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A few more MN DNR fisheries surveys scheduled in October

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:08pm

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

 Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include

* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake

* Oct. 13 - Greenwood Lake (lake trout special assessment)

* Oct. 20 - Trout Lake (lake trout special assessment), Thrush Lake

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

 Fisheries surveys and assessments are done on a regular basis to monitor changes in fish populations and to determine if management strategies have been effective. Survey frequency varies on each lake and stream based on ongoing management evaluations and angler use. Large lakes with heavy use are surveyed more frequently than small, remote lakes. Lakes stocked regularly are also sampled more frequently to assess stocking success.

"Felting for Families" offered during Family Weekend at North House: October 18

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:47pm

As part of North House Folk School's Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend, instructor Mary Cowen will be offering her class ‘Felting for Families’ on Saturday, October 18 from 9am to 1pm.  WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Mary about this class on North Shore Morning.


Felting for Families
Instructor: Mary Cowen

Wet felting is the ancient and magical process of turning fluffy, soft wool into strong and beautiful material. In this half-day class, child/adult pairs will work together to make strong and colorful wool bags. Students should come to class ready to have fun and work hard as they lay out colorful dyed wool around a plastic resist to be wet down and rolled back and forth until it becomes felt!
Your finished bag will be about the size of a pencil case, perfect for treasures of all sorts.
Dates: Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

Course Details
Length in days:1/2
Hours: 9am-1pm
Levels:Beginner to Advanced
Age with adult:8+   (Review age guidelines/policy)
This course is part of the Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend event at North House Folk School


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Walk, run or roll in 2Bright2Bully 5K in Grand Portage Oct. 4

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:48pm

In recognition of bullying prevention month in October, Grand Portage Human Services is planning its first-ever 5k walk/run on Oct. 4, starting at 10 a.m. at the Grand Portage Community Building.

Organizer Brittany Deschampe, Youth Prevention Program Coordinator at Grand Portage Human Services said everyone is encouraged to participate. Orange is the national Unite Against Bullying color, so don some orange and come walk, run or roll in the 5k or a one-mile walk to say no to bullying.

Whether online or in person, bullying hurts. However, Deschampe said, people may not even realize their behavior is bullying. “All of us at some point in our lives have said things about another human being and we didn’t realize that we were being a bully,” she said. “These things stay with a person forever. No matter if the comment is small, it still makes a difference.”

She said there are five different types of bullies, with “physical” bullying the most common. A physical bully is a person who uses physical actions to gain power or control over others. According to Deschampe, a “verbal” bully is one who uses words to undermine their targets.

A third type of bully is a “relational aggressor” who uses manipulation to hurt peers or to sabotage a peer’s social standing. “Some people call these bullies “mean girls.” Deschampe said.  “Usually, teen girl cliques use this kind of bullying to gain higher social standing.”

The fourth type is “cyber bullying” which Deschampe says unfortunately is becoming more widespread. “Social networks are everywhere you look,” she says. “Adults, teens, and some younger kids are using sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These sites are very popular for cyber bullying.”

Phone service returned to Gunflint Trail

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:43pm

The phone outage that began at about 5 p.m. today is over, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Everyone in the 388 phone exchange should once again have telephone service. .

During the outage, volunteers from the Gunflint Trail Fire Department were standing by at Gunflint Fire Hall 1.  Anyone who has an emergency was asked to  go to the Gunflint Fire Department at Hall 1 - 7401 Gunflint Trail. 


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

Gunflint Trail exchange 388 is out of service

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:18pm

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice at 5 p.m. announcing that the county is currently experiencing a problem with the Gunflint Trail area telephone system. Phone numbers using the 388 exchange are not working.

The Sheriff’s Office informed residents in the 388 telephone exchange area, that their telephone likely does not work.  Anyone who has an emergency, is asked to please go to the Gunflint Fire Department at Hall 1 – 7401 Gunflint Trail. 

The Gunflint Trail Fire Department will be manned until telephone service has been restored.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

Sign up now for Master Gardener training

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:08pm

 If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply now to become a University of Minnesota Extension County Master Gardener.  Applications are being accepted for the Master Gardener program in each county now until October 1.

Individuals selected for the program need to complete a 48-hour Master Gardener Horticulture Core Course.  The core course can be taken online between January and May.  A new topic is added weekly.  Individuals can also attend in-person classes held on Fridays and Saturdays at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum between Jan. 9 and Feb. 7.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year working with local Master Gardeners on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.  You might answer plant questions by phone or in an information booth, submit information to the local newspaper, or make a presentation to a community group.  Examples of Master Gardener projects include:  Horticulture Day, Community Garden, Plant Sale, County Fair Booth, Farmers’ Market Booth, and many others.  For an application packet and more information, please call Diane Booth at 218-387-3015 or email: 

You may also stop by the office located in the Cook County Community Center building at 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais.



This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald