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Weekend News Roundup for November 3

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. No wolf hunting on tribal lands, big beach clean-up, pollution fines , politics and pipelines…all in this week’s news.

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Grand Marais Park Board discusses future of pool building

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 11:51am

There was discussion of the existing Grand Marais Municipal Pool at 
the Grand Marais Park Board meeting on October 2.
Pool Manager Dave Tersteeg said the pool has saved $20,000 in propane 
after the installation of new boilers. Attendance and revenue are down
about 10 percent at the pool, Head Lifeguard Charles Christiansen 
reported.
Board member Robin DuChien proposed an idea for use of the pool 
building after the county builds a new community center and pool 
facility at the Cook County Schools complex.  We need a new office and 
bathhouse, she said.  Why not use the pool building for those things 
instead of tearing it down?
Manager Tersteeg said the check-in traffic would still be tight at 
that location, the water table is high and “percolates” under the 
foundation, and the building need rehabbing.  He said it could perhaps 
be used as an outdoor pool, although it would probably operate under a 
deficit like the current pool.  The Master Plan calls for the parking 
lot to continue to be used for parking.
Board members expressed interest in discussing what could be done with 
the current building.  Let’s not spend $50-, $60-, or $100,000 to get 
a consultant to tell us what we need, Board Member Walt Mianowski said.
The next meeting of the Grand Marais Park Board is Wednesday, November 
7 at 4 p.m. at the Rec. Park office.
 

Change of season can increase symptoms of depression

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 10:46pm

The change of seasons—cooler weather, less daylight—can be a 
hard time for some people. Long gray days can be tiring. Do you know 
the symptoms of depression? Do you know the difference between a 
little sadness over the end of summer and depression?
The Human Development Center in Grand Marais offers the following 
warning signs:
* Feeling sad or blue much of the time
* Sleep problems - too much, too little
* Food issues - eating too little or too much, weight gain or loss
* Irritable or grouchy much of the time
* Difficulty concentrating, focusing, or paying attention
* Feeling worthless or misunderstood
* Losing interest, dropping out, or not having energy for former 
activities
* Restlessness, difficulty staying still
* Physical complaints, digestive problems, headaches, stomachaches
* Suicidal thoughts, or ever having attempted suicide
If you have three or more of these symptoms, PLEASE get screened for 
depression.
There are a number of caring, professional Mental Health Practitioners 
in Cook County with whom you can talk. Contact the Human Development 
Center at (218)387-9444 or the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 
(218)387-2330 to find one who can help you.

Lake Superior – Lutsen Mts pipeline progresses

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 9:32am
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Plans for a new pipeline to supply Lutsen Mountains with water from Lake Superior are moving ahead, according to an update released Wednesday.

According to the Duluth News-Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that an environmental impact study will not be required for the project. Tom Rider, a co-owner of Lutsen, said the finding should make it possible for permitting to proceed, with construction likely to begin in the spring.

When completed, the pipeline will allow Lutsen to stop drawing water from the Poplar River, a designated trout stream.

The project received a $3.6 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The money will be partially matched with another $1.2 million in local funding.

Beach Sweep shows cleaner North Shore waterfront

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 5:59am

Duluth, MN -- Beaches, lakefronts and waterways in Duluth and along the North Shore are cleaner and healthier following a record-breaking Minnesota Beach Sweep that wrapped up this week.

Northland's NewsCenter reports more than 300 volunteers collected almost 3,500 pounds of garbage and debris in the 16th annual beach sweep, hosted by the Great Lakes Aquarium in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy.

That's more than triple the reported garbage total haul collected in any other year; this year's sweep also broke a record for volunteer participation by more than 20% over its previous record.

Nearly 4,000 cigarette butts, 500 plastic bags, one recliner, a microwave and hip waders were among the debris hauled away.

Volunteers cleaned up more than 25 different sites across the Northland in the months of September and October.

This year’s beach sweep took on critical implications following historic June floods that devastated the area. Garbage and debris continued to wash ashore on Lake Superior’s beaches for weeks.

Questions about the election? Visit "My Ballot" on-line

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:14pm

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the launch of a new online tool to assist voters to become better acquainted with the candidates and questions they will see on their Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
The initiative named “My Ballot” not only allows users to view a list of what will be on their ballot, but also provides links to other sites allowing voters to access information about the candidates and ballot questions. The site is located at: http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/.

The webpage features a comprehensive list of all candidates and questions appearing on individuals’ ballots for the General Election; links to candidate websites as provided by the candidates; a link to sample ballots; links to other online tools to assist voters including Polling Place Finder, Absentee Ballot Lookup and Voter Registration Lookup; and explanations of candidate order as listed on the ballot.