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Gogebic Taconite is set to begin exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills of Northwestern Wisconsin — and that means an “off-limits zone” will go into effect on public lands around those drilling sites.
Opponents of the mine say they plan to test the law creating that restricted area.
The company, which is seeking to open an iron mine near Mellen, has filed all the paperwork and received Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approvals to drill 15 exploratory holes.
There will be 12 sites, and the off-limits zone — created under a bill signed into law last month — will be 600 feet from the drilling sites and access roads.
For 30 years, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has provided a break from cabin fever for North Shore residents and visitors. Will a Cook County musher take top honors? Will Iditarod-bound Nathan Schroeder, who won the Beargrease last year, finish first again? The excitement starts in Duluth on Sunday, January 26, with marathon and mid-distance teams leaving from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Other Beargrease checkpoints are in Two Harbors, Beaver Bay, and Finland and in Cook County - Sawbill, Devil Track Lodge and Trail Center. Checkpoint arrival times are unknown, because the pace of the marathon depends so much on weather conditions, but “best guess” checkpoint arrival times can be found online. There isn’t a bad place to watch the race anywhere, but some of the best viewing spots are in Cook County—at secluded Sawbill, Devil’s Track Lake, and boisterous Trail Center. Visit the marathon website for projected arrivals. And new this year, all teams taking part in this years race will be equipped with GPS technology, tracking their every move along the 374-mile course. Sign on to http://beargrease.com/marathon-gps-tracking/ to see how your favorite musher is doing.
At press time, no Cook County mushers were registered for the full marathon, however former Grand Marais resident Cindy Gallea, now living in Wykoff, Minn. is running. Gallea has finished the Beargrease several times, earning 5th place in 2005.
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino invites everyone to grab helmets and winter gear to take part in a truly international event—Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids on Saturday, February 8, 2014. For 11 years, Grand Portage has been hosting this event which takes riders on some of the most beautiful trails in the country and benefits children and youth with physical disabilities in the Thunder Bay area.
Snowarama participants can enjoy a short ride, taking time for S’more and hotdogs at Grand Portage Mineral Center, or a long ride to Hungry Jack Resort, Trail Center Lodge or Windigo Lodge. There is a poker run along the way and at the Saturday evening banquet (free for riders), a 50/50 raffle drawing.
All are welcome at the Saturday night dance, featuring The Hoolies. The public is encouraged to come out to hear this talented classic rock band from Thunder Bay.
All of the fun is for the very best of causes. Funds raised at Snowarama help provide financial assistance for children with physical disabilities for essential mobility and communication equipment, like 10-year-old Zachary Pylychuk, of Thunder Bay. Zachary’s condition - spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), sometimes referred to as children’s Lou Gehrig’s disease, confines him to a wheelchair. Despite his challenges, Zachary is a cheerful young man, who has become a familiar face in Grand Portage as the Easter Seal ambassador for many years.
A Profit Master Workshop is being offered by Higher Education at an incredibly low price thanks to a grant from the University of Minnesota Center for Economic Development. If you have always wanted to take this and could not, now you can!
Profit Mastery Workshop is a program developed by Business Resource Services (BRS) built around the core premise that to improve financial performance, it must be measured. Financial education, bench marking, coaching, bookkeeping and capital access are all components.