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100 years later, shipwreck found in Lake Superior

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 9:04am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down in Lake Superior during a November storm, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — largely intact.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Michigan. The group of hunters from Minnesota and Wisconsin say they haven't seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it's the Smith.

Jerry Eliason of Cloquet says it's one of the most significant finds of his shipwreck-hunting career.

The Henry B. Smith had not been seen since it and its crew of 25 accidentally sailed into the Great Lakes Storm of 1913.


Jerry Eliasen will join the hosts of WTIP's "The Roadhouse" on Friday, June 14 at 5:50 p.m. to share more about the find.


Fire destroys five Bluefin Bay Resort condos

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 12:26am

A call came in to Cook County Law Enforcement at 12:32 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, reporting flames visible from the roof of Bluefin Bay Resort condo unit. Fire departments from Tofte, Schroeder, Lutsen, Grand Marais, Maple Hill, Gunflint Trail, Colvill, Hovland, plus Finland and Silver Bay Fire Departments from Lake County, all responded for mutual aid assistance with the fire.
Five condominium units were involved in the fire but no damage estimates have yet been made. There are no reported injuries.
The fire is considered out at this time and most of the departments have been released from the scene. The scene is still under fire department control. The State Fire Marshall’s office has been contacted and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Weekend News Roundup for June 8

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 10:17am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. A Boundary Waters death, a rare bear attack, more completed bike trails, mining samples start and a lot of salt and discovery of a mysterious wreck…all in this week’s news.


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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center open for fourth season

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 1:07am

This year only, museum visitors can enjoy a special exhibit about the Boostrom family of Clearwater Lake, the first pioneer family of the Gunflint Trail. Charlie Boostrom first came to northern Minnesota in 1909 and started Clearwater Lodge in 1915 with his wife, Petra. The exhibit features stories from Charlie and Petra’s 10 children and a number of family artifacts. The exhibit runs through Oct. 20.

Chik-Wauk and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society will present a number of special events and a series of naturalist programs during the summer months.  A schedule for the full season calendar of events is available at or call (218) 388-9915.

Housed in the former Chik-Wauk Lodge, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opened in 2010. The museum presents the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through dioramas, video displays, and family friendly interactive exhibits. Seven nature trails, including two ADA accessible paths, crisscross the museum’s 50 acres. Grounds are dog-friendly and feature several picnicking spots.

Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,  until Sunday, Oct. 20 during the 2013 season. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Highway 12). The Gunflint Trail Historical Society oversees operations at Chik-Wauk.



Adopt-a-Boat at North House

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 1:42pm

This summer, North House Folk School launches a new wooden boat adoption program specifically designed for local summer residents.
The school is looking for water-loving folks who want to lavish some TLC on a small wooden boat this spring, summer and fall. The reward? Countless placid evenings, halcyon mornings, and the occasional calm afternoon spent rowing around the Grand Marais harbor during the fleeting summer months. Consider this a summer fling; your commitment doesn't extend past the first snowflakes of fall. You'll be left with only sweet harbor memories of your boat, and none of the winter boat blues.
Boat Friends (BFs) agree to do some maintenance on a wooden boat in the spring and fall, and in return, are welcome to use the boat in the harbor throughout the summer (in accordance with water safety practices).
Call 387-9762 for more information, or stop by North House to fill out an application.

Minnesota stormwater manual available in new format

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 8:59pm

Cities and developers that need to control urban stormwater to prevent pollution of lakes and streams have a new tool available: the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has launched a wiki version of the Minnesota Stormwater Manual.
The previous manual – at 850 pages and 25 megabytes online – offered a wealth of information, but was cumbersome to use. Thanks to Clean Water Legacy Act funding and a design team from public agencies and private firms, the manual is now available in a web-based format that can be rapidly updated with new developments.
The newly reformatted manual, which is built with the same software as Wikipedia, allows users to collaborate with each other and quickly locate the most recent stormwater information, offering a powerful tool for those who need to comply with stormwater regulations.
The new wiki manual can be accessed by visiting and searching for “Minnesota Stormwater Manual.”