DNR puts moose on the lowest level of endangered species list
Under a proposal announced Monday, the moose, a species that has seen a decline in its population in Minnesota will become a species of concern on the Department of Natural Resources list of endangered species. The updated list, which has been in the works since 2007 will include 67 animal species and 114 native plants that officials worry are declining.
Inclusion on the list does not protect the moose from being hunted in season. The moose will not be subject to such protection unless it is deemed threatened or endangered.
Made on the Range
A website has been launched to connect shoppers with 336 northern Minnesota businesses—not all on the Iron Range. There are links to sellers of goods and services such as alternative energy, jewelry, music photography, real estate and vacation planning.
“Remember to think locally when completing your holiday shopping. It greatly benefits the entire regional economy by creating jobs and economic growth,” said Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Tony Sertich. Go to www.madeontherange.com to shop or click on “add your business” to promote a business on the website.
$20,000 scholarship available for math- or science-minded seniors
High school seniors throughout Northeastern and North Central Minnesota who will graduate in the spring of 2013 are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund. Applications are now available and can be completed online at www.alworthscholarship.org. The application period continues through January 15, 2013.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:
Be graduating from a high school in one of the following Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis; have a composite score of 26 or high on the American College Test (ACT); commit to a major in math or science-related field; have demonstrated qualities of character, perseverance and ambition; be from a family whose taxable income is less than $120,000.
For full scholarship requirement information, visit www.alworthscholarship.org.
The Alworth Memorial Fund was established in 1949 by Marshall W. as a tribute to his parents Marshall H. and Nellie. Marshall H. was an early timber and mining developer and financier whose generosity and public mindedness greatly benefited the Duluth community. The Marshall W. Alworth Trust supporting this scholarship program has distributed nearly $43 million to 4,663 students across northeastern Minnesota.
Use salt sparingly to help keep Minnesota waters clean
When the weather gets cold, many Minnesotans turn to salt to melt the ice and snow on sidewalks and driveways. But according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the chloride in salt washes into rivers, streams and lakes when the snow melts and becomes a permanent pollutant in the water, harming fish and aquatic plant life.
The MPCA reminds Minnesotans:
• Shovel instead of using salt to remove snow and ice. Break up ice with an ice-scraper. You may not need salt, sand or a de-icer .
• • More salt does not mean more melting
• 15 degrees is too cold for most salt to work. Instead, use sand for traction if necessary.
• Sweep up extra salt. If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, remove it before it is washed away.