Around Cook County
Motorists on Interstate 35 near 27th Avenue West in Duluth will encounter lane and ramp closures on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, while crews smooth the pavement by grinding-off bumps.
On Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the southbound right-turn lane on the I-35/Ore Dock Bridge located south of 27th Avenue West will close.
On Thursday late-afternoon or Friday the ramp from southbound I-35 to southbound I-535 will close for several hours as will the ramp from northbound I-35 to southbound I-535.
Cook County’s 1 percent recreation and infrastructure sales tax has now been collected for two years. Revenues from July 2011 to June 2012 were $1,172,630.17, a 5.8 percent increase over the year before.
As of June 30, Cook County’s year-to-date lodging tax revenue saw an increase of 3.8 percent over the year-to-date revenue at the end of last June.
Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association revenue was up 1.4 percent, Gunflint Trail Tourism Association revenue was up 6.2 percent, and Grand Marais Area Tourism Association revenue was up 11.8 percent.
The Ely area saw an increase of 6.1 percent over the first six months of 2011.
Every Sunday since May, Esten Nelson and Craig Horak, both of Grand Marais, have been racing at one of three venues: Proctor Speedway, AMSOIL Raceway in Superior or ABC Raceway in Ashland.
And at Proctor Speedway on August 19, Esten Nelson racing in car No. 77, came out on top in the Pure Stock point series. For winning Nelson received a trophy, a nice racing jacket, and a check—he doesn’t how much the check is for yet though.
Horak had one of his best nights of the season, steadily working his way to the front and taking first place in his 26H Station Wagon.
The cars are equipped with 305 V8 engines. The track at Proctor is a 3/8ths of a mile long, banked, oval dirt track. Racers get up to 65 miles an hour on the straight-aways.
At Superior’s AMSOIL track, “We hit about 75 miles an hour on the straight-aways,” Horak said.
Ruffed grouse hunter numbers have remained unchanged for two years at 93,000. The familiar northland bird remains Minnesota’s most popular small game species according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Last year’s grouse harvest was 401,000 birds – down slightly from the 10-year peak of 465,000 achieved in 2010 – but still one of the three highest annual harvests in those ten years.
Grouse populations tend to fluctuate in 10-year cycles and this cycle’s decline has already started. This year’s season opens September 15. Minnesota has better grouse hunting than almost any other state.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected
a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would
require voters to show photo ID at the polls.
The high court on Monday rejected a lawsuit from left-leaning
groups who argued that lawmakers had failed to give voters the full
scope of the changes that would result from the amendment.
The ruling means the voter ID amendment will remain on the ballot.
In a separate decision, the court also threw out ballot titles
written by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for the photo ID
amendment and another amendment to ban gay marriage. Republicans
had argued that Ritchie overstepped his authority and was trying to
influence voters to reject both amendments.
County Whole Foods Co-op held an informational meeting on
August 21 to share building plans, financial needs and to explain the
owner-loan program and more. One co-op member again brought up the
mosaic tile mural of the four seasons created by local elementary
school students and asked if a separate campaign could be launched to
pay for the cost of preserving the mural. It’s still not certain how
much it would cost to save the mural, but Co-op Board Member Barb
Lavigne said the co-op hopes to save as much of the mural as they can.
Local businesspeople Jill Terrill, Stephen Hoglund, and Jan Sivertson
have offered to take the mural or portions thereof for display at
their downtown buildings.
LaVigne said the co-op would welcome help from the community to figure
out how the mural could be saved. At the very least, high resolution
photos of the mural will be taken and displayed prominently with good
lighting on an inside wall in the new building.
Retired Cook County teacher Ann Mershon received 50 responses in one
day after posting a notice on the local internet bulletin board Boreal
Access regarding interest in saving the mural. “We need to
investigate all the options, and I’m hoping we can find a solution,”
she told the Cook County News-Herald. “It’s clear that many community
members feel the mosaic is a beautiful and meaningful statement and
should be preserved.”
Demolition of the old building is expected to begin in October, and
plans are for the new building to be completed sometime next spring.
Those interested in helping save the mural are asked to contact Ann