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Minnesota DNR to conduct surveys and assessments on area lakes and streams

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:22pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.

 Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include:

* June 2 - Sundling Creek, Pine Lake (near Kemo; splake special assessment), Tomash Lake

* June 9 - Sundling Creek, Rudy Lake, Ruby Lake, Logger Lake, Woodpecker Lake

* June 16 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen; smallmouth bass assessment), Little Portage Lake, Pine Lake (near Kemo), Sled Lake

* June 23 - Greenwood Lake (smallmouth bass assessment), Clearwater Lake (smallmouth bass assessment), Pit Lake, Stony Lake

·         June 30 - Woods Creek (habitat survey), Mark Creek (habitat survey), Swamp River (beaver dam inventory)

* July 7 - Otter Lake, Crescent Lake, Bouder Lake

* July 14 - Crescent Lake, Binagami Lake, Crooked Lake

* July 21 - Caribou Lake (near Lutsen), Clearwater Lake, Devil Track Lake (walleye reproduction check), Mud Creek

* July 28 - Clearwater Lake, Sundling Creek, Sawbill Creek, Swanson Creek

* Aug. 4 - Sundling Creek, Irish creek, Junco Creek, Saganaga Lake, Flute Reed River, Kadunce Creek

* Aug. 11 - Onion River, Cascade River, Kimball Creek, Devil Track River, Saganaga Lake

* Aug. 18 - Saganaga Lake, Swan Lake

* Aug. 25 - Saganaga Lake, Swamp River, Loft Lake (habitat survey)

* Sept. 1 - Prune Lake, Echo Lake

* Sept. 8 - Moose lake, Loft Lake (fish population assessment)

* Sept. 15 - Kraut Lake, Trip Lake, Squash Lake

* Sept. 22 - Chester Lake, Trout Lake (yellow perch assessment), Unnamed Lake

* Sept. 29 - Thrush Lake (brook trout special assessment)

* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake

North Shore Care Center to honor volunteers May 28

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 6:41pm

 The annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at the North Shore Care Center will be Wednesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. The residents and staff want to acknowledge more than 70 volunteers who shared their time and talents during 2013. Volunteers are truly shining stars—enriching the lives of older adults and keeping them connected to the community. Thanks for all that you do!

For more information about volunteer opportunities at North Shore Care Center, please contact the Activity Department at 218.3518 or visit the  website:

Voices from Poetry Night at the Library

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 9:48am

You can join some of the folks featured in this segment at the monthly poetry night group.   Share your interest in poetry, read a favorite poem, or just listen and enjoy.  The Grand Marais Library's Poetry Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 pm. 

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Get Ready for the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival: July 25-27

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 6:53am

The 11th annual North Shore Dragon Boat Festival will be held July 25-27.  WTIP's Joe Detrick talked with Ainslie Kincross and Julie Carlson about what's new and what's exciting at the Festival in 2014.

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May brought an informational open house to EDA

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 8:25am

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) opened its Tuesday, May 13, 2014 meeting at 3:30 p.m. and was completed in record time. Why the rush? The EDA was hosting an open house that same evening to talk to the public about its initiatives and community collaborations.

After closing the meeting, EDA members headed to their stations to talk to the public about the various initiatives currently under way. EDA President Sandbo and Board Member and County Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk welcomed community members and encouraged them to ask questions.

Citizens and public officials chatted with Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) representatives about housing; with Small Business Development Center consultant Pat Campanaro about business opportunities; with Jim Boyd about the Cook County Chamber of Commerce’s work; with Scott Harrison about Superior National at Lutsen and the upcoming construction project; and with Realtors Jack and Sandra McHugh about lots in the Cedar Grove Business Park.

At the end of the evening, EDA board members thanked everyone for coming and encouraged citizens to attend EDA meetings, which are normally held at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. More about the EDA can be found at

ISD 166 hires new industrial arts instructor

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 9:37am

School District 166 held a special meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 to approve the hiring of a new industrial arts instructor.

The School Board accepted the resignation of Sam West, who has been the industrial arts instructor for four years, at its March 20 board meeting. West also served on the CCHS Career Readiness/Vocational Education Planning Team and worked with CCHS students in the Robotics program.

Superintendent Beth Schwarz asked the board to accept the recommendation of the people who conducted interviews—High School Principal Adam Nelson, School Board Member Deb White, community member Bob Pranis, and Schwarz—to hire Peter Johnson.

Johnson currently lives and teaches in Janesville, Wisconsin. Schwarz said Johnson will have to obtain his Minnesota teaching licensure, but said with his master’s degree and his teaching background, Johnson should be able to do that easily.

She said Johnson planned to start and finish his doctorate at CCHS with the dissertation topic of “college or Vo-Tech credit for high school career and technical education (CTE).”

Johnson will be coming on board at CCHS just in time to oversee the renovation and expansion of the industrial tech area, which is expected to begin this spring.

Johnson will be paid a salary of $56,384 with a stipend of $2,002.94 for working with the CCHS Robotics team.

The board passed a unanimous motion to hire Peter Johnson.