Around Cook County
The Northwoods Food Project was founded eight years ago and is working to develop programs to increase local food production. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Joan Farnam and Pat Campanaro of the Northwoods Food Project on North Shore Morning.
(Photo courtesy of Lafattima on Flickr)
There’s a new plan to help area retailers collaborate and engage with the community. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Suzanne Sherman and Jill Terrill on North Shore Morning.
Featuring live music and snacks, the Cook County Girl Scouts will be hosting their 5th annual Father-Daughter Dance. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Cook County Girl Scouts, Aurora Schelmeske and Amelia Roth, on North Shore Morning.
Friday, March 20
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Oddz and Endz, 2066 West Highway 61, Grand Marais
The Birch Grove Foundation is seeking nominees for its Board of Directors. WTIP host Mark Abrahamson spoke with executive director Caroline Wood and board member Stan Tull of the Birch Grove Foundation and Community Center on North Shore Morning.
More information available by contacting Caroline Wood at Birch Grove Foundation & Community Center at 218-663-7977.
It’s getting close to spring and if your thoughts are turning to gardening, the Library Friends of Cook County are hosting a sale of gardening books. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Duane Hasegawa of Library Friends on North Shore Morning.
The Library Friends of Cook County's special sale of gardening books will be Saturday, March 21st at the Grand Marais Public Library from 10 am to 2 pm.
Kerrie Berg of Cook County Soil & Water presented an update on the continuing process to develop rain gardens throughout the county to Grand Marais city councilors at their Feb. 25 meeting.
Specifically, Berg wanted to know if she should continue her efforts to plan for and earmark some of the available grant funds for construction of a proposed rain garden near the library, as was directed by council last year. Since there are a number of new councilors, and since the space targeted for a library rain garden may be under consideration for other uses, Berg said she wanted to re-visit the matter before proceeding.
After giving a rundown of the existing rain gardens and a brief explanation of how they work, Berg fielded a number of questions. The purpose of the rain gardens, she said, is to improve water quality, and to control erosion and flooding by slowing and filtering rainwater runoff. This is especially important in areas near large bodies of water such as Lake Superior. The gardens capture the runoff and allow it to gradually soak into the ground with the use of drain tile and pipe, topped by native plants with deep roots.
Although the process to build and establish the gardens may be a little involved at the beginning, Berg said, once established the rain gardens need minimal care and attention. That care and attention is preferably supplied by a steward who looks after the area, which is typically located in a city right of way. Under the terms of the grant with the state (Clean Water Fund Community Partners), Berg explained that the steward agrees to care for the rain garden for 10 years. The city and/or county provide the needed supplies such as mulch and suitable plants, site preparation and expertise with design layout. If the site is not maintained properly for 10 years, the grant money must be returned.