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Isle Royale National Park to hold public meeting in Duluth on cultural resources and Isle Royale wolvesMon, 11/18/2013 - 3:09pm
Isle Royale National Park has hosted three public meetings in Minnesota and Michigan to discuss the Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP) currently under development, as well as the status of wolf management on the island. A final meeting will be held in Duluth on November 20, 2013 at the Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive.
During the meetings, the National Park planning team will present information about preliminary draft alternative concepts that provide a range of options for the management, treatment, and interpretation of cultural resources. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the public to discuss the alternative concepts, as well as other ideas about the plan and planning process with the planning team.
The county attorney’s office staff is very busy these days and a wage increase was requested at the Nov. 12 board meeting in recognition of increased responsibilities for Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken and Victim-Witness Coordinator/Paralegal Jeanne Smith.
A November 7 memo from Assistant County Attorney Hicken to county board department liaison Heidi Doo-Kirk states, “On October 15, 2013, [County Attorney] Tim Scannell gave notice that he was leaving the office indefinitely on medical leave and that he would be passing responsibility for running the office on to myself with the assistance of Jeanne Smith. Tim stated he would support an increase in wage for both Jeanne and I because of the drastic increase in responsibility.”
Attorney Scannell left on medical leave just one week before a grand jury in St. Louis County indicted him on two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct related to his relationship with a 17-year-old Cook County girl.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a public hearing in Superior on Tuesday, November 26. The hearing will be an opportunity to discuss a permit which would allow Superior-based Elkhorn Industries to repair a dock on the bed of the St. Louis River for future use as an oil shipping terminal.
Elkorn Industries is working with the Calumet Superior Refinery to renovate the terminal, which will use it as a shipping base for moving crude oil from the Enbridge pipeline across the Great Lakes. Oil in the Enbridge pipeline is sourced from North Dakota and Alberta. If granted, the permit will be the first step toward making the project a reality.
Elkhorn submitted a water permit application for the project to the Wisconsin DNR in January of 2013, which will be open for public comment through December 6. The Wisconsin DNR will then have to make a decision as whether to grant the permit within 20 days.
The Calumet refinery is owned by Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. and currently produces gasoline, diesel, asphalt and heavy fuel oils.
The hearing will be held from 12:30 pm until 4 p.m., at the Superior Public Library, and will include presentations by both Elkhorn Industries and the Wisconsin DNR. There will also be time at the end of the hearing for testimony from the public.
The Cook County Historical Society has just completed a long-range planning project for the Society's four historic sites in and around Grand Marais.
There will be an open house at the museum in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday, November 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to present the long range plans and seek volunteers to serve on task forces for each of the historic sites.
The sites include the Lighthouse Keeper's House (museum), Chippewa City Church, the Bally Blacksmith Shop, and the Replica Fish House and Fishing Tug "Neegee."
(Click on audio mp3 above to hear an interview with Carrie McHugh, Dick Gillyard, and Leah Thomas of the Cook County Historical Society.)
More information is available online at www.cookcountyhistory.org.
(Photo by jonathunder via wikimedia commons)
The week ahead promises to be dry and cooler. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson from the National Weather Service.
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. The DNR is revising stream and lake management plans in the Grand Marais area. They also report on the wolf and deer seasons so far. Enbridge is reconsidering its pipeline route and scientists take another look at climate change and large animals…all in this week’s news.