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CCVB Director to accept human rights advocacy position

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:35am

The Executive Director of Cook County Visitors Bureau is leaving mid-June.

Sally Nankivell has accepted a position as the Administrative Director at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis. Nankivell said that when she moved here 13 years ago she left behind a career in advocacy and human rights.

“Although it was a difficult decision,” she said, “I could not pass up this incredible opportunity to move back into a field that is my passion.”
 

Grand Portage man charged with attempted murder

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 9:12am

A 21 year old Grand Portage man has appeared in Cook County on a charge of attempted murder in the first degree. The arraignment of Steven Warren Robert Anishnabie was scheduled for 10 a.m. today, May 17.

According to the complaint, Anishnabie stabbed Grand Portage Casino security guard Rollin Edward Baird in the early morning of May 15. According to a statement given to Cook County Deputy Will Sandstrom, Anishnabie said he had planned to stab Baird “for a couple of months” because he did not think Baird was appreciative of casino customers.

Baird was taken to the hospital with a knife wound to his neck, just missing the carotid artery. The attack took place near the casino security podium and was likely caught on video tape.

If convicted, the felony carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Moose calf collaring begins

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 8:02am
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Biologists have begun collaring moose calves in the second phase of a study to determine why Minnesota's moose population is declining so rapidly.

This past winter, researchers attached high-tech GPS collars to more than 100 adult moose. The DNR started putting collars on baby moose last week and are about halfway to their goal of 50.

Department of Natural Resources biologist Glenn DelGiudice said the calves are just a few days old, and researchers can walk up to them.

Three collared calves have already died, one shortly after being collared; two after being abandoned by their mothers. In the adult study, four moose died after being tranquilized and collared. DelGiudice says the risks are necessary to try to prevent the disappearance of moose from northeastern Minnesota.

Grand Marais Playhouse honors graduates

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 11:45am

The Grand Marais Playhouse held its annual award ceremony last Saturday honoring the high school seniors who have made significant contributions to the local theater community.
Every year the Playhouse awards deserving high school seniors with “Commitment To Excellence in Theater Arts.” Each senior receives an award, name on the plaque in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts lobby and $100. The 2013 award recipients are Adrianna Berglund, Cailin Carpenter, Jordyn Kirk, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell and Michaela Peterson.
Grand Marais Playhouse Director Sue Hennessy said, “We will miss these talented thespians on our stage but wish them all the best on their journey forward.”

Midwest Living magazine declares Grand Marais Campground a "supercampground"

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 11:41am

The Grand Marais Campground and Marina was named one of five “supercampgrounds” in the June 2013 edition of Midwest Living magazine.
“If you’re looking to blend fine dining, great shopping and a quiet Lake Superior shore, you‘ll find it here along the famed North Shore,” the article states.  “With 300 total sites, this city campground has pull-through spots with water, electric and sewer hookups, while quaint tent sites snuggle up to the cobblestone Lake Superior shoreline.  What we love:  Campers can walk three blocks into downtown for some of the best cuisine on the North Shore, then return to campsites that—at $33—cost less than dinner for two.”

Wisconsin wildfire cause investigated

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 7:16am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Department of Natural Resources officials say there could be air quality problems downwind of the wildfire. The DNR issued an Air Quality Special Notice yesterday. The blaze has destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. Firefighters had stopped most of the fire from spreading as of yesterday afternoon.

Residents and owners of vacation properties potentially affected by the northwestern Wisconsin wildfire now have a hotline to call to check on their properties. The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon has consumed about 8,700 acres in Douglas and Bayfield County. The number is 715-376-4185.

The fire started in an area where workers were doing logging operations. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ed Culhane says officials are investigating whether a spark from a piece of logging equipment started the fire around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Douglas County. No injuries have been reported.