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Lake Superior – Lutsen Mts pipeline progresses

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 9:32am

Plans for a new pipeline to supply Lutsen Mountains with water from Lake Superior are moving ahead, according to an update released Wednesday.

According to the Duluth News-Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that an environmental impact study will not be required for the project. Tom Rider, a co-owner of Lutsen, said the finding should make it possible for permitting to proceed, with construction likely to begin in the spring.

When completed, the pipeline will allow Lutsen to stop drawing water from the Poplar River, a designated trout stream.

The project received a $3.6 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The money will be partially matched with another $1.2 million in local funding.

Beach Sweep shows cleaner North Shore waterfront

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 5:59am

Duluth, MN -- Beaches, lakefronts and waterways in Duluth and along the North Shore are cleaner and healthier following a record-breaking Minnesota Beach Sweep that wrapped up this week.

Northland's NewsCenter reports more than 300 volunteers collected almost 3,500 pounds of garbage and debris in the 16th annual beach sweep, hosted by the Great Lakes Aquarium in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy.

That's more than triple the reported garbage total haul collected in any other year; this year's sweep also broke a record for volunteer participation by more than 20% over its previous record.

Nearly 4,000 cigarette butts, 500 plastic bags, one recliner, a microwave and hip waders were among the debris hauled away.

Volunteers cleaned up more than 25 different sites across the Northland in the months of September and October.

This year’s beach sweep took on critical implications following historic June floods that devastated the area. Garbage and debris continued to wash ashore on Lake Superior’s beaches for weeks.

Questions about the election? Visit "My Ballot" on-line

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:14pm

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced the launch of a new online tool to assist voters to become better acquainted with the candidates and questions they will see on their Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
The initiative named “My Ballot” not only allows users to view a list of what will be on their ballot, but also provides links to other sites allowing voters to access information about the candidates and ballot questions. The site is located at:

The webpage features a comprehensive list of all candidates and questions appearing on individuals’ ballots for the General Election; links to candidate websites as provided by the candidates; a link to sample ballots; links to other online tools to assist voters including Polling Place Finder, Absentee Ballot Lookup and Voter Registration Lookup; and explanations of candidate order as listed on the ballot.

Watch out for little ghosts and goblins!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:47am

The Cook County News-Herald reminds everyone to watch out for excited youngsters out and about today for the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating. 

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!

Community outcry over vandalism of signs

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:44am

Nearly every election season there is a feud of sorts over signs. Political signs pop up on people’s driveways and along road rights-of-way—and are promptly knocked down or carried off. There are letters to the editor and calls to Law Enforcement. However, this year the campaign against campaign signs took an ugly turn. Sometime during the night of Saturday, October 20, someone took a can of black spray paint and defaced several Obama signs, marking them with three capital letters—KKK—the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.
The individual responsible for the hateful message would possibly be surprised at the vehement response to his or her handiwork. The Cook County News-Herald has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails reporting the incident and asking that this matter receive the attention it deserves.
Sign owners are obviously disappointed to see the damage to the sign, but at least one person is not taking the sign down. They are leaving it up so everyone can see the deliberate and angry message left by someone in the community.
For anyone have forgotten the criminal/terrorist history of the KKK, the News-Herald offers a reminder of some of the heinous activity the group has been involved with such as forcing a young man to jump to his death from a bridge on the Alabama River in 1957 or the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL in 1963.
The list goes on and on.
Community members hope the individuals will be found out and face the legal consequences of their action. Anyone who has information about the vandalism is encouraged to call Cook County Law Enforcement at (218) 387-3030.

Tribal lands will be off limits to MN wolf hunters

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 6:52am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tribal lands will be off limits to wolf hunters when Minnesota's wolf season opens Saturday.

All of Minnesota's Chippewa bands have banned wolf hunting and trapping on tribal lands. The affected reservations include Red Lake, White Earth, Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Fond du Lac and Mille Lacs.

The Department of Natural Resources points out most reservation boundaries in Minnesota encompass a mix of tribal, public and private lands. So anyone hunting wolves within a reservation boundary needs to ensure they're on public or private land that's open for hunting. Tribes will enforce the ban on land they own or that's in federal trust status.

Not all tribal lands are posted. The DNR says best source for information is county plat maps, available at county courthouses.