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Deep snow makes Denali climb tough Wednesday for Dupre

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:27am

In the latest report from Alaska's Denali, Lonnie Dupre had a good 10 hours of sleep during his first night on the mountain, but had a difficult climb Wednesday..

Dupre's website reports he pressed on his climb Wednesday for six hours until 4:30 PM. He reported deep snow, calm conditions and temperatures of 5 below zero F. He is making his third solo attempt to reach the summit of the highest peak in North America during winter. He would be the first to accomplish the solo feat.

Due to the deep snow, Wednesday was a tough day. The website reports Dupre is in good spirits and is looking forward to more progress on Thursday.

At the time of the Wednesday night report, Dupre was was at 7400 feet, half a mile from the 7800 foot camp where he is planning on breaing for lunch Thursday and pushing on until dark.

Wednesday's menu consisted of granola and coffee for breakfast, a protein bar and chocolate for lunch followed by mac and cheese with a side of chocolate for dinner.

Dupre's expedition can be followed  at www.oneworldendeavors.com. .

 

Sen. Franken talks about guns and mental health

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:46pm

Guns in school, better mental health programs and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Minnesota’s US Senator Al Franken.

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Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race wraps up with Musher Banquet at Grand Portage Lodge

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:23pm

The Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race wrapped up last night, January 8 with a fabulous banquet at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. The top 15 racers received their share of the purse and had the opportunity to share stories of the trail. Congratulations to Ross Framboni of Two Harbors, who had the fastest time in the stage race. As he accepted his check for $6,500, Framboni thanked his competitors, all the volunteers and race organizers. “Thanks for putting on a great race,” he said.

Child development course offered at Higher Ed

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:07pm

All children are born eager to explore their world and master their development.  Join Higher Ed as we review the theories of child development, the importance of developmentally appropriate practice, the developmental milestones of the first five years of life, including brain development and factors that can influence child growth and development.
Participants will examine the function and importance of play in the lives of young children as well as highlight how observation and assessment of children is important for early childhood educators parents.
The courses will be offered Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17, and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at Cook County Higher Education. There is a $40 fee.  Contact Patty at pattyn@boreal.org for registration information.

State encouraging residents to test homes for radon

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 9:01am

ST. PAUL (AP) - Governor Mark Dayton has declared this "Radon Action Month" in Minnesota, and the state is encouraging residents to get their homes tested.

(Click on the link to WTIP below  to hear an interview with Andrew Gilbert, Radon Outreach Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health.)
 
More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon, an odorless, colorless but radioactive gas.  The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer every 25 minutes.  It's the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but health officials say the risk is largely preventable.
 
Over 40 local public health agencies around the state have partnered with the Health Department to make over 8,000 radon test kits available to residents at low or no cost.
 
Over 1,000 Minnesota homeowners every year install radon reduction systems, but that's a small percentage of the homes that should have them.

More information about low cost radon test kits can be found online at www.radon.mn.com, or by calling the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-800-798-9050.

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SBA loses girls' hockey match to P-H

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 5:07am

The Proctor-Hermantown girls' hockey team visited Silver Bay Tuesday night and left with a 4-0 shut-out of the Mariners.

The visitors scored once in the first period and three times in the third to take the win.

Scoring for P-H were Reilly Fawcett, who hit the net twice, Abby Halverson and Justina Lindberg.

Cassie Swanson was in the net for Silver Bay Area team. She had 25 saves. Kylie Hommerding had 17 saves for the visitors.

Silver Bay Area is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The Mariners are 6-13 after the loss, but they've gone 5-5 in the past 10 games.

Silver Bay Area travels to Moose Lake Area's home ice on Friday night for their next match. The Rebels escaped the Mariners when they last met on December 13 in Silver Bay. Moose Lake Area took a 3-2 win that night.

Lonnie Dupre is on Denali

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 4:05am

 

Cook County mountain climber and Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre is on Denali.

 

KTUU-TV in Alaska and Dupre's website One World Endeavors report Dupre is into his third attempt to become the first person to reach the summit of the highest peak in North America solo in January.

 

After weather delays over the weekend, Dupre was finally able to fly to Kahiltna Glacier Tuesday. The glacier rests at the base of the mountain.

 

"We got the go ahead from our pilot, Paul Roderick, this morning to be at the airport by noon. By 1:30pm we had landed on Kahiltna Glacier where Lonnie buried a cache of supplies at basecamp at 7200ft," his website reported. "About half an hour later Lonnie finished getting ready and began making his way towards the mountain. We said our goodbyes and wished him a safe journey!"

 

Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors takes top overall finish in Gichigami Express

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 3:36pm

Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors and his team won all three stages of the inaugural Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race and mushed his way to the top prize Tuesday.

Fraboni totaled 12:07 for all three stages of the race when he crossed the finish line in Mineral Center Tuesday afternoon. He and the team ran the final stage in 3:28:30 to take home the first place finisher's price of $6500.

Ryan Redington of Wasilla, AK stayed in second place throughout the day finishing the third stage in 3:28:32, just two seconds behind Fraboni on the final stage. Redington ran the complete course in 12:10 and received the $4500 second-place purse.

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa underwrote the $25,000 total in finisher prizes. The purses will be distributed at the 6 PM Awards Banquet at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.

Keith  Aili of Ray maintained the third place post he captured Monday and finished the third leg in 3:33. The finish gave him an overall time of 12:27 for the race. Aili took home the third place $3500.

Will Kornmuller of Willow, AK moved up on Tuesday to fourth, finishing the third leg in 3:35 for a total time of 12:37. He received $2000 for his finish.

Also improving his position Tuesday was Ryan Anderson of Ray who finished in 3:33. When added to the first two stages, Anderson came in fifth with an overall time of 12:42. He and his team take $1750 home with them.

Erin Redington of Wasilla, AK finished sixth in the overall standings with a 3:41 third leg and overall 12:47 finish. She captured $1500 for her finish. She was followed by Hovland's Frank Moe whose seventh place finish was only a minute behind  Erin Redington at 12:48. Moe ran the third stage in 3:53 to earn $1000 for his finish.

MN AAA predicts gas prices will be lower in 2013 than 2012

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 10:56am

BURNSVILLE, MN– Minnesota AAA says gasoline prices this year will be less expensive than in 2012 as a result of increased domestic oil production and lower demand.

Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race underway--teams back on their way to Grand Portage

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 9:42am

And they’re off! The last leg of the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race is underway today, January 8, with teams starting off on Devil Track Lake heading through the Gunflint/Greenwood Lake area toward Grand Portage. Organizers anticipate finishers to being arriving at Mineral Center in Grand Portage about 1 p.m. There is a Musher’s Banquet at Grand Portage Lodge tonight at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 and tickets are sold at the door.
For up-to-the-minute racing action, visit the race facebook page—look for Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race and see photos and videos. More information can also be found on the website www.Gichigamiexpress.com.

As cases increase in number, this is "the Year of the Flu"

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 9:16am

Like it or not this is the year of the flu. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with nurse Teresa Borak about the reparatory influenza uptick.

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North Shore Care Center celebrates birthdays on Wednesday, Jan. 9

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 9:06am

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 9 to honor Marge Jamison, Duane Linnell, Bill Erickson, and Irma Larsen. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with piano music by Doug Sanders.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.

Dinner with a Purpose at My Sister's Place Jan. 12

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 9:05am

Several local snowmobilers are once again participating in the Blackwoods Blizzard “Never Surrender” Tour, a ride to fight ALS. On Saturday, January 12 from 5 - 9 p.m., the community is invited to a “Dinner with a Purpose” at My Sister’s Place restaurant in Grand Marais.  For each meal sold during that time, 50 percent of the bill will be donated to the ALS Association of Minnesota.
Kathy and Tom “2E” Bernier, Paul Bernier and Scott “Emit” Bystrom are the riders taking part in the three-day, 370-mile snowmobile ride to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease.
ALS slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.
This crippling disease can strike anyone—sadly nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by ALS. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the meantime it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care people with ALS need. “Help make a difference and donate today,” said Kathy Bernier.
Kathy Bernier had a family member affected with this disease and her family saw first hand what the ALS Association can do to provide the help needed to those affected by it. She said, “Any donation small or large is appreciated and needed.”
The riders’ goal is $4,000 for research, education and patient assistance and you can help by making a donation on-line at http://webmn.alsa.org/site/TR/Rides/Minnesota?px=1703381&pg=personal&fr_id=8590.

Four mushers complete first two Gichigami stages in under 9 hours

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 4:21pm

Four mushers in the inaugural Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race have finished the first two stages of the three-stage race in under nine hours, wrapping up Monday's leg at Devil Track Landing.

Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors continues in the lead. He covered Monday's 59-mile stage in 4:43. When combined with his first place time Sunday of 3:55, he has run 8:38 over the first two days of the race. Ryan Redington of Wasilla , AK moved into second with a 4:46 finish today. That finish is added to his 3:56 finish yesterday for a two-stage total of 8:42, four minutes behind Fraboni.

Keith Aili of Ray moved from fourth to third Monday finishing the Windigo Lodge to Devil Track Landing trek in 4:48. He ran the first leg in 4:06 for a combined total of 8:54. Frank  Moe of Hovland slipped one minute behind Aili at 8:55 after the second day. Moe and his team turned in a 4:59 finish on Monday and a 3:56 on Sunday.

Three mushers finished the second day between 9 hours and 9:10 for overall running time. After two legs, Will Kornmuller of Willow AK was in fifth at 9:02 followed by Erin Redington of  Wasilla AK at 9:06 and Ryan Anderson of Ray at 9:08.

Six mushers finished the second day with cumulative times between 9:18 and 9:38. Bruce Langmaid of Kearny, ON finished in 9:18 followed by Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm at 9:20. One minute behind Schroeder was St. Cloud's Michael  Bestgen with Vern Schroeder of Warba at 9:30. Tofte's Rita Wehesler finished the second stage with a total time of 9:36 and Ariane Jasmin of Clam Gulch, AK was the final finisher with a cumulative total under 10 minutes at 9:38.

James Wheeler of Clam Gulch, AK was at 10:08 after two days followed by Finland's Blake Freking at 1015. Rounding out the teams were Amanda  Vogel of Ray at 10:24. Kevin Malikowski of Outing at 10:31 and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors at 10:36.

Forest Service to hold open house on North Shore Restoration Project Jan. 11

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:03am

John Wytanis, Tofte District Ranger, and Nancy Larson, Gunflint District Ranger, invite the public to learn more about the recently initiated North Shore Restoration Project. An open house to discuss the project is set for January 11, 2013.  Comments on the project, orally or in writing, are due January 21, 2013.

“The North Shore is a treasured Minnesota landscape, attracting people to come view Lake Superior and the surrounding forest,” said John Wytanis.  “Yet anyone who has hiked, skied or snowmobiled the trails along the shore has seen the dying birch and absence of white pine. This project we have developed is beginning to address the situation.”