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A highlight of the Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc (AECI) annual meeting each year is the AECI Operation Round Up Trust distribution of funds. Customer Service Representative Jenny Kartes made the presentation at the Saturday, June 9 annual meeting, stating, “I’ve been honored to be part of Operation Round Up. It’s amazing to see the benefits to our community,” she said of the program, which is funded by members “rounding up” to the dollar on their electrical bills.
Just a few cents a month adds up to a lot, said Kartes, explaining that since it began in 2003, Operation Round Up has given $195,000 back to the community.
Participation in Operation Round Up is currently 86 percent of AECI’s membership. Kartes said anyone who is not taking part who wants to sign-up can do so by contacting the co-op.
The selection of this spring’s recipients was especially difficult, said Kartes, noting that the co-op had received 22 applications for a total of $44,000. The trust had $10,000 to distribute. She then called up representatives from each of the twelve non-profits receiving funding to accept a check.
The Minnesota Department of Health has placed advisories for dozens of Lake Superior beaches.
Affected are Split Rock River Beach at the mouth of Split Rock River, Twin Points Public Access Beach north of Gooseberry Falls State Park and four Two Harbors area beaches as well as several in the Duluth area.
No cook County beaches are involved.
Water contact is not recommended for the beaches due to elevated E. coli bacteria levels found in samples taken on June 18. Re-sampling will take place today.
The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) invites you to a high-energy, hilarious comedy act by Kenny Ahern at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.
Ahern presents a comedy act unlike any other. With props, sound, and brilliant acting, this world-class entertainer will have you laughing in delight at his heart-warming antics. This show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Ahern has successfully toured for over 25 years. He has been featured on television in three CBS specials with Ringling Brothers Circus, as a guest on CMT’S Most Wanted Live, MTV, The Family Channel’s Funniest Videos, Good Morning America, The Today Show, on the radio as a guest on What D’Ya Know with Michael Feldman, and numerous regional promotional interviews across the U.S. He is the co-host of the video Circus Works! Circus Arts curriculum for Educators, and is in the film Da Vinci’s Dream. For more information about Kenny Ahern, visit http://kennyahern.com/
Admission to the event is free thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library System Kids Stuff Program and the local library.
Ahern will also perform at the Two Harbors Public Library at 7 p.m. June 19 and Silver Bay Library at 1 p.m. June 20.
The DNR’s Adult Firearms Safety Class is being offered in Grand Marais on Saturday, June 23, 2012. This class is available to individuals age 16 and over who need a Firearm’s Safety Certification to purchase a hunting license, or are interested in learning more about firearms and hunting. The course involves completing an online course or Independent Study Guide, both of which require about 7 hours to complete.
Completion of the online or home study options will prepare you for a field day including a classroom review, written exam, and exercise which includes firing .22 rifles. The field day, approximately 5 hours, will be held locally on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979 is required to have a Firearms Safety Certification before purchasing a hunting license in Minnesota.
For more information, please call Dick Parker at 387-1183.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reversing a lower court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals says AT&T can build a 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be visible within parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
A three-judge panel ruled Monday that a Hennepin County judge erred by concluding that allowing the tower east of Ely would have a "materially adverse effect on the environment." It says the district court failed to properly weigh the relative severity of the effects of the proposed tower on the views within the Boundary Waters.
The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had sued to block the tower, saying it would be visible from several lakes within the BWCA, and arguing that a shorter tower without lights would be sufficient. The group says it's studying the ruling.
The week ahead holds a lot of rain, then it’ll warm up and the weekend is looking good. WTIP’ Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.