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Weekend News Roundup for May 11

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 9:17am

The moose herd in Voyageurs National Park is holding steady, so are the wolves in Wisconsin. Enbridge resumes oil shipments. Duluth is seeing an historic steam engine and there’s lots of fishing opener stories…all in this week’s news.

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Move it down the Mississippi this May

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 3:12pm

Jazz it up this May by joining your friends and neighbors in the "Move It in May" event. Community members are "moving it"   Highway 61 to the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans. (The community has done the Lake Superior Circle Tour, so everyone is invited to jazz it up to Move It to New Orleans!
New this May will be weekly Thursday brown bag noontime presentations at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic lower level classroom, beginner and advanced bike safety rodeos, a chat box on the website, a printable tracking form for logging miles for large groups, and....a party!
Join your fellow Movers on May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a New Orleans-style party at the 4H log building. All participants are invited to attend, and there will be prize drawings, blending smoothies on the blender bike, and dancing to sweet jazz tunes. And, you can finally meet your Move It competitors and comrades face-to-face.
Registration is available online now at www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org or for more information, contact Kristin at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 387-2330.

Ellie the Elephant is coming!

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 1:31pm

Ellie the Elephant and the Silly Shades Brigade, which had to be rescheduled because of a snow storm earlier this month, will be appearing at the Grand Marais Public Library on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Presented by the Duluth Playhouse, this is an original adaptation of the elephant and the blind men fable.  This program is geared toward pre-school age through grade 3 but of course everyone is welcome!
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gogebic Taconite applies for mining permit

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 7:14am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A mining company has applied for an exploratory license to begin the process of opening an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite submitted the application on Thursday.

DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director Ann Coakley says a decision on granting the application will be made within 10 business days as required by the new law passed by the Legislature in March.

If Gogebic obtains a state permit it still must receive federal approval for the mine since it would affect federal wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that permit process could take up to four years.

Supporters of the mine say it will create jobs while opponents say it will harm the environment.

Mayor Larry Carlson: Next week is National Nursing Home Week

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 9:47am

Tower replacement, zipline development, bond refunding and a proclamation for National Nursing Home Week WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais mayor Larry Carlson.

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Work on Gitchi Gami Bike Trail to resume soon

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 8:54am
Gitchi Gami Bicycle Trail work in Lutsen

With warmer weather comes more bike riding and also work on the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail, which has been slowly making its way up the North Shore.  On April 24, the county board approved a contract with the Arrowhead Regional Development Council (ARDC) to develop strategies for completion of the trail at a cost of $10,000. 
Development of the trail began in the mid-1990s, and a plan to guide its development was adopted in 1999.  About 25 miles have been constructed.  The longest section is from Gooseberry Falls State Park to Beaver Bay, a stretch of 14.6 miles. 
Cook County will provide 1/3 of a $5,000 match ($1,667) for a grant of $5,000 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Lake County and the Gitchi Gami Trail Association will provide the rest of the match.
A stretch of trail west of the Lutsen Ski Hill Road will be completed this summer.
The trail will eventually be 86 miles long and will extend from Two Harbors to Grand Marais.  According to Todd Campbell of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the trail will be completed from Two Harbors to the Lutsen Ski Hill Road by the end of the summer.