2019-11-09 E-Edition

Grand Marais elm trees come down

Jinsey Smith and her mother, Mary Hane, were figuring out how many clothes to wear. It was 6:30 a.m., and their protest signs were ready, now they had to make sure they could endure a day that started out colder than Hitler’s heart. They were dressing at Jim Hane’s house in downtown Grand Marais. He cautioned his daughter and granddaughter […]

Spooky power outage occurs on Halloween night

Ghosts or goblins, witches or werewolves, zombies or mummies, something mysterious caused the power outage that affected much of Cook County and Lake County on Halloween night. In the wincing cold pinched witching hour, around 8 p.m., lights quivered, flickered, and “poof ” disappeared into the frothy frigid night like a frightened wraith chased by hordes of hades howling hounds. […]

Grand Marais Park Board sets 2020 Rec Park rates

Campers, RV owners and marina users will all see an increase of three percent in fees at the Grand Marais recreation park next year. The Grand Marais Park Board met Tuesday, November 4, at city hall. The main topic of discussion centered on setting new rates for 2020. Parks and Recreation Director Dave Tersteeg presented several rate options for the […]

Hamilton sisters’ first affordable house finished

Low-income housing, or affordable housing if you like, is a need that has been discussed for more than 20 years by groups like the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA. The subject has been brought up at school board meetings, hospital board meetings, Grand Marais city council meetings, etc. with a lot of hand wringing but no solutions. Can’t be done. The […]

As we drift from truth …

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975), considered one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century, was best known for her writings regarding the nature of power and evil, politics (which can be one and the same), and totalitarianism. Arendt spoke about extraordinary cases in which an entire society is being lied to consistently … unrelenting assertions of false or misleading […]

Even when you die you leave a carbon footprint

No one much talks about the earth’s human population having doubled since 1975…4 billion to nearly 8 billion. Population drives everything… consumption of goods, manufacturing, mining, oil extraction, housing, energy use, deforestation, agriculture, loss of habitat and on and on. The population is predicted to grow another 4 billion by 2050. No matter how environmentally conscious you may be, every […]

Trespasser makes threats

I’m done with trespassers assuming that walking through my yard is entitled! I like to share the paths through the vacated street that is my property. But, I will not have my dog or girlfriend threatened by someone who claims to be the mayor’s friend! And threatens to call the police. I would welcome getting his identity. What coward would […]

Chastity belts, anyone?

The MN Supreme Court determined in 1995 that a woman has the right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy or seek an abortion without political influence of her decision. In 2003 some laws were introduced which created cumbersome restrictions under the pretense of making improvements. One law requires that specific misleading statements be presented before an abortion, the so-called […]

Do you know about fiscal disparity?

Do we know enough about our property tax statement? Have you asked what we can do about special taxing districts or hospital tax line and school tax line and what is fiscal disparity? Some of these appear on every tax statement and some are very specialized. All of them make up the bottom line which is what we are told […]