Around Cook County
Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre had a good day on Thursday in his solo attempt to scale Denali in winter.
The day began at top of Kahiltna just below 10,000 feet. Dupre reported a picture perfect day while it was snowing down here in Homer, Alaska where the support team is currently located.
His website reports that the weather was indeed very favorable for traveling. The temperature was -15F and the wind at about 10mph out of west. He reports it was the day he’s been waiting for.
Dupre broke camp at 9:30am with plans to spend the night in a camp at 11,200 feet. He reported it was a hard slog but by 4:40 PM he had arrived and made camp.
Dupre's adventure may be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com .
The North Shore Storm defeated Ashland 6-1 Thursday night in a match at Two Harbors.
North Shore scored once in the first period, twice in the second and three in the third on their way to the win. Ashland got its lone goal in the third.
Brad Rowlee led the Storm with two goals. Scoring one each were Austyn Wasko, Tyler Schramm, Cook County's Thomas Anderson and Luke Small.
The Storm includes skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The team hosts Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin in Two Harbors Saturday night.
Flu shots are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Teresa Borak RN of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic reported Thursday afternoon that the clinic has Flu vaccine available for children ages 6 months to 35 months, and, age 4 years and older.
The Clinic will have extra staff available from 1 to 4 PM, Friday to give injections, but people can come in anytime.
"It would be beneficial if you could come during that time, but we will NOT turn anyone away," she said,. "It is not too late to get your Flu shot,"
More information is available from the Clinic at 387-2330.
Mayor Larry Carlson reported that he has received a complaint about the blasting being done at the construction site at the high school. He said the caller didn’t like it that the blasting was being done until 8 p.m. Administrator Mike Roth said there is no ordinance prohibiting or restricting the hours of such activity, and the construction crews are doing the blasting between 4 and 8 p.m. so as not to disturb the students while school is in session.
“You would be hard-pressed to do something before it [blasting] is completed,” Roth said when asked about the possibility of drafting and enacting an ordinance before the construction is done. Councilors agreed that such action is not necessary. The blasting is being done to make way for the new YMCA swimming pool.
Things are heating up on the ice at Birch Grove Community Center. Four teams are signed up for the third annual Birch Grove Boot Hockey Tournaments, to be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:45 and Sat. Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.
If you’d like to join the fun, contact Birch Grove Foundation Director Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Foundation by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (218) 663-7977 (Wednesdays) for complete registration and signup information.
The cost to participate is $20 for both dates; $15 for one date per team.
Teams need 5-6 players ages 12+ to participate in a 25-minute game. Co-ed and mixed age level teams are welcome! Each participating team will receive a large pizza sponsored by Grand Marais State Bank and Sven and Ole’s Pizza.
Not interested in playing? Come watch the action and warm up by the bonfire. Pizza will be available for sale.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the final regulations aimed at cutting pollution from taconite plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota wild areas.
Included in the regulations is the Northshore Mining Co. operation in Silver Bay.
The regulations come after months of delay and will force some taconite operations to add expensive new pollution control equipment to curb nitrogen oxides, or NOx, and sulfur dioxides, SO2.
According to a Duluth News Tribune report Thursday morning, environmental and public-health groups, and now the EPA, say that pollution causes haze over pristine areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Isle Royale and Voyageurs national parks. The groups and the EPA say it also can cause lung ailments in people.
The plan “will reduce pollutants that are harmful to people’s health and impair visibility in national parks and wilderness areas,” the EPA said in announcing the final rule. The agency said the pollution controls are expected to reduce NOx emissions by about 22,000 tons per year and SO2 emissions by about 2,000 tons per year.
The News Tribune reports the rules affect all six taconite operations in Minnesota as well as the lone taconite operation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. New plants also would be expected to meet the standards. Many coal-fired power plants already have been required to make similar upgrades.
The federal government stepped in after regulators concluded that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency didn’t go far enough to limit haze from taconite plants. The state in April essentially said the industry was doing all it could within reason to control haze pollution.