.’ It is their enthusiasm, energy and support we value in our commitment to support Susan G. Komen,” said Diane Perillo, program manager, Rally for the Cure.
For further information about Superior National’s Rally for the Cure or to register, visit www.superiornational/tournaments or call (218) 663-7195.

Wolf numbers down, but hunt still on in 2013

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:56am

Even though there are fewer wolves in the state this year than five years ago, the wolf hunt will go on in 2013, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in a recent press release.
According to a comprehensive survey taken last winter, the state has 710 less wolves in 2013 then it had in 2009.
Despite the decline, the amount of wolves estimated exceeds the state’s minimum goal of at least 1,600 wolves and is still higher then the federal recovery goal range of 1,251 to 1,400 animals.
New survey results taken over last winter estimate there are 438 packs and 2,211 wolves, down from the 2,921-survey estimate taken five years ago.
Pack sizes have decreased from 4.9 to 4.3 wolves. John Erb, DNR research biologist, said the reduction in average pack size likely is a combination of reduced prey and the harvest of wolves in the two months immediately preceding the mid-winter wolf pack counts.
In 2012 trappers and hunters harvested 413 wolves and the DNR expects to set up similar hunting/trapping guidelines for 2013. The DNR said it will more closely monitor pack and territory sizes in the next few years. More frequent radio collaring of wolf packs will provide additional data on the population's response to wolf season harvest.
Minnesota wolves were removed from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act and handed over to state management on January 2012.
“Results from the 2013 wolf survey continue to demonstrate that Minnesota’s wolf population is fully recovered from its once threatened status and the population is responding naturally to the availability of deer, wolves’ primary food source,” said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist.

Higher Ed guest lecture speaker to present key points on mining issue

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:44pm

At Cook County Higher Education’s next Guest Lecture event, the speaker will be Margaret Watkins, water quality specialist, presenting Mine Effluent Treatment Technology and Financial Assurance. Watkins will speak on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. 

The presentation will raise questions and discuss key points around this controversial issue, including: Will sulfide/non-ferrous mining come to northeast Minnesota? If so, what are the nuts and bolts of mine waste treatment?  Is financial assurance related to long-term water treatment options?  What water treatment options have been tested in northeast Minnesota mining projects?  What water treatment options could be applied to copper/nickel mine projects? How do they work? Where have they been tested? How effective are mine effluent treatment technologies? Bring your questions (and possibly your notebooks) to this fascinating discussion.

Margaret Watkins has been employed as the water quality specialist for Grand Portage Reservation since 1996. Watkins has 14 years of experience reviewing existing and proposed mining projects in northeastern Minnesota.  Other work activities have included the development of human health criteria for subsistence fishing and the protection of wild rice waters for federally approved Grand Portage Water Quality Standards, ground and surface water monitoring and assessment, wetland delineation and functional value assessment, source water assessment, National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System/ Sanitary Disposal System permit review, and review of major industrial projects in the 1854 ceded territory.

Another Grand Portage Casino Express Trip coming up for Cook County Senior Center

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 1:56pm

The Cook County Senior Center has lots of fun planned for July. There will be Grand Portage Casino Express trips on Thursday July 18 and Tuesday, July 30. Transportation is free for those that sign up in advance and $5 for those that don’t. In town pickup is available for a $1 fee.
Those who join the Casino Express receive some free slot play and a coupon for $5 off any entrée in the dining room.
For trip times, stop in or call the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660.

Rockin' Flowers at Grand Marais Flower Show Friday

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 1:55pm

The Grand Marais Garden Club’s 2013 Flower Show will be held Friday, July 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center, 317 W. Fifth St. in Grand Marais.
Featured will be ’50s music and decor which set the mood for the beautiful arrangements of locally grown flowers. Any one interested is encouraged to enter a display. It is not necessary to be a Garden Club member. Children are especially encouraged to enter an exhibit.
The master gardeners will have a special exhibit and video titled Art in the Garden. 
Registration for entries is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center the day of the show.
Plants from Garden Club members will also be for sale. Supplement your own garden with selections from the sale.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
For more information contact Sally Berg at (218) 387-3326.

Bear researcher meets with Dayton

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:51am


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota bear researcher remains under orders to remove radio collars from bears he's studying by the end of the month, but will be allowed to appeal.

     Bear researcher Lynn Rogers sounded optimistic after a meeting with Governor Mark Dayton and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr on Monday.

     But Landwehr said afterward he does not plan to lift his decision to rescind Rogers' permit to keep tracking collars on bears in the Ely area. He says there's usually no appeal from that kind of decision, but he has decided to let Rogers present his case to an administrative law judge.

     The DNR says Rogers' hand-feeding of bears makes them too accustomed to humans. The agency also says Rogers has failed to publish his research.

     Rogers denies both claims. He says his research is available to all at