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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of
Electronic Communications has applied for a special-use permit to
construct two new radio towers and replace two existing towers for the
operation and maintenance of the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency
Response (ARMER) system on national forest system lands.
One of the new towers is proposed to be constructed near a former
lookout site (Pine Mountain). The second new tower is proposed for a
site within a recently completed timber harvest tract (Forest Center).
The replacement towers are the current Fernberg and Meander sites.
The purpose of the towers is to provide a public safety communications
network managing the implementation of the 800 MHz digital trunked
radio communications system, which provides emergency response
personnel the means and ability to share information via voice and/or
data systems on demand in real time. This includes every city, county,
state agency, tribal government and non-government public safety
entity operating in the state.
The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed action;
the comments will help determine the scope of analysis, and those
comments that lead to environmental issues will assist in developing
alternatives and analyzing environmental effects. Citizens are asked
to consider, when reviewing proposed activities and submitting
comments: Is there anything about the areas involved in the project
that the Forest Service should consider in the environmental assessment?
Comments should be submitted by April 20 via e-mail (email@example.com
), fax (218) 626-4398, calling (218) 626-4371) or writing (Tim Dabney,
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Primary results and a recount in Grand Portage, Tea Partiers in Duluth this weekend, redistricting and the community center as well as an update on the Jeep Fire…all in this week’s news.
High school youth may apply until April 20 for one of 130
positions available with the Conservation Corps Minnesota summer
conservation work program.
“Participants can expect to work hard on projects such as trail
construction, erosion control, bridge and boardwalk building, and
invasive exotic plant removal,” said Eric Antonson, youth programs
director for Conservation Corps Minnesota.
Youth ages 15-18 will be based for four weeks at a residential program
site in central Minnesota. They will travel in crews led by staff
members to various state and federal lands to camp out and work on
conservation projects. The majority of projects occur in conjunction
with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The outdoor residential nature of the Summer Youth Corps provides a
unique opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen leadership
skills, work ethic, camping skills, and an understanding and
appreciation for the natural environment, Antonson said.
Weekend activities include canoe trips, wilderness hikes and high-
The first four-week session runs June 16 through July 14. The second
session runs July 21 through Aug. 17. Participants earn a stipend of
$185 per week, with room and board provided.
Applicants should enjoy working and living in a rustic outdoor
environment. The Summer Youth Corps, which hires an equal number of
males and females, encourages minority youth to apply. Up to 20 deaf
and hard-of-hearing youth, who will work with deaf staff and trained
sign language interpreters, will also be hired.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has awarded Art Project Grants to three Cook County organizations.
The Grand Marais Playhouse will receive $5,000 to hire a fight choreographer for its production of "The Beaux' Stratagem," a Restoration comedy adapted by Ken Ludwig and Thorton Wilder from a play by George Farquahar. The grant will also be used to stage a combat workshop for the community.
The North Shore Music Association also received a $5,000 to present "The Crown Prince of Zydeco," C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on June 9.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio received $5,000 to help produce its two-day music festival, “Radio Waves.” Dates are September 8 and 9, at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.
The funding for these grants is made available by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.
ISLE ROYALE, MI (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says one of its helicopters rescued up a sick crewmember from a freighter in Lake Superior near Isle Royale.
The Coast Guard says a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from its Traverse City station made the rescue Tuesday afternoon from the Sam Laud, a 634-foot bulk freighter.
Watchstanders ar Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received notification of the ill crewmember aboard the motor vessel Sam Laud from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, at about 1 p.m., EDT.
“It was determined that a U.S. Coast Guard crew was best suited to respond,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wilcox, a search and rescue controller with Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “This is the kind of case that shows how well we work with our Canadian counterparts; it’s a partnership that enables us to get help to people in trouble on the Great Lakes as fast as we can.”
The Coast Guard says the helicopter took the ill crew member to emergency medical personnel, who transported him to Portage Health hospital in Hancock. There’s no word on his condition.