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Children need to feel safe and be comfortable when visiting
with a noncustodial parent or being transferred from one parent to
another. Finding an environment for that to take place is proving to
be difficult for families along the North Shore.
On April 15, 2012, Wendy Hansen of Cook County’s guardian ad litem
office requested funding from the county board for the North Shore
Visitation Center (NSVC), an initiative begun in 2008 to provide
supervised visitation and child exchanges for children of separated or
The program was started with a grant from the Northland Foundation,
but funding was not ongoing. Fifteen different families representing
23 different children have been served over the last 3½ years, and all
but two were referred by the court. Judge Michael Cuzzo has relied on
the program in family court proceedings, but it ran out of money this
spring and had to suspend services.
“Although supervised visitation is court-ordered,” said a request
for county funding from the North Shore Visitation Center, “it is,
unfortunately, an unfunded service so our community struggles to pay
for this valuable service.
“The nearest visitation center to Grand Marais is 100 miles away in
Duluth and 146 miles from Grand Portage Reservation, creating a great
need for a supervised site on the North Shore.”
A second location was established at Birch Grove Community Center in
Tofte, and last fall, Grand Portage Reservation requested the service
and offered a space to provide it. A group of professionals from Lake
Water levels in Lake Superior have been going down. There is less ice on the lake then there used to be and water temperatures are increasing at twice the rate of air temperatures. We still don't fully understand what climate change means for the Lake Superior basin, but we're starting to find out.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has lifted campfire restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Forest Service says continued precipitation over most of the Superior National Forest means the restrictions are no longer needed. Campfires will be allowed any time of the day in all areas of the Boundary Waters.
The agency has also declared a forest fire near Ely controlled. The forest fire was ignited by a fallen power line May 17. Fire equipment and hoses have been removed from the area.
In light of continued precipitation over most of the Superior National Forest, the Forest Service is lifting campfire restrictions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
As of 7:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2012, campfires will be allowed any time of day in all areas of the BWCAW.
Forest visitors are urged to be careful with campfires. Please use designated fire rings when available and make sure all fires are completely extinguished before leaving.
For updates regarding conditions on the Superior National Forest, see the Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/superior
The H.O.B.B.I.T.s (Hearth Oven Building, Bread Baking Initiative Team) are off and running with development of a proposal for local businesses and grants.
An oven building class will be held at Birch Grove Sept. 9-13 with a grand opening on Sept. 29. The class cost is $425, but we have written a grant for local scholarships which may bring the cost down to $250.
In preparation for the oven building, on May 24 there will be a brainstorming session regarding community use of the oven and related activities/classes at Birch Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Contact Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Community Center by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 663-7977, or mail at PO Box 2242 Tofte MN 55615 for a survey or more information.
The Community Center Steering Committee will meet again from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 23 at the Jane Mianowski Conference Center. The committee will be required to get the county board’s approval at each step in the process as plans are developed and the work is begun. They will also be seeking public input along the way.