Gay hiking

Minnesota Memories: Upper Hiking Trail Needs Volunteers

The Superior Hiking Trail Association is seeking volunteers for upcoming projects on two sections of the 300-plus mile trail in northeastern Minnesota.

A Bean and Bear reroute, scheduled for June 15-25, will change from a muddy section to a more sustainable route, organizers say. Volunteers will cut brush, dig up vegetation and create walking surfaces. This is a 3 mile hike from Penn Blvd. Starting point from Silver Bay to the site.

Volunteers are also needed to dig, haul materials and build a new bridge at Spruce Creek July 8-12. The site is 1 mile from the Caribou Trail trailhead.

No experience is required for either job. The trail association will train volunteers and provide tools. Space is limited. Register at

Christa Lawler


Upper National Forest warns of flooding

Water levels continue to rise and remain high in parts of the Upper National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

High water is most prevalent in the western half of the BWCA. Although dry weather is forecast for the next few days, the water is “high and very cold, creating unpredictable conditions,” the Forest Service said on social media. “Portages and rivers are unpredictable, the water moves fast and there can be rapids.”

Some campsites and portages are flooded.

The Forest Service said visitors should call permitting stations ahead of time for the latest conditions.

Jana Hollingsworth


City to change zoning to accommodate breweries

Willmar is set to refine its zoning laws after legalizing breweries in the city three years ago.

At its Monday meeting, City Council will hear a recommendation from the planning commission to allow breweries in the city’s Central Business District, General Business District and Limited Business District.

The city legalized breweries in 2019 but has not updated its zoning laws to reflect the new class of business. In making its recommendations, commission staff studied how comparable cities treated breweries, including Hutchinson, Hopkins, Northfield and St. Michael.

John Reinan


Action against country club dismissed

A conservative think tank has dropped its lawsuit against Rochester Golf & Country Club after the club canceled its spring event.

The Center of the American Experiment (CAE) says the country club reimbursed the Minnesota-based group $5,300.48 for costs incurred trying to secure space for a public safety presentation in March.

The club canceled CAE’s booking days before the event, prompting CAE officials to sue for breach of contract. CAE instead held its public safety event in April at the Rochester International Event Center, bringing together approximately 200 attendees.

CAE also dropped its lawsuit against Erin Nystrom, a club member who created a petition urging the club to cancel CAE’s booking.

Trey Mewes