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The City of Grand Marais is once again sponsoring an essay
contest for high school seniors who live in or have a legal guardian
living in the PUC district. Prizes of $500, $300, and $200 will be
awarded for the first, second, and third place entries, respectively.
The first place entry will be submitted to the Minnesota Municipal
Utilities Association’s 2012 Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship Award
contest. Scholarships of $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500 will be
awarded to contest winners who plan to attend post-secondary
The essay needs to be 500 to 1,000 words, typed and double-spaced, and
address this theme: “Municipal utilities: good for all of us.”
Judges will look particularly for originality and relevance to the
writer’s own city or town.
The deadline for entries is March 30. For more specific information,
contact Utility Administrative Specialist Jan Smith at City Hall at
Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
announces an exciting opportunity for youth during the month of March.
The SWCD is hosting two conservation contests, a poster contest and an
essay contest. Both contests are centered around the theme “Forests
for People.” Each has a $25 first-place prize, $15 second-place
prize, and $10 third-place prize. The contests will be judged by the
local SWCD board. Deadline is March 30.
The poster contest is for any youth between 5th and 6th grade. Posters
should be related to a class assigned activity or an individual
experience. The poster must express the theme “Forests for People.”
The essay contest is for youth, ages 5th – 12th grade. The judging of
the essay will be divided into age groups: elementary division, 5th -
6th grade; junior division, 7th – 9th grade; and senior division, 10th
– 12th grade. For the essay, youth will need to include their own
experiences to bring that personal touch to their essay and explain
what they see in their mind’s eye to make sure we always have healthy
For additional educational material, visit the Minnesota Association
of Soil and Water Conservation District’s website at www.maswcd.org
and click on Youth Education and the National Association of
Conservation Districts website at www.nacdnet.org and click on
Stewardship & Education, then Education Resources. For more
information about the contest, contact the SWCD office at
(218)-387-3647 or on the website: www.cookswcd.org.
This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by
The Grand Marais Senior Center is once again offering local
drivers the opportunity to brush up on their skills and save money by
participating in upcoming safety classes.
Beginning Driver Safety Class will be offered Saturday, April 21 at
Birch Grove Center in Tofte. Registration fee for the eight-hour class
is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for non-members. Call (218) 663-7068
to register. Note that the next class will be in the fall.
The Driver Safety Refresher Class will be held on Thursday, March 22
from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center in Grand
Marais. AARP members will be charged $12 for participation; non-
members, $14. Call (218) 663-7068 to register.
Tentatively, there will also be a Grand Marais afternoon class and an
evening class in April. There will be a Birch Grove class in May;
Gunflint Trail in July; and Grand Portage in November. If you have any
special class requests, call Pam at the number listed previously.
If you are unable to fit a class into your schedule, you may take
AARP’s online Driver Safety course. As of this legislative session,
Minnesota statute mandates a rate discount for those who take the
online course. Fee for AARP members is $15.95; non-members, $19.95.
Minnesota drivers aged 55+ will receive a 10 percent auto insurance
discount by taking part in one of these approved eight-hour driver
safety class. Drivers maintain the discount by taking a four-hour
refresher class every three years.
Plans for a pathway leading from the sidewalk on Highway 61
into the east end of the Grand Marais Recreation Area – called the
Community Connection -- are under way. Park Manager Dave Tersteeg
reported to the park board on March 6, that he had obtained quotes
from two local contractors – Edwin E. Thoreson Inc. and Winchester
Higgins of W Labor on materials and labor in order to get some idea on
Manager Tersteeg compiled costs for several different combinations of
materials that could be used – bituminous (blacktop) or granite sand
for the main trail; concrete or metal edging for curbing; flagstone,
eco-pavers, or concrete for smaller paths and landings; and concrete
or boulders for retaining walls.
Quotes ranged from just under $19,000 to just over $44,000 depending
on materials used. Steps, a water feature, a channel for runoff, and
site grading would cost an additional $18,000 to $36,000. These
estimates are significantly lower than the costs projected by SEH, the
firm that created the initial site drawings. Not included in these
prices would be trees, shrubs, and other plantings, benches, a fire
ring, a pedestrian bridge, signs, and containers.
Costs will be kept down by utilizing staff and volunteers for some of
the work. In a separate interview, Tersteeg said park staff would do
all the planting and landscaping. “That’s what we do all day, every
day,” he said.
Tersteeg later told the News-Herald that he thinks the project might
be done in two phases: developing a ditch for storm water management
The history of the Anishinaabeg and Lake Superior is very long. Early French and English documents named the native people Ojibwe or Chippewa. But they call themselves Anishinaabe. They call Lake Superior, Gichigami. Wild Rice is manoomin, and waawaashkeshi is the deer. Names such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Manitou, Chequamegon, Keewenaw are from the Anishinaabe.
The Anishinaabe still speak their language. Wes Ballinger is one of several people making sure it will be heard for hundreds of years to come. Ballinger is working in the language, using it, teaching it, learning it, and preserving it. It’s his job, as head of the language department for the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission, at Bad River, WI.