Minnesota has a new boss of broadband.
Governor Mark Dayton's administration told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Cook County's Danna MacKenzie is the first executive director for the Office of Broadband Development, a division created last spring. MacKenzie has directed the northern Minnesota county's information systems and served on a state broadband task force.
The new office has a central role as Minnesota stretches toward a goal of ultra-fast broadband in every corner of the state. Minnesota's goal is 2015, but most people involved say that will be tough.
About three-quarters of the state's households now have access to Internet service that meets or exceeds minimum speed standards.
The director will provide assistance to local governments and other partners in broadband deployment projects.
The First Congregational Church in Grand Marais is once again hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. A small gathering of friends in 1974 has grown to a wonderful community tradition with 145 people served last year. One of the original organizers, Mary Igoe, representing “the dinner crew” recalled the humble beginnings and said, “The spirit of the day remains the same as at that initial gathering—the sharing of a homemade, lovingly created meal, complete with the fellowship of friends, old and new.”
Anyone interested in donating food items or helping prepare the meal is encouraged to call the church at (218) 387-2113. Igoe said, “To those of you who participate year after year, a huge ‘thanks!’ If you’ve never given it a try, please consider joining in on the fun of preparing and sharing this feast.”
Chelsea Pusc, owner of Gunflint Mercantile in Grand Marais, entered the Duluth’s Greater Downtown Council’s “pop-up” contest, a program that offers entrepreneurs free use of empty downtown storefronts for two or three months. She won, so she will be operating another Gunflint Mercantile in downtown Duluth over the holidays. She will be at 231 East Superior Street, on the corner of the Greysolon Plaza starting Nov. 30 through January 10.
Phone and online scams have become more common in recent years. Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos spoke with WTIP’s Mark Abrahamson on North Shore Morning on Monday, November 25, about some of the scams that are out there, and what we can do to avoid them.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently appointed Grand Marais resident Mark Sandbo to the Governors Council on Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP).
The one-year appointment was effective October 30, 2013, and will run to January 4, 2014, but, as Sandbo stated, “I have been told that I will be reappointed once my first year is up.”
Sandbo joins Hovland resident Keck Melby and Tofte resident James “Jim” King on the 15-member board. Sandbo replaces the late (and greatly missed) Cook County Commissioner Jim Johnson on the council.
The Governor’s Council is made up of 15 individuals from the coastal area of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties as well as several individuals from throughout the state.
Numerous sediment reduction projects on the Poplar River funded by a large Great Lakes Commission grant in 2010 are being completed this fall while Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District staff wait to hear on the next round of funding.
Numerous projects not planned when the grant application was submitted are being done because the first set of projects came in under budget and the Great Lakes Commission does not want its money back, Soil & Water District Manager Kerrie Berg told the Poplar River Management Board (PRMB) on October 7, 2013.
Lutsen Mountains co-owner and Poplar River Management Board President Tom Rider credited Edwin E. Thoresen Inc., saying the construction company has been a big part of the success of the grant because of their willingness to work for a good price, enabling more projects to be done.