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Senior Center offers "Casino Express" trips

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 12:50pm

There are three Grand Portage Casino Express trips planned for the Cook County Senior Center in June—Lucky Wednesday, June 5; Lucky Wednesday evening, June 19 and June 26. Contact the Senior Center for times and pick-up information.
Another Mystery Trip is planned for Wednesday, June 12, 9:45 a.m. Last month the center travelled to Silver Bay. They visited the new UMD Sustainable Farm and enjoyed lunch at Camp 61 in Beaver Bay, followed with shopping at the new Honey Bee Bakery.
This trip will include at least three mystery stops including a lunch stop. The cost is only $10 per person for transportation from the Senior Center.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660.

Five injured near Schroeder

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 9:12am

Five people were injured — one seriously — in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 61 along the North Shore.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the accident happened at milepost 78, near Schroeder, just before 5 p.m.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, a southbound 2001 GMC Yukon SUV driven by Kimberly Reno, 39, of Anoka, Minn., drifted over the right shoulder, overcorrected and rolled.

A passenger, Anthony Reno, 56, of Anoka, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle; he suffered serious injuries.

Kimberly Reno and three children in the vehicle, ages 15, 7 and less than 1 year old, all were wearing seat belts or were in child restraints and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

All five people were transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais.

Weekend News Roundup for June 1

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 10:18am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. High moose calf mortality concerns the DNR, so does finding zebra mussels in Itasca County. Missing boaters were found, wolf advocate lost a court decision. A Sig Olson exhibit opens in Ely and Minnesota signs on to a mutual aid deal with Canadian provinces…all in this week’s news.

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Moose research confirms high mortality for calves

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 9:42am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A study of Minnesota moose calves is confirming the high mortality rate for newborns.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Within days of finishing their work, 22 of the newborns already had died, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Most were killed by bears and wolves.

Ron Moen, a moose researcher at the University of Duluth, says a moose population can thrive with only 40 percent of calves surviving. But he says Minnesota moose calf survival has dropped below 30 percent in recent years, and this research should help explain why.


Community invited to enjoy "Art in the Garden" at Cook County Community Center

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 1:30pm

Join the University of Minnesota Extension Service for Art in the Garden at the Community Center on Saturday, June 1.
The morning sessions from 8:15 a.m. until noon will include for $15: Garden Yoga, Garden Art for the Heart & Soul, and Landscape Art. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available; lunch on your own from noon to 1 p.m.
The afternoon session will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and you can choose one of four “make and take” garden art projects: Hypertufa, $30; stained glass, $45; mosaic flower pot, $15; or metal garden art, $30.
To pre-register before May 24, call Diane at the Extension office, (218) 387-3015.

Pincushion Partnerships provide plenty of pedaling

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 1:19pm

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, Pedaling at Pincushion, will provide an opportunity to learn about and explore the trail system at Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais.  Many of the newly established single-track bike trails at Pincushion were built in recent years in partnership with the Superior Cycling Association, the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, and the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow.
The Superior National Forest and Superior Cycling Association teamed up to offer this event in conjunction with National Trails Day.  For contact information and directions see:

Historic bear and voyageur-with-canoe signs removed for restoration

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 1:14pm

The historic bear and voyageur-with-canoe signs announcing the start of the Gunflint Trail have seen better days, but they will be getting a facelift this summer.  They were removed from their post on the stone wall at the library on Friday, May 24.
John Schloot of Cross River Lodge near the end of the Gunflint Trail has been working for months on a campaign to restore the signs. 
According to County Commissioner Garry Gamble, the stonewalls holding up the signs at the bottom of Second Avenue West in downtown Grand Marais are believed to have been built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.
The cost of the project is expected to be $7,500.  The Gunflint Trail Historical Society began a fundraising campaign last fall and is contributing $3,500 toward the cost.  The Cook County Historical Society, also recognizing the historical significance of the signs, is contributing $1,500.  The Grand Marais City Council and the Cook County Board of Commissioners each voted to contribute $1,500, leaving the project with an extra $500 for unexpected costs that might arise. 
Yarrow Korf, one of three bidders on the project, will be doing the work in his shop on the Gunflint Trail, where he will apply paint with heat, making the signs more durable.  The metal voyageur sign will be sanded twice and receive two coats of primer, three coats of paint, and two coats of ultraviolet protectant.
The bear sign is a replacement for the metal original that is on display at The Garage in downtown Grand Marais.  On May 2, 2013, Commissioner Gamble said he wanted to explore the possibility of going back to having a metal bear sign alongside the metal voyageur sign.  “It would look better, it would last longer, it would be a better investment,” he said.

CCLEP offers homeowners resources for energy efficiency improvements

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:17pm

The Cook County Local Energy Project offers help for homeowners interested in energy efficiency improvements.  WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson learns more in this interview with CCLEP administrator Virginia Danfelt.

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Kara Pavelich painting donated to Lutsen Township

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:53am

Residents of Lutsen Township will long remember Kara Pavelich for her warmth, friendliness and talent as an artist. Just 44, Kara died September 6, 2012, in a fall at her home on Deer Yard Lake last year, gone too soon, leaving behind her husband, Mark, parents, a sister and a stunned community.
While Kara’s gone, a piece of her art work will now hang in the town hall in remembrance of her.
On May 21, Jeff Latz presented the Lutsen Town Board with a print donated from the Deer Yard Association in memory of Kara.
The print was made from one of Pavelich’s paintings, depicting a moose standing in a pond. The Deer Yard Lake Association purchased the print from Kara’s husband, Mark.
“She was well liked and loved by everyone in the community,” Jeff Latz said.
“We’re thrilled to acknowledge her in this way,” said Anna Latz.
Kara’s print will be the second piece of art donated to the newly finished town hall. A quilt now hangs on the east wall. It was donated by the quilting club, said Anna Latz, and quilts will be rotated from time-to-time, said Latz.
“It would be nice if you made a bracket so that descriptions about the quilts and who made the quilts could be inserted so the public could learn about them,” said John Groth, board treasurer.
“Good idea. We’ll make sure to do that,” said Anna Latz.

Groups lose wolf hunting appeal

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 10:27am

A pair of groups that challenged Minnesota rules for a state wolf hunting and trapping season has been dealt another blow in court.

Minnesota's Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a petition aiming to undo rules that allowed for a wolf hunting season, the first of which was held starting in November.

The appeals judges decided that the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves lacked sufficient legal standing to challenge the Department of Natural Resources rules.

Minnesota resumed sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year. Hunters and trappers then killed 413 wolves during the state's first wolf season, which ended in January.

A bill seeking to impose a five-year moratorium on wolf hunts stalled during the Legislature's just-completed session.


Applications being accepted now for Artist Initiative grants

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:38am

The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the FY 2014 Artist Initiative program, which provides grants supporting the artistic and career development of Minnesota artists. Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000, and the program has three discipline-specific program deadlines between May 31 and July 26.
Applications are accepted from Minnesota artists at any stage in their careers working in any of eight disciplines: prose, poetry, dance, music, theater, media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts.

Last year, two local artists were among the grant recipients.

Michael Monroe of Grand Marais was awarded a grant to produce and promote a new live concert DVD; and Jo Wood of Duluth was funded to create fiber and beadwork on the theme of home for exhibit at a community housing organization in Duluth.

Persons interested in applying for grants this year should read the program overview and application directions on the Artist Initiative program page, which is linked on the Arts Board’s home page:

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. The Arts Board receives an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s general fund and the arts and cultural heritage fund, and it receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and private sources. The Arts Board offers grants, services, and other resources to Minnesota individuals and organizations to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Additional information about the Arts Board can be found at


Great Lakes region pins economic hopes on water

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 9:38am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Business and government leaders in the Great Lakes region are pinning hopes for a return to prosperity on a precious resource: fresh water.

They're encouraging the development of a so-called "blue economy" — a network of industries that make products and provide services related to water, from pump and valve manufacturers to resorts offering lakefront vacations.
It's happening as growing water scarcity casts a shadow over the economic boom in Sun Belt states.

They've benefited for decades from an exodus of people and jobs from the Upper Midwest as its industrial core faded.
In Milwaukee, an organization called The Water Council is opening a refurbished building this summer that will bring together scientists and entrepreneurs to develop water-related businesses.

“Dog Whisperer” training in Cook County

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 1:33pm

Delayne Duhaime of Grand Portage is a great fan of the National Geographic Channel television show Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. So much so, that she is considering pursuing a career as a dog behaviorist. Working toward that goal, Duhaime contacted Millan, who referred her to one of his colleagues, Jeff Morgan. Morgan is coming to Cook County to offer Duhaime some training. She is excited about his visit and she is offering others the opportunity to also learn more.
According to their website, Jeff and Yael Morgan are the owners and directors of Howlywood Dog Behavioral and Vacation Center in Ra’anana, Israel, which they opened in 2006. They’ve treated and rehabilitated some dogs considered to be “worst-case.”
They have also helped countless others overcome the most common behavioral problems that so many dog owners suffer from today. Jeff and Yael are considered to be among Israel’s most elite canine behavior experts. They relocated to Newtown, Connecticut in 2013.
The Morgans work with animals using much the same “calm-assertive energy” philosophy as Cesar Millan.
The Morgans coined the term “Conscious Dog Training.”
Their theories can be found in the book they authored Happy Dog 101: 101+1 Tips for Raising a Happy Dog, which comes highly recommended by Cheri Lucas, a renowned dog behaviorist at the Second Chance Love Humane Society, a no-kill shelter that has found homes for 3,000 dogs.
Of the book, Lucas wrote, “No one, and I mean no one, leaves my office without a copy of Jeff and Yael Morgan’s comprehensive guide to raising a dog or puppy.  Happy Dog 101 addresses every principle of dog behavior in a concise, clear way that resonates with both adults and children.”

Neighbors object to temporary asphalt production near County Road 6

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 1:32pm

At the public comment period during the May 21, 2013 county board meeting, two residents who live near the Bautch gravel pit on Meridian Road just off County Road 6 (also known as the Monker Lake pit) tried to convince the board not to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for Northland Constructors to operate a temporary hot mix asphalt plant in the gravel pit.  The Cook County Planning Commission approved the plant on May 8 despite public protest at that meeting as well.
The plant is expected to operate for nine days, producing 29,000 tons of asphalt that will be laid down on six miles of County Road 7.  Asphalt currently on the road will be reused as well.  The project will also involve gravel washing. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a permit for the equipment.
The Cook County Office of Planning & Zoning received objections from six out of 24 property owners notified by letter of the project.  Concerns included health impacts from ozone, lead, asbestos, and particulates and dust and dangers from traffic and trucks traveling fast. 
One neighboring property owner asked the county to monitor the dust and the speed of the trucks and limit hours of operation to 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. six days a week or 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. five days a week.
The zoning ordinance requires hot mix plants to maintain a 2,600-foot buffer zone from the nearest residence.  Five property owners on three parcels within the 2,600-foot buffer signed waivers, but Planning & Zoning Administrator Bill Lane said a decision was made to maintain the buffer distance anyway.

Weekend News Roundup for May 25

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:18am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. One of Lake Superior’s fish may be affected by warming waters, fire restrictions remain on locally, but the drought conditions in the state have lessened. These stories and more…all in this week’s news.


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