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County continues to consider ways to reduce costs at Cook County Family YMCA

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:27am

Whether to work out project reductions with the lowest 
bidders on the next phase of the Cook County Family YMCA building or 
to re-bid the work was still in question after a discussion by the 
county board on February 12. Wade Cole of ORB Management brought the
pros and cons to the commissioners after a conference call the day 
before with attorney Ken Donovan.
When the bids for the next phase came in, they brought the project 
cost to $1.96 million over its $9.5 million maximum.  The Community 
Center Steering Committee then came up with a list of how the costs 
could be contained.
Attorney Donavon said there could be a legal risk if the county did 
not re-bid the project. Companies that were not the low bidders could 
take issue with not being able to re-bid when the project was changed 
significantly.
In the conference call, the attorney told the county representatives 
that the need to re-bid or not depends in large part on the extent of 
material changes within the project. Although there is no clear 
definition of when a material change is large enough in scope to 
require a re-bid, Mr. Donovan indicated that a 20 percent scope change
is sometimes used as a general rule.
After discussing the items that could be changed to bring costs down, 
the attorney stated that the risk to the county was ‘not terribly 
high’ and any second low bidder would have the burden of proof of 
showing that the county had not done its due diligence.
Re-bidding the work would put the project behind about six to eight 
weeks, bringing its completion into 2014.
Costs could also increase because of “reimbursables,” extra costs 

PolyMet announces environmental improvements

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 6:56am

PolyMet Mining announced Thursday that it has accomplished “numerous improvements” in solving potential environmental problems at its proposed copper mine and processing plant near Hoyt Lakes.

The Vancouver-based company said the advancements will reduce environmental impacts of the project, help ready its long-delayed draft Environmental Impact Statement for release this coming summer and should help move the project along through permitting and toward construction.

Company officials say the latest advancements include reductions in sulfur dioxide, mercury and greenhouse gas emissions, groundwater seepage containment and all water discharged from the project will be treated using reverse osmosis.

North Shore Care Center hosts The Sivertones today

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 4:05pm

The North Shore Care Center is delighted to offer a special evening of music with The Sivertones tonight, February 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Sivertones will bring their eclectic mix of blues and jazz to the Care Center in a Valentine’s Day celebration.
Additional live music in February will be presented by the award-winning Portage band, Al Fuller, Susan Scherer, Myron Bursheim, and Harris Mills. The Care Center has become a venue for great music over the years. We thank everyone who contributes to the music and dancing scene—especially during these winter months to beat “cabin fever.”
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.

Comedian brothers to appear at Harbor Light in Grand Marais Feb. 15 - 16

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 2:45pm

The Thompson Brothers comedy tour will be making a stop February 15-16 at the Harbor Light in Grand Marais,.  Shannon and Tommy Thompson are brothers, comedians and anyone who has seen them on tour agrees, hiliarious. 
Shannon is the older brother, and started in comedy shortly before Tommy.  His humor is dark, real and extremely funny.  Tommy’s act is personal, playful and down right hysterical. 
The brothers will be performing two shows, Friday and Saturday night.  Showtime is 9:00 p.m. both nights.
Call the Harbor Light for reservations (218) 387-1142.

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike on Sugarbush trails

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 11:31am

If you are looking for something special to do on the weekend following Valentine’s Day, consider joining the Sugarbush Trail Association for its Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Meet at the Oberg Mountain trailhead and ski or hike on candle-lit trails through the beautiful Superior National Forest. Join the fun around the bonfire with hot chocolate and treats provided by area resorts.
Organizers say, “With the fresh, recent snowfall, we should have great skiing.”
For more information, visit www.sugarbushtrail.org.

Cook County/Silver Bay takes fifth in State Alpine Meet

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 5:08am
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Cook County/Silver Bay took fifth in the Minnesota State Alpine Ski Meet yesterday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
 

Anders Zimmer led the way for Cook County/Silver Bay, finishing 17th in a total time of 1:19.49.
 

Also finishing for the North Shore team were Luke Fenwick in 38th and Will Lamb in 43rd. Logan Backstrom came in 51st, Colin Berglund finished in 65th and Kyle Martinson was 78th.
 

The Blake School from Minneapolis won the boys meet with 169 points with Stillwater Area in second, Orono in third and Eden Prairie in fourth. Cook County/Silver Bay’s fifth place came on a 124-point performance.
 

The other team results show Edina finishing sixth, East Ridge of Woodbury in seventh and Hermantown in eighth.

The girls meet was won by Minnetonka followed by The Blake School, Minneapolis Southwest, Mankato West, Mounds View, Stillwater Area, Duluth East and Bloomington Jefferson.