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Midwest Living magazine declares Grand Marais Campground a "supercampground"

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 11:41am

The Grand Marais Campground and Marina was named one of five “supercampgrounds” in the June 2013 edition of Midwest Living magazine.
“If you’re looking to blend fine dining, great shopping and a quiet Lake Superior shore, you‘ll find it here along the famed North Shore,” the article states.  “With 300 total sites, this city campground has pull-through spots with water, electric and sewer hookups, while quaint tent sites snuggle up to the cobblestone Lake Superior shoreline.  What we love:  Campers can walk three blocks into downtown for some of the best cuisine on the North Shore, then return to campsites that—at $33—cost less than dinner for two.”

Wisconsin wildfire cause investigated

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 7:16am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Department of Natural Resources officials say there could be air quality problems downwind of the wildfire. The DNR issued an Air Quality Special Notice yesterday. The blaze has destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. Firefighters had stopped most of the fire from spreading as of yesterday afternoon.

Residents and owners of vacation properties potentially affected by the northwestern Wisconsin wildfire now have a hotline to call to check on their properties. The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon has consumed about 8,700 acres in Douglas and Bayfield County. The number is 715-376-4185.

The fire started in an area where workers were doing logging operations. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ed Culhane says officials are investigating whether a spark from a piece of logging equipment started the fire around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Douglas County. No injuries have been reported.

"The Pie Place Cookbook" celebrated at The Pie Place May 16

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:26pm

In celebration of the release of "The Pie Place Cookbook," a launch party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 16 at the Pie Place Café in downtown Grand Marais.
The cookbook, billed as “food and stories seasoned by the North Shore” and written by Kathy Rice, is published by Lake Superior Magazine. It is a unique collection, compiled over years of perfecting recipes and making connections with the Grand Marais community and its regular visitors.

"Junk Jam" program at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:23pm

On Friday, May 17, Mark Powers will work with the students of Great Expectations School in classroom “Junk Jam” workshops, leading a hands-on experience in how everyday objects can become musical instruments.
Students will find that rhythm exists everywhere and that by working together they can discover music in their own environment, their own bodies, and even in the vocalization of their own names. The “Junk Jam” program is designed with the goals of promoting teamwork, nurturing creativity, and boosting self-esteem among youth.
The following evening, May 18, the community will be invited to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to attend a free 7 p.m. concert (donations accepted), featuring Mark presenting “Junk Jam” with GES students, as well as a solo percussion performance.
Mark Powers is a percussion artist/educator and world traveler who has performed and studied percussion in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, Thailand, and Ghana, West Africa. As an instructor, Mark teaches private percussion lessons and group hand-drumming classes. He works as an Artist-in-Residence at elementary, middle, and high schools —conducting “Junk Jam” workshops, teaching West African drumming styles, and directing percussion ensembles. He also facilitates “Rhythms at Work,” a corporate teambuilding workshop, and presents percussion-based Correctional Education programs in adult and juvenile facilities.
Powers’ performing and recording credits cover the gamut of styles, including appearances with Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Devon Evans (Bob Marley and the Wailers), The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, and Tim Ries (saxophonist for The Rolling Stones). He has opened for The Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, Junior Brown, Brave Combo, Pat Benatar, and many others.

Red Flag Warning posted for Cook County

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:17am

Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon today to 9 p.m. this evening for Lake and Cook counties.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued the warning due to low relative humidity and gusty winds.
Northwest winds will clock at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Erratic winds with higher gusts will be possible in the late afternoon.

No rainfall is expected and any that might happen will evaporate before reaching the ground.

Relative humidity will dip as low as 18 percent. Temperatures will be 65 degrees along the higher terrain inland to 75 along the shore of Lake Superior.

The Minnesota Incident Command System reports and wildfire that ignites could become fast moving in a short time.

No burning permits are being issued at this time in Northern Minnesota.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.



Cook County added to state’s burning restrictions list

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 12:24pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is placing burning restrictions on four additional counties, including Cook County, in northern Minnesota because receding snow cover has created conditions conducive to wildfire.
The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m., Monday, May 13, for Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties.
Here are the counties now under burning restrictions: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Washington, Wright  and the part of Polk County that is south and east of County Road 6 from the Manhomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line.
Minnesota has had numerous wildfires so far this spring, but most have been small.
While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, are allowed.
Fire conditions may change quickly. If conditions warrant, DNR foresters may restrict local burning on short notice. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, see