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Two Harbors branch of North Shore Federal Credit Union to open in June

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:39pm

County residents who have made a trip to Duluth in recent months have likely noticed the construction under way at the first stoplight in Two Harbors at the site of the former BP gas station. North Shore Federal Credit Union (NSFCU) members may also have noticed that this new building will be a branch of their financial institution.

The News-Herald reached NSFCU Manager Mark Summers last week just after he had completed a tour of new building. Summers said the Two Harbors location should be open in early June.

He said the interior of the building is nearly finished, but the opening will wait until the parking lot is finished. It needs to be blacktopped and curb and gutter installed. Summers said the work has to wait for the road bans to go off for paving.

Once open the new location will offer all the services of the branches in Grand Portage, Grand Marais, Lutsen and Silver Bay, perhaps with more focus on commercial products because of the growing economy of Two Harbors.

And when pressed for an opening date, Summers said an opening celebration has tentatively been set for June 22. And will there be a party? He said, “You bet.”


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Climatologist talks ice-out forecast for Gunflint Trail lakes

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:53pm

What roles do rain and wind play in removing ice from lakes in Cook County? WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with Pete Boulay of the Minnesota Climatology Office to find out. 


Cold and wet will change to cool and sunny

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:43am

The cold, wet weather should slowly morph into cool and sunny as the week progresses. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Mike Stewart.


County board approves summer maintenance and calcium chloride

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:56pm

At the last meeting in April, the county board approved summer maintenance contracts for special service districts. Contracts were awarded to the following low bidders: Mike Rose Excavating for Evergreen Road; LaBoda Grading, Inc. for Voyageur’s Point and Mile-O-Pine; Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. for Rosebush Hill and West Rosebush Lane.

In another transportation related matter, Highway Engineer David Betts was given authorization to solicit bids for approximately 144,000 gallons of 38 percent calcium chloride solution liquid. Calcium chloride is used to keep the dust down on gravel roads. 


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Citizens sought for state Environmental Justice Advisory Group

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:47pm

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner John Linc Stine has announced his plan to form an Environmental Justice Advisory Group to study matters related to environmental justice. The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work and will consist of up to 12 members serving two-year terms.

“It's far too easy to talk about remedying the disproportionate impacts of past pollution and preventing future harms,” said Stine. “We must put our words into action, and this advisory group is one of many steps we’re taking to fully integrate environmental justice into our programs." 

MPCA’s Environmental Justice Framework, released in December 2015, outlines goals and strategies to ensure that all Minnesotans benefit equally from environmental protection. Forming the Environmental Justice Advisory Group is one step intended to increase engagement between the public and the agency.

MPCA will be hosting two information sessions in the Twin Cities metro area to provide more background on the group’s scope, function, and goals before the May 16 application deadline. The Environmental Justice Advisory Group charter and application materials can be found on MPCA’s website. Contact Environmental Justice Coordinator Ned Brooks at or call 651-757-2557 with any questions.


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County board approves permit for Le Grand du Nord

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:19pm

County Highway Engineer David Betts came before the county board on April 12 with a special event permit application for the 2016 Le Grand du Nord to be held May 28.

“This event will consist of two separate [bicycle] races, a 100-mile route and a 50-mile route,” said Betts.

Because the routes use county roads, Betts’ staff and the Sheriff’s Office staff will make sure intersections are monitored to help with safety.

Both races start on Broadway Avenue in downtown Grand Marais. The event coordinator, Jeremy Kershaw of Heck of the North Productions LLC, in Duluth, requested use of Croftville Road, Lindskog Road, North Road, Arrowhead Trail, Gunflint Trail, Devil Track Road, and County Roads 6, 7 and 48. The race will finish at the Cook County Community YMCA.

Betts said an estimated 200 riders are anticipated. When questions arose about event safety, Betts said Kershaw had run other biking events in St. Louis and Lake counties with success.


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