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Citizens' Climate Lobby informational gathering on August 11

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:23pm

There will be an informational gathering in Grand Marais to learn more about how a small group of citizens can become part of the solution to climate change. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with regional coordinator Paul Thompson on North Shore Morning. 

Paul Thompson and Mindy Ahler will be holding an informational session on how to get involved with the Citizens' Climate Lobby on Tuesday, August 11, from 7 to 9 pm at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. For more information, call Rose at 387-2113.


Weather looking good for Grand Portage events

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:48am

The weather will get wet Friday, but then the sun will return over the weekend for slightly cool but nice August weather for Rendezvous Days and the Pow Wow. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


Final performances of Summer Theater Festival this weekend

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:00am

The Grand Marais Playhouse wraps up another fabulous summer theater festival this weekend with the final performances of Moon over Buffalo on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and the final performance of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The shows have received rave reviews. There are still tickets left, so don't miss out! The box office is open an hour before each show. All seats are general admission. Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 51 West 5th street in Grand Marais.

For more information on this performance or any Playhouse events, visit


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Jacob Schroeder of Grand Marais wins Fisherman's Picnic grand prize

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:57am

Congratulations to Jacob Schroeder of Grand Marais who was the grand prize winner of the Grand Marais Lions Club Fisherman’s Picnic Raffle. Schroeder won $10,000!

The other big winners were John Radford of Sioux Lookout, Ontario who won $1,000 and Dan Ansello of Grand Marais who won $500.

Another 132 prizes, donated by generous community members and business owner, were also drawn. A complete list of winners can be seen on the Grand Marais Lions Club webpage at

Prizes can be picked up at the Cook County News-Herald office at 15 First Avenue West from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.


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County agrees to lease state land to complete South Fowl snowmobile trail

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:55pm

Slow as the wheels of the government can be, they almost ground to a halt during the 12 years of environmental appeals and law suits filed by four environmental groups against the U.S. Forest Service in their efforts to halt the construction of a 2.2-mile snowmobile trail.

On July 28, 2015, Cook County Commissioners agreed to pay $1,380 to lease a small portion of land from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources  (DNR) so that the long-awaited South Fowl snowmobile access (Tilbury Trail) can be reestablished to connect McFarland and South Fowl Lakes.

The lease of .65 acres of state land is for 20 years.

The Forest Service is in charge of the snowmobile trail project, but will be assisted in building and maintaining the 2.2-mile trail by the Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use (ACMU) organization.

In 2003, then Gunflint District Ranger Dennis Neitzke closed the route after it was brought to his attention that the trail, which had been used by locals since the 1960s to access their cabins or to get to lakes so they could go ice fishing, encroached on the Boundary Waters Canoe Areas Wilderness (BWCAW) boundaries, which were established in 1978.

Neitzke sought to replace the trail, and the first public hearing was held in 2004. After 11 years of environmental studies and an estimated $100,000 in legal fees by the Forest Service, not to mention the dollars expended by Cook County, ACMU and the Conservationists with Common Sense, Judge John Tunheim ruled in favor of the Forest Service in February of 2015.

The trail was built through an area logged by Verl Tilbury in the ‘60s at the end of the Arrowhead Trail in Hovland, adjacent to what is now the BWCAW. Locals constructed and maintained the snowmobile trail connecting McFarland and South Fowl Lakes.

In 2015 the legal wrangling ended and the trail is now back on track to be opened.


DNR planning another conservative deer season

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:52pm

Hunters can expect another conservative deer season in 2015 as management continues to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

"The 2015 deer hunting regulations will be quite similar to last year, with one-deer limits in most of the state," said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the DNR. "Hunters should check the 2015 regulations early, because in the majority of areas, hunters will need to apply for a permit to shoot an antlerless deer."

In 70 of Minnesota's 128 deer permit areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Only bucks can be hunted in 14 areas. In 29 areas, hunters have the choice of shooting a doe or a buck.

Bonus permits allowing hunters to shoot more than one deer may only be used in 11 permit areas and for some special hunts. In three southwestern areas, the DNR is restricting antlerless harvest to youth hunters only.

Hunters can buy deer licenses and apply to the lottery for antlerless deer permits starting Saturday, Aug. 1. Locally, lottery deer areas are permit areas 117, 126, 127 and 180. The deadline to apply for the lottery is Thursday, Sept. 10.

"Given the mild winter for most of the state and reduced harvest last year, we anticipate that hunters will be seeing more deer when afield, and we are already hearing from people that they are seeing more deer this summer," McInenly said. "We are continuing a conservative harvest approach in order to raise deer numbers consistent with our recent goal-setting process."

The 2015 season marks the second year of a management approach to rebuild deer populations based on goal setting and listening sessions that indicated a desire for more deer in many areas.