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Gunflint Mail Run to continue under new leadership

Although the North Shore has had only the briefest of snow flurries, it is time to start thinking of sled dog racing and the Gunflint Mail Run to be held January 7-8, 2016. A new group of people has stepped forward to ensure the Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race continues. Sarah Hamilton will take over as [Continue]

Annual Lake Superior Storm Festival Nov. 11-13

Storm lovers will brave the November gales at the fourth annual Lake Superior Storm Festival to witness the power and beauty of the big lake in Lutsen and Grand Marais, Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13. The family-friendly festival has cool weather events, including a history lesson on shipwrecks on the Big Lake, a [Continue]

DNR seeks Minnesotans to serve on spending oversight committees

Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Department of Natural Resources spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are welcome to submit an application by Monday, Oct. 10. The DNR is seeking at least 12 people to serve on the Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees. Appointees will be responsible for [Continue]

DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2017 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2017 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 21. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is [Continue]

Seven standouts for fall color at Scientific and Natural Areas

Northeastern Minnesota comes alive with fall colors each year as chlorophyll retreats from leaves to reveal underlying bursts of yellow, orange and red. With abundant public land and so many options for great fall color viewing, Minnesota’s Scientific and Naturals Areas (SNAs) are sometimes overlooked as a place to enjoy fall colors.   SNAs are [Continue]

Take a Kid Hunting Weekend is Sept. 24-25

Small game hunting is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth under age 16 can hunt small game without a license, but must comply with open seasons, limits [Continue]

DNR seeks citizens to serve on deer management plan advisory committee

People can apply to serve on a committee that will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources develop the state’s first-ever deer management plan. The deer management plan advisory committee will meet throughout 2017 to review technical information and public input and make recommendations for the development of the plan. Overall goals of the deer [Continue]

Exciting news on the South Fowl/Tilbury Trail!

The U.S. Forest Service will be hiking in on the trail on Wednesday, September 21 to conduct blasting on the trail. The Forest Service has targeted 45 individual rocks and boulders that they intend to blast, so people in the vicinity may hear 45 different booms, up to a couple of miles away. There is [Continue]

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Trees

Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the [Continue]

Prescribed fires planned in BWCAW during Sept. and Oct.

During September and October, the Superior National Forest plans to conduct up to four prescribed fires within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The prescribed fires are intended to reduce the risk of wildfires that could threaten people and property outside of the Wilderness.   In 1999, a massive windstorm affected nearly 500,000 acres [Continue]

Women are encouraged to register for DNR hunting class

Women are invited to enroll in a how to hunt deer with firearms program being offered this fall through the Department of Natural Resources. There will be educational sessions that lead up to a one-on-one mentored hunt during the weekend of Oct. 14 at Itasca State Park. The session dates are Saturdays, Aug. 27, Sept. [Continue]

DNR announces speakers for angler and hunter summit

Declining participation in fishing and hunting has led the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to plan a two-day conference from Friday, Aug. 26, to Saturday, Aug. 27, that will focus on recruiting and retaining hunters and anglers. “We are excited to share that several experts will be participating in the summit, including presentations from national [Continue]

DNR overhauls state water trail trip planning tool

Those who enjoy canoeing, kayaking and other forms of recreation dependent on river levels can now get more and better information about current conditions from 120 real-time river-level gauges along many of Minnesota’s state water trails. Although the Department of Natural Resources has been installing and interpreting river-level gauges since 1971, the reporting service recently [Continue]

Gunflint Canoe Races to benefit Gunflint Fire Department

Since 1976, friends and neighbors on the upper Gunflint Trail have held the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races to raise money for worthy causes. This year’s event again will be at the Gunflint Lodge on the south shore of Gunflint Lake on Wednesday, July 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The goal is to raise more than [Continue]

Voters choose new parks and trails license plate

Following a week of online voting, during which more than 30,000 votes were cast, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith today announced the winner of the contest to design a Minnesota state parks and trails license plate. The winning plate features an image of a canoe on the water, surrounded by Minnesota’s four seasons. “Generations of Minnesotans [Continue]

DNR releases Minnesota buffer map; implementation begins

Landmark initiative reiterates state’s priority to protect clean water As part of the state’s commitment to protecting clean water, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the map of public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices. The buffer map shows landowners and local governments where protective vegetative [Continue]

Ruffed grouse counts up, sharp-tailed grouse down from last year

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were up 18 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Ruffed grouse populations tend to rise and fall on a 10-year cycle and counts this year are typical of what we expect during the rising phase [Continue]

North Shore Water Festival in Grand Marais, July 16-17

The third annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 in Stone Harbor. The NSWF will have experts on hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board demo activities in the [Continue]

DNR offers advice for dealing with storm damaged trees

Cleanup following a storm can be an overwhelming task for homeowners. Knowing which trees to save and which to remove can impact safety and the survival of remaining trees, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR forestry outreach specialist Jennifer Teegarden offers the following tips. Do: Approach damaged trees with caution. Stay clear [Continue]

Cook County ATV Club hosts Tom Lake Ride & Shoot

The weather is looking good for the Cook County ATV Club Tom Lake Ride & Shoot on Saturday, July 9. Anyone interested is invited to meet at the Portage Brook gravel pit in Hovland at 11 a.m.. Length of ride may vary from previously announced due to downed trees, but organizers promise it will still [Continue]

Department of Health watching our beach water

Now that summer has finally arrived, the Minnesota Department of Health beach monitoring program has begun. Occasionally “no water contact” advisories are issued for local beaches. Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor [Continue]

“Clean In, Clean Out” helps protect lakes this holiday weekend

The Independence Day weekend ahead is one of the busiest of the Minnesota boating and fishing season. The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to plan a little extra time for making sure boats and equipment are clean going in and clean coming out of lakes and rivers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive [Continue]

Only approved firewood allowed on state lands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands managed by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions will help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Firewood [Continue]

Name change finalized for two islands on West Pope Lake

From the Cook County News-Herald On May 5, 2016 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names in Reston, Virginia, met and approved proposals to apply new names to two islands located on West Pope Lake. From now on what has been called Little Island will be Moozoogitagaanesing Island, which in the Ojibwe language means “a small [Continue]

Firewise demonstration day June 24

Interested in learning how to protect your home and neighborhood against wildfire? A free Firewise demonstration day will be held June 24 at two locations in Cook County. The presenter will be Jeffery Jackson, NE Region Firewise specialist. The first demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. at 40 Moose Ridge Road (off Gunflint Trail on [Continue]