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Food Shelf helps community members obtain fresh produce

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:53pm

Providing hungry families and seniors with fresh, healthy food has long been a goal of the Cook County Food Shelf.  In the past year, the Food Shelf has created the new “Fresh Produce Voucher” program to allow people to choose their own fresh produce.

Throughout the country, hunger relief programs and food shelves are realizing the important role they play in supporting people with limited financial resources by providing healthier and fresher foods.

Last year, Cook County Food Shelf partnered with the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Minnesota Extension, and AEOA through a Community Transformation Grant to find a new way to provide greater access to fresh produce. The Food Shelf was already offering fresh produce for part of the month thanks to generous donations from St. John’s Catholic Church. The Food Shelf Board saw that people loved the fresh produce, but it was difficult for the volunteers to handle, difficult to store and it didn’t last for clients later in the month. Together, the partners created a new produce voucher worth $10, which can be redeemed at any local grocery store for the purchase of fresh fruits or vegetables only, and can be used at any time they shop.

The fresh produce voucher program kicked off this spring, and it has been a great success. “We were in a position to use more money towards food for families, and we could have added more non-perishable food to the box.  But we decided to put it towards these fresh produce vouchers instead,” said Food Shelf board member Steve Deschene. 

“The fresh produce voucher helps support the local grocers as well. And it gives people more options, to use at any store for what they want,” said board member Sharon Hendrickson.

For information about the fresh produce program, contact Steve Deschene at 387-1767, Gwen or Bill Lenz at 387-9860, or First Congregational Church at 387-2113.

Work on Lake Superior - Lutsen Mountains water pipeline under way

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:52pm

Work on the Lake Superior-Poplar River Water District pipeline, a project three years in the making is under way. Maine Tech is working to install the piping at the Lake Superior inlet.

When the approximately 2-mile, 20-inch diameter pipeline is up and running between Lake Superior and Lutsen Mountain Ski Hill, it will be able to pump 7,500 gallons of water per minute to users in the water district.

In November 2011, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told Lutsen Mountains Ski Hill that it had to stop drawing water from the Poplar River for snowmaking by fall 2016. The ski hill and other area businesses drafted a plan, environmental studies were conducted, and in October 2012, the DNR determined that the proposed Lake Superior-Poplar River Water District pipeline would have no significant environmental effects

In addition to snowmaking, water drawn from Lake Superior will be used for irrigation of Superior National at Lutsen golf course, as a water source for local fire departments and eventually for drinking water. However, additional funds are needed to complete the water plant and drinking water phase of the project.

The cost of the pipeline project is estimated at $4.8 million. Construction began with $3.6 million secured in the 2012 state bonding bill. A local match is required so a number of project partners have contributed such as the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA); Superior National at Lutsen golf course; Caribou Highlands Lodge; Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior; Mountain Inn; Village at Lutsen Mountain Condominium Association; Eagle Ridge Resort; Papa Charlie’s Restaurant, and several other businesses, with Lutsen Mountains contributing the majority of the necessary funding.

Annual Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet - September 4

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:08pm

The annual banquet for the North Shore Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is coming up Thursday, September 4th, at the American Legion in Grand Marais.  WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Jean Mathis Spry about this event on North Shore Morning. 

22nd Annual North Shore Chapter
Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Social Hour & Raffles: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

American Legion Post 413
17 West 1st Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

For more information, please contact:
Jean Spry or Jill Hill
PO Box 892
lillith@boreal.org
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-387-2501

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Water contact advisory lifted at Grand Marais Campground Beach

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:24am

 

The Minnesota Department of Health beach monitoring program has continued this summer. The Grand Marais Campground Beach received a “no water contact” advisory on March 18. The advisory has now been lifted. A water sample collected August 19 showed that if the bacterial levels have returned to acceptable levels.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit http://www.MNBeaches.org .

 

 

"No water contact" advisory issued for Grand Marais Campground Beach

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:11pm

The Minnesota Department of Health beach monitoring program has continued through this summer. The Grand Marais Campground Beach received a “no water contact” advisory yesterday. Another water sample will be collected today, August 19 to see if the bacterial levels have returned to acceptable levels.

Other beaches that received advisories on August 18 include the Leif Erickson Park and Sky Harbor Parking Lot Beach in Duluth. They will also be retested today.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit http://www.MNBeaches.org .

National Senior Citizens Day celebrated at Birch Grove Community Center Wednesday

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:05pm

On August 20, “National Senior Citizen’s Day” from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Birch Grove Community Center is hosting a Senior Open House for all Cook County Seniors.  The Cook County Senior Center and Grand Portage Elders are invited too. 

There will be a showing of the award-winning PBS coumentary "Age of Champions," which follows five competitors who spring, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

Birch Grove Foundation Executive Director Caroline Wood said, “We will have lunch and bingo with a suggested donation of $10 to stay and play.  Senior service providers are welcome to attend and we will have a presentation on the Tofte Senior Housing Initiative.”

The Birch Grove Community Center is located at 9 Good Neighbor Hill Road, Tofte Minnesota.  You can call Caroline at 218-663-7977 to RSVP or volunteer.