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National Park Service issues EIS on Isle Royale wolves

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:17pm

With only two wolves left on Isle Royale, the National Park Service has signaled that it is at least thinking about introducing more wolves back onto the island. A mid-March report follows public comments and internal deliberations regarding wolf/moose/vegetation management on the Lake Superior island.

With no other predators to keep their numbers in check, researchers worry that moose are starting to over browse areas on the island, damaging the vegetation. In the winter moose like to eat balsam fir, but that is a tree species that is declining on the island. As food dwindles, researchers worry that moose will suffer from starvation.

The National Park Service’s has prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) that looks at four alternatives, including A.) doing nothing; B) bringing wolves to the island as a one-time event during a defined period of time; C.) bringing wolves to the “island” as needed or D.) also doing nothing, letting natural process continue, but setting a trigger point at which wolves would be reintroduced, such as if the island became over-browsed by moose.

The NPS will hold one more 60-day public comment period later this spring. Comments can be submitted at - just scroll down to find the Isle Royale study.


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Appeal expected regarding North Shore dairy farm inspection

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:04pm
The attorney for Lake View Natural Dairy recently told WTIP's Joe Friedrichs that he expects his client to file an appeal after a judge's ruling regarding inspection of the dairy farm. Listen to the conversation here.

Library presentation--Minnesotans on the RMS Titanic

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:05am

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Christopher Welter—Minnesota/RMS Titanic Connections, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., Two Harbors Public Library; Friday, April 8, 1:00 p.m., Silver Bay Public Library; Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m., Grand Marais Public Library.

Leading up to the April 15, 1912 anniversary of the sinking of the great ship, Christopher Welter, archivist at Minnesota Discovery Center, will provide a condensed version of his article, Voices Cast Upon the Sea: Minnesota’s Titanic Passengers, which was published in the autumn 2007 issue of Minnesota History magazine. Welter will speak about several individuals from northern Minnesota, including from the Iron Range and Duluth. Here follows an excerpt from Welter’s article:

“Back in April, 1912, men, women, and children had ascended Titanic’s gangways. The contingent included current and would-be residents of Minnesota. Counted among this group were the affluent and the immigrant, the lay and the clergy, the fortunate and the luckless. All would be either observer or victim of the ship’s fate. Familiar in its scope, the narrative is yet extraordinary for it was witnessed, experienced, told, recorded, and remembered by persons who called or intended to make Minnesota home.”

This program, sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about upcoming Arrowhead Legacy Events, visit their calendar at


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Spring fire danger season predicted to be dry

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:44am

Even though there’s still lots of snow on the ground, when it goes, we’re predicted to be in a higher than normal fire danger season. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the Superior National Forest East Zone Fire management Officer Patty Johnson.


A glimpse inside Taconite Harbor as closure process unfolds

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:25am

The Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Cook County is set to go idle in September. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs recently took a tour of the plant and spoke with people who work at and will be impacted by Taconite Harbor’s eventual closure. 


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"Local Energy Thursdays" at North House in April

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 8:57pm

April is Earth Month! The Cook County Local Energy Project presents Local Energy Thursdays at North House Folk School. Each event is free and takes place 7-9 p.m.

April 7 is Seal it up! A Home Energy Efficiency Pep Talk with builder and energy auditor Mike Senty. Watch an energy efficient house be built from the ground up. Win a REEP home audit. Take home a grab bag of energy tools and start saving money and energy now.

April 14 is Solar Power Hour and Grow Solar. Use the sun to power your home, business or farm. This event includes testimonials from local solar power homeowners, an introduction to the Arrowhead Electric Community Solar project, and solar basics and step-by-step with Dathan Lythgoe of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Finally, April 21 is Bringing Climate Change Home: A Community Show and Tell. During this event, learn about a vegetable-oil powered road trip with Jonathan Hedstrom, and hear Morgan Weyrens Welch report on her trip to the Paris COP21 Climate Talks. This event also includes The Carbon Fee and Dividend solution, an educational session by the Cook County Citizens Climate Lobby.

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