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New year begins for School District 166

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 12:47pm

The two new members of the ISD 166 school board—Ed Bolstad and Sissy Lunde—settled smoothly into their new roles at the first meeting of the New Year, the board’s organizational meeting on January 10.  Jeanne Anderson was elected board chair, Mary Sanders, board clerk, and Sissy Lunde, board treasurer. 
The board chose to continue meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m., with an informal community discussion time 15 minutes before each meeting.
Compensation for the board was set once again at $2,100 a year, with an extra $500 for the chair and $35 per meeting for board members on the union negotiating team.
The board briefly touched on several topics—administrative restructuring, class sizes in early grades, the budget, the four-day school schedule and more, and they kept deferring discussion until a special session on Jan. 24.
The board will meet that day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the upstairs of the Harbor House Grille. This is an open meeting.

Lonnie Dupre reaches 11,200 feet on Denali

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 5:47am

Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre had a good day on Thursday in his solo attempt to scale Denali in winter.

The day began at top of Kahiltna just below 10,000 feet. Dupre reported a picture perfect day while it was snowing down here in Homer, Alaska where the support team is currently located.

His website reports that the weather was indeed very favorable for traveling. The temperature was  -15F and the wind at about 10mph out of west. He reports it was the day he’s been waiting for.

Dupre broke camp at 9:30am with plans to spend the night in a camp at 11,200 feet. He reported it was a hard slog but by 4:40 PM he had arrived and made camp. 

Dupre's adventure may be followed at .


North Shore Storm improve record to 10-6 win win over Ashland.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 5:34am

The North Shore Storm defeated Ashland 6-1 Thursday night in a match at Two Harbors.

North Shore scored once in the first period, twice in the second and three in the third on their way to the win. Ashland got its lone goal in the third.

Brad Rowlee led the Storm with two goals. Scoring one each were Austyn Wasko, Tyler Schramm, Cook County's Thomas Anderson and Luke Small.

The Storm includes skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The team hosts Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin in Two Harbors Saturday night.

Flu shots available Friday from 1 to 4 PM at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 6:45pm

Flu shots are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

Teresa Borak RN of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic reported Thursday afternoon that the clinic has Flu vaccine available for children ages 6 months to 35 months, and, age 4 years and older.

The Clinic will have extra staff available from 1 to 4 PM, Friday to give injections, but people can come in anytime.

"It would be beneficial if you could come during that time, but we will NOT turn anyone away," she said,. "It is not too late to get your Flu shot,"

More information is available from the Clinic at 387-2330.




City considers construction noise at high school

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:24am

Mayor Larry Carlson reported that he has received a complaint about the blasting being done at the construction site at the high school. He said the caller didn’t like it that the blasting was being done until 8 p.m. Administrator Mike Roth said there is no ordinance prohibiting or restricting the hours of such activity, and the construction crews are doing the blasting between 4 and 8 p.m. so as not to disturb the students while school is in session.
“You would be hard-pressed to do something before it [blasting] is completed,” Roth said when asked about the possibility of drafting and enacting an ordinance before the construction is done. Councilors agreed that such action is not necessary. The blasting is being done to make way for the new YMCA swimming pool.

Birch Grove hosts boot hockey tournament

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:23am

Things are heating up on the ice at Birch Grove Community Center. Four teams are signed up for the third annual Birch Grove Boot Hockey Tournaments, to be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:45 and Sat. Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.
If you’d like to join the fun, contact Birch Grove Foundation Director Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Foundation by e-mail at  or call (218) 663-7977 (Wednesdays) for complete registration and signup information. 
The cost to participate is $20 for both dates; $15 for one date per team.
Teams need 5-6 players ages 12+ to participate in a 25-minute game.  Co-ed and mixed age level teams are welcome!  Each participating team will receive a large pizza sponsored by Grand Marais State Bank and Sven and Ole’s Pizza.
Not interested in playing?  Come watch the action and warm up by the bonfire.  Pizza will be available for sale.