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Mike Ross of Lutsen, an instrument/lab/environmental specialist at the Minnesota Power Taconite Harbor Energy Center, is also a retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class. His last deployment with the U.S. Army Reserves was far from the North Shore in the desert of Afghanistan. He was away from his job in Schroeder from August 2010 to October 2011. On Wednesday, April 4, Ross expressed his appreciation to the co-workers who supported him and his family while he was away.
At the start of a safety meeting, Ross presented Taconite Harbor Managing Superintendent Dave Rannetsberger with a certificate from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ross said the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve division supports National Guard and reserve troops, working to protect the rights of soldiers, in matters such as job retention and employment. He said the organization also recognizes the companies that treat their military employees well. And, he said, Minnesota Power is such a company. Minnesota Power CEO Al Hodnik was also on hand for the presentation.
The “Patriotic Employer” award was presented to David Rannetsberger and Minnesota Power. The award was inscribed, “For contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”
Ross said thank you to Rannetsberger and the rest of the 47-employees at Taconite Harbor for their support. “This is for all of you,” he said.
Ross also presented Rannetsberger with a triangle-folded flag in an attractive wooden display case. He explained that the flag had flown over his base, Camp Dwyer. “The flag was in honor of Minnesota Power and Taconite Harbor. It was flown for you guys,” said Ross.
The board of directors of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 scholarship availability for graduating seniors at Cook County High School through the Lloyd K. Johnson Post-Secondary School Scholarship Program.
The foundation’s board of directors will award selected Cook County High School graduating senior’s full scholarships to Lake Superior College in Duluth. The scholarships awarded will pay for tuition, books and fees for one full academic year provided recipients maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, maintain satisfactory academic performance and are enrolled full-time. Upon completion of one full school year, recipients may be eligible to apply for a renewal scholarship that will be considered based on the student’s first year cumulative GPA, the student maintaining full-time enrollment status and the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
The 2012 scholarship submission deadline is April 30.
The purpose of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship Program is to assist graduating seniors at Cook County High School to continue their education in order to develop the skills and experience necessary to complete their vocational and educational goals. The scholarship has been awarded to 11 Cook County High School Seniors since the inception of the program in 2008.
To learn more about eligibility criteria, download application forms or to submit applications on-line, applicants can go to the foundation’s website at www.lloydkjohnsonfoundation.org. For additional information contact the foundation’s administrative office at 218-726-9000 or contact the Cook County High School guidance office.
The scholarship is named after Lloyd K. Johnson, who was born and raised in Grand Marais and graduated from Cook County High School in 1925.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has voted to raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses.
The Senate has approved a game and fish bill 36-30 that includes the fee hikes. The bill now goes back to the House, which passed it earlier without the fee increases.
Under the bill, a one-year fishing license for an adult resident would go from $17 to $22. A deer hunting license for residents would be bumped from $26 to $30. Other fees would increase by similar amounts.
The bill also allows for wolf hunting in the state after the species came off the endangered species list in January.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The citizens board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking another crack at approving rules meant to cut the haze that sometimes clouds the views at Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The haze comes mostly from the state's coal-fired power plants and taconite plants on the Iron Range. The board was due to vote on the new rules last month. But the board decided to hold off until today's meeting so MPCA staffers could address concerns raised by Cliffs Natural Resources about how new nitrogen oxide emissions limits would affect its Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite operations.
MPCA staffers say they've made changes that should address Cliffs' primary concerns.
The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service say the MPCA plan won't cut haze enough.
Swing beds in the Care Center, Discussion and planning for elderly sustainable housing, a recent eye clinic and strategic planning for Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with hospital administrator Kimber Wraalstad.
The 2012 Cook County Emergency Services Conference will be held April 27-28 at the Cook County Community Center. This is the 23rd annual conference for local and regional emergency response personnel. There are many exciting training opportunities, including a live burn simulation and advanced ATV training for emergency responders.
The ATV training is new this year. The Cook County ATV Club worked to get a qualified instructor for the conference because the club was econcerned about inexperienced people being called on to search for and/or transport patients with ATVs. “It would be terrible to have a rescuer injured in the midst of a rescue,” said ATV Club President Mickey Brazell.
ATV Club Secretary Rhonda Silence said, “We know that fire department and/or ambulance staff do not normally travel into the woods to get patients...but we also know that in emergency situations, people are called on to fill in wherever possible. So, we think this is great training for everyone in the ES service.”
Thanks to funding from the Cook County Sheriff's Department, the Emergency Services Conference has retained Steve Jacobson of St. Cloud, a retired (31-year) DNR Conservation Officer who teaches advanced conservation officer/law enforcement training. He has also been a DNR-certified youth ATV safety instructor since 1981, so he has taught all levels of ATV safety.
Jacobson is an "avid ATV enthusiast" who has logged over 80,000 miles of riding in all conditions from the Rocky Mountains to the Moab Desert to trails all over Minnesota and neighboring states. As a conservation officer, he was involved in a number of search and rescue operations that involved transporting patients, so he has had real-life experience in what he is teaching.