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The Banadad Trail Association is undertaking a fundraising
campaign to construct a new section of the trail and enlarge the
parking on the trail’s west end. The project will reconstruct the
west end of the Banadad Trail, which crosses private property, secure
a permanent easement, and ensure continued access for skiers from the
“We are so excited to undertake this project,” said BTA president
Linda Bosma, who has been skiing the Banadad Trail for 18 years. “A
change in property ownership creates the opportunity for us to improve
the west end of the trail, which is popular with day skiers who want
to ski in and out, as well as the through skiers, who ski the entire
29 kilometers of the trail in one day.”
The project cost is $11,340. The BTA has been awarded a Trail
Connections Grant from the Department of Natural Resources that will
cover $7,800 and the association must raise the balance. “This is the
most ambitious project we have undertaken as a new organization,” said
John Bottger, BTA vice president and Gunflint Trail resident. “We’ve
secured grants and donations to cover maintenance and grooming costs
of the trail since 2009, when we formed, and last year we rebuilt a
remotely located bridge within the BWCA. So while this new project is
significant, we feel up to this challenge. But we’ll definitely need
the support of our members, skiers, and other supporters of the trail.”
Bosma noted that people have already begun donating, even though the
campaign is just getting off the ground, with over $1,000 in donations
Registration is now open for the Grand Marais Lions Fisherman’s Picnic Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 – 5.
Lion Bob Spry is accepting registrations at email@example.com or by phone at (218) 387-2411. Entry fee is $120 for a team.
There is a maximum of 28 teams and each team is guaranteed three games. Games start at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Cook County High School, at the Rec. Park and at Pappy Wright Field. Finals are Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Rec. Park field.
Sign up now for this exciting traditional Fisherman’s Picnic event!
As the weather gets warmer and downtown Grand Marais gets busier, thoughts turn to the Grand Marais Lions Club’s Fisherman’s Picnic—and Lumber Camp.
The Fisherman’s Picnic Lumber Camp, proudly presented by Central Boiler and Wood-Mizer Portable Sawmills is returning August 2 - 4 with sawmill demonstrations, log rolling, chopping, cross-cut sawing, stock sawing, and axe throwing with the pros!
Part of the fun is watching the best local sawyers go head-to-head in the chainsaw contest, sponsored by Husqvarna and Steve’s Sports. In this exciting contest, professionals and individuals with solid operating experience. Loggers, chainsaw carvers, tree service, forestry, log builders, clearing crews, and experienced chainsaw operators are invited to compete with Husqvarna 576XP saws, cutting through 20-inch lathe-turned white pine.
There is $1,500 in prize money (paid out to top 10 finishers overall, the top 8 women, a mixed doubles contest and the fastest time) and a Husqvarna chainsaw for the winner of the overall and women’s division. There will also be a mixed double finale on Saturday right before another exciting event, the cross-cut contests.
Lumber Camp organizer Niel Atkinson said, “This year the women’s division promises to be strong so come out and see the best women compete for cash and a chainsaw. Come out and see the North’s Shores best and cheer on your favorite sawyer!”
To compete in the stock saw contest:
Entry fee is $20 in advance or $30 day of the event. Pre-registration preferred. Mail entry to: Niel Atkinson, 80 South Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais, 55604. Checks payable to Clearwater Logging. Call Niel at 388-0899 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All competitors receive a competitor package of sponsor items worth over $30.
Excelsior Energy Inc. has reached a crossroads in its more-than-a-decade-long effort to build a new power plant on the Iron Range.
The Duluth News-Tribune today reports that after investing about $22 million in the company’s Mesaba Energy Project, the U.S. Department of Energy has decided to cease its financial support for Excelsior.
And the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to take up a request in mid- to late August that will affect permitting for the power plant, now planned to operate with a different fuel than first proposed.
In 2004 the Department of Energy earmarked $36 million for the project, but stopped $14 million short of that mark when Excelsior failed to fulfill certain performance expectations.
In 2001, Excelsior proposed to build a plant that would convert coal into a gasified fuel and burn it as a highly efficient way to generate power. The plant was supposed to create more than 1,000 construction jobs as well as 150 full-time, ongoing positions in the small town of Taconite, located next to Itasca County’s Canisteo mine pit.
But those plans were recently revamped, and now call for a 600-megawatt plant — about half the size first proposed — running on natural gas rather than coal.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Voter ID amendment could signal some changes locally if it passes and the city and its former pool architects have settled…all in this week’s news.
Although the action on the water during the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is wonderful, there is also a lot of fun on dry land. On Friday night, July 27 there is a raucous parade and opening ceremony followed by music on the waterfront.
The participants in the Dragon Boat Festival gather in the Grand Marais Municipal Parking Lot (next to the Senior Center) for the “Parade of Teams.” The simple parade that started the first year as just a march of teams behind the Dragon Festival dragon, has turned in to an outlandish competition to see which Dragon Boat team can be the wildest, craziest, most fun-loving team. The parade starts at 7 p.m.
In the past the parade has included a party bus of paddlers, “His Royal Highness Bob Baker” of Team Gunflint, sled dogs with the Cook County Dog Mushers, and some wild women “on the edge.”
The outrageous parade travels just a few blocks, to Harbor Park, for the always-entertaining “Wake the Dragon” ceremony with a community notable—Mayor Larry “Bear” Carlson will return to perform the dragon-awakening honors.
After the ceremony, everyone is invited to stick around for The Splinters, the popular local dance band that performs an upbeat mix of music, ranging from zydeco and electric polka to Tex Mex and Celtic rock.
Dragon Boat racing kicks off at 9 a.m. Head to the waterfront to watch the action. And listen to the racing paddle-to-paddle on WTIP radio at 90.7 Grand Marais; 90.1 Grand Portage; or 91.7 Gunflint Trail.
There is much more fun throughout the weekend, visit www.NorthShoreDragonBoat.com for the latest information.