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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.

Workers on Wheels (WOW) again offers bicycles for international workers

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:03pm

The WOW program (Workers on Wheels) is offering bicycles for summer use in Cook County to international and other out-of-county workers.
The bicycles will be available at the First Congregational Church UCC, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14.
A $40 cash deposit is required, which will be returned when the bike is returned.
WOW also has need for bike helmets, security chains with or without locks, and used bicycles. The group will also accept financial donations for repair parts and other needs.
Call (218) 387-2113 or email for further details.

City grants beer and wine license to Sydney's Frozen Custard

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 12:01pm

At the June 9 meeting of the Grand Marais City Council, a beer and wine license was granted to Bruce Block of Sydney’s Frozen Custard, allowing the beverages to be served outdoors (there is no indoor seating). While the city does not have any standards for allowing outdoor service, other licensed restaurants include Angry Trout, Birch Terrace and GunFlint Tavern. Block said he has had a lot of customer requests for beer, especially since he added pizza to the menu last year.

Spry wins Grand Portage Election

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 5:03am

Marie Spry swept the special Grand Portage Reservation election yesterday by 66.55 percent.

The contest between Spry and Robert J. Hull was for the committeeperson-at-large seat formerly held by William “Bill” Myers.

Hull tallied 114 votes to Spry’s 175. She won both the local and absentee ballots