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Grand Marais reviews comments on parkside public access project

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:25am

Grand Marais Parks Department Manager Dave Tersteeg told the Park Board that he received 44 written comments about the proposal to improve the small rubble mound break wall, boat ramp and parking area in the southwest corner of the park. Only three of the comments were negative, he said.

“If the recommendation is to proceed with further planning, research and design, it would be helpful to offer the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) a prioritized list of amenities and attributes to consider and potentially include in the final design,” Tersteeg said.

The board reviewed and prioritized a list of ideas that Tersteeg had made from the written comments at their last meeting. This is what will be submitted to the Grand Marais City Council and to the Minnesota DNR, who will help fund the project should it go forward.

Provisions to maintain security and access to the city’s municipal water treatment plant are necessary.
Provisions to allow access out onto the bay—possibly a paved, accessible break wall, but also consideration for utilizing floating, accessible wave attenuators.
Suitable sized basin within the break wall to allow for staging, haul-out and launch of average sized, Lake Superior cruising boats: 30-40 feet in length.
Launch ramp designed to hydraulic standards for slope (12%), width and depth (6’-8’).
Future break wall improvements do not exceed the height above water of existing break wall.
Space reserved for public art; space reserved for fireworks display staging.

The next park board meeting will be June 3.

Registration Ends Friday for Small-Scale Gardening Class!

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:42pm

Gardening has changed over the years. Growing food used to be our main objective, but there's been a resurgence of gardening on a smaller scale. Fairy gardens, shell gardens, Bonsai, tabletop fountains, terrariums and train gardens are becoming more popular across Minnesota.
The U of M Extension Master Gardeners are offering the following programs on Saturday, June 7, for both adults and children 10 years and older.  Please register by Friday, May 30 by calling the Cook County Extension office at 218-387-3015.

YMCA Summer Sports Programs

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:49pm

Summer is almost here, so WTIP talked with Colette Mueller, the Associate Executive Director of the Cook County YMCA, about the summer sports programs that Y will be offering. Included in the interview are the different options and how to sign up.


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Birch Grove seniors planning mini trips to Keweenaw and Bayfield in September

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:07am

Birch Grove Seniors are planning two 15-passenger mini-bus trips to the Keweenaw and Bayfield Peninsulas for Cook County seniors and guests. The trip costs $425 per person and includes bus transportation, five nights double occupancy lodging in lovely lakeside hotels, five Continental breakfasts, and a ticket for the Madeline Island Ferry. Lunches, dinners and sightseeing will be purchased by the travelers. Single or triple occupancy rates may be available.

The trip will take travelers from Tofte to Hancock, Michigan, on a tour of the Keweenaw Peninsula, to Ashland, Wisconsin, to Madeline Island via ferry, and to Bayfield. In Bayfield, travelers will visit orchards and wineries.

The late September trip is already filled up, and there is a good start on filling up another bus for September 14-19. There is a wait list for both trips. Call Patty at 370-2560 or to reserve your trip or to ask questions.

The Birch Grove seniors will be selling root beer floats at the Tofte 4th of July to help pay for extra costs of the trip. 

Two way race for West End commissioner seat

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:39pm

The filing period to run for county offices in 2014 is open until Tuesday, June 3. Another citizen entered the Cook County commissioner’s race today.

In Commissioner District 5, incumbent Bruce Martinson was the only candidate that had filed last week. Today, Tim Goettl of Lutsen filed to run against Martinson. Goettl is a Lutsen township supervisor.

The incumbent commissioner in District 3, Sue Hakes, has announced that she is not running for reelection.  Jan Sivertson of Grand Marais has filed for that office and as of May 27 is unopposed.

In Commissioner District 1, five candidates have filed, John W. Bockovich, Steve Fleace, Harry Drabik, all of Hovland and Frank Moe and Jerry Hiniker of Colvill. At the county board meeting today, May 27, incumbent Janice Hall confirmed that she would not be filing for reelection.  

Two other county officials, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers and Recorder Dusty Nelms have both filed for reelection are unopposed.

Molly Hicken, who has been fulfilling county attorney duties since County Attorney Tim Scannell went on medical leave on October 13, 2013, is running for that office.

There are two positions up for election on the Cook County Soil & Water District. Nancye Belding has filed for S&W District 3. As I mentioned earlier, no one has filed yet for the S&W District 4 seat.

The City of Grand Marais, the Cook County North Shore Hospital District and School District 166 have a different election filing period. Candidates for those offices must file between July 29 - August 12.

Candidates can find guides for filing for office and more information at the Cook County Auditor’s office.

Minnesota DNR to conduct surveys and assessments on area lakes and streams

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:22pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.

 Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include:

* June 2 - Sundling Creek, Pine Lake (near Kemo; splake special assessment), Tomash Lake

* June 9 - Sundling Creek, Rudy Lake, Ruby Lake, Logger Lake, Woodpecker Lake

* June 16 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen; smallmouth bass assessment), Little Portage Lake, Pine Lake (near Kemo), Sled Lake

* June 23 - Greenwood Lake (smallmouth bass assessment), Clearwater Lake (smallmouth bass assessment), Pit Lake, Stony Lake

·         June 30 - Woods Creek (habitat survey), Mark Creek (habitat survey), Swamp River (beaver dam inventory)

* July 7 - Otter Lake, Crescent Lake, Bouder Lake

* July 14 - Crescent Lake, Binagami Lake, Crooked Lake

* July 21 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen), Clearwater Lake, Devil Track Lake (walleye reproduction check), Mud Creek

* July 28 - Clearwater Lake, Sundling Creek, Sawbill Creek, Swanson Creek

* Aug. 4 - Sundling Creek, Irish creek, Junco Creek, Saganaga Lake, Flute Reed River, Kadunce Creek

* Aug. 11 - Onion River, Cascade River, Kimball Creek, Devil Track River, Saganaga Lake

* Aug. 18 - Saganaga Lake, Swan Lake

* Aug. 25 - Saganaga Lake, Swamp River, Loft Lake (habitat survey)

* Sept. 1 - Prune Lake, Echo Lake

* Sept. 8 - Moose lake, Loft Lake (fish population assessment)

* Sept. 15 - Kraut Lake, Trip Lake, Squash Lake

* Sept. 22 - Chester Lake, Trout Lake (yellow perch assessment), Unnamed Lake

* Sept. 29 - Thrush Lake (brook trout special assessment)

* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake