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The Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts have developed a proposal to restore the forest along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and become involved in the project. Comments are needed by Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
Anyone who has driven Highway 61 knows the birch trees along the
North Shore are dying. It is not just the birch trees along the
highway that are dying; almost 80 percent of the birch forest on
National Forest System land along the ridgeline by the shore is old
and declining. According to the U.S. Forest Service, typically we
would expect to see conifer trees (balsam fir, spruce, cedar and
white pine) filling in the understory through succession.
While succession is happening in some areas, in many areas
regeneration is not occurring. The lack of regeneration is a result
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Beargrease is postponed, Lonnie keeps climbing, new cubs in the den and much more…all in this week’s news.
In the latest report from Friday night, Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre was fed and bedded down in his “luxurious” snow cave at 11, 200 Feet.
According to his website, the cave consists of kitchen and bedroom, and is outfitted with LED lighting.
Dupre is on his third attempt to successfully reach the summit of Denali as the first winter solo climber
Friday was "another picture perfect day "in which Dupre took three quarters of his supplies up Motorcycle Hill to the base of Squirrel Hill at about 12,000 feet.
Dupre also collected rock samples Friday for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation . And, he spent some time taking photos during this beautiful day.
In line with the motto, “Climb high, sleep low,” Dupre returned to 11,200 feet. He will continue ferrying supplies to Squirrell Hill on Saturday.
Dupre's progress can be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com.
The Cook County Vikings were scheduled to travel to Ely Saturday afternoon for boys and girls basketball games with the Timberwolves.
The boys were defeated at home Friday night 57-47 by the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels. The loss dropped Cook County to 7-3 heading into Satuday's game at Ely.
No report was available on the Viking-Rebel girls' game.
Meanwhile, Silver Bay dropped a couple of games to Carlton Friday night.
The Mariner boys lost 64-37. The loss dropped them to 0-10 for the season.
The Silver Bay girls lost 75-37 to Carlton. The loss puts the Mariners at 1-10 for the seson.
Silver Bay travels to South Ridge on Monday for boys and girls games.
A notice posted on the door of the US Post Office in Hovland Friday announces that the retail service window hours at the office will be cut in half in late March.
According to the notice from Janelle Daniels from the USPS, "It has been determined that effective March 23, the Hovland PO will provide four hours of window service each weekday." The office currently provides eight hours of service for mailing, purchasing stamps, etc.
The Hovland Post Office and those in Tofte, Finland and Beaver Bay have been considered for reductions in hours since late last year. The Post Office in Beaver Bay received notice its hours will be cut to four per day, Monday through Friday and Tofte's hours will be cut to six during the week.
Starting on March 23, the retail hours in Hovland will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:40 PM to 4:40 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the retail window will continue to be open from 10 AM to Noon as usual.
In Tofte, retail hours will be 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours unchanged at 9 to 10 AM.
In Finland, the retail hours will be 8 AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. Saturday's 10 AM to 11 AM service window time won't change.
Beaver Bay's hours will be from 8 AM to 11 AM and 1 PM to 4 PM with Saturday window hour from 8:30 to 930 AM.
Daniels says the reductions in hours result from "customer survey responses, input from the community meeting(s) (held in November) and the operational needs of the Postal Service." It will not affects USPS customers' access to their mail boxes or to the boxes for outgoing mail.
The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host its monthly social for North Shore Care Center residents with special desserts on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m., along with some old fashioned piano tunes by Irene Thompson.
For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit: www.nshorehospital.com.
The two new members of the ISD 166 school board—Ed Bolstad and Sissy Lunde—settled smoothly into their new roles at the first meeting of the New Year, the board’s organizational meeting on January 10. Jeanne Anderson was elected board chair, Mary Sanders, board clerk, and Sissy Lunde, board treasurer.
The board chose to continue meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m., with an informal community discussion time 15 minutes before each meeting.
Compensation for the board was set once again at $2,100 a year, with an extra $500 for the chair and $35 per meeting for board members on the union negotiating team.
The board briefly touched on several topics—administrative restructuring, class sizes in early grades, the budget, the four-day school schedule and more, and they kept deferring discussion until a special session on Jan. 24.
The board will meet that day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the upstairs of the Harbor House Grille. This is an open meeting.
Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre had a good day on Thursday in his solo attempt to scale Denali in winter.
The day began at top of Kahiltna just below 10,000 feet. Dupre reported a picture perfect day while it was snowing down here in Homer, Alaska where the support team is currently located.
His website reports that the weather was indeed very favorable for traveling. The temperature was -15F and the wind at about 10mph out of west. He reports it was the day he’s been waiting for.
Dupre broke camp at 9:30am with plans to spend the night in a camp at 11,200 feet. He reported it was a hard slog but by 4:40 PM he had arrived and made camp.
Dupre's adventure may be followed at www.oneworldendeavors.com .
The North Shore Storm defeated Ashland 6-1 Thursday night in a match at Two Harbors.
North Shore scored once in the first period, twice in the second and three in the third on their way to the win. Ashland got its lone goal in the third.
Brad Rowlee led the Storm with two goals. Scoring one each were Austyn Wasko, Tyler Schramm, Cook County's Thomas Anderson and Luke Small.
The Storm includes skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The team hosts Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin in Two Harbors Saturday night.
Flu shots are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Teresa Borak RN of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic reported Thursday afternoon that the clinic has Flu vaccine available for children ages 6 months to 35 months, and, age 4 years and older.
The Clinic will have extra staff available from 1 to 4 PM, Friday to give injections, but people can come in anytime.
"It would be beneficial if you could come during that time, but we will NOT turn anyone away," she said,. "It is not too late to get your Flu shot,"
More information is available from the Clinic at 387-2330.
Mayor Larry Carlson reported that he has received a complaint about the blasting being done at the construction site at the high school. He said the caller didn’t like it that the blasting was being done until 8 p.m. Administrator Mike Roth said there is no ordinance prohibiting or restricting the hours of such activity, and the construction crews are doing the blasting between 4 and 8 p.m. so as not to disturb the students while school is in session.
“You would be hard-pressed to do something before it [blasting] is completed,” Roth said when asked about the possibility of drafting and enacting an ordinance before the construction is done. Councilors agreed that such action is not necessary. The blasting is being done to make way for the new YMCA swimming pool.
Things are heating up on the ice at Birch Grove Community Center. Four teams are signed up for the third annual Birch Grove Boot Hockey Tournaments, to be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:45 and Sat. Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.
If you’d like to join the fun, contact Birch Grove Foundation Director Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Foundation by e-mail at email@example.com or call (218) 663-7977 (Wednesdays) for complete registration and signup information.
The cost to participate is $20 for both dates; $15 for one date per team.
Teams need 5-6 players ages 12+ to participate in a 25-minute game. Co-ed and mixed age level teams are welcome! Each participating team will receive a large pizza sponsored by Grand Marais State Bank and Sven and Ole’s Pizza.
Not interested in playing? Come watch the action and warm up by the bonfire. Pizza will be available for sale.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the final regulations aimed at cutting pollution from taconite plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota wild areas.
Included in the regulations is the Northshore Mining Co. operation in Silver Bay.
The regulations come after months of delay and will force some taconite operations to add expensive new pollution control equipment to curb nitrogen oxides, or NOx, and sulfur dioxides, SO2.
According to a Duluth News Tribune report Thursday morning, environmental and public-health groups, and now the EPA, say that pollution causes haze over pristine areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Isle Royale and Voyageurs national parks. The groups and the EPA say it also can cause lung ailments in people.
The plan “will reduce pollutants that are harmful to people’s health and impair visibility in national parks and wilderness areas,” the EPA said in announcing the final rule. The agency said the pollution controls are expected to reduce NOx emissions by about 22,000 tons per year and SO2 emissions by about 2,000 tons per year.
The News Tribune reports the rules affect all six taconite operations in Minnesota as well as the lone taconite operation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. New plants also would be expected to meet the standards. Many coal-fired power plants already have been required to make similar upgrades.
The federal government stepped in after regulators concluded that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency didn’t go far enough to limit haze from taconite plants. The state in April essentially said the industry was doing all it could within reason to control haze pollution.
Amy & Adams of St. Paul will be performing at O'Phelan's Pub at Cascade Lodge on Friday, Jan. 18 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Amy & Adams share their inspiring upbeat music with folks in the Midwest and beyond, and for nearly two decades they’ve touched audiences of all ages at schools, churches, libraries, city parks, art fairs, weddings, wineries, radio, television, and especially elder care facilities.
Amy and Mark Adams-Westin found each other in the Twin Cities after decades of playing in their own worlds. They’ve produced five well-received CDs that have garnered national and international airplay; they cover a musical territory far wider than folk which they’ve dubbed Eclectic/FolkRock/ TinPanAlley/BluesGrass.
Their newest CD, Gone…aloft may be heard at http://airplaydirect.com/music/amyandadams.
The North Shore Visitation Center provides a safe place for families who need supervised visits among parents and children. Annie DeBevec (D Beh vic) and Lucy Perpich talked with WTIP's DayBreak host Roger Linehan about who the program is for, how it works and the change in leadership from Annie to Lucy.