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Another vehicle speed sign to go up on County Road 7

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 8:45pm

The Highway Department received a grant of $4,925 through the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for a vehicle speed readout sign facing westbound drivers on County Road 7 between First and Third avenues east.  A match of $603 in labor and materials will be required.  The Highway Department will maintain the sign and the city of Grand Marais and the county will cover the cost of electricity to the sign.
A 2010 study revealed a daily average of 2,100 vehicles traveling County Road 7 between the Old Gunflint Trail (Fifth Avenue West) and Broadway and 1,250 between Broadway and the new Gunflint Trail.
Regarding the sign that has been installed on County Road 7 facing eastbound drivers near Fourth Avenue West, the grant application quoted Sheriff Mark Falk: “I think what is most noticeable is the drop in the number of traffic stops that occur in the school zone.  I think speeds have decreased significantly and noticeably, …and general comments are that the radar speed sign, along with enforcement actions, has caused people to take notice of their driving conduct, specifically their speeds.”

PCs for People at Cook County Higher Ed

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 1:18pm

Cook County Higher Education is now a PC's For People Computer Depot.  Applications are being accepted for reduced cost computers through Higher Ed.   WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson learns more in this interview with Higher Ed director Paul Sundet Wolf.

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EPA and MPCA to Provide More than $3 Million to Restore the St. Louis River

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:01am
St. Louis River

Duluth  – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last week announced more than $3 million to help restore the St. Louis River Area of Concern.   EPA will provide $2.2 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funds and MPCA will provide an additional $1.1 million through the Minnesota Clean Water Fund.

The money will be used to fund a variety of activities to guide clean-up work within the St. Louis River Area of Concern, one of 38 such areas within the Great Lakes region.  The $3 million will be used to assess cleanup options at three sites; develop engineering plans for the restoration of seven sites; evaluate the potential use of dredged river sediment for use in local habitat restoration projects and conduct ecosystem monitoring activities.

“I am pleased to announce that EPA is providing an additional $2.2 million to help restore the headwaters of the Great Lakes,” said EPA Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman.  “EPA and MPCA are jointly funding the next phase of work needed to reverse over one hundred years of environmental degradation in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.”

"The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is delighted to be working with our federal partners, including EPA, to secure funding to address legacy pollutants, a result of historic practices in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.  With the help of our local partners, we are putting finishing touches on a detailed, multi-million dollar clean up and restoration plan to delist this Area of Concern by the year 2025,” said John Linc Stine, Commissioner for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Maintenance bids complicated by late mail

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 7:47am

The county board had a tough decision to make on June 11, 2013 after being presented with only one bid on some summer road maintenance work and finding out that another bid had been delayed because of a problem with the mail.

Two bidders vied for summer maintenance of the Evergreeen Road, Mile-O-Pine, and Voyageur’s Point special service tax districts, but one arrived late because of an unexpected delay in delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.  Mike Rose of Mike Rose Excavating mailed his bid on May 25 but it didn’t get to the county until June 3, five days after the May 29 deadline and nine days after it had been mailed.

A letter to the board from Lutsen Postmaster John Groth verified that Mike Rose had handed him the letter personally on May 25.  “I recall the letter because I remember the writing on the bottom stating that it was for a bid,” he said, “and also that Mike Rose commented that it was important to get it in the mail that day due to the upcoming holiday.”  Groth suspected the delay had something to do with mechanized handling of the envelope.

Commissioner Jan Hall said late mail is now the norm.  Commissioner Bruce Martinson took issue with this, saying she was “slandering the post office.”

Freud's Last Session debuts Thursday

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 7:43am

The Grand Marais Playhouse is in full swing preparing for the summer! The plays are in rehearsal and the crew is assembled and working on the productions.The first production opens on June 27. Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain and Samuel French Publishers is directed and designed by Jackson Nickolay with the cast of Kevin Kager as Sigmund Freud and David Warren as C.S. Lewis.

The play centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor, exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

The play has gotten fantastic reviews wherever it has been offered—visit www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com for tickets today. Performances are June 27 – 30 and July 4-7. Tickets re $17 adults and $7 students 18 and under.

Solar Hot Water Success for CCLEP and the Rec Park

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 1:18pm
Solar panel installation at Grand Marais Rec Park bathhouse - file photo.

The solar hot water installation at the Grand Marais Recreation Area is a local energy victory.  

WTIP’s Ann Possis spoke with Virginia Danfelt of the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) about it on Monday's North Shore Morning.

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