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Public hearing on proposed Cook County Septic System ordinance

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 2:32pm

Community members who have disagreed over how stringent the county’s new septic ordinance should be may want to weigh in at a public hearing on the issue that has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 in the courthouse commissioners’ room.  The proposed ordinance was drafted by the Cook County Planning & Zoning Department with input from county commissioners, septic contractors, and community members. 

The state is requiring counties to have ordinances in place by February 1, 2014. 

At the August 27, 2013 county board meeting, Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson said the first draft of the document was more restrictive than state statute, but this one is less restrictive whenever the county has any leeway.  “It takes the more flexible route,” he said.

The proposed ordinance requires management plans for all new or replacement systems that include operation and maintenance agreements with licensed contractors.  Systems not requiring management plans must be inspected or pumped out at least once every three years.  Property owners installing their own outhouses must get an approved design from a state-licensed designer, a permit, and an inspection.

Commissioner Sue Hakes said some people are worried that asking questions about existing systems might result in inspections and having to spend a lot of money to remedy failing systems.  Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson said his department does not have the time or resources to track down systems for policing purposes.  Certain “triggers,” such as application for a land use permit for a bedroom addition, would automatically result in an inspection.

Weekend News Roundup for September 21

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. The Duluth Port has a new director, Asian carp continue to threaten, Rep. Nolan votes to ease mining permit standards, A long-time area fishing guide drowns and sex trafficking on the north shore is discussed …all in this week’s news.

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Computer training for Mac users at Higher Ed

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 9:12am

Cook County Higher Education will offer training in the use of a Macintosh computer on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Jim Ringquist of Times Two Design in Grand Marais will lead a class for beginning to intermediate Mac users from 6-9 p.m. at Higher Ed’s North Shore Campus, 300 W. Third St., Grand Marais.

Ringquist has been using, upgrading and repairing Macs since 1985. His class –  designed,  he says, to help you use your Mac more effectively and efficiently –  will cover such topics as Mountain Lion Basics; quick and easy eMail including filtering out spam; spaces; Safari; utilities; and customizing your Mac.

Ringquist says he can cover advanced topics if he knows in advance that there is a need for it. Higher Ed recently did an inquiry asking what people would seek in a Mac class, and all of the responses were forwarded to him to help guide his curriculum development. If you have a specific topic you wish covered, please let him know.

To register for the Mac class call 387-3411 or email Cost for the class is $60.

Students are asked to bring their own Mac laptop; Higher Ed has no Mac laptops to loan.

"Writing Your Way Forward" offered at Cook County Higher Ed

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 9:10am

Are you looking to improve your writing and communication skills?  Would you like to learn to write more clearly and effectively for work or school?

If so, Writing Your Way Forward is the class for you.  The course consists of four two-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. at the North Shore Campus beginning Oct. 15.

Four sessions will focus on organizing information for coherence and unity, expressing ideas clearly and effectively, proofreading and revising for content, and how to conduct research and analyze source material.  This writing series has been developed to help participants in their workplace or place of business, students, grant writers, and those looking to renew or revitalize their writing and communication skills.

Instructor Erin Altemus has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She has taught creative writing and freshman composition classes for eight years at the U of MN and UW-Stout.  She most enjoys writing essays and memoirs about food, farming, animals and the outdoors.

The fee for this four-week class is $40 and is supported by a generous grant from Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.  Scholarships are available.

For more information or to pre-register, call 387-3411.

WTIP Arts, Culture, and History programming survey

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 12:24pm

WTIP North Shore Community Radio is seeking your feedback. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out our 14-question survey to let us know what you think about various programs and features that are produced at WTIP. The survey has several multiple choice questions and room to share your comments. The information we gather from this short survey will help us with grant reporting and will inform our decisions about future programming. 

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Thank you for your input!

Duluth panel discusses sex trafficking in Duluth, on Lake Superior ships

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 9:32am

Over 40 people gathered at the American Indian Center in Duluth Thursday night for a panel discussion on the issue of human trafficking and prostitution - particularly of native women and children - in the Duluth area and on the ships of Lake Superior. WTIP's Kelly Schoenfelder attended the panel and has this report.

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