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The state of Minnesota is planning to impose a quarantine to limit the spread of destructive gypsy moths. This will affect residents and travelers in Northeast Minnesota. North Shore Morning host Ann Possis spoke with Lucia Hunt, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Gypsy Moth Program Supervisor.
Public hearings about the quarantine are being held Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Two Harbors, and Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Grand Marais as part of the County Commissioner board meetings.
More information about gypsy moths and the proposed quarantine are available from the Minneosta Department of Agriculture.
The really cold weather is about to depart and we might even see temps in the 20s in a day or two. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Steve Gohde.
The North Shore Music Association will present The Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country showcase featuring local and regional musicians playing tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, and Roy Acuff.
The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Emceed by WTIP Classic Country host Carl Solander, the evening’s lineup includes longtime Prairie Home Companion dobro and steel guitar master Cal Hand and his daughter, local singer/songwriter Amanda Hand.
Also featured are The DitchLilies of Maiden Rock, Wis., Sarah York & Clancy Ward of Port Wing, Wis., and Grand Marais’ own Yvonne Mills, Barb LaVigne and Russ Viton.
Cal Hand is a dobro and steel guitar master who was part of the 1960s and '70s band the Sorry Muthas, as well as a frequent Biscuit Band collaborator and long-time member of the A Praire Home Companion band. Over the years, he has backed up artists such as Leo Kottke and Peter Lang, and he still plays with Bill and Judy and various Twin Cities bands.
Call the Music Association at (218) 387-1272 for more information or advance tickets.
The quest to figure out what is killing Minnesota’s moose continues. The moose population has fallen from an estimated 8,840 in 2006 to an estimated 2,760 in 2012. And while researchers are attempting to put together pieces of the puzzle, they don’t have all of the answers yet.
To try to find some answers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Monday February 1, that it would add 52 adult moose to its morbidity study. The DNR has begun capturing and fitting moose with GPS collars.
Last year researchers fitted 111 moose with high tech GPS collars and stomach implants that alert them when a moose’s heart stops beating or when the animal has stopped moving for six hours—indicators that the moose had died.
At that juncture biologists try to get to the deceased animal within 24 hours before predators or scavengers get to it, or before it decomposes too badly and a determination of the cause of death can’t be made.
Dr. Seth Moore is leading the moose study in Grand Portage for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He and his colleagues have begun capturing and collaring 16 moose this winter. Moore works in conjunction with his fellow DNR researchers and all parties involved share findings.
Another moose research project, studying moose calves will also continue this spring. Research scientist/moose project leader Glenn DelGiudice, Ph.D. oversees the calf mortality study. DelGiudice said that 50 more calves would be captured and collared for study this spring.
Concerns have been expressed over the number of calf deaths that have been attributed to collaring (11), so DelGiudice said researchers may wait longer than the 24-36 hours after birth to catch and collar the babies this time around.
The ISD 166 school board held a special meeting on the morning of Friday, January 31, 2014 to discuss how to make up for time missed due to the unusually high number of winter related school closings for the district so far this year. Students have lost just over six instructional days this school year.
The school had originally scheduled 1,101 instructional hours for the year and are currently on pace to achieve a total of 1,066 hours barring any further weather related absences.