Around Cook County
The circumference of the earth is just under 25,000, and this May, Cook County residents walked, ran, biked and paddled the equivalent of over halfway around it, covering the distance around Lake Superior 13 times over. Over 200 people participated in the third annual Move It! Get Active Cook County! event sponsored by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and numerous other entities, logging in their miles and minutes exercised on the clinic’s website for all the world to see. The total time they logged added up to 146 24-hour days.
Winners of a drawing held at the conclusion of the event are as follows:
Ages 18 and under - Hazel M. Kemp, $150 gift certificate to Superior North Outdoor Center in Grand Marais
Ages 19-64 - Sue Nordman, $150 gift certificate to Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte
Ages 65 and over - Frankie Jarchow, $150 gift certificate to Stone Harbor in Grand Marais
The Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, has announced six grants totaling $11,427 awarded to nonprofit organizations serving the Cook County area.
Grand Marais Arts Inc., received $1,500 for programming technology support. The Birch Grove Foundation received $1,750 for the Hearth Oven Bread Baking Initiative Team. Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association was awarded $1,677 for the Summer Cinema.
North Shore Health Care Foundation received $2,000 for art therapy for elders facing memory loss. The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department got $2,500 for acquisition of an all-season rescue sled. The Lutsen Junior AlpineClub received $2,000 for help transitioning into an independent organization.
Poisoning the Great Lakes: 25 Coal-fired Power Plants Responsible for Half the Region's Mercury Pollution
OH, PA and IN Are Home to Region’s Worst Mercury Polluters, Followed by MI, IL, WI, MN and NY; Vote in Congress to Test Support of Region’s U.S. Senators for EPA Curb on Neurotoxin.
(Click on link to WTIP below to hear an interview with NRDC's Jessie Rossman.)
CHICAGO (June 6, 2012) –Just ahead of a major U.S. Senate vote on the Environmental Protection Administration’s authority to clean up mercury and other toxic air pollutants, a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report shows that the 25 worst coal-fired power plants account for more than half of the dangerous mercury pollution emitted by the total of 144 electricity generation facilities in the Great Lakes region. The report also finds that almost 90 percent of the toxic emissions could be eliminated with off-the-shelf technologies.
According to “Poisoning the Great Lakes: Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants In the Great Lakes Region,” Ohio emits the largest amount of mercury from coal-fired power plants (21 percent of the total in the Great Lakes region), followed closely by Pennsylvania (20 percent) and Indiana (16 percent). The remaining five states in the region rank as follows: Michigan (14 percent); Illinois (11 percent); Wisconsin (9.5 percent); Minnesota (6.5 percent); and New York (2 percent). Plants from outside the region also contribute to mercury pollution in the Great Lakes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The company planning a copper-nickel mine near Ely has boosted its estimates of how much metal it's sitting on.
Duluth Metals Ltd., the Canadian-based parent of Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, says new data confirm they have one of the world's largest deposits of copper, nickel and precious metals, with some of the largest platinum and palladium resources outside South Africa.
It says the site has "indicated resources" of 8 billion pounds of copper, 2.5 billion pounds of nickel and 12.1 million ounces of palladium-platinum and gold. It also projects less-certain "inferred resources" of 13.5 billion pounds of copper, 4.6 billion pounds of nickel and 15.8 million ounces of precious metals.
Duluth Metals CEO Christopher Dundas called it "a monster deposit." He estimates the value at more than $100 billion.
The WOW program (Workers on Wheels) is offering bicycles for summer use in Cook County to international and other out-of-county workers.
The bicycles will be available at the First Congregational Church UCC, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14.
A $40 cash deposit is required, which will be returned when the bike is returned.
WOW also has need for bike helmets, security chains with or without locks, and used bicycles. The group will also accept financial donations for repair parts and other needs.
Call (218) 387-2113 or email email@example.com for further details.
At the June 9 meeting of the Grand Marais City Council, a beer and wine license was granted to Bruce Block of Sydney’s Frozen Custard, allowing the beverages to be served outdoors (there is no indoor seating). While the city does not have any standards for allowing outdoor service, other licensed restaurants include Angry Trout, Birch Terrace and GunFlint Tavern. Block said he has had a lot of customer requests for beer, especially since he added pizza to the menu last year.