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Gianrico Vasquez, a former AFS student in Cook County and a mycologist from Italy, will present a "Fungi Lesson" and talk about the most common edible and poisonous mushrooms found in Cook County during a September 1 class at Cook County High School.
The class will start out in the classroom with a quick overview of picking mushrooms. Then students will head out on a mushroom picking field trip. After the field trip, you will return to the classroom to learn about the mushrooms you have picked.
The class is sponsored by Cook County Community Education, and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mianowski Conference Room. There is a $5 per person fee.
To register for the class, contact Community Education at (218) 387-2000.
US Fish and Wildlife seeks public input on location of wind energy facilities to protect endangered speciesWed, 08/29/2012 - 10:19am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading development of a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Midwest that will conserve endangered species and promote development of clean energy which in turn will reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.
And, the service is seeking public input from people in Minnesota and seven other states that are involved in development of the plan for locating wind energy facilities.
While it is well known that some species of bats are particularly vulnerable to striking turbines at wind energy facilities, the purpose of the plan is to develop conservation measures such as locating turbines or facilities, minimizing adverse effects from construction and operations, and mitigating adverse impacts through the development of a strategic strategy for the long-term conservation of species.
The Endangered Species Act makes it illegal to “take” – harm, harass or kill – animals on the Endangered Species List. Therefore a permit is needed if take is expected to happen accidentally. The proposed plan is required to obtain an incidental take permit for participating wind energy facilities in the Midwest.
Partners in the development of this plan are eight Midwestern states,, the American Wind Energy Association, and The Conservation Fund. The Service is asking the public to help identify issues that are important to them as the plan is developed. The incidental take permits will cover participating wind energy facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Steelworkers at two Iron Range taconite mines say they're prepared to strike as soon as Saturday.
The labor contracts at Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite expire at midnight Friday. Negotiations between union leaders and officials of Cliffs Natural Resources have been ongoing in Pittsburgh since early August.
The Hibbing Tribune reports that Cliffs officials plan to keep the mines operating If a strike happens. Cliffs spokeswoman Sandy Karnowski says temporary replacement workers are on stand-by for both Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite.
Nearly 1,100 steelworkers between the two mines are covered by the expiring contract. The agreement was reached on that pact just hours before the deadline four years ago.
Wade Bexell, treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 2705, says they're getting prepared for whatever comes.
Motorists on Interstate 35 near 27th Avenue West in Duluth will encounter lane and ramp closures on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, while crews smooth the pavement by grinding-off bumps.
On Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the southbound right-turn lane on the I-35/Ore Dock Bridge located south of 27th Avenue West will close.
On Thursday late-afternoon or Friday the ramp from southbound I-35 to southbound I-535 will close for several hours as will the ramp from northbound I-35 to southbound I-535.
Cook County’s 1 percent recreation and infrastructure sales tax has now been collected for two years. Revenues from July 2011 to June 2012 were $1,172,630.17, a 5.8 percent increase over the year before.
As of June 30, Cook County’s year-to-date lodging tax revenue saw an increase of 3.8 percent over the year-to-date revenue at the end of last June.
Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association revenue was up 1.4 percent, Gunflint Trail Tourism Association revenue was up 6.2 percent, and Grand Marais Area Tourism Association revenue was up 11.8 percent.
The Ely area saw an increase of 6.1 percent over the first six months of 2011.
Every Sunday since May, Esten Nelson and Craig Horak, both of Grand Marais, have been racing at one of three venues: Proctor Speedway, AMSOIL Raceway in Superior or ABC Raceway in Ashland.
And at Proctor Speedway on August 19, Esten Nelson racing in car No. 77, came out on top in the Pure Stock point series. For winning Nelson received a trophy, a nice racing jacket, and a check—he doesn’t how much the check is for yet though.
Horak had one of his best nights of the season, steadily working his way to the front and taking first place in his 26H Station Wagon.
The cars are equipped with 305 V8 engines. The track at Proctor is a 3/8ths of a mile long, banked, oval dirt track. Racers get up to 65 miles an hour on the straight-aways.
At Superior’s AMSOIL track, “We hit about 75 miles an hour on the straight-aways,” Horak said.