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Snowarama coming to Grand Portage this weekend

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:49am

It’s Snowarama time with the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino and the Grand Portage Trail Riders. The Grand Portage community is hosting the 10th annual Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids on February 1 - 2.
This 10th year of riding the great Grand Portage trails and raising money for Easter Seals Ontario is a weekend filled with fun—and prizes. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Snowarama is offering 10 prize packages totaling $10,000, ranging from snowmobile gear, $250 in casino cash, a weekend stay at beautiful Hollow Rock Resort and more. For every $100 a rider raises, he or she gets a ticket for the drawing for one of the 10 prizes.
There are only a few more days for riders to register—if you’d like to join the ride, contact Rhonda Harrison at Easter Seals Ontario for more information at (807) 345-7622. If you would like to donate a pledge to a Snowarama rider, visit www.snowarama.org.
Easter Seals Ontario provides funding to families of kids with physical disabilities for costly equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, braces and communication devices. As children grow, most equipment must be replaced. The generous dollars contributed by thousands of supporters give children with physical disabilities the equipment they need to achieve a greater level of independence and dignity.
And you don’t have to be a participant to join in the fun. Head to Grand Portage Friday, Feb. 1 for Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday, dance the night away with the popular Twin Cities band West Side.

Despite extreme cold, DNR launches moose research project

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 7:27am

Despite the recent cold weather, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife researchers managed to fit high-tech GPS collars on  31 moose to help determine why Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline.

According to Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager, the project started last week near Grand Marais during the four-day stretch of extreme cold. He said flight safety guidelines dictate no work can be performed below 20 degrees below zero. So the team’s helicopter was grounded for most of the first three days.

Capture and ground support crews faced daytime wind chills as cold as 54 below zero on Monday, Jan. 21, and air temperatures that didn’t rise above zero until Thursday, Jan. 24.

Erika Butler, DNR wildlife veterinarian said despite the cold conditions, the team was able to collar at least five to six moose a day.

Capturing and collaring adult moose is the first phase of a multiple-year project to attempt to determine why moose are dying at unusually high rates in northeastern Minnesota. The DNR intends to put collars on 100 adult moose in the Grand Marias, Ely and Two Harbors areas. 

 

Dupre rests at base camp; awaits airlift off Denali

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 5:23am
Image from oneworldendeavors.com

Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre finished the last leg of his unsuccessful journey to reach the summit of Alaska's Denali Monday evening when he returned to his base camp.
 

His team at One World Endeavors reported Tuesday morning that upon arriving at the base camp, he joined Masatoshi Kuriaki who was already encamped.. Known as the “Japanese Caribou," Masatoshi is currently attempting to summit Mount Hunter. OWE said the two adventurers will be neighbors until weather clears up for Dupre's team to fly in and return him to Talkeetna.
 

This was Dupre's third attempt to become the first person to reach the summit alone on  Alaska’s 20,320-foot Denali in the winter. He reached 17,200 feet before life-threatening conditions forced him to turn back. At that point, dangerous weather and snow conditions combined with dwindling food and fuel led Dupre to turn back.
 

Dupre's expedition can be followed in pictures, reports and audio at www.oneworldendeavors.com.

 

Viking boys beat Mesabi East in basketball; Storm lose in hockey at IF

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 5:02am

Colin Everson hit 26 points Tuesday night to lead the Cook County Vikings to a 62-48 home win over the Mesabi East Giants in boys basketball.

And, the North Shore Storm traveled to International Falls for boys hockey and returned Tuesday night with a 6-0 loss.

No report was available Wednesday morning on the Cook County Vikings girls basketball game with Mesabi East.

In taking their win, The Viking boys jumped out to a 32-21 halftime lead. They then held the Giants off in the second half, 30-27.

The other Viking in double-figures was Kale Boomer with 17. Scoring nine points for Cook County was Justin Goldstein while Jonny Jacobsen and Lars Scannell hit five each.

Everson nailed three-three-pointers while Goldstein and Boomer hit two and Scannell one.

Scoring in double-figures for Mesabi East were Neil Seibert with 14 and Joe Radtke with 12.

The win put the Vikings at 10-5 for the season.

In boys hockey, International Falls scored three goals in the first period, two in the second and one in the third to take the 6-0 win from the Storm.

Zach Duresky was in the goal for the Storm and made 29 saves.

The Storm’s record fell to 10-8 with the loss.
 

WDSE looks for recipes for “P” is for Poultry!

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 1:49pm

You can find it in soups, in casseroles, in a sandwich, on the grill, or in a roasting pan!  It’s good for you and it tastes great; it is poultry! From Cornish game hens to turkey, duck, chicken and pheasants…WDSE Cooks wants your VERY favorite recipes for “P” is for Poultry!
Every recipe submitted will become part of the newest WDSE Cooks cookbook, “P” is for Poultry and submitters will receive a gift.  And if we choose your recipe, you could be one of the star cooks of our newest show!  Just get those recipes in by February 1.
Email your recipes to jkellner@wdse.org or mail to WDSE•WRPT 632 Niagara Ct. Duluth, MN 55811-3098. 
Contact Jodi Hagen, Promotion Director, WDSE•WRPT
218 788-2813; email jhagen@wdse.org

Hospital Board considers renovations

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 1:47pm

Hospital board members listened to a dizzy array of numbers and ever changing regulations pertaining to the services offered and operating costs needed to run the Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center (CCNSCC) at the January 17 board meeting.  At the end of the meeting the board passed a resolution to move ahead to seek information on the best ways to re-design the hospital and care center to maximize efficiencies in staff and to potentially provide more services that could generate more revenue.
Part of the motion put forward by Hospital Board Member Howard Abrahamson guarantees that all of the current services will remain unchanged as they proceed with plans to seek an architectural firm and ways to fund the project.
Before voting, the board listened to a two-hour presentation by Kimber Wraalstad, hospital administrator, who gave them a financial review of the North Shore Care Center, the hospital, home health and the ambulance services that stretched back to 2006.
In 2011 the hospital generated revenue totaling $1,863,294. This was offset by losses of $127,827 from the ambulance service, a loss of $224,787 by home health care, and a loss of $1,405,106 from the care center resulting in net revenue of $105,574.
While a complete financial audit isn’t finished for 2012, Wraalstad noted that the care center’s losses were $937,000 for 2012, far better then the $1,405,106 loss the care center suffered in 2011.
Wraalstad asked the board if it wanted to continue running the 37-bed care center despite its losing money. All of the board members, Tom Spence, Kay Olson, Justin Mueller and Abrahamson said they strongly supported continuing operation of the care center.
“I’ve heard unbelievable support for the care center,” said Spence.