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Cook County Senior Center heading to Gunflint Lodge for Towering Pines Canopy Tour

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 11:24am

Coming up for the Cook County Senior Center is an exciting Gunflint Lodge lunch and Towering Pines Canopy Tour extravaganza trip on Wednesday, September 19. Roundtrip transportation plus the 2½ hour Canopy Tour is $70 per person (tax included).  This is a huge savings—the Canopy Tour alone with tax is approximately $85.
Senior Center Assistant Director Kristen Anderson said seniors can come along even if they prefer to read a book, play cards or just relax on the deck while the adventurous souls take the canopy tour. The cost for just roundtrip transportation is only $14.
For more information or to register for this upcoming trip, stop in or call the Senior Center at (218) 387-2660.

Lightning starts more fires in BWCAW

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 6:12am

Lightning has touched off more wildfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Superior National Forest spokeswoman Becca Manlove says a small storm rolled through on Tuesday night. She says the storm didn't bring much rain but it did bring lightning.

The Associated Press reports the lightning ignited five fires in the BWCAW. Manlove says those small fire are now the targets of "suppression efforts."

Meanwhile, a wildfire continues to burn northwest of Ely. Authorities had estimated the blaze had covered 40 acres, but that has been adjusted to 50 acres based on GPS data.

Manlove says that fire is about 40 percent contained, with 18 firefighters on the scene. The cause of that blaze isn't known.

None of the fires has threatened buildings or people.

With small fires popping up in the Boundary Waters and tinder-dry conditions posing a potential hazard, campfires are being restricted and more than a half dozen lakes and part of a well-known hiking trail have been closed.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports firefighters began evacuating campers from Ensign Lake, which has more than 20 campsites, and nearby smaller lakes late Tuesday. Portages leading into the area were also closed. Officials also closed part of the 24-mile Snowbank Lake Hiking Trail from the trailhead to Boot Lake.

Until more rain dampens the fire hazard, campfires in the entire Boundary Waters will only be allowed from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Inspirational author Connie Lounsbury to speak at Lutsen Lutheran Church Sept. 7

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:34am

The Lutsen Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting inspirational speaker and author Connie Lounsbury as she shares How God Speaks to Ordinary People on Friday, September 7 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Lounsbury has received several prestigious writing awards, including the 1998 Guideposts Writers Contest and a first place award in the inspirational category of the 2001 Writer’s Digest writing competition.
She has written several books. Reaching Past The Wire, A Nurse at Abu Ghraib was written in collaboration with Deanna Germain, an Army Reserve nurse. This 2007 book published by Borealis Books, was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award.
Lounsbury published Thrift Store Shoes in 2012, which reviewers describe as a memoir that encourages a closer relationship with God. She is working on her fifth book Eyes of Hope: Caring for Orphans and Widows in Africa.
Lutsen Lutheran Church will serve refreshments and invites people from all churches, as well as those without a church home to join them for Lounsbury’s talk.

Cook County Extension offers workshop on family land ownership issues

Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:32am

What plan do you have in place for keeping your home, land or cabin in the family for the next generations? How do you deal with inheritance taxes, emotional aspects of family communication between members, and legal ramifications?
A workshop specifically designed to walk families through this process will be offered by Cook County Extension on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center.
This class is being offered to address intergenerational land transfer issues for either your primary residence or your cabin/vacation property. The overall objective is to bring families together to discuss what makes for a successful transfer of a treasured property between one generation and the next.
Attend this class to learn various tools to help plan for the successful transfer of property.
If you want to start that conversation with your family, this is an opportunity to talk with attorneys who have helped families make conscious decisions about the distribution of their property. Families that attend and determine the best plan for property transfer are more likely to succeed than a family that leaves the heirs or state to decide distribution issues after one’s death.
The cost of attending this all-day class is $100 per family or extended family. This cost includes two workbooks, a DVD and lunch. Having multiple generations attend this class together is encouraged. If you are a person with disabilities and require special accommodations, please let us know.
To register for this class or for more information, contact Cook County Extension at 218-387-3015.

Minnesota State Patrol "Maroon Day" is Wednesday, Sept. 5

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 11:26pm

The Minnesota State Patrol announces that this year’s statewide "Maroon Day" will be on Wednesday, September 5. All sworn personnel shall set aside all other business and duties to work road patrol on that date. Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Curt Mowers says that, “The date is selected to coincide with the annual return to school for students.”

Mowers also said, “Traffic crashes remain the number one killer of our youth. Impaired driving, speed, lack of seat belt use and aggressive driving remain the top contributing factors of traffic crashes and injury outcome. Our agency focus on maroon Day will be to visibly target those violations and pay particular attention to traffic going to and from school and school-related events.

District commanders will be coordinating high visibility efforts throughout the day to the degree possible with available staff. Commanders will also be coordinating the involvement of Minnesota State Patrol Aviation in their local plans. The involvement of local law enforcement in these efforts is encouraged and welcomed.

Cook County Community Center Steering Committee defers decision on gym flooring

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:22am

On Friday, August 12, the Cook County Community Center 
Steering Committee started to tackle the tough question of what sort 
of flooring should be installed in the new Community Center gymnasium—
wood or a multipurpose surface.
Steering Committee Member and Commissioner Fritz Sobanja said, “We 
need to look at this scientifically. We need to look at who wants 
which flooring and calculate who uses it most.”
After debating the merits of different flooring, the steering 
committee deferred a decision until after a meeting with a 
representative from Anderson Ladd, a flooring company. Miller will set
up a site visit for the company to present facts regarding each 
flooring option.
At the subsequent county board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 
Commissioner Sue Hakes, also a member of the steering committee, 
summed up the discussion by saying a wood floor is more expensive to 
maintain but lasts about twice as long, she said.  Wood is preferred 
for basketball, a dark multi-purpose surface is preferred for tennis, 
and either one works fine for volleyball, she said.
Commissioner Hakes said she would vote for whatever surface would 
benefit the most users.
“We took a straw poll,” Hakes said, “and most people voted undecided!”