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Nominees sought for 11th Annual Environmental Stewardship Award

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:41am

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is seeking nominations for its 11th Annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program. This award honors extraordinary achievements in six categories in the U.S. and Canada.

Nominations can be made on behalf of a person, group, governmental agency or tribe. The deadline for all nominations is April 11, 2014.

The six categories for nominations include Youth, Adult Individual, Business, Industry, Municipality/Governmental Agency or Tribe/First Nations, and Organization. Members of the Lake Superior Binational Program review each nomination and select a winner in each of the six categories. Judges may also make Honorable Mention awards to suitable nominees.

A nomination form, awards guidelines, and past recipients can be found on the Binational Forum's web site at Awards will be presented to winners at a ceremony on Lake Superior Day on July 20.

The Lake Superior Binational Program represents a partnership of federal, state, provincial, and First Nations/tribal governments working together with citizens to ensure the protection of the Lake Superior basin ecosystem.

The Forum is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The U.S. Forum office is located at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

For more information call (715) 682-1489.

Lutsen monthly meeting rescheduled

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:34am

Grand Marais Library hosts Sean Emery, the "Jugglin' Guy"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 8:28am

Visit the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 for an unforgettable performance with one of the region’s funniest and most sought-after entertainers, Sean Emery.

With his talent and uncanny ability to read people, Sean will scoop up members of the audience and embrace them with his circus skills, comedy, and showmanship.  Professionally trained with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, Emery truly is one of the most in-demand entertainers from county fairs to Radio City Music Hall, festivals, theaters, cabarets and even the White House!  His act includes amazing juggling, unicycling and physical comedy, and he is a master of improv.

This event is sponsored by the Grand Marais Public Library, the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information contact the library at  (218) 387-1140 .

MPCA to make initial sulfate ruling

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 8:20am

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Thursday is expected to make its first recommendation on how much sulfate pollution is too much for wild rice.

The agency will announce whether the current sulfate limit for wild rice waters, 10 parts per million, is too high, too low or just right.

PCA officials say they also will work toward an administrative rule change to better clarify exactly where the rule should be enforced — which lakes and rivers are official wild rice waters.

The Duluth News Tribune quotes  Shannon Lotthammer, director of the PCA’s environmental analysis division as saying, “This is going to be our preliminary recommendation based on the science we have so far.”
Lotthammer said the recommendation will be preliminary until a scientific panel can review the field and laboratory data collected during the past two years on which the PCA is basing its decision.

The sulfate rule, if enforced, has huge implications for the state’s iron mining industry, with some taconite processing plants apparently releasing sulfate at levels above the current standard. It could affect the state’s fledgling copper mining industry as well as wastewater treatment plants in areas where wild rice grows, or did grow in the past.

The current sulfate rule was enacted in the 1970s based on work from the 1940s by a state biologist who found that wild rice didn’t grow in water with high sulfate levels.


Financial Aid Information Night at Higher Ed, Wednesday February 25

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:18pm

Help is available locally for sorting through financial aid for higher education.  North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson learns more in this interview with Kirstin van den Berg of Cook County Higher Education; Haley Brickner, the Director of Education for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; and Amanda Burggraff, academic and career guidance counselor for Cook County schools, about Financial Aid Information Night.

Financial Aid Information Night is scheduled for February 26 from 5:15pm to 7:00pm at Cook County Higher Education’s North Shore Campus in Grand Marais.  

Cook County Higher Education in collaboration with Cook County High School and the Grand Portage Department of Education are pleased to bring you Financial Aid Information Night: Completing the FAFSA and Paying for College.  It's an opportunity to learn about changes to the 2014 – 2015 FAFSA and ask Financial Aid Director LaNita Robinson questions about the financial aid process.  


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Girl Scout Troop 4077 working toward Bronze award with pajama collection

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 9:41am

For more than a year the girls in Girl Scout Troop 4077 have been brainstorming ideas for a community service project to fulfill Girl Scout Bronze Award requirements. For months the fifth-graders have been researching their idea and then putting it in action through a remarkably fun event—a pajama party. The girls did all of the planning and promotion for the event and hosted a fabulous pajama party at the Evangelical Free Church on Feb. 6. Admission to the party was a new pair of pajamas and Troop 4077 collected 67 pairs at the party.

They are only 35 pajamas away from their goal of 102 pairs—102 in in recognition of Girl Scouting’s 102nd anniversary. They will be taking the pajamas to the Damiano Center in Duluth and will be getting a tour of the building that provides services to low income and unemployed people in the community.

If you would like to help the girls reach their goal, by March 10, Bethlehem Lutheran Church has graciously agreed to serve as a drop off point for pajamas. There is a collection box in the lower level of the church.

Please contact Christine with questions at  218-370-8338 .