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Ely business owners prepare anti-mining center

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 8:24am

ELY, Minn. (AP) — A group of Ely business owners is preparing to open an "action center" on the city's main street to stir up opposition to copper-nickel mining.

The Duluth News Tribune reports a fundraiser last week for the new "Sustainable Ely" center drew 65 people. Organizers say the risk of environmental damage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area isn't worth the promised jobs and economic boost.

Sustainable Ely is expected to open about May 24th, just in time for the summer influx of cabin owners, anglers and canoe campers headed to the Boundary Waters. Organizers are hoping for 25,000 visitors this summer.

Bob McFarlin, a spokesman for the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely, vows the BWCA won't be harmed, and says the project has strong support in the area.

Learn about Medicare and Affordable Care Act at Grand Portage ENP on April 25

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 12:49pm

The Grand Portage Elder Nutrition Program offers more than just healthy and affordable meals for senior citizens. ENP also hosts informational speakers. On April 25 there will be an evening presentation by Marjori Bottila at the Grand Portage ENP at the community Center on the Affordable Care Act and Medicare Part A-D. Bottila will also talk about "Protecting ourselves from Fraud, Scams  & ID Theft."                                                                               Anyone interested should attend. For more information of if you need a ride, call the ENP at 475-2655.

"Red Horse" coming to Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:16pm

The North Shore Music Association presents Red Horse in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Weekend News Roundup for April 20

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. An endangered river warning was issued this week by a waters watchdog group. The Legislature managed to avoid dealing with wolf trapping and the long winter may help shorten the wildfire season.…all in this week’s news.


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North House prepares for Northern Sustainability Symposium

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:28am

Dmitry Orlov, author of the award-winning book Reinventing 
Collapse is visiting Minnesota for North House Folk School's fourth 
annual Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 3-5. Coursework and 
programs at the Sustainability Symposium revolve around changes that
can be made by individuals for a more sustainable future: learning to
repair and repurpose, simplify and reclaim the everyday skills of self-
reliance from the not-so-distant past.
Orlov will give a presentation on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Born in 
Russia, he moved to the U.S. while a teenager, and has traveled back 
repeatedly to observe the Soviet collapse during the late eighties and 
mid-nineties. He is an engineer who has worked in many fields, 
including high-energy physics research, e-commerce and Internet 
He is the author of the award-winning book Reinventing Collapse: The 
Soviet Example and American Prospects and of the forthcoming The Five 
Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit.
Orlov will also teach two half-day workshops – one on sail-based 
transport and one on building lasting communities.
Additional event coursework includes 14 courses ranging in length from 
a half day to 4.5 days. The coursework nurtures the do-it-yourself 
spirit by teaching skills that are integral to sustainable future. 
Courses include hand sewing, knife and tool sharpening, canning food, 
starting a root cellar, soap making, installing solar panels and more. 
Registration is required for coursework.
Programming during the event also features a tour of Cook County's 
greenhouses, a screening of the film In Transition 2.0, and a wood-

Strong winds, temperatures hamper ice removal on highways across Minnesota

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 9:27am
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that heavy snow compaction and ice from Thursday’s extensive snowfall are making travel difficult to hazardous from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of Minnesota. Roads in the Twin Cities Metro area are in fair condition.  

MnDOT urges drivers to be patient, plan for trips to take additional time and if possible, avoid travel. Plow crews are currently working to remove the ice and compacted snow, but are inhibited by strong winds, drifting snow and cold temperatures in rural areas.

MnDOT maintenance personnel say Friday’s primary concern is the wind. Drifting snow can cover a highway again immediately after a plow has just passed. The wind may blow salt off the road, and the salt becomes less effective in colder temperatures.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Crews expect road conditions to slowly improve throughout the day, as precipitation ends across the state Friday morning.


Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.