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Cook County Higher Education is currently accepting applications for the Wes Hedstrom Scholarship Fund, which was created in honor of longtime resident Wes Hedstrom for Cook County residents who are enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree program.
Financial awards are determined by the Cook County Higher Education Scholarship Committee and awarded until funds are exhausted. The scholarship deadline for summer and fall semester courses is May 15.
For more information and to pick up an application contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or stop by the office at 300 W. 3rd St. in Grand Marais. Applications are also available online at www.northshorecampus.org.
Conifers around Cook County are looking stressed. Year-long drought conditions are the probable cause. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with U of M Extension Director Diane Booth about dying trees and what landowners should and should not do about it.
After Tuesday's interview, Booth sent on some additional information.
"I just heard back from Mike Albers, DNR Forest Specialist, who forwarded some e-mails to me from the Canadians who are seeing similar trees...stressed trees going into winter with inadequate moisture.
"They feel another condition affecting the trees would be the March warm-up to 70 degrees where trees started to transpire, were not able to get water to their needles from their root systems because the ground was still frozen, so as a result needles became desiccated. As long as the new buds on the trees are healthy and remain healthy, the trees will probably recover with adequate rainfall. This is the ‘winter burn’ on some of the trees."
Following a closed session at the end of the Grand Marais City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 25 the council voted to enter into a purchase agreement with Matt Geretschlaeger for approximately 20 acres of city-owned land on the Gunflint Trail near the water tower. Geretschlaeger, who plans to build a zip line on the property this summer, agreed to the $75,000 asking price and asked that the purchase process be expedited. To do so, the council reconvened April 30 to finalize the deal, which was done with a unanimous vote (Councilor Jan Sivertson was absent).
The purchase price was established through an appraisal by Ramsland & Vigen Inc. of Duluth.
According to information presented by Geretschlaeger, the “Sawtooth Mountain Indurance Course” will be built by Geronimo Construction of Biwabik and will include a 2,500-square-foot lodge, a 1,000-foot driveway, two access trails, one launch deck platform and two 35-foot towers. The deck will be visible from town as it is located in a natural clearing, but the towers will not. The lodge building will be visible from the Gunflint Trail. The course will not be illuminated.
Geretschlaeger has said the operation will be open about 100 days per year and create 23 new jobs.
Seven new digital signs have been installed along the Interstate 35 corridor between Hinckley and Duluth. The signs display estimated travel times between several locations.
The signs display real–time travel information and will be used until the end of the 2012 construction season.
“The purpose of this project is to inform the traveling public of the travel times through three major reconstruction projects on I-35 this summer,” said Dave Mavec, project engineer.
Mavec said the intent is to reduce driver frustration by displaying the actual driving time it takes to drive through the corridor.
Highway 23 travel times are displayed to encourage Highway 23 as an alternate route.
Welcome to Shelby Gonzalez who has been named the new Cook
County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) marketing manager.
In collaboration with director Sally Nankivell and the CCVB’s
marketing and PR team at Marketing that Matters, Gonzalez will be
responsible for managing, carrying out and measuring the CCVB’s
marketing and PR efforts.
Before joining the CCVB, Gonzalez managed editorial planning and
production at Grand Marais-based Northern Wilds Media. She lived in
Duluth but traveled to Grand Marais often. She also worked as a
freelance writer specializing in Minnesota travel and outdoor
adventure. She has also worked in communications management roles at
two California-based nonprofit organizations and as a rock climbing
instructor for the University of Minnesota, Duluth’s Vertical
“We are delighted that Shelby has joined our team,” said Nankivell.
“She joins us at a very exciting time in the growth of the Cook
County Visitors Bureau, and I am confident that she will be an
excellent addition to our team and an engaged member of our
Gonzalez grew up in Minneapolis, the oldest of six children. She got
to know Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail as a teenager through
summers at YMCA Camp Menogyn. She studied at the University of
Minnesota, Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. She designed her own major
in outdoor communications.
In June 2009, about 50 Cook County outdoor enthusiasts rode their all-
terrain vehicles (ATVs) into the Guinness Book of World Records. The
folks on the four-wheelers were part of the All-Terrain Vehicle
Association of Minnesota (ATVAM)’s successful attempt to break a
Guinness World Record for the World's Longest ATV Parade. Those 50
people were part of a record-breaking parade of 1,632 ATVs in the city
of Silver Bay.
The title was short-lived, however. In the fall of 2010, the state of
Utah broke the Minnesota record with 1,870 ATVs. So ATVAM plans to
take back the world record and northland ATVers are once again invited
to take part. ATVAM hopes to have more than 2,000 ATVs in the parade.
There will also be fun riding opportunities on the fabulous Silver Bay
Moose Walk ATV trail system and other ATV-related activities. Sponsors
of the ATV Parade will be hosting booths on-site for participants to
see new products. Parade organizers will also be holding a contest for
the most creatively decorated ATV. After the parade concludes Zup’s
Foods will be hosting a buffet at the Silver Bay Union Hall.
Registration and the staging area for the parade will be one half mile
north of Outer Drive and Highway 61 in the field in front of AmericInn
Motel. There will be signs showing participants where to go. There
will be ample parking on the streets and surrounding areas. The parade
route will be a designated ATV trail for the day, so children can ride
in the parade as long they meet all MN safety requirements. Side-by-
side ATV's and three-wheelers are welcome to come, but will not be