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Get your deer hunting license early

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 1:46pm

With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. The 2015 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 7.

“There are usually lines of people who wait to buy licenses until the Thursday and Friday before the firearms deer opener. Last year we sold more than 120,000 licenses on those two days,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. “Buying early lets you avoid the lines and spend more time getting ready to hunt.”

Deer licenses can be purchased at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at There are additional fees for telephone and Internet transactions. Hunters who purchase licenses by phone and Internet will receive their deer license and tags by mail, which can take three to five business days to arrive, so hunters who choose these options should allow enough time for delivery. Hunters must have a valid deer license and tag in their possession when hunting deer.

The information center and license center at DNR headquarters in St. Paul will extend their hours on opening weekend to accommodate additional phone calls from deer hunters. Phone lines will be open on Friday, Nov. 6, until 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Hunters need to be familiar with deer hunting regulations, which are available at any DNR license agent or online at

License questions should be directed to the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 



Citizens invited to learn more about potential Hovland dock project at October 28 public meeting

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 1:44pm

More than a decade ago—in November 1999—a handful of community members formed an informal Hovland Dock Committee, hoping to restore and preserve the historic structure in Chicago Bay. That effort did not gain much momentum, however over the last year the idea has been revived with oversight by the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC).

The project is being spearheaded by the North Shore Scenic Drive Council (NSSDC), which along with ARDC has conducted an inventory of possible wayside rests along Highway 61. Short-term improvements discussed for the Hovland dock area include improving interpretive signage at the site; adding a picnic table; and making changes to increase accessibility. Long-term improvements under consideration include resurfacing the parking area; reinforcing the integrity of the dock; installing a vault toilet; constructing an open air shelter and more.

There is some concern by some Hovlandites that the design project could change the current usage of the dock area. Property owners on the Chicago Bay Road held a meeting of their own last month. Rick Schubert attended and he told the News-Herald that about 25 people were present and most were opposed to changes that would create a Highway 61 rest stop at the site. Schubert said Chicago Bay homeowners are asking for a new plan.

Homeowners expressed concern that creating a rest stop would mean increased traffic at a dangerous intersection, curb and gutter on the road, increased lighting and possibly lead to closure of the dock.

Reached by phone, ARDC Planner Andy Hubley told the Cook County News-Herald that the plan is “just an idea.” He said there is no construction funding at this time.

Mayor explains proposed city garage land purchase

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:40am

The City of Grand Marais proposes to move its current garage complex from the Recreation Park to a new location on Hwy 61 at the top of the hill in west Grand Marais. WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke with Mayor Jay Arrowsmoth DeCoux about the move which has generated some controversy.


Empty Bowls in Cook County

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:05am

WTIP volunteer host LeAnn Zunker chats with Empty Bowls volunteer coordinator Pat Campanaro about the upcoming event.  For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Pat at 651-336-2964 or


Emerald ash borer likely to spread along North Shore

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 9:30am

Emerald ash borer was discovered in trees last week in Duluth. This is as far north as the invasive insect has been reported in Minnesota, raising concern that it will eventually spread throughout the North Shore. WTIP News Reporter Joe Friedrichs hears what experts have to say about this.


Sheriff: Halloween safety and vehicle break-ins

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 8:55am

Halloween is just around the corner and drivers will need to exercise extra caution with little kids on the streets.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Pat Eliasen about ghosts and goblins – and vehicle break-ins.