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Outdoors Notes for Dec. 31, 2017

New Year's Eve candlelight hike, 4-8 p.m. today, Amnicon Falls State Park, South Range. Meet at the new office; hike to the island and Horton bridge. Reduced rate daily vehicle admission stickers will be available for $5 during this event.

Jay Cooke State Park, in Carlton, offers these events. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center. Call (218) 673-7005.

• First Day Snowshoe Hike, 1-2:30 p.m. Monday.

• First Day, First Full Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday. Call to register; space limited.

First Day Hike, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Pattison State Park, Superior. North Country Trail Association hosts a hike on the Beaver Trail Loop. Reduced daily admission sticker for $5 will be available during this event.

Great Lakes Fly Shop basic fly-tying course, 6 p.m. Wednesday as well as Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, 4426 Regent St. Cost: $35. Call (218) 740-3040 or go to to register.

Old Vermilion Trail 5-Stand winter league, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday. Non-league shooters welcome. Go to or call (218) 721-3804.

Gunflint Mail Run, a 12-dog, 100-mile race, Jan. 6-7, on the Gunflint Trail near Grand Marais. Go to for more details.

Banff Mountain Film Festival, 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and 4 p.m. Jan. 7, DECC. Hosted by Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club. Tickets: $12 in advance, $17 at door if available. Go to or stop in at Continental Ski & Bike, Ski Hut, Trailfitters, Duluth Pack, Vertical Endeavors or the DECC box office for advance tickets.

Nordic Spirit Youth Ski League, for ages 5-14, Jan. 7-Feb. 11. Cost: $20 for first child, $15 for every child thereafter, $45 maximum per family. Registration and equipment fitting, 3-5 p.m. today, Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Registration forms at, click on programs and then other local programs. Call (218) 626-2532 or email

Registration is open for the KidSki program for ages 4-12. Sessions held Sunday afternoons, January and February at Snowflake Nordic Center. Go to to register.

Bass Bug Tying Extravaganza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, Great Lakes Fly Shop, 4426 Regent St. Learn the techniques and materials to tie bass/pike/musky flies. Cost: $35, includes materials. Call (218) 740-3040 or email to register.

Arrowhead Fly Fishers, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16, Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St. Program: Phil Johnson on "Fishing the Prairie Lakes in Manitoba."

Positive Energy Outdoors offers these events. Call (218) 391-0147 or go to

• Dogsledding day trips, for grades K-8, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 or Jan. 26. Cost: $75.

• Dogsledding intensive winter camp, for grades 5-8, Feb. 19-23 with two-, three- and four-day options. Cost: $150-$365.

Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, Jan. 22-26, Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade. Forty-hour hands-on course. Cost: $510, includes course, lodging and meals; $315 includes course and lunch Monday through Friday; $275 includes just the course. Call Courtney at (612) 384-8855 or email to register.

Sugarloaf SNA Winter Wonderland event, 5-8 p.m. Jan. 27, Sugarloaf Cove, Highway 61, near Schroeder. Enjoy a torch-lit hike to the Scientific and Natural Area by the shore, enjoy a campfire and toast marshmallows. Dress for the weather. Go to

United Northern Sportsmen's Club annual ice fishing contest, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Island Lake north of Duluth at UNS Headquarters. Gate prize drawing of $2,000 cash; prize drawings every 10 minutes during contest. Prize for largest fish is $1,000. Tickets available from any UNS member or call (218) 590-9389. Go To

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Jan. 28-Jan. 31. Go to for details.

Fly Fishing film festival, Jan. 28, Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St. Go to