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Four mushers complete first two Gichigami stages in under 9 hours

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 5:21pm

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.

Forest Service to hold open house on North Shore Restoration Project Jan. 11

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 12:03pm

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 considers building permit requirements

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:51am

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.

Warmer weather this week, maybe snow by the weekend

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:17am

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.

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Changes on Cook County Council on Aging board

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 9:53pm

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.

Grand Marais Art Colony offers "Beginning with Clay"

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 9:45pm

Don't miss out on a great eight-week beginner clay class that includes 24-hour studio access throughout the entire class.

"Beginning with Clay" will be presented by Melissa Wickwire Jan. 8  through Feb. 26 (eight Tuesdays) from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a $190  tuition, plus a $30 supply fee.