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John Wytanis, Tofte District Ranger, and Nancy Larson, Gunflint District Ranger, invite the public to learn more about the recently initiated North Shore Restoration Project. An open house to discuss the project is set for January 11, 2013. Comments on the project, orally or in writing, are due January 21, 2013.
“The North Shore is a treasured Minnesota landscape, attracting people to come view Lake Superior and the surrounding forest,” said John Wytanis. “Yet anyone who has hiked, skied or snowmobiled the trails along the shore has seen the dying birch and absence of white pine. This project we have developed is beginning to address the situation.”
Cook County Planning & Zoning is tackling some tough questions about what constitutes a building. Should fabric-covered hoops set into the ground require a building permit? What about an RV or cargo trailer that sits on a property and is only used for storage? The Cook County Planning Commission pondered these questions at their monthly meeting on December 19.
Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson said his department has been seeing more and more hoop structures as time goes by. Some have dirt floors while others have cement floors. Some are temporary and unobtrusive; others are situated outside setback limits near roads and waterways.
The weather looks like it will warm up for a few days, snow a little and then turn a little colder. Nothing too extreme along the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart.
As Cook County Council on Aging rang in the New Year, the council also expressed its deepest appreciation to three departing board members. Board Chair Karen Kritta Saethre, Board Secretary Diane Parker and Member-at-Large Diane Booth.
The board welcomed two new board members Geri Jensen and Joan Hall. The board also would welcomed three current members to the executive board. Pat Zankman is our new treasurer and Dawn Byholm is our new secretary. Warren Anderson is once again chairman and Bill Shaffer has been re-elected by popular demand as our vice chairman. Congratulations to all on your newly elected positions.
Don't miss out on a great eight-week beginner clay class that includes 24-hour studio access throughout the entire class.
"Beginning with Clay" will be presented by Melissa Wickwire Jan. 8 through Feb. 26 (eight Tuesdays) from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a $190 tuition, plus a $30 supply fee.
Three mushers, including two from the North Shore, finished the Grand Portage to Hungry Jack leg of the Gichigami Sled Dog Race in under four hours on Sunday.
This is the first year for the Gichigami and it is being run in three legs. The mushers left the Mineral Center trailhead in a staggered start after 9 AM, Sunday headed for Hungry Jack and the Gunflint Trail.
Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors covered the 51 miles in 3:55 . Right behind him in finishing times were Frank Moe of Hovland and Ryan Redington of Wasilla, AK in 3:56. The fastest teams were running about 13 miles per hour over a trail that was less than ideal.
Keith Aili of Ray finished the first leg in 4:06 followed by Bruce Langmaid of Kearny, ON, Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm and Erin Redington of Wasilla, AK who ran the course in 4:08.
Ryan Anderson of Ray and Will Kornmuller of Willow, AK finished the Grand Portage to Hungry Jack leg in 4:11 followed by Michael Bestgen of St. Cloud and Vern Schroeder of Warba in 4:13. Ariane Jasmin of Clam Gulch, AK finished in 4:14.
Coming in at 4:20 and 4:21 respectively were Tofte's Rita Wehseler and Clam Gulch, AK's James Wheeler while Kevin Malkowski of Outing finished in 4:24.
Rounding out the finishers were Amanda Vogel of Ray in 4:31, Blake Freking of Finland in 4:39 and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors in 4:54.
Bill Wehseler of Tofte was scratched from the race.
The mushers, volunteers and race fans were scheduled for an outdoor barbecue at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail Sunday night.
The 59-mile second leg of the race starts Monday morning at 9 o'clock after breakfast at Windigo Lodge. The mushers and teams will travel from Windigo Lodge to Devil Track Landing for the longest of the three-stages. A spaghetti feed will celebrate the end of the second leg at American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais.