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Gitchigami Express Sled Dog Race gearing up for second event--volunteers wanted

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:31am

With one organizational meeting under their belts, the committee in charge of setting up and running the 2014 Gitchigami Express Sled Dog race is excited and looking for more volunteer help and sponsors as it proceeds with the second running of what could be called an impromptu (but very successful) inaugural race.
“Last year we had 18 mushers, and this year we are limiting the field to 30,” said one of the organizers, Jack Stone of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, who added, “And it doesn’t look like we will have any trouble filling up. We have had mushers from all over, including from Alaska, inquiring about this year’s race.”
The 2014 event will be held January 4-6, and start in Grand Portage and run to somewhere mid-Gunflint Trail before teams finish either at Devil Track Lake or in Grand Marais.
“A lot of where we start and finish will be dependent upon snow conditions,” Stone said.
Underwriting the race is the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Stone said working with the band has been a blessing.
“I can’t say enough about how good Tribal Chairman Norman Deschampe and the Tribal Council have been to us,” said Stone.
Currently the committee is looking for someone to fill the volunteer race coordinator position. “That’s one or our biggest needs right now,” Stone said, adding, “but we need many more volunteers to help put this race on, so if you want to help out, please contact me at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply or contact me through our Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race Facebook page.”

DNR to auction confiscated hunting and fishing equipment in Zimmerman, MN

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:30am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public auction of its inventory of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment Sept. 28 at the Hiller Auction Barn in Zimmerman. Hiller Auction is located 2 miles east of the Highway 169 and the County Road 4 intersection in Zimmerman.
Inspection of items runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 and at 8 a.m. Saturday. The auction starts at 10 a.m.
Items for sale include firearms, bows, tree stands, fishing rods and reels, tip ups, traps, trail cameras, spotlights, ground blinds and a hand ice auger. There are more than 200 firearms and 40 bows available. Once auction begins there will not be access to the firearms.
In addition, there are 200 hunting and fishing items including deer antlers (sold in lots), an ATV, a jet ski, snowmobiles and a boat/motor/trailer combination. A complete inventory list will be posted on the Hiller Auction website at
All property will be sold “as is,” and all sales will be final. Payment may be by credit card or check to Hiller Auction. Items cannot be returned once purchased.
Hiller Auction will conduct a background check of bidders on site before releasing the gun(s). Following the approved background check, buyers can take possession of their property immediately. Buyers may bring their own cases or there will be cases available for purchase to transport firearms.
Proceeds from the auction will be deposited in the Game and Fish Fund. Revenues from the fund are dedicated to fish and wildlife management in the state. All proceeds from vehicles sold at the DNR auction as a result of a Driving While Impaired (DWI) related offense go into the DWI forfeiture account.
For more information, contact Hiller Auction at 763-856-2453 or 800-889-3458.

DNR to offer state lands at public auction

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 9:35am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have 23 parcels of land in northeastern Minnesota for sale at a public auction scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25.

The sale will include parcels in Cook, Itasca, Lake, and St. Louis counties, some of which are lakeshore lots.

The three parcels in Cook County include 4.29 acres and 600 feet of shoreline on Loon Lake, eight acres and 1,200 feet of shoreline on Devil Track Lake and 40 acres northwest of Hovland on Lost Lake Rd.

The auction starts at noon with registration at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake County Law Enforcement Center in Two Harbors.

Interested buyers are encouraged to visit the DNR’s land sale information page prior to attending the sale.

AEOA offers Business Energy Retrofit Program

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 8:02am


The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) is currently taking applications for grants through the IRRRB Business Energy Retrofit (BER) program.  (Click on link to WTIP below  to hear an interview with Barbara Ackerson of AEOA.)

These grants will cover one third of energy retrofit costs, up to a maximum of $20,000, with the other two thirds coming from utility rebates, owner match, other energy funds or low interest loans. The savings realized from these investments will allow those local business owners to retain existing jobs as well as create new economic opportunities for their business with an improved bottom line. The work provided through local contractors and materials purchased from local suppliers will also retain local jobs as well as create additional new economic opportunities.

Sign up now for the 18th annual North Shore Health Care Golf Scramble

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 10:15pm

Reserve your spot now to golf in the 18th Annual North Shore Health Care Golf Scramble on Sept. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. at Superior National at Lutsen.

This annual fundraiser has always been the North Shore Health Care Foundation’s primary source of funding for initiatives supporting the mission to “benefit health care for all who live, work, and visit in Cook County.”  

To date these grants have totaled over $500,000 and include programs such as Care Partners of Cook County and the Oral Health Task Force for children.  

Participants may register as a team or as a single golfer and we will place you in a group.  You can register online at or call Dori Betts at 370-0518 for more information.

Area juvenile to face vehicular homicide charges

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 3:29am

A Grand Marais teenager is scheduled to appear in Sixth District Court today, facing four felony and seven gross misdemeanor charges.

The charges stem from a fatal June 13 vehicle accident on the Pike Lake Road.

According to the complaint, a group of seven people under the age of 21 had first gathered to party at a Cascade River campsite, then moved to a private residence. According to witnesses, alcohol was consumed at both sites as was marijuana.

Early on the morning of June 13 the defendant, with one juvenile and one adult passenger, took a vehicle from the residence which then subsequently hit a ditch and rolled near the intersection of Pike Lake Road and County Road 44. The 15 year old passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Three of the felony charges relate to various forms of criminal vehicular homicide, the fourth is a charge of vehicular theft. At today’s hearing a motion will be filed to try the defendant as an adult.

In addition, the adult passenger, Thomas Adam Stacy, 18, is being charged with three counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person.