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Moose calf collaring begins

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 9:02am

Biologists have begun collaring moose calves in the second phase of a study to determine why Minnesota's moose population is declining so rapidly.

This past winter, researchers attached high-tech GPS collars to more than 100 adult moose. The DNR started putting collars on baby moose last week and are about halfway to their goal of 50.

Department of Natural Resources biologist Glenn DelGiudice said the calves are just a few days old, and researchers can walk up to them.

Three collared calves have already died, one shortly after being collared; two after being abandoned by their mothers. In the adult study, four moose died after being tranquilized and collared. DelGiudice says the risks are necessary to try to prevent the disappearance of moose from northeastern Minnesota.

Grand Marais Playhouse honors graduates

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 12:45pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse held its annual award ceremony last Saturday honoring the high school seniors who have made significant contributions to the local theater community.
Every year the Playhouse awards deserving high school seniors with “Commitment To Excellence in Theater Arts.” Each senior receives an award, name on the plaque in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts lobby and $100. The 2013 award recipients are Adrianna Berglund, Cailin Carpenter, Jordyn Kirk, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell and Michaela Peterson.
Grand Marais Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy said, “We will miss these talented thespians on our stage but wish them all the best on their journey forward.”

Midwest Living magazine declares Grand Marais Campground a "supercampground"

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 12:41pm

The Grand Marais Campground and Marina was named one of five “supercampgrounds” in the June 2013 edition of Midwest Living magazine.
“If you’re looking to blend fine dining, great shopping and a quiet Lake Superior shore, you‘ll find it here along the famed North Shore,” the article states.  “With 300 total sites, this city campground has pull-through spots with water, electric and sewer hookups, while quaint tent sites snuggle up to the cobblestone Lake Superior shoreline.  What we love:  Campers can walk three blocks into downtown for some of the best cuisine on the North Shore, then return to campsites that—at $33—cost less than dinner for two.”

Wisconsin wildfire cause investigated

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 8:16am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Department of Natural Resources officials say there could be air quality problems downwind of the wildfire. The DNR issued an Air Quality Special Notice yesterday. The blaze has destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. Firefighters had stopped most of the fire from spreading as of yesterday afternoon.

Residents and owners of vacation properties potentially affected by the northwestern Wisconsin wildfire now have a hotline to call to check on their properties. The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon has consumed about 8,700 acres in Douglas and Bayfield County. The number is 715-376-4185.

The fire started in an area where workers were doing logging operations. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ed Culhane says officials are investigating whether a spark from a piece of logging equipment started the fire around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Douglas County. No injuries have been reported.

"The Pie Place Cookbook" celebrated at The Pie Place May 16

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:26pm

In celebration of the release of "The Pie Place Cookbook," a launch party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 16 at the Pie Place Café in downtown Grand Marais.
The cookbook, billed as “food and stories seasoned by the North Shore” and written by Kathy Rice, is published by Lake Superior Magazine. It is a unique collection, compiled over years of perfecting recipes and making connections with the Grand Marais community and its regular visitors.

"Junk Jam" program at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 4:23pm

On Friday, May 17, Mark Powers will work with the students of Great Expectations School in classroom “Junk Jam” workshops, leading a hands-on experience in how everyday objects can become musical instruments.
Students will find that rhythm exists everywhere and that by working together they can discover music in their own environment, their own bodies, and even in the vocalization of their own names. The “Junk Jam” program is designed with the goals of promoting teamwork, nurturing creativity, and boosting self-esteem among youth.
The following evening, May 18, the community will be invited to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to attend a free 7 p.m. concert (donations accepted), featuring Mark presenting “Junk Jam” with GES students, as well as a solo percussion performance.
Mark Powers is a percussion artist/educator and world traveler who has performed and studied percussion in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, Thailand, and Ghana, West Africa. As an instructor, Mark teaches private percussion lessons and group hand-drumming classes. He works as an Artist-in-Residence at elementary, middle, and high schools —conducting “Junk Jam” workshops, teaching West African drumming styles, and directing percussion ensembles. He also facilitates “Rhythms at Work,” a corporate teambuilding workshop, and presents percussion-based Correctional Education programs in adult and juvenile facilities.
Powers’ performing and recording credits cover the gamut of styles, including appearances with Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Devon Evans (Bob Marley and the Wailers), The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, and Tim Ries (saxophonist for The Rolling Stones). He has opened for The Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, Junior Brown, Brave Combo, Pat Benatar, and many others.