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Tofte awarded IRRRB grant to pursue senior housing

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:03pm

After more than five years of looking at different ways to fund senior housing in the West End, the Tofte Town board got some good news at its Thursday, January 9 meeting.

The Iron Range Resources Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) has awarded a $235,000 infrastructure grant to the township that will be used to help erect a 10-unit single structure building that will sit somewhere on 29 acres of land owned by the township.

Windcradle Retreat to host "The Enneagram: A map of Transformation Through the Heart"

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:02pm

The Enneagram, an ancient map of wisdom, describes Nine Sacred Paths towards wholeness. It integrates depth psychology with wisdom teachings as it describes patterns in personality that both block and wake us up on the journey. A workshop, “The Enneagram: A Map of Transformation Through the Heart” will explore dynamics of each of the nine Types and invite participation in one’s personal awakening through the heart where grace heals. The workshop will be laced with music, poetry, and experiential exercises. It will be held Feb. 21-22 at Windcradle in Grand Marais.

EDA changes direction of its housing program

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:01pm

One of the first items of business for the Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) at its January 14 meeting was making appointments to committees and that discussion turned to who would take over the role EDA housing coordinator Nancy Grabko played on some of those committees since the EDA had elected not to renew its contract with Grabko’s company, Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS) at the December 2013 EDA meeting.

2nd meeting on PolyMet mine set for Aurora

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:44am

AURORA, Minn. (AP) — The second public meeting on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine is being held in the Iron Range city of Aurora.

The meeting at Mesabi East High School runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today. It follows a similar meeting in Duluth last week that drew around 1,300 people, divided between supporters of the jobs copper-nickel mining would bring to northern Minnesota and critics who say the environmental risks are too high.

The meetings are meant to help the public learn more about and comment on the environmental effects of the project.

The Department of Natural Resources has released two new videos explaining the project, which are posted on its website and will be shown at the Aurora meeting and the third and final meeting in St. Paul next Wednesday.

Non-ferrous mining supporters, critics convene for Polymet's Duluth public meeting

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:38am

A proposed open-pit copper mine near Hoyt Lakes has sparked an impassioned debate across northeastern Minnesota. Last week in Duluth, the DNR hosted the first public meeting about the supplemental draft of the project's environmental impact statement, a document that will play a major role in the permitting process.
Duluth Correspondent Phil Bencomo brings us this report.

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Cook County Environmental Health offers free radon testing kits

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 9:54am

The Cook County Environmental Health Department is offering free radon testing kits.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all homes be tested for radon. It’s the only way to know if your home has an elevated level of radon, which can cause lung cancer. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils and can enter homes through cracks and openings in basement or foundation floors and walls.

To obtain a free test kit, visit the Cook County Planning and Zoning Department located on the main floor of the courthouse.

It is believed that every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable.

MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year.

Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes three to five days.