Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's North Shore Bike Ride this SaturdayAug 13, 2014
The 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16. The recreational bike ride will once again begin and end in Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Because of road construction, this year’s ride has some important changes from prior years. The regular 28-mile ride – out and back on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail (GGST) from Gooseberry through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Beaver Bay – will take place as usual.
However, the 37-mile and 55-mile loops will not be options this year.
Celebrate outdoor traditions at DNR exhibit at 2014 Minnesota State FairAug 5, 2014
A wide range of free educational exhibits and presentations, including several new activities and displays, along with music and entertainment, will be part of the Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 21-Sept. 1.
"The DNR building and surrounding park area is often the traditional first stop for many fairgoers," explained Renee Vail, who helps coordinate the DNR exhibit. “Minnesotans are passionate about our natural resources and this is an effective and entertaining way for us to help everyone celebrate our outdoor traditions.”
Featured topics include state parks, ATVs, fishing, hunting, birds, bees, DNR K-9 unit, campfires, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, forestry, lands and minerals, moose, boat and water safety, laser fire extinguishing, prairies, biking and wildlife.
Congressman Rick Nolan visiting Cook CountyAug 4, 2014
U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan will visiting with the public at the Cook County Higher Education North Shore Campus tomorrow, August 5 from noon to 1 p.m.
The gathering is hosted by the Cook County DFL. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.
Paddles up! North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is July 25 -27Jul 19, 2014
Ainslie Kincross, executive director for the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival, is excited about some of the new changes to the 2014 festival.
“We have more of a family emphasis this year,” said Kincross. “We would like to get more people in a dragon boat. Even the day of the event, people can still sign up. It’s much more participatory than in the past.”
“Fun equals people on the water,” said Greg Wright, executive director of the North House Folk School and one of the Dragon Boat Festival board members.
In its 11th year, the Dragon Boat Festival has become a stalwart event for Grand Marais and a strong fundraiser for three Cook County non-profits: WTIP Radio, the North Shore Health Care Foundation and the North House Folk School.
The three-day festivities run from July 25-27 and include a wide array of fun filled activities for everyone.
Visit the websit at www.northshoredragonboat.com for a complete schedule.
Friends of Boundary Waters offers wilderness trip tipsJul 17, 2014
This recent article by the Friends of the Boundary Waters about the rescue of eight Boy Scouts on Basswood Lake is a good reminder of the safety measures to consider when planning a wilderness trip. The Friends said it is a good time e to thank those who risk their lives to respond to emergencies in the BWCA and reflect on how you can best prepare to avoid the need for rescue.
Click on the link to learn more.