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Six, seasonal rest areas in Northeastern Minnesota will remain closed until Monday, April 21 due to deep snow. They include the Knife River rest area in Lake County on Hwy 61, Cut Face Creek in Cook County, on 61 west of Grand Marais and the Cross River rest area also on 61at Schroeder.
Elections will be held in Grand Portage on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior have a full slate of candidates to choose from for the three seats on the ballot. Voters will be choosing who will serve as secretary/treasurer, committeeperson 1 and committeeperson II. All of the terms are for four years.
Running for the secretary/treasurer position is incumbent April Clearwater-Day McCormick. She is challenged by two citizens—Dana Logan and Dennis B. Morrison.
Seven people are running to fill the committeeperson 1 seat currently held by Arvid Dahl. Dahl is not running for reelection. On the ballot will be Amber Porter, Ricky Parent, Toby Stephens, Rob Hull, Mike Keyport, Orlando “Dedo” Swader, and Norma Hendrickson-Roth.
Incumbent John Morrin is running once again for committeeperson II and he is challenged by William “Bill” Myers and Bonnie Johnson.
The election is held in accordance with Minnesota Chippewa Tribe ordinances. Polls open at 8 a.m. at the Old Log Community Building on April 1 and close at 8 p.m.
The Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council is the governing body of Grand Portage. The enrolled members of the band elect the tribal council officers. The council oversees health care, social services, education, jobs, housing, public safety, and more.
Currently serving on the Tribal Council are Chairman Norman W. Deschampe, Vice-chairman John Morrin, Secretary-Treasurer April McCormick, Councilman Arvid Dahl and Councilwoman Janice Marie Spry.
George Wilkes of the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) started the discussion at the county board meeting on Tuesday, March 25 by saying, “I hope you’re giving out points today for persistence this morning.” Wilkes was back to make a second appeal for funding to support a part-time coordinator for CCLEP.
At the March 11 county board meeting, Wilkes and Virginia Danfelt of CCLEP asked for $4,000, which the county contributed to CCLEP last year. That request was denied and Commissioner Sue Hakes made a motion to contribute $2,000 instead. That motion also failed. The board said the donation was not budgeted for and it wouldn’t be fair to other non-mandated organizations who have been instructed to plan for a 5 percent reduction.
At the latest meeting, Wilkes said CCLEP acknowledges its mistake in not following proper budget procedure. He said CCLEP is now on the county’s non-mandated funding request list for 2015 and he said the organization would now follow the proper procedure for the 2015 budgeting cycle. In light of that, Wilkes said CCLEP had modified its request from $4,000 to $3,000.
Wilkes noted that the Grand Marais City Council had approved a contribution of $2,000 toward funding the CCLEP coordinator on March 12.
Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk made a motion to deny the request for the same reasons as stated at the previous meeting and Commissioner Garry Gamble seconded.
After significant discussion, the motion to deny failed and Commissioner Sue Hakes, stating that CCLEP is most closely affiliated with biomass, but actually offers a “wealth of other activities.”
Hakes said she would actually like to contribute $3,000, but because the city contributed $2,000, she made a motion to do the same. That motion passed, with Martinson, Hall and Hakes voting in favor and Doo-Kirk and Gamble in opposition.
The award winning band Portage will return to the North Shore Care Center for a country music dance the last Saturday of the month on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Families, friends, and community members are welcome to attend.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website: www.nshorehospital.com.
Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church hosts an annual spring show focusing on the overlap between creativity and spirituality. This year’s show, ‘Mapping Mystery’ opens Friday March 28th at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais. North Shore Morning host Joe Detrick finds out more in this interview with Reverend Mary Ellen Ashcroft.
The opening reception, Friday March 28th at 5pm, includes a presentation entitled "Frontiers and Borderlands: Navigating the Creative Process," by Ruth Pszwaro.
The exhibit ‘Mapping Mystery’ is at the Johnson Heritage Post March 28th through April 13th, open Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm; and Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 4pm. More information at 387-2314.