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By: Pine Journal, Pine Journal
Jessica Lange asks governor to suspend wolf hunt
Two-time Academy Award-winning actress and Carlton County homeowner Jessica Lange signed a letter to the state’s leadership about the wolf hunt. Lange, who currently stars in the hit television series, “American Horror Story,” cited a number of reasons to suspend this year’s recreational wolf hunting and trapping season. The letter was sent to the Governor and is available on the Howling For Wolves website.
Lange’s concerns include steeply declining wolf numbers and cruel methods to trap and kill them.
Lange writes in her letter to Dayton: “413 wolves were killed by hunters and trappers; not to protect public safety, not to control the population size, and not to reduce conflicts with people. It was for sport, for fun and for trophies. More than half the wolves killed were less than 2 years old and almost a third were less than 1 year old. They were not problem wolves; they were not in conflicts with people, livestock, or domestic animals. They were just wolves living wild and free in our north woods.”
Other issues she highlights include a call to action to suspend the hunt and to protect “these native and iconic animals” against the wishes of special interest groups:
“The recently announced 25 percent decline in the Minnesota wolf population should compel action,” Lange wrote. “We haven’t had this few wolves in our state since 1988 and over this time period there has been a steady decline in pack size. Packs are family units made up of siblings and other relatives that support activities essential for survival, notably hunting and raising pups. We know that the random killing of non-problem wolves tears apart wolf families and diminishes their ability to survive and reproduce.”
To read Lange’s complete letter, visit www.howlingforwolves.org.
Dial-A-Ride adds 10 more hours a week
Arrowhead Transit’s Dial-A-Ride will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday within the city of Cloquet starting Monday, Oct. 7. Dial-A-Ride will also expand Saturday’s service to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday’s service to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We are very excited to be soon providing 10 additional hours of Dial-A-Ride service each week for Cloquet,” said Jack Larson, director of Arrowhead Transit. “More and more people in Cloquet depend on Dial-A-Ride. Last month we dropped the price of our fares from $1.50 to $1 because we wanted to make sure that our Dial-A-Ride service can be used by anyone who needs it.”
Several years back, because of a reduction in funding, Arrowhead Transit had to reduce its services. But in 2013, funding was fully restored.
Besides expanding hours of operation, Arrowhead Transit has been upgrading its dispatch system with a program called Route Match. All the Virginia drivers now have a computer pad that maps out all their pick-ups. This improves accuracy and efficiency.
Arrowhead Transit is also putting on an addition to its building in Gilbert. This addition will give each of the dispatchers their own office. “When all our dispatchers are talking to customers at once, it gets pretty noisy,” said Associate Director Joe Gentile. “They each have really needed their own office.”
“Arrowhead Transit is all about providing everyone’s basic need of transportation,” said Marketing Coordinator Larry Rodgers. “That’s what we do in America. And that’s what we do in Minnesota. We provide for people’s basic needs.”
Send your poems
The Duluth Poet Laureate Committee is seeking submissions of poetry for a collaborative project titled “Noteworthy.” Twelve area composers/songwriters will each select a poem to serve as the inspiration for an original piece of music. There will be a performance of the readings and the music in May 2014.
The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Send two copies of an original, unpublished poem to:Noteworthy, c/o Deborah Cooper, 1207 Mississippi Ave., Duluth MN 55811.
Include your name and contact information (along with an email address) on only one copy. The poems will not be returned.