The DNR is accepting public comments through June 17 on an environmental assessment worksheet that was prepared for an ATV/OHM trail project proposed in Itasca and Aitkin counties.
Itasca County proposes to create a managed, continuous right-of-way grant-in-aid trail authorized for Class I and Class II all-terrain-vehicle and off-highway motorcycle use.
The worksheet evaluates the environmental effects from a proposal to develop a trail to use existing and new corridors on state, private and industrial forestlands.
A copy of the EAW is available online at www.mndnr.gov. Click on "Public Input" then select "UPM Blandin Trail EAW" from the scroll-down list under "Environmental Review." Additional copies may be requested by calling (651) 259-5157.
A copy of the EAW is available for public review at several locations, including the Aitkin Public Library, 110 First Ave. N.E., Aitkin.
Written comments on the EAW must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. June 17 to the attention of Ronald Wieland, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, DNR Ecological Resources Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025. Electronic or e-mail comments may be sent to email@example.com with "UPM Blandin Trail EAW" in the subject line. If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address. Written comments may be sent by fax to (651) 297-1500.
Heritage Network summer hours shared with museum
CROSBY - Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network volunteers will man the Soo Line Depot Museum behind Super Valu in Crosby and the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network office in the lower level of Unity Bank of Crosby this summer.
The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and office hours at Unity Bank will be by appointment.
Anyone needing assistance at either location should call the museum at (218) 546-6178 or the Network office at (218) 545-1166. Messages will be taken at either location and callers can make an appointment to meet a volunteer at either place.
The duplication locations are to make maximum use of the Network's pool of volunteers, Kaye Gillman of the Heritage Network said in an e-mail.
Network books, including three Cuyuna Range histories, the Gourmet Grub cookbook, the Milford Mine Disaster and history magazines will be available at both locations.
The books also will be available at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library, Unity Bank and at Crosby City Hall during open hours. Gillman said the Network also has vendors who handle the books for a percentage of profits and these include Book World in Brainerd, Grandma's Treasures in Ironton and Range Drug in Crosby.
Fun run/walk planned in 'get fit challenge' in Crosby
CROSBY - The Hallett Community Center is hosting a "Commit to Get Fit Challenge" beginning at 9 a.m. June 13 in Crosby.
The event includes a 5K Fun Run/Walk. Early entry fees are $15 per participant or $20 per participant on race day. Pre-registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event will be on the Cuyuna Lakes Trail with a T-shirt provided to all participants and prize drawings after the race. For more information, call the Hallett Center at (218) 546-2616 or go to www.hallettcenter.com.
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