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Library Friends membership drive under way

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 10:11am

The Library Friends of Cook County is conducting its annual membership drive this month.
County residents and others interested in supporting the mission of the Library Friends and current members are encouraged to submit a membership form to the Grand Marais Library or mail it to Library Friends of Cook County, P.O. Box 1234, Grand Marais, MN 55604. 
Current members have been mailed the annual newsletter and membership form. 
For interested persons wishing to join, the newsletter and membership form can be obtained at the Grand Marais Library.  Membership begins at $15 for an individual or $20 for a family membership. Additional levels of support are also available, in addition to opportunities to volunteer. Members
are entitled to shop at the “Members Only” night of the August used book sale which is the major fund-raising event of the Library Friends.
The Library Friends of Cook County is an all-volunteer, nonprofit service organization which supports the Grand Marais Public Library and the Cook County School libraries (Birch Grove, Great Expectations, ISD 166 and Oshki Ogimaag).  The mission of Library Friends relies on the yearly support  of members and others both financially and as volunteers.  
In addition to contributing to the Cook County libraries, monies have been designated for the Grand Marais Public Library expansion project.  Additional activities include Internet book sales, the annual used book sale and supporting special events and programs.

"Pets for Vets" benefit dinner at Harbor Light Wednesday

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 2:47pm

There will be a “Pets for Vets” benefit dinner at the Harbor Light Co. Supper Club on Wednesday, April 25 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Pets for Vets is a group of American Legion and First Congregational Church members fundraising for America’s Vet Dogs to provide veterans with special needs dogs. Each special need dog costs up to $20,000.
The benefit dinner is from 5 - 8 p.m. with live music entertainment donated by some of our great local musicians from 5 – 9 p.m.  Eric Frost will start it off from 5 – 6 p.m., followed by Amanda Hand, Brett Berka, Gina Macy and more.
Dinner is $10 a plate, and will be a pasta buffet with choice of our homemade alfredo or marinara sauce; choice of chicken, Italian sausage or veggies; salad, breadstick and dessert bar.  $4 of every plate will be donated to the Pets for Vets group.
Donation jars will also be set up for those who do not wish to eat, but want to come and support this great cause.

Taconite Harbor Energy Center receives Patriot Award

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 10:25am

Mike Ross of Lutsen, an instrument/lab/environmental specialist at the Minnesota Power Taconite Harbor Energy Center, is also a retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class. His last deployment with the U.S. Army Reserves was far from the North Shore in the desert of Afghanistan. He was away from his job in Schroeder from August 2010 to October 2011. On Wednesday, April 4, Ross expressed his appreciation to the co-workers who supported him and his family while he was away.
At the start of a safety meeting, Ross presented Taconite Harbor Managing Superintendent Dave Rannetsberger with a certificate from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ross said the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve division supports National Guard and reserve troops, working to protect the rights of soldiers, in matters such as job retention and employment. He said the organization also recognizes the companies that treat their military employees well. And, he said, Minnesota Power is such a company. Minnesota Power CEO Al Hodnik was also on hand for the presentation.
The “Patriotic Employer” award was presented to David Rannetsberger and Minnesota Power. The award was inscribed, “For contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”
Ross said thank you to Rannetsberger and the rest of the 47-employees at Taconite Harbor for their support. “This is for all of you,” he said.
Ross also presented Rannetsberger with a triangle-folded flag in an attractive wooden display case. He explained that the flag had flown over his base, Camp Dwyer. “The flag was in honor of Minnesota Power and Taconite Harbor. It was flown for you guys,” said Ross.

Lake Superior College scholarship available from Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 10:23am

The board of directors of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 scholarship availability for graduating seniors at Cook County High School through the Lloyd K. Johnson Post-Secondary School Scholarship Program.
The foundation’s board of directors will award selected Cook County High School graduating senior’s full scholarships to Lake Superior College in Duluth. The scholarships awarded will pay for tuition, books and fees for one full academic year provided recipients maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, maintain satisfactory academic performance and are enrolled full-time. Upon completion of one full school year, recipients may be eligible to apply for a renewal scholarship that will be considered based on the student’s first year cumulative GPA, the student maintaining full-time enrollment status and the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
The 2012 scholarship submission deadline is April 30. 
The purpose of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship Program is to assist graduating seniors at Cook County High School to continue their education in order to develop the skills and experience necessary to complete their vocational and educational goals. The scholarship has been awarded to 11 Cook County High School Seniors since the inception of the program in 2008.
To learn more about eligibility criteria, download application forms or to submit applications on-line, applicants can go to the foundation’s website at For additional information contact the foundation’s administrative office at 218-726-9000 or contact the Cook County High School guidance office.
The scholarship is named after Lloyd K. Johnson, who was born and raised in Grand Marais and graduated from Cook County High School in 1925.

Minn. Senate OKs hunting and fishing fee hikes

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 8:32am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has voted to raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

The Senate has approved a game and fish bill 36-30 that includes the fee hikes. The bill now goes back to the House, which passed it earlier without the fee increases.

Under the bill, a one-year fishing license for an adult resident would go from $17 to $22. A deer hunting license for residents would be bumped from $26 to $30. Other fees would increase by similar amounts.

The bill also allows for wolf hunting in the state after the species came off the endangered species list in January.

MPCA board to revisit Voyageurs, BWCA haze rules

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 7:02am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The citizens board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking another crack at approving rules meant to cut the haze that sometimes clouds the views at Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The haze comes mostly from the state's coal-fired power plants and taconite plants on the Iron Range. The board was due to vote on the new rules last month. But the board decided to hold off until today's meeting so MPCA staffers could address concerns raised by Cliffs Natural Resources about how new nitrogen oxide emissions limits would affect its Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite operations.

MPCA staffers say they've made changes that should address Cliffs' primary concerns.
The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service say the MPCA plan won't cut haze enough.