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Weekend News Roundup for Sept. 3

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week.

Moose in Superior National Forest

Report: Moose may decline faster than originally thought

Minnesota’s stressed moose population could all but disappear within a decade, much faster than previously estimated, if the current rate of decline continues.

Mayor Larry Carlson

City OKs pool negotiations with county

Grand Marais will work with the county to end the pool impasse so the community center project can go forward…but not everyone’s in favor of that.

Forest Service

Crews monitoring 130-acre forest fire near Ely

A lightning-sparked fire in the BWCAW now being monitored by firefighters has grown to 130 arcres.

Road work

Two Hwy 61 projects to watch for in Sept.

A pedestrian accessibility improvement project near Hwy 61 at Gooseberry Falls State Park begins Tuesday, Sept. 6. Hwy 61 traffic will not be affected by the project.

Do Not Disturb

Lodging tax revenues continue upward trend over last year

Lodging tax revenues for July were up slightly from the same month last year county-wide according to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office.

Black bear in the forest

DNR urges caution after bear incidents near Ely

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be careful after recent reports of aggressive behavior by black bears in the Ely area.

National Weather Service logo

Mix of sun and showers for Labor Day weekend

Warm weather will shift to cool with a chance of rain leading up to and including the Labor Day weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.

Wild rice

Researchers take water samples for wild rice study

Researchers have begun gathering water samples for a study mandated by the Legislature on what the state's water quality standards to protect wild rice should be.

Kids on the bus

Sheriff talks about back to school, campfires and bears

According to Sheriff Mark Falk, it’s time to start being aware of school bus traffic, time to be sure your campfire is out and time to congratulate ourselves for a low key law enforcement summer