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North Shore Area Partners is hosting a free To-go Community Meals from 11:00-12:30 on Thursday, October 22nd at the United Protestant Church on the corner of Banks Blvd. and Outer Drive.  Free to all! COVID-19 prepared and delivered right to your vehicle.  No need to call ahead.

Notice of Intent to Issue 401 Water Quality Certification to Northshore Mining

Northshore Mining is proposing to relocate the West Ridge railroad at the Milepost 7 Tailings Basin, including construction of a new embankment that will ultimately become part of the dam defining the final footprint of the tailings basin. The railroad will relocate approximately 4,000 feet to the northwest, to accommodate the final expansion of the mine’s tailings basin. The area proposed for the tailings basin expansion and related infrastructure is approximately 1,200 acres.

This project, located west of Sliver Bay, proposes to impact approximately 5,200 feet of Big Thirtynine Creek, 3,400 feet of Little Thirtynine Creek and 310 acres of wetlands. Mitigation for wetland impacts is proposed through the purchase of wetland bank credits. Mitigation for stream impacts is proposed to include six separate stream restoration projects, to be completed by the applicant.

The MPCA requests public comments on the draft 401 water quality certification October 19 – November 11, 2020. After the public comment closes, the MPCA will review any comments and, if necessary, make changes to the draft certification. The MPCA will then review the administrative record and decide whether to issue the certification. The draft certification and supporting documents can be found on the MPCA website starting October 19.

In June 2018, Northshore submitted a joint application for a Section 404 permit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The MPCA also received the first request for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification in 2018. The MPCA issued a Denial without Prejudice for the project in August 2019 because information submitted was not sufficient to reasonably assure that all water quality standards would be met by the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ public notice period ended on September 26, 2020.

Notice of Intent for Northshore Mining Company

Draft 401 Northshore Mining 2015-02528-MMW

Antidegradation Assessment – North Shore Mining (July 8 2020)

Silver Bay and Lake County Grants!

Both Lake County and the City of Silver Bay have set aside a portion of their CARES-Act funding to help small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. The first round of applications for Lake County was successful and they are ready for Round 2! This time, Silver Bay businesses have the opportunity to add to their aide or just take Silver Bay’s aide alone. You can apply for BOTH funds with one simple application that I have attached. The maximum benefit for a Silver Bay business could be up to $15,000! THIS IS A GRANT NOT A LOAN!!

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce is administering all of the applications on behalf of the City and County. They have set a deadline date for round 2 of OCTOBER 20, 2020 to get your application in. The Chamber needs time to process all of the applications and the City needs time to process the checks before the disbursement deadline date of November 15th, 2020. There are limited funds, especially for Silver Bay, so don’t delay!

Click here for the application.

Don’t miss this GRANT opportunity. Apply, even if you don’t think you would qualify. For further questions, please contact Janelle Jones at the Lake County Chamber at 218-834-2600 or Lana Fralich at 218-226-4408.

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.  Click on the link below for more details on the program.

Click here for more details on the program.

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