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Deer hunters association wants wolf sighting information

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:55am

With the recent delisting of wolves from the Endangered 
Species Act, and the return of the wolf to state management, a new 
interest has spawned asking, “To what degree have wolves expanded 
within Minnesota?”
Currently, DNR is proposing a wolf population survey to run from fall 
2012 through early spring 2013. Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s 
(MDHA) members are expressing great interest as well. So, MDHA devised
a “Report Zone B Wolf sightings” web survey page to encourage MDHA 
members and nonmembers to report their documented wolf sightings 
across the approximately 70 percent of Minnesota that is considered 
“Zone B” or non-wolf range.
Reporting Zone “B” wolf sightings will require that you provide 
photo documentation as well as geographic information (township/range/
section or GPS coordinates) and your contact information.
According to MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson, “Wolf presence 
throughout Zone A is well known, but their expansion into Zone B is 
not. MDHA’s objective is to collect documented and verifiable wolf 
sighting information in wolf Zone B and to provide this data to DNR 
for consideration toward the 2012-13 Minnesota wolf survey. DNR has 
the duty of managing Minnesota’s wolves. Good management needs good 
information. Our hope is that this wolf reporting opportunity will 
provide DNR with valuable usable information.”
To participate in MDHA’s Zone B wolf sighting survey, keep your 
camera or camera phone handy for that rare moment when you may see a 
wolf. Better yet, MDHA recommends that you use digital trail cameras 

"Go Team" gets support from county

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:51am

“Creating sustainable prosperity for all” is the motto of 
a new countywide partnership of public, private and nonprofit entities 
known as the “GO [Generating Opportunities] Team.”  On June 19, 
2012, Cook County Higher Education Business Training Coordinator Jim 
Boyd and Northspan Group President and CEO Randy Lasky asked the Cook 
County Board of Commissioners for $6,000 to support the GO Team’s 
development of an economic development plan for the county.
This spring an initiative was launched to expand the Grand Marais 
Chamber of Commerce to include businesses throughout the entire 
county.  According to Boyd, this “metamorphosed” into the GO Team 
and a plan to hire Randy Lasky to work with county leaders to create 
an economic development plan rather than pursuing the Extension 
program.  The team is currently comprised of about 20 public, private, 
and nonprofit representatives.
According to Lasky’s proposal for professional services, the 
Northspan Group is a nonprofit organization with over 25 years 
providing business and community development consulting services.
According to Lasky, his job would be “to challenge and engage various 
interests throughout the county and seek consensus and alignment 
around a clear vision and key strategic priorities and values that 
will garner broad public support and are capable of guiding economic 
growth and investment.”
Lasky told the county board the project would involve talking to 
business owners from all perspectives, including small, family-owned 
businesses, to find out what is important to all of them.  “We’re 

Weekend News Roundup for June 30

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Wolf season isn’t popular with the public, Lake Superior College gets a big grant, FEMA was in the area looking at flood damage, Lake Superior flood pollution is a worry, a special session on flood damage is probable and the small plane search is called off…all in this week’s news.

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News-Herald columnist Sandy Holthaus has book signings Saturday

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 2:44pm

For years, Sandy Holthaus, who grew up in Schroeder, has made the readers of the Cook County News-Herald and the Annandale Advocate gasp in surprise, giggle with delight, and occasionally shed a tear. Along the way our food columnist has enticed us to try a new recipe or two. For years, readers have encouraged Holthaus to collect those recipes and memories in a book. She has done just that with a book published this spring, Sandyisms – Stories, Recipes & More from the North Shore.
Anyone who would like to purchase a book, or meet Sandy, is invited to a North Shore book signing. She will be making two book signing stops on Saturday, June 30.
Book Signings with Sandy Holthaus
Lake Superior Trading Post
Saturday, June 30 – 10 a.m. - noon
Cross River Heritage Center
Saturday, June 30 1 – 3 p.m.

Retro Rock Revue rocks at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this weekend

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 2:43pm

The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Retro Rock Revue Weekend, Northern Minnesota’s biggest 70s, 80s and 90s rock music festival, returns to the north shore of Lake Superior, Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30.
But this year the Retro Rock Revue will be more than a celebration of classic rock music, it will also be a major fundraising event, with 100 percent of ticket sales being donated to Thunder Bay Flood Fund, through the Canadian Red Cross.
“When we heard about the families affected by the flood we wanted to help out. The Retro Rock Revue is the biggest event on the North Shore and always pulls in a big crowd and that’s why we’ve chosen to donate all of our ticket sales to the flood relief effort”, said Frank Vecchio, Director of Marketing for Grand Portage Lodge and Casino. “We realized that even though the event is four weeks away, help was needed right now. So we chose to donate $10,000 dollars up front with the rest of the money to come after the event.”
On Friday June 29th, rock out under the Big Top on Lake Superior’s shore with Thunder Bay’s The Hoolies, playing classic rock covers, followed by world famous #1 Kiss tribute act, the phenomenal Kiss Army Live! With identical makeup, outrageous outfits, classic instruments and top-notch musicianship, Kiss Army rules!
And on Saturday June 30th, get down to the smooth sounds of Boogie Wonderland, Minnesota’s number one 70's Disco Dance band, at 2pm. Then, turn up the rock with Led Zeppelin tribute, The Zep Show, from 6pm. And at 9pm, headliners Smash Mouth take to the stage with their very own brand of 60s-influenced garage band pop

"Portage" to play at Care Center on Saturday

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 2:42pm

The band Portage will also perform their classic country music for a dance on June 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Shore Care Center. Portage performs the last Saturday of each month at the Care Center and the community is always welcome to join in the fun.
There are volunteer opportunities of all kinds at North Shore Care Center. Please consider giving some time this summer to assist with a garden project, an outing, Thursday Bingo games, or a dance. For more information about activity programs and volunteer programs, you can contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or the website