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Several local snowmobilers are once again participating in the Blackwoods Blizzard “Never Surrender” Tour, a ride to fight ALS. On Saturday, January 12 from 5 - 9 p.m., the community is invited to a “Dinner with a Purpose” at My Sister’s Place restaurant in Grand Marais. For each meal sold during that time, 50 percent of the bill will be donated to the ALS Association of Minnesota.
Kathy and Tom “2E” Bernier, Paul Bernier and Scott “Emit” Bystrom are the riders taking part in the three-day, 370-mile snowmobile ride to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease.
ALS slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.
This crippling disease can strike anyone—sadly nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by ALS. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the meantime it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care people with ALS need. “Help make a difference and donate today,” said Kathy Bernier.
Kathy Bernier had a family member affected with this disease and her family saw first hand what the ALS Association can do to provide the help needed to those affected by it. She said, “Any donation small or large is appreciated and needed.”
The riders’ goal is $4,000 for research, education and patient assistance and you can help by making a donation on-line at http://webmn.alsa.org/site/TR/Rides/Minnesota?px=1703381&pg=personal&fr_id=8590.
Four mushers in the inaugural Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race have finished the first two stages of the three-stage race in under nine hours, wrapping up Monday's leg at Devil Track Landing.
Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors continues in the lead. He covered Monday's 59-mile stage in 4:43. When combined with his first place time Sunday of 3:55, he has run 8:38 over the first two days of the race. Ryan Redington of Wasilla , AK moved into second with a 4:46 finish today. That finish is added to his 3:56 finish yesterday for a two-stage total of 8:42, four minutes behind Fraboni.
Keith Aili of Ray moved from fourth to third Monday finishing the Windigo Lodge to Devil Track Landing trek in 4:48. He ran the first leg in 4:06 for a combined total of 8:54. Frank Moe of Hovland slipped one minute behind Aili at 8:55 after the second day. Moe and his team turned in a 4:59 finish on Monday and a 3:56 on Sunday.
Three mushers finished the second day between 9 hours and 9:10 for overall running time. After two legs, Will Kornmuller of Willow AK was in fifth at 9:02 followed by Erin Redington of Wasilla AK at 9:06 and Ryan Anderson of Ray at 9:08.
Six mushers finished the second day with cumulative times between 9:18 and 9:38. Bruce Langmaid of Kearny, ON finished in 9:18 followed by Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm at 9:20. One minute behind Schroeder was St. Cloud's Michael Bestgen with Vern Schroeder of Warba at 9:30. Tofte's Rita Wehesler finished the second stage with a total time of 9:36 and Ariane Jasmin of Clam Gulch, AK was the final finisher with a cumulative total under 10 minutes at 9:38.
James Wheeler of Clam Gulch, AK was at 10:08 after two days followed by Finland's Blake Freking at 1015. Rounding out the teams were Amanda Vogel of Ray at 10:24. Kevin Malikowski of Outing at 10:31 and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors at 10:36.
John Wytanis, Tofte District Ranger, and Nancy Larson, Gunflint District Ranger, invite the public to learn more about the recently initiated North Shore Restoration Project. An open house to discuss the project is set for January 11, 2013. Comments on the project, orally or in writing, are due January 21, 2013.
“The North Shore is a treasured Minnesota landscape, attracting people to come view Lake Superior and the surrounding forest,” said John Wytanis. “Yet anyone who has hiked, skied or snowmobiled the trails along the shore has seen the dying birch and absence of white pine. This project we have developed is beginning to address the situation.”
Cook County Planning & Zoning is tackling some tough questions about what constitutes a building. Should fabric-covered hoops set into the ground require a building permit? What about an RV or cargo trailer that sits on a property and is only used for storage? The Cook County Planning Commission pondered these questions at their monthly meeting on December 19.
Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson said his department has been seeing more and more hoop structures as time goes by. Some have dirt floors while others have cement floors. Some are temporary and unobtrusive; others are situated outside setback limits near roads and waterways.
The weather looks like it will warm up for a few days, snow a little and then turn a little colder. Nothing too extreme along the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart.
As Cook County Council on Aging rang in the New Year, the council also expressed its deepest appreciation to three departing board members. Board Chair Karen Kritta Saethre, Board Secretary Diane Parker and Member-at-Large Diane Booth.
The board welcomed two new board members Geri Jensen and Joan Hall. The board also would welcomed three current members to the executive board. Pat Zankman is our new treasurer and Dawn Byholm is our new secretary. Warren Anderson is once again chairman and Bill Shaffer has been re-elected by popular demand as our vice chairman. Congratulations to all on your newly elected positions.