Lake Superior News Headlines
| Ice BreaKing In Duluth Starts Tuesday - Monday, March 03, 2014|
Ice BreaKing In Duluth Starts Tuesday
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — March 3, 2014 ---- The Coast Guard is alerting residents of ice-breaking activities in the ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in preparation for the 2014 shipping season.
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Duluth, will commence ice-breaking operations in Duluth Harbor and out into Lake Superior.
The area in which the Alder crew plans to ice break included ice-covered areas commonly used by recreational users, such as Superior Front Channel, the Superior and Duluth Harbor basins and entry channels, East Gate, and the area adjacent to Minnesota Point in Lake Superior.
These ice-breaking efforts will expand and increase in frequency as the ice and requests of shipping require. This will include all navigable waters in and around the ports of Duluth and Superior, as well as the waters of Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Two Harbors in Minnesota. read more ...
|"Spring Has Sprung" Waterfront Gallery - Saturday, March 01, 2014|
"Spring Has Sprung" Waterfront Gallery
TWO HARBORS, MN ----- March 1, 2014 --- Meet these gifted local and regional artists! Watercolor, oil, and mixed media paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and other objects of art
Artist Reception on Saturday April 12, 3:00 - 5:00PM at Waterfront Gallery
The goal of the Voyageur Art Club is to reach out to the Community, encouraging them to be aware of the beauty surrounding all of us. The Voyageur Art Club awards scholarships to High School Students who are pursuing degrees in the Fine Arts. The club sponsors workshops and demonstrations with classroom teachers. All club meetings and workshops held at the Art Center in Two Harbors are open to the public.
Lavender and Lace by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens
The president of the Voyageur Art Club, Syble Penning, looks forward to sharing the group's new works at the Waterfront Gallery, "As artists we appreciate the beauty of winter and look forward to the promise of spring. We hope to inspire and bring back memories of springs' re-awakening." read more ...
| “Technical Meeting” around Thunder Bay Generating Station’s Fuel - Wednesday, February 26, 2014|
“Technical Meeting” around Thunder Bay Generating Station’s Fuel
February 26, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – Members of NOMA’s Board of Directors met with Premier Wynne and provincial Minister’s at the Ontario Good Roads Conference on Tuesday. As a result of that meeting, Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli committed to convene a technical meeting between the Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force and officials from Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay, for the two groups to share information regarding the appropriateness of the Thunder Bay Generation Station’s advanced biomass fuel supply and the Government’s insistence that 15,000 tonnes per year is sufficient to meet the needs of the region.
Energy Task Force Co-Chair and NOMA Vice President Iain Angus, Thunder Bay, told the Minister that they welcomed the technical meeting and reminded the Minister that the last time such a meeting was held, “the Energy Task Force won that brawl!”
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|TBCC Outdoor's Show Photo Contest - Tuesday, February 25, 2014|TBCC Outdoor's Show Photo Contest
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 25, 2014 --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce held their Outdoor show this past weekend. Carlee Hakenson, Show Assistant reports that:
- there were 222 entries for the photo contest
- Very big success – very very positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors
- Attendance Over, 15,000 – up over previous year
- attend Over, 15,000 – up over previous year
- Over 6,000 in attendance prizes
- Sponsors of the Photo Contest Primary Foto Source & The Power Centre
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|EcoSuperior Call For Artists in Painted Rain Barrel Art Project - Sunday, February 23, 2014|EcoSuperior Call For Artists in Painted Rain Barrel Art Project
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 23, 2014 --- One of the year’s most unique art events is returning this spring and EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay, is looking for more artists to participate. The Painted Rain Barrel Art Project is an opportunity to showcase local talent on a unique canvas, and several cash prizes will be awarded.
Artists, both amateur and professional, as well as community groups, businesses and schools are invited to submit an application for their rain barrel design before the end of February. Up to 30 artists will be selected to creatively paint a rain barrel supplied by EcoSuperior. The finished rain barrels will be sold in a silent auction sponsored by Landale Gardens during the Home & Garden Show April 4 - 6.
“The barrels we use for this event are re-purposed olive and pickle shipping barrels, fitted with a spigot, overflow hose and screened lid insert,” says EcoSuperior Executive Director Ellen Mortfield. “So they are already re-used, and now we are giving them yet another life as an art object.” .....>
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|TBCC ONTARIO’S RING Jobs, Economic Activity - Sunday, February 23, 2014|TBCC ONTARIO’S RING Jobs, Economic Activity
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 23, 2014 ---- - A new report from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce reveals that Ontario’s Ring of Fire, the mineral resource-rich region in the James Bay Lowlands, will generate up to $9.4billion in new economic activity over the first 10 years of operation and sustain 5,500 jobs annually.
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a luncheon and panel discussion on the report findings on
Wednesday, February 26. Full details and registration are available at www.tbchamber.ca/rof/
According to the study, Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire, the mining
development could generate more than $25 billion across numerous sectors in Ontario by 2047, including $2.7 billion in
revenues for the financial services sector and $1.2 billion for the wholesale and retail trade sectors.
“Our study makes it clear that the short-and long-term economic impacts of the Ring of Fire extend far beyond mining,” says Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “It’s time to broaden the Ring of Fire conversation to include all of Ontario, not just the Far North.”
“We must work to ensure that the resources in the Ring of Fire are fully utilized to create jobs and economic growth in Thunder Bay and across the Northwest,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.
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| Homer Simpson "You Don't Win Friends With Salad!" - Saturday, February 22, 2014|
Homer Simpson "You Don't Win Friends With Salad!"
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 22, 2014 ----Ontario's Healthy Menu Program is a Disaster for School Cafeterias When Dalton McGuinty first announced the program to remove deep-fried foods and meals high in fat, sugar, and sodium from high school cafeterias, it was treated like a silver bullet to address growing obesity levels.
Of course, the government did not consider the simple fact that high school students have a choice. They are not forced to stay on campus to eat. When cafeterias stopped serving the kinds of foods teenagers like to eat, those teenagers simply got in their cars, on their bikes or walked to the places that did serve their favourite foods.
Is it really that surprising that students prefer inexpensive fast-food meals like a burger and fries, instead of overpriced and smaller portioned salads from government-approved cafeteria menus? Like Homer Simpson taught his daughter Lisa, “You don’t win friends with salad!” And the government’s healthy menus program is certainly not winning any friends in Ontario’s high schools.
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|Experience the great outdoors….indoors - Wednesday, February 19, 2014|Experience the great outdoors….indoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 10 , 2014 ---- Visit the Sportsdome this weekend as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce,
Performance KIA and Half-Way Motors Nissan present the 10th annual Central Canada
Outdoor Show. See over 100 local and regional exhibitors and interactive displays. This year
there are expanded cottage and conservation sections as well as the ever popular camping,
boating, fishing, hunting everything to do with outdoors recreation and lifestyle.
There are a variety of children’s activities, many which are educational yet fun.
They can learn about green living, safety and get fishing lessons from popular outdoorsman
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|"The Ladies Man" Cambrian Players - Wednesday, February 19, 2014|"The Ladies Man" Cambrian Players
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 19, 2014 --- Cambrian Players, Thunder Bay, is gearing up to take to the stage this week with a play called “The Ladies Man” written by Charles Morey, freely translated and adapted from Tailleur pour dames by Georges Feydeau. The Ladies Man comes from the same production team lead by Director Lawrence Badanai that brought last year’s successful farce Lend Me A Tenor to the Cambrian stage.
Two of the lovers in The Ladies Man are played by local actors Jessica Krasnichuk and John Welyki and we asked them why farce? Jessica Krasnichuk says “theatre for a lot of people is a sort of release from their everyday lives. Farce takes some very realistic situations and elevates them to a hilarious absurdity. Farce can seem very surface, but if you were to look closer it can deal with some very deep issues in a very fast paced and modern world.” “It’s about embracing the absurd” explained John Welyki, “plus I get to work both with those I have before and enjoyed immensely plus some new faces which I had only previously been able to admire from afar” he said. “Definitely the people” agreed Jessica, “You gain so much knowledge about your own performance and learn new things by just working with other people.” read more ......> read more ...
|Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams - Monday, February 17, 2014|
Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams
Thunder Bay, ON ------- February 17, 2014 – --- Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams, an inspirational documentary about the challenges faced by individuals and their families living with physical disabilities in remote northern communities, will be screened on Tuesday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m. Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario, will present this free, public event in the Student Commons Area by SUCCI in the Shuniah building, 1450 Nakina Drive.
In attendance will be Maggie Sofea whose story is being told (with the expertise of Jim Hyder who directed Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams). Ms. Sofea is also featured in the documentary and acts as a collaborating director and co-writer.
This documentary tells the remarkable story of Maggie Sofea, a 23 year-old Anishinaabe (Aboriginal) woman who has used a wheelchair for the past 12 years as a result of a swimming injury. This injury occurred during her family’s annual camping trip outside Nibinamik (Summer Beaver), Ontario. Unable to live in her community (reserve) after her accident, Maggie has adapted to urban life in Thunder Bay, ON. The documentary follows Maggie's dramatic and challenging journey back home to Nibinamik, to the scene of her injury.
Maggie Sofea is a young woman - in her own words “an ordinary woman with extraordinary dreams.” One of her dreams is to become a filmmaker. Maggie says her goal with this film is “to reach the general public - but especially young people. I hope the film shows that nothing is impossible… follow your dreams.”
Director Jim Hyder notes that “this is a story on how difficult this trip will be…” Getting Maggie to Summer Beaver for filming was an extraordinary feat. The struggle and the uncertainty of being able to make the final leg of her journey by boat, is part of the story. The film touches on the high rates of suicide amongst aboriginal youth, an issue which has affected Maggie deeply. Over the years she has lost seven cousins to suicide, including Dawn Starr, who saved Maggie’s life the day of the accident. read more ...
| International Tourism Agreement Reached - Friday, February 14, 2014|
International Tourism Agreement Reached
Duluth, Minnesota --- February 14, 2014 --- The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is partnering with National Geographic Society (NGS) to create an online regional geo-tourism initiative, highlighting northeastern Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. Representatives and local officials were on hand to launch activities today at an event in Duluth.
The finished results will include an in-depth website and smartphone applications. The site will be linked with existing National Geographic Society geo-tourism sites and the National Geographic Society Maps homepage.
“The National Geographic Maps Division is pleased to have the opportunity to spotlight this region and, in doing so, support and sustain it as one of the world’s most treasured places,” said Jim Dion, Director of Tourism Programs at National Geographic Maps. “The online Geotourism MapGuide will celebrate the abundant and diverse scenic, cultural and historical attributes of the bi-national Heart of the Continent region from the unique vantage point of those who live there.”
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The weather forecast is for cold and clear across the region. The forest fire hazard is rising to moderate in the northwest and west sectors while the eastern sectors of the region remain in a low fire hazard.
To report forest fires call 310-FIRE (3473)
Forest Fire Danger Map