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North Shore Grouse Banquet scheduled for Sept. 6

Sun, 08/19/2012 - 8:29pm

The North Shore Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) 
will hold its 20th Anniversary Sportsmen’s Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 
6 at the American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais.
The event will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will 
be served at 7:30 p.m.
According to Julie Puch, individual membership and dinner tickets are 
$50. There is also an optional family membership package for $90 which
includes two dinners. Additional family dinners are available at $25 
each. Banquet, Conservation and Sustaining sponsorship packages are 
also available at $275, $500 and $1,000 respectively.
And, in the spirit of the outdoors, youngsters under the age of 16 who 
recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who 
have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify 
same; will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a 
paying adult.
As is the custom at this event, the evening will feature a live and 
silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes will feature the 
finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectibles.
For more information on the banquet and/or tickets contact Puch at 
218-387-1923, or by e-mail: .
As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this event will be used to 
restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat. Established in 1961, 
the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is the one international wildlife 
conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable 
for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain 
our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage.

U.S. Forest Service travel management maps now available

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 10:41am

After more than six years of interagency collaboration, public involvement, and environmental analysis, Kristina Reichenbach of the Superior National Forest announced on Wednesday, August 8 that SNF if finally ready to implement the Travel Management plan.
To implement the Travel Management Plan, the Forest Service was required to develop a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that will be updated annually. The maps, a series of 4 two-sided fold-up paper maps is available at all Superior National Forest offices. The map is posted in a downloadable format on the Superior National Forest website.  To view or download the Motor Vehicle Use Maps go to:, select Recreation Opportunities then Off-highway Vehicle Riding and Camping.
As of August 8, 2012, motorized travel on the Superior National Forest is only allowed on roads and trails designated on the map.
The Forest Service states that this will be of significant benefit to “natural resources on the Forest, to wilderness values, and to off-highway vehicle riders.”  This project is part of the Forest Service-wide Travel Management Rule framework to address the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding in national forests across the country.
The Forest Service will be working with Tribal, state, and local agencies and with private organizations to provide information and education to off highway vehicle riders regarding this new policy.  Forest Managers are also increasing road signing to help riders navigate with the new maps.
Cross country travel by OHVs will continue to be prohibited on the Superior National Forest as directed in the Forest Plan.

MidTrail celebration is a fundraiser for Gunflint Fire Department

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:42pm

A fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at Fire Hall 1, 28 miles up the Trail, from 1 to 4 p.m. A flea market, boutique and cake, coffee and lemonade will start at 1 p.m.
The live auction will start at 1:30 p.m. with the winning raffle ticket for our quilt being pulled after that. The quilt is queen-size, and features animals and elements of our woods.  It is hand quilted.
Tickets may be purchased ahead of time at The Loon’s Nest in Mid-Trail or Crystal’s Quilt shop in Grand Marais. Tickets will also be available at the event. A few of the auction items are: hand-made tables, wood turned cake stand, set of Christmas, cabin dishes, antique nail kegs, pottery, fused glass, quilted and knit items. Mid-Trail resorts have been generous also offering gift certificates, etc.
All proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department which now covers a wider area including Greenwood Lake, East Twin Lake and West Twin Lake.

ISD 166 welcoming six new teachers this fall

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:40pm

Six new teachers will be joining the Cook County Schools faculty this fall.  Several current teachers came in on their own time to help with the interviewing.  Principal Gwen Carman reported that the hiring decisions were difficult because the applicant pool was so good. 
Superintendent Beth Schwarz said the interview team was asked to consider more than salary levels and coaching ability in their hiring recommendations.  The candidates who were interviewed were asked to demonstrate their teaching by giving a lesson or an example of how they would approach the first day of class during the interview.
In a separate phone interview, Superintendent Schwarz said the district is going to have considerable turnover with expected teacher retirements in the next several years.  They deliberately hired teachers with significant education and/or experience in order to be prepared for these retirements.  She said she believes they hired the best, strongest candidates in the pool.  They will all be on probationary status for at least the first year of their employment.
Kassie Felts will be teaching early childhood special education half-time.  Former ISD 166 employee Natalie Shaw will be returning from Birch Grove Community School to teach first grade.  Todd Toulouse will be teaching middle school math and science, and Sarah Malkovich will be teaching middle school science, health, communications and reading.  David Liechty, who has “significant experience” in juvenile corrections and autism, according to Carman, will be teaching secondary social studies, and Tim Dennison will be teaching secondary math. 

Congressman discusses issues affecting Cook County, upcoming campaign

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 10:31am

Recently, Congressman Chip Cravaack was in Cook County to celebrate a newly-signed law that allows road crews to expand a section of Cook County Highway Eight.
Cravaack introduced the legislation that cleared the way for the development of the four-mile stretch near the Cook County Airport. The bill was signed earlier last week by President Barack Obama. Crews are now repaving and widening the road.
The Congressman spoke with WTIP’s Roger Linehan on Thursday, August 16 about the legislation as well as about the upcoming election campaign.
To hear their conversation, click on "Attached file" below..

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Soccer registration is August 21

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:30am

Soccer registration day is Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Pappy Wright Field, and parents of children ages 5 – 10 are asked to meet at 4:45 p.m.; parents of children ages 11-18 meet at 5 p.m.
Registration day is the best way to get your child registered for youth soccer, meet your child’s coach, volunteer to help out, and ask questions of your coach.
If you are unable to make it to the registration day you have two options to get your child registered: Stop by the Community Education office and pick up a registration form, or go to the Community Education’s website ( and print a registration form to turn in to Community Education. Registration forms should be turned in before Aug. 20.
For more information, contact soccer coordinator Bryan Carpenter at 218-387-2271 ext. 307 (Fitness Center) or e-mail