DNR accepting applications for coastal program grantsJan 5, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects through its Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program.
Approximately $400,000 is available for grants with funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management. The deadline for applications is Jan. 30.
Conservation Corps Minnesota seeking applicantsJan 4, 2015
Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is accepting applications for 2015 AmeriCorps field crew member positions from individuals ages 18 to 25 who have an interest in working outdoors. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
These positions are for an AmeriCorps service term that runs Feb. 16 – Dec. 11. Corps field projects are completed on public land in cooperation with nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These jobs provide technical field experience and professional certifications for future natural resource careers. Many DNR employees got their start in natural resources with the Conservation Corps, formerly known as Minnesota Conservation Corps.
New gondola, expansion planned for Lutsen MountainsJan 2, 2015
As dreary gray skies moved into the Northland, spirits were lifted by an announcement from Lutsen Mountains family co-owners, Charles Skinner and Tom Rider. On Tuesday, December 23, the brothers-in-law introduced two major undertakings at the popular North Shore resort—the replacement of Lutsen Mountain’s gondola and plans for a 400-acre expansion of ski operations.
At a press conference at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, the duo explained that Lutsen Mountains would be replacing its iconic four-passenger, 45-year-old gondola with a new eight-passenger, $7 million gondola, from Doppelmayr, the world leader in ski lifts.
“We are thrilled to take this next step forward in fulfilling our vision for Lutsen Mountains’ future,” said Skinner. “As a family-owned business, we’ve carefully developed and implemented a master plan to enhance visitor services and skier opportunity. The gondola purchase is one of two steps we are taking in 2015.”
Gunflint Mail Run kicks off the mushing seasonDec 28, 2014
Mush in the New Year at the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race on Jan. 3 and 4 when up to 20 teams of mushers and sled dogs will cover 100 miles on the Gunflint Trail.
Spectators will be able to watch the race and vet checkups throughout. The Gunflint is displaying an impressive lineup of local participants and some travelling down from the north for the race this year, including former state legislator and county commissioner elect Frank Moe of Moetown Kennels. The winners of the Gunflint race will receive a purse of $5,000, plus a mystery cash prize.
Learn more about the race and follow along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GunflintMailRun
Local Energy Project collecting firewood and wood pellet informationNov 26, 2014
Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) is compiling information that will be of value to those burning wood or wood pellets for heat. It will be uploaded to the CCLEP website and contain resources for locally-available firewood and wood pellet fuel, as well as suppliers of pellet and wood-burning appliances and related services (appliance installation, chimney cleaning and repair).