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The 2012 construction season saw the completion of two sediment reduction projects by the Poplar River Management Board in collaboration with the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Ullr Tightline project is intended to reduce sediment into the Poplar River. The gully was identified as a major contributor of sediment. The selected solution for the gully was an engineered tightline system. (A “tightline” is a pipe that conveys water through a steep or erosion-sensitive area, to eliminate the potential for erosion in that area.)
The tightline will accept all flows from the adjacent County Road 5 and ski runs and send them to the river without degrading the steep slope below the county road. This project is estimated to reduce sediment by 90 tons per year and handle a 100-year rain storm.
The Ullr Tightline was funded 25% by landowners and 75% by a grant from the Great Lakes Commission.
The other project included improvements made along County Road 5 in the heart of Lutsen Mountains.
The improvements include an engineered storm sewer system that will intercept the storm water flows and direct them to either the Brule Tightline or the newly constructed Ullr Tightline
To date more than ten conservation projects have been initiated in the watershed, the projects will eliminate an estimated 835 tons or 42% of the sediment load.
The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host their monthly social with
delicious desserts on Saturday, November 17 at 3 p.m. Irene Thompson
will be back to perform her old time favorites on the piano.
For information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities,
please contact the Activity Dept at 218.387.3518 or the website www.nshorehospital.com
It’s the “Great Minnesota Give Together,” coordinated by Give MN to provide people across the state an opportunity to support the causes and efforts they care about through one website: www.GiveMN.org
Through this one site, you can choose to support many local non-profit organizations, including WTIP. On Thursday, November 15th, please go to www.GiveMN.org and support local non-profit organizations for Give to the Max Day!
The November elections brought a change to Cook County’s Second Commissioner District. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with commissioner-elect Garry Gamble.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing wolf hunting for the rest of the early season in the Northeast Zone at the end of shooting hours today.
The Northeast Zone covers the Arrowhead region.
The quota of wolves killed in the Northeast Zone during the early season had been set at 58 wolves. Fifty-seven were registered when DNR initiated season closure. The East-Central Zone was closed a few days ago after eight of the nine wolves set by the target were registered.
DNR large carnivore specialist Dan Stark says the Northwest Zone remains open through this Sunday, November 18, in 100 series deer permit areas. The season closed last Sunday in 200 series deer permit areas. Hunters with permits for closed zones are allowed to hunt wolves in the northwest zone during the early season while it remains open.
Hunters in all zones have registered a total of 125 wolves so far. The quota had been set 200 wolves for the early season. The late season starts on November 24 and ends January 31. A total of 200 wolves were set as the quota for the hunters and trappers during the late season. Any licenses not bought for the late season by lottery winners at the end of today will go on sale Monday to hunters and trappers who didn’t win the lottery,
Wolf hunting in the northeast zone will close for the remainder of the early season at the end of shooting hours on Thursday, Nov. 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The northwest zone remains open through Sunday, Nov. 18, in 100 series deer permit areas. The season closed Sunday, Nov. 11, in 200 series deer permit areas. DNR closed the east-central zone on Monday, Nov. 5. Hunters with permits for closed zones are allowed to hunt wolves in the northwest zone during the early season while it remains open.
The harvest target for the northeast zone during the early season is 58 wolves. Fifty-seven were registered when DNR initiated season closure.
Hunters in all zones have registered a total of 125 wolves so far. The harvest target is 200 wolves for the early season.
Early season wolf hunters are required to:
• Register all wolves by 10 p.m. the day of harvest in order for the DNR to monitor zone-specific harvest levels. Registration is available via telephone, website or in person.
• Obey zone closures, which become effective the end of legal shooting hours for the day on which a zone is closed.
• Take responsibility for tracking season progress and season/zone closure each morning before hunting by calling 888-706-6367 or checking the DNR wolf hunting page at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf. Season status and harvest targets will be updated in real-time for each zone.
• Return any radio collars when they bring wolves in for the mandatory wolf inspection and bring an ear tag along so that information on the tag can be examined and recorded.
• Present the entire skinned wolf and pelt for inspection as outlined in the wolf hunting regulations so the DNR can collect data on wolves for population monitoring.
• Wear blaze orange during open firearms (including muzzleloader) deer season.