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At the beginning of January, it looked as if American Legion Post 413 might be shutting the doors of its lounge in downtown Grand Marais after 28 years of operation. A letter from the Post House Committee, which oversees legion operations, went out to the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary on January 1, announcing that the committee had decided to list the building and its contents for sale. However, contacted this week, Post Commander Don Wilson said the lounge had received a reprieve.
In the January 1 letter, the committee said the legion was no longer financially able to sustain continued operations.
In a phone conversation this week, Commander Wilson said since the letter was issued, the committee has been “exploring possibilities” to keep the lounge open. Wilson said, the committee will continue operations while enacting some cost-cutting measures. “This is kind of our fiscal cliff,” said Commander Wilson.
Wilson noted that like many other local businesses, winter is the most difficult time to stay afloat. The legion, which used to be open on Sunday and Monday, began closing on those days last fall.
The hospital board met last week in special session. They’ve decided to look ahead to changes in their facility and program improvements. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad about keeping the care center viable..
For decades, musician Michael Monroe has performed on stages large and small; on the North Shore, the East Coast and beyond. But one of his favorite venues is right here in Cook County at the home he shares with his life and business partner, Deb Mueller.
For several years, Monroe and Mueller have opened their home on Pike Lake Road in Grand Marais for log cabin concerts. Thanks to an Artist Initiative Grant announced last week, those intimate evenings
of music will be showcased in a new DVD, Michael Monroe Live at the Log Cabin Concert.
Michael Monroe is one of 171 Minnesota artists to receive the grant funding which is intended to support artists working in the discipline of dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater and visual arts. Monroe will receive $10,000 to produce a log cabin concert DVD, weaving together the music and memories of
five live concerts.
More information about the log cabin concert series and about Michael Monroe’s music may be found at www.michaelmonroe.info, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (218) 387-2919.
The Cook County Vikings had a rough weekend, dropping boys' and girls' games to Ely and Moose Lake-Willow River.
The North Shore Storm boys' hockey team also lost Saturday night in Two Harbors.
The Vikings travelled to Ely for a pair of games on Saturday afternoon after hosting Moose Lake-Willow River on Friday night.
The girls dropped to 5-11 for the season as the Ely Timberwolves took a 47-38 win. That followed a 59-42 loss at home Friday night against the Rebels.
The boys lost to Ely 47-31 Saturday afternoon. On Friday night, Moose Lake-Willow River took a 57-47 win from Cook County. The Vikings are now 7-4 for the season.
The Vikings host Northeast Range on Thursday night for both boys' and girls' games. On Friday night, both crews travel to Carlton where they face the Bulldogs. The Friday night games will be broadcast on WTIP starting at 4:45.
In boys' hockey, the North Shore Storm fell to 10-7 for the season as Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin won 5-3 on the Storm's ice in Two Harbors.
The Storm, made up of players from Cook and Lake counties, travel to Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday night.
The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts have developed a proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and become involved in the project. Comments are needed by Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
Anyone who has driven Highway 61 knows the birch trees along the
North Shore are dying. It is not just the birch trees along the
highway that are dying; almost 80 percent of the birch forest on
National Forest System land along the ridgeline by the shore is old
and declining. According to the U.S. Forest Service, typically we
would expect to see conifer trees (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and
white pine) filling in the understory through succession.
While succession is happening in some areas, in many areas
regeneration is not occurring. The lack of regeneration is a result
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Beargrease is postponed, Lonnie keeps climbing, new cubs in the den and much more…all in this week’s news.
In the latest report from Friday night, Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre was fed and bedded down in his “luxurious” snow cave at 11, 200 Feet.
According to his website, the cave consists of kitchen and bedroom, and is outfitted with LED lighting.
Dupre is on his third attempt to successfully reach the summit of Denali as the first winter solo climber
Friday was "another picture perfect day "in which Dupre took three quarters of his supplies up Motorcycle Hill to the base of Squirrel Hill at about 12,000 feet.
Dupre also collected rock samples Friday for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation . And, he spent some time taking photos during this beautiful day.
In line with the motto, “Climb high, sleep low,” Dupre returned to 11,200 feet. He will continue ferrying supplies to Squirrell Hill on Saturday.
Dupre's progress can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.
The Cook County Vikings were scheduled to travel to Ely Saturday afternoon for boys and girls basketball games with the Timberwolves.
The boys were defeated at home Friday night 57-47 by the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels. The loss dropped Cook County to 7-3 heading into Satuday's game at Ely.
No report was available on the Viking-Rebel girls' game.
Meanwhile, Silver Bay dropped a couple of games to Carlton Friday night.
The Mariner boys lost 64-37. The loss dropped them to 0-10 for the season.
The Silver Bay girls lost 75-37 to Carlton. The loss puts the Mariners at 1-10 for the seson.
Silver Bay travels to South Ridge on Monday for boys and girls games.
A notice posted on the door of the US Post Office in Hovland Friday announces that the retail service window hours at the office will be cut in half in late March.
According to the notice from Janelle Daniels from the USPS, "It has been determined that effective March 23, the Hovland PO will provide four hours of window service each weekday." The office currently provides eight hours of service for mailing, purchasing stamps, etc.
The Hovland Post Office and those in Tofte, Finland and Beaver Bay have been considered for reductions in hours since late last year. The Post Office in Beaver Bay received notice its hours will be cut to four per day, Monday through Friday and Tofte's hours will be cut to six during the week.
Starting on March 23, the retail hours in Hovland will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:40 PM to 4:40 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the retail window will continue to be open from 10 AM to Noon as usual.
In Tofte, retail hours will be 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours unchanged at 9 to 10 AM.
In Finland, the retail hours will be 8 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. Saturday's 10 AM to 11 AM service window time won't change.
Beaver Bay's hours will be from 8 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM with Saturday window hour from 8:30 to 930 AM.
Daniels says the reductions in hours result from "customer survey responses, input from the community meeting(s) (held in November) and the operational needs of the Postal Service." It will not affects USPS customers' access to their mail boxes or to the boxes for outgoing mail.
The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host its monthly social for North Shore Care Center residents with special desserts on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m., along with some old fashioned piano tunes by Irene Thompson.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.
The two new members of the ISD 166 school board—Ed Bolstad and Sissy Lunde—settled smoothly into their new roles at the first meeting of the New Year, the board’s organizational meeting on January 10. Jeanne Anderson was elected board chair, Mary Sanders, board clerk, and Sissy Lunde, board treasurer.
The board chose to continue meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m., with an informal community discussion time 15 minutes before each meeting.
Compensation for the board was set once again at $2,100 a year, with an extra $500 for the chair and $35 per meeting for board members on the union negotiating team.
The board briefly touched on several topics—administrative restructuring, class sizes in early grades, the budget, the four-day school schedule and more, and they kept deferring discussion until a special session on Jan. 24.
The board will meet that day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the upstairs of the Harbor House Grille. This is an open meeting.
Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre had a good day on Thursday in his solo attempt to scale Denali in winter.
The day began at top of Kahiltna just below 10,000 feet. Dupre reported a picture perfect day while it was snowing down here in Homer, Alaska where the support team is currently located.
His website reports that the weather was indeed very favorable for traveling. The temperature was -15F and the wind at about 10mph out of west. He reports it was the day he’s been waiting for.
Dupre broke camp at 9:30am with plans to spend the night in a camp at 11,200 feet. He reported it was a hard slog but by 4:40 PM he had arrived and made camp.
Dupre's adventure may be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com .
The North Shore Storm defeated Ashland 6-1 Thursday night in a match at Two Harbors.
North Shore scored once in the first period, twice in the second and three in the third on their way to the win. Ashland got its lone goal in the third.
Brad Rowlee led the Storm with two goals. Scoring one each were Austyn Wasko, Tyler Schramm, Cook County's Thomas Anderson and Luke Small.
The Storm includes skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The team hosts Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin in Two Harbors Saturday night.
Flu shots are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Teresa Borak RN of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic reported Thursday afternoon that the clinic has Flu vaccine available for children ages 6 months to 35 months, and, age 4 years and older.
The Clinic will have extra staff available from 1 to 4 PM, Friday to give injections, but people can come in anytime.
"It would be beneficial if you could come during that time, but we will NOT turn anyone away," she said,. "It is not too late to get your Flu shot,"
More information is available from the Clinic at 387-2330.
Mayor Larry Carlson reported that he has received a complaint about the blasting being done at the construction site at the high school. He said the caller didn’t like it that the blasting was being done until 8 p.m. Administrator Mike Roth said there is no ordinance prohibiting or restricting the hours of such activity, and the construction crews are doing the blasting between 4 and 8 p.m. so as not to disturb the students while school is in session.
“You would be hard-pressed to do something before it [blasting] is completed,” Roth said when asked about the possibility of drafting and enacting an ordinance before the construction is done. Councilors agreed that such action is not necessary. The blasting is being done to make way for the new YMCA swimming pool.