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Temperance River State Park to host camping basics program on June 22

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 1:37pm

Families will learn all the skills they need to camp outdoors at a one-night “I Can Camp!” program on Saturday, June 22, at Temperance River State Park on the north shore of Lake Superior near Schroeder, Minn.

Experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota will teach participants basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, start a campfire and prepare simple and delicious meals. All camping equipment is provided (including tents, air mattresses and cook stoves). Participants just bring their own food and bedding (sleeping bags or blankets and pillows).

The “I Can Camp!” program fee is $40 for a tent that accommodates up to six people. A one-day vehicle pass will be included as part of the program fee or participants may buy a year-round Minnesota state parks permit for an additional $20.
Advance registration is required. To register, call 866-857-2757 (toll free) daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 (or 888-646-6367 toll free) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This program is part of an ongoing effort by the DNR Parks and Trails Division to connect people with the outdoors. The division also offers skill-building programs that introduce fishing, paddling, climbing and archery to beginners.

Funding for this I Can Camp! program is from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

Why did the turtle cross the road?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:35am

Turtles are now crossing roads to reach nests, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to leave turtles alone as they cross roads to reach nesting areas.

Each year at this time, many female turtles move from lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers and streams to nesting areas, where they deposit their eggs in self-excavated nests. 
Unfortunately, many nesting areas are separated from the turtles’ wintering areas by roads they cross as they make their way to nests.  

“Many turtles and other species are killed on Minnesota roads each year, especially during the nesting season,” said Carol Hall, DNR herpetologist. 

People can help reduce turtle road death in these ways:
• Allow unassisted road crossings. When turtles can safely cross roads unaided due to a lack of oncoming traffic, allow them to do so. Observe from a distance and avoid rapid movements. Doing otherwise may cause turtles to change direction, stop, or seek shelter within their shells.
• Avoid excessive handling. Excessive handling can disrupt normal behavior. Prolonged examination of turtles should be limited to only one or two turtles of each species.
• Maintain travel direction.  Always move turtles in the same direction they were traveling when encountered. Turtles should always be moved across roadways in as direct a line as possible.
• People who see a turtle or other animal on the road should slow down and safely drive around it. Many people want to help turtles cross the road but the best approach is to let the turtle cross on its own. There are nine turtle species in the state, some of which are protected.

Healthcare Foundation announces 2nd Quarter grant awards

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 9:47am

The North Shore Healthcare Foundation has announced the recipients in its latest round of grants to local healthcare providers. 
Foundation director Karl Hansen says grants totaling $18,136.00 dollars will go to 8 local organizations, including the hospital and clinic, three local fire departments, ISD 166, and WTIP Community Radio. 

Monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center June 12

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 1:16pm

The month of June is National Gardening Month, Men’s Month, Dairy Month—and the first day of summer!  Lots of outdoor activities are planned at the North Shore Care Center for June like planting flowers and vegetables, picnics, and outings to Harbor Park and the Senior Center.
The monthly birthday party will be celebrated on June 12 to honor Janet Morgan, Donny Schulte, and Donna Willett. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music by Doug Sanders.
For more information please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or go to our website:

100 years later, shipwreck found in Lake Superior

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 8:04am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down in Lake Superior during a November storm, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — largely intact.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Michigan. The group of hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin say they haven't seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it's the Smith.

Jerry Eliason of Cloquet says it's one of the most significant finds of his shipwreck-hunting career.

The Henry B. Smith had not been seen since it and its crew of 25 accidentally sailed into the Great Lakes Storm of 1913.


Jerry Eliasen will join the hosts of WTIP's "The Roadhouse" on Friday, June 14 at 5:50 p.m. to share more about the find.


Fire destroys five Bluefin Bay Resort condos

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 11:26pm

A call came in to Cook County Law Enforcement at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, reporting flames visible from the roof of Bluefin Bay Resort condo unit. Fire departments from Tofte, Schroeder, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Maple Hill, Gunflint Trail, Colvill, Hovland, plus Finland and Silver Bay Fire Departments from Lake County, all responded for mutual aid assistance with the fire.
Five condominium units were involved in the fire but no damage estimates have yet been made. There are no reported injuries.
The fire is considered out at this time and most of the departments have been released from the scene. The scene is still under fire department control. The State Fire Marshall’s office has been contacted and the cause of the fire is under investigation.