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Youths should take ATV safety now for a safe summer

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:10pm

The Cook County ATV Club reminds parents that an ATV Safety Training course is available in May for students, ages 11 - 15. Sign up now for a safe summer!

The course is part independent study and part field test. When students sign up, they receive a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) CD to study for the written test and field test.

A review and the written test will held Wednesday, May 14 at 3:45 p.m. in Cook County High School room 222. After passing the test, students participate in a field test, Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. at the old Grand Marais airport site (by Devil Track Landing).

There is a $10 fee, payable to Community Education. The Cook County ATV Club provides scholarships to any youths who cannot pay the fee. All students who successfully complete the safety training will also be treated to a pizza party with the DNR and volunteer instructors and will receive an ATV club T-shirt.

Safety Instructor Dick Parker encouraged parents to have their kids take this course. “Statistics show that 47 percent of all persons involved in ATV accidents are in their teens, 10-19 years old. The major cause of accidents is rollovers and hitting fixed objects. Speed is frequently the cause,” said Parker. “That’s why it is so important to catch kids when they are young to teach them about safe and ethical riding.”

“Just because you don’t own an ATV doesn’t mean your kid doesn’t need the training,” said Safety Instructor Chuck Silence. “There are more ATVs in the state than snowmobiles—you want them to be prepared to ride just in case they have the chance at a neighbor or friend’s house.”

Call (218) 387-2000 for more information. All registration forms and payment must be returned to Community Education by May 8.


ATV Safety Instructor Chuck Silence talks about the upcoming DNR Youth ATV Safety Training Course

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 9:41am

During the month of May, the DNR holds a Youth ATV Safety Training Course for students from the ages of 12-15. One of the instructors of the course, Chuck Silence, talks about the importance of ATV safety in this interview.


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First "saltie" delayed by ice

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:16am

Having encountered significant ice issues in transiting Lake Superior, the arrival of the Port of Duluth-
Superior's first saltie of the season has been delayed by at least 12 hours.

New ETA for the Diana is now closer to 8 p.m. tonight rather than this morning as noted below.  As such, any kind of official welcoming ceremony will be rescheduled for tomorrow or Friday.

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op offers "Fresh" on movie night May 8

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 6:41pm

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-op is hosting family movie nights this month at the What’s Upstairs Theater in Grand Marais. The first offering “Fresh,” will be on May 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 301 First Ave. W.

Featured movies will cover many topics such as the environment, globalization, sustainability, climate change, developing world, indigenous peoples, earth science, and children’s films. Admission is free for Co-op owners, $5 for others. Bring your own snacks.

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart-dominated economy. Running time is 72 minutes.

West End Community Conversation continued at Birch Grove on Wed., May 7

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:55pm

The community is invited to the Birch Grove Center on Wed., May 7 for the second West End Community Conversation where the Birch Grove Foundation and interested citizens will continue to define and prioritize goals for the West End community and how we can work together. 

Organizers encourage participants to come at 5:30 p.m. for pizza (please RSVP by May 5) and stay for the 6:30 p.m. meeting.


ISD 166 open campus for lunch discussion continued

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:54pm

On par for this long winter, the April 24 ISD 166 school board meeting was once again held on the evening prior to a snow related closure of school on Friday.

At that meeting discussion of whether or not to keep the school campus over the lunch period continued and again there was no resolution.

There were a few public comments before the meeting, with two students and one adult speaking in favor of keeping the campus open.

Noah Warren, Cook County junior class vice president, spoke to concerns of student drivers speeding during the lunch period stating that it should not be a function of the school board but a function of law enforcement to police such things. “Kids who speed during off campus lunch will speed after school as well.” 

Board member Ed Bolstad asserted that, as the person who originally brought up this subject, his concern is safety. Board member Sissy Lunde was absent.

Several motions were introduced—to close the campus entirely, to only open the campus for seniors and to open the campus for juniors and seniors only. None of the motions passed so the discussion of this policy will be continued at the next meeting.