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Great Lakes region pins economic hopes on water

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 8:38am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Business and government leaders in the Great Lakes region are pinning hopes for a return to prosperity on a precious resource: fresh water.

They're encouraging the development of a so-called "blue economy" — a network of industries that make products and provide services related to water, from pump and valve manufacturers to resorts offering lakefront vacations.
It's happening as growing water scarcity casts a shadow over the economic boom in Sun Belt states.

They've benefited for decades from an exodus of people and jobs from the Upper Midwest as its industrial core faded.
In Milwaukee, an organization called The Water Council is opening a refurbished building this summer that will bring together scientists and entrepreneurs to develop water-related businesses.

“Dog Whisperer” training in Cook County

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:33pm

Delayne Duhaime of Grand Portage is a great fan of the National Geographic Channel television show Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. So much so, that she is considering pursuing a career as a dog behaviorist. Working toward that goal, Duhaime contacted Millan, who referred her to one of his colleagues, Jeff Morgan. Morgan is coming to Cook County to offer Duhaime some training. She is excited about his visit and she is offering others the opportunity to also learn more.
According to their website, Jeff and Yael Morgan are the owners and directors of Howlywood Dog Behavioral and Vacation Center in Ra’anana, Israel, which they opened in 2006. They’ve treated and rehabilitated some dogs considered to be “worst-case.”
They have also helped countless others overcome the most common behavioral problems that so many dog owners suffer from today. Jeff and Yael are considered to be among Israel’s most elite canine behavior experts. They relocated to Newtown, Connecticut in 2013.
The Morgans work with animals using much the same “calm-assertive energy” philosophy as Cesar Millan.
The Morgans coined the term “Conscious Dog Training.”
Their theories can be found in the book they authored Happy Dog 101: 101+1 Tips for Raising a Happy Dog, which comes highly recommended by Cheri Lucas, a renowned dog behaviorist at the Second Chance Love Humane Society, a no-kill shelter that has found homes for 3,000 dogs.
Of the book, Lucas wrote, “No one, and I mean no one, leaves my office without a copy of Jeff and Yael Morgan’s comprehensive guide to raising a dog or puppy.  Happy Dog 101 addresses every principle of dog behavior in a concise, clear way that resonates with both adults and children.”

Neighbors object to temporary asphalt production near County Road 6

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:32pm

At the public comment period during the May 21, 2013 county board meeting, two residents who live near the Bautch gravel pit on Meridian Road just off County Road 6 (also known as the Monker Lake pit) tried to convince the board not to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for Northland Constructors to operate a temporary hot mix asphalt plant in the gravel pit.  The Cook County Planning Commission approved the plant on May 8 despite public protest at that meeting as well.
The plant is expected to operate for nine days, producing 29,000 tons of asphalt that will be laid down on six miles of County Road 7.  Asphalt currently on the road will be reused as well.  The project will also involve gravel washing. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a permit for the equipment.
The Cook County Office of Planning & Zoning received objections from six out of 24 property owners notified by letter of the project.  Concerns included health impacts from ozone, lead, asbestos, and particulates and dust and dangers from traffic and trucks traveling fast. 
One neighboring property owner asked the county to monitor the dust and the speed of the trucks and limit hours of operation to 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. six days a week or 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. five days a week.
The zoning ordinance requires hot mix plants to maintain a 2,600-foot buffer zone from the nearest residence.  Five property owners on three parcels within the 2,600-foot buffer signed waivers, but Planning & Zoning Administrator Bill Lane said a decision was made to maintain the buffer distance anyway.

Weekend News Roundup for May 25

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 9:18am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. One of Lake Superior’s fish may be affected by warming waters, fire restrictions remain on locally, but the drought conditions in the state have lessened. These stories and more…all in this week’s news.


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Memorial Day Service at courthouse Monday

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 9:07am

A traditional Memorial Day service will be held on the Cook County courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27. A luncheon follows at American Legion Post 413. The luncheon is free for veterans and $5 for non-veterans.

Ely inspection station to open for summer season

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 5:41am

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Ely inspection station will open for the summer tourist season Saturday.

The border station is located in the National Forest Service Complex in Ely. The station serves people arriving from Canada through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

There are no roads into or out of Canada in that remote wilderness area. All travel into and out of Canada is by non-motorized small boat, canoe, kayak or aircraft.

The Ely inspection station is a seasonal facility. It will remain open during the summer tourist season through Sept. 7. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time, seven days a week.