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There were some questions about fireworks at Grand Marais City Council’s March 26 meeting, but the board nevertheless approved a request from the Grand Marais Lions Club to purchase the pyrotechnics for both the Fourth of July and Fisherman’s Picnic.
Councilor Bob Spry, who is also the person trained and certified to shoot off the fireworks from the beach at Grand Marais Rec Park, presented the request. He said it is basically the same as in previous years, and it’s easier to comply with the federal regulations if the city, rather than the Lions Club, is the entity which applies for and purchases the fireworks. The Lions, as usual, will then reimburse the city for the purchase price of about $6,500 per program.
“There are less hoops to go through this way,” Spry said in reference to the numerous rules and regulations promulgated and enforced by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
In response to a question from City Attorney Chris Hood about the necessary insurance, Spry said he believes the Lions International, not the local chapter, provides it, and he will make sure the policy provides $5 million in liability coverage if that’s what is required.
City Finance Director Kim Dunsmoor said she contacted the city’s insurance agent, Paul Coe, who said he believed Grand Marais has no insurance for fireworks in its policy.
Hood said that, “typically, the city should have a certain level of liability insurance…somebody has to be insured,” and suggested that in lieu of the city providing insurance, the city ought to have some type of license agreement with the Lions Club allowing them to shoot off the fireworks on city property.
The third time is a charm and the weather, which caused ISD 166 to twice cancel the Theater Sports presentation, appears to be cooperating. Theater Sports will be on the Arrowhead Center for the Arts stage tonight, Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
You’ll want to get a seat early for this ever-popular event, now in its ninth season. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.
The competition can get a little crazy, but for a great cause: the College Literature class’s annual spring theater trip to the Twin Cities. This year we’ll see both Rain and Othello.
Coached by Michael McHugh, Theater Sports is improvisational theater with a competitive sports angle. In a typical match, two teams challenge each other, react to a surprise command, and count on the audience to judge them. In addition to suggesting wacky scenes for the teams to enact, a few brave audience members may wish to take the stage and compete also!
Theater Sports teams include Thomas Anderson, Jessica Berg-Collman, Joe Borud, Anna Carman, Joey Chmelik, Sarah Deschampe, Cy Fortunato, Jonny Jacobsen, Charlie Lawler, Megan Lehto, Shannon O’Phelan, Breana Peterson, Melanie Stoddard, Abby Sutton, and Seth Warren.
Spring fever has arrived at the North Shore Care Center—despite the April Fools’ Day storm this past week. Warmer weather, longer days of sunlight, and melting snow is coming soon! In the meantime, the residents will work on indoor planting, Easter crafts, and filling eggs for the community hunt.
April is always a busy month for elders as they prepare for the annual Spring Fling Sale on May 1. There will be grab bags to get ready and lots of craft and baking projects going on—including homemade dog biscuits for Dog Appreciation Month.
The monthly birthday party will be held on Wednesday, April 9 to honor Trudy Boyd, Esther Sorlie, and Delores McLean. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with piano classics by Doug Sanders.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website: www.nshorehospital.com.
The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the top tourist destinations in Minnesota, and is renowned for its scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities. Due in part to the high traffic in and out of the region, invasive species management and control are important for reducing the spread of invasive species.
Cook and Lake counties currently have large and established populations of gypsy moths, which have prompted the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to develop a quarantine restricting the movement of wood in and out of the counties.
Angelique Edgerton, from the Cook County Invasives Team, will cover identification and background information on gypsy moths, as well as some information on what is being done to manage gypsy moth populations during a presentation at 10 a.m. April 12.
Shawn and Dave Howe, local small business owners, will discuss their work to open a kiln that produces USDA-approved firewood that is gypsy moth-free and can be sold and transported across quarantine boundaries.
Following the talk, there will be an opportunity to take a trip to Lutsen to tour the kiln and facilities, and learn more about what is involved in making USDA-approved firewood.
For more information about Sugarloaf Cove, call (218) 525-0001.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has declared 13 lakes in Northeastern Minnesota where its band members will spear walleyes this spring.
Two of the lakes are in St. Louis County, three in Lake County and eight in Cook County. The lakes in Cook County are Elbow, Tom, Ball Club, Cascade, Pike, Tait, Caribou and Four Mile.
The Duluth News Tribune reports that walleye quotas for each lake differ, with the highest harvest set at 304 on Tait Lake in Cook County.
This marks the first time the Fond du Lac Band, or any band, has formally speared walleyes on lakes in Northeastern Minnesota under treaty rights. The lakes are part of the 1854 ceded territory, where the Fond du Lac, Bois Forte and Grand Portage bands’ rights to hunt, fish and gather are guaranteed under an 1854 treaty.
The Bois Forte and Grand Portage bands reportedly will not spear walleyes in the 1854 treaty area. About 70 of the Fond du Lac Band’s 4,200 members have signed up to spear walleyes in the 1854 ceded territory this spring.
When band members begin spearing depends on the progress of spring. In most years, the window of spearing opportunity would be from about the third week of April to the first week of May. The band has agreed not to be spearing during opening weekend of the Minnesota fishing season, May 10-11.
There is still room available in the guitar workshops taking place this weekend as part of the Fingerstle Masters Weekend. Anyone interested in learning fingerstyle guitar techniques is encouraged to attend.
Two workshops led by national fingerstyle champions Eric Lugosch and Phil Heywood will be offered Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 – 3:00 p.m. Musicians of all levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced, and participants may attend one or both of the workshops. Pre-registration and more information is available from Gordon Thorne at: email@example.com or by phone at 218-353-7308.
The workshops will be followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
It all takes place at Bluefin Bay in Tofte this Saturday, April 12. All proceeds will benefit WTIP North Shore Community Radio. More information is available here.