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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.