Around Cook County
A public auction of surplus equipment will be held by the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 9:30 a.m. Saturday,
June 2 in New Ulm.
Nearly 150 lots of items will be sold including heavy equipment, dump
box pick-ups with snowplows, pick-ups, automobiles, ATVs, snowmobiles,
tractors, lawnmowers, mountain bikes and more.
Photos and a complete listing of items will be posted 10 days prior to
the sale at www.minnbid.org. On-site inspection of items will be
available only on Saturday, June 2, from
8 to 9:30 a.m.
To avoid standing in line the day of the sale, bidders are encouraged
to preregister for the auction online at www.minnbid.org. It only
takes a few minutes and also provides access to information on other
auctions conducted by the state of Minnesota.
The sale is being conducted by the state of Minnesota, Department of
Administration, Fleet and Surplus Services Division. Auctioneer will
be Benoit Auction Service of Dassel. The auction will be held at the
Brown County Fairgrounds.
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man won the South Dakota Kayak Challenge on
the Missouri River over the holiday weekend.
Joe Zellner of Grand Marais, Minn., finished the 72-mile course between
Yankton and Sioux City, Iowa, in less than nine hours. That was about an
hour faster than the time of the 2010 winner.
The race was canceled last year because of Missouri River flooding.
This year's race drew 170 kayakers. It started Saturday morning. Some
kayakers didn't finish the course until Sunday morning.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian government says it will spend $17.5 million over the next five years to help prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Silver and bighead carp imported to the southern U.S. decades ago have been migrating up the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Scientists say they could damage native fish species if allowed to reach the Great Lakes, which are shared by the U.S. and Canada.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield said Monday that Canada will focus its efforts on educating people about the danger Asian carp pose and how to avoid bringing them into Canadian waters.
He said Canada also will work with U.S. experts to develop early warning and rapid response systems in case the aggressive fish are discovered in the Great Lakes.
The Cook County News-Herald wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day. Today, we remember the sacrifices our military men and women have made. Thank you one and all.
As Memorial Day weekend winds down and Minnesotans get ready to head home, the Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers that applying the basic rules of the road will mean a safe holiday. With more
motorists traveling it’s important for all motorists to pay
attention, drive well-rested and be buckle up.
Memorial Day is historically one of the deadliest on the state’s
roadways; there were 42 motorists killed and over 1,560 motorists
injured from 2005 to 2010. Last year, Minnesota had the safest
Memorial Day on record with zero fatalities. Motorists can take simple
steps to avoid death and injury including using seat belts for every
seat and every ride, paying attention, slowing down and not drinking
Drivers are also urged to plan ahead and to practice common sense,
courtesy and compassion with other motorists. In addition, extra
Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols are on roads now in Minnesota.
On May 21, the Cook County Planning Commission faced a difficult decision, because it involved potential financial impacts to either road contractor Ulland Brothers or Devil Track Resort/The Landing Restaurant.
Ulland Brothers was the low bidder on the contract to reconstruct a 1.4-mile portion of County Road 8 (Devil Track Road). The company’s bid included a proposal to crush gravel on the old airstrip beside Devil’s Track Lake this summer.
Planning & Zoning Department sent out 43 letters of notification and heard back from six sets of neighbors who expressed opposition to the potential noise and dust.
Some residents said the gravel crushing project seems like insult added to injury after KGM Contractors was unable to finish its project last summer because of scheduling changes related to the state government shutdown. Motorists say the sharp gravel laid down in the meantime led to a lot of tires popping on the road.
LaVigne said she understood that both she and Ulland Brothers had the same goal—to meet customer needs and make money. “I am absolutely for progress,” she said. She indicated that crushing near her
business at the height of the summer season as proposed, however, could really cut into her business. “It would impede my business in every way,” she said. “This is the time when I make 80 percent of my income.” She said she couldn’t take a reservation for that time period and allow people to think they would be coming for a quiet,