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Soo Locks are closed for season

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 12:02pm
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DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District reports that the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are closed for the winter season.

The season’s final vessel was the the 767-foot Cason J. Callaway . The Callaway entered the Poe Lock and out of Lake Superior just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, downbound with 25,000 net tons of taconite pellets.

During the 2012 navigation season, 4,086 cargo vessels passed through the Soo Locks carrying about 75 million tons of iron ore, coal, grain and other commodities. In addition to cargo vessels, a total of 3,278 tour boats, private boats and other recreational vessels used the locks this past year.

The Corps has operated and maintained the locks as part of its navigation mission since 1881 and will use the downtime to perform critical winter maintenance on the lock structures. 

"The Soo Locks is the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System, and it is vitally important that we keep this infrastructure in good working order," said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer. "This time of year, our dedicated and hard-working staff at the Soo Area Office perform important maintenance and repair work under strict time constraints to prepare the locks for the next shipping season. The district puts a high priority on this work to keep the locks functioning safely and reliably for the benefit of our nation."

District personnel will perform a 5-year periodic inspection of the MacArthur Lock, while work crews repair watertight doors and miter gates, and install a new air bubbler ice suppression system on the MacArthur Lock gates. Concrete upgrades and installation of gate fenders are also planned in the MacArthur Lock. Piping will be installed in the Poe Lock for a new hydraulic system to operate the gates, booms and valves. Once winter maintenance is complete, the locks will reopen in March.

Dan Swalm seeks amends for Grandmother whose US citizenship was taken

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:32am

Back in 1907, the US Congress passed the Expatriation Act. That act had some nasty consequences including "denationalizing" American women who were naturally born citizens, but who married men who immigrated to the country.

One of the women who lost her citizenship was the grandmother of Dan Swalm of Minneapolis. He recently discovered that she died as a "woman without a country" and he's setting out to do something about that.

In an interview with WTIP DayBreak Host Roger Linehan, Dan explained what happened to his grandmother how  he is working on getting the US to make amends.

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Cook County boys take basketball win at Cromwell

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 5:04am

The Cook County boys’ basketball team is the only North Shore team to win in Tuesday night action. .

The Vikings traveled to Cromwell where they took a 62-43 win on the Cardinals’ court. The Viking girls dropped a 60-55 decision to Cromwell.

And, Silver Bay dropped two basketball games at home with North Woods. The Grizzlies beat the Mariner boys 81 -46. In the girls’ game, North Woods stopped Silver Bay 82-23

In boys’ hockey, it took an overtime for Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl to take a 5-4 win over the North Shore Storm. The Storm is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties.

The Viking boys upped their record to 7-2 for the season with the win at Cromwell. The Vikings led 30-18 after the first half and outscored Cromwell 32 to 25 in the second for the win.

Cook County had double-figure performances from Kale Boomer with 18, Colin Everson with 14 and Lars Scannell with 12. Boomer had two three pointers while Scannell and Everson had one each.

Other Viking scoring came from Jonny Jacobsen with six, Trevor Deschampe with four and Jamie Wick with 3, on a three-point basket. Justin Goldstein and Peter Warren rounded off the points for Cook County with two each.

Jared Hutar led the Cardinals with 12.

The Viking girls didn’t fare as well, losing a close one, 60-55 to Cromwell. The loss dropped the girls to 5-9 for the season. Cook County dropped behind 31-24 after the first half before outscoring the Cardinals 31-27 in the second to almost catch up.

Breana Peterson led Cook County and all scorers with 22 points including three, three-pointers. Theresa Morrin scored 16 while Lily Gruber-Schuluz had nine. Rounding out the Viknig scoring were Kaitlynn Linnell with five and Leah Utities  with three. Utities’ points came on a three-pointer.

Beargrease sled dog race postponed

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 5:00am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Poor snow conditions have forced organizers to postpone the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports the race had been scheduled to start Jan. 27. It's now postponed until March 10.

Race coordinator Pat Olson tells the newspaper that the trail is "terrible."

Olson says organizers are hoping for snow by March 10. If it doesn't snow, the race could face only its third cancellation ever.

A lack of snow caused the Beargrease board of directors to cancel last year's races. It also was canceled in 2007.

"Keep It Moving" events planned for February

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:31pm

 “Keep It Moving,” a month-long countywide winter carnival of indoor and outdoor activities, is being planned for residents during the entire month of February. The goal is to get more people more active in February.Persons and businesses are invited to plan a fun, active community event, or to offer discounted rentals or services that support people in winter activities. Examples include a community dance, reduced cost ski/snowshoe rentals, free trial exercise classes, a walking group, a pool party, and whatever else you can come up with.Registration will be open for individuals and teams to register to log miles and minutes of winter indoor or outdoor activities at www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org beginning on Jan. 15.This event is sponsored by Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County Public Health & Human Services, Cook County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) with planning and support from the Cook County Visitors Bureau, Birch Grove Foundation and Grand Marais Safe Routes to School.

Lonnie on the mountain at 8,800 feet

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 6:32am
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“It was like traveling inside a ping pong ball.”  That’s the way Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre described the poor visibility and waist deep snow he experienced over the weekend on Denali. He was forced to use his GPS as he made his way from an 8,400 ft. camp to just shy of the 8,800 ft. mark.

Overall, because of these poor conditions it was a short day, about four hours of traveling.

On Sunday Lonnie spent the day at his current 8,800 ft. camp due to continued poor visibility and snow conditions.

The current low pressure is causing heavy snowfall on Denali while leaving his support team at a much lower elevation, with rain.

Lonnie’s been reporting temperatures on Denali at around zero degrees F, a 50-60 degree difference during his climb last year. He’s sleeping in one layer and conserving more energy usually used to keep warm.

As comforting as this sounds, it is the very thing he’s hoping to bring to attention through this expedition and documentary – One World Endeavors. “The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat,” he said, “regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world.”