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Striping coming to Gunflint Trail this summer

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:19am

County Highway Engineer Dave Betts told commissioners that the striping project for the Gunflint Trail would be done this summer. It will end at Cross River, about 48 miles up the trail. It was supposed to be done last year but Betts said the county couldn’t get the reflective paint it needed.

At the Tuesday, March 24 board meeting, Betts said the paint will cost $350,000 to $400,000 and was in the budget last year. 

Betts also told commissioners that two lights would be installed on the four corners intersection of County Road 8 and County Road 12 (Devil Track Road). He said LED lights will be installed and the light poles should be shorter than the tree line, keeping the light as muted as possible while still being effective for drivers.

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Film screening of "To Light a Candle" at First Congregational Church

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:16am

 

To Light A Candle–a film about the Baha'is in Iran defying religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth—will be shown at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015. 

The Baha'is are a religious minority in Iran. They are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Iranian government. The Islamic regime bans the Baha'is to study or teach in Iranian universities.

But the Baha'is do teach, and they do study. Since 1987 the Baha'is started the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education, an underground university with hundreds of students in Iran, and dozens of teachers in Iran and around the world.

Through powerful interviews, exclusive secret footage shot by citizen journalists, rare archival material and dramatic letters written by a Baha'i prisoners currently in jail in Iran, To Light a Candle shows how a small minority has defied the brutal systematic religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth.

The film by Maziar Bahari premiered at Stanford University in May 2014. To learn more about the film or the cause of the Baha’is, visit the website: www.educationisnotacrime.me.

The film screening is free and open to the public. The church is located at 300 West 2nd Street in Grand Marais.

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Child Protection in Cook County

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:17pm

Child protection is a community effort, and locally we have the support of Cook County Public Health and Human Services.  WTIP’s Veronica Weadock spoke with Social Services Supervisor Grace Bushard and Child Protection Social Worker Heidi Akins of PHHS.   Concerns about a child's safety or wellbeing can be reported at 387-3620.

Cook County Public Health & Human Services
411 W Second Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-3602

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Predictions and precautions for 2015 fire season

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:50pm

There’s a prediction that the spring of 2015 may be an active fire season.  WTIP’s Ann Possis spoke with Nancy Larson and Patti Johnson of the USDA Forest Service on Daybreak.
 

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Grand Marais HIghway 61 redesign may receive TAP funds

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:35am

Highlighting the March 24 county board meeting was the announcement by Jared Beldez of the Arrowhead Regional Development Council (ARDC) who said out of eight grant requests totaling $2.8 million that the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (TAP) received, it recommended awarding $600,000 to the Grand Marais Highway 61 redesign project.

Beldez said that TAP only had $900,000 to grant this year, and only one other project, the St. Louis Trail Project, was selected to receive $300,000.  

The Highway 61 Redesign project has been getting suggestions from citizens through meetings and online about ways to improve safety and enhance the main corridor through the city. Part of that goal is to build a continuous pedestrian and bike path in the highway corridor along with making storm water improvements.

Although the two grants haven’t been formally approved, Beldez said a board would review requests on April 9, with announcements coming on April 15.

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Senator Klobuchar calls for action to preserve the monarch butterfly

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:33am

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is calling for action to preserve the monarch butterfly, whose population has dropped by 90 percent since the 1990s.

Klobuchar sent a bipartisan letter with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) urging the administration to pursue public-private partnerships to help save the monarch. She recently joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an event announcing the agency’s new preservation efforts.

 In a letter to the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Transportation, Klobuchar and Collins highlighted the need to build on existing efforts to preserve the butterfly by launching new partnerships that will help stop its decline. Specifically, the senators proposed new public-private partnerships including planting milkweed in electric utility rights of way, which would not only benefit migrating monarch butterflies but could also reduce costs for utility companies for vegetation management.

 Klobuchar also attended an event today with USFWS, where the agency announced a cooperative agreement with the National Wildlife Federation on projects to promote monarch butterfly habitat and a new initiative with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that will leverage public-private partnerships to strengthen conservation projects.

 “From school yards to back yards, everyone can play a part in helping preserve the monarch butterfly by planting milkweed in their communities,” Klobuchar said. “With the butterfly rapidly disappearing, I am pleased to see the Fish and Wildlife Service taking positive steps to reverse its decline. But we all must do more. It will take all hands on deck to protect the butterfly from extinction, and I will continue to call on public agencies, the private sector and American citizens to join together in the effort to protect the monarch butterfly.”

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