A public meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a Mini Master Plan for Duluth’s Hartley Park. The meeting will be held at Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. The City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation division has contracted with a consulting group to work with city staff members, Hartley Nature Center, stakeholders, the city’s cross-country ski trail consultant and the public to develop a plan for the park. Progress of that plan will be discussed Wednesday night.
Residents also may offer written feedback after Wednesday.
The Mini-Master Plan will address all aspects of the park, including programming, trails and managing natural resources.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture wants to let deer hunters throughout the state know that if they don’t want to process and eat their kills, there is a need for them.
Hunters are invited to donate venison to Minnesota food shelves through the Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program. The program provides a source of protein to people in need while helping reduce local deer populations. Last year, Minnesota hunters donated 350 deer to the program, providing 12,740 pounds of processed venison to food shelves.
There is no cost to participate. To be eligible, hunters must have their deer processed at a state-registered meat processing plant that has agreed to participate in the program. A list can be found online by searching for “venison processors” in the search field on the MDA homepage, mda.state.mn.us.
Only entire carcasses with hide attached can be donated. Cut and wrapped meat will not be accepted. Hunters and processors must adhere to specific standards to prevent food-borne illness.
Processors can only accept carcasses that are:
* Free from signs of illness
* Field dressed with hide intact
* Free of visible decomposition or contamination
* Properly identified with a Minnesota DNR registration tag
For more information, contact Margaret Hart, MDA communications, at (651) 201-6131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eh? loves the cold. But more than the cold, it’s what the cold promises: No mosquitoes, a snow scape frosted like a cake, sweaters, hot cocoa after a long day in the snow and fishing from the comfort of a tiny house on a frozen lake.
Aitkin knows all about tiny houses on the lake; they parade them out every year.
The 22nd annual “World Famous Fish House Parade” will dip its line in the water Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
The Grand Marshal will be Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh, a 20-year-old from Nisswa. The parade is open to anyone who would like to enter a float with an ice-fishing theme.
Other activities include a craft show in the historic Opera House at the Butler Building, Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop by between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for a special visit, and United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti feed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The end of the parade will feature the “Super Discount Ball Drop.” The last float will shoot multicolored balls into the crowd, giving attendees a chance to score discounts at area businesses.
For more information visit aitkin.com, call (218) 927-2316 or email email@example.com.
Looking for a particular parcel? Find a sweet field in St. Louis County to hunt, but need to ask the owner for permission? A new application for Apple, Android or Windows smartphones and tablets might have the answer.
The St. Louis County Land Explorer has been a popular feature on the county’s website. The interactive map allows users to view and search land records by address, parcel identification number and other methods. Now, the tool is available on mobile devices.
In a statement, Darren Jablonsky, deputy director of planning and community development, said “land records are available in the field, which makes it useful to an even broader audience.”
To download the app, go to the appropriate app store for the type of device and search for ArcGIS by Esri. Links to download the apps are available on the maps tab of the county website: stlouiscountymn.gov.
The iconic Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke State Park will reopen to the public at 11 a.m. Friday, according to park officials. The bridge was damaged during flooding on the St. Louis River in June 2012. Crews have just finished a $1.1 million reconstruction of the 219-foot pedestrian bridge. The steel bridge is the primary access to a network of trails on the south side of the river.
A media event will be held at 11 a.m. Friday to celebrate the reopening of the bridge. Jay Cooke State Park is just west of Duluth on Minnesota Highway 210 near Carlton.
We’re not being dismissive when we say it.
A recreational, noncompetitive hike and run on the Superior Hiking Trail is scheduled for Saturday. Come alone or bring some friends and family. The course has four distances, from 10 miles to the 27-mile Grand Traverse.
The event supports the Superior Hiking Trail Association. Register at grandtraverseduluth.com.
It’s time to grab a mug and kick back and talk about the St. Louis River.
Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve are teaming up for a series of cafe-type evening talks about the St. Louis River estuary.
Topics will include river restoration, research and outreach projects. Speakers will include agency representatives, scientists, tribal representatives, artists and businesses. The first River Talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Red Mug coffee house, 916 Hammond Ave. in Superior. Pat Collins with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will present “In the Weeds: Some Perspectives on History and Habitat in the St. Louis River Estuary.”
The series will be held monthly at the Red Mug and then move to Duluth’s Clyde Iron Works restaurant next year. For more information, contact Marie Zhuikov at (715) 392-3472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duluth’s Koni Sundquist, an avid birder, sent Eh? a photo spread from the October issue of Midwest Living magazine featuring Duluth’s Hawk Ridge as a nature destination. The story is short and informative. A spectacular two-page color photo by Duluth’s Michael Furtman shows former Hawk Ridge employee Debbie Petersen releasing a sharp-shinned hawk against the blue of Lake Superior with the fall colors of the Duluth hillside below.
Check it out at the newsstand.
On Labor Day weekend, Minnesota will host its first “Free Wheeling Weekend,” making it free to ride on state and grant-in-aid trails for two days, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said.
On Saturday and Sunday, Minnesotans whose ATVs are registered only for private or agricultural use can enjoy riding the more than 3,400 miles of state and grant-in-aid trails without paying the additional registration fee to ride on public trails. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota trails, too, without the need for a nonresident trail pass.
Information on trail maps and where to ride is available.
Visitors to Hartley Park in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood this summer may have noticed the new dock at Hartley Pond.
The new floating dock provides greater access by young people who study the pond ecosystem, said Brett Amundson, director of operations at Hartley Nature Center, which is located in the park. The project was funded by grants from the Duluth Community Parks and Recreation Program and the Weesner Foundation. The previous permanent dock was installed in 2001.
The wider, lower and level dock, 48 feet long, provides a safer platform for younger users as well as people in wheelchairs, Amundson said. The lower profile allows easier access to the water for educational programming and for people entering or exiting canoes or kayaks.