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A notice posted on the door of the US Post Office in Hovland Friday announces that the retail service window hours at the office will be cut in half in late March.
According to the notice from Janelle Daniels from the USPS, "It has been determined that effective March 23, the Hovland PO will provide four hours of window service each weekday." The office currently provides eight hours of service for mailing, purchasing stamps, etc.
The Hovland Post Office and those in Tofte, Finland and Beaver Bay have been considered for reductions in hours since late last year. The Post Office in Beaver Bay received notice its hours will be cut to four per day, Monday through Friday and Tofte's hours will be cut to six during the week.
Starting on March 23, the retail hours in Hovland will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:40 PM to 4:40 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the retail window will continue to be open from 10 AM to Noon as usual.
In Tofte, retail hours will be 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours unchanged at 9 to 10 AM.
In Finland, the retail hours will be 8 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. Saturday's 10 AM to 11 AM service window time won't change.
Beaver Bay's hours will be from 8 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM with Saturday window hour from 8:30 to 930 AM.
Daniels says the reductions in hours result from "customer survey responses, input from the community meeting(s) (held in November) and the operational needs of the Postal Service." It will not affects USPS customers' access to their mail boxes or to the boxes for outgoing mail.
The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host its monthly social for North Shore Care Center residents with special desserts on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m., along with some old fashioned piano tunes by Irene Thompson.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.
The two new members of the ISD 166 school board—Ed Bolstad and Sissy Lunde—settled smoothly into their new roles at the first meeting of the New Year, the board’s organizational meeting on January 10. Jeanne Anderson was elected board chair, Mary Sanders, board clerk, and Sissy Lunde, board treasurer.
The board chose to continue meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m., with an informal community discussion time 15 minutes before each meeting.
Compensation for the board was set once again at $2,100 a year, with an extra $500 for the chair and $35 per meeting for board members on the union negotiating team.
The board briefly touched on several topics—administrative restructuring, class sizes in early grades, the budget, the four-day school schedule and more, and they kept deferring discussion until a special session on Jan. 24.
The board will meet that day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the upstairs of the Harbor House Grille. This is an open meeting.
Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre had a good day on Thursday in his solo attempt to scale Denali in winter.
The day began at top of Kahiltna just below 10,000 feet. Dupre reported a picture perfect day while it was snowing down here in Homer, Alaska where the support team is currently located.
His website reports that the weather was indeed very favorable for traveling. The temperature was -15F and the wind at about 10mph out of west. He reports it was the day he’s been waiting for.
Dupre broke camp at 9:30am with plans to spend the night in a camp at 11,200 feet. He reported it was a hard slog but by 4:40 PM he had arrived and made camp.
Dupre's adventure may be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com .
The North Shore Storm defeated Ashland 6-1 Thursday night in a match at Two Harbors.
North Shore scored once in the first period, twice in the second and three in the third on their way to the win. Ashland got its lone goal in the third.
Brad Rowlee led the Storm with two goals. Scoring one each were Austyn Wasko, Tyler Schramm, Cook County's Thomas Anderson and Luke Small.
The Storm includes skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The team hosts Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin in Two Harbors Saturday night.
Flu shots are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Teresa Borak RN of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic reported Thursday afternoon that the clinic has Flu vaccine available for children ages 6 months to 35 months, and, age 4 years and older.
The Clinic will have extra staff available from 1 to 4 PM, Friday to give injections, but people can come in anytime.
"It would be beneficial if you could come during that time, but we will NOT turn anyone away," she said,. "It is not too late to get your Flu shot,"
More information is available from the Clinic at 387-2330.
Mayor Larry Carlson reported that he has received a complaint about the blasting being done at the construction site at the high school. He said the caller didn’t like it that the blasting was being done until 8 p.m. Administrator Mike Roth said there is no ordinance prohibiting or restricting the hours of such activity, and the construction crews are doing the blasting between 4 and 8 p.m. so as not to disturb the students while school is in session.
“You would be hard-pressed to do something before it [blasting] is completed,” Roth said when asked about the possibility of drafting and enacting an ordinance before the construction is done. Councilors agreed that such action is not necessary. The blasting is being done to make way for the new YMCA swimming pool.
Things are heating up on the ice at Birch Grove Community Center. Four teams are signed up for the third annual Birch Grove Boot Hockey Tournaments, to be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:45 and Sat. Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.
If you’d like to join the fun, contact Birch Grove Foundation Director Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Foundation by e-mail at email@example.com or call (218) 663-7977 (Wednesdays) for complete registration and signup information.
The cost to participate is $20 for both dates; $15 for one date per team.
Teams need 5-6 players ages 12+ to participate in a 25-minute game. Co-ed and mixed age level teams are welcome! Each participating team will receive a large pizza sponsored by Grand Marais State Bank and Sven and Ole’s Pizza.
Not interested in playing? Come watch the action and warm up by the bonfire. Pizza will be available for sale.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the final regulations aimed at cutting pollution from taconite plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota wild areas.
Included in the regulations is the Northshore Mining Co. operation in Silver Bay.
The regulations come after months of delay and will force some taconite operations to add expensive new pollution control equipment to curb nitrogen oxides, or NOx, and sulfur dioxides, SO2.
According to a Duluth News Tribune report Thursday morning, environmental and public-health groups, and now the EPA, say that pollution causes haze over pristine areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Isle Royale and Voyageurs national parks. The groups and the EPA say it also can cause lung ailments in people.
The plan “will reduce pollutants that are harmful to people’s health and impair visibility in national parks and wilderness areas,” the EPA said in announcing the final rule. The agency said the pollution controls are expected to reduce NOx emissions by about 22,000 tons per year and SO2 emissions by about 2,000 tons per year.
The News Tribune reports the rules affect all six taconite operations in Minnesota as well as the lone taconite operation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. New plants also would be expected to meet the standards. Many coal-fired power plants already have been required to make similar upgrades.
The federal government stepped in after regulators concluded that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency didn’t go far enough to limit haze from taconite plants. The state in April essentially said the industry was doing all it could within reason to control haze pollution.
Amy & Adams of St. Paul will be performing at O'Phelan's Pub at Cascade Lodge on Friday, Jan. 18 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Amy & Adams share their inspiring upbeat music with folks in the Midwest and beyond, and for nearly two decades they’ve touched audiences of all ages at schools, churches, libraries, city parks, art fairs, weddings, wineries, radio, television, and especially elder care facilities.
Amy and Mark Adams-Westin found each other in the Twin Cities after decades of playing in their own worlds. They’ve produced five well-received CDs that have garnered national and international airplay; they cover a musical territory far wider than folk which they’ve dubbed Eclectic/FolkRock/ TinPanAlley/BluesGrass.
Their newest CD, Gone…aloft may be heard at http://airplaydirect.com/music/amyandadams.
The North Shore Visitation Center provides a safe place for families who need supervised visits among parents and children. Annie DeBevec (D Beh vic) and Lucy Perpich talked with WTIP's DayBreak host Roger Linehan about who the program is for, how it works and the change in leadership from Annie to Lucy.
DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District reports that the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are closed for the winter season.
The season’s final vessel was the the 767-foot Cason J. Callaway . The Callaway entered the Poe Lock and out of Lake Superior just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, downbound with 25,000 net tons of taconite pellets.
During the 2012 navigation season, 4,086 cargo vessels passed through the Soo Locks carrying about 75 million tons of iron ore, coal, grain and other commodities. In addition to cargo vessels, a total of 3,278 tour boats, private boats and other recreational vessels used the locks this past year.
The Corps has operated and maintained the locks as part of its navigation mission since 1881 and will use the downtime to perform critical winter maintenance on the lock structures.
"The Soo Locks is the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System, and it is vitally important that we keep this infrastructure in good working order," said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer. "This time of year, our dedicated and hard-working staff at the Soo Area Office perform important maintenance and repair work under strict time constraints to prepare the locks for the next shipping season. The district puts a high priority on this work to keep the locks functioning safely and reliably for the benefit of our nation."
District personnel will perform a 5-year periodic inspection of the MacArthur Lock, while work crews repair watertight doors and miter gates, and install a new air bubbler ice suppression system on the MacArthur Lock gates. Concrete upgrades and installation of gate fenders are also planned in the MacArthur Lock. Piping will be installed in the Poe Lock for a new hydraulic system to operate the gates, booms and valves. Once winter maintenance is complete, the locks will reopen in March.
Back in 1907, the US Congress passed the Expatriation Act. That act had some nasty consequences including "denationalizing" American women who were naturally born citizens, but who married men who immigrated to the country.
One of the women who lost her citizenship was the grandmother of Dan Swalm of Minneapolis. He recently discovered that she died as a "woman without a country" and he's setting out to do something about that.
In an interview with WTIP DayBreak Host Roger Linehan, Dan explained what happened to his grandmother how he is working on getting the US to make amends.
The Cook County boys’ basketball team is the only North Shore team to win in Tuesday night action. .
The Vikings traveled to Cromwell where they took a 62-43 win on the Cardinals’ court. The Viking girls dropped a 60-55 decision to Cromwell.
And, Silver Bay dropped two basketball games at home with North Woods. The Grizzlies beat the Mariner boys 81 -46. In the girls’ game, North Woods stopped Silver Bay 82-23
In boys’ hockey, it took an overtime for Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl to take a 5-4 win over the North Shore Storm. The Storm is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties.
The Viking boys upped their record to 7-2 for the season with the win at Cromwell. The Vikings led 30-18 after the first half and outscored Cromwell 32 to 25 in the second for the win.
Cook County had double-figure performances from Kale Boomer with 18, Colin Everson with 14 and Lars Scannell with 12. Boomer had two three pointers while Scannell and Everson had one each.
Other Viking scoring came from Jonny Jacobsen with six, Trevor Deschampe with four and Jamie Wick with 3, on a three-point basket. Justin Goldstein and Peter Warren rounded off the points for Cook County with two each.
Jared Hutar led the Cardinals with 12.
The Viking girls didn’t fare as well, losing a close one, 60-55 to Cromwell. The loss dropped the girls to 5-9 for the season. Cook County dropped behind 31-24 after the first half before outscoring the Cardinals 31-27 in the second to almost catch up.
Breana Peterson led Cook County and all scorers with 22 points including three, three-pointers. Theresa Morrin scored 16 while Lily Gruber-Schuluz had nine. Rounding out the Viknig scoring were Kaitlynn Linnell with five and Leah Utities with three. Utities’ points came on a three-pointer.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Poor snow conditions have forced organizers to postpone the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota.
The Duluth News-Tribune reports the race had been scheduled to start Jan. 27. It's now postponed until March 10.
Race coordinator Pat Olson tells the newspaper that the trail is "terrible."
Olson says organizers are hoping for snow by March 10. If it doesn't snow, the race could face only its third cancellation ever.
A lack of snow caused the Beargrease board of directors to cancel last year's races. It also was canceled in 2007.