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Exciting things are coming soon to Gunflint Lodge. Ground was broken this week on an exciting new addition to historic lodge. Soon to be up and running on back lots of the lodge property is the Towering Pines Canopy Tour. A canopy tour consists of a system of zip lines and platforms that allow visitors to soar from tree to tree to see the forest from a bird’s eye view. Canopy tours originated in Costa Rica in the 1990s.
Gunflint Lodge owner Bruce Kerfoot has kept the secret for quite awhile as he researched how a canopy tour would work on the unused, forested area of Gunflint Lodge. He believes the firm he has hired, Challenge Design Innovations, Inc. of Pineola, North Carolina, has come up with a perfect fit for the Northwoods. Challenge Design will work with Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. to erect the towers. And then, said Kerfoot the North Carolina crew will work from ropes to get the platforms built around sturdy 200-year old white pines.
One segment of the canopy tour includes a 900-foot run over a valley. Another segment overlooks Lonely Lake. Another requires a bold step off a cliff. However, this is not just a thrill ride, explained Kerfoot.
The Towering Pines Canopy Tour is a two-hour adventure with eight components, transporting people from platform to platform among the trees. At each station, a naturalist will talk about the region, dealing with everything from the birds and wildlife to vegetation and the history of the voyageurs. “It’s half a naturalist tour and half an adventure,” said Kerfoot.
It’s also the first canopy tour in the state of Minnesota, Kerfoot declares proudly. There are other single zip lines and rope courses, but this is the only extensive canopy tour. It is scheduled to be open at the beginning of July. The cost of the two-hour adventure will be $79.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge says plans can proceed to redraw routes where off-road vehicles may travel in the Superior National Forest.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled last week against three environmental groups who sued to stop the plan.
The plan is part of a nationwide effort to restrict motor vehicles to designated roads and trails in U.S. forests. The groups argued the Superior National Forest plan violates environmental and land management laws.
Forest officials say their plan will benefit the environment by reducing mileage open to public motorized use.
Although off-road vehicles will not be allowed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the groups argued allowing all-terrain vehicles near the wilderness area's border will increase noise levels.
The Grand Marais Playhouse is ready to kick off its regular theatrical season April 19 with the production of Little Women adapted by Kristen Laurence from the beloved book by Louisa May Alcott. Opening night features a reception with the cast in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts lobby following the performance.
High School Senior Maria Nickolay directs this production. It is the first student-directed production in many years for the Playhouse. The cast of nine includes a mother/daughter/ granddaughter trio that makes this production a even more special. Janet Healy (Aunt March), her daughter Amy Henrikson (Marmee) and her granddaughter Linnea Henrikson (Amy) perform together in this wonderful story about family. The rest of the cast includes Mara MacDonnell (Jo), Cailin Carpenter (Meg), Sarah Larsen (Beth), Diane Stoddard (Hannah), Adrianna Berglund (Sally Mae), and Yvonne Block (Aunt Carol).
Assisting Maria as stage manager is Brenna Hay and Emma Bradley leads the costuming crew, creating the look of the Civil War era.
Don’t miss this opportunity to live, laugh, love and cry with Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth as they go through the many trials and tribulations that have made this story a classic.
Little Women runs April 19 - 22 and 26 – 29, Thursday – Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students 18 and under.
Burgers, casseroles, soups and stews-whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, what are your favorite recipes that use hamburger or substitutes like ground turkey or ground chicken? Those are exactly the recipes needed for WDSE Cooks' "H is for Hamburger."
Send your favorite hamburger recipes to WDSE•WRPT and all the recipes received will be put into a "best of the best" cookbook. A select number of cooks will be chosen to share their secrets on how it's made on the show. Winning chefs will get the latest "H" is for Hamburger II cookbook and a new WDSE Cooks apron.
Recipes should be submitted by April 23. E-mail your recipes to email@example.com
For more details see www.wdse.org
ST. PAUL — Time is running out to kick the Minnesota fishing opener up a week.
The Duluth News Tribune reports that opinions about the issue are changing quickly. Republican State Senator Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria, said his environment and natural resources committee heard testimony that produced no strong support for the earlier openers. The committee met earlier today.
Senators plan to debate Ingebrigtsen’s game and fish bill tomorrow. There could be an attempt to amend the bill to move the opener from May 12 to May 5.
The House amended a bill earlier to push the opener up to May 5, so anglers can get out a week before Mother’s Day weekend. The idea arose because of record-warm March temperatures.
Ingebrigtsen’s committee made no decision on the issue today. But, observers said it appeared the panel members opposed making the change after hearing from the Department of Natural Resources, resort organizations and anglers.
Ingebrigtsen said he was very open to moving the opener up a week when Cook DFL Senator Tom Bakk brought it up three weeks ago. He said that the more people talk about it, the more of a concern it has become.
During the 10-day Easter-Passover break he heard lots of opposition. He said he will be strongly against it on the Senate floor tomorrow, adding, if it comes up.
The new week has started out in a very interesting way over our region. We had thunderstorms last night followed by heavy winds and snow earlier today.
Mike Stuart from the National Weather Service talked with WTIP’s Ann Possis earlier today about what’s been happening and what we can expect in upcoming days.