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East End residents are not happy about the new rumble strips recently installed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on Highway 61 between Grand Marais and the Canadian border. On September 10, citizens were on hand to speak to the county commissioners personally about the matter during the public comment portion of the county board meeting.
Citizens were informed that the county board supported their opposition with a letter to Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle written September 4, 2013.
Bob Carter thanked the board for the letter but asked for a resolution decrying the rumble strips. “For those of us who live there and hear them every day, day and night, they’re intolerable,” he said.
Carter said people who live as far as two miles from the highway can hear them. He said he had heard from over 60 people who are bothered by them.
Commissioner Garry Gamble said when they presented the letter to the transportation commissioner the commissioner listened and seemed responsive.
Gamble acknowledged that there are a lot of deaths on Highway 61 and said they want to protect public safety but also reduce the noise.
“We’re not opposed to public safety,” said Carter. He said people who move up here know the highway is there and are prepared for traffic noise. “There’s a huge difference between the sound of traffic and rumble strips,” he said.
The letter to the transportation commissioner states “While the safety goal is one we support, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and many, many residents along Highway 61 have concerns about the negative impacts resulting from the length and location of these recently installed centerline rumble strips.”
There are some great fall trips coming up for the Cook County Senior Center in September with a Grand Portage Casino Express on Tuesday September 24. Transportation is free for those that sign up by registration date and board at the Senior Center.
The senior center is also hosting a Gunflint Lodge Lunch and Fall Color Trip, Monday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Receive a generous 20% discount off your lunch bill! Roundtrip transportation is just $12, lunch at your own expense. Tour the fall colors on the way back.
Last month the senior center travelled to Duluth and rode the North Shore Scenic Railway. We enjoyed lunch at The Chopsticks Inn and a treat at Culver’s on the way home. It was a very fun and enjoyable trip!
For more information on how to join the fun on these trips or to register, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.
Divers recovered the body of a longtime Gunflint Lodge fishing guide on Sunday, three days after he was thrown into the waters of an Ontario lake after a boating accident.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Bruce Kerfoot, co-owner of the lodge said provincial police told him that divers found the body of Dennis Todd, 59, at about 1:30 p.m. in Northern Light Lake in 46 feet of water.
Todd, who had been a guide at Gunflint Lodge for 25 years, had been out fishing on the lake with a new lodge employee on Thursday. The woman told officials that she and Todd were on their way back to the lodge when their boat struck something in the water in Trafalgar Bay. The two were thrown into the water and Todd, who was not wearing a life jacket, did not resurface. The woman, who was wearing a life jacket, was able to swim to an island, signal another angler and then alert authorities.
Northern Light Lake is in Ontario, a short portage from Saganaga Lake near the end of the Gunflint Trail.
A search team using side-scan sonar quickly found Todd’s body Sunday about 50 feet from where the woman thought he went into the water, Kerfoot said. Todd’s body was taken to Thunder Bay for a standard postmortem examination.
The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais is launching a new project to promote active living in Cook County called "Moving Matters." There will be an all-day kickoff event on Thursday, September 19 on the lawn in front of the Grand Marais Public Library. In case of rain, the event will move to the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.
Moving Matters Kickoff
Thursday, September 19
Grand Marais Public Library
- 10:00-11:30 - Fun for Young Children and Families: Bouncy House, Outdoor Story Time, and Zumba for Young Children.
- 12:30-1:30 - Jim Oberstar: “Active Living As You Age” talk.
- 1:30-2:30 - Bike/Walk Tours: Bring your bike or walking shoes!
- 3:30-4:30 - After School Fun: Gaga ball, Blender Bike, and more!
- 4:30-6:00 - Food and Music: The Stonebridge Singers Drum Group and Food Fundraiser by the Girl Scouts: quesadillas, fresh fruit/veggies, chips, and brownies.
"Moving Matters" is a 3-year, county-wide project to create safe and accessible walking and biking routes for all ages and abilities throughout Cook County.
The photographs of Dave DeGree will be featured until the end of the month at the Cross River Heritage Center. DeGree has been a photographer all his life. His favorite subject is northern Minnesota, and particularly the North Shore of Lake Superior. “I especially enjoy photographing those areas adjacent to Lake Superior,” he said. “Big waves, powerful waterfalls and delicate wildflowers are all to be found nearby. It is a great place to view through the camera’s lens.”
DeGree, a retired executive for a St. Paul graphics firm, lives near Little Marais and says that selling photographs is not his goal. “Rather, I wish to raise the awareness of those who come to the North Shore about the spectacular sights that are all around them here,” he said. DeGree has spent more than 40 years photographing North Shore venues.
The Cross River Heritage Center is located near mile marker 79 in Schroeder. Call (218) 663-7706 or see www.davedegreeohoto.com for more information.
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Barrel recovery resumes on Lake Superior, also experts assess the future of the big lake. Land swaps are proposed and the court says no EIS needed for mineral exploration. Duluth has the best drinking water and fall colors watch begins on The Superior National Forest …all in this week’s news.