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Caregiver Support Group to meet again, Tuesday, April 16

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:15pm

Caregiver Support Group April 16 The second meeting of a monthly caregiver support group is Tuesday, April 16, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Congregational Church in Grand Marais.  Care Partners, the group sponsor, is providing faciilitators and refreshments. Participation is free.
Care Partners will also provide a trained volunteer, at no cost, to stay at home with the loved one in need of care or supervision so that the caregiver can attend the group.
Roberta Olin, Grand Marais, and Vicki Biggs-Anderson, Colvill, will facilitate. Both have been caregivers to family members.
For more information about the new group and to get a volunteer to stay with a loved one needing care, call Care Partners at 387-3787, Biggs-Anderson at 387-1913 or Olin at 387-9233.
Care Partners was established in 2010 as a collaborative of the Cook County North Shore Hospital, North Shore Health Care Foundation and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Care Partners volunteers provide companionship services to individuals in their home, in the hospital and Care Center. They also provide respite for caregivers and presence at end of life.

County facing potential litigation in community center project

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:13pm

JLG Architects, the Cook County Family YMCA construction project’s architectural and engineering firm, is considering litigation against the county related to reimbursement issues. 
Commissioner Bruce Martinson told the Cook County News-Herald that he and Commissioner Sue Hakes had been part of a meeting that included Dan Miller of JLG Architects before the county board meeting on April 9, but he was not free to disclose what they discussed with Miller. 
Budget figures presented to the board that day by Project Manager Wade Cole of ORB Management show that the original amount budgeted for JLG’s services, not including expenses, was $705,558.96, but that figure was lowered to $580,232.77 when the project cost was reduced from $11,885,134.68 to $9,484,757.58.
In the process of reducing the scope of the project to bring costs down, JLG was involved in producing new design specifications, but since it would be reimbursed according to a percentage of the costs, the amount of its compensation was reduced.
The county board tabled a discussion of the potential litigation by JLG.
ORB Management’s compensation for the community center project was also reduced—from $557,835.18 to $421,000.08 (not including expenses)—when the scope of the project was reduced.

Meteorologist: snow and more snow

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:47am

If you think the snow is over, think again. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Gohde about more snow on the way.

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Lutsen waiting for snow to go before making landscape decisions at town hall

Sun, 04/14/2013 - 8:45am

The Lutsen Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 19 was fairly  quick, as the township had just held its annual meeting the week  before. As it was the last meeting for Supervisor Joe Buttweiler, who did not run for re-election, the board of supervisors wished him well. Tim Goettl will be sworn in as supervisor at the next town meeting.
At past meetings, changes to the town hall parking lot had been discussed, but supervisors decided to hold off on decisions about the parking area until the snow is gone and they can better assess the 
parking situation. There was also discussion about landscaping around the town hall and a few minor interior things to be done.
Treasurer John Groth once again said, “We are really happy to be under budget.”
Lutsen Fire Chief Paul Goettl said there will be a wildland firefighting course in May and June with the classroom portion of the training taking place at the Lutsen Fire Hall.
Groth said the township had received three checks for the Lutsen Fire Department, each for $1,000 from the three Caribou Highlands property owners associations. The town board gratefully accepted the donation.

The next Lutsen Town Meeting will be Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at  the Town Hall at 116 Caribou Trail.

Weekend News Roundup for April 13

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 9:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. New developments in the County Attorney case, rough weather in Duluth, PolyMet gets major financial baking and much more…all in this week’s news.

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City oks conditional use permit and variance for Superior Ziplines

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 8:33am

Plans for construction of a zip line on the Gunflint Trail 
were green-lighted April 3 when the city’s planning commission 
unanimously approved the developer’s request for both a variance and 
conditional use permit.
The requests went to the Grand Marais City Council, at the April 10 
for final approval and was approved unanimously.
The proposals comes from Matt Geretschlaeger of Superior Ziplines LLC, 
who last year purchased a 20-plus-acre parcel of land from the city 
off the Gunflint Trail east of the water tower on the hill overlooking 
town.
There were also several neighboring landowners in attendance, all of 
whom spoke in favor. Only one letter in opposition to the project was 
received –the letter writer said he believed the zipline towers would 
negatively impact the landscape and natural beauty of the area.
There was some discussion about the visibility of the towers, but 
Geretschlaeger presented a series of photos and maps which illustrated 
that the towers would be only minimally visible; the new structures 
will blend in and not be nearly as tall as other towers already in the 
area, and there will be no lighting or nighttime use of the facility, 
he said.
Geretschlaeger’s engineers said a stormwater runoff plan is not yet 
fully developed, but when it is, it must be submitted to the Minnesota 
Pollution Control Agency for its approval. Because of that and the 
concern for the surrounding area, the planning commission granted the 
conditional use permit, but with an added condition that the city be 
sent copies of all the permits, plans and applications relevant to