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Looking out across the icy-white Grand Marais harbor while the thermometer can't seem to rise much above zero, it's hard to imagine that summer will arrive.
But now's the time to start thinking about the annual Dragon Boat Festival, July 25-27 in the calming waters of Lake Superior. Now is a great time to e-mail or call your teammates and get your registration in or start thinking about creating a team. Why? Because the early registration deadline is March 15, and early registrants can save $200!
It's easy to become involved. Just sign up for one of the expanded family paddle times (anyone who can use a paddle, from 8 to 80, is welcome). After some basics and a tour around the harbor, you'll be ready to enter the new “Dragon Dash,” a short course for paddlers who want to get their feet wet (literally!) in the sport.
Watch for details on the festival website (northshoredragonboat.com) and Facebook page.
The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be held on Wednesday, March 12 to honor Sandra Johnson and Audrey Haring. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. with piano classics by Doug Sanders.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at North Shore Care Center. For more information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit the website: www.nshorehospital.com.
Care Partners’ Caregivers Support Group has moved to a new day and time. The gathering will now be held every second Wednesday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church. Vicki Biggs and Tyler Howell will be the group facilitators. The next Caregivers’ Group is March 12.
Contact Care Partners at 387-3788, firstname.lastname@example.org or Vicki Biggs at 387-1913, email@example.com for more information.
Care Partners’ Group Respite Program is held at the same time and location to give you more freedom to join the group. You could bring your loved one to the lower level of the church at 11 a.m., attend the support group and still have time for errands before you pick them up at 3 p.m. Participants must pre-register so call Jeannette if you are interested at 387-3787.
Elections will be held for town clerk and a supervisor in each of the West End townships on Tuesday, March 11, with polls opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 8 p.m., in time for the township annual meetings. Not all of the townships have candidates on the ballots however.
In Lutsen, current Clerk Silviya Duclos and Supervisor Marland Hansen did not file for re-election. No one else filed for election, so Lutsen voters will face a ballot with two spaces for write-in candidates. On Tuesday, March 11, Andrew Beavers announced that he has decided to run as a write-in candidate for supervisor.
If no one is elected and agrees to serve, the town board can appoint a citizen to fill the vacant positions. For the clerk position, Amity Goettl is the township deputy clerk and she can temporarily fulfill the duties of town clerk.
A possible write-in candidate suggested by some Lutsen citizens is former Lutsen Supervisor Diane Parker. The Cook County News-Herald contacted Parker to see if she was willing to serve, but Parker said she really didn’t have the time. Parker is a volunteer on a number of other boards and committees.
Parker said she thought someone would win the election as a write-in, but said if no one was elected or willing to be appointed for one year, she would be willing to go back on the town board. “From what I understand, the town has to have three supervisors. Rather than let the township dissolve, in order to preserve the township, I would accept the appointment—but only for one year.”
In Tofte, Clerk Barb Gervais said she is interested in continuing to serve as town clerk and her name will be on the Tofte ballot. She is running unopposed.
Improvements in safety and finding ways to make a bigger and better access to the current public boat ramp and possible wetland restoration in the Grand Marais campground area were the main topic of discussion at the Grand Marais Park Board March 4 meeting.
Joe Russell, Minnesota Department of Parks and Trails supervisor for the North Shore and Larry Killien, DNR Harbor Program Coordinator who manages and oversees the state’s Small Craft Harbor and Protected Access Programs on Lake Superior, came before the board.
Park Manager Dave Tersteeg noted that the project started in 2006 when the city had to replace some old docks and then began looking at other areas that needed upgrading. He said, “For several years now, we have been working with the DNR on improvements within the campground to enhance the public access to Lake Superior.”
A DNR-funded wave study, conducted by Johnson, Johnson and Roy, of the inner ‘rubble-mound’ break wall indicated that it is not big enough to protect the public. Harbor Program Coordinator Killien said, “The DNR has a ½ foot or less wave height design standard for public access projects.”
He explained that waves at launch shouldn’t be more than ½ foot. He said, “Otherwise it makes it hard to launch your boat or put it on a trailer when you are getting it out of the water.”
Killien said JJR looked at weather patterns, wind patterns, historical and current water levels, major storm events from one year to 50 years—along with possible costs for the fixes—and ran this data through their computers and finally recommended extending the current inner break wall 105 feet in the north/northeast direction.
WTIP received tremendous support during our “Spring Forward” Membership Drive. In four and a half days, we welcomed 35 new members and 167 renewing members and raised over $21,000.
Thank you to each of our members ~ your support strengthens our services and makes WTIP possible. Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers, both on and off the air, everyone who brought in food, the talented musicians who performed live in our studios, and Karie Wrich for designing the artwork. It was a community effort, and many people came together to make our “Spring Forward” Membership Drive a success ~ thank you!