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Citizens of Exceptional Achievement - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Nominations Open for 2018 Citizens of Exceptional Achievement

 Mayor Keith Hobbs; Councillor Linda Rydholm; Ollie Sawchuck, Chair, Official Recognition Committee; Dana Larrette, 2017 award recipient  Lake Superior News
LSN_News    Mayor Keith Hobbs; Councillor Linda Rydholm; Ollie Sawchuck, Chair, Official Recognition Committee; Dana Larrette, 2017 award recipient

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO = January 10, 2018 –  (LSN) Mayor Keith Hobbs, members of the Official Recognition Committee and past award recipients officially opened nominations for the 2018 Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards today at City Hall.

For over 40 years, these awards have honoured hard working volunteers, organizations and groups that are helping to create a neighbourhood and a  community where people feel a sense of belonging and responsibility to each other, and are active participants in its life.

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January 9 Board of Commissioners - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 9th Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights

Gun Flint Trail Fire Department  Lake Superior News

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA January 9, 2018 –   (LSN)  Following are highlights and key priorities covered at the Tuesday, Jan. 9 Board of Commissioners Meeting:

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TBDSSAB Operation Budge - Monday, January 8, 2018

TBDSSAB Operation Budge 2018
​ $106.7 million 

District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board  Budget  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARTIO  -  January 8, 2018 – (LSN)  The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) approved the 2018 operating budget totaling $106.7 million. This represents a $7.1 million increase over the prior year’s budget of $99.6 million. This increase is due to additional financial assistance to Ontario Works (OW) clients, an increase in homelessness prevention activities, child care expansion, and the transfer of the EarlyON Child and Family Centres to TBDSSAB.  

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Kloosterhuis Chair TBDSSAB - Sunday, January 7, 2018

Lucy Kloosterhuis new Chair of TBDSSAB

Lucy Kloosterhuis new Chair of TBDSSAB  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Mark Figliomeni, Schreiber Vice-Chair

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - January 5, 2018 –  (LSN)  The Board of Directors of The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) announces the appointment of Lucy Kloosterhuis as their new Chair. The appointment took place at the Board’s inaugural meeting held on January 4, 2018.

Lucy Kloosterhuis, Mayor of the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge returned to the Board of Directors in April 2017. She previously served a two year term ending December 2016. Kloosterhuis takes over from Robert Katajamaki,

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Cook County Substance Use Recovery Court - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Substance Use Recovery Court Yields Success Stories in First Year

Cook County  Substance Use Recovery Court   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  #LSN_Health   Tom Young Judge M Cuzzo

COOK COUNTY,  GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA -  December 27, 2017  (LSN) On Tuesday, Dec. 26, the Cook County Substance Use Recovery Court (SURC or sometimes referred to as Drug or Recovery Court) was able to recognize its first two participants to “graduate” from SURC since it became official in January 2017.

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ISC Winner - Saturday, December 23, 2017

Winner Takes Home $17,357 Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw

Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Tal Augruso of Thunder Bay got an early Christmas gift today

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  December 23, 2017   (LSN)  Tal Augruso of Thunder Bay got an early Christmas gift today. This afternoon, at Intercity Shopping Centre, he was announced as the winner of $17,357 in this year’s sold-out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Ticket No. 01950). Altogether, 10,000 tickets were sold.

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Cell Service to Hovland - Thursday, December 21, 2017

County Welcomes Cell Service to Hovland Tower

Hovland Cell Tower    Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   T-Mobile  Verizon Cell Service 

Cook County, Hovland, Minnesota, December 21, 2017 (LSN)  Cook County is pleased to announce T-Mobile 4G service is now available in the Hovland area, hosted on a county-owned and managed tower.

“In addition to improving communication options for County residents and visitors, improved cell service provides better coverage for our public safety workers and improves County employees’ ability to work remotely (on-site) which cuts costs through efficiencies,” said Rowan Watkins, Radio Communication Analyst - Cook County MIS Department and Tower Project Manager.

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LU City Sign MOU - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lakehead University and City of Thunder Bay sign MOU to pursue shared opportunities

LU and TBay sign MOU   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News    Thunder Bay  Mayor Hobbs, Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - December 20, 2017   (LSN)   Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs signed a memorandum of understanding today to pursue new collaboration opportunities that will build on mutual strengths and interests.

“The City of Thunder Bay and Lakehead University have a shared interest in making our city attractive to businesses, investors, highly skilled jobseekers, entrepreneurs and innovators, students and a diverse work force,” Mayor Hobbs said. “We will work together to foster dialogue, partnerships and economic development initiatives that build an innovative and prosperous City.”

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Game Experience of a Lifetime - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cook County Team Up with Vikings/Hotel Ivy to Give Employee Game Experience of a Lifetime

Cook County Employee at Viking Game   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  #LSN_Sports  Jennifer Rue, battling cancer a special trip to a Vikings Game on Sunday.

Cook County, Minnesota   ---  December 19, 2017 (LSN)  Through the generosity of the Minnesota Vikings and Hotel Ivy, Cook County Minnesota was able to provide one of its employee battling cancer a special trip to a Vikings Game on Sunday.

Jennifer Rue, a social worker employed as the Adult Mental Health Case Worker with Cook County Public Health & Human Services, has been battling brain cancer since March of this year. The severity of Jennifer’s illness has forced her to recently leave her job

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Students build Crossing guard huts - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hammarskjold & St Pat's Students 
Build Crossing Guard Huts

St Pat High School Crossing Guard Huts   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  St Pat's students with Cross Guard Huts they built

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - December 12, 2017   (LSN)  St. Patrick’s High School’s woodworking class built crossing guard huts and presented them to the City of Thunder Bay today.

The City approached St. Patrick’s High School and Hammarskjold High School with the idea of their students using the skills taught in woodworking classes to build new crossing guard huts for the community.

“Some of the students who built these huts may have used the crossing guard services during their elementary school days, and now they are helping to build huts for the current guards and students,

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2018 Cook County Budget Approved  - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2018 Cook County Budget Approved 
17.5% increase

Cook Counry  Budget 2018  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  2018 Budge Cook County

Cook County, Minnesota -  December 12, 2017 – (LSN)  At today’s Board of Commissioner’s Meeting, the Board voted three to two to approve the 2018 County Budget as presented by the Budget Committee with a levy of $9,236,751, equaling a 17.5% levy increase from 2017.

Several members of the public attended to speak, both in favor and against, the proposed budget and the work of the Board during the public comment period. Comments from Commissioners conveyed support to finally having a balanced budget which positions Cook County to have sustainable budgets in the future, and meet the needs of our community and appropriate service levels while retaining qualified staff.

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911 State Wide - Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Minnesota Text 911   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports   Now in Cook County 

ST. PAUL — In an emergency, dialing 911 is a call for help. But people with hearing loss or those who must remain quiet in a dangerous situation aren’t able to place a call safely or at all.  That’s why the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) has worked with stakeholders around Minnesota to develop Text-to-911 on Minnesota’s Next Generation 911 (NG911) network. DPS-ECN announced today that Minnesotans are now able to use the service throughout the state. 

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MMIWG HEARINGS OPEN - Sunday, December 3, 2017


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#LSN_News   Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum will acknowledge and support families

THUNDER BAY, ON:  December 3, 2017  (LSN)  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum will acknowledge and support families participating in Thunder Bay hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls during opening ceremonies in the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation this afternoon:

“On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation I express support for all families participating in this National Inquiry, and recognize survivors and families within NAN territory and across Canada who have chosen not to participate.

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U.S. Coast Guard medevac - Friday, November 17, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard medevac from James R. Barker
to Marathon, Ontario

US Coast Guard Medevac        Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Maraton, Ontario  Traverse City, Michigan --  November 17, 2017   (LSN)  Coast Guard, Canadian partners medically evacuate man from vessel on Lake Superior

The U.S. Coast Guard received a call at about 4:15 a.m. from the merchant vessel James R. Barker requesting a medevac of a 53-year-old male crew member who was exhibiting symptoms of a medically urgent nature and was recommended by a U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon to be evacuated to a trauma center.

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November 14th Board of Commissioners Meeting - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14th Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights

Cook Country Law Enforcement Center   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News    Law Enforcement Center

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  November 14th , 2017  (LSN)  Following are highlights and key priorities covered at the Tuesday, Nov. 14 Board of Commissioners Meeting:

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UW-Superior International Cooking Demo - Monday, November 13, 2017

UW-Superior annual International Cooking Demo

UW-Superior  Cooking Demo   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  at Pilgrim Lutheran Church

SUPERIOR, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Superior students and faculty will prepare various international dishes at the annual World Student Association Cooking Demonstration event on Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

With representation from 13 different countries with 15 recipes to try, the event will include demonstrations on how each dish is prepared as well as samples of each dish to eat.

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VETERANS EAGLE STAFF - Saturday, November 11, 2017


NAN Eagle Staff  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News    newly-constructed Veterans Eagle Staff

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum will join with First Nation Elders, leaders and families to unveil the newly-constructed Veterans Eagle Staff at a ceremony Saturday prior to Remembrance Day on Mount Mckay,.

“We will be honoured to witness the blessing of the Veterans Eagle Staff this weekend before it is shared with the community on Remembrance Day. This has required a great deal of time, love and patience, and we thank all of the families and communities from across NAN territory who contributed to its construction,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “This Eagle Staff honours our brave warriors who have come to the defence of Canada in World Wars and conflicts around the globe, and those who continue this proud tradition of defending Canada’s interests.”

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Fire Safety Must Be Top of Mind - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winter Home Heating and Fire Safety
Must Be Top of Mind

Colvill’s  Volunteer Fire Department  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Cook County has nine volunteer fire departments Colvill’s Pumper

Cook County, Grand Marais,  Minnesota     November 8, 2017   (LSN)  Nine Fire Departments  remind residents that Winter Home Heating and Fire Safety must be Top of Mind,  In the winter months, our heating, lighting, cooking, and holiday activities increase dramatically — and with them, the risk of residential fires. Deaths and injury can be reduced with proper understanding and safe use of heating equipment.

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UW-Superior class helps veterans - Monday, November 6, 2017

UW-Superior class helps veterans adjust
to civilian and academic life

Helping veterans Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Transitions in Your Life: From Military to Campus Culture class

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  November 6, 2017  (LSN)  Setting foot on a college campus requires a great deal of adjustment for many students. Budgeting time for classes, studying, extracurricular activities and even just a few moments of rest and relaxation can be a stressful situation. The environment can be even tougher for student veterans.

While the process of regaining familiarity with civilian life can be difficult for some veterans, the additional demands of attending college – often while juggling fulltime jobs and family responsibilities – can make the task even more difficult.

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#LSN_News  Ardelle Sagutcheway of Eabametoong  Bear Clan Patrol Volunteers

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO:   November 6, 2017   (LSN)  NAN Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum congratulates recipients of the 2017 Mayor’s Community Safety Awards announced by the City of Thunder Bay this evening.

“I am pleased to congratulate all these deserving recipients who are contributing in many different ways to make this city a safer place,” said DGC Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “I am proud to see community member Ardelle Sagutcheway and her work creating a platform for our young people to share their experiences while living in the city. I am also pleased the Bear Clan Patrol and their volunteer members have been recognized for their contributions to community safety and we will continue to support these and other efforts to increase community safety.”

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Grace Place  - Monday, November 6, 2017

Grace Place 
Outstanding Community Project Award 

Grace Place Wins Award   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Gace Place  Outstanding Community Project Award 

November 6, 2017 –  November 6, 2017  (LSN) Two individuals and four community projects were recognized this evening during the Seventh Annual Mayor’s Community Safety Awards ceremony for their work to make Thunder Bay a safer community.

“I wish to offer my sincerest congratulations and thanks to each of this year’s recipients,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “They are setting an example through their outstanding efforts to make our community safer and more welcoming for everyone. Since these Awards began in 2011, 39 deserving individuals and projects have been recognized for their hard work and dedication to making Thunder Bay a better and safer place for everyone.”

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Pumpkin Composting - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Great Pumpkin Compost Collection

#LSN_News   Pumpkin Parade at Hillcrest Park

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   November 1, 2017   (LSN)  New this year, residents are invited to join the 1st Annual Thunder Bay Pumpkin Parade at Hillcrest Park on Wednesday, November 1, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Bring your jack-o-lanterns to share your creativity, or just come to check out all the pumpkins on display! Volunteers will have candles to light up your masterpiece. Pumpkins on display will join the Great Pumpkin Compost Collection after the event.

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Wisconsin-Superior Suspends Programs - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wisconsin University - Superior have suspended several academic programs

Wisconsin University  Superior   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Programs Suspended 

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin. –  Novermber 1, 2017   (LSN)  Leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Superior have suspended several academic programs in an effort to positively affect student success and position itself to continue to remain responsive to regional needs.  

New students will not be admitted into these programs at this time. Students who have currently declared these majors or minors will be assisted in completion in their program of study. Decisions were made based on program enrollment trends, credits to degree and other factors.

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Weathering Winter Cook County - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Weathering Winter –
Cook County Road Maintenance Operations

Cook County Roads   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Department will do its best to keep the roads as clear and safe

COOK COUNTY,  GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA,  - October 27, 2017 – (LSN) With the advent of each Minnesota snow season comes the concern about access to school, work and business during snow and ice events. The safety and convenience of the traveling public is a key concern of the Cook County Highway Department. The goal of the Highway Department is to have all County roads passable within a reasonable amount of time after a snowfall has stopped, while taking economic resources and the safety of the public and plow operators into account.

While the Cook County Highway Department will do its best to keep the roads as clear and safe as possible within the constraints outlined in our Winter Road Maintenance Policy

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Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection
Begins Next Week 

Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Curbside collection of organic

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - October 26, 2017 (LSN)  Curbside collection of organic leaf and yard waste collection will take place from Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 on regular recycling days.

Leaf and yard waste should be placed at the curb with recyclables on the regular recycling day, as indicated on the waste collection calendar with a leaf symbol. 

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Chippewa Park 102-year-old C.W. Parker Carousel - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chippewa Park 102-year-old C.W. Parker Carousel
An Evening with Lisa Parr, Carousel Restoration Expert

Chippewa Park 102-year-old C.W. Parker Carousel  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  “Our horses have travelled millions of miles over the past 102 years 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - October 24, 2017  (LSN)  Thunder Bay’s Chippewa Park is home to a 102-year-old C.W. Parker Carousel and is one of three of its kind left in the world.  After 102 years of thrilling young and old alike the Carousel is in desperate need of rehabilitation. 

“Our horses have travelled millions of miles over the past 102 years and as a result are tired” said Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, the President of The Friends of Chippewa Park, “and that is why we are embarking on a major project to restore this wonderful children’s asset so that it will be here for another century.”

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Commemoration of the Anchorage - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Commemoration of the Anchorage Memorial at Marina Park 

Commemoration of the Anchorage Memorial at Marina Park  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News commemoration was part of the 80th anniversary reunion of HMCS Griffon, held October 21, 2017.

THUNDER BAY,  ONTAIROR  -  October 24, 2017  (:SN)  The Ship’s Company of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Griffon, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Corps along with local Veterans and their families rededicated the Anchorage Memorial at Marina Park on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. 

The “Anchorage” was erected as a memorial to the ships and sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Merchant Navy who served their country in the second wold war.  It was commissioned on June 1, 1987 at Marina Park and is dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy, Naval Veterans, Wrens and Merchant Navy who volunteered and served with honour and distinction for freedom and country in the Second World War.  It was erected by the Thunder Bay Naval Veterans with help of many friends “who care and remember”

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Cook Country Commissioners - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October 24th Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights

Cook Country Board of Commissioners   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Commissioners received Legislative Updates

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  October 24, 2017  (LSN)  Following are highlights and key priorities covered at the Tuesday,  Oct 24, Board of Commissioners Meeting:

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2017 CP Holiday Train - Monday, October 23, 2017

CP HOLIDAY TRAIN  to visit community across Canada and the United States

CP Holiday Train     Lake Superior Neews

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   October 23, 2017  (LSN)  Beginning in Montreal, Quebec, on November 25 and 26, 2017 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 182 communities along CP's network. Each event is completely free, with CP encouraging every attendee to open their cupboards or wallets to ease hunger needs in their community. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate can access adequate food this holiday season and year-round.

The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP's routes in Canada and the United States. Beginning in Montreal, Quebec, on November 25 and 26, 2017 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 182 communities along CP's network

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Road Closures  Culvert Work - Monday, October 23, 2017

Culvert Work to Cause Temporary Road Closures Mid-Week Cook County

Cook County  Road Closures   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Road Closures  Culvert Work

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  October 23, 2017 (LSN)   Weather permitting, the Cook County Highway Department will be replacing two cross-culverts in the County on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Work is expected to take place as follows:

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Protecting the Rental Community - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Protecting the Rental Community from Predatory Practices

Thunder Bay Public Library  Rent Panda   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Tenants, Renters, Landlords and community members

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - October 17, 2017(LSN)  Landlords, investors and concerned homeowners are invited to join a free workshop on October 30 at Waverly Library Auditorium from 6pm-8pm. The workshop will feature lawyer Mike Maher, certified financial planner Meghan Chomut and Rent Panda founder Richard Togman. They will discuss navigating new changes to the law, how to maximize your investment and how to find the perfect tenant.

Tenants, renters and community members are invited to join a free workshop on November 13 at Waverly Library Auditorium from 6pm-8pm. The workshop will feature Richard Atkinson from Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic and Richard Togman, founder of Rent Panda. They will share their knowledge on tenant’s rights, strategies to find a great home and how you should interview your landlord. 

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Crossover Activated - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Third Pedestrian Crossover Activated  Simpson Street

Simpson Street Cross Walk    Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Simpson Street and Ogden Street

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - October 17, 2017  (LSN) Thunder Bay’s third Pedestrian Crossover has been activated today at the intersection of Simpson Street and Ogden Street.  

Motorists and cyclists using Simpson Street must now stop when a pedestrian is waiting to cross and the crossover lights start flashing. Crossovers make it easy, safe and convenient for people to cross the street.

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Wa-Pik-Che-Wanoog bridge - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New  Wa-Pik-Che-Wanoog bridge provides year around road access  to North Caribour Lake First Nation

North Caribou Lake Bridge Ribbon Cutting   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Wa-Pik-Che-Wanoog bridge 

NORTH CARIBOU LAKE FIRST NATION: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler joined with North Caribou Lake First Nation Chief Dinah Kanate and community members to celebrate the opening of a bridge that will provide year-round access for the remote community.

“The completion of this project will end North Caribou Lake First Nation’s reliance on the unreliable unstable winter road network, and I congratulate Chief Kanate, Council and everyone involved in this milestone project,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “This bridge provides safer and easier access to the permanent road system, opening up vital transportation links that will help ease the high cost of living.”

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TBay employees United Way Kick off - Saturday, October 14, 2017

Municipal Division Employees Kick-Off United Way Campaign

United Way City of Thunder Bay Employees    Lake Superior News
#LSN_News    United Way  

THUNDER BAY, ONTARTIO  - - October 13, 2017 –Employees of the City of Thunder Bay, Superior North EMS (SNEMS) and the Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) proudly kicked off their 2017 United Way Employee Campaign today at a luncheon at the West Arthur Community Centre. 

“I am delighted to see employees from across the Corporation come together to support the United Way and help launch our Annual Campaign,” said Kelly Robertson, General Manager – Community Services and Co-Chair of the Municipal Division United Way Campaign.

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Board of Commissioners Meeting - Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 10 Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights

Banadad Trail Association    Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Loan for Trail Grooming Equipment

 COOK  COUNTY, MINNESOTA  -  October 12, 2017  (LSN)  Following are highlights and key priorities covered at the Tuesday, Oct 10 Board of Commissioners Meeting:

  • Loan for Trail Grooming Equipment
  • Tax Forfeit Land Sale to Grand Portage
  • Bonding & Capital Projects Review
  • Health Care Renewal 
  • Personnel Changes
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Hwy 7 Largely Completed - Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hwy 7 Largely Complete in Time for Fall Colors

Hwy 7 Largely Complete in Time for Fall Colors   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News    Hwy 7 Largely Complete in Time for Fall Colors

COOK  COUNTY, MINNESOTA –  October 7, 2017   (LSN)  County Highway 7 received its stripes on Thursday and the major infrastructure project is now substantially complete. All that remains to be done are finishing touches such spraying the gravel shoulders to deter erosion and fixing a few remaining driveway washouts, which is good news for this weekend's leaf watchers.

Over $1.8 million in improvements were completed thanks to Cook County’s State-Aid Funds which are generated from a combination of state fuel taxes, license tab fees, and motor vehicle sales taxes,

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EMS Exemplary Service Medal - Friday, September 29, 2017

Local Paramedic  Chester Andraka receives the 2017 EMS Exemplary Service Medal

Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer present medal to Superintendent Chester Andraka  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer present EMS Exemplary Service Medal

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 29, 2017  (LSN)  Superintendent Chester Andraka of the Superior North EMS has been awarded the Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of career accomplishments.  The Governor General of Canada has approved Chester in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Paramedicine and his Community. The medal was presented by one of Canada’s most decorated citizens, Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer at a ceremony in Ottawa at the conclusion of the 2017 Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) Annual General Meeting.

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Upgrades for Blake Hall, Outdoor Skating Facility - Friday, September 29, 2017

Capital Grant Upgrades for Blake Hall, Outdoor Skating Facility

Neebing Blake Hall Upgrades  Bill Mauro Cuts Cake  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Mauro Cuts Cake for Upgrades for Blake Hall, Outdoor Skating Facility

NEEBING, ONTARIO  - September 29, 2017  (LSN)  the Municipality of Neebing welcomed members of the public to an Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the re-opening of Blake Community Hall after a summer of renovations. Local MPP Bill Mauro congratulated the Municipality and its team of volunteers on the work done with the $30,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant made earlier this year.

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Book Nook Opens - Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Book Nook Official Open  Waverley Library   Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Opening of Waverley Book Nook Diane Piovesana,  Frank Wilson, Diane, Frank

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  September 27 , 2017  (LSN)  The Friends of the
Thunder Bay Public Library celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Hilltop
Book Nook with a ribbon cutting Tuesday  at the Waverley Resource

The Hilltop Book Nook is located on the lower level of the Waverley Resource
Library, at 285 Red River Road. The Book Nook features shelves of used
material, including adult, teen and children’s books and CDs which have been
withdrawn from the library collection.

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Rotary Paul Harris Fellows - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Rotary Recognizes Seven Paul Harris Fellows

Port Arthur Rotary Paul Harris Fellows  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Port Arthur Rotary  Paul Harris Fellows

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  September 26, 2017  (LSN) The Port Arthur Rotary Club, at its regular meeting today, recognized five of their club members along with two local community members with Paul Harris Fellows. 

According to Port Arthur Rotary Club President Brenda Winter: “Donations to the Rotary Foundation change lives. We are proud as Rotarians to be part of an international organization that is dedicated to humanitarian projects both globally and locally.

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Sheriff Pat Eliasen Completes National Sheriffs’ Institute - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sheriff Eliasen Complete National Sheriff's Institute's Program

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen  ~ Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA — September 23, 2017  (LSN)  Sheriff Pat Eliasen of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18-22, 2017.

The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).       

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Northern Delights nine restaurants - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Northern Delights welcomes nine participating restaurants

Northern Delights welcomes nine participating restaurants Lake Superor News
#LSN_News  Northern Delights nine participating restaurants

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 23, 2017   (LSN)  Starting September 26th – October 7, 2017 the ever-so-popluar Northern Delights Harvest is returning to  Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District to offer specially priced Prix Fixe menus.  This event is presented by a collective of downtown north-side restaurants, producers and suppliers and Tourism Thunder Bay.

Prix Fixe menus highlighting the best of Thunder Bay’s culinary delights will be priced at $25 and/or $35.

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Transit Survey - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TBay Route Optimization Plan Underway Survey 

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#LSN_News   Transit Route Optimization Plan Underway Survey

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO September 12, 2017 – (LSN)  Residents are invited to get involved in the Thunder Bay Transit Route Optimization Plan which aims to make transit services more effective and efficient. Comments to improve transit services can be submitted by completing an online survey at The survey can also be accessed through the City’s website at and will be open until Friday, Oct. 6. 

“As Thunder Bay changes, we want to ensure that its bus services respond to better serve our riders and the community,” said Brad Loroff, Manager – Transit Services. “The project will engage riders, frontline employees and the community as we look to improve the performance of the existing services while adding innovations, catering to our existing ridership and inviting new riders.”

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Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards - Friday, September 8, 2017

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards:
Top 20 Under 40

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#LSN_News  SHIFT'S NOVAs Awards

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO September 8th, 2017, -  (LSN)   SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network announces today the 4th Bi-Annual Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVAs). The gala event will take place on January 27th, 2018, at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and celebrates Northwestern Ontario’s brightest young stars less than 40 years of age. Awards will be presented to recognize and honour the top 20 under 40 from Manitouwadge to Kenora. A diverse group of talented, accomplished, and very involved young leaders are chosen from nominations received.

“We’re looking for the most exceptional young professionals in Northwestern Ontario,” tells SHIFT President, Samantha Mihalus. “It is our vibrant youth that are investing in their communities, advancing their fields of work, and driving positive change on a monumental scale. The NOVAs are a way to recognize the contributions of the under forty demographic and send the message that their work matters and is valued. SHIFT works to create an environment that nurtures young professionals and encourages them to realize their potential.”

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO FWFN STUDENTS - Saturday, September 2, 2017


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#LSN_News   RBC donates School Supplies To Fort William First Nation

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, ONTARIO  –  September 2, 2017    (LSN)  Fort William First Nation would like to acknowledge and extend their sincerest appreciation to the RBC Foundation’s Royal Eagles Back Pack Program for their generous donation for the 2017-2018 school year.  For the second year in a row, RBC has donated funds for the FWFN Education Department to purchase and distribute 300 backpacks, lunch kits and school supplies for the students on and off reserve from the community. 

“Fort William First Nation has a long standing working relationship with RBC.  On behalf of the families of the community, thank you for the extra support towards ensuring our children return back to school ready and equipped with the essentials that they need for a successful year.”  stated, Chief Peter Collins-FWFN. BC

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Cook County Budget Public Information Sessions - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cook County Budget Public Information Sessions Begin

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#LSN_News  Budget Sessions 

GRAND MARAIS,  COOK COUNTY MINNESOTA  - August 28, 2017 – (LSN) Cook County will begin a series of public information sessions this week as the Board of Commissioners move toward setting the preliminary levy on Sept. 19.

Meetings to give residents an update on the County’s financial position, 2018 Budget assumptions and an opportunity to ask questions are scheduled.

Setting the Budget is one of the most important decisions the Board of Commissioners makes. It directly impacts citizens through services and it’s a tool to realize the community’s goals. Each time you drive our roadways, a road is plowed, you call 911 or visit a library, community center or access child/family programs or the Courthouse, you are witnessing your tax dollars at work.

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Charge your Cellphone - Sunday, August 27, 2017

How to charge your Cellphone the right way

#LSN_News  Give those batteries long, healthy lives

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, August 27, 2017  -  (LSN)  We all have Cellphones or Laptops that need to be charged. Here is some great information from Popular Science Shallow discharges and recharges are better than full ones, Once a month, let the battery undergo a full discharge to about 5 percent

Without a battery, your expensive laptop or smartphone becomes a hunk of dead electronics. And these rechargeable powerhouses have a finite lifespan: Over time, they will start losing power faster and taking longer to charge.
To extend the battery's useful life for as long as possible, you need to take care of your device properly. That means adopting good charging habits and taking care with battery storage. Here's what you need to know.

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First Nations Clarify Infrastructure Development - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Northern First Nations Leadership clarify involvement in Infrastructure Development following Province’s Ring of Fire Announcement

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#LSN_News  First Nations Clarify Infrastructure Development

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO, August 22nd, 2017 - (LSN)  Leaders from Webequie and Nibinamik First Nations are clarifying their position for community members and neighbouring communities today following the recent announcement by the Province of Ontario with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The two participating First Nations have signed a Joint Community Access Infrastructure Planning Agreement to collaborate on a specific study that could potentially bring a multi-purpose corridor to its communities and the Northern Ontario region. A multi-purpose corridor could connect the two communities to existing regional infrastructure and potential future developments.

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Grandview Lodge Student Education and Care Centre Mataw First Nation - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Grandview Lodge Student Education and Care Centre Mataw First Nation

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#LSN_News   Grandview Lodge to be converted

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 22, 2017 – (LSN) City Council will be considering authorizing a Letter of Intent with Matawa First Nations Management at Committee of the Whole on August 28.

The report recommends that the City grant the former Grandview Lodge building and property to Matawa for the purpose of redeveloping it as a Student Education and Care Centre for high school students from Matawa First Nations.

Matawa First Nations Management is a tribal council with nine member Ojibway and Cree First Nations, including Aroland First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation and Webequie First Nation.

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Emma Morrison Miss Teenage Canada
LSN_News  Emma Morrison Miss Teenage Canada  with parents Roland & Alana Morrison

THUNDER BAY, ON:  August 14, 2017  (:SN) Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates 17-year-old Chapleau Cree First Nation member Emma Morrison, who was crowned Miss Teenage Canada over the weekend

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LAC SEUL FIRST NATION,  Ontario   August 10, 2017  (LSN) Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, congratulates recipients of the 2017 Keewaywin Awards for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our Nation.

“On behalf of the Chiefs and Councils of NAN I am honoured to congratulate this year’s award recipients for their outstanding achievements and commitment to improving the lives of others,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Their accomplishments are the result of hard work and dedication, and the leadership they demonstrate on a daily basis is an inspiration to us all.”

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August Board of Commissioners Meeting - Thursday, August 10, 2017

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#LSN_News   August 8Board of Commissioners Meeting

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA - August 10, 2017 – (LSN) Following are highlights and key priorities covered at the Tuesday, Aug 8 Board of Commissioners Meeting:

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City Hall Sounds - Saturday, August 5, 2017

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#LSN_News   City Hall Sounds

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - August 3, 2017 (LSN)  The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council announced the fifth annual edition of City Hall Sounds today, which will bring live entertainment, local food trucks, and community partner information booths to the South Core neighbourhood. 

“City Hall Sounds is about celebrating Thunder Bay and its people. It’s about building our sense of community and making our city safer and more inclusive,” said Jeff Upton, Chair of the Crime Prevention Council. “I invite everyone to come out and enjoy these community events and the urban public space at City Hall. It’s a great way to spend a lunch hour and it contributes to community safety.”

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