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Award-winning Cook County High School Band to perform in concert May 13

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 1:48pm

The Cook County High School Band earned high praises from the judges at the Section 7A State-Section Band Festival in March for their performance of Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb. The band’s Jazz Ensemble also performed at the festival, playing Adele’s Skyfall.
The next Cook County High School band performance is Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. and will feature the music of The Beatles. The community is invited.

Community Center Steering Committee considers name of Cook County YMCA

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 1:46pm

The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee met on Monday, May 6, 2013 with Cook County Family YMCA Project Manager Wade Cole of ORB and architect Dan Miller of JLG Architects. After considerable discussion about elements of the design, there was consideration of the name of the facility.
Steering Committee member and County Commissioner Sue Hakes stated that the facility would still be a community center despite the fact that it is being called the Cook County Family YMCA.  Current Community Center Director Diane Booth said that if the new facility will be a community center, then the current Community Center building would need to be renamed.
Newly hired YMCA Branch Executive Director Emily Marshall said that the YMCA has some facilities that are called Ys and others that are called community centers.
City Councilor Jan Sivertson wondered if the new facility could be called the Cook County Community YMCA.  Some non-traditional families might prefer that the word “family” not be used, she said.
Diane Booth said having the Cook County Community Center, Cook County Community Education, and a Cook County Community YMCA would be hard for people to keep straight.
Executive Director Marshall said she would find out if the name could be changed at this point. There will be discussion of the facility name at the Tuesday, May 14 County Board meeting at 11:35 a.m.

A tour of the construction site was held Friday, May 10 for elected officials and some community members. Future tours are planned for the public and will be announced.

 

Weekend News Roundup for May 11

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 9:17am

The moose herd in Voyageurs National Park is holding steady, so are the wolves in Wisconsin. Enbridge resumes oil shipments. Duluth is seeing an historic steam engine and there’s lots of fishing opener stories…all in this week’s news.

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Move it down the Mississippi this May

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 3:12pm

Jazz it up this May by joining your friends and neighbors in the "Move It in May" event. Community members are "moving it"   Highway 61 to the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans. (The community has done the Lake Superior Circle Tour, so everyone is invited to jazz it up to Move It to New Orleans!
New this May will be weekly Thursday brown bag noontime presentations at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic lower level classroom, beginner and advanced bike safety rodeos, a chat box on the website, a printable tracking form for logging miles for large groups, and....a party!
Join your fellow Movers on May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a New Orleans-style party at the 4H log building. All participants are invited to attend, and there will be prize drawings, blending smoothies on the blender bike, and dancing to sweet jazz tunes. And, you can finally meet your Move It competitors and comrades face-to-face.
Registration is available online now at www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org or for more information, contact Kristin at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 387-2330.

Ellie the Elephant is coming!

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 1:31pm

Ellie the Elephant and the Silly Shades Brigade, which had to be rescheduled because of a snow storm earlier this month, will be appearing at the Grand Marais Public Library on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Presented by the Duluth Playhouse, this is an original adaptation of the elephant and the blind men fable.  This program is geared toward pre-school age through grade 3 but of course everyone is welcome!
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gogebic Taconite applies for mining permit

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 7:14am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A mining company has applied for an exploratory license to begin the process of opening an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite submitted the application on Thursday.

DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director Ann Coakley says a decision on granting the application will be made within 10 business days as required by the new law passed by the Legislature in March.

If Gogebic obtains a state permit it still must receive federal approval for the mine since it would affect federal wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that permit process could take up to four years.

Supporters of the mine say it will create jobs while opponents say it will harm the environment.