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Ellie the Elephant and the Silly Shades Brigade, which had to be rescheduled because of a snow storm earlier this month, will be appearing at the Grand Marais Public Library on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Presented by the Duluth Playhouse, this is an original adaptation of the elephant and the blind men fable. This program is geared toward pre-school age through grade 3 but of course everyone is welcome!
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A mining company has applied for an exploratory license to begin the process of opening an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite submitted the application on Thursday.
DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director Ann Coakley says a decision on granting the application will be made within 10 business days as required by the new law passed by the Legislature in March.
If Gogebic obtains a state permit it still must receive federal approval for the mine since it would affect federal wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that permit process could take up to four years.
Supporters of the mine say it will create jobs while opponents say it will harm the environment.
Tower replacement, zipline development, bond refunding and a proclamation for National Nursing Home Week WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais mayor Larry Carlson.
With warmer weather comes more bike riding and also work on the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail, which has been slowly making its way up the North Shore. On April 24, the county board approved a contract with the Arrowhead Regional Development Council (ARDC) to develop strategies for completion of the trail at a cost of $10,000.
Development of the trail began in the mid-1990s, and a plan to guide its development was adopted in 1999. About 25 miles have been constructed. The longest section is from Gooseberry Falls State Park to Beaver Bay, a stretch of 14.6 miles.
Cook County will provide 1/3 of a $5,000 match ($1,667) for a grant of $5,000 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Lake County and the Gitchi Gami Trail Association will provide the rest of the match.
A stretch of trail west of the Lutsen Ski Hill Road will be completed this summer.
The trail will eventually be 86 miles long and will extend from Two Harbors to Grand Marais. According to Todd Campbell of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the trail will be completed from Two Harbors to the Lutsen Ski Hill Road by the end of the summer.
For more than two decades, readers of Lake Superior Magazine have shared their favorite spots, sights, restaurants, lodgings and recreation for the Best of the Lake awards.
Nominations for local favorites should be sent to www.LakeSuperior.com/vote13 or by using the pull-out ballot in the April/May issue of the magazine, on newsstands now.
“We know how much our past winners have taken pride in earning their
Best of the Lake award,” says Editor Konnie LeMay. “We’re anxiously waiting to see who and what our winners are for this year.”
Many categories are new, including great outdoors entries like Best Shoreline, Best Strolling Beach, Best Place for a Day Outside and Best On-the-Water Experience. There are also categories for places to eat, to stay overnight and to shop for gifts and smoked fish. Winners will be announced in the August/September issue of Lake Superior Magazine. Each winner receives an award certificate and a special badge for the web.
Ballots for the Best of the Lake 2013 will be accepted through June 1.
Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is now accepting rain garden applications from private and public landowners in the Lake Superior Basin in Cook County. With the help of Clean Water Land & Legacy Funds, Cook County SWCD has financial and technical assistance available to assist interested landowners in constructing a rain garden on their property.
For rain garden information and an application form, see www.cookswcd.org or contact the Cook County SWCD office at (218) 387-3649. Applications are due by 4 p.m. May 24.