Around Cook County
The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a bake sale and pie social today, Thursday, August 2 until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post. Stop by for coffee or beverage and support the Legion Auxiliary. Proceeds of the bake sale are used for auxiliary activities such as the children’s Christmas Party.
American Legion Bingo opens in the big tent at noon today.
And, while you’re at the Legion, buy a “Pets for Vets” raffle ticket for some fabulous prizes. Proceeds of the raffle go toward the purchase of a specially trained dog and the training required for a service dog for a wounded soldier.
The Banadad Trail Association is undertaking a fundraising campaign to construct a new section of the trail and enlarge the parking area 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 west end.
A change in property ownership will allow the group to improve the west end of the trail, which is popular with both day skiers as well as the through skiers, who ski the entire 29 kilometers in one day.
The project cost is $11,340. The BTA has been awarded a Trail Connections Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that will cover $7,800 and the Association must raise the balance.
In this interview, WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson talks with Banadad Trail Association president Linda Bosma.
What is known today as the BWCAW'S longest groomed ski trail, the Banadad, was developed many years ago as a network of old trails and logging roads.
In the late 1920's Charlie and Petra Boostrom established their homestead just southwest of Meeds Lake on Moon Lake. With the Boostrom's help a logging camp was built near the lake and a logging road constructed between Moon and Poplar Lake.
Most of the timber from the Moon Lake area was transported along this road across Poplar and then down the Gunflint Trail to Grand Marais. Some of the logs were sawed at Sam Sepalla's saw mill located where Poplar Lake Lodge now stands.
The Minnesota Department of Health beach monitoring program continues and another North Shore beach received a “no water contact” advisory last week. However, the warning, issued on Tuesday, July 31, was lifted the next day. On August 1, the Department of Health gave the “all clear” for the beach at Kadunce Creek in Colvill.
Water samples collected July 31 at the Kadunce Creek beach east of Grand Marais contained elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, indicating the possible presence of fecal contamination. However, the re-testing the next day found that the water had returned to acceptable levels and the Kadunce Creek beach now has a “water contact acceptable” rating.
Other beaches that received advisories on July 31 include Agate Bay Beach in Two Harbors; 20th Street/Hearding Island Canal Beach at Park Place, Duluth and Sky Harbor Parking Lot Beach in Duluth. The advisory was lifted for the Two Harbors beach on August 1, but the advisory remains in place for the two Duluth beaches.
The Minnesota Department of Education released statewide assessment results today showing that students in grades 3 – 8 are making gains in reading and math. Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius said the increase in reading scores comes just two years after adoption of the more rigorous reading and math standards in 2007 and 2010.
Statewide students at all grade levels scored 62 percent proficient in math and 76 percent in reading. Charter schools state-wide showed 51 percent proficiency in math and 65 percent in reading.
Locally, Cook County Schools ISD166 had an overall proficiency rating in math of 40 percent and in reading of 75 percent.
Breaking down the numbers, Middle School students were 28 percent proficient in math and 68 percent proficient in reading. The 6th grade scored lowest with just 20 percent proficient in math and 60 percent in reading.
Senior High scores 91 percent proficient in reading at the 10th grade level and 44 percent proficient in math at the 11th grade level. Both were gains over the previous year.
At Sawtooth Elementary, 56 percent of the students were math proficient and 79 percent proficient in reading. The 5th graders did the best of the three grade levels with 61 percent proficient in math, 92 percent in reading.
Birch Grove Community School students were 71 percent proficient in math and 93 percent in reading. Third graders scored 100 percent in both tests.
Great Expectations students scored 65 percent proficient in math and 95 percent in reading. Fourth graders scored a high 73 percent in math proficiency and shared 100 percent proficiency in reading with grade 6 and 7.
Oshki Ogimaag Charter School administered tests in grades 4 and 5 in reading where 21 percent of the students were proficient
In the Lake Superior School District, overall students posted 56 percent proficiency in math and 71 percent in reading. At Minnehaha Elementary the proficiency scores in math were 73 percent and 86 percent in reading.
This year, 88 percent of students in grades 3-8 took their math MCA test online. Compared to paper tests, online assessments use adaptive technology that customizes tests based on a student’s answers.
A recently convened assessment task force is examining the state’s testing system and will be providing recommendations to the Minnesota Department of Education for better testing and accountability.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private Non-Profit Organizations in Minnesota that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred on June 14-21 of this year.
Organizations located in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties as well as the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are eligible to apply
Examples of eligible non-critical organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.
Each year during Fisherman’s Picnic, School District 166 offers tours of the Grand Marais campus. Alumni and community members are invited to see the changes that have taken place over the years. This year, in addition to the campus tour, the school is giving the public the opportunity to learn more about the planning underway for the Cook County Community Center. Plans currently call for the community center/aquatics facility to be attached to the west wing of the Grand Marais school.
Tours will be offered at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 2 -3. Anyone wishing to join the tour is asked to meet at the main high school/middle school doors, the “Eagle” entrance.
People with questions about the community center process are invited to visit with steering committee members at the Jane Mianowski Conference Center(JMCC) from 2- 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The JMCC is at the Community Education (old gym) entrance to the school.
Participants can take the tour or learn more about community center planning—or both.