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Becky Rom of Sustainable Ely on mining in Cook County

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 1:17pm

On May 21, Becky Rom, one of the founders of the Sustainable Ely project gave a presentation in Grand Marais about the effects of copper and precious metal mining in Northeastern Minnesota, including Cook County. WTIP'S Will Moore spoke to Becky after the presentation about these effects.


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Rumble fill work to continue on Hwy 61

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 8:55am

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will resume work filling in centerline rumble strips on Highway 61 in Cook and Lake County in July.

MnDOT began filling some of the centerline rumble strips last fall after hearing from numerous local residents who complained that the rumble strips created too much noise.

MnDOT will fill in all of the centerline rumble strips in Cook County except those located north of Grand Portage where there aren’t any adjacent homes. MnDOT will also fill in all of the centerline rumble strips in Lake County.

“Housing density along the North Shore is much different than on most rural highways,” said Jim Miles, MnDOT District 1 acting traffic engineer. “To passing motorists it looks as if there aren’t many homes along the highway. In reality, the housing density is comparable to suburban neighborhoods. Considering this, and the mix of tourist and local traffic, which leads to increased passing and driving over the centerline rumble strips, we decided to fill them in.”

MnDOT is reviewing its centerline rumble strip policy, including criteria on where centerline rumble strips should or should not be installed and is researching the effectiveness of other rumble strip designs that have less of a noise impact.



Morrison, Hull and Morrin take Grand Portage RTC seats in election

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:22pm

Members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa went to the polls today, Tuesday, June 10 to vote for three Reservation Tribal Council seats—secretary/treasurer, committeeperson I and committeeperson II. The votes have been counted and all of the races were very close.

Running for secretary/treasurer were incumbent April (Clearwater Day) McCormick and former secretary/treasurer Dennis B. Morrison. Morrison won the seat with 55.15 percent of the vote to McCormick’s 44.85 percent.

For the committeeperson I seat, the candidates were Rob Hull and Amber Porter. Hull won the committeeperson seat I with 52.15 percent of the vote to Porter’s 47.40 percent.

Candidates for the committeeperson II seat are incumbent John Morrin and former committeeperson William “Bill” Myers. Morrin narrowly defeated Myers with 50.62 percent of the vote to Myers’ 49.38 percent.

The Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council is the governing body of Grand Portage. The enrolled members of the band elect the tribal council officers. The council oversees health care, social services, education, jobs, housing, public safety, and more


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Birthdays to be celebrated at North Shore Care Center June 11

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:18pm

The warmer spring weather is certainly welcomed this year by residents at the North Shore Care Center. Many elders have enjoyed time on the patios and a fun picnic on Memorial Day. Everyone is looking forward to summer.

The month of June is National Gardening Month, Men’s Month, and Dairy Month – which also includes Flag Day, Father’s Day, and the first day of summer!

Many activities are planned to get folks outdoors whenever possible, beginning with the planting of flowers and vegetables. Other activities will be reading sessions, trivia, patio games, another picnic, and some outings in the community.

The monthly birthday will take place on Wednesday, June 11 to honor Janet Morgan, Donny Schulte, and Donna Willett. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders.

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website:  

North Shore Landowner Workshop: Friday, June 13

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:34pm

If you’d like to learn more about restoring and managing your forest property, there’s a Landowner Workshop this Friday that can help you.  WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with Wayne Russ of the North Shore Forest Collaborative on North Shore Morning. 

3rd Annual
Friday, June 13, 2014
12:00 - 4:30 pm
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Finland, MN

--Are you wondering what you can do about the dying birch in your woods?
--Are you looking for help planting trees or controlling invasive plants?
--Do you want to borrow equipment to plant trees or control invasive plants?
--Would you like to sit down with a professional and discuss your plans for your property?

Whatever your interest or size of your property, join the North Shore Forest Collaborative for an educational and fun workshop designed specifically for private landowners on the North Shore. This event is free and open to everyone.


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AEOA Offers Housing Assistance

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:54am

There are services available for folks needing assistance with housing in our area, as well as those experiencing crisis situations.  WTIP host Julie Carlson spoke with Michelle Lampton, the Homeless Program Supervisor with the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency on North Shore Morning.

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