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Forest Service introducing North Shore Restoration Project

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 12:57pm

The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts have developed a  proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and become involved in the project. Comments are needed by Monday, Jan.  21, 2013.
  Anyone who has driven Highway 61 knows the birch trees along the
  North Shore are dying. It is not just the birch trees along the
  highway that are dying; almost 80 percent of the birch forest on
  National Forest System land along the ridgeline by the shore is old
  and declining. According to the U.S. Forest Service, typically we
  would expect to see conifer trees (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and
  white pine) filling in the understory through succession.
  While succession is happening in some areas, in many areas
  regeneration is not occurring. The lack of regeneration is a result 

Weekend News Roundup for January 19

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 11:32am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Beargrease is postponed, Lonnie keeps climbing, new cubs in the den and much more…all in this week’s news.

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Dupre ferries supplies to new camp on Denali

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 9:50am

In the latest report from Friday night, Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre was fed and bedded down in his “luxurious” snow cave at 11, 200  Feet.

According to his website, the cave consists of kitchen and bedroom, and is outfitted with LED lighting.

Dupre is on his third attempt to successfully reach the summit of Denali as the first winter solo climber

Friday was "another picture perfect day "in which Dupre took three quarters of his supplies up Motorcycle Hill to the base of Squirrel Hill at about 12,000 feet.

Dupre also collected rock samples Friday for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation . And, he spent some time taking photos during this beautiful day.

In line with the motto, “Climb high, sleep low,” Dupre returned to 11,200 feet. He will continue ferrying supplies to Squirrell  Hill on Saturday.

Dupre's progress can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.

Friday Night North Shore Basketball Round-up

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 9:37am

The Cook County Vikings were scheduled to travel to Ely Saturday afternoon for boys and girls basketball games with the Timberwolves.

The boys were defeated at home Friday night 57-47 by the  Moose  Lake-Willow River Rebels. The  loss dropped Cook County  to 7-3 heading into Satuday's game at Ely.

No report was available  on the Viking-Rebel girls' game.

Meanwhile, Silver Bay dropped a couple of games to Carlton Friday night.

The Mariner boys lost 64-37. The loss dropped them to 0-10 for the season.

The Silver Bay girls lost 75-37 to Carlton. The  loss puts the Mariners at 1-10 for the seson.

Silver Bay travels to South Ridge on Monday for boys and girls games.

 

Reduced retail hours for Hovland, Tofte, Finland, Beaver Bay post offices coming in March

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 2:29pm

A notice posted on the door of the US Post Office in Hovland Friday announces that the retail service window hours at the office will be cut in half in late March.

According to the notice from Janelle  Daniels from the USPS, "It has been determined that effective March 23, the Hovland PO will provide four hours of window service each weekday." The office currently provides eight hours of service for mailing, purchasing stamps, etc.

The Hovland Post Office and those in Tofte, Finland and Beaver Bay have been considered for reductions in hours since late last year. The Post Office in Beaver Bay received notice its hours will be cut to four per day, Monday through Friday and Tofte's hours will be cut to six during the week.

Starting on March 23, the retail hours in Hovland will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:40 PM to 4:40 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the retail window will continue to be open from 10 AM to Noon as usual.

In Tofte, retail hours will be 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through  Friday, with Saturday hours unchanged at 9 to 10 AM.

In Finland, the retail hours will be 8 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. Saturday's 10 AM to 11 AM service window time won't change.

Beaver Bay's hours will be from 8 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM with Saturday window hour from 8:30 to 930 AM.

Daniels says the reductions in hours result from "customer survey responses, input from the community meeting(s) (held in November) and the operational needs of the Postal Service." It will not affects USPS customers' access to their mail boxes or to the boxes for outgoing mail.

 

 

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Grand Marais Lioness Club hosts social at North Shore Care Center

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 12:49pm

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host its monthly social for North Shore Care Center residents with special desserts on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m., along with some old fashioned piano tunes by Irene Thompson.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.