Around Cook County
The Cook County Vikings had a rough weekend, dropping boys' and girls' games to Ely and Moose Lake-Willow River.
The North Shore Storm boys' hockey team also lost Saturday night in Two Harbors.
The Vikings travelled to Ely for a pair of games on Saturday afternoon after hosting Moose Lake-Willow River on Friday night.
The girls dropped to 5-11 for the season as the Ely Timberwolves took a 47-38 win. That followed a 59-42 loss at home Friday night against the Rebels.
The boys lost to Ely 47-31 Saturday afternoon. On Friday night, Moose Lake-Willow River took a 57-47 win from Cook County. The Vikings are now 7-4 for the season.
The Vikings host Northeast Range on Thursday night for both boys' and girls' games. On Friday night, both crews travel to Carlton where they face the Bulldogs. The Friday night games will be broadcast on WTIP starting at 4:45.
In boys' hockey, the North Shore Storm fell to 10-7 for the season as Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin won 5-3 on the Storm's ice in Two Harbors.
The Storm, made up of players from Cook and Lake counties, travel to Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday night.
The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts have developed a proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and become involved in the project. Comments are needed by Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
Anyone who has driven Highway 61 knows the birch trees along the
North Shore are dying. It is not just the birch trees along the
highway that are dying; almost 80 percent of the birch forest on
National Forest System land along the ridgeline by the shore is old
and declining. According to the U.S. Forest Service, typically we
would expect to see conifer trees (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and
white pine) filling in the understory through succession.
While succession is happening in some areas, in many areas
regeneration is not occurring. The lack of regeneration is a result
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Beargrease is postponed, Lonnie keeps climbing, new cubs in the den and much more…all in this week’s news.
In the latest report from Friday night, Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre was fed and bedded down in his “luxurious” snow cave at 11, 200 Feet.
According to his website, the cave consists of kitchen and bedroom, and is outfitted with LED lighting.
Dupre is on his third attempt to successfully reach the summit of Denali as the first winter solo climber
Friday was "another picture perfect day "in which Dupre took three quarters of his supplies up Motorcycle Hill to the base of Squirrel Hill at about 12,000 feet.
Dupre also collected rock samples Friday for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation . And, he spent some time taking photos during this beautiful day.
In line with the motto, “Climb high, sleep low,” Dupre returned to 11,200 feet. He will continue ferrying supplies to Squirrell Hill on Saturday.
Dupre's progress can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.
The Cook County Vikings were scheduled to travel to Ely Saturday afternoon for boys and girls basketball games with the Timberwolves.
The boys were defeated at home Friday night 57-47 by the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels. The loss dropped Cook County to 7-3 heading into Satuday's game at Ely.
No report was available on the Viking-Rebel girls' game.
Meanwhile, Silver Bay dropped a couple of games to Carlton Friday night.
The Mariner boys lost 64-37. The loss dropped them to 0-10 for the season.
The Silver Bay girls lost 75-37 to Carlton. The loss puts the Mariners at 1-10 for the seson.
Silver Bay travels to South Ridge on Monday for boys and girls games.
A notice posted on the door of the US Post Office in Hovland Friday announces that the retail service window hours at the office will be cut in half in late March.
According to the notice from Janelle Daniels from the USPS, "It has been determined that effective March 23, the Hovland PO will provide four hours of window service each weekday." The office currently provides eight hours of service for mailing, purchasing stamps, etc.
The Hovland Post Office and those in Tofte, Finland and Beaver Bay have been considered for reductions in hours since late last year. The Post Office in Beaver Bay received notice its hours will be cut to four per day, Monday through Friday and Tofte's hours will be cut to six during the week.
Starting on March 23, the retail hours in Hovland will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:40 PM to 4:40 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the retail window will continue to be open from 10 AM to Noon as usual.
In Tofte, retail hours will be 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours unchanged at 9 to 10 AM.
In Finland, the retail hours will be 8 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. Saturday's 10 AM to 11 AM service window time won't change.
Beaver Bay's hours will be from 8 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM with Saturday window hour from 8:30 to 930 AM.
Daniels says the reductions in hours result from "customer survey responses, input from the community meeting(s) (held in November) and the operational needs of the Postal Service." It will not affects USPS customers' access to their mail boxes or to the boxes for outgoing mail.