Cloud Cult comes to Silver Bay
Minneapolis experimental indie band Cloud Cult is coming to William Kelley High School at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1. The Northern Lake County Arts Board is sponsoring the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for students.
Cloud Cult is a nationally-recognized band that considers Northern Minnesota its home. They've been featured on MTV and in Rolling Stone Magazine and the New York Times and they've appeared on Late Night with Carson Daly and at the California music festival Coachella.
Watch next week's News-Chronicle for a full preview of the concert. Tickets are available at http://www.northernlakecountyartsboard.com.
Finland man convicted in wolf killing
A 55-year-old Lake County man was convicted Friday in Federal District Court in Minneapolis for his role in the illegal killing of two wolves in 2010, when the animals still were protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
A jury found Vernon Lee Hoff of Finland guilty of violating the Endangered Species Act and making false statements to a federal officer. Hoff was indicted in July along with co-defendant Kyler James Jensen, 31, also of Finland.
According to the U. S. Attorney’s office, evidence was presented over a four-day trial that Hoff lied to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials when asked whether he spoke on the telephone with Jensen about transporting two wolf carcasses that Jensen purposely killed with his vehicle on Feb. 17, 2010. After the call, according to prosecutors, Jensen loaded the two gray wolves into his vehicle, traveled to Superior National Forest and buried them with the use of a bulldozer.
Prosecutors said Friday that Jensen pled guilty Tuesday to two counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.
The two men will be sentenced at a later date.
Wolves in the Great Lakes region were removed from federal protections earlier this year and are now open for limited hunting and trapping in parts of northern Minnesota.