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Ski Patrol in Action (DennyMont / Flikr)

Lutsen Mountain Ski Patrol training day, October 25

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The Lutsen Mountain Ski Patrol is preparing for a new season, and that involves training for new and returning volunteers.  North Shore Morning host Sherrie Lindskog  spoke with veteran ski patrol member Mark Abrahamson on North Shore Morning.
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National Ski Patrol at Lutsen Mountains Wants You !
Educational and Training Opportunties for all 16 years and older

  • The Patrol provdes on the mountain safety, stabalization and treatment of injuries and medical conditions, and transport to skiiers and snowboarders at Lutsen Mountains, one of the best ski areas in the Midwest.
  • Benefits: Pass benefits for the Patroller include options for additional passes or season passes for family members under the age of 18, living at home.
  • Additional benefits: include discounts and the wonderful camraderie of a great family of Patrollers. It gets you outside and on the slopes all winter.
  • The Outdoor Emergency Care Course on-line version will be starting in the next month, taught by Mark Abrahamson and National Ski Patrol instructors. Skills and scenario training will occur on the mountain this winter. In addition the Patrol has skilled trainers for ski skills and toboggan handling.
  • To learn more please consdier attending our Annual Training session "Referesher" Saturdy October 25th at the Lutsen Mounatins Main Chalet "Rosies" at 7:30 . Breakfast and lunch are on us. You will meet the Patrol and get a taste of who we are and what we do. We love doing it and you could too.!

For more information please contact Mark Abrahamson at abraham@boreal.org or 218-387-1125.

 

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Superior National Forest Update: October 17

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Hi again; this is Matt Riederer, Timber Sale Administrator for the Tofte Ranger District, with the Superior National Forest Update.  For the week of October 17th, here is what’s going on that may affect travel and recreation on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts of the Forest. 
 
The road construction on Highway 61 is finally starting to come to an end, with more and more pavement daily.  But - for a while longer, be patient and plan a little extra time when coming up from the south.  Once you have arrived on the Forest, you can expect logging traffic in the same areas as last week.  On the Gunflint District:  the Bally Creek Road, Devil Track Road, Ball Club Road, Shoe Lake Road, Greenwood Road, Pine Mountain Road, The Grade, Gunflint Trail, Swamp Lake Road, Cascade River Road, Cook County 7 and Cook County 45 are all being used for hauling.  The Tofte District is currently less busy, with truck traffic on the Mark Lake Road, Caribou Trail, Cook County 3, The Grade, and the 4 Mile Grade.  There are still people stopping to look at the fall colors, as well as people pulled over for hunting, so watch out for vehicles parked along the side of the road. 
 
If you smell some smoke in the air, and you are not near a campfire, it might be from one of our Forest Service fire crews burning a slash pile.  Burning slash piles is an important part of reducing hazardous fuels, and it also helps to prepare harvested areas for reforestation.  The temperatures are getting pretty cool at night and the threat of a wildfire is low; but if you are planning on burning brush yourself, be sure to get the appropriate permit, and choose a day with good burning weather.  Remember it is illegal to burn trash in a fire in Minnesota - and generally frowned upon to burn your marshmallows.
 
The Tofte and Gunflint campgrounds are preparing for winter.  That means that water is being turned off, docks are being removed from boat landings, and trash pick-up is ending.  This is not the end of the camping season, though.  Campgrounds are still open to use; and fall can be a great, bug free time to be outdoors.  Just remember to please pack out what you pack in.  Fall can also be a great time to camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Again, please remember that even though you do not have to pay for a permit after October 1st, you still need to fill out a self-issued permit before you go.  This helps us keep track of how many people are using the wilderness.  Self-issued permits are available at the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Stations or at the Boundary Waters entry points.
 
Have a great week in the Forest.  Maybe try something different, go on one last canoe trip; or take advantage of our moonlit and longer nights, and go for a night hike.  And if you have any questions about where to go or what to do, stop by the Ranger Station.  We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and we’ll be happy to help you enjoy your time on the Superior.  Until next week, this has been Matt Riederer with the Superior National Forest Update.


 
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (Nature Nerd / Flikr)

On the Nature of Teaching

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On the Nature of Teaching is a new monthly segment on WTIP highlighting how we teach and learn in the natural world.
Located near Finland, Minnesota, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center was founded in 1971.  Wolf Ridge naturalist and educator Peter Harris shares thoughts on experiential learning, the science of learning and how to pass it on.

 

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School News from Oshki Ogimaag: October 13

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Biidash and Jered report the latest School News from Oshki Ogiamaag Community School in Grand Portage.


 
Wolf (Jethro Taylor / Flikr)

Wolf Awareness Week: October 12-18

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National Wolf Awareness Week is in progress.  The International Wolf Center was founded in 1985 and has offices in Minneapolis and an interpretive center in Ely.  North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahmason spoke with the executive director Rob Schulz about wolves, their habitat, and interaction with humans.

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Moose Madness! Oct 17-19

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Moose Madness is contagious and coming to a town near you!  North Shore Morning host Jana Berka spoke with Anna Klobuchar of Visit Cook County on North Shore Morning.  More information soon at Moose Central, the Visit Cook County Tourist Information Center at 116 West Highway 61; or online now at visitcookcounty.com

{photo by bimier2 via Flickr}

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Superior National Forest Update: October 10

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Hi.  I’m Steve Robertsen, interpretation and education person for the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts, with the Superior National Forest Update.  For the week of October 10th, here’s the scoop on conditions affecting travel and recreation on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts of the Forest. 
 
Highway 61 road construction along Lake Superior is finally starting to come to an end with more and more pavement daily.  But - for a while longer, stay patient and plan on some extra time coming up to the Forest from the south.  Once here, you could encounter log trucks on the same routes as last week in the Gunflint District:  Bally Creek, Devil Track, Ball Club, Shoe Lake, Greenwood, Pine Mountain, The Grade, Gunflint Trail, Swamp Lake Road, Cascade River Road and Cook County 7 and 45.  Plus, there will now be trucks hauling on the Mark Lake Road and the Caribou Trail.  It is busy time of year!  Tofte is a little less busy with truck traffic on Cook County 3 near Vyre Lake, and on both the Grade, and the 4 Mile Grade.  There are still people stopped to look at foliage, as well as people pulled over for hunting grouse, deer, or, until the twelfth, bear, so watch out for vehicles parked along roadsides. 
 
We’ve had an uneventful year for fire, and the threat of wildfire is nearly past, but you may be smelling some smoke in the air this week.  Piles in timber harvest areas are being burnt to prepare for reforestation.  You may also see fire crews in the Sawbill Trail area.  They won’t be burning, but will be working on reducing understory fuels.  If you are planning on burning brush yourself, be sure to get a permit and choose a day with good burning weather.  Remember it is illegal to burn trash in a fire in Minnesota - and generally frowned on to burn your marshmallows.
 
October 15th marks the end of water and trash pick-up at fee campgrounds on the Tofte and Gunflint districts.  Weather depending, sometimes water will be left on later in the season, but consider that a bonus and don’t count on it past the 15th.  It is not the end of camping though, campgrounds will still be open to use, and fall can be great bug free time to get in a camping trip.  Camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this time of year is great as well.  Remember that even though you don’t have to pay for permit after October 1st, you need to fill out the self-issued permit before you go - it helps us to keep track of how many people are using the wilderness.
 
Traveling without permits right now are thousands of migratory birds.  You may have heard that this year had a ‘fall out’ event where weather conditions caused these migrants to end up at ground level in large numbers.  You’ve probably seen birds flying across the road in numbers, particularly at dawn and dusk.  What you probably didn’t see is that there are also large numbers of tiny saw-whet owls migrating as well.  These are pint sized owls, only about as big as a pop can.  Unlike bigger owls, they can’t find prey easily in snow, and are forced to move south.  Since they move at night on silent wings, they pass unnoticed, except to Forest biologists who band some of them on the way through.
 
Have a great week in the Forest.  Take advantage of our moonlit and longer nights, and go for a night hike.  Who knows, you may see an owl.  Until next week, this has been Steve Robertsen with the Superior National Forest Update.


 
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Make-A-Bowl sessions at the Art Colony

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Artist Joan Farnam shares the scoop on how to Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls, with North Shore Morning host Randy Eastlund.
There is still space available in the Make-a-Bowl Sessions at the Art Colony and this year you have your choice between working in the clay studio or the glass studio.

Sessions are:

Sunday, October 4 | Clay | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 5 | Clay | 7pm - 8pm

Sunday, October 12 | Clay | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 13 | Clay | 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday, October 22 | Glass | 7pm - 8pm

Thursday, October 23 | Glass | 7pm - 8pm

Registration with the Grand Marais Art Colony, 218-387-2737

www.grandmaraisartcolony.org

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Total Lunar Eclipse (David Boocock/Flikr)

Northern Sky: October 4

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

A total lunar eclipse on the morning of October 8th helps us see Uranus and more.

 


 

Superior National Forest Update: October 3

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Hello.  This is Suzanne Cable, Assistant District Ranger for Recreation and Wilderness, with the Superior National Forest Update, providing you with information on conditions affecting travel and recreation on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts of the Forest.  For the week of October 3rd, here’s what’s going on around the Forest.
 
It is October, with the emphasis being on the adapting to autumn weather conditions.  Temperatures are going down into the thirties at night, and we’ve been having some wet weather.  This kind of damp cold can lead to hypothermia.  Often people who know how to dress well for twenty below may forget to add layers and raingear when it doesn’t seem quite so cold.  Hunters that are quietly waiting for game are particularly prone to getting chilled, so please do your best to dress warmly, and don’t ignore signs of hypothermia just to stay a “little while longer” at your stand, or check out “just one more spot” for a grouse.  The first signs of hypothermia to be alert for include shivering, dizziness, fatigue and confusion.
 
While you’re out driving in the Forest, you could encounter logging trucks and timber operations on the Gunflint District around Bally Creek, Devil Track, Ball Club, Shoe Lake, Greenwood, Pine Mountain, The Grade, Gunflint Trail, Swamp Lake Road, Cascade River Road and Cook County 7 and 45.  On the Tofte end, visitors can expect hauling on Cook County 3 near Vyre Lake, on the Grade, and 4 Mile Grade.  Almost everywhere, you might encounter other visitors looking at the fall foliage.  If you’re the one doing the leaf looking, please make sure to be aware of other drivers and pull off the road in safe locations to let others pass.  Slow driving is especially important this time of year.  Rains have led to some soft roads in places and there is a lot of washboarding over a great deal of the road system.
 
We’d also like to remind people that fall is the time that many small birds flock along roadsides during their migration.  Unfortunately, when spooked by a car, they fly across the road at grill level.  Save your grill and the birds by slowing down on the back roads.
 
October means that the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Stations will no longer be open on weekends.  We’re still here Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 4:30.  Also starting in October, you no longer need an overnight reserved permit for trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  You still need to fill out a free self-issued permit available at most entry points or at our offices.  Those permits help us keep track of visitation and are an important part of managing the Boundary Waters.
 
If you’re planning a camping trip outside of the Boundary Waters, be aware that our fee campgrounds will have the water shut off and garbage pick-up halted starting October 15th.  You can still camp at the campgrounds, but you will have to supply your own water and carry out your trash.  It is also the month that docks start to be removed from lakes for the winter, so get out soon for your last couple of fall fishing trips.
 
I hope you enjoy what could be the peak of the fall colors this week, and until next week, this has been Suzanne Cable with the Superior National Forest Update.