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Proposals sought for Secure Rural Schools Act forest projects

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 9:19am

Duluth, MN – As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act approximately $155,000 of Title II funding could be available for projects on national forest lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Funding could be available for other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources of  the Superior National Forest.

Proposals should benefit fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources. It can be used to maintain roads, trails, and other existing infrastructure or to obliterate unneeded roads. The funds can also be used to control noxious weeds.  At least 50 percent of all Title II funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration; or restoration of streams and watersheds. 

Individuals, non-profit organizations, and local governments can submit Title II project applications. Projects may be completed through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations, or by temporary employees. 

Proposals are due on or before August 27 to be considered for funding.  The Superior Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet September 14 to review, select, prioritize and recommend projects.  
For more information on the Committee or to learn more about proposing projects please contact Superior RAC Coordinator, Lisa Radosevich-Craig at 218-626-4336, or any Superior National Forest District Ranger. The website is and link to the Superior RAC page in the Secure Rural Schools section.

Join WTIP for a fun evening August 23rd to support “A Home of Our Own”

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 4:00pm

WTIP Community Radio is presenting an evening of culture and fun at a beautiful, historic fish house on the shore of Lake Superior, adjacent to Butterwort Cliffs near Cascade River State Park. The fundraising event will feature music by Gordon Thorne and a presentation by naturalist Chel Anderson (heard on WTIP as the Northwoods Naturalist). Drinks and appetizers will be served.

The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd. Tickets are $100 each or more if you can. All proceeds will support WTIP’s “Home of Our Own” capital campaign.

Please call the station for more information: 218-387-1070 or e-mail:  Please RSVP by August 15th.

Temperatures to be more normal this week

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 12:17pm

Mike Stewart from the National Weather Service says we could have some normal temperatures for the rest of this week. Then, he says the next 30 days might be a bit above average in temperatures and moisture. The meteorologist says that’s good because we’re starting to dry out again. Mike spoke Monday, August 6 with WTIP’s Ann Possis. Here is what he had to say:

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Minnesota Sculptors on display at Johnson Heritage Post until August 12

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:18am

The latest exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post in downtown 
Grand Marais is filled with vivid three-dimensional offerings in 
bronze, marble, steel, wood, ceramic, copper, porcelain, glass and 
brass, offered by 14 artists who belong to the Society of Minnesota
The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece by ballot. The 
artist who has produced the sculpture voted most popular by the end of
the show will receive a special award from the Society. But be warned—
you will want to vote for them all!
The exhibit runs until August 12, so stop by soon to see the amazing 
forms that sculpture can take. To learn more about the Society of 
Minnesota Sculptors, visit

Tofte continues to consider senior housing

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:17am

A senior housing facility in Tofte is getting nearer to 
reality.  At the July town meeting, Supervisor Paul James said a market feasibility study shows that 
8-10 units would be ideal, and more could probably be added as 
needed.  “They believe it’s very marketable and doable,” he said.
Project Manager Dick Grabko, at the meeting with developers Bob Bremer
and Diane Watson, said 30 percent of Cook County’s seniors would not 
be able to afford the $900-1,110/month rent the units are expected to 
cost.  “I look at that 70 percent as being a good sign,” said 
Supervisor Jim King.  “I’m encouraged by that.”
Patty Nordahl said some seniors have expressed interest in being part 
of the decision-making process.  Supervisor James suggested that 
Grabko, Bremer, and Watson show up on a senior lunch day at Birch 
Grove to meet some of the residents.
The board discussed who they could get to write grants to help fund 
the project.  Grabko suggested that the “continuity” they could offer 
with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB), the 
county, and the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development 
Authority (EDA) could help ensure that the grant writing was done.  
Grabko has worked in the past as a consultant for the EDA.
People have asked whether they would be able to choose things such as 
carpet colors or the number of garage stalls if they signed up for a 
unit before the facility was built, Supervisor Jim King said.  He 
pointed out that the project was being undertaken by a private 
developer working in partnership with public entities.

Forest Service suspends policy of letting fires burn

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 4:41am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is at least
temporarily suspending a policy of letting fires burn in the
national forest system in hopes of saving resources spent on
fighting infernos that start small and grow out of control.
     The Associated Press reports the Forest Service will get much
more aggressive about suppressing small fires in the wilderness.
Such a policy likely would have prevented last year's Pagami Creek
Fire near Ely, which burned slowly at first. But after unexpectedly
hot and windy weather it grew to consume 93,000 acres. The blaze
cost $23 million to fight.
     Superior National Forest supervisor Brenda Halter says the
directive came down last month as the national forest system's
firefighting operation was stressed with huge fires in Colorado and
other western states.