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The warmer spring weather is certainly welcomed this year by residents at the North Shore Care Center. Many elders have enjoyed time on the patios and a fun picnic on Memorial Day. Everyone is looking forward to summer.
The month of June is National Gardening Month, Men’s Month, and Dairy Month – which also includes Flag Day, Father’s Day, and the first day of summer!
Many activities are planned to get folks outdoors whenever possible, beginning with the planting of flowers and vegetables. Other activities will be reading sessions, trivia, patio games, another picnic, and some outings in the community.
The monthly birthday will take place on Wednesday, June 11 to honor Janet Morgan, Donny Schulte, and Donna Willett. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or about any of the activities going on, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website: www.nshorehospital.com.
If you’d like to learn more about restoring and managing your forest property, there’s a Landowner Workshop this Friday that can help you. WTIP volunteer Julie Carlson spoke with Wayne Russ of the North Shore Forest Collaborative on North Shore Morning.
Friday, June 13, 2014
12:00 - 4:30 pm
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
--Are you wondering what you can do about the dying birch in your woods?
--Are you looking for help planting trees or controlling invasive plants?
--Do you want to borrow equipment to plant trees or control invasive plants?
--Would you like to sit down with a professional and discuss your plans for your property?
Whatever your interest or size of your property, join the North Shore Forest Collaborative for an educational and fun workshop designed specifically for private landowners on the North Shore. This event is free and open to everyone.
There are services available for folks needing assistance with housing in our area, as well as those experiencing crisis situations. WTIP host Julie Carlson spoke with Michelle Lampton, the Homeless Program Supervisor with the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency on North Shore Morning.
The community of Grand Portage had a full ballot for its primary election in April 2014. The primary narrowed the ballot to two candidates for each of the Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council positions up for election. Members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 10 to vote for secretary/treasurer, committeeperson I and committeeperson II.
Running for secretary/treasurer is incumbent April McCormick and Dennis B. Morrison.
For the committeeperson I seat, the candidates are Rob Hull and Amber Porter. Candidates for the committeeperson II seat are incumbent John Morrin and William “Bill” Myers.
The Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council is the governing body of Grand Portage. The enrolled members of the band elect the tribal council officers. The council oversees health care, social services, education, jobs, housing, public safety, and more.
A concerned property owner brought his concerns about the continued presence of rumble strips on Highway 61 east of Judge Magney State Park to Cook County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. John Gorski expressed alarm that the mitigation or removal of the rumble strips appears to have stopped. The Cook County News-Herald contacted Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Engineer James Miles who said there are plans to continue mitigation efforts this summer.
In a phone conversation, Miles said when MnDOT stopped filling in the rumble strips east of Grand Marais last fall because of weather, he told people that MnDOT had completed what it had planned last year.
“After we stopped our operation last year because of the weather, we heard from quite a few more people. My reply then was that we’d heard those concerns and would be looking at it,” said Miles.
Those concerns were heard, said Miles who said a public statement about this summer’s plans for mitigation of rumble strips is being prepared. “We’ll be filling in a significant number of rumbles. I’m not at liberty to say where at this time, but I think people will be pleased.”
There are some citizens who want the rumble strips removed entirely. Property owners near Highway 61 say that the mitigation only reduces the sound, it does not eliminate it. And, one property owner told the News-Herald that the mitigation—an asphalt patch—is not permanent.
Derek Fredrickson, the Highway 61 corridor manager, said research is under way regarding rumble strips and there are no plans for any new rumble strips. “Right now we put a moratorium on putting in anymore rumble strips until we do some research on different ways of grinding them in.