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On February 6, 2012, Minnesota Power (MP) filed a study with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that explores future energy needs along with the potential impact of bringing three of Minnesota Power’s coal-fired plants into compliance with pending EPA regulations.
The study, called a Baseload Diversification Study, was ordered by the Minnesota PUC and required Minnesota Power to examine various scenarios including retrofitting the facilities to bring them into compliance with future regulations or shutting plants down completely.
In February 2012, Minnesota Power Regional Development Director Nancy Aronson Norr told the Cook County News-Herald, “We are being asked to look at the potential of closing Taconite Harbor.”
Fresh Energy, an environmental non-profit group, is hosting a free public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. April 11 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics.
According to Fresh Energy, this forum will provide information about Minnesota Power’s report on the future of their oldest coal plants, and panelists will discuss plans for diversifying electricity supply to clean, efficient sources of energy that will create and sustain good paying jobs in northeastern Minnesota.
Speakers include Al Rudeck, vice president of strategy and planning, Minnesota Power; J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director, Fresh Energy; and Jill Doberstein, program manager, American Lung Association of Minnesota. The League of Women Voters of Duluth will moderate the panel discussion and question-and-answer period.
For more information, contact J. Drake Hamilton at Hamilton@fresh-energy.org.
Interested in the planning for a new Cook County community center? The Community Center Steering Committee is holding a Community Input Session tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April 10 in the Community Ed gym (the old gym) from 5 - 7 p.m.
Steering committee members and consultants have been discussing the possible attachment of the community center to the west end of I.S.D. #166 school, along with the feasibility of program and operational management through the YMCA organization, and are soliciting public input. Steering committee members encourage everyone to attend and ask questions.
School Board Member Jeanne Anderson was the only school representative at the last steering committee meeting and she said the issue of whether or not to support attaching the community center to the school had not been decided. She said it would be discussed at a school board work session at 4 p.m. on April 11 in the Jane Mianowski Conference Center at I.S.D. 166.
Anderson said the school board didn’t know yet what the costs would be to repair the community education gym floor, replace ceiling tiles, and make other repairs. She said it is hoped that School Maintenance Director Mike Groth would have that information at an April 11 school board work session.
However, Anderson added, “The reality is, we are going to be spending money no matter what. I see this as a great opportunity, but we do need some solid numbers to make that decision.”
Holiday greetings from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald --- may you have a wonderful spring day with friends and family!
Grand Marais city councilors have set April 11 as the day on
which a public hearing will be held to consider an annexation request
which, if approved, may pave the way for construction of a zip line at
the city’s west entrance.
The site in question is a 5-acre parcel at 1800 W. Highway 61 (near
the Grand Marais Inn, formerly Tomteboda) which is currently zoned
R-1. To accommodate the zip line, the owners are asking that the zone
district be changed to R/C (Recreation-Commercial). And because the
parcel lies outside of the city limits, it would have to be annexed in
order for the city to change the zoning.
City Administrator Mike Roth explained at council’s Feb. 29 meeting
that a public hearing regarding the annexation has to be held after
all adjacent owners and the county have been given 30 days notice.
Council then has to vote approval of the proposed annexation and
notify the state, which must grant final approval.
It was decided that council’s April 11 meeting was the soonest the
public hearing could be scheduled without holding a special meeting.
City Attorney Chris Hood said he saw no complications or problems with
gaining approval from the state once the city has said okay, as the
annexation petition is a relatively simple and straightforward one.
Past efforts at annexation in Grand Marais have been bogged down in
the legal process, and took extended periods of time to complete –
that should not be the case here, Hood said.
Upon completion of the annexation and rezoning, HRH Highway 61 and
Matt Geretschlaeger are proposing to construct two 1,000-foot-long
Living in Minnesota prepares us for spring being a gradually occurring phenomenon. Sometimes it’s only a couple of weeks of spring before summer. Is the clock ahead or behind this year?
Join us to take a look at what's happening this year and explore how
this year stands in the annals of years past during a special program
at 10 a.m. April 14 at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center. Be prepared to
walk the trail!
This program is free and open to the public.
The center is located lakeside off Highway 61 at mile 73.3.
Have you heard about the Art Colony's new artist-in-residence?
Hazel Belvo is the first artist, April 9-22, during which time she
will work on a major body of large-scale work, give three public
lectures on visual literacy and art critiquing, and open the studio
daily for people to drop in and watch the artistic process unfold.
Daily open houses are planned from 5 to 6 p.m.
Belvo will be at the Art Colony for a 7 p.m. lecture The Language:
Visual Content and Meaning on April 9; The Process: Techniques on
April 16; and The Critique: Community Response on April 20.
Belvo is an artist, master teacher and mentor. Belvo’s impact on the
art world is far-reaching, having exhibited nationally and
internationally, her work is in many permanent collections including
the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Bezalel Museum, the Dewitt
Wallace Collection and General Mills. Belvo is a professor emeritus
from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Belvo, a longtime
advocate for the arts, is a founding member of both the Women’s Art
Resources of Minnesota (WARM) and the Grand Marais Art Colony. This
year celebrates her 30th year teaching at the Art Colony.
Call the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 for more information.