Around Cook County
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. High moose calf mortality concerns the DNR, so does finding zebra mussels in Itasca County. Missing boaters were found, wolf advocate lost a court decision. A Sig Olson exhibit opens in Ely and Minnesota signs on to a mutual aid deal with Canadian provinces…all in this week’s news.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A study of Minnesota moose calves is confirming the high mortality rate for newborns.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Within days of finishing their work, 22 of the newborns already had died, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
Most were killed by bears and wolves.
Ron Moen, a moose researcher at the University of Duluth, says a moose population can thrive with only 40 percent of calves surviving. But he says Minnesota moose calf survival has dropped below 30 percent in recent years, and this research should help explain why.
Join the University of Minnesota Extension Service for Art in the Garden at the Community Center on Saturday, June 1.
The morning sessions from 8:15 a.m. until noon will include for $15: Garden Yoga, Garden Art for the Heart & Soul, and Landscape Art. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available; lunch on your own from noon to 1 p.m.
The afternoon session will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and you can choose one of four “make and take” garden art projects: Hypertufa, $30; stained glass, $45; mosaic flower pot, $15; or metal garden art, $30.
To pre-register before May 24, call Diane at the Extension office, (218) 387-3015.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, Pedaling at Pincushion, will provide an opportunity to learn about and explore the trail system at Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais. Many of the newly established single-track bike trails at Pincushion were built in recent years in partnership with the Superior Cycling Association, the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, and the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow.
The Superior National Forest and Superior Cycling Association teamed up to offer this event in conjunction with National Trails Day. For contact information and directions see: http://www.americanhiking.org/events/peddling-at-pincushion/
The historic bear and voyageur-with-canoe signs announcing the start of the Gunflint Trail have seen better days, but they will be getting a facelift this summer. They were removed from their post on the stone wall at the library on Friday, May 24.
John Schloot of Cross River Lodge near the end of the Gunflint Trail has been working for months on a campaign to restore the signs.
According to County Commissioner Garry Gamble, the stonewalls holding up the signs at the bottom of Second Avenue West in downtown Grand Marais are believed to have been built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.
The cost of the project is expected to be $7,500. The Gunflint Trail Historical Society began a fundraising campaign last fall and is contributing $3,500 toward the cost. The Cook County Historical Society, also recognizing the historical significance of the signs, is contributing $1,500. The Grand Marais City Council and the Cook County Board of Commissioners each voted to contribute $1,500, leaving the project with an extra $500 for unexpected costs that might arise.
Yarrow Korf, one of three bidders on the project, will be doing the work in his shop on the Gunflint Trail, where he will apply paint with heat, making the signs more durable. The metal voyageur sign will be sanded twice and receive two coats of primer, three coats of paint, and two coats of ultraviolet protectant.
The bear sign is a replacement for the metal original that is on display at The Garage in downtown Grand Marais. On May 2, 2013, Commissioner Gamble said he wanted to explore the possibility of going back to having a metal bear sign alongside the metal voyageur sign. “It would look better, it would last longer, it would be a better investment,” he said.