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Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Feb. 2 in Monticello.
"Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources," said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. "To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in
a given area."
Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. After a short presentation on deer populations and management, meeting participants may comment verbally, ask DNR staff questions and complete a written questionnaire.
Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota's 128 deer permit areas in 2015. Local meetings are set for Feb. 11 at Two Harbors High School; and Feb. 19 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.
For a complete list of meetings, see www.mndnr.gov/deer.
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For many years the people of Cook County have called their bus driver directly when they needed a ride on the Arrowhead Transit bus. As of Monday, February 9, that will change, but Arrowhead Transit Marketing Coordinator Larry Rodgers reassures riders that the upgrade will enhance the transportation service.
Having riders calling the driver directly required the bus driver to use a cell phone while driving—a practice no longer acceptable for someone providing public transportation, said Rodgers.
To continue the Dial-A-Ride program, Arrowhead Transit is in the process of upgrading its telephone dispatch system. The first part of the upgrade goes into effect on February 9. It involves a centralized system with the telephone number 800-862-0175. Once that number is dialed, people who live in Cook County will need to use option 8 to reach the dispatcher for Cook County.
For the previous four years, ridership in Cook County has been declining on Arrowhead Transit. But in 2014, ridership increased by 9 percent. Driver Mark Quello attributes this increase to new riders discovering how the Dial-A-Ride can meet their transportation needs.
Riders who use the Dial-A-Rides are encouraged to call at least one hour before they need to be picked up.
Besides Dial-A-Ride, Arrowhead Transit offers a commuter run from Grand Marais to Grand Portage every morning and every afternoon.
Also, on the second Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of the month, Arrowhead Transit goes to Duluth. This bus takes people shopping, to their medical appointments, and to the Jefferson Lines bus depot and the Duluth airport.
Supporters of Mush for a Cure, a fun sled dog race fundraiser benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, have been awaiting the announcement of this year’s theme. In years past the event has invited participants to don pink attire for a prom, to go back to the ‘60s, to be pink zombies and more. Unfortunately however, the announcement released this week by organizer Sue Prom is that the 2015 Mush for a Cure event has been cancelled.
Prom said it was a difficult decision. “It’s always a ton of work for everyone, but it’s such a good cause. And such a good time. I’m going to miss it,” said Prom, reached by phone after the announcement.
However, registration was just too low to justify the event. Prom said registration was possibly affected because another dog sled race, the White Oak Sled Dog Race in Deer River, Minnesota, has been scheduled for the same weekend. That race offers a variety of racing opportunities for different skill levels. “Everyone likes to do that one,” said Prom.
Prom added thanks to all the mushers who took part in Mush for a Cure, to the volunteers and to the community. She said, “We appreciate the past support of everyone for our event and helping us raise $226,500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”
She encouraged anyone who was thinking of pledging to a musher to go ahead and make a donation to the foundation at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
Prom said she will miss everyone getting together for such a great cause, but reminded people thinking of visiting that the Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club’s Trout Derby will still be taking place on Gunflint Lake on March 8.
British guitarist Adrian Legg will be performing this Saturday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. WTIP host Yvonne Mills spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association on North Shore Morning about this event.
WTIP invites community members to participate in a new project designed to bring a wider range of voices to the air.
The project, which is funded by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, will provide training and opportunities for community members interested in creating and sharing audio features on a variety of topics and subjects. “We want to provide an opportunity for community members to produce content focused on their interests,” says Patrick Knight, who is leading the project. “I’m here to help guide people through the process, to help them create content to share.”
Participants can work with Patrick to identify topics, learn how to record, and turn recorded material into sharable features. The parameters are flexible and the time commitment varies depending on the interests and needs of the participants. “If you’re interested in making audio features for the radio, or if you’re interested in video production, please contact me so we can talk about moving forward,” Knight says. He can be reached at Patrick@wtip.org.
Knight will be holding the first workshop, which will cover gathering audio recordings, on Wednesday, February 11th from 6:30 to 7:30. Anyone interested in joining the project is encouraged to attend the training, or to contact Knight to arrange another meeting.
"Recording for Radio Workshop"
Wednesday, February 11
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: WTIP at 1712 W. Hwy. 61, Grand Marais
Listen to more about this project: Host Joey Detrick spoke with Patrick Knight, Community Producers Project Coordinator, and Deb Benedict, WTIP station manager, on North Shore Morning.