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EDA changes direction of its housing program

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:01pm

One of the first items of business for the Cook County – Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) at its January 14 meeting was making appointments to committees and that discussion turned to who would take over the role EDA housing coordinator Nancy Grabko played on some of those committees since the EDA had elected not to renew its contract with Grabko’s company, Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS) at the December 2013 EDA meeting.

2nd meeting on PolyMet mine set for Aurora

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:44pm

AURORA, Minn. (AP) — The second public meeting on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine is being held in the Iron Range city of Aurora.

The meeting at Mesabi East High School runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today. It follows a similar meeting in Duluth last week that drew around 1,300 people, divided between supporters of the jobs copper-nickel mining would bring to northern Minnesota and critics who say the environmental risks are too high.

The meetings are meant to help the public learn more about and comment on the environmental effects of the project.

The Department of Natural Resources has released two new videos explaining the project, which are posted on its website and will be shown at the Aurora meeting and the third and final meeting in St. Paul next Wednesday.

Non-ferrous mining supporters, critics convene for Polymet's Duluth public meeting

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:38pm

A proposed open-pit copper mine near Hoyt Lakes has sparked an impassioned debate across northeastern Minnesota. Last week in Duluth, the DNR hosted the first public meeting about the supplemental draft of the project's environmental impact statement, a document that will play a major role in the permitting process.
Duluth Correspondent Phil Bencomo brings us this report.

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Cook County Environmental Health offers free radon testing kits

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:54am

The Cook County Environmental Health Department is offering free radon testing kits.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all homes be tested for radon. It’s the only way to know if your home has an elevated level of radon, which can cause lung cancer. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils and can enter homes through cracks and openings in basement or foundation floors and walls.

To obtain a free test kit, visit the Cook County Planning and Zoning Department located on the main floor of the courthouse.

It is believed that every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable.

MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year.

Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes three to five days.

Grand Marais to reduce number of members serving on park board

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 12:03pm

At the Wednesday, January 8 meeting of the Grand Marais City Council, City Administrator Mike Roth recommended reducing the number of Grand Marais Park Board members from seven to five. Roth said the board hasn’t had seven members in a long time.

The city council agreed and voted to reduce membership from seven to five. An ordinance to make the change will be drawn up, with the first reading at council’s next meeting.

The park board is now comprised of new appointee James Dusheck, Walt Mianowski, Bill Lenz, Robin DuChien and Sally Berg. The terms of Tracy Benson and Paul Anderson expired at the end of 2013, and neither sought re-appointment.

Nominate an area business for Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 12:01pm

Celebrate entrepreneurial leadership and successes in the Twin Ports and Minnesota’s Northeast Region by recognizing entrepreneurs who have followed their dreams and taken on inordinate risks to forge ahead, meeting the challenges of today’s economic reality.

In its 22nd year of celebrating entrepreneurial excellence, the UMD Center for Economic Development has issued the call for nominations. A business may be nominated for an award by a customer, client, employee, vendor or a private citizen who wants to recognize a business owner. Business people and organizations from throughout the region are encouraged to participate in the nomination process by completing the online nomination form.

Award recipients will be announced at the 22nd Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards Luncheon during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Week on April 23 at the DECC.

To nominate a business visit Nominations deadline is Feb. 28.