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Deal made with Molpus on public access

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 8:18am

Two Northland legislators say they’ve brokered a tentative agreement with Minnesota’s largest private landowner to maintain public access to the company’s land for hunters and snowmobilers through next spring.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports that because of changes in Minnesota tax law for forested land, Mississippi-based Molpus Woodlands Group had put up “Keep Out” signs on access roads across much of the land it owns in northern St. Louis County. The move came after the state Legislature cut a tax break the company received for conducting sustainable forestry and allowing public access from more than $2 million to $100,000.

Rep. David Dill, and Sen. Tom Bakk, said in a news release yesterday that they “have reached a tentative agreement with Molpus … that will provide for public access to Molpus land for the duration of 2012 and continuing through the close of the 2013 legislative session.”

The legislators told the company that they cannot guarantee any outcome, but they will work to pass legislation next spring that addresses Molpus’ concerns and maintains public access to the affected land.

Molpus became owners of 286,000 acres of Minnesota forest in July when it purchased the land from Forest Capital Partners, which more than a decade ago had acquired the land holdings of Boise Cascade Co.


Vikings schedule football, volleyball playoffs

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 10:55am

The Cook County Vikings head into the football and volleyball playoffs starting on Tuesday, October 23.

CCHS Athletic Director Pam Taylor reports that the football team will open the playoffs at Lyle Anderson Field in Grand Marais at 6 PM, Tuesday, October 23 against Cass Lake-Bena. Taylor says the winner of the Cass Lake-Bena game will play at 2 PM, Saturday, October 27.

The volleyball team will open its action in the CCHS gym on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 PM after drawing a first-round bye. They will play the winner of the first-round game between Lakeview Christian Academy and Cromwell.

Taylor reports that no CCHS athletic passes are allowed for the playoffs. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for students at the gate.

Banadad Trail Association hosts trail cleaning and annual meeting

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 10:27am

The Banadad Trail Association invites the public to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. Banadad maintenance coordinator Ted Young said, “This work day we plan to hike into the Banadad along the Old Winchell Lake Fire Trail. This trail begins near the Poplar Lake public landing then winds through the BWCA to the Banadad just west of the Meads’ Lake Portage.”
Part of the area where crews will be working was heavily damaged by the 2010 Meads Lake prescribed burn This burn left many burnt-out trees fallen or precariously close to falling into the trail. “We will be removing some of these trees, then clearing the summer’s accumulation of brush and down trees along the three-mile section of the trail back to the trail’s eastern trailhead,” said Young.
According to Young, “since most of the Banadad is within the BWCA where we can not use any power equipment, it take a lot of volunteers working with hand tools to get the trail ready for skiing. Please join us – we really need your help!”
Volunteers meet for the trail workday at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade), Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.
Friends of the Banadad are also invited to the Banadad Trail Association’s annual meeting at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. Following the meeting a social hour and potluck dinner are planned.
For more information on the workday and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s annual meeting, call 218-388-4487.

Commissioner explains county Voter ID stance

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 10:02am

This week the county board voted not to support the Voter ID amendment. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Commissioner Jim Johnson who made the motion at Tuesday’s meeting.  

(Click on link below to hear interview.)



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Woman missing in Hovland is found

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 6:12pm

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the woman missing on the Arrowhead Trail has been found. Cook County was seeking information from anyone who had seen Marion Pearson of Hovland. She had last been seen at 10:30 a.m. today, walking north on the Arrowhead Trail in Hovland, just north of Berg Gate Road. At about 5:40 p.m. law enforcement announced that she had been located. 

Pearson has dementia and there were concerns for her safety.

Sheriff's office reports missing woman found

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 5:13pm
Marion Pearson.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office reports an 81-year-old Hovland woman missing for more than seven hours has been found alive near the Arrowhead Trail. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, Marion Pearson had last been seen about 10:30 AM, Wednesday morning walking north on the Arrowhead Trail.

 No details were available immediately other than she had been found alive near the Arrowhead Trail.

The  Sheriff's Office offered thanks to the public for assistance in the successful search for Mrs. Pearson.