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It's been three months since Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell became the subject of a restraining order. Since then a petition for a removal election is in the works and protesters have been picketing the courthouse.
The parents of a 17-year-old girl filed paperwork last December claiming Scannell and their daughter had a romantic relationship. The court document states that Scannell harassed the girl, prompting the two-year restraining order.
During a public comment period held prior to a county board meeting last December, county resident Jason Zimmer asked that commissioners call a special session to request Scannell’s resignation.
According to County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, the avenue for removing an elected county official is through a petition of registered voters prompting a removal election. The number required for a removal election in this case is just under 600 names.
Zimmer has initiated a petition, and last week he said it was in the hands of a Twin Cities attorney to get the wording right. The petition must allege specific malfeasance or nonfeasance in the performance of official duties. Only examples of wrongdoing, misconduct or failure to perform a legal duty would apply.
Zimmer said he does not have any names yet because he was advised to make sure the wording is right so that citizens know the reasoning behind the petition. He added, he does “have a huge list of citizens to contact when the petition is ready to be launched.”
As for the protesters, they’ve been gathering at least once a week by the courthouse parking lot with signs calling for Scannell to step down and soliciting “honks” of support.
Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm has won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Keith Aili of Ray has finished 2nd.
We're still waiting for results for 3rd place. Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson had been in that position leaving the last check point.
The field has now narrowed to 5 teams. Hovland musher Frank Moe scratched at Hwy 2.
Amanda Vogel of Ray was in 4th place and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors was in 5th at last report.
Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm was in 1st place when he left the Finland check point last night, as the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon continues into its final day. Keith Aili of Ray was in 2nd.
Holding on for 3rd place is Grand Marais musher Odin Jorgenson with Frank Moe of Hovland right behind in 4th.
The field has narrowed to six teams with Amanda Vogel of Ray in 5th place and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors in 6th.
A monthly birthday party will be celebrated at the North Shore Care Center on Wednesday, March 13 to honor Gert Scott and Audrey Haring. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about the activity programs or to volunteer, please contact the Activity Dept. at 218.387.3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.
Township annual meetings and elections are on Tuesday, March 12. The polls will be open at all three townships from 5 – 8 p.m. and the annual meeting is at 8 p.m.
In Lutsen, the voting and annual meeting will take place in the new Lutsen town hall. Incumbent treasurer John Groth is running for reelection. Supervisor Joe Buttweiler has decided not to run again and Tim Goettl is running for the vacant seat. Both are unopposed.
In Tofte, voting and the annual meeting takes place at the Birch Grove Community Center.
On the ballot is incumbent Supervisor Jim King, who is running for reelection.
Tofte Treasurer Mary Jane Huggins is not running for reelection, but her husband, Bill Huggins is on the ballot. Both are unopposed.
In Schroeder, voting and the annual meeting will take place at the Schroeder Town Hall. Both incumbent Supervisor Tina McKeever and Treasurer Alicia Kangas are running for re-election. They are also unopposed.
Boaters who use the Grand Marais harbor will soon have an improved dock and launch, thanks to an agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources approved Feb. 27 by the city council.
City Administrator Mike Roth explained that the new agreement, which has been reviewed and sent back and forth between the city’s and DNR’s attorneys during the last few months, will replace the existing agreement with the state that governs the boat launch on the east side of the harbor near the Coast Guard building. The new agreement takes effect upon approval by both city council and the DNR; Roth said the DNR has expressed its satisfaction with the revised document.
Roth said the new agreement runs for 35 years and is very similar to the one in place for the boat launch near The Point. Plans call for the state to construct a boat launch and parking area in the vicinity of the boat ramp at the bottom of Eighth Avenue West in the Rec Park.
The improvements are based on a concept plan which has been reviewed and approved by the city’s park board, and is consistent with the park’s master plan.
The new launch is needed, Roth said, because the parking lot near the Coast Guard Station is often crowded and difficult for boaters to use, and the ramp itself is not very “friendly” for users with large boats. However, it is currently the only access available in Grand Marais.
The new ramp will extend farther out into Lake Superior and will provide access to deeper water.