Updated: 01/09/2014 11:00 PM
Created: 01/09/2014 4:14 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Temperatures hit the teens above zero on Thursday and could reach the thawing point by the weekend. That had Northlanders scrambling to get out and enjoy the heat wave.
Some of those preparing for a busy weekend included the Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club.
“We like to get out and get into the groomer and on the sleds and see what's going on out in the woods,” Trail Administrator Phillip Lockett said.
Lockett said the deep freeze made that dangerous for riders and groomers on the remote trails near Island and Fish Lake.
“We go out at night when it's the coldest. We try and look out for their safety. If they break down and they can't get a phone call out for help we have to be take those precautions,” Lockett said.
That means the trails have been empty, but the mercury was rising on Thursday.
“0 degrees is a good temperature for everybody to be out, whether you're a snowmobiler or a skier. It's just a good temperature,” Lockett said.
He said riders with cabin fever will be ready to rumble across the trails this weekend.
“Trails are going to be really busy this weekend with forecasted highs of 25 to 30 degrees is going to be just great for them to get out and the trails are in good shape right now,” Lockett said.
Still, others like to hit local trails with a little less machinery.
“If it's above zero I go period. Sometimes I'll go below zero. I'm a committed skier. I enjoy it a lot,” Doug Scott said.
Scott is a member at the Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth. He said the thaw is appreciated.
“When you're getting on your skis, off your skis, when you stop to take a breath that chill doesn't come in right away. You just feel warm, and you feel good,” Scott said.
He said the cross country kinetics paired with the warmer temperatures mean fewer layers too.
“I got one pair of long underwear under this coat, and it's not a heavy coat,” Scott said.
Signs like that show the heat wave might break cases of cabin fever across the Northland.
Federal Ruling Means No Killing Wolves Unless Endangering Human Life
A federal judge has overturned an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.
Another Round of Budget Cuts at UWS
UWS announced on Friday at an open forum that it will be eliminating academic programs and faculty positions to help to university save money. Four graduate programs and four undergraduate programs will be cut. The university is also severing ties with a music professor and a visual arts professor.
Lake Superior Zoo Reduces Seasonal Hours, Cuts Staff Position
While a task force takes time to consider possible changes to the financially struggling Lake Superior Zoo, there'll be a couple other adjustments in the mean time.
Bigfork Blaze Destroys Home, Injures Firefighter
Firefighters battled the blaze on the 300 block of Ottum Avenue for more than six hours, according to Susie Schmickle with the Bigfork Fire Department.
Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths, including two in Minnesota.