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The gift of friendship can mean a lot for those on the journey of aging or serious illness—just someone to hear their stories, be with them or remind them of their significance.
Care Partners volunteers provide companionship in the client’s home, at the Care Center, or the hospital. Volunteers provide ongoing friendly visits, a compassionate presence at end-of-life, phone check-ins, or caregiver respite—each volunteer finds his own niche.
Care Partners Companion Volunteer Training will be held March 3, 4 and 11 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for those who want to provide friendly visits, respite care, or presence at end of life. Contact Care Partners at 387-3788, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lake Superior Binational Forum is seeking nominations for its 11th Annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program. This award honors extraordinary achievements in six categories in the U.S. and Canada.
Nominations can be made on behalf of a person, group, governmental agency or tribe. The deadline for all nominations is April 11, 2014.
The six categories for nominations include Youth, Adult Individual, Business, Industry, Municipality/Governmental Agency or Tribe/First Nations, and Organization. Members of the Lake Superior Binational Program review each nomination and select a winner in each of the six categories. Judges may also make Honorable Mention awards to suitable nominees.
A nomination form, awards guidelines, and past recipients can be found on the Binational Forum's web site at www.superiorforum.org. Awards will be presented to winners at a ceremony on Lake Superior Day on July 20.
The Lake Superior Binational Program represents a partnership of federal, state, provincial, and First Nations/tribal governments working together with citizens to ensure the protection of the Lake Superior basin ecosystem.
The Forum is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The U.S. Forum office is located at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, Wis.
For more information call (715) 682-1489.
Visit the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 for an unforgettable performance with one of the region’s funniest and most sought-after entertainers, Sean Emery.
With his talent and uncanny ability to read people, Sean will scoop up members of the audience and embrace them with his circus skills, comedy, and showmanship. Professionally trained with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, Emery truly is one of the most in-demand entertainers from county fairs to Radio City Music Hall, festivals, theaters, cabarets and even the White House! His act includes amazing juggling, unicycling and physical comedy, and he is a master of improv.
This event is sponsored by the Grand Marais Public Library, the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information contact the library at (218) 387-1140 .
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Thursday is expected to make its first recommendation on how much sulfate pollution is too much for wild rice.
The agency will announce whether the current sulfate limit for wild rice waters, 10 parts per million, is too high, too low or just right.
PCA officials say they also will work toward an administrative rule change to better clarify exactly where the rule should be enforced — which lakes and rivers are official wild rice waters.
The Duluth News Tribune quotes Shannon Lotthammer, director of the PCA’s environmental analysis division as saying, “This is going to be our preliminary recommendation based on the science we have so far.”
Lotthammer said the recommendation will be preliminary until a scientific panel can review the field and laboratory data collected during the past two years on which the PCA is basing its decision.
The sulfate rule, if enforced, has huge implications for the state’s iron mining industry, with some taconite processing plants apparently releasing sulfate at levels above the current standard. It could affect the state’s fledgling copper mining industry as well as wastewater treatment plants in areas where wild rice grows, or did grow in the past.
The current sulfate rule was enacted in the 1970s based on work from the 1940s by a state biologist who found that wild rice didn’t grow in water with high sulfate levels.