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Sheriff has tips for driving around deer and trick or treaters

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 9:03am

Deer are out and about, including on the roads and kids will be out and about for Halloween. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen.


Auditor explains levy impacts on taxes

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:20am

The county budget, two proposed school issues and more will all affect the total levy impact. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Braidy Powers about budgets, taxes and levies.


Conservation officer carries special message to hunter near Gunflint Trail

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:22pm

This fall local DNR Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman had an interesting encounter with a bear hunter in the Gunflint Trail region. Here’s the story about an important message the conservation officer had to deliver. 


DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:09am

People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marias area lakes and streams are encouraged to review current management plans and submit comments for the plans scheduled for review this winter. This annual review process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Comments on lakes within the BWCAW will be accepted until Dec. 15. The comment period for lakes and streams outside the BWCAW, will extend through Feb. 15, 2017.

A management plan identifies specific management activities planned for a lake or stream over the next five to 20 years, including any proposed stocking or special regulations.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor, about the DNRs management plans and the public comment period.
In the Grand Marais area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed this winter.
The status and preservation of native lake trout populations will be the primary concern in plans being revised for Cash, Gabimichigami, Maraboeuf, State, Town and Little Trout lakes. These lakes are all located inside the BWCAW.
Stream trout stocking and management strategies will be reviewed in Dislocation, Triangle (Edith), Margaret, Mine, Pancore, Sock and Topper lakes. Options to consider include changes in species, stocking frequency, number stocked and size of fish stocked. Sock and Topper lakes are located within the BWCAW.
The management plan for Sea Gull Lake will be updated to incorporate the evaluation plan for the new walleye regulation and review the status of walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass populations. Sea Gull Lake is located within the BWCAW.
Thompson, Thrush and Turnip lakes are managed as a trophy trout, catch-and-release only lakes. This winter the current trout stocking strategies will be reviewed and if the special regulations on these lakes should continue.

Walleye stocking efforts on several area lakes will be reviewed, including programs on Gunflint, Devil Track, Flour, Holly, Hungry Jack, Iron, Little Iron, Poplar and Round lakes. Stocking that has proven ineffective may be dropped, or stocking strategies may be changed. Management plans for these lakes will only be revised if a change in stocking is recommended.
In addition to Gunflint Lake, current plans for Little Gunflint, Magnetic, Little North and North lakes will be reviewed. This chain of lakes may share populations of some fish species in common, so an effort will be made to coordinate their management.

Fisheries managers will consider whether there is a need or demand for special regulations on these lakes to protect or enhance walleye or lake trout fisheries.

Plans for Agnes and Tomash lakes will be reviewed to determine whether either could support panfish or northern pike fisheries.
Current lake trout and brown trout stocking strategies on Mayhew Lake will be reviewed.

The Pike Lake management plan will be reviewed to determine whether there is a need for more intensive walleye management, which could include stocking or special regulations.

Plans for several lightly-used BWCAW lakes in the area, including Banadad, Cam, Crocodile, Davis, Henson, Honker, Horseshoe, Vernon and Vista will be reviewed. Those plans will be revised primarily to establish survey schedules on those lakes for the next few years.

Portage Brook, a wild brook trout stream, where the plan will focus on habitat and water quality, hydrology and watershed issues.
Woods Creek, a natural brook trout stream (currently only in its lower reach). A new plan will incorporate results of recent surveys by DNR Fisheries and the MPCA, and will discuss potential restoration of the stream’s headwaters.

Current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information are available for review at the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office, at 1356 E. Highway 61, Grand Marais, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call or email Steve Persons at 218-387-6022 or

Public comments on management of BWCAW waters are due by Dec. 15. The comment period for lakes and streams outside the BWCAW will extend through Feb. 15, 2017. Comments, suggestions and other feedback on the management of these, and all other streams and lakes in the area are welcomed at any time, and will be considered when those plans are next due for review.


Emergency responders discuss search and rescue false alarms

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:34am

After a recent false alarm in our region from an emergency-locator beacon, WTIP's Rhonda Silence took the time to learn more about this technology. 


Cool and dry fall weather ahead

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 9:59am

Cool and for the most part dry fall weather awaits us for the week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Huyck.


Volleyball team gets first playoff game at home

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 9:37am

The 16-2 Cook County High School girl's volleyball  team  received a first-round bye in the Section 7A playoffs. The Vikings will begin Section 7 play at home on Wednesday, October 26 against the winner of the Lakeview Christian/ Floodwood match.The game starts at 7 p.m.  If the Vikings win they will get a second home game on Friday, October 28. That game will also start at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Vikings!     

Weekend News Roundup for October 22

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 9:38am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Arrests for wrong turns at the border. What to do with Birch Grove. Local Bands join moose hunt. EDA scores with IRRRB. Is copper-nickel mining a health risk? …all this and more in the week’s news.


Cook County Girls Scouts host Moose Madness fun

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:07pm


New owners prepare to reopen lodge on Devil Track Lake

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 7:25am

There are new owners of a lodge and restaurant on Devil Track Lake. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with the new owners. 


Fall weather slowly moves in

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:07pm

The weather will feel a lot like fall this weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart about chilly lows and highs in the upper 40’s.


Grand Portage biologist discusses 2016 moose hunt

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:02am

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa will take a combined total of 10 bull moose in northeastern Minnesota this year. The hunt is expected to begin as soon as Oct. 22.

Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa took 25 bull moose in the same region this fall, plus three additional moose for community needs. The Fond du Lac hunt ended on Oct. 14 when the bull moose quota was met. 

Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs about the 2016 moose hunt. 


Commissioners to host town hall meetings focusing on levy, tax dollars

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 9:59am

A majority of the Cook County Commissioners are hosting town hall meetings before Nov. 2.

Commissioner and Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk is sponsoring a town hall meeting October 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the commissioners’ room at the courthouse to talk with about county services.

Commissioner Frank Moe is sponsoring a town hall meeting at the Hovland Town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss the county budget and county services. Moe has also invited the EDA to talk about their initiatives in Cook County.

In addition, Commissioner Garry Gamble is hosting a town hall event on Thursday, Oct. 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center.

And on Tuesday, Nov. 1, Commissioner Ginny Storlie is hosting a town hall meeting in the west end of Cook County.
WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about the town hall events. 


Special deer hunt permits now required at Cascade River and Judge Magney state parks

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 9:31am

There are changes to requirements for hunting in two North Shore parks this fall. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with the DNR about these changes. (Audio posted below)

Cascade River and Judge C. R. Magney state parks will again hold a special firearms deer hunt this fall during regular firearms season Nov. 5-20. New for the 2016 season, hunters wishing to participate in the special hunt will need to obtain a free special deer hunt permit.

Special deer hunt permits will be available starting Friday Oct. 14, on a first come, first served basis, at the Cascade State Park office. The park office will be open Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hunters wishing to obtain a special hunt permit must choose whether they want to participate in the Cascade River State Park or the Judge C. R. Magney State Park hunt. Participants must have a valid Minnesota deer license before obtaining a special hunt permit at the park.

Deer hunters with a special deer hunt permit for Cascade River or Judge C. R. Magney State Park will be able to harvest one deer of either sex within the selected park. Hunters that wish to also hunt another area outside the park may tag a deer with their regular license, and purchase one bonus permit specific to the special park hunt. Statewide bag limits still apply, so a hunter may tag one legal buck per year, without exception. Deer taken in the park’s special hunt must be registered to the special hunt number for the park hunted (900 or 911). It is unlawful to register a deer taken outside the park boundary under the park special hunt number.

Portable deer stands are allowed for this special state park hunt, but must be removed within a day after the hunt. Permanent deer stands, screw-in steps or other devices that damage trees are not permitted. See for further information.

The goal of these state park hunts is to ensure healthy natural communities. High concentrations of deer in one area can negatively impact the native plants and other animals. Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in parks.


Members of WTIP staff attend Vikings game at US Bank Stadium

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:23am

WTIP was given two press passes for the Vikings game on Oct. 9. WTIP’s Program Director Matthew Brown and Joe Friedrichs shared the duties of snapping photos, shooting video, recording interviews and, perhaps, simply embracing the moment.

Joe Friedrichs has this report on the new stadium and the experience at a Vikings game.


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