Around Cook County
Billed as "Sled Dogs to St. Paul: The Race to Protect Minnesota from Copper Sulfide Mining and Acid Discharge Pollution," Cook County musher Frank Moe left Grand Marais by doglsed on Thursday, March 1st carrying petitions to the state capitol with more than 13,000 signatures asking State and Federal authorities deny any permits for sulfide mining that will threaten Minnesota's water or natural resources.
After spending a week on the trail and travelling more than 350 miles, Moe arrived at the state capitol on Monday, March 8th. Moe is back home in Cook County now, and he stopped by the WTIP studios on Monday, March 12th to talk about the experience and why he undertook it.
(Click on "attached file" below to hear the interview.)
On Tuesday, March 13 West End citizens will head to the polls and vote
for the person they want representing them. Polls for all three
townships open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. Polls close at 8 p.m.
and each township holds its annual meeting at that time.
The township of Lutsen has a full ballot as well as a write-in
candidate. Two people filed to run as town clerk—Silviyia Duclos and
Gail Thompson will be on the ballot.
Two people also filed to run for township supervisor—Alta McQuatters
and Ginny Storlie, so their names are on the official ballot.
Announcing on February 18 that he intended to run as a write-in
candidate was Larry McNeally.
The Lutsen polls are at the Lutsen Town Hall/Firehall at 116 Caribou
Trail. The town meeting is also held there.
Candidates on the Tofte ballot are running unopposed. Running for re-
election in Tofte is Paul James as supervisor and Barb Gervais as clerk.
Tofte elections are not held at the town hall building. The polls will
be open at the Birch Grove Community Center at 7 Good Neighbor Hill
Drive in Tofte. The annual meeting will also be at the community
center when the polls close.
In January, the township of Schroeder has no names on the ballot, but fortunately
two write-in candidates have come forward. Running for supervisor is
Deb Johnson and running for clerk is Doug Schwecke.
Schroeder elections and the annual meeting will be held at the
Schroeder Town Hall at 124 Cramer Road in Schroeder.
In collaboration with Sivertson Gallery during its 12th
Annual Inuit Premiere in Grand Marais, North House Folk School is
offering several workshops at its waterfront campus. David Ruben
Piqtoukun will teach two workshops on Inuit soapstone carving.
The first class, "Romancing the Stone: An Introduction to Inuit
Soapstone" will be held March 14-16. On March 18 – 19, the course will
be "Inuit Soapstone Carving: Speaking through Sculpture."
For further information and tuition rates contact North House Folk
School at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-387-9762.
Piqtoukun will be the featured guest at Sivertson Gallery on Saturday,
March 17 at the 6 p.m. Fireside Chat. The Fireside Chat is free and
open to the public.
There are a number of other activities during the Inuit premeire—see
the full schedule on-line at www.sivertson.com.
Birch Grove Community School is happy to introduce two new
members, Jackie Dillenbeck and Plamen Dimitrov. Both live on the
West End and have children who attend Birch Grove.
"We feel it is necessary to have parents on our board. It gives us a
perspective that can be quite valuable when making decisions,
especially when it comes to programming. We never want to lose parent
input," said school director Diane Blanchette. "We also appreciate the
energy that comes with new members. Sometimes we need that."
The new board members join Judy Motschenbacher, Skip Lamb, Colleen
Brennan, Natalie Shaw and Dave Erickson.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With just a few weeks before the spring camping season opens in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service expects as many as 76 campsites on 23 lakes to be unavailable in a hangover from last year's big Pagami Creek fire.
Rangers had hoped to have most back in operation when paddlers returned. But spokeswoman Kris Reichenbach says standing scorched trees known as snags and burned latrines raise safety and sanitation issues that still must be addressed.
Foresters hope the wind and snow will take down some snags before crews return to the area.
The Cook County High School Band is heading to the State Band
Festival after receiving superior ratings at two competitions last week.
On Friday, February 10, the Cook County High School band sent two
ensembles to perform at the Section 7A Small Group Festival at Two
Harbors High School. Minnesota
State High School League uses a judging system based on a total point
system of 40 points. The "Superior" range is 35-50. An "Excellent"
rating is 28-34
Points. A “Good" rating is 22-27 points. "Fair" is anything below 21
points. Only "Superior" ratings advance on to State.
CCHS was represented at the small group festival by a seven-member
Brass Choir and a Saxophone Quintet. The Brass Choir performed
Reinhold Gliere's Russian Sailor's Dance. The Brass Choir earned a
"Superior" rating with 37 points.
The Sax Quintet performed The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini. They also
earned a "Superior" rating with a score of 39 points.
The full high school band performed at the Section 7A Large Group
festival on Monday, February 13 at Duluth Marshall High School. The
full band performed in front of three judges, as well as other
schools. The band even had a surprise audience member as former, and
beloved, band teacher Bill Tormondsen was there to enjoy the band's
The band played On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss by David Holsinger as
well as Raging Machines by Brian Balmages. The judges awarded the band
three "Superior" ratings—36,
37 and 38 respectively.
The full high school band, along with the two ensembles, will be