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The Cook County Food Shelf, like many other community food programs, sees increased usage in winter months. A thoughtful West End resident offered a tip for snowbirds who don't want to haul their non-perishable foodstuffs south. Instead of boxing up those groceries, donate them to the food shelf!
It's very easy to do. Donations can be dropped off at the Cook County Food Shelf at the First Congregational Church at Third Avenue and Second Street in Grand Marais. The Food Shelf is open 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. every Monday.
The Food Shelf is also in need of cash donations to purchase milk and fresh fruit and vegetables. For information on how to donate, call (218) 387-2113. Checks may also be mailed to: Cook County Food Shelf, P.O. Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604.
REEP is a residential energy efficiency program, a pilot program aimed at reducing energy consumption in existing Cook County homes. The program is designed to give homeowners the tools required to learn about their home and make sound economic decisions about where and how to spend funds to improve their building.
The pilot program will upgrade up to 10 homes by using home performance energy audits pre and post improvement work. Homeowners pay for the audits and improvements but audit rebates will be available with completion of selected improvements. The program is open to all income levels.
Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) kicks off this pilot program in September with a homeowner workshop Thursday September 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Cook County Higher Education. The workshop will be lead by Dean Talbott who has over 30 years experience in energy efficiency. $5.00 per person and students free.
CCLEP is partnering with Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais PUC, Arrowhead Electric Coop, Como Fuel and Propane, CC EDA Housing Authority, DEEP (Duluth Energy Efficiency Program) and the list continues to grow. Consider donating to CCLEP for energy programs.
Contact email@example.com and visit our website www.cookcountylep.org.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Citizens in northeastern Minnesota plan to file a petition today objecting to the state’s plans to auction off more metallic minerals exploration leases.
The Associated Press reports the petitioners say the potential for new prospecting and mining could have a significant impact on the environment. Included in the leases is an area about two miles west of Tettegouche State Park in Lake County.
A copy of the petition provided to The Associated Press asks for the Department of Natural Resources to prepare an environmental assessment worksheet before awarding the leases. The petition says the leases could affect trout streams and other sensitive natural resources, drinking water wells, popular recreational trails and property values. More than 140 people have signed.
The DNR announced plans to auction the mineral rights to 64,000 acres earlier this month amid growing interest in the large untapped reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals under northern Minnesota. In addition to the Lake County area, the affected lands are in St. Louis County, in and near the city of Hoyt Lakes and in a rural area of eastern Aitkin County.
Matt Tyler, a self-employed logging contractor from Finland organized the petition. He says, “There are quite a few folks who were not happy to hear this was coming down. What it comes down to is communities should be consulted about these things. The state shouldn’t set things out by decree.”
The DNR plans to open the new bids Oct. 24. The Executive Council could consider them as early as its next scheduled meeting Dec. 6.
The US Forest Service reported Monday evening that during the day, they had a Beaver fly over several fires on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts.
Mark Lawler from the USFS said the Emerald Lake Fire on the Ontario side of the border in Quetico is still showing several smokes but no new activity today and still no fire on the American side.
There was no smoke detected on the Mora Lake Fire, Lawler said, and none from the Polly Lake or Jock Mock Point Fire on the Brule. .
"This is very good news considering the higher winds we are experiencing today. The forecast calls for diminishing winds tonight," Lawler said. .
Join the Superior Hiking Trail Association for a great hike in the Arrowhead this month, beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine.
On Sept. 29, hikers should meet at the Caribou Trail parking lot for a 6.4-mile climb and descent from Lutsen to the Caribou Trail. Good fall colors should add to the outdoor experience.
Note that the meeting place is the end point of the hike, and there is a group car shuttle to the starting point. For more information call (218) 834-2700.