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Musky Season Opens - Friday, May 25, 2018

Wisconsin’s northern zone musky season opens Memorial Day Weekend

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MADISON, WISCONSIN May 25, 2018  (LSN)  Wisconsin's northern zone musky season opens this Saturday and spring fish assessments are showing anglers won't be disappointed with what they find, with many fish over 40 inches netted and released.

Overall, fishing success was fair along west shore of Green Bay this week. Some anglers were catching good numbers of walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Fishing pressure was high Sunday at Oconto for the perch opener. Anglers on the pier were having a lot of success catching perch, northern pike and the occasional walleye. The walleye bite on the east shore was more consistent with many boats at Bayshore catching close to their limit.

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Good Seamanship is the Key To a Safe Boating - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Good Seamanship is the Key To a Safe Boating Season on the Great Lakes

Lake Carrier Assoc   Lake Superior News
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CLEVELAND.OHIO –  May 23, 2018  (LSN)  The Great Lakes are one of America’s busiest waterways.  Each year U.S., Canadian and vessels from throughout the world move upwards of 160 million tons of cargos that drive the North American economy.  The largest vessels, the U.S.-flag 1,000-footers, are almost as long as modern-day aircraft carriers and their power plants are capable of generating nearly 20,000 horsepower.

The Memorial Day Weekend is also traditionally the start of the summer boating season on the Lakes.  Commercial and recreational vessels can co-exist safely, but to do so will require good seamanship by all involved. 

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Drummond Island Reporting Station - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Drummond Island Reporting Station
Opening for Memorial Day Weekend

Drummond Island Reporting Station Michigan  Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN —  May 22, 2018  (LSN)  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations today announced the opening dates of the Drummond Island reporting station at Yacht Haven for Memorial Day Weekend: the reporting station will be opening May 25 through May 28 from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm. only. Future dates for full time service are still to be determined.

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native plant species sale - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

EcoSuperior native plant species sale in support of biodiversity

blue flax EcoSuperior  Lake Superior News
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Thunder Bay, ONTARIO — May 22, 2018  (LSN) EcoSuperior is hosting a one-day fundraiser to boost native plant biodiversity. The event will have dozens of varieties of locally-grown perennial wildflowers, grasses, and herbs for sale to the general public on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, hosted behind EcoSuperior’s office at 562 Red River Rd at the corner of Hill St.

“These plants play an important role in urban greenspaces by supporting biodiversity, pollinators and native habitat,” says Julia Prinselaar, program coordinator at EcoSuperior. She added that the plants are locally grown at Paulusma’s Greenhouses, a family-operated plant nursery in Thunder Bay.

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Application for Small Boat Reporting - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Application for Small Boat Reporting
the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River from Buffalo to Ogdensburg

US Custom and Border Protect ROAM   Lake Superior News
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK  – May 22, 2018   (LSN)  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations has added the Buffalo Field Office to the list of locations now using the new Reporting Offsite Arrival-Mobile (ROAM) application for small boat reporting.

The new application replaces the current system of utilizing one of sixteen Outlying Area Reporting Stations (OARS), which were outdated and challenging to access.  Small boaters in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence regions will now be able to complete their inspection with a CBP officer through an application on their personal smart phone device, or at one of the new ROAM reporting locations, which will have the reporting application loaded onto an iPad.

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file a float plan - Monday, May 21, 2018

Coast Guard urges boaters file a float plan

US Coast Guard File a Float Plan  Lake Superior News
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CLEVELAND, OHIO  —  May 21, 2018  (LSN)  The Coast Guard reminds boaters to plan ahead before venturing out on the water by filing a float plan with someone on land and by downloading the Coast Guard Boating Safety social media app.

No one plans to get lost out on the water. No one plans to have their boat break down far away from land. No one plans to have an accident on the water. And unfortunately, not many people plan ahead to make it easier to be found by the Coast Guard.

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West Nile virus monitoring in ruffed grouse - Monday, May 21, 2018

Great Lakes states to collaborate on West Nile virus monitoring in ruffed grouse

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MADISON, WISCONSIN  -  May 21, 2019  (LSN)  A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

 

“In the Great Lakes Region, West Nile virus has been found in a small number of grouse with no known population-level effects at this point,” said Charlotte Roy, grouse project leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Still, we want to let hunters know we’re in the first steps of monitoring the virus, and we’re planning to do some limited testing of birds this fall.”

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Help manage elk Minnesota populations - Monday, May 14, 2018

Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota

Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   DNR  Help manage elk populations

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - May 14, 2018  (LSN)  Hunters have through Friday, June 15, to apply for one of 22 elk licenses offered this year by the Department of Natural Resources. Elk hunting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Minnesota residents.

“A number of antlerless-only elk licenses are being offered this year for the Kittson-Central herd to reduce that population,” said Erik Thorson, DNR acting big game program leader. “Our latest survey counted 75 elk in this herd, which is above the population goal of 50 to 60 identified in the elk management plan.”

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Bird Festival at Horicon Marsh - Monday, May 7, 2018

21st annual Bird Festival at Horicon Marsh

Black-throated Green Warbler  Lake Superior News
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HORICON, WISCONSIN  - May 7, 2018  (LSN)   Bird enthusiasts can experience the sights, sounds and natural beauty of birds in peak spring migration as the Horicon Marsh Bird Club hosts the 21st annual Bird Festival at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center May 10-14.

From the backyard birder to the world traveler, four days of adventure await by foot, boat, bus and bicycle at Horicon Marsh, one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival is the oldest bird festival in Wisconsin.

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DNR Grants available - Monday, May 7, 2018

DNR Grants available for groups
that help more people hunt and fish

Women Bird Hunting   Lake Superior News
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 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA,  May 7, 2018  (LSN)  Grants are available for groups that help more people hunt and fish through a program that, so far, has funded 34 projects ranging from an outdoor adventure club at Roseville Area High School to classes for the Fairmont community that get friends and family fishing together.  

“We’re excited about being able to continue this grant program that aims to help groups get more people hunting and fishing, and ultimately supporting conservation,” said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

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McKellar Island Bird Observatory - Saturday, May 5, 2018

McKellar Island Bird Observatory
on 30 acres of land on McKellar Island

McKellar Bird Observatory John, Noah and his dad studying birds   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  John, Noah and his dad studying birds

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 5, 2018  (LSN)  McKellar Island Bird Observatory (MIBO) is a place where people can connect with nature and see an outstanding example of ‘citizen science’. The observatory was established in 2014 by John & Maureen Woodcock on 30 acres of land on McKellar Island in Thunder Bay leased from Husky Energy

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Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun - Monday, April 30, 2018

Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun

Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun  Lake Superior News
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ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - April 30, 2018  (LSN)  Consider the lowly catfish. With its long, whisker-like barbels and flattened face, it might not be the prettiest fish swimming in Minnesota’s waters. But more and more anglers around the state are finding it an attractive species, both for sport and for the frying pan.

“Catfish are hard fighters, and they’re widely considered fine table fare,” said Mario Travaline, a fisheries biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program. “Usually, if you can find one, you’ll find several. And they can be fished with simple tackle and a variety of baits.”

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Still Winter in Northern Wisconsin - Saturday, April 21, 2018

Still Winter in Northern Wisconsin

April Winter still around   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors NOAA about noon April 19 shows snow cover across almost all of Wisconsin

The weather kept many fishermen inside this week, but warm weather this week should bring out lots of anglers. Walleye fishing was picking up on the Oconto, Peshtigo, Menominee and Wolf rivers prior to the snow, but then water temperatures dropped dramatically. There have still been hundreds of shore anglers and boaters out on the Fox River to catch a trophy walleye. Sturgeon are in the Wolf River, but with cold water it will be at least a week or longer before spawning will occur.

Most Door County ramps and access points are blocked with snow. Before the storm fishing was fairly productive. Boats launching at Sturgeon Bay were trolling for browns. Steelhead fishing was good before the storm with numbers of fish showing up in creeks.

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Moose Tag Allocations cut Northwest Region - Thursday, April 19, 2018

NOSA responds to Moose Tag Allocations cut Northwest Region Wildlife Management Unit

NOSA responds to Moose Tag Allocations cut Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 19, 2018  (LSN) The office of the Northwester Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance(NOSA) is citing inconsistent moose management policy as one of the key reasons for yet another large cut to moose tags for the region. NOSA Executive Director John Kaplanis is blaming the Northwest Regional office of OMNRF for signing off on the decisions to cut tags in this manner.

NOSA is citing OMNRF's over estimated harvest calculations in the formula as one of the primary contributors to seeing tags reduced so drastically in many wildlife management units(WMU's), therefore as a "fail safe" measure OMNRF is simply knocking back the adult moose tag allocations to a level that basically brings moose hunting to a near stand still in many WMU's. For example in WMU 13 around the city of Thunder Bay, only one resident bull archery tag is being allocated for the 2018 fall moose hunting season. NOSA believes that tag reductions such as this are simply a demonstration on the part of OMNRF to "punish" moose hunters for not participating in a voluntary moose hunter "post card survey" in recent years.

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Spring Turkey Hunt - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Focus on safety Wisconsin Spring Turkey Hunt

Wisconsin Spring Turkey Hunt  Lake Superior News
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MADISON WISCONSIN  --  April 17, 2018  (LSN)  Approximately 80,000 hunters will be heading to the field for the 2018 spring turkey hunting season, with the first period starting April 18.

DNR statistics show 80 percent of accidents during turkey hunting seasons involve hunters mistaking other hunters for game, or hunters failing to positively identify their target. The other 20 percent of accidents are self-inflicted, usually the result of violating one of the four firearm safety rules.

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$7.4 million in value to DNR - Sunday, April 15, 2018

Volunteers add $7.4 million in value to DNR

DNR 23,000 citizens donated services valued at $7.4 million Lake Superior News
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ST PAUL, MINNESOTA -  April 15, 2018  (LSN) Nearly 23,000 citizens donated services valued at $7.4 million during 2017 to assist the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in accomplishing its conservation mission through a variety of projects and programs, according to the new 2017 Annual DNR Volunteer Report released today. That’s the equivalent of an extra 135 full-time staff.

DNR managers, professionals and technicians work alongside volunteers to help manage the state’s diverse natural resources.

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Bill C-71: Target Legal Firearms Owners - Friday, April 13, 2018

Bill C-71: Trudeau Liberals
Target Legal Firearms Owners

Bill C-71: Target Legal Firearms Owners  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 13, 2018  (LSN) When Justin Trudeau's Liberals were running in the last federal election in Canada, they promised Canadians would enjoy legalized marijuana. Simultaneously, Justin Trudeau promised firearms owners that a newly elected Liberal government would not resurrect the federal long gun registry that was scrapped by the Conservatives under Steven Harper. So what do these two issues even remotely have in common? If you are a firearms owner who thought Trudeau was going to be the coolest Prime Minister ever, because of his promise to legalize pot, then let's talk about Bill C-71. 

   Over two weeks ago the federal government tabled Bill C-71 with the stated goal of introducing federal firearms controls in the name of "reducing crime" and "making it harder for criminals to commit gun violence." The Bill was introduced in a timely manner. It's as though the Liberals were sitting on it and just waiting for what they believed would be the perfect moment to drop this little bomb on firearms owners. Therefore, in the wake of a recent mass shooting at a Florida highschool, and with an ever present gun control lobby effort right here in Canada, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the Federal Liberals were eager to pounce on some low hanging fruit, so to speak.

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Ontario Travel Information Services Conference - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ontario Travel Information
Services Conference

Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  April 11, 2018  (LSN) More than 200 travel and tourism industry representatives from around the province are making a voyage to Sault Ste. Marie this fall. The community has been selected to host the 2018 Ontario Travel Information Services Conference. Taking place October 16 to 18, this is the first time the forum is being held in Northern Ontario. The annual event is facilitated by Destination Ontario.

 

The Ontario Travel Information Services Conference brings together travel industry staff, government officials and destination marketing agencies. Delegates learn latest trends, share best practices and engage with partners.

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Preserving the tugboat Edna G - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Preserving the tugboat Edna G
Two Harbors 

tugboat Edna G  Lake Superior News
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TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA  -  April 4, 2018  (LSN)  The tugboat Edna G is a retired, hand-fired coal burning tug, home ported in Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA. She was built by Cleveland Shipbuilding, in Cleveland, Ohio in 1896. Originally powered at 700 horsepower, she was re-boilered for 1000 horsepower in 1949. She spent her working years in Two Harbors, moving assorted types of iron ore carriers and other vessels into and out of the Lake Superior port in Agate Bay, except for the two year USA involvement in World War 1, when the government requisitioned her for service on the East Coast, moving military goods into and out of port.

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DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts  - Monday, April 2, 2018

Be aware of bears this spring

bear_at_kawishiwi_sign Lake Superior National Forest   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts 

MINNEAPOLIS , MINNESOTA  April 2, 2018  (LSN)  Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.

“Bears are roaming around now with the lack of snow and warmer weather so interactions with people are going to start in central Minnesota which includes the southern part of the bear range,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  

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Trowbridge Island Lightstation. - Monday, March 26, 2018

Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior 
Receives $25,000. Grant from
 Great Lakes Community Guardian Fund

Trowbridge Island Lightstation Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - March 26, 2018  (LSN) Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior (CLLS) is pleased to announce that the Great Lakes Community Guardian Fund has awarded the non-profit organization with $25,000.

The Project will restore the shoreline, septic areas, and docking station of the Trowbridge Island Lightstation. The Project will entail underwater clean up around Trowbridge Island, garbage pickup at the old garbage dump on Trowbridge Island, and a shoreline clean-up upon the island.

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Bill C-71 on lawful firearms users - Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bill C-71 on lawful firearms users
Rather than alarming trends in firearms-related crime

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - March 24, 2018  (LSN)  OFAH supports firearms legislation measures that increase the public safety of Canadians, as long as it doesn’t implement further unnecessary restrictions or barriers on law-abiding firearms users.

The government’s stated intention of Bill C-71 is to prioritize public safety and respond to increasing trends in gun crime and violence, yet it would seem that the majority of the proposals are focused on lawful firearms users.

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Duluth Park Series - Saturday, March 24, 2018

Duluth Park Series

Duluth Park Series  Lake Superior News
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DULUTH, MINNESOTA – March 24, 2018  (LSN)  The Duluth Park Series presented by Duluth Running Co. is a collaboration project with Duluth Running Co., DLH Clothing, and Hoops Brewing designed to bring awareness and make focused investments in Duluth Parks.

In 2018, Duluth Running Co. is throwing a launch party for four different parks around the
area: Chester, Lester, Hartley, and the Lakewalk. Each launch party will include the release
of a limited production shirt collaborated on by Duluth Running Co. and DLH Clothing,
alongside the release of a limited production specialty “Park” brew by Hoops Brewing.

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Warning to Dog Owners: Cannabis  - Sunday, March 11, 2018

Warning to Dog Owners: Cannabis 

Warning to Dog Owners: Cannabis   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - March 11, 2018  (LSN)  Today we were camping in Kootenay National Park. Carl had just come back from hiking down to photograph Marble Canyon and I sent Manny, our French bulldog, out to join him for a quick walk. Carl came back furious at Manny for eating something he found on the trail, but I wasn't really concerned because he often tries to get away with eating wild animal scat. I fed him his dinner and then we sat down to eat ours. 

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Sawtooth Bluff Steering Committee - Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sawtooth Bluff Steering Committee Public Input session

Grand Marais, Sawtooth Bluff   Lake Superior News
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GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA – March 10, 2018  (LSN)  The Sawtooth Bluff Steering Committee has developed a draft master plan for the 640-acre publicly-owned site, outlining their vision for the site as a park of regional significance and proposing the development of facilities consistent with that vision.

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Cask Beer Festival - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Thunder Bay’s FIRST EVER Cask Beer Festival

Brew Ha  Caskfest 2018  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  March 6, 2018   (LSN) What is one of the most common sentiments from visitors to our fine city? “We love your culinary scene!” We think there is one restaurant for every five people ...we all know that Tbay-ers love to go out to eat. Our food scene is advanced and diverse. Does that mean we have refined palettes in need of creative culinary adventures? YES, yes it does.

Well, here’s a pairing adventure for your elite taste buds: Cask Beer. This is to beer affectionados what a culinary tasting night is to foodies. Cask beer is beer that has been conditioned in a cask. This is done to bring out unique characteristics from that beer and/or add some additional flavours like fruit, herbs, wood, and about a thousand other combinations.  Letting these flavours marry creates a smooth, usually lower carbonated, flavourful beer with a roller coaster experience from one cask beer to the next.

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Finland area lake management plans - Monday, March 5, 2018

DNR seeks comments on Finland area lake

and stream management plans

Finland area lake and stream management
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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  March 5, 2-18  (LSN)   The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Finland area fisheries staff are seeking comments through Friday, March 23 on management plans for a number of Lake and Cook county lakes. This annual process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters. The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.

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Chippewa Park Carousel - Thursday, March 1, 2018

Capital Campaign Launched
for Chippewa Park Carousel

Capital Campaign Launched for Chippewa Park Carousel  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  March 1, 2018  -  (LSN)  The Friends of Chippewa Park Carousel Restoration Committee gathered with the public to unveil its capital campaign to save the 103 year-old Chippewa Park carousel, including a website with online donation capabilities and the announcement of the first horse sponsorship. The campaign is the next step to return the designated heritage structure to its original luster, thanks to initial grants from the City of Thunder Bay and Canada 150.

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maple syrup making at Minnesota - Thursday, March 1, 2018

From tree to breakfast table: maple syrup making
at Minnesota state parks 

White Water Maple Syrup  Lake Superior News
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WINONA, MINNESOTA - March 1, 2018  (LSN)  How often do we think of a maple tree? State parks are home to thousands of maple trees from which pure maple syrup is made. Attend a free program at a state park and learn about tapping maple trees while using tools found in the kitchen.

Programs start on March 3 at Whitewater State Park (near Winona). Attend the 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. program or the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. program.

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HAF 13th Annual - Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 the Hovland Arts Festival will be 
Celebrating it's 13th year

Hovland Arts Festival  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_Tourism  Between Grand Marais and the Canadian Border 

COOK COUNTY,  HOVLAND, MINNESOTA,  February 25, 2018  (LSN) This Summer the Hovland Art Festival will be celebrating it's 13th years. July 7 & 8th. 

Because this is a very family oriented event our local children are encouraged to participate in all areas of interest.  Vendor booths are free up to a certain age for youth.  Some of our youth, through the years, have graced all with their musical abilities, artisan craft items and also much appreciated refreshments such as lemonade and other goodies.  For a few years one of our youth sold rhubarb punch.  That was a hit.

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fly-fishing weekend ​ youth-adult pairs - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend
​ youth-adult pairs

DNR Fly Fishing Youth   Lake Superior News
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LANESBORO, MINNESOTA,  February 20, 2018,  (LSN)  A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors from evening on Friday, April 27, to afternoon on Sunday, April 29, near Lanesboro.

“Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners so they can learn to fly fish together,” said Deb Groebner, a regional specialist with MinnAqua, an educational program of the Department of Natural Resources. “When they finish the weekend, they’ll be ready to take on more fishing adventures for a variety of species.”

 

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Moose population remains low but stable - Thursday, February 15, 2018

Moose population remains low but stable for a seventh year 

Moose North Eastern Minnesota  Lake Superior News
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GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  --  February 15, 2018  (LSN)  Results of the 2018 moose survey indicate the moose population in northeastern Minnesota remains stable but relatively low for the seventh year in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“While the population appears stable, low numbers of moose are still a major concern for the DNR,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “We continue to pursue the best science, research and management tools available to us to help Minnesota’s moose.”

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Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally - Friday, February 9, 2018

Lake Bemidji State Park to sponsor Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally 

Fat Bike Rally  Lake Bemidji State Park  Lake Superior News
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BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA,   February 9, 2018   (LSN)  Riders can gear up and get ready for the Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park on Saturday, March 3.

The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then heads into Lake Bemidji State Park and up the Rocky Point Trail. Riders can choose from a 10K or 28K route.

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free beekeeping workshop - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

UW-Superior holding free beekeeping workshop

Dr. Edward Burkett, UW-Superior, tending to a hive.  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors Dr. Edward Burkett, UW-Superior biology professor and apiary manager, tending to a hive. 

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN  –   February 6, 2018  (LSN)  For those interested in becoming a beekeeper, the University of Wisconsin-Superior will hold a free Beekeeping 101 workshop on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon in Swenson Hall Room 1013.

Designed specifically for those with no experience in beekeeping, Dr. Edward Burkett, UW-Superior biology professor and apiary manager, will provide general knowledge that beginning beekeepers need to succeed.

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Forest Pest Detector - Sunday, February 4, 2018

Register for Forest Pest First Detector Program

Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program
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GRAND MARAIS, COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  February 4, 2018,   (LSN)  The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of invasive forest pests in Minnesota, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, Japanese barberry and Oriental bittersweet.

Become part of the award-winning Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector volunteer program to help the public find new invasive species affecting Minnesota’s trees and forest

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Alexdander Henry’s Fundraising Dinner - Sunday, January 28, 2018

Alexander Henry’s Homecoming Fundraising Dinner

Alexander Henry Home comming Dinner   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  January 28, 2018   (LSN) The homecoming of Thunder Bay-built Alexander Henry as a museum ship on Thunder
Bay's waterfront is the theme of the 2nd Annual Dinner of the Lakehead Transportation
Museum Society (LTMS), taking place on Friday, February 2.

The guest speaker will be Captain Patrick Toomey a retired ice pilot, ice navigation
specialist, author and retired Coast Guard Canada officer who will be “handing over-thewatch”.
Toomey,

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Nine Days on Western Great Lakes  - Saturday, January 27, 2018

MV Victory II Nine Days on Western Great Lakes 

Cruising West Great Lakes   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism Cruise the Western Great Lakes

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  January 27, 2018   (LSN)  A bold exploration from the Industrial Heartland to the Northwoods.  Join us as we set sail into the North American heartlands on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Experience the Victorian splendors of the American Gilded Age at Mackinac Island. Witness the rise of American Industry and Transport at Green Bay. Explore the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes at Sturgeon Bay. Enjoy the arts and culture of blue collar Brew City at Milwaukee. Victory Cruise Lines invites you to the endless wilderness of the Western Great Lakes.
Outbound from Thunder Bay to Detroit
Midwest Majesty & Archipelagos of Georgian Bay 

A wonderful survey of the beautiful coastlines of Lake Superior and Lake Huron from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan. Price includes airfare from Toronto to Thunder Bay. 

 

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Crank The Shield cycling race - Monday, January 22, 2018

Sault hosting Crank The Shield cycling race

Crank The Shield cycling race Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_Tourism  #LSN_Sports  Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  -   January 22, 2018 (LSN)  Hundreds of mountain bike racers and enthusiasts from across North America will be peddling in and around Sault Ste. Marie this summer. The community has been selected to host Crank The Shield, a multi-day cycling odyssey. Taking place August 17 to 19, the event was secured by Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.

“Our team is always looking to bring in new sports tournaments, conferences and special events, and we’re very excited to have secured Crank The Shield for the summer of 2018,” said Ian McMillan, Executive Director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. “We look forward to working with organizers on delivering a top-notch, memorable event, one that fills a ton of hotel rooms and leaves a significant economic impact on our city.”

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Utah Bear Management Plan Hugely Successful - Monday, January 22, 2018

Utah Bear Management Plan Hugely Successful, Number of Permits to Increase This Year

Utah Bear  Lake Superior News
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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -  January 22, 2018  (LSN)  Utah’s black bear population is growing rapidly. The state will be issuing more permits this year to meet hunter demand and keep the bears in check.

Darren DeBloois, game mammals coordinator for the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, is enthused about the state’s black bear population. “The state’s bear population is doing really well,” DeBloois said. “We’re excited about that.”

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Minnesota Walking Hunting Atlas - Monday, January 22, 2018

Minnesota Walk-In Access generates revenue for landowners

Minnesota Walk-In Access generates revenue for landowners Lake Superior News
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ST PAUL,  COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  January 22, 2018   (LSN)  Landowners can generate revenue by allowing public hunting on their private land in 46 Minnesota counties through the Department of Natural Resources Walk-In Access Program. Sign-ups are Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, April 27.

“This program is a win-win for landowners and hunters,” said Scott Roemhildt, DNR Walk-In Access coordinator. “And what’s more, by signing up for three years, landowners can qualify for habitat enhancement on their Walk-In Access acres.”

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Fly Fishing Film Tour - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

North Shore Steelhead Association Presents
4th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour

North Shore Steelhead Assoc Fly Fishing Film Tour
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  January 17, 2018  (LSN)       The North Shore Steelhead Association will present the 4th annual FLY FISHING FILM TOUR 2018, at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Saturday February 17, 2018.

"Come out for a night of fishing films, a vendor fair, symposium and free giveaways. Suitable for all anglers & fly fishing enthusiasts, conservationists, nature lovers, film buffs, and anyone suffering from winter fever.”

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Fur Trappers convention - Sunday, January 14, 2018

Northwestern Fur Trappers convention

Northwestern Fur Trappers Association  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  # LSN_Tourism

The Northwestern Fur Trappers Association would like to invite you to their annual trappers convention  February 23-24. 

Vendors, competitions, Wild Fur Fashion shows, Fur Handling Demonstrations and Competitions demonstrations, information, raffles and auctions. 

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fish free with kids - Monday, January 8, 2018

Minnesotans age 16 or older fish free
with kids Jan. 13-15th

DNR  staff helping child ice fish   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  - January 8, 2018   (LSN)  Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 15.

During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.

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Looking for photos and stories  - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Save our Carousel fundraising campaign
Looking for photos and stories 

Chippewa Carousel   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Save our Carousel

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - December 26, 2017    (LSN)  Over the next few weeks, the Friends of Chippewa will be launching the Save our Carousel fundraising campaign and we need your help! This restoration is so important to so many people, and we’re looking for YOUR great stories or memories from summers on the Chippewa Park Merry Go Round. This carousel has been around for so many generations so we KNOW there are tons of sentimental/interesting/funny/touching/everyday stories out there. 

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Isle Royale Teen Artist - Saturday, December 23, 2017

Become an Isle Royale Teen Artist

Isle Royale Teen Artist   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism  Spend a week of Summer 2018 exploring Isle Royale and your art

HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN,  December 23, 2017  (LSN)  The Isle Royale Teen Artist Exploration is geared to all aspiring teen artists who want to develop their art through experiencing wilderness, and is open to all visual and performing artists, writers, and composers ages 13 to 18 at time of participation. Two teen artists will be chosen for 2018.

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On thin ice - Thursday, December 14, 2017

On thin ice – teaching kids the dangers of ice

DNR On Thin Ice Teach Your Children  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Teach your Children 

St Paul, Minnesota  December 14, 2017  (LSN)  Now is the time to talk to kids about the dangers of thin ice. As temperatures continue to dip below freezing, ice is forming on many lakes, ponds and rivers. But conditions vary across the state.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Hannah Mishler has already responded to multiple ice rescue calls.

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Funding for carousel - Saturday, December 9, 2017

Funding for carousel rehabilitation
 Chippewa Park

carousel rehabilitation  Chippewa Park  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism  Ruberto, Rusnak, Donna Gilhooly, Co-Chair Carousel Committee and Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, President of The Friends of Chippewa Park

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  December 9, 2017   (LSN)  Local families and visitors to the City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation will benefit from the rehabilitation and upgrading of Chippewa Park’s nearly 100-year-old C.W. Parker carousel thanks to an investment of $100,000 from the Government of Canada.

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Economic outreach to visitors - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Economic outreach to visitors in the air
Delta’s Sky Magazine

Soo Michigan   Sky Magazine   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Upper Peninsula

Sault Ste. Marie, MIchigan  – This month the Upper Peninsula as a whole has shown off some of its very best, with Sault Ste. Marie getting a very detailed section, not only geared towards bringing in travelers for the 350th celebration, but also to attract new and expanding businesses to the area, in the December issue of the Delta’s Sky Magazine.

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Time Capsule Current River - Monday, November 20, 2017

Time Capsule Buried at Lorne Allard Fisherman’s Park 

Time Capsule Buried at Lorne Allard Fisherman’s Park   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Current River

November 20, 2017 – A time capsule containing items contributed by Trans Canada Trail Ontario (TCTO), the City of Thunder Bay, St. Ignatius High School, and numerous other community agencies and partners, was buried today at Lorne Allard Fisherman’s Park.

The time capsule project was developed by TCTO to celebrate Canada’s 150th year of Confederation. The time capsule is scheduled to be opened in 25 years, during the year 2042.Time 

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Tug Peninsula - Monday, November 20, 2017

Bring the Tug Peninsula home to Marathon

Peninsula home to Marathon    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    #LSN_Tourism   Marathon & District Historical Society

The Marathon & District Historical Society proposes to bring the tug home as a symbol of the town, and as a tourist attraction, much like Wawa's goose and Dryden's moose. The D.C. Everest was scrapped before we could obtain memorabilia from her, but we can rescue the Peninsula from the same fate, and preserve a piece of Marathon’s and Canada’s history. Our plan is to sail the tug to Marathon, bring her ashore, and transfer her to the bottom of Stevens Avenue, adjacent to the Everest Hotel site, where she would be in prominent view, overlooking the harbour from which she sailed from 1946 to 1968.

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Gov Christmas Tree - Friday, November 17, 2017

Minnesota  official Christmas tree
for governor’s residence 

Governor’s Christmas Tree   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  from General C.C. Andrews State Forest 

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA --   November 17, 2017  (LSN)  A 30-foot-tall white spruce, selected as the state’s official Christmas tree, was cut down today in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River.

The tree will be set up at the governor’s residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, around 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20. The tree will be lit Monday, Nov. 27.

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GATHERING HOLIDAY GREENS  - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

GATHERING HOLIDAY GREENS 

GATHERING HOLIDAY GREENS   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  A FUN OUTING ON SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST 

DULUTH, MN - November 14, 2017  (LSN)  Cutting your own Christmas tree or balsam boughs on the Superior National Forest can be a festive outing during the holidays. The ritual of hiking through the woods with your family and friends to choose your personal tree or boughs can greatly enrich the holiday season. 

Remember to obtain a permit at a Superior National Forest office before you go. A permit to cut one Christmas tree on the Superior National Forest costs $5.00 and may be purchased at any Forest office. Two Christmas tree permits are allowed per household per year. A "personal use" permit for gathering balsam boughs on the Superior National Forest allows for enough boughs to make approximately 5 door-size wreaths and costs $20.00.  If you plan to gather boughs, it’s best to contact the Ranger District office closest to the area where you plan to collect greens.

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ourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards - Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Award winners announced

Tourism Sault Ste Marie    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism Bill Durnford, past recipient of the Tourism Award of Excellence

Sault Ste. Marie, ON  November 10, 2017  (LSN)  Tourism Sault Ste. Marie hosted its 15th annual Tourism Awards last night. The evening recognized people, businesses and organizations for their contributions in bolstering the community’s visitor-friendly reputation. Held this year at Delta by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel, the 2017 award winners are:

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Cold Water and Ice Warning - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cold Water and Ice Warning 

#LSN_Outdoors   Thunder Bay Fire Rescue

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - November 9, 2017 (LSN) With the cool winter weather now upon us, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is encouraging parents, guardians and teachers to speak to their children about the dangers of walking on ice-covered bodies of water and the risk of injury or death associated with exposure to freezing cold water. read more...

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Storm Festival  - Monday, November 6, 2017

Lake Superior Storm Festival 

Lake Superior Storm Festival   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  -  November 6, 2017  (LSN) Lake Superior Storm Festival is held annually along the icy shores of Lake Superior.

There’s nothing quite like a November gale — wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine. Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins. This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake. 

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Points Unknown Northern Minnesota - Saturday, November 4, 2017

Points Unknown
Traveling silently through the boreal forests



#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_Tourism boreal forests of Northeastern Minnesota

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA - November 4, 2017 (LSN) - Traveling silently through the boreal forests of Northeastern Minnesota by dog team, sled runners can be heard swooshing along a narrow, tree-lined trail. The dogs’ breath rises above them in clouds as they quietly pant to the rhythm of their movement. The mild scent of balsam wafts by. The backdrop: a crisp, pristine winter forest filled with white & green. Birch trees arching over the trail, heavy with snow, create a magical entry to the winter wonderland at Points Unknown (www.points-unknown.com) in Hovland, MN. You could be having this *MUSH* fun!

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Cougar DNA Results - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DNA Results of Cougar found south west of Thunder Bay

Cougar DNA    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Mandi Weist hand by Cougar Paw

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  November 1, 2017  (LSN)  According Jolanta Kowalski, Sr. Media Relations officer. Ministry of Natural Resources. And Forestry, Toronto, the carcass of a male cougar was found west of Thunder Bay in March 2017.   The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry sent a tissue sample to the United States research station in Montana for analysis.  The station created a genetic profile, or “DNA fingerprint”, similar to the process used to identify individuals in human forensics/paternity cases.

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FAMtastic year for travel media - Monday, October 30, 2017

FAMtastic year for travel media in Sault Ste. Marie

Soo Tourism    Sault Ste Marie    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    #LSN_Tourism  Writer Gaby Burger and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie’s Lindsey
feature story in Porter Escapes

Sault Ste. Marie, ON (October 30, 2017) – To promote the community, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie hosts travel media from around the world. These familiarization (FAM) tours lead to feature stories and television coverage for the city. With 2017 winding down, it has already been the busiest year ever for local travel media.

Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, has facilitated 23 FAM tours so far in 2017. This activity led to a number of promotional opportunities, including a travel documentary aired on Japan’s JB-TV, articles featured on Porter Escapes and other blogs, a locally-filmed episode of The Amazing Race Canada, content on the Attractions Ontario website and various travel guides, and stories published in China’s Epoch Times, The Toronto Star, Japan’s AGORA Magazine, Cleveland News-Herald, The U.K. Daily Mirror and MotorHome Magazine.

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Duluth artist - Monday, October 30, 2017

Duluth artist wins walleye stamp contest

Duluth artist Dean Kegler
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism  

DULUTH, MINNESOTA -  October 30, 2017   (LSN) Duluth artist Dean Kegler won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. His painting was selected by judges from among 11 entries for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Kegler’s painting of a walleye about to strike a crankbait will be featured on the 2018 walleye stamp. This is the third stamp contest win for Kegler. He also has won the 2016 trout and salmon and 2009 pheasant stamp contests.

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Rocky Mountain Express Science Museum of Minnesota - Friday, October 27, 2017

Rocky Mountain Express through Canadian wilderness
Seen on Science Museum's Omnitheater

Rocky Mountain Express   Science Museum of Minnesota   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   seen on Omnitheater

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  - October 27, 2017   (LSN) Rocky Mountain Express giant screen film in the Science Museum's Omnitheater. It opened earlier this month and runs through January 4. (It will remain onscreen as one of five films included in Omnifest 2018, which runs from January 5 - March 1.)

Opened on Friday, October 13 in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater, Rocky Mountain Express tells the epic story of a seemingly-impossible task: the construction of a transcontinental railway through the wild and forbidding Canadian wilderness. Viewers will witness this monumental engineering project on the Omnitheater’s 90-foot domed screen — the only screen large enough to capture its scale.

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Marshall wraps up successful weekend Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener - Saturday, October 14, 2017

Marshall wraps up successful weekend as host of Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

Brad Strootman of Marshall presents a Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener shirt to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Brad Strootman of Marshall presents a Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener shirt to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

LUVERNE, MINNESOTA,   October 14, 2017  (LSN) Hunters reported birds but few good opportunities in the Marshall area during the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt today.  The Marshall area, known for its pheasant habitat and hunter and dog-friendly lodging, hosted Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and hundreds of guests.

153 hunters harvested 28 roosters during the morning hunt.  Gov. Dayton’s hunting party did not take any pheasants. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was part of the women’s hunt Saturday morning, and did not take any pheasants.

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NOSA Billboard Project - Thursday, October 12, 2017

NOSA Billboard Project Encourages Moose Conservation Efforts

OSA Billboard Project Encourages Moose Conservation   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    NOSA "know the difference"

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   October 12, 2017  (LSN)      On September 12th 2017, Thunder Bay's  Northwester Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance (NOSA) will officially launch a highway bill board project aimed at educating and encouraging hunters to do the right thing while targeting moose in the coming weeks of the open rifle season in Ontario's Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 13. The project concept is a collaborative effort with the Thunder Bay District OMNRF office and it's enforcement division. 

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Stream restorations - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stream restorations, removal of failed ’70s dams feed hopes of brook trout

stacked logs  Deer Creek tributary  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Using stacked logs  Deer Creek tributary 

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  -  October 12, 2017  (LSN)  Aspen logs stacked two high and anchored on both ends by rocks form the “steps” of the remeandered tributary that empties into Deer Creek. It’s the first project of its kind for the Technical Services Area 3 staff, which provides engineering services to the SWCD.

After the dam failed, every rainfall churned Deer Creek chocolate-brown with the sediment that washed over its slumping, red-clay banks. About 30 miles southwest of Duluth, Deer Creek fed the Nemadji River, which deposited 98,000 tons of sediment a year into Lake Superior. The U.S. Corps of Engineers dredged 33,000 tons a year out of Superior Bay to keep the shipping channel open.

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Governor Pheasant Opener - Monday, October 9, 2017

Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith set to open pheasant hunting season in Marshall this weekend

Governor Pheasant Opener hunting season    Lake Superior News
$LSN_Outdoors     Marshall Minnesota  October 13 - 14th 

MARSHALL MINNESOTA   -  October 9, 2017   (LSN)   Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Marshall this weekend as the city hosts the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.

It is the second time in the event’s seven-year history that Marshall, in southwestern Minnesota, has hosted the event.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will lead the festivities, which highlight the many community assets Marshall has to offer.

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Increased Border Traffic On Holiday Weekend - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CBP Advises Travelers To Expect Increased Border Traffic On Holiday Weekend

Grand Portage
#LSN_Outdoors   America's Columbus Day, and Canada's Thanksgiving day

BUFFALO, N.Y. –   October 3, 2017   (LSN) The holiday weekend is ahead, with America's Columbus Day, and Canada's Thanksgiving day both falling on Monday.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting an increase in border traffic starting this weekend and carrying through next weekend. CBP reminds travelers planning cross border trips to expect delays and prepare accordingly.  

“Get NEXUS! The program has so many benefits,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Not only does it reduce your wait when crossing the border, but once a member, you have access to the Global Entry kiosks at participating airports and TSA Pre-Check which saves time at airport security screening checkpoints.”

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new campground at Whitewater State Park - Monday, October 2, 2017

Minnesota opens new campground at Whitewater State Park 

White Water State Park Campgrounds  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74.

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA,  October 2, 2017   (LSN) Minnesota marked the opening of its newest state campground on Saturday as outdoor enthusiasts, along with state and local officials, gathered at Whitewater State Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Minneiska campground. The 40-site campground is designed to be more energy efficient and user friendly at one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks.

“Whitewater State Park is one of Minnesota’s great treasures, with more than 2,700 acres of limestone bluffs and spring-fed streams. The park is great for hiking, snowshoeing, and trout fishing,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. “The brand new Minneiska campground gives Minnesotans another way to enjoy Whitewater State Park. I encourage Minnesotans to book a stay at Minneiska and enjoy everything Whitewater State Park has to offer.”

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users support more public hunting land - Monday, October 2, 2017

Wildlife management area users
support more public hunting land

Support for public hunting land   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   86 percent of WMA users support ongoing acquisition of these public lands

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  - Octover 2, 2017   (LSN)  A new survey indicates that 86 percent of WMA users support ongoing acquisition of these public lands that provide wildlife habitat and access to hunters, wildlife watchers and countless others. Sixty-three percent of users also say that WMAs provide high-quality hunting experiences.

“Wildlife management areas are the cornerstone of our public lands system in many parts of the state,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “Minnesota is fortunate to have made an early investment in these public lands that provide a wealth of recreation opportunities.”

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Volunteers Superior National Forest - Monday, October 2, 2017

Volunteers Make a Difference on Superior National Forest

Superior National Forest   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  North Country Trail Association  clearing Kek and Snowbank Trails

DULUTH, MINNESOTA ---  October 2, 2017   (LSN)  In honor of National Public Lands Day, tomorrow, Superior National Forest managers want to recognize the immense contribution that volunteers make year-round on the Forest and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments that their efforts make possible.

In 2016, on the Superior National Forest, more than 300 people volunteered a total of nearly 40,000 hours. 

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Rushford artist Michael Sieve - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Michael Sieve wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest

Michael Sieve pheasant  habitat stamp DNR Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Rushford artist Michael Sieve

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA -  September 28, 2017 (LSN) Rushford artist Michael Sieve won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 15 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Sieve is a first-time winner of the pheasant stamp contest and his painting will be featured on the 2018 pheasant habitat stamp.

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"When their was Thunder" - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"When their was Thunder" 
Thunde Bay Racing Reunion weekend

When there was Thunder   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    Thunde Bay Racing Reunion weekend 2017

On Friday October 13th 2017, the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition, along with a small enthusiastic group of local racing fans are hosting a very important and historic event to celebrate over 100 years of racing here in our home town of Thunder Bay. 

“When There Was Thunder” consists of a social evening on Friday at the CLE Coliseum building, including stories from former drivers and pit crews, a few historic and current race cars on display and a time to re-connect with some of your racing friends from years back.  All generations of racers from the Murillo days, The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition track, Riverview Raceways and Mosquito Speedway will be on hand, including their pit crews (the unsung heroes) and fans.  The last racing reunion was held in 1985 with a $5.00 admission.  We have held the admission to that same 1985 price, 32 years later at $5.00.  Door prizes will be given.

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Wolf population increases - Monday, September 25, 2017

Wolf population increases with rise in deer density

Minnesota Wolves   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Wolves increase in Minnesota

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  September 25, 2017  (LSN) Results from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2016-1017 wolf population survey suggest Minnesota’s wolf population has increased 25 percent since the 2015-2016 survey. 

After remaining stable during the past four years, the survey estimates that within Minnesota’s wolf range there were approximately 500 wolf packs and 2,856 wolves. The survey’s margin of error is about plus or minus 500 wolves. The 2015-2016 survey estimated the number of packs at 439 and the wolf population at 2,278.

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Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nominations open for 2017 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards

2017 Sault Ste Marie Tourism Awards   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    15th annual awards

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario   - September 21, 2017 – (LSN) With special events like the summer Poker Run and international chess tournaments, coupled with a record-setting season for cruise ship traffic, 2017 has been a solid year for the local tourism sector.

To honour the people and groups responsible for this success, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is calling for nominations for its 15th annual awards.

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Amazing Race Canada Sault Ste Marie - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Amazing Race Canada generated significant marketing results For the Soo

Amazing Race Canada Sault Ste Marie   Lake Superor News
#LSN_Outdoors   $1.18 million of ad coverage

Sault Ste. Marie, ON (September 19, 2017) –  (LSN) The results are in, and they’re amazing! More than 1.5 million viewers watched the Sault Ste. Marie episode of The Amazing Race Canada earlier this month. In terms of promotional value, this represents over $1.18 million of ad coverage for the community in the Ontario market alone.

This assessment is based on figures provided by the Province of Ontario, which is why only the provincial value is included. However, given that The Amazing Race Canada airs across the country, the actual marketing benefit for Sault Ste. Marie was considerably higher.

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Fall Colors on Superior National Forest - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Catch the Fall Colors on Superior National Forest

Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour

Duluth, MN (September 16, 2017) –  (LSN)   The U.S. Forest Service is urging people to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature's most spectacular seasons as leaves of trees begin to change color over the coming weeks.

Shades of fall color have already begun to appear across the Superior National Forest. Leaves on trees this week average 20% of peak color right now, but fall color is highly variable depending on your location. Some areas are still green while other areas are at around 60 or 70% color.  Most of the color is from moose maple and red maple trees, with some sugar maple.  Almost none of the aspen or birch leaves have changed color yet.

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Design New Wayfinding Street Signs and Maps - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Help Design New Wayfinding Street Signs and Maps 

Thunder Bay Wayfindings  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports   Pedestrian Cyclist Wayfinding 

   THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--  September 13, 2017 – The City is asking residents to help plan and design new street signs and maps for walkers and cyclists. Good street signs and mapping help people find their way around. This means kids finding their way to school, seniors finding the library, and visitors finding a park or a downtown area. Good signs and maps for cyclists help them know the safest routes across the city. Good signs also make the city streets look great when they’re done well. 

The City wants to know what the signs should look like, and what destinations they should point people to.

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Fall Color Finder - Saturday, September 9, 2017

Expect a near perfect fall leaf season in Minnesota state parks and trails

Minnesota Fall Colors    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism   Fall Color Live every Thursday

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  -----  September 9, 2017   (LSN)  Adequate rainfall nearly statewide combined with lots of summer sunshine point to a beautiful fall leaf season.

“It’s that time of year again – kids are back in school, evenings are getting cooler, and leaves are changing color,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. “This fall, I encourage Minnesotans to get outside and enjoy fall colors in their state parks. Minnesotans can even use the DNR’s Fall Color Finder to determine when leaves will be most vivid in every corner of the state. I hope to see you on the trail this fall.”

Rainfall and sunshine throughout the summer months determine the depth of color each fall in Minnesota. Kao Thao, a naturalist with Fort Snelling State Park, said that temperatures also come into play. An early freezing frost, for example, cuts short fall color.

Starting Sept. 7 and on every Thursday throughout fall, people can consult the Fall Color Finder

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CBSA Private Boating Requirements - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Boaters not landing, anchoring, mooring or exchanging people/goods no longer need to report to CBSA

CBSA  New Boater Requirements  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors      New Private Boaters Reguirements 

HUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  Septembert  2, 2017   (LSN)  The reporting requirements for private boaters have changed. You no longer need to report to the CBSA if you meet the reporting exemptions detailed below.

Travellers - Reporting requirements for private boaters

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LUTSEN MOUNTAINS SKI AREA EXPANSION - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED LUTSEN MOUNTAINS SKI AREA EXPANSION

Lutsen Mountains Ski Area   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Lutsen Mountains Ski Area  Cook County  Superior National Forest

DULUTH, MN August 30, 2017, .  (LSN)  The Forest Service would like to hear from the public on the potential expansion of the Lutsen Mountains Ski Area (Lutsen) in Northeast Minnesota.

Lutsen has expressed interest in expanding their ski resort on 550 acres of adjacent National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Superior National Forest that are administered by the Forest Service. Lutsen has documented their long-term vision for the expansion of their ski resort operations in a Master Development Plan (MDP) which is posted on Lutsen’s website. It is anticipated that Lusten will soon submit a formal proposal to the Forest Service outlining their proposed expansion project. 

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2017 Duck and Goose Season - Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 fall duck and goose seasons approaching 


#LSN_Outdoors    Waterfowl season

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA, - August 28, 2017  (LSN)  “Habitat conditions look good in most areas, wild rice reports are good for hunters in the northern portions of the state and waterfowl numbers are favorable,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

Hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall when the Minnesota waterfowl season opens Saturday, Sept. 23. 
The waterfowl season will open with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year. The early goose season will open Saturday, Sept. 2 and extend through Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Craft Beer Thirst Benefits Local Charity - Monday, August 21, 2017

Craft Beer Thirst Benefits Local Charity

BrewHa  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Craft Beer Thirst Benefits March of Dimes

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 21, 2017   (LSN)   A portion of the BrewHa Craft Beer Festival 's proceeds of ticket sales plus the funds generated by #CopperfinAle will support the local Thunder Bay Stroke Recovery Canada Chapter, a program of the March of Dimes Canada. The total contribution for the 2017 festival is $7500, bringing the total contribution to local charities to $15,000 over three years.  “When you step back and look at the amount raised through this event over the last 3 years, it truly is remarkable and it also speaks to how much it means to the community to be able to not only enjoy the festival but help support the efforts of our local charities,” said Kerry Berlinquette, Co-Chair of the BrewHa Festival Organizing Committee. "We can't wait to bring this festival back next year for more smiles on Lake Superior."

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Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour - Friday, August 18, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors    Fall Studio Tour’

Cook County, Minnesota. – August 18, 2017 –   (LSN) A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and reimagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 successful years. 

The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, 2017.

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WTIP 10th Annual Radiowaves Music Festival - Thursday, August 17, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors WTIP 10th Annual Radiowaves Music Festival

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  August 17, 2017  (LSN)  The 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival will take place September 8-10th at Sweetheart's Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This marks the 10th year of the family-friendly festival, which features three days of live music from a diverse mix of local and regional artists. 

Sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, the Radio Waves Music Festival features a diverse line-up that reflects the incredible talent and diversity of North Shore musicians. This year’s line-up offers a variety of genres, from rock to folk, jazz, swing, and country.

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Northwest Region Fires August 14th - Monday, August 14, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors   An Incident Management Team is in place to manage the fire and limit its spread toward the community of Nibinamik  (Summer Beaver) to the south.

THUNDER BAY, August 14, 2017  (LSN)  Northwest Region   There were 6 new fires confirmed by the afternoon of August 12 in the Northwest Region and new lightning strikes in the north were bringing in more reports.

There were 35 new fires confirmed by day’s end on August 11. Multiple fires remain active in the region, totaling 125 fires at the time of this report. One fire of note is Red Lake Fire 066 within the community of Sandy Lake First Nation. It required aggressive attack from the ground and the air under extreme fire hazard conditions. It is responding well to suppression efforts.

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Algoma Street Closed for Open Streets Program - Saturday, August 12, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors  Algoma Street Closed to Vehicles for Open Streets Program

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -- August 12, 2017  (LSN)  On Sunday, August 20th people can experience Algoma St. like never before! The public is invited to walk, bike, skate board, roller blade, dance, and play at Open Streets Thunder Bay. From noon to 3 pm, Algoma St. from John St. to Boulevard Lake will be closed to cars, save for police-directed intersections at Bay St, Pearl St, Red River Rd and River St where traffic may cross. Algoma residents are encouraged to park their vehicle on a side street before 11:30 am if they will need to travel before 3:30 pm on August 20th.

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OFAH  EcoSuperior Invasive Plant Walking Tour - Saturday, August 12, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors   OFAH  EcoSuperior Invasive Plant Walking Tour

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 12, 2017  -(LSN)  Ontario is home to 441 invasive plant species. Many of these plants have been introduced to Thunder Bay and the surrounding area, and they are a threat to local biodiversity. On Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 p.m., Sarah Friesen, OFAH Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison, will host the Invasive Plant Walking Tour to increase awareness of invasive species and how they spread. The tour will begin with a short introduction to invasive plant identification, monitoring, and control. There will be free invasive species informational resources for participants to take.

The walk will take place in the trails beside Boulevard Lake, and will start and finish in the parking lot at the end of Clarke St. off of Algoma. The route is mostly flat but there may be some uneven footing. The tour will be approximately one hour total at an easy to moderate pace. Participants are advised to bring sturdy walking shoes, a reusable water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.

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BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM - Saturday, August 12, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors   FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK’S BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO, August 11, 2017 –  (LSN) Hear the cannons roar during Fort William Historical Park’s (FWHP) Battle of Fort William on August 19th and 20th from 10am to 5pm daily.

FWHP staff and volunteer re-enactors from across North America come together to present this thrilling event, filled with action, drama and suspense. This fictional battle is based on the North West Company’s military tactics during the Battle of 1812, which was a conflict fought between the United States of America and the British Empire.

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Stillwater artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest - Thursday, August 10, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors  Stillwater artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA -  August 10, 2017   (LSN) Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 14 submissions for the annual contest.

Markell is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2012. Four entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest Aug. 3 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Other finalists were Scott Wenner, second place; Ted Hansen, third place; and Richard Goodkind, fourth place.

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Small game hunter survey - Monday, August 7, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors  Minnesota Small game hunter survey results released

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  August 7, 2017   (LSN)  Fewer small game hunters took to the field in 2016 as compared to the previous season. By species, grouse hunters were up slightly, but duck, goose and pheasant hunters were down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual small game survey.

There were 67,301 duck hunters in 2016, fewer than the previous year, which led to a decline in the duck harvest from 663,811 in 2015 to 606,458 but the take per active hunter was up slightly in 2016 (9.0 ducks per hunter compared to 8.7 ducks per hunter in 2015).

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Movie Nights Marina Park - Sunday, August 6, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors  Movie Nights on the Waterfront

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO  August 6, 2017 (LSN)  Movie Nights on the Waterfront are a series of free outdoor film screenings that take place at Marina Park. Movie Nights include the summer Family Series (August & September), a Special Halloween Screening in October and, new for 2017, a ThunderCon Movie Night, scheduled to coincide with the main ThunderCon event. 

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Largest Beer Festival in the North Just Got Bigger - Saturday, August 5, 2017

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#LSN_Outdoors   BrewHa Craft Beer Festival

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 5, 2017 –  (LSN)  BrewHa Craft Beer Festival August 11 and 12 mark the dates for BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival brought to you by Copperfin Credit Union. Over eighty varieties of craft beer will be available for sampling paired with local food vendors and local musicians performing at the Festival Area of Prince Arthur’s Landing. It is expected that over 5000 beer fans will be together to celebrate all that is craft over the weekend making this the largest craft beer festival yet in Northern Ontario.

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