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Weekend News Roundup for June 16

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. A possible solution to the disappearing Isle Royale wolves, stormy weather in the area, Grand Portage elections and road work legislation…all in this week’s news.

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Cook County ATV Club hosts 10th Anniversary Party Saturday

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 12:43pm

The Cook County ATV Club’s Kick-Off Party will be held Saturday, June 12 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Cook County RidgeRider’s Groomer Building on South Shore Drive & Meridian Saturday. All are welcome—ATVers or not, it’s a fun party to celebrate the ATV Club’s 10th anniversary as a club. In the past the club has had people join the fun on dirt bike, on bicycle and on horseback.

There will be a brief business meeting and election along with the games – horse shoes, yard golf, and Bocci ball outside, cribbage or board games inside.; food – ATV Club president Mickey Brazell is grilling!; and a guided ride. The ride starts at 2 p.m.– rain or shine, so pack your rain gear just in case and join the fun.

There are also a number of great silent auction, drawings and doorprizes, including a fabulous mystery prize -- a bag of outdoor goodies - you have to buy it to see it! Other items are a flight with Charlie Tice, a flight with Bill Cherwin, a fish-patterned drinking flask, a cord of firewood from Bockovich Firewood, a Dale Tormondsen bird feeder, Marcy Bolinger's book "Around a Woodsy Corner,” prints, caps, T-shirts, books, and much more!

The ATV Club invites everyone to join the fun at this  great summer event!

Cook County's "Move It" month was successful

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 12:14pm

The circumference of the earth is just under 25,000, and this May, Cook County residents walked, ran, biked and paddled the equivalent of over halfway around it, covering the distance around Lake Superior 13 times over.  Over 200 people participated in the third annual Move It! Get Active Cook County! event sponsored by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and numerous other entities, logging in their miles and minutes exercised on the clinic’s website for all the world to see.  The total time they logged added up to 146 24-hour days.
Winners of a drawing held at the conclusion of the event are as follows:
Ages 18 and under - Hazel M. Kemp, $150 gift certificate to Superior North Outdoor Center in Grand Marais
Ages 19-64 - Sue Nordman, $150 gift certificate to Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte
Ages 65 and over - Frankie Jarchow, $150 gift certificate to Stone Harbor in Grand Marais

Cook County Community Fund awards annual grants

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 10:57am

The Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, has announced six grants totaling $11,427 awarded to nonprofit organizations serving the Cook County area.

Grand Marais Arts Inc., received $1,500 for programming technology support. The Birch Grove Foundation received $1,750 for the Hearth Oven Bread Baking Initiative Team. Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association was awarded $1,677 for the Summer Cinema.

North Shore Health Care Foundation received $2,000 for art therapy for elders facing memory loss. The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department got $2,500 for acquisition of an all-season rescue sled. The Lutsen Junior AlpineClub received $2,000 for help transitioning into an independent organization.

NRDC report: Poisoning the Great Lakes

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 10:01am
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Poisoning the Great Lakes: 25 Coal-fired Power Plants Responsible for Half the Region's Mercury Pollution

OH, PA and IN Are Home to Region’s Worst Mercury Polluters, Followed by MI, IL, WI, MN and NY; Vote in Congress to Test Support of Region’s U.S. Senators for EPA Curb on Neurotoxin.

(Click on link to WTIP below to hear an interview with NRDC's Jessie Rossman.)

CHICAGO (June 6, 2012) –Just ahead of a major U.S. Senate vote on the Environmental Protection Administration’s authority to clean up mercury and other toxic air pollutants, a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report shows that the 25 worst coal-fired power plants account for more than half of the dangerous mercury pollution emitted by the total of 144 electricity generation facilities in the Great Lakes region. The report also finds that almost 90 percent of the toxic emissions could be eliminated with off-the-shelf technologies.

According to “Poisoning the Great Lakes: Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants In the Great Lakes Region,” Ohio emits the largest amount of mercury from coal-fired power plants (21 percent of the total in the Great Lakes region), followed closely by Pennsylvania (20 percent) and Indiana (16 percent). The remaining five states in the region rank as follows: Michigan (14 percent); Illinois (11 percent); Wisconsin (9.5 percent); Minnesota (6.5 percent); and New York (2 percent). Plants from outside the region also contribute to mercury pollution in the Great Lakes.

Projections boosted for copper mine near Ely

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:51pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The company planning a copper-nickel mine near Ely has boosted its estimates of how much metal it's sitting on.

Duluth Metals Ltd., the Canadian-based parent of Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, says new data confirm they have one of the world's largest deposits of copper, nickel and precious metals, with some of the largest platinum and palladium resources outside South Africa.

It says the site has "indicated resources" of 8 billion pounds of copper, 2.5 billion pounds of nickel and 12.1 million ounces of palladium-platinum and gold. It also projects less-certain "inferred resources" of 13.5 billion pounds of copper, 4.6 billion pounds of nickel and 15.8 million ounces of precious metals.

Duluth Metals CEO Christopher Dundas called it "a monster deposit." He estimates the value at more than $100 billion.