Around Cook County
Ruffed grouse hunter numbers have remained unchanged for two years at 93,000. The familiar northland bird remains Minnesota’s most popular small game species according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Last year’s grouse harvest was 401,000 birds – down slightly from the 10-year peak of 465,000 achieved in 2010 – but still one of the three highest annual harvests in those ten years.
Grouse populations tend to fluctuate in 10-year cycles and this cycle’s decline has already started. This year’s season opens September 15. Minnesota has better grouse hunting than almost any other state.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected
a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would
require voters to show photo ID at the polls.
The high court on Monday rejected a lawsuit from left-leaning
groups who argued that lawmakers had failed to give voters the full
scope of the changes that would result from the amendment.
The ruling means the voter ID amendment will remain on the ballot.
In a separate decision, the court also threw out ballot titles
written by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for the photo ID
amendment and another amendment to ban gay marriage. Republicans
had argued that Ritchie overstepped his authority and was trying to
influence voters to reject both amendments.
County Whole Foods Co-op held an informational meeting on
August 21 to share building plans, financial needs and to explain the
owner-loan program and more. One co-op member again brought up the
mosaic tile mural of the four seasons created by local elementary
school students and asked if a separate campaign could be launched to
pay for the cost of preserving the mural. It’s still not certain how
much it would cost to save the mural, but Co-op Board Member Barb
Lavigne said the co-op hopes to save as much of the mural as they can.
Local businesspeople Jill Terrill, Stephen Hoglund, and Jan Sivertson
have offered to take the mural or portions thereof for display at
their downtown buildings.
LaVigne said the co-op would welcome help from the community to figure
out how the mural could be saved. At the very least, high resolution
photos of the mural will be taken and displayed prominently with good
lighting on an inside wall in the new building.
Retired Cook County teacher Ann Mershon received 50 responses in one
day after posting a notice on the local internet bulletin board Boreal
Access regarding interest in saving the mural. “We need to
investigate all the options, and I’m hoping we can find a solution,”
she told the Cook County News-Herald. “It’s clear that many community
members feel the mosaic is a beautiful and meaningful statement and
should be preserved.”
Demolition of the old building is expected to begin in October, and
plans are for the new building to be completed sometime next spring.
Those interested in helping save the mural are asked to contact Ann
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge is expected to consider this week whether to halt Wisconsin's new wolf hunt before it starts.
According to the Duluth News-Tribune, a coalition of humane societies filed a lawsuit earlier this month seeking an injunction blocking the hunt. The coalition argues the state Department of Natural Resources failed to include any provisions to protect hunting dogs from being killed or maimed by wolves they're tracking.
Judge Peter C. Anderson is set to hear motions in the case today and hold an injunction hearing Wednesday.
The hunt is set to begin Oct. 15 and run through the end of February. In Minnesota over 4,000 wolf hunt applications have been made for the season that opens with the November firearms deer season.
The Tofte Town Board has been quite busy with its pursuit of housing
for senior citizens recently. Steve Greisert, of Community Partners
Research, Inc. (CPR) came before the Tofte town board on Thursday,
August 9 with results of an analysis for rental housing demand for
seniors in the Tofte area. He presented lots of interesting community
Also on August 9, the Tofte board agreed to hire Dick Grabko of
Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS) to write grants to find funding
for infrastructure costs for the senior housing project. Those costs
are expected to run around $350,000 and pay for the road, electric,
phone, water and sewer to be installed.
And then the board and citizens gathered at the Tofte Town hall on
Tuesday, August 21 to hear about the proposed senior housing project
adjacent to the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte.
Project Architect Jody Anderson of DSGW, an architectural firm in
Duluth, presented preliminary drawings of where the cottages and road
might be located.
Anderson said the buildings would sit on the ridgeline and have views
of Lake Superior. They would be 50 to 100 feet apart, but staggered so
“people won’t look out of their windows into their neighbor’s house,”
The preliminary plan for the proposed houses would be about 1,000 square feet and have a one-
car attached garage.
More meetings will be scheduled in the near future to get input from
potential renters on just what they need and want, said Township
Supervisor Paul James.
“Things are changing daily,” James said, adding, “There’s a lot of
The town of Lutsen held the continuation of its annual town
meeting on Tuesday, August 21, finalizing its 2013 levy with one
addition—a pledge for a $10,000 donation to the Superior Cycling
Association if the organization is successful in obtaining a $900,000
grant from the Minnesota Legacy Trails Grant.
Paul Nordlund of Superior Cycling Association presented a map for the
proposed Cook County Mountain Bike Trail System. Nordlund said the
association is submitting a grant to the Minnesota Legacy Trails Grant
program for approximately $900,000 for approximately 12 – 50 miles of
Nordlund said the project, which includes primarily single-track
trails, would make Cook County a destination for mountain bikers
across the nation. He said the community would benefit from the
increased tourism from the biking community.
Nordlund asked the township to support the project by donating toward
the matching funds needed if the grant is received. The project has
received the support of the Cook County – Grand Marais Economic
Development Authority and Nordlund said it had been presented and
discussed at the Cook County Commissioners earlier that day. Nordlund
said the application is due September 28, 2012 “The application would
look all the stronger if it has substantial matching funds from the
community,” he said.
Nordlund did not ask for a specific amount, noting that the
association would be happy with whatever the township could allocate,
whether it was $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.
Lutsen Supervisor Joe Buttweiler made a motion to contribute $10,000