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Weekend News Roundup for Aug. 20

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week.

Dick Swanson

Dick Swanson on Third Thursday Community Conversation

He’s lived rustic at the top of the Arrowhead Trail, he served a time as the county attorney, he’s been active in community affairs for years, especially the Grand Marais Playhouse, and th

Feeding deer in winter

DNR moose plan would limit recreational deer feeding

More details emerge on the plan DNR wildlife managers released on moose research and management.  They hope the proposal will reverse a population decline and keep the big animals in the state fo

Lightning over the night sky

West End News: Aug.18

We had a terrific bolt of lightning very close to Sawbill the other day.  It didn't actually strike one of our buildings, but it was close enough to give everyone a good scare.  The Sawbill

Chinook salmon -- photo: NOAA

Friday Fish Report for Aug. 19

Fishing has slowed down some on the inland waters, so let’s take a look at what’s happening on the big lake.


IRRRB to cut budget 35% for fiscal 2012

The brief but dramatic drop in taconite production in 2009, with the accompanying drop in state taconite tax revenues, means less money will be available in the next year for Iron Range development pr

Commissiioner Jim Johnson

County begins budget setting process for 2012

The county board has started the long process of crafting a budget for 2012.

Great Expectations School

School districts meet to talk collaboration

Great Expectations and ISD166 met together recently to talk about cooperation and collaboration between the districts.

Moose in Superior National Forest

DNR issues draft moose management plan

Wildlife managers hope a new moose management plan will keep the immense icons roaming the Arrowhead for generations to come.

Fall stream colors -- photo, Lutsen Resort

Can predictions of summer into October be true?

After a bout with some heavy storms, weather in the days ahead looks quite summery. With any luck predictions of a long summer will come true.

A Night to Remember by Travis Novitsky

Grand Portage photographer Travis Novitsky shares his approach to his art

Bob visited Aug. 12 with Travis Novitsky, accomplished photographer from Grand Portage, about capturing the northern lights, night photography, and more. Travis' images of the aurora were recently featured on


Seduced by smartphones? Psychologist Lisa Merlo on how some people are addicted

Bob spoke Aug. 12 with psychologist & addiction expert Dr. Lisa Merlo of the University of Florida, about how people are becoming increasingly attached and even addicted to their smart phones.


Late summer -- fireweed and friends

In the late summer many woodland and roadside plants are in bloom. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about fireweed, asters, goldenrod and more.

BWCAW scene

Veteran Twin Cities journalist Don Shelby on hardrock sulfide mining proposed for northern Minnesota

Buck spoke Aug. 12 with Don Shelby, veteran journalist and contributor, about the proposed PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, the involvement of former BP CEO Tony Hayward, and what it could mean for the health of the BWCA Wilderness.

Map -- Duluth News Tribune

Fond du Lac Band buys Spirit Island

A sacred Ojibwe island on the St. Louis Rivernow belongs to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

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