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Gypsy moth quarantine to be imposed locally

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:06am

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is about to impose Minnesota’s first quarantine for gypsy moths because of an infestation in Lake and Cook counties.

The quarantine will require inspections of logs for the timber industry, nursery stock, firewood — even camping equipment and patio items — anything that could become infested with gypsy moth larvae and be moved to uninfested areas of the state.

The Duluth News Tribune reports loggers, mills and nurseries will have to sign compliance agreements and pledge to conduct their own inspections before moving any wood out of the quarantined area. The state also will have inspectors in the area randomly checking to see if people are following the rules, and penalties up to $7,500 can be assessed if they are not.

Residents and tourists will be asked to thoroughly check their vehicles and any camping gear before leaving the quarantine area.

The proposed quarantine includes all of Lake and Cook counties and occurs after the state agency trapped more than 71,000 gypsy moths last summer along and near the North Shore, 90 percent of which were in those two counties.

That number was, by far, a record. It shows that the moths, which can defoliate large swaths of forest in their caterpillar stage, have become entrenched in Minnesota’s Arrowhead.

"Portage" to play at North Shore Care Center

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:36pm

The first dance of 2014 at the Cook County – North Shore Hospital Care Center welcomes Portage—the award-winning classic country band that performs at the Care Center the last Saturday of the month throughout the year. The dance will be Saturday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. As always, families and community members are invited to join in the fun,

For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities at the North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website:  


Higher Ed hosts Business Luncheon with speakers on shoplifting and employee theft

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:34pm

Chief Deputy Leif Lunde and Sheriff's Deputy Pat Eliasen will speak about shoplifting and employee theft at this month’s Business Networking Luncheon Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Higher Education campus in Grand Marais.

Eliasen and Lunde are running for Cook County sheriff this fall. This presentation is a great opportunity to get to know the candidates better as they present their perspectives on how to help prevent/reduce shoplifting and employee theft as well as react to known or suspected theft.

Did you know that more than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year? That's more than $35 million per day.

There is a $15 fee for the catered lunch provided by Harbor House Grille which includes soup and sandwich, pickle and dessert.

Cook County Higher Education’s Business Networking Luncheons are made possible thanks to the support of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Sivertson Gallery, Lake Superior Trading Post, and the Grand Marais State Bank.

For more information or to RSVP call (218) 387-3411.

Individual Medicare counseling available

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:18pm

Marjorie Bottila is a Senior Outreach Specialist with the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging.   She'll be in at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais, Wednesday January 29th.  Individual appointments for Medicare counseling can be scheduled through the Senior Center at 387-2660.  North Shore Morning host Marnie McMillan learns more in this interview.


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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.