John Myers / Forum News Service
DULUTH — Interstate island is disappearing into the St. Louis River estuary, threatening one of only two tern colonies remaining on Lake Superior, but a two-year effort to raise the tiny island and help the terns is set to begin.
DULUTH — Aubrey Lucia sailed away with a big smile on her face, part of a crew headed off in a light rain from the sailing dock at the end of Park Point, off into the harbor and out of sight. The 9-year-old, of Hermantown, moves around on land in a wheelchair. But she leaves the chair on shore when she’s sailing, part of Courage Kenny Northland’s outdoor adaptive sports program that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this week.
DULUTH -- Three of the five Great Lakes are at or above record high water levels for May and the other two are getting close as a winter of heavy snow and a spring of heavy rains continues to flow downstream. And with wet weather now expected to continue for at least the short term, new all-time record lake levels are possible in late summer or early fall when the lakes hit their usual yearly peaks. Lake Superior sat at 183.8 meters at mid-week, above the record May average of 183.7 set in 1986.
DULUTH - Boat and motor ready for the walleye opener on Saturday? Check. New line on the reel? Check? Minnows for bait? Not so fast. A cool spring following a winter that saw many fish perish in shallow ponds and lakes have combined to create a minnow shortage in the final days before the Minnesota walleye fishing opener set for May 11.
DULUTH -- Minnesota’s moose population continues to hold its own, with slightly increased numbers this winter compared to 2018. That was the report Monday, March 11, from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which counts this as the eighth straight year of low but relatively stable numbers for the big forest animal. That lower but stable period comes after the state’s moose numbers crashed rapidly, from a modern high of 8,840 moose estimated in 2006 to just 2,700 in 2013.
DULUTH, Minn. — Supporters of copper-mining projects near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness say they will boycott a public hearing on the issue slated for July 18 in St.Paul. The U.S. Forest Service is holding the hearing to take public input on their plan for a two-year moratorium on mining near the BWCAW and a generic environmental review of potential copper -mining impacts on the regional watershed. A similar meeting was held earlier this year in Duluth, and a third meeting is slated for July 25 in Virginia.