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The Grand Marais Senior Center is once again offering local
drivers the opportunity to brush up on their skills and save money by
participating in upcoming safety classes.
Beginning Driver Safety Class will be offered Saturday, April 21 at
Birch Grove Center in Tofte. Registration fee for the eight-hour class
is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for non-members. Call (218) 663-7068
to register. Note that the next class will be in the fall.
The Driver Safety Refresher Class will be held on Thursday, March 22
from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center in Grand
Marais. AARP members will be charged $12 for participation; non-
members, $14. Call (218) 663-7068 to register.
Tentatively, there will also be a Grand Marais afternoon class and an
evening class in April. There will be a Birch Grove class in May;
Gunflint Trail in July; and Grand Portage in November. If you have any
special class requests, call Pam at the number listed previously.
If you are unable to fit a class into your schedule, you may take
AARP’s online Driver Safety course. As of this legislative session,
Minnesota statute mandates a rate discount for those who take the
online course. Fee for AARP members is $15.95; non-members, $19.95.
Minnesota drivers aged 55+ will receive a 10 percent auto insurance
discount by taking part in one of these approved eight-hour driver
safety class. Drivers maintain the discount by taking a four-hour
refresher class every three years.
Plans for a pathway leading from the sidewalk on Highway 61
into the east end of the Grand Marais Recreation Area – called the
Community Connection -- are under way. Park Manager Dave Tersteeg
reported to the park board on March 6, that he had obtained quotes
from two local contractors – Edwin E. Thoreson Inc. and Winchester
Higgins of W Labor on materials and labor in order to get some idea on
Manager Tersteeg compiled costs for several different combinations of
materials that could be used – bituminous (blacktop) or granite sand
for the main trail; concrete or metal edging for curbing; flagstone,
eco-pavers, or concrete for smaller paths and landings; and concrete
or boulders for retaining walls.
Quotes ranged from just under $19,000 to just over $44,000 depending
on materials used. Steps, a water feature, a channel for runoff, and
site grading would cost an additional $18,000 to $36,000. These
estimates are significantly lower than the costs projected by SEH, the
firm that created the initial site drawings. Not included in these
prices would be trees, shrubs, and other plantings, benches, a fire
ring, a pedestrian bridge, signs, and containers.
Costs will be kept down by utilizing staff and volunteers for some of
the work. In a separate interview, Tersteeg said park staff would do
all the planting and landscaping. “That’s what we do all day, every
day,” he said.
Tersteeg later told the News-Herald that he thinks the project might
be done in two phases: developing a ditch for storm water management
The history of the Anishinaabeg and Lake Superior is very long. Early French and English documents named the native people Ojibwe or Chippewa. But they call themselves Anishinaabe. They call Lake Superior, Gichigami. Wild Rice is manoomin, and waawaashkeshi is the deer. Names such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Manitou, Chequamegon, Keewenaw are from the Anishinaabe.
The Anishinaabe still speak their language. Wes Ballinger is one of several people making sure it will be heard for hundreds of years to come. Ballinger is working in the language, using it, teaching it, learning it, and preserving it. It’s his job, as head of the language department for the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission, at Bad River, WI.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Scientists say the gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park are dangerously close to extinction.
Biologists with Michigan Tech University say they counted only nine wolves on the Lake Superior island this winter, down from 16 a year ago.
It's the lowest number since scientists began monitoring the park's wolves and moose a half-century ago.
Biologists Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich say a shortage of females, inbreeding and starvation caused the crash.
Wolves migrated to Isle Royale from the mainland on an ice bridge around 1950. Peterson and Vucetich say their presence is essential to prevent moose from overbrowsing.
Park Superintendent Phyllis Green says no decision has been made whether to bring in more wolves.
March 14, 2012
Dr. Seth Moore is Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
The Grand Portage Reservation is located in the extreme northeast corner of Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook County. Bordered on the north by Canada, on the south and east by Lake Superior and on the west by Grand Portage State Forest, the reservation encompasses a historic fur trade site on beautiful Grand Portage Bay.
The band engages in fisheries and wildlife research projects throughout the year, working with moose, wolves, fish, deer, grouse, and environmental issues. Dr. Moore appears regularly on WTIP North Shore Community Radio's A.M. Calendar program, talking about the band's current and ongoing natural resource projects, as well as other environmental and health related issues of concern.
In this segment, Dr. Moore leads a fisheries science experiment at the band's Native Fish Hatchery with students from Oshki Ogimaag Charter School in Grand Portage.
(Click on Audio mp3 above to hear this feature.)