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Weekend News Wrap May 8

Each week the WTIP News Department provides a summary of the stories it has been following that week. Tune in to WTIP's North Shore Weekend Saturdays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. to hear the Wrap live or visit our website and listen at your convenience or subscribe to a podcast.


Bull moose

Minnesota moose numbers on the decline

Moose hold a special place in the hearts of most Minnesotans. To many, they represent wilderness and the north woods like no other animal.  Native Americans in the region have long had a sacred connection to moose, and the name itself means “eater of twigs” in Ojibwe. But moose aren’t doing well in Minnesota. In the northwestern part of the state, the population has collapsed, dropping from over 4,000 animals in the mid-1980s to less than 100 today. The focus now is on the herd in northeastern Minnesota, which is also on the decline.  The 2010 aerial moose survey estimates the population at about 5,500 animals, down from last year's estimate of 7,500.  Teams of researchers, concerned individuals, institutions, and agencies are trying to understand what's happening to the moose, and why.


 

Driest spring on record keeps moisture low

This spring will be remembered as one of Minnesota’s driest with on-going high fire conditions. A normal fire season for the Superior National Forest is from mid-May to mid-June.

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Hospital/Care Center prepares to interview for top spot

In January, the Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center board of directors voted to retain St.

Food shelves

Food assistance need is up along North Shore

Need for food assistance in North Shore is up 14% this year.  Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has had their caseload increased for its mothers, children and

Robert Bly

Poet Robert Bly speaks at ACA on Wednesday

Robert Bly, one of the most important and influential poets in America, will present his work at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm.