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A week into Minnesota's latest walleye season and LeRoy Chiovitte's state record walleye is still holding firm. If you don't recognize the name, Chiovitte is the Hermantown angler who, 40 years ago, caught a monster walleye that became and is still the Minnesota record for hook-and-line: 17 pounds, 8 ounces, 35 and ¾ inches long and 21 and ¼ inches around the belly. The stuffed walleye still sits in a glass case in the Chiovittes' front room.
The veteran birders said it was a slow morning, but after less than 90 minutes of walking around Park Point in Duluth, we had seen more than two dozen species of birds. "I think that was number 24 or 25,'' said Shannon Robertson as she checked off a ruby throated-kinglet, bufflehead ducks and red-breasted mergansers on her bird list. Usually, the experts said, it would be at least 40 or 50 species in any given morning.
Looking for something a little different for your Memorial Day camping experience next weekend? Or maybe you want to make plans for a long Fourth of July weekend in the North Woods? Hipcamp.com may be for you. Think of it as the Airbnb or Trivago of camping, but with an offbeat attitude. Hipcamp encourages and recruits private landowners to open up space — in their backyard, along their lake, river, farm or ranch — for campers to rent. It then lists and promotes those sites, along with most public campgrounds, to prospective campers.
The St. Louis River Alliance is looking for volunteers Saturday to help cleanup Lake Superior beachfront along Wisconsin Point in Superior. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Bear Creek Park (110 Moccasin Mike Road) Volunteers will help clean up garbage and other debris on the beach and help prepare habitat for piping plovers, a rare shorebird that is still seen resting in the area each spring but which hasn't nested in the area for decades.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for volunteers, nearly 700 of them, to measure water quality across many of the state's lakes and rivers. The PCA, which is tasked with both monitoring and protecting the state's 12,000 lakes and 92,000 miles of streams, this year is asking for volunteers to monitor 676 high priority sites on rivers and lakes, including many in the Northland. Data gathered by volunteers is reported back to the agency and used to track the health of waterways.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday said it has formally renewed mineral exploration leases for Twin Metals, the Chilean-owned mining company hoping to build a large underground copper-nickel mine near Ely. The 10-year lease renewal gives Twin Metals renewed access to national forest land on which to search for minerals and prepare to develop a mining project.
Work will begin in June on a massive cleanup project on the St. Louis River in Duluth, removing tons of wood waste from an old sawmill site at Grassy Point and removing flood-dumped sediment at the mouth of Kingsbury Creek. The combined efforts will rehabilitate 240 acres total and cost more than $15 million and are part of the long-term effort to chip away at legacy pollution problems and habitat loss that has rendered the St. Louis River estuary on the list of toxic hotspots across the Great Lakes.
Grand Lake just west of Duluth had another fish kill over the winter, but this one wasn't as extensive as 2014. That's the word from Dan Wilfond, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist in the Duluth area. Wilfond said his office started getting calls in March reporting fish in trouble on the 1,600-acre lake located between Twig and Saginaw. DNR staff found low levels of dissolved doxygen in parts of the lake. The assessment was that it was mostly bullheads and bluegills and that most gamefish were spared.
Kids can learn how to fish, find out about invasive species and then fish for stocked trout at Twin Ponds in Duluth on Saturday. The event is set for 10 a.m. at the ponds located at the intersection of West Skyline Parkway and Hank Jensen Drive not far from Enger Tower. Kids will get t-shirts and there will be free fishing stuff doled-out. There will also be clinics on how to cast, tie knots and identify fish by species. The event is sponsored by the Catch Your Moment Foundation, the National Professional Anglers Association and the Future Anglers Foundation.
It was calm on the St. Louis River early Saturday and you could hear Dylan Perbonich arguing with his buddies from 200 yards across the water. "I told you it was a fish!'' Prebonich, of Eveleth, yelled at his buddies sitting in the same 12-foot boat right near shore. They had argued it was a snag. "I know what a fish feels like!" Of course his buddies, Evan and Jake Schaller of Duluth, didn't believe them until they saw the 26.5-inch walleye on the surface.