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Veterans Day dinner at Cook County Senior Center

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 1:11pm

The Cook County Senior Center is hosting a “Salute Our Vets” dinner on Sunday, November 11 at The Senior Center. The community is invited to the center for dinner and entertainment from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will be music by Jim and Mary Schliep.
The menu is homemade soup and bread, relish tray, apple cobbler with ice cream and a beverage—all for $7.

City approves land use permit for Co-op building reconstruction

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 5:13pm

Jennifer Stolz, general manager of Cook County Whole Foods Co-op appeared before the Grand Marais City Council on Wednesday, October 31, requesting a land use permit for the reconstruction of the co-op building.
The city reviewed plans and a letter from Arno Kahn of Builders Commonwealth, requesting the land use permit. Kahn also asked for permission to have segments of the building encroach on the city’s utility easement.
Kahn wrote that the building’s footings would extend into the easement by about 6inches. The building’s roof overhang soffit would also be over the easement by 18 inches, however it would be at about 15 feet 6 inches above the rear grade. The plans also call for some foam placed horizontally below grade, extending about 4 feet on the rear of the building, also in the city’s utility easement.
City Administrator Mike Roth said he had shared the information with City Attorney Chris Hood and they believed the encroachment would not cause the city any problems. Roth said the footings were not far enough into the easement to bother the city’s utility lines but he noted that the soffit overhang could have the potential to interfere with maintenance of service lines. It could make it slightly more difficult to maneuver equipment. However, he added it was unlikely. “We wouldn’t want to be working within 18 inches of a building anyway,” he said.
The below grade foam was of little consequence as well, said Roth, noting that if the city needed to dig in the easement, it could dig through the foam, which the co-op agreed would be acceptable to them.
Finally the co-op asked for permission to place their propane tank in the right of way of 1st Street behind their building, adjacent to the storm water pond. Roth said he had requested documentation from the propane supplier that this was acceptable before proceeding.

Weekend News Roundup for November 10

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 1:17pm

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. This was election week and once again Cook County turned out large numbers of voters in each precinct. The DNR issued preliminary deer and wolf hunt figures, there’s been a waterfowl die-out in the UP and more oil could be flowing from North Dakota to Superior Wisconsin…all in this week’s news.

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Minnesota Democrats make leadership choices

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 9:14am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats who won legislative majorities in Tuesday's election are picking their top leaders.

The Senate DFL Caucus announced Senator Tom Bakk's election as majority leader Thursday as the caucus met privately at a St. Paul hotel. Bakk, of Cook, led the Democratic minority for the past two years.

House Democrats picked current Minority Leader Paul Thissen (TEE'-sen) of Minneapolis as speaker at a caucus meeting later Thursday. The House DFL also chose Rep. Erin Murphy as majority leader.

Democrats won 39 of the Senate's 67 seats and 73 of the House's 134 seats two years after losing power to Republicans.

Public invited to film premier -- Sled Dogs to Saint Paul

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 11:05am

Sled Dogs to Saint Paul: The Race for Clean Water, a documentary film created by Grand Marais filmmakers Kelly Schoenfelder and Patrick Knight, will premiere Friday, Nov. 9 at Betsy Bowen’s What’s Upstairs in Grand Marais. There will be two showings, at 6:30 and 8 p.m.  There is no charge to attend, and the public is invited.
The film follows the dogsled run of former Minnesota State Representative Frank Moe, who mushed his team of 10 sled dogs from Grand Marais to the Capitol in St. Paul in March, carrying nearly 13,000 petition signatures opposing sulfide metals mining. Moe guides his team through fresh, deep snow, slogs through slush and rain, rudders across muddy farm fields, and finally navigates his sled over busy city streets to deliver the petitions to the governor's office.
As they follow Moe’s journey, the filmmakers take a look at non-ferrous metals mining through the lens of many people who have a stake in the proposed expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota. Those interviewed include business owners, property owners, legislators, wild ricers, tribal officials, community activists and many of the people who helped Moe along the way. It’s a fast-paced, artfully presented examination of local economics, environmental activism, corporate might, Minnesota's mining legacy and the role that clean water resources play in the future health and wealth of the state known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Moe said, "It's been a pleasure to work with our all-Grand Marais area team to make this film.  Seeing it, it's like being back on the trail for me and an inspiring reminder of why we made the trip in the first place."
For more information, visit Film clips are available on the website.

Fleece to felt family event rescheduled at the Grand Marais Library

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 11:02am

The Grand Marais Library announced today that the event planned for this evening has been rescheduled. The free “fleecy” family event at the Grand Marais Public Library has been postponed to Friday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. The Duluth Art Institute is bringing fiber art to the far reaches of the Northland.  Join them for Fleece to Felt: Make ‘n Take Your Own Felted Butterfly.
Learn how to transform fluffy, colorful sheep’s wool into a fun, felted butterfly.  All it takes is a little soapy water and a lot of imagination.  It’s a very interactive and accessible art project for all ages.  “Let the metamorphosis begin!” said Patsy Ingebrigtsen,  juvenile and reference librarian at the Grand Marais Library.
The Duluth Art Institute is a non-profit community arts center located in Duluth, Minnesota with a mission to “enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes active community participation.”