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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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's deer harvest declined in 2012 but officials say it was a safe season for people who took to the woods.
Final numbers released Monday show that Minnesota hunters killed nearly 185,000 deer, down 4 percent from 2011.
The decline was expected because the DNR issued fewer permits to take antlerless deer in a move to build up the deer population.
The archery harvest was up 5 percent and the muzzleloader harvest increased 1 percent, but the firearms harvest was down 5 percent from last year.
The DNR says only one hunter fatality and 19 injuries were reported.
One World Endeavors reported Monday night that Grand Marais Arctic adventurer Lonnie Dupre was within two hours of his base camp on Denali and should reach the camp on Tuesday.
"We've just heard that Lonnie is a couple hours away from base camp," said OWE's Stevie Anna Plummer in an Email to WTIP. . "Weather will permit when we can fly in and get him. We're hoping sometime by Friday. Thursday looks promising, but you can never really tell with Alaska weather."
OWE's map of Denali shows that Dupre had gone across the Kahiltna Glacier and that he was near Heartbreak Hill on his descent. His base camp is at 7,200 feet.
He was descending from a camp at 14,200 feet. He retreated there from his camp at 17,200 where temperatures in his snow cave dropped to -35 degrees F and snow conditions did not allow for creation of a safe snow cave, He reported the life-threatening conditions and dwindling supplies forced him to cut short his ascent.
Dupre was in his third attempt to become the first person to reach the summit alone Alaska’s 20,320-foot Mount McKinley in the winter.
Dupre's expedition can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.
Celebrate Minnesota’s most legendary season with Winter Tracks, a 10-day family-friendly festival from February 1 - 13, 2013 in Cook County featuring the Lutsen Mountains Family Fun Fest, Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Fun Run and Easter Seals 10th annual Grand Portage Snowarama along with a Plein Air Painting Competition, snow sculptures, luminary lit ski trails, guided snowshoe tours, dog sled or horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music and more.
The various events will take place throughout the county including Lutsen/Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage and the Gunflint Trail.
For more information contact the Cook County Visitor’s Bureau at (218) 387-2788 or see http://www.visitcookcounty.com/wintertracks
What is Ink Day? It is a family-friendly opportunity for the community to come into the Grand Marais Art Colony print studio and make a unique print.
The first event is Print Your Valentines. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 2 and for $5 create your own Valentines.
The Art Colony invites all ages to this printmaking event – an afternoon of hands-on creative fun. Experience the Art Colony's professional print studio with coaching and assistance from experienced printmakers. All supplies are provided for you to make your own unique printed Valentines and art pieces. Stop by at any point throughout the afternoon. (Youth under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Nancy Larson, recently appointed Gunflint district ranger for the Superior National Forest, will speak at Cook County Higher Education's January Business Networking Luncheon.
Larson's talk will begin at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Harbor Light Supper Club, 1615 West Highway 61 in Grand Marais. The event will conclude by 1 p.m. Cost is $20.
Larson is a 23-year U.S. Forest Service veteran who comes to Grand Marais from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake. She has served in a variety of roles at national forests from West Virginia to California—including five years in Cook, MN. as LaCroix District ranger on the Superior National Forest. Larson holds a degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Larson's Jan. 30 talk will include a general overview of the national forest system and policies, an introduction to who she is and details of the 2013 work program for the Gunflint District.
To attend the Larson luncheon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-387-3411. Please register by Monday, Jan. 28.
Although many Minnesotans are thinking of what to do in the recent snowfall, staffers at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state forest nurseries are looking forward to warmer weather. Nursery workers are gearing up for their spring seedling sale.
Millions of seedlings are available for the 2013 planting season, including 20 species of native bareroot trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height.
“Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, wildlife shrubs and much more are available with prices starting as low as 24 cents per piece,” said Craig VanSickle, nurseries supervisor.
New Assessor Betty Schultz has taken on an ambitious challenge. Under orders from the state, she and her staff will be assessing 20 percent of the county’s private properties—called a quintile—each year from here on forward.
In addition to that, they will be collecting more detailed information on each property than was collected in the past and putting the data into a new software system. To accomplish all that, Schultz asked the county board on January 22 to consider adding a new staff position to her department.
“The full 20 percent quintile requirement has not been met for a number of years due to the Assessor’s Office workload and maintaining personnel to cover the office on a daily basis,” Schultz wrote in a January 22 memo to the board.
Lily Gruber-Schulz scored 24 points Friday night to lead the Cook County Viking girls to a 57-54 road basketball win over Carlton.
The Viking boys lost a close game 44-42 to Carlton after nearly overcoming an eight-point deficit at the end of the first half.
The Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 40-29 in the first half of the girls’ game. The Bulldogs came back to take a 25-17 advantage in the second, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Vikings. Cook County upped its record to 6-12 with the win.
The Viking victory came despite being out-shot at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs hit 18 of 25 from the charity stripe while Cook County only managed five of 21.
In addition to Gruber-Schulz’s game-high 24, Theresa Morrin had 16 for the Vikings. Also scoring were Breana Peterson with eight, Kaitlynn Linnell with five and Jordyn Deschampe with four.
Clarissa Nelson led the Bulldogs with 23 points while Tori Zime had 10.
The Viking boys didn’t fare as well as the girls. Carlton managed to escape Cook County by two points, 44-42. The loss dropped the Vikes to 8-5 for the season.
The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 25-17 in the first half before the Vikings came back to take a 25-19 second-half advantage, falling just short.
Colin Everson hit 20 for Cook County followed by Kale Boomer with 11. Lars Scannell scored five while Jonny Jacobsen hit four and Peter Warren hit one.
Erik Adams and Lane Empson led the Bulldogs with 16 and 11 respectively.
The Vikings’ boys and girls teams host the Silver BayMariners in Grand Marais on Monday night followed by a visit from the Mesabi East Giants on Tuesday night.