Judge hears arguments on South Fowl snowmobile trailOct 24, 2014
U.S. Forest Service Superior National Forest representatives were back in court on Monday, October 6, 2014 to defend the 2006 decision to construct the South Fowl snowmobile trail between McFarland and South Fowl lakes in Hovland. The organizations suing to block the trail argue that they did not have sufficient opportunity to comment on the Forest Service’s “adaptive management” plan.
Attorney Kristen Marttila, working pro bono for Lockridge Grindahl and Nauen, spoke for her clients— the plaintiffs, Izaak Walton League of America, Inc., Wilderness Watch of Missoula, Montana, Sierra Club Northstar Chapter and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW).
Marttila first addressed the concept of a buffer zone around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). She said the concern about a buffer zone was a “red herring.” She said her clients have never requested a buffer zone.
DNR encourages hunters to register earlyOct 24, 2014
With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume. Licenses are now available.
The 2014 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.
“Buying now beats buying later as last year we sold more than 150,000 licenses on the Thursday and Friday before the firearms season,” said Steve Michaels, DNR licensing program director. “A lot of those folks end up standing in lines who didn’t need to be.”
DNR urges hunters to think safety 24/7Oct 21, 2014
Another season of hunting is here, and along with it comes all the responsibilities to ensure a safe hunt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Taking the best shot at the right time ensures a safe and productive hunt.
“Until you are completely sure of your target, don’t even raise your gun,” said Acting Capt. Jon Paurus, DNR enforcement education program coordinator. “Always make certain that you have a safe backstop or background since the bullet will likely pass through the primary target and strike whatever is behind it.”
Hunters also need to keep track of buildings, roadways, and other hunters. Don’t ever shoot at sound---it may be a child, a hunter, or an innocent bystander. When hunting, know the identifying features of the game you’re after. Never shoot at flat, hard surfaces, such as water, rocks, or steel because of ricochets.
“Be certain of your target and your line of fire,” Paurus said. “Keep your trigger finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.”
Hunters are also reminded to:
Are you registered to vote?Oct 10, 2014
Minnesota is rated highest of the 50 states for voting turnout. Cook County is part of the reason why. There is consistently high voter participation, even in primary elections. According to Cook County Auditor Braidy Powers, the voter turnout was 44 percent in the 2014 primary, just slightly lower than two years ago when voter participation was 51.4 percent.
Cook County residents who did not vote in the primary may be wondering if they will encounter difficulty when they attempt to vote in the November 4, 2014 General Election.
Voters should not have any problems, but it is recommended that they pre-resister. The pre-registration deadline for the November election is Tuesday, October 14.
DNR looking for citizens to provide game and fish oversightSep 29, 2014
Minnesotans who would like to serve on committees that review how the Department of Natural Resources spends Game and Fish Fund dollars are encouraged to submit an application by Sept. 30.
The DNR is seeking at least 12 people to serve on the Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees. Appointees will be responsible for reviewing the agency’s annual Game and Fish Fund Report in detail and, following discussions with agency leaders and others, write a report on the findings of this review. About half of the current members’ terms expire on Dec. 14 and are subject to this open application.