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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

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tou
#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

WTIP Radiowaves
#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

Summer Beaver
#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

Algoma Street Closed
#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

FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK’S BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM
#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

Stillwater artist wins trout  and salmon stamp contest  Lake Superior News
#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

Minnesota Small Game Hunting Survey
#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

Movie Nights Marina Park  ~ Lake Superior News
#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

BrewHa Craft Beer Festival Lake Superior News
#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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