Around Cook County
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week Fire restrictions to go on, ISD166 to start a hybrid 4-day calendar, the Park Service looks at Isle Royale wolves and Rep. David Dill talks about a Constitutional Amendment…all in this week’s news.
Arrowhead Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI) is in the process
of nominating and electing board members. Now is the time for co-op
members interested in electrical service, electric rates, and
countywide broadband to come forward if they would like to be involved.
AECI Administrative Assistant Rose Thoreson explained, “The
grassroots participation in nominating and electing directors is one
of the most important powers that you, the members, have in
controlling your cooperative.”
Directors are responsible for hiring a CEO/general manager; approving
policies and policy revisions; approving rates; reviewing and
approving operating budgets and work plans; approving various loans
and contracts and strategic planning.
This year the three-year term of District 2, District 4 and District 5
will have elections at the 2012 Annual Meeting scheduled for Saturday,
June 9 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in the Cook County High
School in Grand Marais.
District 2 serves the Maple Hill-Colvill area. Lou Terrizzi is the
incumbent director and is seeking re-election.
District 4 serves Rosebush – Devil Track area. Wayne Anderson has
exhausted his term limit and is ineligible to run again.
District 5 serves the Pike Lake – Cascade area. Howard Abrahamson is
the incumbent director and is seeking re-election.
Members living in Districts 2, 4, and 5 who are interested in being
considered for nomination or if you know a member whom you believe
would be a qualified candidate, are asked to contact Arrowhead at
The Nominating Committee for 2012 will meet Tuesday, March 27. The
Grand Marais Public Library invites children and their caretakers to a vibrant puppet adventure at the Grand Marais Public Library at 7 p.m. March 23.
Puppeteer Heron Gardner and his Puppet Tellers recount "A Night on Bear Island," the story of Basil and Samantha who become marooned on Bear Island and must overcome their fear of monsters and the dark. Told with rod puppets, bold graphics and dramatic sound effects, this fast-paced, family-friendly tale of suspense and friendship is suited for children of all ages.
Admission to the event is free, thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library System and funding by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To stay abreast of other Arrowhead Legacy Events, see the events calendar www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/ or see facebook at “Arrowhead Legacy Events” or Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy.
Questions may be directed to Miriam Kero, Arrowhead Library System, email@example.com.
"Rhythms of Darkness and Light"—the third annual collaboration between the Grand Marais Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, opens on March 23. Sixty artists, responding to a call, have expressed the movement from light through darkness, to spring through winter, to resurrection through death. And what a variety of expressions! Oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, beads, collage, engraving, photography, mixed media, etching, glass, ink, fiber, clay, poetry, gourd, stone, silk, encaustic, stitchery, and paper!
Accompanying the show will be a booklet, cataloging the artwork and featuring artist’s ponderings—how their work led them in exploring a mother’s death, reflecting the light within that shines in winter, considering the soul’s response to lake and sky on a dark night, seeing branches against a sky and branches of our lives, discovering the wonder of new life. There will also be some poems by local writers in response to the theme.
On two evenings the show will stay open till 7 p.m., with music provided—on Tuesday, March 27 with music by Gina Macy and on Thursday, March 29 with music by Amanda Hand. On the 29th, Spirit of the Wilderness will provide a light supper at 5 p.m., so folks can eat, look at the art, and hear music—a feast of many kinds! For more information, contact the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 or www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.
"Rhythms of Darkness and Light"
Exhibit open 9 - 4 daily until April 1
Friday, March 23
6 p.m. Opening Reception and Guest Lecture
Tuesday, March 27
5:45 Music by Gina Macy
Open until 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29
5 p.m. Light supper
5:45 Music by Amanda Hand
Open until 7 p.m.
The Voter ID Constitutional Amendment bill is moving through the Legislature. DFL Rep. David Dill doesn’t think much of it. Rep. Dill spoke with WTIP’s Jay Andersen this week.
Listen to the complete interview where Rep. Dill discusses, redistricting, the progress of wolf hunting in Minnesota, stalled non-ferrous mining legislation, how the bonding bill affects Cook County and transparency at IRRRB.
The public is invited to a presentation on wind energy at 5:30 p.m. March 23 at the Cook County Community Center.
Minnesota Wind Technology Corporation will present all the latest on its newest technology, with a special focus on wind energy turbines for houses as a secondary source, and incentives offered by the state for conversion. These incentives include a sales tax exemption (wind-energy conversion systems used as electric power sources as well as materials used to manufacture, install, construct, repair or replace wind energy systems are exempt from Minnesota state sales tax); property tax exemption (Minnesota excludes the value added by all real and personal property of wind energy systems); and federal incentives provided for in the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act (30 percent tax credit).
The unique vertical axis wind turbines are available in a variety of output capacities, and the tallest stands just over 18 feet. Minnesota’s environment is rated ninth in the United States for current wind energy output, with a total wind energy potential of 657 billion kwh per year.
For more information see www.mnwind.us.