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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closure announced near US-Canada border

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closure announced near US-Canada border

Fire Bans in Place as Hot and Dry Weather Continues Cook County

NORTHERN, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~  July 16, 2021  (LSN)  The Superior National Forest is announcing closures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) effective July 17, 2021, due to wildfires in Quetico Provincial Park along the international border in Canada. Fire managers have identified two fires that have the potential to spread across the border. The BWCAW closure order will remain in effect for at least seven days or until it is safe to open the area again.  

The BWCAW closure area includes: 

    • Tick Pristine Management Area 
    • Sundial Pristine Management Area – Zones 1, 2, and 5 
    • #22 Mudro-Restricted Entry Point – No BWCAW entry.  
    • #23 Mudro Entry Point – No BWCAW entry. 
    • Iron Lake travel zone closure –From Bottle Portage/Bottle Rapids to Iron Lake and adjoining bays and islands of Iron Lake including Peterson bay and Three Island. Adjoining portages include the 320-rod portage west of Iron Lake from Lac La Croix, the 72-rod Dark Lake portage south of Iron Lake, the 110-rod Bear Trap River portage Southeast of Iron Lake, and the 140-rod portage to Curtain Falls. 
    • Crooked Lake travel zone closure – All campsites on Crooked Lake and adjoining bays from Curtain Falls to Lower Basswood Falls including Sunday Bay, Saturday Bay, Friday Bay, Thursday Bay, and Wednesday Bay. This includes the portage at Lower Basswood Falls.  
    • Campsites North of Gun Lake – Closure begins at the 300-rod portage Northeast of Gun Lake and includes campsites on Wagosh Lake, Niki Lake and Chippewa Lake. 

The Forest has enacted this closure order given the time required to locate and move BWCAW visitors out of the area if the wildfire spreads into the US and creates hazardous conditions.  Quetico Provincial Park has already enacted a closure area for the fires. Travel times to these areas in the BWCAW are measured in days, not hours, and this would not allow for rapid evacuation of the area. 

 The Forest will be canceling some quota permit reservations for Mudro Entry Point (#22/#23), which feeds visitors into the Crooked and Iron Lake areas. Those with reservations will be contacted, reimbursed and redirected to other areas of the Forest that do not require BWCAW quota permits to ensure they still have the opportunity to experience the Forest and its remote lakes in a safe manner.  

Fire managers are monitoring the situation and will determine when it is safe to lift this closure. Additionally, the Forest is communicating daily with the Fort Frances District Fire Management Supervisor for the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry for updates on fire management activities along the border and will work with Ontario authorities to monitor, assess, and initiate actions if required. 

Northern Minnesota, including the Superior National Forest, is facing abnormally dry drought conditions, with no sign of relief from precipitation in the near future. There is currently one active fire on the Forest, the Delta Fire, first detected on July 7, 2021. Firefighters are making progress containing the 65-acre fire which has proved logistically challenging due to it burning in waist to chest high blowdown conditions. Due to the Delta Lake Fire, Forest managers closed an area in the BWCAW on Friday, July 9. For more details on this closure, visit the Forest website. 

Fire restrictions are in effect on the Forest. Campfires are only permitted in fee campgrounds inside established Forest Service maintained fire rings. Open fires, including campfires, are not allowed elsewhere on the Forest including the BWCAW, Iron Lake Campground, and Trails End Campground. Visit the Forest website for more information

Fire Bans in Place as Hot and Dry Weather Continues  Cook County

Cook County residents and visitors are advised that the National Weather Service in Duluth has forecasted extremely hot and dry weather for our area for the next seven days.  This type of weather dramatically increases the chance of potential wildfires. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has burning restrictions in place for all of Cook County and most of Northeastern Minnesota.

The following restrictions are in place:

  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping on all lands.
  • Campfires are allowed only in an established fire ring associated with a home, cabin, campground, or resort.
  • No fireworks may be ignited on any public or private lands.
  • Burning permits will not be issued for brush or yard waste.

 

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Norm Foster’s LUNENBURG

Romantic Comedy Next Up at Magnus Theatre

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  October 14, 2021  (LSNews)  This autumn, Magnus Theatre invites audiences to a summer weekend on the coast in Norm Foster’s LUNENBURG. This charming romantic comedy marks the fourteenth of Foster’s works produced at Magnus Theatre since the world premiere of BRAVADO in 1988.
 

#LSN_Arts  #LSNews_TBay 

Thunder Bay Venue the Apollo Facing Eviction

now is the time to stand up and fight for them 

Robert McKenzie 0 1309 Article rating: 5.0

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~  October 8, 20212 (LSNews)  The Apollo, a long-running venue in Thunder Bay, ON, is facing imminent closure and is seeking to raise money to save the space.

The campaign notes that the owners, mother Constantina Stathopoulos and daughter Sheila Stathopoulos, were victims of fraud in the 2000s. The two have also faced medical struggles: Sheila had stage 3 ovarian cancer and experiences daily chemotherapy fatigue, while Constantina has Alzheimer's.

#LSNews_TBay  #LSN_Econ #LSN_Arts 

Lake Superior below the seasonal long-term average first time since April 2014

Lake Michigan-Huron water levels have declined significantly

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~  October 5, 2021 (LSNews)  Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron have both continued their seasonal declines in September. As a result of the drier than average conditions, water levels on Lake Superior have gone below the seasonal long-term average for the first time since April 2014. Lake Michigan-Huron water levels have declined significantly from the record-high levels observed in recent years, but water levels remain above the seasonal long-term average. Lake Superior outflows continue to be set in consideration of water levels upstream and downstream.

#LSN_Shipping  #LSN_ONNews #LSN_MMNews  #LSN_WiscNews #LSN_MiNews 

Wisconsin Gems For Fall Colors

Make Your Plans Today – Some Areas At Or Near Peak Colors

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~  October 3, 2021  (LSNews)  Wisconsin is home to many scenic landscapes that showcase the delightful colors of nature in autumn. We're starting to see the leaves change colors, with some parts of the state already at or nearing peak colors.

#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_WiscNews 

CBP Nets Nearly $230k in Undeclared Currency at Ambassador Bridge

Detroit, Michigan, United States, with Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN   ~  September 29, 2021  (LSNews) Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations seized $200,000 in undeclared U.S. currency at the Canadian border early Tuesday morning.

The cash was discovered by officers during a series of outbound commercial vehicle inspections near the Ambassador Bridge port of entry. at Detroit, Michigan, United States, with Windsor, Ontario, Canada bridge

#LSN_PublicSafety  #LSN_HomelandSecurity 

TBSO Linda Penner wins Orchestras Canada’s 2021 Betty Webster Award

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~   September 29, 2021  (LSNews)  Linda Penner is the winner of the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award for 2021.

Linda Penner was nominated by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. The award announcement, delivered by video, celebrates her long-time contributions to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the communities it serves, and the role she has played in sustaining the spirit and resilience of its musicians, staff, and volunteers.

#LSN_Arts  #LSNews_Tbay

Beacons of Hope exhibition opening at Concordia University-St. Paul

Solo exhibition by Anne Labovitz

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NORTHERN, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~  September 16, 2021  (LSNews)  I am pleased to announce the opening of my latest exhibition, Beacons of Hope curated by Dr. Megan Arney Johnston at Concordia University-St. Paul.  The site-specific works center on the conceptual and gestural elements of hope.
 

Beacons of Hope opens Thursday, September 16th from 5-7pm with an artist talk at 5:30.  Please join me.  If you're unable to attend, the artist talk will be recorded and shared at a later date, and the works will be on view through October 13th.
 

#LSN_Art  #LSN_MNNews 

Lake Superior water levels have declined and have reached the seasonal long-term average

for the first time since April 2014

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  September 13, 2021 (LSNews)   As a result of the drier than average weather and water supply conditions, Lake Superior water levels have declined and have reached the seasonal long-term average for the first time since April 2014. Conditions have been wetter in the Lake Michigan-Huron basin and water levels are midway between the seasonal long-term average and the record high water levels that were observed last year. Lake Superior outflows continue to be set in consideration of water levels upstream and downstream.

#LSN_Shipping #LSN_MNNews #LSN_WiscNews #LSN_CircleTour 

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