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Lutsen debates Birch Grove donation

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 11:30am

At the Lutsen Township annual meeting on Tuesday, March 12, there was debate over a donation to Birch Grove Community School. The first request for a contribution of $3,500 for the Birch Grove Foundation, the same donation as last year, was passed almost unanimously with minimal discussion.
However, the second request, for $5,000 from the Birch Grove Community School, met with a barrage of questions for school board members and Director Diane Blanchette. This is the first time the school has asked for financial support from Lutsen and Schroeder.
Concerns were expressed over the school’s finances and Blanchette explained that the school has worked very hard to deal with state funding delays and decreased funding because of declining enrollment. She said in 2011-2012 expenses were cut by $38,490 through a variety of saving measures that included changes in transportation and cuts in salary. Blanchette said the school has tried not to impact the educational program.
Questions were asked about declining student enrollment and Blanchette said there are currently 28 students, down from a high of 48. “How do you keep it viable without higher numbers?” asked Val Groth.
Blanchette replied, “That’s Birch Grove’s history. Parents and community members came together long before we were even a charter school because enrollment was a problem, but people wanted a school in our community.
Val Groth said she supported choice for parents, but added, “In some ways, I feel this is taxation without representation. Without a school board we elect, I feel like we don’t really have a voice.”
Blanchette quickly replied, “We have a vacant seat on our board!” She encouraged Groth and anyone else who had questions to come by the school and ask.

Superior Cycling Association annual meeting tonight at East Bay Suites

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 11:29am

The Superior Cycling Association invites anyone interested in what's happening with bicycling in Cook County to its annual meeting which will be held March 20 at 7 p.m. at East Bay Suites.
Superior Cycling Association (SCA) spokesperson Mark Spinler explains, “We will have a short business meeting and then have maps and information about the mountain bike single track trail systems we are building at the Pincushion Recreation Area north of Grand Marais and the Sugar Bush Ski Trail System north of Tofte.
“Come see what we have accomplished to date and what we have plans for this coming trail building season,” said Spinler.
Simple refreshments will be available.
There will be a special offering for those interested in winter biking. After the meeting Superior North Outdoor Center will have a fat tire bike and bikes with studded tires available for test
rides. “Consider becoming a member to help us continue our work with trail building,
advocacy, rides, and events,” added Spinler.
For more information, contact Spinler at 9218) 370-9497 or e-mail bike@boreal.org.

Shipping season starts today

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 6:40am

The 2013 shipping season will get under way in the Twin Ports late today when the 1,000-foot laker Mesabi Miner is expected to be the first departure of the season.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the Miner began loading coal yesterday at the Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. It then moved to the Port Terminal to load and install a drive motor for its conveyor system before making a Lake Superior delivery to Marquette, Mich.

The Miner will return to Duluth over the weekend to load iron ore at the CN dock and then head to Indiana Harbor on Lake Michigan. The Canadian-flag CSL Tadoussac also is set to head to Duluth this weekend from winter layup in Thunder Bay to load iron ore pellets.

Grand Portage Elders host Stew Cook Off & Meat Bingo Thursday, March 21

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 12:22pm

Spring is in the air and the Grand Portage Elders will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Stew Cook Off & Meat Bingo on Thursday, March 21 at the Grand Portage Lodge. The fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. with dinner and bingo to follow. Everyone is invited to enter a stew for the contest.
Call Carol Hackett for more information at the ENP at (218) 475-2655. All proceeds from this fund raiser will go towards trips and activities at the ENP.

WTIP wins Associated Press broadcast news awards

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 11:17am
L to R; WTIP Programming Director Kelly Schoenfelder, and producer Carah Thomas.

Winners in the 2012 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters news contest have been announced. WTIP is in a class for stations with more than one and less than three full time staff in the news department.

WTIP took First in the “Feature” category for "Behind the Work: Joshua Lindstrom of Fika Coffee," by Carah Thomas.

Honorable mention in the feature category also went to  WTIP for "Moments in Time: The Beaver House," by Carah Thomas; as well as  "Anishinaabe Photographer Travis Novitsky," by Staci Drouillard.

In the “Series/Special” category First Place went to WTIP’s "Lake Superior Project," by Kelly Schoenfelder and Barbara Jean Meyers.

For the “Documentary/Investigative” category, WTIP received honorable mention for "History Speaks: Isle Royale National Park," by Kelly Schoenfelder and Barbara Jean Meyers.

The “Writing” First Place award went to WTIP commentator Fred Smith for his “Wildersmith on the Gunflint" for Sept. 21, 2012, about leaf peepers and the changing season on the Trail.

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QuickBooks user group starts Wednesday, March 13

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 10:52am

 If you are a QuickBooks user, you probably have encountered those moments when you cannot for the life of you figure out how to do that next step, or undo that unfortunate last step. You need a user group, a gathering of fellow QB users who believe that many brains working together can find solutions where one brain, isolated, cannot. Please consider joining the Cook County Higher Education's QuickBooks User Group led by Karl Hansen and Berta Bauer, two experienced QB users.

The QB User Group  held its first meeting on Wednesday, March 13, at Higher Ed. Cost per meeting is $5. The initial plan is to meet once every two weeks  Wednesday from 5 - 7 p.m.for a two-hour discussion, but how often the group meets and for how long ultimately is for the group to decide.

To participate in the QB User Group, you should bring a laptop computer with your QB software loaded on it. If you have QB loaded on a desktop at your home or office, we have several laptops, loaded with the 2011 QB version, available for use during the user group meetings.