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Schroeder road committee continues its work

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:44pm

The town of Schroeder has formed a committee to discuss the future of township-owned roads. Committee members are by Schroeder residents Rick Anderson, Charlie Muggley, Supervisor Bruce Martinson, Town Clerk Doug Schwecke, and Supervisor Roger “Bill” McKeever. The committee toured and inspected the roads beginning June 2015, and met December 5 to discuss a timeline to fix them.

Muggley brought forth two maps that were prepared for the township by Cook County GIS (global positioning system) analyst Kirk Oberg.

The township owns and is responsible for maintaining several paved roads, which include the Baraga Cross Road, Skou Road, Schroeder Tote Road, and the Town Hall parking lot. Gravel roads include the top part of the Skou Road and the six-mile long Sugarloaf Road.

Many of the roads need new culverts, said Anderson, noting there were 13 culverts that will someday need to be replaced on the Sugarloaf Road and one on the Skou Road.

The task force was asked to create a five-year maintenance plan and budget, and will work on that plan so it can be presented at the annual meeting.

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DNR recommends winter grouse hunting

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 12:23pm

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that ruffed grouse season is open through Sunday, Jan. 3, and this year’s warmer temperatures and light snow cover have made it easier to get around in the woods.

Grouse hunting doesn’t require much gear – pack a small game license, shotgun, some decent boots and warm clothes.

“Late-season grouse hunting is different, and challenging. There are fewer birds, and survivors are often warier and more easily spooked. Each bird harvested is considered a trophy,” said Ted Dick, DNR ruffed grouse specialist.

Once there is adequate snow, grouse roost beneath the snow for much of the day, and often come out into the trees at dusk. For places to hunt, Minnesota has 528 wildlife management areas in the ruffed grouse range that cover nearly 1 million acres, 50 designated ruffed grouse management areas and 600 miles of hunter walking trails. State, county and federal forests also provide an abundance of opportunity.

Contact the DNR for more information at (218) 999-7870.

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Sheriff's Office responds to complaints of noisy vehicles

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 12:21pm

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen attended the Dec. 9 city council meeting to talk about recent complaints regarding loud vehicles racing up and down Broadway, particularly near the high school. The sheriff said he has taken some measures, such as increased deputy presence, to get the situation under control, but told council that the existing noise ordinance is unenforceable as written.

For instance, he said, terms such as “harassing” and other non-specific words are used. “It’s too subjective,” Eliasen said, noting that the terms can have different meanings to different people, and can be applied to anything from “a chainsaw to a cat meowing.”

Eliasen said if the council is serious about doing something about the excessive vehicle noise, he would be willing to help update the ordinance and equip patrol vehicles with decibel meters to get readings that would stand up in court.

Mayor Arrowsmith DeCoux, who said he has also spent a lot of time talking about the topic with fed-up citizens, said he was “definitely” interested in pursuing the matter and the city needs to start collecting data on what the normal decibel levels of common objects are in preparation for an ordinance update.

he mayor also thanked the sheriff for his assistance and response to the situation, noting that there has already been a decrease in complaints and loud traffic.

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Nice weather for Christmas week

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:00am
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A little snow is back in the forecast, maybe a little rain as well. But Christmas looks like it’ll be white and mild.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Huyck

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Grand Marais sets levy for 2016

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 6:24pm
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During a special meeting of the Grand Marais City Council on Friday, Dec. 18, it was officially determined that the levy for the city’s budget will be an increase of 5.79 percent.

In many aspects, this is cheerful news for Grand Marais taxpayers, as the original proposed levy was an increase of 12.2 percent over the current year. The city’s levy in dollar figures is $871,865. To reduce this figure from the most recent amount that was proposed, the city made changes in what it will pay for medical insurance to staff.  Previous reductions to the levy came in November as a result of adjustments to administrative expenditures, less money allocated to the public library and potential revenue from the city-owned Recreation Park. 

Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith-Decoux said the budget change from 2015 is due to increased expenses the city is subject to through "our obligations to our employees and overall operations expenses."

A levy increase refers to the city's overall budget, so the 5.79-percent increase is in regard to that figure. It does not mean a 5.79-percent increase in each individual’s property taxes.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for December 19

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 10:49am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Wolves again protected. A self-defense plea. Action at the county board…all this and more in the week’s news.

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