December 2014

Lutsen Mountains Plans To Expand

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 16:11 PM
Lutsen Mountains is planning on expanding.
Jim Vick is the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Minnesota ski hill and says most of the work will start this summer.  A new gondola will be installed that will fit more people than the existing system.  
The first wave of construction should be complete by November 2015.

Westfort BIA Worried About Storefronts

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 13:27 PM
The Westfort Business Improvement Area is worried vacant storefronts will one day be turned into apartment units.
So far two buildings in the borough have been transformed into a dwelling.
BIA Spokesperson Jack Moro says they plan to talk to city administration about the zoning of the property so it only allows businesses.
Moro says they've already brought up their concerns to Westfort Councillor Joe Virdiramo. 

Family Frolic Back At Fort William Park

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 13:26 PM
Fort William Historical Park is once again hosting it's New Years Eve "Family Frolic" tonight. 
The outdoor main stage will feature live entertainment including a DJ. 
Spokesperson Debbie Mcrae (MICK-CRAY) says it's a popular event with typically a thousand people taking part.
This year there will be a sliding hill, dog sled rides and winter golf.   Fireworks will cap off the family friendly night.

Local MPP Reflects On 14'

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 13:25 PM
Thunder Bay Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle is looking back on the year that was. 
Gravelle says he'll always think of 2014 as an unexpected election year.  He's thankful that he and his leader Premier Wynne were returned to office.  
Gravelle points to the Ring of Fire and twinning another section of Highway 11/17 as his career highlights.

Police Out In Full Force Tonight

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 13:23 PM
City Police are ramping up their efforts tonight in preparation for the madness that is New Years Eve.
Chief JP Levesque says they'll be out in full force conducting drunk driving RIDE checks but they'll also be on hand for other calls of service.  
Levesque says they receive many calls involving alcohol and those lead to domestic assaults and other violent crimes.

Shelter House Raffle Brings In 20K

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 13:11 PM

Shelter House is in the black after drawing the winning tickets in their "Dollars for Shelter" raffle. The fundraiser brought in 20-thousand dollars for the local homeless shelter. Executive Director Patty Hajdu says they're happy they were able to make money for their programs since there was stiff competition this year from other charity organizations. The raffle winners include: Ernie Szabo who took home the top prize of 30-thousand dollars, while Leonard Pelletier won 10-thousand and Kyle Bushby takes home 5-thousand. (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Porter Airlines Sorry For Bumped Flight

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 15:47 PM
Porter Airlines is sorry a Thunder Bay man and his 16 year old daughter were recently bumped from a flight to Toronto. 
The company says they've already reached out to Greg Ulok by email but they also plan to speak to him by phone to clarify the situation directly. 
Porter says the plane wasn't overbooked, it was over weight restrictions and needed to be reduced to accommodate load restrictions. 

MNR Need Info On Abandoned Moose

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 14:33 PM
The Ministry of Natural Resources is looking for your help in find the person or persons responsible for shooting and abandoning a cow moose in early December. 
The incident occurred on December 12th or 13th and the carcass was found beside a railway bed four kilometres west of Dog River Road. 
A tip called in to the MNR alerted conservation officers who were able to salvage the carcass before it spoiled.