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New Restrictions on Plastics at Recycling Center

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 2:24pm

Due to a shift in the markets the Cook County Recycling program will not be able to accept mixed plastics until further notice.  This according to Cook County Planning and Zoning director Tim Nelson.

Only plastic containers with the numbers 1 and 2 will be accepted.  

Nelson announced the change Friday, August 9th.

Number 1 and 2 plastics are typically the milk and beverage containers.

For more information, contact the Recycling Center, or the Cook County Solid Waste Department at 387-3630.

Great events offered at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 3:48pm

It’s almost Rendezvous time in Grand Portage! There is something for everyone in Grand Portage this weekend!
At the Grand Portage National Monument, visitors can walk through history at the stockade and the encampment just outside the gate. There is lots to do—catch the 18th century puppet show; watch the voyageur contests; listen—or join in—during the 18th century music jam; watch lacrosse or take a workshop. There are courses such as finger weaving, basic blacksmithing, tinsmithing, haggis making and more.
In the Grand Portage Heritage Center, visitors can see history come to life in the film produced entirely in Grand Portage by the National Park Service and Great Divide Pictures, :Rendezvous with History: A Grand Portage Story."

They can also learn about the connection between the rugged North West Company territory and the city streets of London in an exhibit Furs to Fashion.

In a wonderful melding of past and present, the Rendezvous events at the Grand Portage National Monument will begin with the Grand Portage Stonebridge Singers at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. The stockade and historic encampment are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the Grand Portage Heritage Center for a full schedule of events for the national monument. The Heritage Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family continues search for Paul Brandt

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 11:38am

Although Cook County Law Enforcement has suspended its ground search for a missing Grand Marais man, his family continues its efforts to find some sign of him. Paul Brandt, 82, went missing while blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon, August 1.
According to the first public notification from Cook County Law Enforcement, Brandt is 6’1, 190 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses. It is not known what he is wearing.
At the time he went missing, his family described Brandt as in good health and “pretty fit.” Brandt lives at the lodge operated by his family, Nor’Wester on the Gunflint Trail and it is unusual for him not to return home.
 Gunflint Trail residents are taking part in a continued search of the area. The Brandt family is spearheading the efforts. They ask anyone who would like to assist with the search to contact Karyn at Nor’Wester Lodge at (218) 388-2252. Search parties begin at Nor’Wester each morning at 9 a.m.

Ground search for missing Grand Marais man suspended

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 3:42pm

The ground search for a missing Grand Marais man, Paul Brandt, 82, has been suspended, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Leif Lunde said the ground search had suspended because “all reasonable locations have been searched without success.” Search efforts began at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.
Several items of personal property in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location, said Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk on August 6.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue patrol and aircraft efforts.  They will also continue to post public notices regarding Brandt’s disappearance. The Sheriff’s Office will post a map of the geographic area that was searched on the Cook County internet website at: http://www.co.cook.mn.us/ . The area of the Gunflint helipad where the search was under way is again open to the public.   
Brandt went blueberry picking up the Gunflint Trail on Thursday afternoon, August 1 and did not return home. He was picking blueberries in the area south of the U.S. Forest Service Seagull Guard Station. His vehicle was found in that vicinity.
According to the first public notification from Cook County Law Enforcement, Brandt is 6’1, 190 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses. It is not known what he is wearing.
At the time he went missing, his family described Brandt as in good health and “pretty fit.” Brandt lives on the Gunflint Trail and it is unusual for him not to return home.
The search involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs and according to Sheriff Falk, "Many, many people."
The following agencies assisted with the search efforts:

Grand Marais Dairy Queen shares Blizzard proceeds with Gillette Children's Hospital on August 8

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 2:07pm

With frost warnings already in effect throughout our summer, a blizzard can’t be too far behind, right?
Wrong. Unless of course, it’s a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
On Thursday, August 8, a portion from every Blizzard Treat purchased at the local Dairy Queen in Grand Marais will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as part of the 8th annual Miracle Treat Day.
All of the money raised by DQ operators in Minnesota and western Wisconsin will benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, the nation’s first hospital for children who have disabilities.
Last year, Gillette provided care to more than 25,000 children, including two from Cook County.
“We look forward to participating in such a good cause,” said Rob Hackett, general manager and a partner in the Grand Marais Dairy Queen.
Stores throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin raised nearly $20 million on Miracle Treat day last year. Since 1984 Dairy queen has raised $97 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“This is a chance for us to give back to the community,” said Hackett, adding, “We look forward to seeing you August 8.”

Changing rules for logging road runoff

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 2:06pm

Under a recent bill passed by the U.S. Senate, water runoff on logging roads will fall under the jurisdiction of the states, and not fall under the preview of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In May, A group of House and Senate members introduced a Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, reaffirming the EPA’s 37-year-old policy toward regulation of runoff from forest roads.
The bill was introduced to aid efforts to increase timber harvests and add forestry jobs by preventing unnecessary litigation on a question that the U.S. Supreme Court settled in the EPA’s favor in late 2012. The bill upholds the EPA’s existing policy, which does not require water discharge permits for forest roads.
The legislation was brought fourth because the EPA had added language to its original storm water regulation that said that storm water discharges are “associated with industrial activity,” and facilities considered industrial included: rock crushing, gravel washing, log-sorting, and log storage.
Under the new EPA standard, groups opposed to logging were using this (and the Ninth Court of Appeals ruling that favored the new language) to shut down loggers where they could, citing logging roads as “point sources” for runoff water.
The Supreme Court’s decision reversed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which would have required that logging roads obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits under the Clean Water Act. It did not say, however, that logging roads are not “point sources” for runoff water, so some groups have said they will continue to litigate logging sales where they can.
On July 9, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) joined with a group of other senators in signing the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act.