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Industrial arts expansion in final design phase

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:37am

At the Thursday, June 19 School District 166 board meeting, Ryan Erspamer from Architectural Resources presented an update concerning the industrial arts expansion project at the high school.

The project is scheduled to have a final design completed on July 1. A pre-bid conference will be held allowing potential contractors to do a walk-through of the space. The project is then anticipated to be put out for bids on July 21 with bids due back by August 6.

It will be close to the start of school before construction begins.

The current design calls for a 2,200 square foot addition, which is down from the original plan of an additional 2,500 feet.

The original budget of $750,000 for the project included $450,000 for the building itself but lacked an allowance for the remodeling of the existing building.

The budget currently stands at $783,000 for construction without including any additional equipment.

The total budget for the project is now $997,500 plus a ten percent contingency fund of $100,000. This figure would allow $250,000 to be spent on the purchase of new equipment.

Erspamer said the amount received by Architectural Resources is set and will not increase due to the increased project budget.

In addition to $750,000 of taconite funding slated for the project there is another $150,000 available from the sale of the west end of the ISD 166 building to the county for the Cook County Community YMCA. There may also be funds that can be accessed from the health and safety fund for certain improvements. Superintendent Beth Schwarz added that there are additional grant resources that have not yet been tapped in to.

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Lake Superior hikers to speak at Grand Marais Library July 3

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:36am

The Arrowhead Library System will present "From Adventure to Publication" with Mike Link and Kate Crowley at 3:30 p.m. July 3 at the Grand Marais Public Library.

The educators, naturalists, photographers and authors will offer the free program, speaking about their 1,555-mile hike around Lake Superior. They will describe their shore-hugging journey around the world’s largest freshwater lake and their unique perspective as naturalists, travel writers and grandparents. They chronicled and described their epic five-month Lake Superior hike through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario as a life-altering experience.

They will also describe their next adventure – The Full Length Mississippi. Kate and Mike have already driven the length of the Mississippi and plan to boat along the upper portion of the river and then follow the annual bird migration.

And if that isn’t enough to talk about, Mike and Kate also wrote a series of books, "Places to Go, Wisdom to Share" about traveling through Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota with grandchildren. Take an active role in their lives and share your experience while exploring Minnesota and the Midwest.

The event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Call the library at (218) 387-1140 for more information.

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A full field of riders turn out for Lutsen 99er

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:57am

Here’s a quick look at the Lutsen 99er bike race Saturday. Michael Naughton of Crystal Lake, IL won the 99er in 5 hours, 51 minutes, 49 seconds.  In the 39 mile race, Jason Johnson of St. Paul and Ryan Fitzgerald of Roberts, WI tied for the lead with 2 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

Coming in at number 32 and 34 in the 39er was Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and John Alt of Grand Marais. In the number 35 place was Kerrie Berg of Grand Marais, who also took first place in the women’s division at 2:33:54. A host of other Cook County racers were spread out over the 39er field.

WTIP to air candidate forums in July

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:47am

WTIPs 2014 election year coverage begins this month. The county primary is August 12 and before the mail ballots go out we’ll host two live call-in candidate forums.

Join WTIPs Jay Andersen and News Herald Editor Rhonda Silence on Wednesday, July 16 when they interview the six candidates vying for the position of First District County Commissioner. Then tune in Thursday July 17 when they repeat the process with the four candidates running in District Five.

You’re invited to join in the conversation. Call in a question to 387-1070 or send an email: wtip@ boreal.org anytime before or during the broadcast. Become a part of the political process and make your voice heard. Do it today or anytime between now and July 16 and 17 …but do it. Your questions and concerns matter.

Our email address is wtip@boreal.org, our phone number is 387-1070. The First District Commissioner Candidate Forum is 7pm Wednesday, July 16; the Fifth District Forum is 7pm Thursday, July 17. Only on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

Restoration of Bally Blacksmith Shop continues

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:08pm

The Cook County Historical Society acquired the Bally Blacksmith Shop property in August of 2013, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Fund. There has been a lot of work done at the Bally Blacksmith Shop over the past few months. The short-term goal has been to remove the contents of the 1911 wooden blacksmith building in order to prepare to stabilize it. That work is nearly completed.

Stabilization and some restoration work on the structure will continue this summer. The Historical Society has hired Doug Seim as construction manager. Seim has a background working with historic structures. He will oversee the process of making the blacksmith shop safe for a future as a museum. The long-term goal is to preserve this significant place for generations to come.

Drew Johnson, who is cataloging the historic artifacts at the site, was especially pleased when the cleanup crew found an old business ledger from 1920.

The Historical Society will also soon be asking the community to share stories of their experience with the Bally family and work that they’ve done. The history of this site affected all of Cook County’s past, and the historical society wants to be sure to gather as much information as it can about the three generations of Bally blacksmiths.

To share your stories, or to learn more about the project, visit the Historical Society website at www.cookcountyhistory.com.

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County to continue lakeshore septic compliance program on Lake Superior properties

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 8:43pm

At the request of Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s Clean Water Legacy Grant to allow continuance of the Lakeshore Septic Compliance Program onto a segment of Lake Superior.

At the June 10 board meeting, Nelson said the county has a “substantial” amount of grant funds left over after completing the originally scheduled work. The segment of Lake Superior that will be covered picks up from where the Tofte Schroeder Sanitary Sewer District left off with completion of its septic inventories, and moves toward the east to complete as many system inspections as can be accomplished with the leftover money until Aug. 31, 2015.

As many as 143 Lake Superior properties may be inspected through the grant extension.

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