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Park Board sets Recreation Park rates for 2016

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 5:12pm

Rates in the Grand Marais Recreational Park campground will go up in 2016, but the Grand Marais Park Board opted to keep the increases somewhat moderate. Parks Manager Dave Tersteeg presented several options for 2016 rate increases for the park board to consider at the November 4 meeting.

At the board’s October meeting there was agreement among board members to maximize revenues from the park to help keep city taxes lower and to generate more income to continue reinvesting in the campground.

Tersteeg presented 2015 comparisons between standard RV hook-up sites (spots without a lake view) that are rented nightly versus monthly, and lakeside sites that are either rented nightly or by the month.

Tersteeg said nightly rates for lakeside sites are 20 percent higher than nightly rates for standard sites, but despite the higher rate, these sites have the highest occupancy for both tent and RVs.

But the biggest difference in park income came when front row sites (those closest to the lake) were rented nightly compared to monthly. Front row nightly rentals took in $6,550 per year versus $3,478 per year when put on the monthly rate schedule.

Tersteeg said, “Lakeside and front row monthly sites are under-performing when compared to their monthly counterparts.

Tersteeg suggested raising the six front row sites to $4,600 for the year including on-site storage.

Park Board Member Reid Dushek argued that the six long time renters felt they had been promised the sites as long as they wanted them by past park boards.

Dave Mills, a park board member and city councilor disagreed and said, “This is a campground, not an RV Park. We have to get the best value and realize the potential for each of these sites.”

Lutsen pilots new communication equipment in rescue truck

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 5:05pm

In his monthly report on October 20, Fire Chief Paul Goettl said the Lutsen Fire Department now has a dispatch computer installed in its rescue truck. Goettl explained that this is the same type of computer communication set-up that the Cook County Sheriff Deputies have in squad cars. It provides GPS and mapping information to the fire department during emergency calls.

“We are kind of the ‘guinea pigs’ for this,” said Goettl. “If it works for us, if it is determined there is value for the fire department, these may become standard equipment.”

Supervisor Andrew Beavers asked if the equipment for the pilot program was donated or if there is a cost to Lutsen. Goettl said the computer was donated. There were some installation costs and there is a monthly charge for the air card for mobile service. Goettl said members of the fire department and rescue squad were excited about trying out the new technology.

“It’s new to us, but the deputies have used it for years and like it,” he said.

After the meeting, Fire Chief Goettl gave supervisors a look at the computer in the rescue squad truck.


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Grand Marais mayor discusses levy increase, funding issues

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 10:01am

Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith-Decoux spoke with WTIP News Reporter Joe Friedrichs about the city's plan to increase property-tax rates. Arrowsmith-Decoux also speaks about the city's role with regard to providing non-mandated funding, as well as upcoming holiday events. 


Pie Place Cafe closes restaurant

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 8:51am

The Pie Place Café in downtown Grand Marais has been a longtime favorite for both locals and tourists alike. However, the restaurant side of the business closed down this month. WTIP News Staff Joe Friedrichs reports on this story. 


County board has questions about calcium chloride

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 7:03pm

County Engineer David Betts was asked how important calcium chloride applications were for gravel roads at the Tuesday, November 10 commissioners’ meeting. The board has been looking to make cuts to the 2016 levy, which currently stands at 11.2 percent, and was eying the $160,000 appropriation it allocated last year to the highway department for the chemical that when applied to gravel roads, keeps dust down.

“From an engineering standpoint, applying calcium chloride reduces the amount of grading we have to do,” Betts said. “It’s not dust abatement. It’s dust control. The rule of thumb is that you lose 1 inch of gravel per year. If you do nothing you end up with rocks and it feels like you are driving on marbles.

“We figure we can double the life of gravel by applying calcium chloride. It also helps with washouts.  At the $160,000 mark, it allows us to get calcium chloride on the side roads.”

Commissioner Moe said he has a friend that has put together a document that shows calcium chloride can be bad for the environment and he will bring that document to a future meeting.

Betts said the county applied a minimal amount of calcium chloride—one-gallon for every five yards—and didn’t apply chemicals close to the sides of the roads.

“We haven’t noticed any plant damage. We would notice that when we brush the ditches. They [the ditches] seem to grow brush very well.”


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Healing Touch training at Cook County Higher Ed

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 7:01pm

Cook County Higher Education will hold a weekend of Healing Touch training on Nov. 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stacey Quade will be instructing Level 1 Healing Touch training and Jackie Mielke will be instructing the Healing Touch Level 2 training.

Healing Touch complements conventional health care and is used in collaboration with other approaches to care. Although it is called Healing “Touch,” this does not only mean physically touching a person; all HT techniques can be and often are completed off the physical body.

Healing Touch is a bio-field therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing. It uses touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers that control the energy flow from the energy field to the physical body. These gentle, non-invasive techniques utilize the hands to clear, energize and balance the human energy fields thus affecting physical, emotional and mental health.

Research has demonstrated that Healing Touch has a direct impact in changing pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, agitation, stress and more. It may be used to assist pre/post medical procedures and treatments, support through the dying process and chronic illnesses, management and treatment of side effects from medical treatments, illness prevention and health promotion activities, improve quality of sleep, and enhance sense of spiritual connection.

For more information contact Cook County Higher Education at (218) 387-3411.


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