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Lake View Natural Dairy still awaiting legal decision

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 8:06pm

Although the Berglund family, which operates Lake View Natural Dairy in Grand Marais, has better things to do than sit in the Cook County courthouse for several hours, that is exactly what they were doing on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, as their right to operate their small dairy without government inspection was argued before Sixth District Judge Michael Cuzzo.

State Assistant Attorney General Max Kieley was on hand to state the case for inspection for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), which he said repeatedly in his argument, is “the primary regulatory agency in the State of Minnesota and needs to ensure the integrity of the food supply.”

Kieley cited Minn. Stat. 31.04, which he said is the most broad and which permits the MDA to enter “any factory, warehouse or establishment at which food is manufactured, processed, packed or held for introduction into commerce” as long as the entry is “at reasonable times and within reasonable limits.”

Kieley said Berglund argues that he is not introducing food into commerce. However, Kieley said, “He has a store at his farm. If that is not entering into commerce, I don’t know what is.”

David Berglund’s attorney Zenas Baers contended that the governmental intrusion—the forced inspection—impairs the fundamental liberties of Berglund and his customers.

Baers said that the MDA had not been invited to be part of the Berglund’s family business. He said the MDA inspection would include an inspection of Heidi Berglund’s kitchen where she makes yogurt and cookies. “It is an intrusion,” he said, “Mr. Berglund has the right to select the party with whom he chooses to do business with…the private contract is sacred.”

Grand Marais Park Board considers rate hike at some municipal camprground sites

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 7:58pm

The Grand Marais Park board discussed a variety of items at its October 6 meeting, but possible rate hikes to premium sites at the Grand Marais Recreation Park was tops on its list.

Grand Marais City Councilor David Mills, who is the city’s liaison to the park board, told Parks Manager Dave Tersteeg that with all of the improvements the city was planning, it was important for the park to make as much money as it could. “The city council in general feels pretty strongly about getting the best rates it can for prime real estate,” Mills said.

But Tersteeg argued that the park board should think twice before it raises the fees too high, citing long time loyalty by summer renters who also volunteer throughout the town and have become part of the community.

“Some of them might get angry and leave,” said Tersteeg.

Mills responded, “We’re looking at a 12 percent levy. Using this revenue could be a tool to help balance the budget.”

The sites discussed were the ones closet to the lake with the best views. As long-time renters leave those sites, they are now put into nightly rental rotation where they generate far more income.  Some on the park board would like to offer all of those sites as nightly rental and offer people who now occupy those spots alternate locations for their trailers or RVs.

“Personally I think if you do that their feelings will be hurt,” Tersteeg said.

“Who else gets to live on Lake Superior with a front row seat and pays no taxes?” said Park Board Member Sally Berg.  “These are prime sites and they are getting a big discount on those sites.”

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for October 17

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 9:30am

 Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Dinosaur claws, candidates, Indigenous People’s Day and copper mines…all this and more in the week’s news.



Library Friends Annual Meeting, October 20

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:32pm

The libraries in Cook County have many friends…and you’re invited to join them.  WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Nancy Backlund and Karen Kobey, board members of the Library Friends of Cook County on North Shore Morning.  

The Library Friends of Cook County will hold their Annual meeting Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm at the Grand Marais Public Library; all are welcome.  The guest speaker will be book conservator Scott Husby, sharing his life with books as a book binder and repairer.  More information from Nancy at 387-1798.  

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North House Folk School hosts "Home School Day" October 21

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 1:19pm

North House Folk School will host its second annual “Home School Day” Oct. 21, featuring four hands-on kids-only courses.

Included are:
 • Sparks & Flames: Starting and Using Fire – 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will explore how humans have use one of our oldest tools - fire! Learn how to start a fire, keep a fire alive, and extinguish a fire. Students will compile their own flint-and-steel fire-starting kit and will walk away with an understanding of campfires, start to finish.

 • Birchbark Weaving Intro – 10 a.m. to noon. This class is an introduction to birchbark weaving and the beauty of a useful material. Students will learn about the history and ecology of birch trees and birchbark, and then dive into a series of projects such as beads, cubes, bracelets, rings and more.

 • Northwoods Masks: Make Your Own – 1 to 3 p.m. Investigate our local folklore with natural materials of the North Woods. Students will learn and discuss north woods stories and then use materials like birchbark, cattails, basswood, willow to make masks that can be used to perform favorite stories.

 • Time for Fika! Swedish Baking for Kids – 1 to 3 p.m. The most important time of the day in Sweden is snack time, so we're going to prepare a couple of easy Swedish recipes: cinnamon rolls and blueberry juice! You'll learn about Vikings and spices, how to make a cinnamon roll,

and have a delicious snack with the other students.

This year, the Anderson Family Trust will pay the $10 tuition for any Cook County child; materials are $5 per child per course. Call (218) 387-9762 to register. Space is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.


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North Shore Care Center celebrates Oktoberfest

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 1:16pm

The annual Oktoberfest celebration at the North Shore Care Center is a time to honor German-American Heritage Month.  The Oktoberfest celebration will be held on October 16   with a traditional German dinner of sausage and sauerkraut, followed by polka music with Jim and Mary Schliep.   

For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518 or visit the website: There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. 


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