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Tune in to Boreal.TV to learn more about Commissioner District 4 candidates

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:35am

Voters in Commissioner District 4 may still be having a hard time deciding who to vote for in the primary election on Tuesday, August 14. On Thursday, July 26, the candidates for Cook County Commissioner District 4—Gail Anderson, Rick Austin and Heidi Doo-Kirk—participated in an election forum live on WTIP community radio. Jay Andersen of WTIP and Cook County News-Herald editor Rhonda Silence asked questions submitted by listeners and readers to the candidates in an informal and informative hour-long program.
If you’d like to hear and see more of the candidates, the election forum was recorded on www.boreal.TV. Log in and listen! 
Mail-in ballots must reach the Cook County auditor’s office by Election Day, Tuesday, August 14, so it is recommended that you mail your ballot in soon. Ballots may also be hand-carried to the auditor’s office on Election Day.

Detour at Southbound Highway 61/London Road in Duluth until late August

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:47am
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that southbound Highway 61/London Road will be closed for flood-related culvert and road repairs from now through late August.

The detour is necessary because a large culvert beneath Highway 61/London Road was damaged heavily during the June 19-20 rainstorm. The road adjacent to the culvert was undermined.

Southbound motorists on the Highway 61 Expressway from Two Harbors will detour onto Superior Street to 54th Street and then back on to Highway 61/London Road.

Motorists traveling north on Highway 61/London Road will not have to detour. However, drivers will encounter a few traffic shifts within the construction area.

The work is expected to take until late August.

 

Birthdays celebrated at North Shore Care Center on August 8

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 4:46pm

There are a lot of birthdays coming up at the North Shore Care Center in August. The monthly birthday party will be on August 8 at 3 p.m. with piano music by Doug Sanders. There will be cake and ice cream for residents and families to honor Phyllis Anderson, Eleanor Matsis, Donovan Bakalyar, Jack Halverson, Marie Jacobson, and Marigold Linnell. Friends, family and volunteers are welcome.
Activities Director Kay Rosenthal said, “Many thanks to our volunteers, who continue to give so much of their time during these busy summer months.”
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387.3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.

Trappers Convention to be held in Embarrass MN

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:37am

The Minnesota Forest Zone Trapping Association  (MFZTA) was formed by a group of trappers want to have a 'voice' in the management of the sport. The trappers association is having its second annual Trappers Convention and Gun Show on Friday - Sunday, Aug. 10-12, 2012,  at the Embarrass Fair Grounds in Embarrass, MN.   The event starts at noon Friday and ends around noon on Sunday
The convention will include traps, trapping supplies, tail-gaters, skinning demonstration, trap setting demonstrations, a fur-bearers of Minnesota exhibit, and good food. Attendees can also expect lots of fun and lots of trapping stories.
There is camping on-site.  Admission is only $1 and youths under 15 are free.
The association has room for more food vendors,  and craft vendors,  Contact Ray at (218) 969-3425 if you would like more information on vendor opportunities.
Visit the Minnesota Forest Zone Trapping Association website for additional information at www.mfzta.vpweb.com or e-mail for information to mfzta@q.com.

County commissioners to now pay toward health insurance

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:36am

The last of this year’s county employee salary negotiations has been completed.  When Commissioner Sue Hakes brought her recommendations to the county board on Tuesday, July 24, the commissioners spent some time discussing whether they should start contributing toward their health insurance premiums and in what amount.
Commissioner Hakes recommended that the county’s half dozen non-union hourly employees receive an increase of 1.8 percent and continue to make no contribution toward their health insurance premiums, the same as regular salaried union courthouse employees and Highway Department employees.  The cost to the county would be about $3,400 over the next two years, Hakes said.  The board approved this recommendation unanimously.
Previously, on July 17, the board approved 2.5 percent cost of living increases for the supervisors, who are non-union, and the department heads and elected officials.  Supervisors will now pay $10/month toward individual or family health insurance and department heads and elected officials will now pay $25/month.  Union employees in the Sheriff’s Office also received a 2.5 percent increase and will pay $25/month for family coverage.
Commissioner Hakes then turned the conversation toward their own compensation.  She recommended that they receive no salary or per diem increases but that they pay $10/month toward individual or family health insurance.  “I think we should set an example,” she said, “and I think it’s a reasonable amount to ask in light of the fact that we’re not getting a raise.”

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 www.fs.usda.gov/superior and link to the Superior RAC page in the Secure Rural Schools section.