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No new wolves on Isle Royale

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 8:32am
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Scientists say the gray wolves in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park are in growing danger of extinction and may have stopped reproducing.

A report given Monday to The Associated Press says scientists with Michigan Technological University saw no evidence that pups were born in the past year during their recent winter trip to the park. It's believed to be the first time since scientists began monitoring the wolves' reproduction in 1971 that no offspring were born.

The report also says only eight wolves remain on the island chain in Lake Superior. Just five years ago, there were 24. The report will be released publicly today.

Grand Marais gets new fire tender

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 11:14am

Grand Marais Fire Chief Ben Silence and lead firefighter Aaron Mielke visited city councilors at their March 13 meeting, and brought with them the fire department’s newest acquisition – a 2012 tender. A FEMA grant was used to pay 90 percent of the cost of the approximately $210,000 vehicle. The truck was manufactured by Stainless & Repair Inc. of Marshfield, Wis., holds 2,000 gallons of water and is equipped with a 750 gallon-per-minute pump. The tender replaces a 1984 converted milk truck, which was traded in.
Chief Silence lauded Mielke’s dedication and perseverance for completing the many grant forms, putting together the specs and attending meetings that led to the city’s successful grant application. “I give him much credit for his time and effort,” said Silence. “It was an excellent job.”
The tender joins a fleet that also includes a 2007 pumper, a 1978 50-foot ladder truck, a 1994 Ford support truck and a First Responders vehicle. The department, which includes firefighters and First Responders, is comprised of 22 members.

Computer classes at the Senior Center

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 11:14am

A free Basic Computer Class is being offered at the Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais on Wednesday, March 27 from 12:30 - 3 p.m. If you don’t know anything about computers or are intimidated by them, this is the class for you. If you need some refreshing on using a computer, this class is for you. Pre-registration is requested and donations for the class are accepted.
There is high-speed internet, as well as computers for you to us at the Senior Center. Or if you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet computer.
The Senior Center will also help provide additional training for folks with future questions.
For more information, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.

Starting to look a lot like Spring

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 11:02am

Spring maybe delayed on the East coast, but it’s coming along nicely here on the North Shore. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about warming weather.

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Incredible Exchange opportunities for youths now

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 12:45pm

Applications will be accepted from March 18 through April 18
for the Incredible Exchange summer sessions.
The goals of these programs are to promote youth volunteerism in our
community and increase the potential to create a positive relationship
between youth and adults. In exchange for volunteering, youth earn
credit to participate in a recreational or cultural activity of their
choice, promoting constructive use of free time.
Youth learn new skills and practice being responsible while having
fun. The Incredible Exchange is for ages 11-14, the Incredible
Internship is for ages 15-18. Contact Community Education at (218)
387-2000 for more details.
These programs are sponsored by the Cook County commissioners,
Community Education, Cook County Extension and Kids Plus.
 

Planning for 4th of July celebration starts now

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 12:40pm

All three West End townships—Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder—met
on Tuesday, March 12 and the subject of fireworks at the West End
Fourth of July celebration met with differing levels of support.
In Lutsen, meeting moderator Henry Welch called attention to a letter
from the Town of Tofte requesting a $1,500 donation to support the
West End July 4th celebration held at the Tofte Town Park. The request
is an increase from the 2012 donation of $1,000 and the Tofte letter
explained that it sought an increase to help cover the cost of
additional music for the celebration.
Paul Goettl asked if there was a breakdown of how much goes toward the
fireworks and how much goes to the band. “Are we paying the whole
thing?” he asked.
Diane Blanchette and Patty Nordahl, who were involved with planning
the celebration in their roles at Birch Grove, said businesses donate
to the Birch Grove Foundation and the foundation contributes as well.
Blanchette said she was not certain, but she believed the band cost
about $3,000 last year. The fireworks were quite a bit more,
Blanchette said.
Goettl said it would have been nice if someone from Tofte had given
the town more information. He moved to table the decision on the
donation request until the township’s continuation of its annual
meeting in August.
The motion passed by the Lutsen citizens present with two nay votes
At the Schroeder annual meeting, citizens were concerned that if all
donation requests were granted the township would be over budget. A
motion was debated, then passed to grant the request for a donation to
fireworks, but for $1,000, not $1,500.
In Tofte there was no debate over the amount the township will