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Training now required for aquatic invasive species violators


Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate [Continue]

List of timber harvest sites now available

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until June 22. The list of potential harvest sites is for fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2017.
DNR field staff will [Continue]

Tips for successful catch and release

Anglers can boost the odds of fish surviving catch and release with methods that avoid internal damage to fish, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Fish can be injured by hooks, stress and being pulled from deep water,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager with the DNR. “As we head into the [Continue]

DNR offers campfire safety tips

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires this summer. “Spending time with family and friends around a campfire is a popular Minnesota tradition,” said Linda Gormanson, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor. “You can take simple measures to make your campfire safe.” Gormanson recommends all campfires should be: Clear of any [Continue]

Everyone invited to a Memorial weekend trail cleanup day

You are invited to join the Cook County ATV Club for a spring trail clean up! The heavy, wet, snow and ice this winter took down a lot of trees on the Hovland Woods ATV trail — come help get the trail open. Meet at the trail head on Jackson Lake Road at 10 a.m., [Continue]

Take a mom fishing on Mother’s Day weekend

Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 7, to Sunday, May 8, during “Take a Mom Fishing Weekend.” During the weekend, mothers can fish only for species that have open fishing seasons. Take a Mom Fishing Weekend each year coincides with Mother’s Day, which this year is the [Continue]

Outdoor skills program offered for families along the Gunflint Trail

A three-day outdoors skills program for families with teens and college-age kids will be offered this summer through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Gunflint Lodge in northern Minnesota. Designed to provide introductory experiences, this program includes sessions on fishing, canoeing, outdoor survival skills and other activities, including horseback riding and zip-lining. “Minnesota’s outdoors [Continue]

All invited to the Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use annual membership meeting

Join the Arrowhead Coalition for Multiple Use for the annual membership meeting on Tuesday, May 10 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center, 10 North Broadway, Grand Marais. Vote for board members, find out what’s been happening in Cook County. Light refreshments. Interested in serving on this important watchdog organization? Let [Continue]

Illegal burning pollutes statewide

Illegal garbage burning—in open fires and burn barrels—is a persistent source of pollution in Minnesota, according to a feature story in the May–June Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.   Burning garbage can release toxins into the surrounding air, soil and water, Henry Fisher of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) told the magazine. These toxins often [Continue]

Chainsaw safety offered for ACMU volunteers

Anyone who wants to be able to clear trails (like the South Fowl/Tilbury Trail) or ATV or snowmobile trails, must have U.S. Forest Service chainsaw safety training. The Forest Service will be holding two training sessions this summer. Please consider signing up for one of these training sessions! Anyone who uses a chainsaw on federal [Continue]

Comment sought on Lake Superior trout recovery plan

A healthy recovery staged by wild lake trout in Lake Superior means these fish no longer need to be stocked in the lake, according to an updated management plan that covers the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior. The public can now comment on the plan until May 8. “The successful lake trout recovery is a [Continue]

County Comprehensive Trails plan ready for review

A Cook County Comprehensive Trails Plan is being developed to outline strategic actions that the county and trail stakeholders can take to “create and maintain a quality system of trails for multiple uses in order to contribute to the quality of life for residents and the quality of experiences for visitors in Cook County and [Continue]

DNR announces seasonal road and trail closures around the state

As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on DNR-administered land. Road and trail conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly this spring and many will not remain firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. This includes state forest roads and trails. [Continue]

Will climate change affect tourism on the North Shore?

Will warmer summers, shorter winters and possible changes in the types of plants, animals and birds found in the Northland affect visitors coming to Cook County? And will an increase in risk of heat waves and wild fires throughout the region slow tourism to the North Shore? These were some of the questions posed to [Continue]

Another South Fowl clearing day — join us!

Some ACMU volunteers will be working on the trail again on Saturday, November 14. We plan to be there at about 10 a.m. WE ENCOURAGE ANYONE INTERESTED IN USING THIS TRAIL THIS WINTER TO SHOW UP AND HELP OUT WITH TRAIL CLEARING. We know it’s deer season, but if you’ve gotten your deer, please consider [Continue]

DNR seeks applications for advisory committee on natural heritage

Minnesotans with a strong interest in the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and the plants and animals living in them are invited by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to apply by Nov. 16 for a seat on a key advisory board. The DNR is seeking people to fill three vacancies on the Commissioner’s [Continue]

Forest Service seeks group to maintain PowWow Trail

The Superior National Forest is looking for an organized volunteer group to adopt or maintain a section of the Powwow Trail located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The Powwow Trail was heavily impacted by the 2011 Pagami Creek Wildfire. Vigorous regrowth of vegetation and falling dead trees have thwarted efforts to keep [Continue]

18th Annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium is Feb. 7

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invite you to join them when they host the 18th Annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium, February 7, at the Mall of America Ramada, 2300 East American Boulevard, in Bloomington. The one-day conference is from 9 a.m. – [Continue]

Lake Superior Binational Forum host “Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin”

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is hosting an open public meeting called “Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg): Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin” on Nov. 14, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Conference Center in the Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin. A reception celebrating Native American Arts and Culture is also [Continue]

Are you registered to vote?

Minnesota is rated highest of the 50 states for voting turnout. Cook County is part of the reason why. There is consistently high voter participation, even in primary elections. According to Cook County Auditor Braidy Powers, the voter turnout was 44 percent in the 2014 primary, just slightly lower than two years ago when voter [Continue]

Cook County working on update to comprehensive land use guide plan — comments wanted!

Cook Countys Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan will direct county decision making and investment toward creating a future where residents can prosper and enjoy a quality lifestyle within an unparalleled natural setting for which we are dedicated stewards, said Shari Baker, chair of the County Plan Update Committee. To ensure that the updated plan fully [Continue]