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Sugarloaf Cove offers March 14 presentation on Mercury Measurement in Birds of Prey

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:48am

There is relatively little known about mercury levels in wild birds of prey, and there will be an opportunity to learn more at this weekend’s presentation at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Ted Keyel of UMD on North Shore Morning.

(Photo by Keith Carver on Flickr) 



Birds of Prey and Mercury
Saturday, March 14 at 10 am
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Mercury levels vary across species and within species. While mercury levels are widely studied in birds, there is relatively little known about mercury levels in wild birds of prey. UMD graduate student, Ted Keyel, will describe his work collecting and analyzing breast feathers for mercury content from raptors banded at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. The goal of this study is to create a baseline data set of mercury levels in raptors.


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Local dairy farmer heading to court

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:45pm

Cook County residents and North Shore visitors have been making the drive to the Berglund farm in the Maple Hill area of Grand Marais for decades to purchase locally produced eggs and dairy products. Many were unaware that for the last two years, Lake View Natural Dairy has been quietly waging a bureaucratic battle that has led to potential contempt of court charges for David Berglund because he has refused to submit to a state order for inspection of his dairy operations.

Court documents show that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) took the matter to the Sixth Judicial District Court after “repeated attempts” to inspect the dairy, beginning in Feb. 2013.

The MDA sites Minnesota Stat. 32.103 and states that the inspection is necessary to determine if Lake View Natural Dairy is in compliance with Minnesota food laws and rules concerning production of food for human consumption

In the complaint filed in Cook County court, MDA stated that “before Mr. Berglund refused an inspection, MDA Inspectors observed a retail store on the premises that offered eggs, cookies, whole milk, chocolate milk, skim milk, colostrum, cream, yogurt and buttermilk for sale.”

Of special concern to the MDA is the fact that the Lake View Natural Dairy manufactures and sells unpasteurized dairy products, which according to court documents, are prohibited by Minnesota and federal law or are subject to various restrictions.

Because David Berglund continued to refuse access for MDA, the agency is seeking a finding of civil contempt, which could mean fines of up to $500 a day. MDA is also asking that Berglund be ordered to pay MDA’s costs related to the case.

Grand Marais chosen as "Coolest Small Town In America"

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 5:29pm

Grand Marais has been chosen the “Coolest Small Town in America” and there will be a “Toast the Town” party Friday evening, March 6. WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Kjersti Vick and Linda Kratt of Visit Cook County on North Shore Morning. 

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North Shore Care Center 50th anniversary Open House on March 8

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:03pm

2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the North Shore Care Center with special events planned for employees, volunteers, and community partners.

The Care Center was funded in 1962 and was completed in 1964 making this event a special addition to the North Shore Hospital, which opened in 1958.

On March 8, the Care Center will be celebrated with an Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Care Center Community Room.  This celebration honors all those who have helped to promote quality health care in Cook County since 1958: physicians, nurses, technicians, health care workers, employees, board members, volunteers and the public.  We hope you come and help celebrate 50 years of quality health care in Cook


While at the celebration, you can also view plans for the renovation and improvements to the Care Center.


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Cook County Ridge Riders Trout Derby is March 8 on Gunflint Lake

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:08pm

One of the premiere winter events is taking place on Sunday, March 8. The Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club is holding it annual Trout Derby on Gunflint Lake. Registration is from 9 – 11 a.m. The cost is $10 for snowmobile club members; $20 for non-members. All fish must be brought in by 2 p.m. First prize is $500 cash!

There is a raffle with some great prizes and a cook-out with fishburgers, hotdogs, brats, burgers and all the fixings and lots of fun.  

The event is sponsored by Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. and it is a fundraiser that helps the snowmobile club in it efforts to maintain trails and grooming equipment.

Fish on!


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"Dog Days of Winter" on March 8 features dog sled and skijor races

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:07pm

Although the Mush for a Cure sled dog fun run and all the activities surrounding it has been cancelled for 2015, the Gunflint Trail community still wants a celebration that weekend. The community is coming together to offer “Dog Days of Winter” on Sunday, March 8. The event will take place on Poplar Lake at Trail Center. There will be 4, 6 and 8-dog sled dog races, a 2-mile and 5-mile skijor race, a snowman building competition and more. For more information, visit “Dog Days of Winter” on facebook or contact Trail Center Lodge at 218-388-2214.

Get out and enjoy winter while it lasts!


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