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Improvements in safety and finding ways to make a bigger and better access to the current public boat ramp and possible wetland restoration in the Grand Marais campground area were the main topic of discussion at the Grand Marais Park Board March 4 meeting.
Joe Russell, Minnesota Department of Parks and Trails supervisor for the North Shore and Larry Killien, DNR Harbor Program Coordinator who manages and oversees the state’s Small Craft Harbor and Protected Access Programs on Lake Superior, came before the board.
Park Manager Dave Tersteeg noted that the project started in 2006 when the city had to replace some old docks and then began looking at other areas that needed upgrading. He said, “For several years now, we have been working with the DNR on improvements within the campground to enhance the public access to Lake Superior.”
A DNR-funded wave study, conducted by Johnson, Johnson and Roy, of the inner ‘rubble-mound’ break wall indicated that it is not big enough to protect the public. Harbor Program Coordinator Killien said, “The DNR has a ½ foot or less wave height design standard for public access projects.”
He explained that waves at launch shouldn’t be more than ½ foot. He said, “Otherwise it makes it hard to launch your boat or put it on a trailer when you are getting it out of the water.”
Killien said JJR looked at weather patterns, wind patterns, historical and current water levels, major storm events from one year to 50 years—along with possible costs for the fixes—and ran this data through their computers and finally recommended extending the current inner break wall 105 feet in the north/northeast direction.
WTIP received tremendous support during our “Spring Forward” Membership Drive. In four and a half days, we welcomed 35 new members and 167 renewing members and raised over $21,000.
Thank you to each of our members ~ your support strengthens our services and makes WTIP possible. Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers, both on and off the air, everyone who brought in food, the talented musicians who performed live in our studios, and Karie Wrich for designing the artwork. It was a community effort, and many people came together to make our “Spring Forward” Membership Drive a success ~ thank you!
Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. A new oil pipeline is proposed. The MPCA hedges on OKing copper mining water runoff. Twin Metals talks about its Ely mine and a “shelter in place” warning at UMD. This and much more…all in this week’s news.
There is nothing more fun on a cold winter night than gathering the family together to play some games. Gene’s Foods in Grand Marais is promoting family game nights with a series of drawings each Saturday for the next three weeks, starting March 3 with the first drawing on March 8.
Two winners each week in each category—ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9 – up—will win a brand new board game. There are new games like Beat the Parents, Mad Libs Crisscross, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar game and old favorites like Candy Land, Monopoly, Scrabble, Life and many more.
In addition to the game, winners also receive pop and popcorn—an instant family game night!
Stop by the store and enter the drawing today to see if you will be a lucky winner!
The debate of whether or not to keep the school’s open lunch policy that allows juniors and seniors to leave the campus during lunch break continued at the School District 166 school board meeting on February 20. Sophomore Sean MacDonell spoke during the community comments portion of the meeting in favor of keeping the policy in place.
MacDonell stated that some of the negative comments made by others the past couple of weeks do not really speak for all of the student body. He stressed that “We can be the responsible students you expect us to be.”
Principal Adam Nelson brought up the idea of offering open campus during lunch one or two days a week as a reward to students. One concern that he has about ending the policy altogether is that it is already difficult for all the students to make it through the lunch line and have time for lunch during the 30-minute break. He gave the example of a student who already had to wait in line for 13 minutes before even getting his lunch. By adding an additional 40 students to the lunch line it may compound the problem further.
Board Member Sissy Lunde suggested the possibility of staggering lunch times but Nelson said that was not really feasible.
Superintendent, Beth Schwarz informed the board that ISD 166 attorney said that in his opinion there are more reasons to close the campus than to leave it open, however there are arguments on both sides. He cited several examples including that the outcome from lawsuits is unpredictable. Board member Ed Bolstad again stated that this is being considered mainly because of possible safety concerns for the students.
Board member Deb White added that, “Our children are the lifeblood of our community.”
The earliest that a final vote will take place on this issue will be in April. The board continues to invite any one wishing to comment on this to contact them.
The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the introduction and spread of invasive species across the county. Early detection is especially important, and forest pest detector training will be offered March 12. WTIP's Jana Berka spoke with the coordinator of the Cook County Invasive Team, Angelique Edgerton, about this training and more on North Shore Morning.
More information is available from Angelique at 387-3772.