Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club Field Day makes connections around the world

On June 23 and 24 the Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club participated in their third annual Field Day event.
Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and is a 24-hour event where amateur radio operators practice operating in less than ideal conditions out in the field.
This event serves as both a demonstration and practice if “hams” were called upon to assist with communications during an emergency.
The Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club was formed in 2016 by a group of Ely area amateur radio operators.
Ironically, 40 years ago, on the same weekend, same days to be exact, the Vermilion Amateur Radio Club (a former club that was from Ely) held their Field Day in Whiteside Park.
The Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club strives to be available for emergency communications and education.


State records topple for 2 species of Minnesota fish

Anglers have set new Minnesota state records for whitefish and golden redhorse.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified a record 13 pound, 9 ounce whitefish caught by an Oklahoma angler ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, and a 4 pound, 13 ounce golden redhorse caught by an angler who beat his own state record.

The DNR certifies state record fish in two categories: for fish caught and kept; and for caught and released northern pike, muskellunge, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish.

Billy King with record whitefish
The Oklahoma angler, Billy King, pictured right, was getting an introduction to Minnesota ice fishing with two other anglers April 6. They were catching walleye, sauger, and tulibee, and in the evening were fishing near a sandbar for the sunset walleye bite on Lake of the Woods.


Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 22-23 demonstrates science, skill, and service

Members of the Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23, at the St. Louis County Public Works Facility located at 2210 Hidden Valley Road in Ely. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.


Hook and Bullet Club by Nick Wognum

Being at our shack in the summer is a battle of the bugs. But Evan and I had to make an express trip one night after work when we found out a logging operation would be going through where we left a ladder stand.
We met one of the loggers on the road, he had just driven his $350,000 feller buncher to a spot by our shack. We followed the tracks on the road like tracking a wounded deer.
After giving the guy a ride back to his truck we set out for the stand. On our way across a swamp we apparently woke up the mosquitoes and flies. When we came back carrying the 16-foot stand, they were waiting for us.
Evan had positioned himself between two of the steps and I was holding the bottom of the ladder with one hand. This gave me the advantage, I had a free hand to swat flies.
The stand removal went smoothly, no one fell out of a tree or lost a boot in the swamp. Came home with a few bug bites but no ticks. See? Miracles can happen!



Ron Burgess, took the time to show his kids that the old adage “big baits, catch big fish.” Ron’s family caught these beauties on Lite Northern, fished under a bobber. Photo via Arrowhead Outdoors.

Babe’s Fishing Report
by Captain Russ of Babe’s Bait


Permits for Prospector ATV trail are approved

Wetland permits for the Prospector Loop ATV Trail have been approved by the government regulator agencies.
“This is major news for our project,” said Prospector Alliance President Nick Wognum. “We’ve been waiting a long time to get to this point and now we can begin construction. This is awesome!”
The Prospector Loop will connect Ely, Babbitt, Embarrass and Tower to the North Shore ATV trail system, creating a total of over 250 miles of trails.
“Now we just need a little help in St. Paul to get the rest of the funding approved and it should be a busy summer building trail,” said Wognum. “We’re in the House bill for funding, and we’ve got good support in the Senate.”


Presentation on Powwow Trail this Tuesday

Boundary Waters Advisory Committee will present “Volunteers to Bring Back the Powwow Trail” on April 16, at noon at the Tuesday Group meeting Grand Ely Lodge.
Martin Kubik, lifelong BWCAW trails advocate, will talk about how volunteers, in collaboration with the US Forest Service and Frost River are working to restore the historic Powwow Trail, which was ravaged by the Pagami Creek Fire in 2011.
Emerging from ashes, this trail is now rising amidst of new, vigorous, green growth of healthy jack pine forest.
BWA Committee, a grass roots non profit has now worked since the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire to restore the favorite hiking trail.
Although the path was cleared by the Forest Service crews after the fire, the USFS ceased maintenance and thousands of trees fell across the path while a vigorous growth of jack pines has obliterated the trail, making it impassable.


Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 13

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries.

“The trout fishing opportunities are improving through investments in trout habitat, angler access, sound land use, and science-based management. Anglers help pay for this work when they buy fishing licenses and trout stamps.” said Jamison Wendel, DNR stream habitat consultant.

Minnesota has roughly 3,800 miles of designated trout streams. Its four coldwater hatcheries produce more than 1.7 million fingerlings and yearlings for stocking each year. Anglers fishing on designated trout waters must have a trout validation in addition to an angling license.


Bear hunt applications available; deadline is May 3

Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

A total of 3,400 licenses are available in 13 permit areas. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $230 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The 2019 season is open from Sunday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 13.

Lottery winners will be notified by June 1. The deadline to purchase licenses awarded by lottery will be Thursday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available over the counter starting at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

An unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for the no-quota area that includes east-central and far northwestern Minnesota. No-quota licenses are valid only in the no-quota area. Hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear.


Study concludes region could support mass timber manufacturing

A recent study examined the economic feasibility of introducing mass timber manufacturing to the state of Minnesota and/or Minnesota’s Arrowhead region. Specifically, the study examined cross-laminated timber (CLT) which is a wood panel system that has gained popularity after being widely adopted in Europe. The study concluded:


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