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Cook County Steering Committee and architect fine tune aquatics area details

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 12:00pm

The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee met with 
its architect and representatives of ORB Management once again on 
Friday, August 24 to fine tune details before seeking bids on the 
project that was estimated at $6,166,710 at the end of July.
There was considerable discussion regarding the proposed aquatics 
center and some debate over the depth of the pool and the amenities 
that could be included.
At previous steering committee meetings, the group talked about the 
feasibility of having a diving board, something removed from the Grand 
Marais Municipal Pool at the end of 2008, and a water slide. Wade Cole 
of ORB and Architect Dan Miller of JLG Architects shared ideas on how 
to get the most out of the aquatics area.
Miller reported that the geotechnical information from soil borings in 
the proposed aquatics area had been received. He said the soil borings 
show ledge rock at 8-foot depths in the tentative mechanical area at 
the back of the pool area and at the back end of the pool itself. He 
said the soil boring at the front end, west corner of the pool showed 
ledge rock at 12 feet. To have a diving board, a depth of 12 feet 6 
inches is needed.
Steering Committee Member and County Commissioner Sue Hakes urged her 
fellow committee members to do what it takes to get enough depth for a 
diving board. “God forbid we want that five or 10 years from now and 
they say, ‘we can’t because these idiots didn’t make it deep enough,’” 
she said.
The committee also discussed different types of water slides and 
Steering Committee Member Jan Sivertson, a newly appointed 

Anishinaabe Way: John & Patrick Pierre

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 9:32am

Brothers John and Patrick Pierre have served as Grand Portage Royalty for the last three and four years. WTIP producer Staci Drouillard recently met with them on the Grand Portage Reservation at the annual Rendezvous and Pow Wow.  The day before the interview John and Patrick had passed along their banners to the new, incoming Royalty. In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Staci speaks with them about their responsibilities as Tiny Tot Brave and Jr. Brave, their travels and any advice they might have for the next young tribal representatives.

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Lutsen Fire Department to consider seeking insurance reimbursement for auto accident calls

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 3:03pm

At the Tuesday, August 21 township meeting, Firefighter Larry McNeally asked the Lutsen Town Board to consider charging for services when the Lutsen Fire Department and First Responders respond to an automobile accident. He said vehicle insurance will pay for fire and EMS services. McNeally said he had heard of reimbursements of approximately $400 per call.
Treasurer John Groth said the township had actually received calls from insurance companies, asking when they would be billed.
Supervisor Joe Buttweiler said it is an idea whose time has come, however, he said it should be researched to see what other townships are charging and what insurance companies are paying. “We should research and if we do this, we should implement it at the beginning of the year,” said Buttweiler.
Fire Chief Paul  Goettl said his department would research this and get back to the board.

North Shore Market is now Tofte General Store

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 2:56pm

The first thing people driving through Tofte will notice is that the name of the North Shore Market has been changed to the Tofte General Store. The storefront has also been repainted and quite a few changes have taken place inside.
It’s been a couple of months since Joe “Big Joe” and Jill Sanders purchased the North Shore Market from Cliff and Nancy Iverson, and since the sale the staff has been hard at work.
The biggest difference is that a new vendor—Mason Brothers out of Wadena, MN— now delivers groceries and produce to the store. That meant the store’s aisles had to be completely re-stocked with new product, and the shelves are neat, trim, and full.
Since the switch, said Joe Sanders, “Grocery prices have gone down considerably. We are able to offer our shoppers a wide variety of items at a good price.
“We are also cutting our own meat and grinding our own burger. We also sell locally produced turkey wild rice sausage, pork wild rice sausage and brats, and we try to always have smoked lake trout, smoked salmon and smoked white fish on hand.
“When I can, I bring up fresh produce from Southern Minnesota,” said Joe, whose other business enterprises take him to Southern Minnesota frequently.
When interviewed by the News-Herald, Sanders said, “On Sunday I brought fresh zucchini, bell peppers and cucumbers that had just been picked. You can’t get fresher produce than that. Whenever I can, I will also buy locally grown produce.”
In the fall or early winter Joe plans to replace the current flooring and maybe add or re-arrange some of the refrigeration cases. All of the lighting is new and most interior walls have a fresh coat of paint.

Elevated fire levels exist for Labor Day weekend

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 10:17am

Elevated fire risk conditions are one for the Labor Day weekend. Both the DNR and Forest Service are reminding campers to be extra careful with campfires this holiday. WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke with the Gunflint/Tofte District Zone Fire Management Officer, Patty Johnson about current forest fire conditions.

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Construction continues on I-35 between Duluth, Twin Cities

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 5:02am

DULUTH, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 between Duluth and the Twin Cities Metro Area during Labor Day weekend will encounter two single-lane construction work zones.

Motorists can expect delays of up to one hour or more during peak travel times during this holiday weekend.

Peak traffic levels on I-35 occur between noon and 8 p.m. Fridays and between noon and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Motorists can avoid congestion by traveling during off-peak times or by taking an alternate route.

Carlton/Pine County Highway 61and Highway 23 are alternate routes that bypass work zones on I-35 north of Hinckley.