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Tofte senior housing project moving ahead, supervisor to supervise

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:39pm

At a special meeting held Monday, November 10, 2014, Tofte supervisors hired one of their own to act as project manager for the senior housing development under way.

Tofte supervisor Jeanne Larson will be paid $20 per hour to oversee the work, said Supervisor Paul James.

James explained, “We need someone to stay on top of the project and keep everything moving forward and on time. Someone to make sure the proper permits are filled out and in place and someone to connect with the architects and contractors and keep it all straight.”

Supervisors have been meeting weekly as the physical work is about to begin, said James, saying that as things have sped up it was necessary to put one person in charge.

Dynamic Homes has been hired to build the 12-unit senior housing complex on the 29-acre township-owned property that also includes the Birch Grove Community Center and School.

At the November 10 meeting the board also hired Lamb Construction to do some blasting and McKeever Well Drilling to drill a well for the senior housing, said James.

The bonding firm Ehlers & Associates has also worked with the township to secure and issue tax-exempt general obligation (GO) bonds in the amount of $1,500,000. The bonds won’t be issued until the township needs the money to save on interest costs.

Rents are expected to run from $950 to $1,050 per month with local seniors getting first chance to live in the two-bedroom homes. The first units are expected to be on site and ready for the first tenant next July.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~

Building managers invited to informational presentation Nov. 19

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:33pm

Are you in charge of a public building? Do you need to propose capital upgrades with performance and cost estimates? Want to know the most cost effective way to maintain building durability and reduce operational expenses?

Then the free informational presentation by CR-Building Performance Specialist (CR-BPS) is for you at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Cook County Community Center.

CR-BPS is a highly qualified team of building scientists specializing in comprehensive facility condition assessments (FCA) and asset management services for schools, universities, state and local governmental agencies, nonprofits and private clients in the Midwest. CR-BPS has grown into a leading FCA and asset management provider with the goal of preserving existing building stock by helping facility managers identify, analyze and evaluate, and implement strategies that maximizes the effective life span of their buildings long term.

The presenting team of architects, engineers and energy/facility professionals use a whole-systems thinking and integrated design approach. They believe in data-driven decision-making, starting with a thorough inspection of a client’s current building stock along several dimensions: building systems, physical condition, age, function, energy opportunity, behavior patterns, economic opportunity, safety, health, and sustainability.

The team analyzes how day-to-day facility management practices and energy opportunities work together. The service provides a custom-tailored, fully integrated set of tools and reports for each unique building portfolio across long-term time spans.

Tony Mancuso, St Louis County Director of Property Management will also speak about his experiences working with CR-BPS and answer questions about working with this process.

Weather to continue wintery

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:36am

We’ve missed most of the big snow and it looks like we’ll continue to miss more of it. Cold temps on the other hand will stick around. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Minnesota Deer Hunters Association collecting deer hides for Forkhorn Camp

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:40pm

The local Arrowhead Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is collecting deer hides again this year during the rifle hunting season. Money raised from the sale of hides is used for youth hunter Forkhorn Camp scholarships and local habitat improvement projects. This summer six local boys and girls were given scholarships to attend a Forkhorn Camp.

This year bright orange collection boxes are located at the Holiday Station Store in Tofte, Runningen’s Retail Store in Hovland and Buck’s Hardware in Grand Marais.

Hunters are reminded to be sure to remove the heads and legs from the hides they donate. Do not leave hides in plastic bags. Hides will spoil if left in plastic bags.

Hide boxes will be removed after Thanksgiving. Thanks to all of the hunters who donate their deer hides to this worthy project.

For more information call (218) 387-1868. 


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Grand Marais City Council still considering Arts Board to address donations

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:37pm

At the October 29 Grand Marais City Council meeting, City Councilor and County Commissioner-elect Jan Sivertson reported that she recently attended a meeting made up of a “broad group” of citizens and agencies who are interested in developing a policy governing donations and placement of public art.

Sivertson has been spearheading an effort to come up with such policies in light of several inquiries and donations of memorial sculptures. Although no decisions were made at the meeting, Sivertson said the city needs to come up with a process for deciding what is acceptable in public spaces, and she will continue the effort.

At this point, City Administrator Mike Roth said, a public arts commission – which has been under consideration – “may or may not be the way to go.”


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Weekend News Roundup for November 15

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:07am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Snow piled up this week and ski resorts are ramping up. The wolf season in the north east is over. The Lake Superior barrels project is discussed and the county board fails to support a clean water measure…all this and more in the week’s news.


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