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Lodging tax revenues for the sixth month of 2012 were up compared to June of last year county-wide. According to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office, the year-to-date totals were up 3.8 percent across the board for reporting tourism organizations.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues were up 1.4 percent from last June. Grand Marais revenues were up 11.8 percent from this time last year. The Gunflint Trail revenues for June were up 6.2 percent.
The Auditor’s office emphasizes that not all businesses report taxes at the same time each year and revenues are an “apples-to-apples comparison.” That means only businesses which reported lodging tax revenues both in June of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.
A “Water Contact Not Recommended” advisory has been issued by the Minnesota Department of Health today for Kadunce Creek Beach.
The beach is located at Kadunce Creek picnic area north of Grand Marais, on the north-west side of the Kadunce Creek mouth.
Elevated E. coli bacteria levels identified from samples collected yesterday indicate the possible presence of fecal contamination. The beach is scheduled to be re-sampled later today.
Another elevated E. coli advisory has been issued for Agate Bay Beach in Two Harbors. It too is scheduled to be re-sampled today.
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — State park officials have found pond scum on the waters of Lake Superior, a discovery that might be linked to warmer water temperatures.
A Wisconsin Public Radio report says about two miles of coastline from Cornucopia to the Apostle Islands sea caves had a light coating of blue-green algae.
Apostle Islands resource manager Julie Van Stappen says it's unusual to have any kind of algae blooms in the lake.
She says the water temperature is 67 degrees, whereas it's usually about 58 degrees. Lake Superior is experiencing some of its hottest water temperatures in the past 30 years. Some parts of the big lake are reporting 20 degrees above average as we enter August.
Meteorologist Mike Stewart said "It has been the warmest summer in 142 years of data gathering in the Duluth area.”
Nancy Larson is with the state Department of Natural Resources. She says the scum is a result of several factors, including warmer temperatures and flooding that carried nutrients into the lake.
Much of the algae has broken up, but Larson says it's possible it could return.
The Banadad Trail Association is undertaking a fundraising
campaign to construct a new section of the trail and enlarge the
parking on the trail’s west end. The project will reconstruct the
west end of the Banadad Trail, which crosses private property, secure
a permanent easement, and ensure continued access for skiers from the
“We are so excited to undertake this project,” said BTA president
Linda Bosma, who has been skiing the Banadad Trail for 18 years. “A
change in property ownership creates the opportunity for us to improve
the west end of the trail, which is popular with day skiers who want
to ski in and out, as well as the through skiers, who ski the entire
29 kilometers of the trail in one day.”
The project cost is $11,340. The BTA has been awarded a Trail
Connections Grant from the Department of Natural Resources that will
cover $7,800 and the association must raise the balance. “This is the
most ambitious project we have undertaken as a new organization,” said
John Bottger, BTA vice president and Gunflint Trail resident. “We’ve
secured grants and donations to cover maintenance and grooming costs
of the trail since 2009, when we formed, and last year we rebuilt a
remotely located bridge within the BWCA. So while this new project is
significant, we feel up to this challenge. But we’ll definitely need
the support of our members, skiers, and other supporters of the trail.”
Bosma noted that people have already begun donating, even though the
campaign is just getting off the ground, with over $1,000 in donations
Registration is now open for the Grand Marais Lions Fisherman’s Picnic Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 – 5.
Lion Bob Spry is accepting registrations at email@example.com or by phone at (218) 387-2411. Entry fee is $120 for a team.
There is a maximum of 28 teams and each team is guaranteed three games. Games start at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Cook County High School, at the Rec. Park and at Pappy Wright Field. Finals are Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Rec. Park field.
Sign up now for this exciting traditional Fisherman’s Picnic event!
As the weather gets warmer and downtown Grand Marais gets busier, thoughts turn to the Grand Marais Lions Club’s Fisherman’s Picnic—and Lumber Camp.
The Fisherman’s Picnic Lumber Camp, proudly presented by Central Boiler and Wood-Mizer Portable Sawmills is returning August 2 - 4 with sawmill demonstrations, log rolling, chopping, cross-cut sawing, stock sawing, and axe throwing with the pros!
Part of the fun is watching the best local sawyers go head-to-head in the chainsaw contest, sponsored by Husqvarna and Steve’s Sports. In this exciting contest, professionals and individuals with solid operating experience. Loggers, chainsaw carvers, tree service, forestry, log builders, clearing crews, and experienced chainsaw operators are invited to compete with Husqvarna 576XP saws, cutting through 20-inch lathe-turned white pine.
There is $1,500 in prize money (paid out to top 10 finishers overall, the top 8 women, a mixed doubles contest and the fastest time) and a Husqvarna chainsaw for the winner of the overall and women’s division. There will also be a mixed double finale on Saturday right before another exciting event, the cross-cut contests.
Lumber Camp organizer Niel Atkinson said, “This year the women’s division promises to be strong so come out and see the best women compete for cash and a chainsaw. Come out and see the North’s Shores best and cheer on your favorite sawyer!”
To compete in the stock saw contest:
Entry fee is $20 in advance or $30 day of the event. Pre-registration preferred. Mail entry to: Niel Atkinson, 80 South Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais, 55604. Checks payable to Clearwater Logging. Call Niel at 388-0899 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All competitors receive a competitor package of sponsor items worth over $30.