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Cold and wet will change to cool and sunny

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:43am

The cold, wet weather should slowly morph into cool and sunny as the week progresses. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Mike Stewart.


County board approves summer maintenance and calcium chloride

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:56pm

At the last meeting in April, the county board approved summer maintenance contracts for special service districts. Contracts were awarded to the following low bidders: Mike Rose Excavating for Evergreen Road; LaBoda Grading, Inc. for Voyageur’s Point and Mile-O-Pine; Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. for Rosebush Hill and West Rosebush Lane.

In another transportation related matter, Highway Engineer David Betts was given authorization to solicit bids for approximately 144,000 gallons of 38 percent calcium chloride solution liquid. Calcium chloride is used to keep the dust down on gravel roads. 


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Citizens sought for state Environmental Justice Advisory Group

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:47pm

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner John Linc Stine has announced his plan to form an Environmental Justice Advisory Group to study matters related to environmental justice. The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work and will consist of up to 12 members serving two-year terms.

“It's far too easy to talk about remedying the disproportionate impacts of past pollution and preventing future harms,” said Stine. “We must put our words into action, and this advisory group is one of many steps we’re taking to fully integrate environmental justice into our programs." 

MPCA’s Environmental Justice Framework, released in December 2015, outlines goals and strategies to ensure that all Minnesotans benefit equally from environmental protection. Forming the Environmental Justice Advisory Group is one step intended to increase engagement between the public and the agency.

MPCA will be hosting two information sessions in the Twin Cities metro area to provide more background on the group’s scope, function, and goals before the May 16 application deadline. The Environmental Justice Advisory Group charter and application materials can be found on MPCA’s website. Contact Environmental Justice Coordinator Ned Brooks at or call 651-757-2557 with any questions.


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County board approves permit for Le Grand du Nord

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:19pm

County Highway Engineer David Betts came before the county board on April 12 with a special event permit application for the 2016 Le Grand du Nord to be held May 28.

“This event will consist of two separate [bicycle] races, a 100-mile route and a 50-mile route,” said Betts.

Because the routes use county roads, Betts’ staff and the Sheriff’s Office staff will make sure intersections are monitored to help with safety.

Both races start on Broadway Avenue in downtown Grand Marais. The event coordinator, Jeremy Kershaw of Heck of the North Productions LLC, in Duluth, requested use of Croftville Road, Lindskog Road, North Road, Arrowhead Trail, Gunflint Trail, Devil Track Road, and County Roads 6, 7 and 48. The race will finish at the Cook County Community YMCA.

Betts said an estimated 200 riders are anticipated. When questions arose about event safety, Betts said Kershaw had run other biking events in St. Louis and Lake counties with success.


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Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission selects scholarship winners

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:15pm

After carefully reading the four high school senior essays submitted to the Grand Marais PUC essay contest on April 6, the three Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission (PUC) board members, Karl Hansen, Tim Kennedy and George Wilkes, agreed that Bethany Derscheid’s essay was the best.

Derscheid will receive $500 for her well-crafted piece that explained why the Grand Marais PUC’s service to the public is important to people’s lives. As the winner of the local contest Derscheid will move on to compete in the regional contest.

Lily Gruber-Schulz placed second and will be awarded $300 while  Madison Roy placed third and will receive $200.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 23

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 10:47am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. The Interior Secretary warns about development near the wilderness. County Board members get information disclosure request and wolves are in trouble on Isle Royale…all this and more in the week’s news.