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A lot of work has been by the Schroeder Township Park Task Force to create a design plan for the park adjacent to Father Baraga’s Cross on Lake Superior, but some of the residents along Baraga Cross Road aren’t very happy about it. A homeowner near the park spoke up at the November 12, 2013 township board meeting, but before that, task force chair Greg Miron addressed concerns he had been hearing.
Miron said he had heard that people were complaining that the process of developing plans for the park had not been transparent. “This is so far from the truth it’s unbelievable,” he said. “This idea that this has not been transparent is simply not true.” Plans for the park have been discussed at special meetings and township board meetings for well over a year.
Miron said he had not seen any information supporting concerns that improving the park would increase road maintenance or porta potty costs. The current cost of renting and maintaining a porta potty from mid-May to mid-October is $126.90 a month. Miron said he did not expect operation of a pit toilet, which would be handicapped accessible, to be much more than that. “We’re not building a Ferris wheel down there,” he said. “We’re not building an amusement park.” During the cold months, he said, few people go down there.
The plan for the park calls for erosion control methods to mitigate storm water heading down to the lake and the lake hitting the shoreline. Miron said he thought grant funding might be available for this.
Head to the Annual Holiday Book Fair at Birch Grove School, Dec. 10 -18. The fair hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will also be extended shopping hours at the Birch Grove Community School's winter program
on Dec. 17 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.
There will be lots of Christmas gifts available such as Wolf Ridge calendars, books for children and adults, computer games, cookbooks and puzzles.
For more information contact the school at (218) 663-0170.
Sub-zero cold and a bit more snow will dominate the first part of this week, then a slight warm-up and warmer still this weekend. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.
Grand Portage Community Center will be hosting a children's art exhibit on Dec. 12 from 3:15 - 5 p.m. The exhibition is a result of an eight-week 2013 summer scholarship program in which three Grand Portage children worked with local Art Therapist Belle Janicek.
The exhibition features young artists Angel Burnett, Niimin LeGarde and Rhonnie Poyirier, who will each display a number of paintings and drawings. In addition to this program, Janicek worked this past summer with children participating in the Grand Portage Summer Youth Program to create a mural that reflects the children's vision of the beauty of Grand Portage. The mural is hanging at the center as an ongoing display and can also been seen at the exhibition.
Program coordinators thank Patty Nordahl, Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council Programs, Berta Bauer and First and Second Thrift Store for their generous donations of time, materials, funding and effort to make these programs a successful and fun experience for the children.
Fire Chief Ben Silence asked for and received permission from the Grand Marais City Council on Wednesday, November 27 to hire at least five new firefighters as soon as possible. Silence said there are currently 20 people on the roster, 17 of whom are fully trained firefighters. That’s the lowest number in about 15 years, and it’s a problem all fire departments are struggling with, said the chief.
Fortunately for Grand Marais, Silence said he already has three qualified applicants who will be hired, and he hopes to find two more. Noting the expense and time commitment required for training (close to 200 hours), Silence said “hiring in bulk” makes it easier for the city to provide and accommodate the training.
“I have not been concerned about our responses to calls because we have a very dedicated group of people,” Silence said in a letter to council. However, he noted that two people have retired this year, and three more have said they may retire in the near future. “I feel it is necessary to hire as many firefighters as we can…and get them on board as soon as possible,” he wrote.
On the chief’s recommendation, council approved the hiring of Kyle Monson, Rob Wells and Cory Belt as city firefighters. Residents interested in joining or learning more about the fire department may call City Hall at (218) 387-1848.
Magnetic North Farm in Colvill is hosting a Cut Your Own Tree fundraiser to benefit Care Partners’ program for caregivers and their loved ones on Sunday, December 8 and 15 from 10 am to 3pm. In return for your donation to Care Partners, you will be able to choose and cut down your own Christmas tree. There will also be cider, cookies, and the critters of Magnetic North Farm to make it fun for the whole family.
Magnetic North Farm is located at 122 Caspers Hill Road (take East 14 and turn right on Caspers Hill).
Care Partners supports those on the journey of aging and serious illness. For more information contact Care Partners at 387-3788.