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Grand Marais area fisheries continues survey work

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:19pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

The following lakes will be assessed in August:

* August 17 – complete the Gunflint Lake survey; survey Devil Track and Magnetic lakes.

* August 24 – complete the Devil Track Lake survey; survey Clara and Greenwood lakes.

* August 31 – complete the Greenwood Lake survey; survey Loon Lake.

These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted
by calling 218-387-3056 or emailing

Final reports on 2015 surveys will be available in the spring of 2016, but preliminary results for many lakes should be available in the fall of 2015. Final lake survey results will be available online at or from the Grand Marais area fisheries office. Contact the office if interested in stream survey results or preliminary lake survey results.

Fisheries surveys are performed on a regular basis to monitor changes in fish populations and to determine if management strategies have been effective. Survey methods and frequencies vary based on the types of information needed for ongoing management evaluations in individual lakes and streams. Large lakes with heavy use are surveyed more frequently than small, remote lakes. Stocked lakes are also sampled more often to better assess stocking success. Large trout streams are surveyed more frequently than small trout streams or warm-water streams. Most streams are surveyed using backpack electrofishing gear, while most lakes are surveyed using gill nets and trap nets.

Dry forests spawn wildfires with little moisture in sight

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:16am

Even though there has been some rain in the Arrowhead, the forest remains dry and at least one area fire underscores the need for caution in the woods. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


Wildfire reported near Silver Island Lake in Lake County

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:31pm

The US Forest Service’s Tofte Ranger District is reporting a 20-30 acre fire by Silver Island Lake in the area of County Road 7 in Lake County.

Currently on scene are three Forest Service fire engines, two Forest Service Beaver aircraft, one helicopter, and a 10-person fire crew. A bulldozer is also en route.  The current personnel on scene are making good progress in containing the fire. 

Due to fire personnel and smoke in the area of County Road 7 in Lake County, please avoid travel and encourage others to stay clear of the area for their safety and the safety of Forest Service firefighters. 


John Schroeder Community Fun Daze

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:15am

The annual John Schroeder Community Fun Daze will take place this Saturday, August 15.  The event, in celebration of John Schroeder's contribution to the area, will host food, fun, and history-filled walking tours. North Shore Morning Host Tracy Benson spoke with Suzan From, Director of the Cross River Hertiage Center, about the event.

More information is available at 218-663-7706.


"Back to the Future" celebration of 30 years for Birch Grove Foundation Saturday

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:28am

In July, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Executive Director Joan Gardner-Goodno presented Birch Grove Foundation with a “big check” for $25,000 – the largest program and capacity building grant in Birch Grove Foundation’s 30-year history.

Birch Grove Foundation has chosen to celebrate these donation and the other foundation achievements by inviting the public to join them on Aug. 15 from 3-8 p.m. for a “Back to the Future” party. 

This community celebration features an ‘80s retro KidZone, Magic by Chaz, a meal, presentation, and movie featured on the new mega theater screen.

This is sure to be a “Year to Remember” for Birch Grove Foundation as they transition to W.E. Connect, an organization providing a community, recreation, and senior center to the West End.  It is hoped the name change reflects the growing connections between Lutsen, Schroeder, and Tofte township residents and guests.


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"In Search of the Perfect G-String" at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:25am

On Saturday August 15 at 7 p.m. the Playhouse will present In Search of the Perfect G String, a one-woman show written and performed by Yvonne Caruthers.

When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” how many kids say they want to play the cello in a major orchestra with a famous conductor and travel the world? That’s what happened to cellist Yvonne Caruthers, originally from Spokane, Washington. “I didn’t grow up in a family of musicians, I grew up in a family that went backpacking in the North Cascade Mountains. We skinny-dipped in icy cold lakes, caught fish for breakfast, and watched baby mountain goats frolic in snowfields. No wonder my peers in music school thought I was...different.”

In Search of the Perfect G-String is based on Yvonne’s life experiences, from student days at Tanglewood to great concert halls around the world, interspersed, of course, with countless hours in lonely practice rooms, which also gave her time to speculate on (ahem), ‘personal’ items. This production may not be suitable for all audiences.

In Search of the Perfect G-String debuted at the DC Fringe Festival in 2013, and the Kennedy Center in 2014.

Tickets are $15. Performance is at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

For more information on this performance or any Playhouse events, visit


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