April 2015 was sunnier than June 2015!
June 2015 was sunnier than June of 2014, but 2013 topped it all. Check out the solar chart for the Gunflint Hills Solar System.
To date: the system has produced 25,000kWhr, saved the City of Grand Marais $3,050, and reduced 26.2 Tons CO2.
CONTACT: Virginia Danfelt
DATE: 07/03/2015 06:24pm
The Chippewa City Church will be open from Noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 5th. Stop in to see this beautiful, hand-hewn log, historic landmark that was built by Ojibwe carptener Frank Wischop in 1895. The church has a rich history and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands as a reminder of the once vibrant community that surrounded it. To learn more about the church and the community of Chippewa City, visit the website of the Cook County Historical Society at www.cookcountyhistory.org.
CONTACT: Cook County Historical Society
DATE: 07/03/2015 01:14pm
Healthy Shorelands and Aquatic Vegetation - why are they important to water quality?
Two workshops are being offered by the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Please pre-register at 218-387-3649 or email@example.com
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Grand Marais Rec Hall
**Come learn why a shoreland buffer on your property can go a long distance for clean water. There will be indoor learning (light lunch included!) followed by an opportunity to plant and restore a shoreland. Come for all or part of the workshop.**
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Cathedral of the Pines
**Join us on a pontoon as we venture Caribou Lake to learn about native and invasive aquatic plants. Indoor learning will take place prior to being on the lake for a better understanding of the plants. Please bring in any aquatic vegetation you would like identified! Stay for a free lunch after the workshop.**
DATE: 07/02/2015 01:09pm
Tofte Transfer Station will be Closed Saturday July 4th for the Holiday
DATE: 07/01/2015 08:41am
As a result of our exciting IRRRB-funded Industrial Arts remodel, there may be interrupted phone and power to the Cook County School District Office begininng Wednesday July 1 and continuing through Thursday July 2. If you need to contact the district office, please email Lori Backlund at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cara Price at email@example.com. We should be back to normal next week. Thank you!
CONTACT: Cara Price
DATE: 06/30/2015 01:26pm
Courthouse Closed Friday, July 3rd for the 4th of July Holiday
DATE: 06/29/2015 01:50pm
Just a reminder that the Boreal Office is closed on Fridays this summer. We will be happy to assist you Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm.
Thank you - Boreal Staff
DATE: 06/25/2015 12:41pm
Once again the Cook County Comnmunity Fund will be sponsoring a Class Reunion page in the CCNH; fish wrapper.
Send me the details; date; time and locations for your CCHS class events and we'll publish it in the Fisherman's Picnic edition.
I'm thinking the Classes of 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005....2010, 1990..there could be more
Cook County Community Fund
CONTACT: Tracy Benson
DATE: 06/22/2015 07:45pm
Birch Grove Foundation & Community Center is selling the following obsolete equipment by donation or as free cycle. Call Caroline 218-663-7977 to arrange to see the items or pick up.
1 Bug Zapper - Indoor
3 Electric Light Indoor Fly & Bug Traps with 8 refill tape contridges
5 Height Adjustable Tables great for kids to adults craft projects or stack as large permanent shelving system
3 Gallons of Killz paint for primimg high damagesmoked or water damaged walls (New - 2 months old from home project gifted by donation for fundraising)
1 Pacakage Drop Ceiling Hooks - perfect for easily decorating or displaying items from drop ceilings
Wall Mount Adjustable Shelving
Slat Wall Display Brochure Holders about 10
3000 Books, DVD's, CD's, Records, VHS. and AUdio Books for sale $5 a bag suggested donation.
All donations support the community, recreation, and senior center in the west end of Cook County.
Call Caroline at 218-663-7977 for appointment ti see items at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road Tofte
CONTACT: Caroline W
DATE: 06/19/2015 09:50am
June 12, 2015 By Pete Kennedy, Esq.
[In a ruling paving the way for a possible precedent-setting court decision on food freedom in Minnesota, Cook County District Judge Michael J. Cuzzo has denied the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) request to hold dairy farmer Dave Berglund in contempt for refusing to let MDA officials possessing an administrative warrant inspect his farm. Judge Cuzzo also stayed the order he issued in October 2014 requiring inspection of Lakeview Natural Dairy, the farm Berglund owns and operates, until the judge makes a ruling on the constitutionality of regulations governing MDA’s authority to inspect Lakeview Natural Dairy that the farmer and his attorney, Zenas Baer, are challenging. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is providing funding for Berglund’s legal representation.
Judge Cuzzo granted the administrative inspection warrant on October 14, 2014, at MDA’s request because Berglund had already refused to let MDA conduct an inspection of his farm on two different occasions in 2013. Berglund contends that the state had no jurisdiction over his farm because of a provision in Article XIII Section 7 of the Minnesota Constitution stating, “Any person may sell or peddle the products of the farm or garden occupied by him without obtaining a license therefor.” After Berglund refused to let MDA inspectors with the warrant onto his farm on October 22, the department petitioned the court to hold the farmer in contempt.
On March 2, 2015, a week before the contempt hearing, Baer filed a submission with the Court challenging the validity of the warrant and MDA’s underlying statutory authority to inspect Berglund’s farm on numerous constitutional grounds. At the March 9th hearing, Judge Cuzzo temporarily denied MDA’s request to hold Berglund in contempt and indefinitely stayed his own order that granted MDA the warrant to inspect.
In his June 3rd opinion, which actually denied MDA’s contempt request, the judge held that Berglund “has demonstrated a valid reason for his failure to comply” with the administrative warrant. Judge Cuzzo stated, “This Court will not hold Mr. Berglund in contempt, an ‘extraordinary remedy’, for asserting a challenge to the constitutionality of a statute.”
The key section of the judge’s opinion was where he distinguished between Berglund’s situation and the 2005 Minnesota Supreme Court case of State vs. Hartmann. In the Hartmann case, the State Supreme Court reversed a criminal conviction for selling meat since it was a product of the farm, but it upheld the conviction for processing meat that was prohibited under Minnesota law. In issuing its decision, the Court held that Article XIII Section 7 of the state constitution “exempts farmers” licensure to sell products but not from substantive regulation of the production or sale of their farm products.”
In the Berglund case, Judge Cuzzo noted, “As of March 2, 2015, Mr. Berglund raised numerous different constitutional arguments regarding the State’s ability to regulate his dairy. Mr. Berglund is now challenging the constitutionality of the regulations that allow the Department to inspect his farm in the first place. The Minnesota Supreme Court did not address this precise issue in Hartmann.”
If Baer can persuade Judge Cuzzo that the Minnesota laws governing inspection are unconstitutional as applied to farmers selling the products of the farm direct to consumers, then it will be a major step toward establishing a food system where farmers can legally sell the products of the farm direct to consumers without regulation.
The next step in the case is for Judge Cuzzo to hold a conference scheduling of testimony and argument regarding Berglund’s constitutional challenge to the Minnesota laws on farm inspections. The case management schedule is expected to be completed before the end of the month.
For more information and background go to: www.supportlakeviewnaturaldairy.org
DATE: 06/12/2015 06:00pm
Cook County School District - ISD 166
School Board Agenda
June 18, 2015
Jane Mianowski Conference Center
5:00 PM Regular Board Meeting
1.0 Call to Order
2.0 Pledge of Allegiance
3.0 Recognition of Visitors
4.0 Approve Meeting Agenda
5.0 Community Comments
5.1 Community Comments is an opportunity for the public to address the school
board on a school-related item, in accordance with guidelines printed at the end of the agenda.
6.0 Presentations & Administrative Reports
6.1 Superintendent’s Report
6.2 Board Reports
7.0 Discussion/Action Items
7.1 Consent Agenda
7.2 Athletic Director Report and Locker Room Discussion
7.3 Approve Student Fees for 2015-16
7.4 Discussion of Attendance Policy
7.5 Approve Year End Q-Comp Report and Changes for 2015-16
7.6 Approve ARCC Specific Services Contract for 2015-2016
7.7 Resolution Authorizing the Superintendent and Any Board Officer to Take Action
Regarding the Refunding of Bonds, Series 2015C
7.8 Approve Letter of Understanding Between Independent School District #166 and
North Shore Health Care Foundation Oral Health Task Force
7.9 Approve Expenditure Revenue Report and Adopt FY16 Budget
7.10 Approve Lease to Own Bus Purchase
7.11 Adopt Resolution Determining the Necessity of Increasing General Education
Revenue and Calling a Special Election and Referendum
7.12 Adopt Resolution for Board-Approved Operating Levy Authority
8.0 Personnel Items
8.1 Adopt Resolution Placing Tenured Teachers on Unrequested Leave of Absence
8.2 Motion to Non-renew Probationary Teachers
8.3 Approve Early Retirement Agreement for Faculty Member
8.4 Accept Retirement Letter of Faculty Member
8.5 Accept Resignation of Faculty Member
8.6 Discuss Cross-Country Coaching
8.7 Recess into Closed Session for Negotiation Strategy per Minnesota Statute 13D.03
CONTACT: Cara Price
DATE: 06/12/2015 03:39pm
The Surfside LLC request for an amendment to their Conditional Use Permit, originally scheduled for the June 10, 2015 meeting of the Planning Commission has been postponed until July 8, 2015. All other requests remain on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting. If you have questions, please call the Office of Planning and Zoning at 387-3635.
CONTACT: Bill Lane
DATE: 06/09/2015 02:36pm
Judge Michael Cuzzo issued a ruling concerning the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) attempting to hold Lake View Natural Dairy (LVND) owner David Berglund in contempt of court for refusing Court issued Inspection Orders that would lead to costly regulations imposed by the MDA that would likely put LVND out of business. The Court has DENIED the MDA's request to hold Berglund in contempt!
LVND's attorney (Zenas Baer) has argued that the MDA does not have the authority to force inspection or regulation on LVND because they are a private farm that only sells directly to informed private men and women (see early posts at www.supportlakeviewnaturaldairy.org for the full arguments from both sides). State statute specifically states that it only applies to Grade A and Grade B dairies, which does not apply to a "regular old dairy farm" that is privately owned and does not enter into any commercial relations for selling it's dairy or other products to commercial entities. LVND has never incorporated or applied for a business listing with the state. They are no different from local private farmers/gardeners that grow extra potatos or collect extra eggs that they wish to sell directly to their neighbors.
The court has again placed the inspection order on hold, until the constitutional arguments are heard and there is a final ruling. Click here for the more detailed article http://supportlakeviewdairy.azurewebsites.net/?p=2771#sthash.2ubbq1iA.dpbs .
DATE: 06/07/2015 05:11pm
DON'T MISS WILD BERRY JAM TONIGHT FEATURING MARIA NICKOLAY, JIM AND MICHELE MILLER AND PAT FLACK!!! GREAT FOOD AND AWESOME MUSIC!!! 9.30PM TILL 12.00PM
CONTACT: JIM MILLER
DATE: 06/06/2015 08:21am
Statement by Retired Sheriff Mark Falk and Letter of Support by Cook County Board of Commissioners denied by Court to be added to the record in Lake View Natural Dairy v. Minnesota Department of Agriculture case. The written decision on the initial court hearing and state and federal constitutional issues raised at that hearing are due in on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. For the full and detailed story go to www.supportlakeviewnaturaldairy.org.
DATE: 06/04/2015 02:49pm