Ice and distant lighthouse on Artists' Point

Weekend Outdoors

Local naturalist and retired teacher Larry Weber joins us to share his observations on what's going on in the great outdoors.


Many a critter in Vicki's barn!

Nothing nosy about counting noses

Welcome back to Magnetic North  on this fine Jan. 7, where counting noses and beaks every day and every decade is the start and end to my days. Six, one, seven, two, five and 13. Good.


Yup'ik man from Nunivak Island, 1929

West End News Jan. 7

I received a beautiful book for Christmas about the Yup'ik people of coastal southwestern Alaska. The book is a comprehensive study of all aspects of how these people lived before there was corruption from the white invaders.


metal guardrails line a stretch of the Gunflint Trail, photo by Stephan Hoglund

Road project causes a stir

A recent road improvement project on the Gunflint Trail has altered the look of a famous local landmark.


wookiefoot

Lots of action in Lutsen

Wookiefoot, a high-energy, "psychedelic circus" band that's travelled the world  in search of musical inspiration, and Heatbox, a one-man rapper from Minneapolis, are the headliners for Snowball 2010 at Lutsen Mountains this weekend.
Read more arts news at NorthShore ArtScene.


Commissioner Fritz Sobanja

County board keeps Sobanja as chair

In a special meeting Tuesday, Cook County Commissioners re-elected Commissioner Fritz Sobanja to serve as chair for the coming year.


DNR trout stocking policy to change

Trout stocking policy will be changed in Cook County

In an attempt to cut costs, the Minnesota Department of Natural resources will change its policy of stocking rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout in inland trout lakes across Northeastern Minnesota. According to Tim Goeman, DNR regional fisheries supervisor at Grand Rapids, the savings could total about $40,000 to $50,000 per year.


Lake ice

Wildersmith On The Gunflint Jan. 6

As the northland is a week into another loop around old Sol,”a belated happy New Year wish comes to one and all from the Wildersmith two.


Fiber optic cable

County appoints broadband board

A four member Fiber Optic Network Commission was appointed from a list of applicants at the county board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Appointments include Howard Hedstrom, Paul Harvey, Scott Harrison and Terry Meath. Commissioner Bob Fenwick will be the board’s non-voting member.


 

Happiness: Learning to Accept What Is

Everything we need for happiness we already have.  Learning to accept what is and get out of our own way to happiness.


 

Happiness Formula

Psychologists have created a happiness formula that summarizes the current research.  We review the formula in Jonathan Haidt's Happiness Hypothesis.


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