Around Cook County
Unseasonably warm, dry weather may mean an early spring, but it could bring higher fire danger with the higher temps. As a matter of fact we have unconfirmed reports that last year’s big Pagami Creek is still smoldering under snow cover.
To make sense of some of this WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke with U.S. Forest Service fire officer Patty Johnson.
WTIP is being recognized for two features produced by station staff in the 2011 Minnesota AP Broadcasters Awards.
WTIP’s Barbara Jean Johnson received first place in the series/special category for her story “History Speaks: Recollections of Leng's Fountain” and Kelly Schoenfelder took first place in the feature category for her piece “Moments in Time: Anishinaabe & Isle Royale”.
WTIP is committed to telling the story of our region and exploring the rich history and cultural legacy of the North Shore. Both stories singled out for recognition meet that mission.
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The county and ISD166 are once again talking about a collaboration. WTIP’s Jay Andersen has this report on the school, community center and the YMCA.
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During our "Side by Side" Membership Drive, March 14th - 19th, we’re bringing you all our regular services, and some special highlights and features, including:
• Live music:
o Gordon Thorne Thursday 1-2 p.m.
o Mysterious Ways Thursday 4-5 p.m.
o The Sky Blue Trio and the Orange Girl Friday 1-2 p.m.
o The Clearwater Hot Club during the Roadhouse 5-7 p.m. Friday
o The Hi- B’s Saturday 3-4 p.m.
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o Third Thursday Community Conversation featuring Bob Carter from 6-7
o Special “Side by Side” themed Swing Session on Friday
o Special Roadhouse Music feature program from 8-10 p.m. on Friday
o Behind the music feature with several local musicians 4-7 p.m. Saturday
o Celtic Music program 8-11 a.m. Sunday
o Double-feature of the Vinyl Café 11-1 p.m. on Sunday
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Grand Marais city councilors have set April 11 as the day on which a public hearing will be held to consider an annexation request which, if approved, may pave the way for a very interesting project – the construction of a zip line near the city’s west entrance.
The site in question is a 5-acre parcel at 1800 W. Highway 61 (near the Grand Marais Inn, formerly Tomteboda) which is currently zoned R-1. To accommodate the zip line, the owners are asking that the zone district be changed to R/C (Recreation-Commercial). And because the parcel lies outside of the city limits, it would have to be annexed in order for the city to change the zoning.
City Administrator Mike Roth explained at council’s Feb. 29 meeting that a public hearing regarding the annexation has to be held after all adjacent owners and the county have been given 30 days notice. Council then has to vote approval of the proposed annexation and notify the state, which must grant final approval.
It was decided that council’s April 11 meeting was the soonest the public hearing could be scheduled without holding a special meeting.
Upon completion of the annexation and rezoning, HRH Highway 61 and Matt Geretschlaeger are proposing to construct two 1,000-foot-long side-by-side zip lines, which will start from a six-story launch tower and have a 15-story descent.
It is hoped the enterprise, which is touted as the first high-speed zip line in Minnesota, will be up and running this summer. The design and construction of the project on the currently vacant lot will be done by Geronimo Construction of Biwabik.
According to the application submitted by Geretschlaeger, the project will require a minimum of 16 new employees, which may expand to 24 as the market develops.
More than 1 million people residing in more than 400,000 households in Minnesota rely on private wells as their source of drinking water. While wells can provide high quality drinking water, state health officials observe that most wells are rarely tested on a regular basis for things that can make consumers of the well water sick, such as bacteria, arsenic, or nitrate.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) estimates that at any given time, as many as 25 percent of private wells in Minnesota have detectable levels of total coliform bacteria, an indication that surface contamination has entered the well or water system.
National Groundwater Awareness Week was established more than two decades ago to bring attention to the important role that groundwater plays in the health and well-being of people. Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the health of the resource. This year’s observance, March 11-17, is a good time for well owners to put “Test Well” on their “to-do” list, say state well management specialists.
MDH recommends that private wells be tested once a year for total coliform bacteria, an indicator of bacterial contamination. Testing for nitrate is recommended every two to three years – more often if nitrate has been detected previously in the well or if an infant under the age of six months will be consuming the water. I n addition, MDH recommends that every well be tested for arsenic at least once.
Getting wells tested is a relatively simple process. The local county health department may provide or arrange for testing services. Commercial (or private) laboratories providing water testing services are usually listed in the Yellow Pages under “Laboratories – Testing.” The laboratory will provide directions for collecting and submitting water samples for testing. The costs for analysis are usually in the range of $20 to $40 per test, depending on what is tested. More information on well testing can be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/wells/waterquality/test.html.
People with questions about well water contaminants – or other well related issues – can obtain advice from MDH, local health departments, or local MDH-licensed well contractors. Well specialists are available to answer questions at MDH district offices in Bemidji (218-308-2100), Duluth (218-723-4642), Fergus Falls (218-332-5150), Marshall (507-537-7151), Rochester (507-206-2700), St. Cloud (320-223-7300), and the Twin Cities (651-201-4600).
Photo by Martin Cathrae via Flickr