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Grand Marais Dairy Queen shares Blizzard proceeds with Gillette Children's Hospital on August 8

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 2:07pm

With frost warnings already in effect throughout our summer, a blizzard can’t be too far behind, right?
Wrong. Unless of course, it’s a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
On Thursday, August 8, a portion from every Blizzard Treat purchased at the local Dairy Queen in Grand Marais will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as part of the 8th annual Miracle Treat Day.
All of the money raised by DQ operators in Minnesota and western Wisconsin will benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, the nation’s first hospital for children who have disabilities.
Last year, Gillette provided care to more than 25,000 children, including two from Cook County.
“We look forward to participating in such a good cause,” said Rob Hackett, general manager and a partner in the Grand Marais Dairy Queen.
Stores throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin raised nearly $20 million on Miracle Treat day last year. Since 1984 Dairy queen has raised $97 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“This is a chance for us to give back to the community,” said Hackett, adding, “We look forward to seeing you August 8.”

Changing rules for logging road runoff

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 2:06pm

Under a recent bill passed by the U.S. Senate, water runoff on logging roads will fall under the jurisdiction of the states, and not fall under the preview of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In May, A group of House and Senate members introduced a Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, reaffirming the EPA’s 37-year-old policy toward regulation of runoff from forest roads.
The bill was introduced to aid efforts to increase timber harvests and add forestry jobs by preventing unnecessary litigation on a question that the U.S. Supreme Court settled in the EPA’s favor in late 2012. The bill upholds the EPA’s existing policy, which does not require water discharge permits for forest roads.
The legislation was brought fourth because the EPA had added language to its original storm water regulation that said that storm water discharges are “associated with industrial activity,” and facilities considered industrial included: rock crushing, gravel washing, log-sorting, and log storage.
Under the new EPA standard, groups opposed to logging were using this (and the Ninth Court of Appeals ruling that favored the new language) to shut down loggers where they could, citing logging roads as “point sources” for runoff water.
The Supreme Court’s decision reversed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which would have required that logging roads obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits under the Clean Water Act. It did not say, however, that logging roads are not “point sources” for runoff water, so some groups have said they will continue to litigate logging sales where they can.
On July 9, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) joined with a group of other senators in signing the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act.

Missing person search called off

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 8:58am

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s office, the search for 82 year old Paul Brandt has been suspended. Brandt was reported missing on the night of Thursday Aug. 1st. 

The search had involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs, 15 area agencies and departments.

Private and civilian searches may continue.

MidTrail Auction & Quilt Raffle at Fire Hall #1 on Thursday, Aug. 8

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 11:20am

The MidTrail Live Auction, Boutique, Flea Market and Quilt Raffle will be held this year on Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 at the Fire Hall #1 on the Gunflint Trail, 1 mile south of Trail Center Lodge.
Organizers say the doors will open at 1:00 p.m. with the Live Auction beginning at 1:30 p.m. The quilt raffle drawing will be held around 3:00 p.m.
One of the organizers, Lee Zopff encouraged everyone to make the trip to MidTrail to enjoy the event. “There will be something for everyone at every price range and all proceeds go to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. Come and have treats in our new Schaap Community Center. Do your Christmas shopping or find a treasure for your home.
Live auction and flea market items include a set of “Cabin in the Snow” dishes, a gift certificate for a sleigh ride, pine needle coiled baskets, a Panda Bear, two diamond willow tables, pictures of moose, table cloths, runners, pillows and “who knows what else!”
Zopff said, “Rain or shine, be there!”

Learn about Lake Superior at Sugarloaf Cove Interpretive Center on August 10

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 11:19am

Everyone loves the lake, but doesn't always understand or know much about it below the surface.
Learn more on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. when Cindy Hagley from Minnesota Sea Grant presents fascinating and fun facts about Lake Superior. The presentation is part of Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardships Association's annual meeting and ice cream social.
The presentation – including the ice cream – is free.
Sugarloaf Cove Center is located lakeside off Highway 61 at mile 73.3 in Schroeder. For more information call 218-663-7679.

Brandt Search continues into day six

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 6:36am

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Paul Brandt, who was reported missing on the night of Thursday Aug. 1st.  The search has involved the use of helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, four search dogs, and many many people.
Fifteen agencies have assisted with the search efforts including Cook, Lake, St. Louis and Sawyer counties Search and Rescue teams, State Patrol, DNR, Forest Service, Border Patrol, all the county volunteer fire departments.

There have also been a tremendous number of civilian volunteers who have assisted the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

As of 4:10 p.m. last night, Brandt had not been located.  According to Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk, there have been several items of personal property found in the search area, but no credible evidence indicating his location.