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The Norpine Trail Association is holding an annual fall cleanup weekend on Saturday October 27 from 9 - 4 p.m. and the morning of October 28. The association encourages local cross country ski enthusiasts to take part in this weekend. Norpine will host a small group of North Stars from the Twin Cities who have been coming for 30 years to help maintain our trails! Please call 218-387-1112 and ask for Michael or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or to get more information.
The Norpine Trail Association maintains and enhances the historic Norpine Trail System (which includes Cascade River State Park trails, Deer Yard Loop trails and Hall-Massey trails)—nearly 60 km of ski trails.
The association is seeking people to serve as local representatives on its board. The time commitment can be very nominal or if you really want to be active there is plenty of opportunity for that.
The Norpine Trail Association is hosting its annual meeting at Solbakken Resort on October 26, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today announced those serving in the military and overseas voters need to apply for their ballots now to have time to return them by Election Day.
“Military and overseas voters need to apply for their ballots now,” explained Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “If you are in the military or will be overseas on Election Day, you should submit an absentee ballot application to your county auditor and request that your ballot be either emailed or faxed to you. You need to do so as soon as possible so that you’ll have time to mail it back to Minnesota to be counted on November 6.”
Military and overseas voters are encouraged to use the Military and Overseas Voter Service website to apply for their absentee ballots. Absentee ballot applications may be submitted by email, fax or mail. Minnesota law allows military personnel and voters overseas the option of receiving their ballots electronically but requires the voters to return their ballots by mail.
STATE OF MINNESOTA COOK COUNTY AUDITOR NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
To the voters in the County of Cook, State of Minnesota. Notice is Hereby Given, That a General Election will be held on Tuesday, the Sixth (6th) day of November, 2012. The polls will be open from seven (7) o'clock AM to eight (8) o'clock PM.
Arrowhead Animal Rescue was established in April 2011 and continues its work to carer for animals in Cook County.
Arrowhead Animal Rescue board members are Chair Gay O’Donnell,
Treasurer Bev Green, Secretary Evelyn Larsen, Barb Dvorak, Karen
Flolid, Ashley Green, Ruth Hansen and City Liaison Bill Lenz.
The ultimate goal of Arrowhead Animal Rescue? To see that every animal
taken in finds a home. A goal difficult to meet for even the most
successful animal rescue entities. Animal Allies of Duluth, pointed to
Arrowhead Animal Rescue as a stellar rescue group has only met that
goal once in its 53 years of operation. However, that does not mean
that the new Cook County organization is not going to try to reach
that goal, with the first step being construction of a small, safe,
In the meantime, Arrowhead Animal Rescue has focused on the existing
animal shelter near the Grand Marais Rec. Park. Arrowhead Animal
Rescue member Molly Hoffman encouraged people to stop by to take a
look. She said, “A lot of work has been done at the pound. We’ve
been cleaning and painting and it looks good.”
To learn more, consider going to the next meeting of the Arrowhead
Animal Rescue at the Grand Marais Senior Center at 4 p.m. Meetings are
held on the 4th Thursday of each month. For more information or if you
need help with an animal, call (218) 387-1781 or e-mail email@example.com
There is a 1 in 80 chance of hitting a deer with a vehicle in Minnesota -- the eighth highest likelihood in the U.S. That's a drop in ranking from last year when the state was ranked 6th in the country.
Wisconsin is seventh in the U.S. for deer-vehicle collisions -- the same ranking it had last year -- with a 1 in 79 chance of such a crash.
The worst state in the country for deer-vehicle crashes is West Virginia, where there is a 1 in 40 chance.
A 41-year-old Silver Bay man remains hospitalized at Miller Dwan Medical Center in Duluth after being injured in an explosion Monday morning at Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor power plant.
As of Monday night, one of the two generation units continued to generate electricity. Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge said the accident is not expected to affect customers. That plant had been evacuated temporarily during the fire. There was no damage estimate available.
According to company officials, 11-year-employee Joe Fredrickson was in critical condition Monday night, but he was described as conscious and communicative. The injured fuels technician was taken by ambulance to Cook County North Shore Hospital by ambulance and then transferred to Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center before moving to Miler Dwan.
Rutledge said the coal bunker was being filled with coal when the explosion occurred. The bunker is where coal is stored before it is burned in steam generators to generate electricity.
She said the utility is investigating the cause of the blast.
Frederickson was the only person in the coal bunker room when the explosion occurred shortly after 9 AM. Schroeder Fire Chief Phil Bonin said there appeared to be a coal-dust explosion that caused several spot fires in the plant. Bonin said the cause of the blast wasn’t clear.
Tofte Fire Department personnel reported the initial fire was under control about 30 minutes after it started.
The Lutsen Fire Department was called out at 1:30 on Monday afternoon to join two other Cook County fire departments in fighting flames that rekindled at the plant shortly after noon. The Lutsen department was also asked to bring thermal imaging equipment to the scene.
Fire departments from Schroeder and Tofte, and, the Cook County Ambulance had been called back to the plant about 12:35 PM. The fire departments and ambulance were summoned after flames rekindled on the roof of the power plant in the wake of a morning explosion and fire..
Ambulances and fire departments from the West End were dispatched to the scene after the initial explosion and the Minnesota State Patrol was called in for traffic control.
The Duluth News Tribune says a similar explosion and fire occurred at the plant in August, 2002.