Around Cook County
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control agency will host an open house Thursday to provide an update on its long-term study on whether the state should revise its water quality standard for protecting wild rice beds.
The MPCA says the open house will include an overview of the study followed by a poster session. Posters will focus on current and future research projects, the standards setting process and study timeline, and about the current sulfate limits to protect wild rice.
Mining interests and wastewater treatment plant operators have sought to loosen the sulfate standard.
Those attending the session will have an opportunity to provide input on the work.
“Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art” is being brought to the community by a collaboration between the Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness explains the purpose of the exhibit. She said, “We hope to delve deeply and begin to see (at least realize what we can’t see) through native eyes, both to broaden our artistic vision, but also to deepen our understanding. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the massacre of 38 Dakota warriors, we felt it appropriate to stop and consider from a different perspective.”
In addition to a Friday night reception for featured artists Robert Two Bulls and Johnson Loud, the event now includes a screening of the movie 38+2, which commemorates the anniversary of the 38 Dakota people hanged 150 years ago—and the story of the modern day recreation of their tragic journey. The film will be shown at Cook County Higher Education at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28. There will be discussion with Two Bulls and Loud afterwards and refreshments will be served.
In addition to the film and exhibit at the Art Colony, Two Bulls (Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota) and Loud (Red Lake, Chippewa) will conduct workshops on March 2, from 9 – 4 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The workshops are open to ages 10 and up. From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. there will be a presentation and discussion of Native Art. From 12 4 p.m. the artists will demonstrate their art form. Two Bulls will give an interactive presentation on oil painting. Loud will demonstrate the creation of his pottery.
The cost of the workshops is $50, with an additional $15 for supplies for the Robert Two Bulls class. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737.
At the Grand Marais city council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, councilor and park board member Bill Lenz presented two drawings of proposed footbridges for the new trail to the lake in the Rec Park. One is a covered bridge, while the other is of the more traditional uncovered variety. The cost of each is about the same ($10,000) despite the addition of a roof. City Clerk Mike Roth explained the reason for that: One requires more materials that cost less; the other requires fewer materials that cost more.
Lenz said he and the park board would like to hear comments from the public about which design they prefer, and encouraged input to the park office before the park board makes its decision next month. (More detailed artist’s renderings of the designs are available at the Rec Park—and we’ll have one configuration in the News-Herald this week.
The bridge is part of the Community Connections project that will lead pedestrians from the highway into the northeast section of the park next to North House Folk School.
Zumba comes to the West End! To help everyone get moving during the cold month of February, there will be a Zumba Gold demonstration with Chris Angelo at 10:30 a.m. on February 27.
Everyone is invited to join the fun!
On the 28th there will be a community forum to explore career readiness for students when they leave Cook County High School. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the forum organizers.
The weather has been very nice and it looks like it will continue mild. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart in Duluth about March lambs and lions.