The National Weather Service Skywarn Storm Spotter Training for Northland College students has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in room 169 in the CSE (Science Building) at Northland College in Ashland. This training is open to the public. There is no cost to attend.
The latest installment in the Northland College Perspectives in Mining series featured speakers Dr. Donald Fosnacht and Dr. George Hudak of the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. The two spoke on Thursday, April 17, at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. The two discussed the unique geological formations that are driving the mining boom and how modern mines are engineered to extract and process ores into raw materials.
Dr. Donald Fosnacht is the director of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development at UMD. He is a metallurgical engineer with a broad background in minerals extraction and minerals processing, extractive and physical metallurgy and analytical chemistry.
Dr. George Hudak is the director of the Minerals Division at UMD. He is responsible for overseeing both the Minerals Laboratory in Coleraine, Minnesota, and the Duluth Minerals Group. He is also the associate director of the Precambian Research Center.
By Anna Jensen
The Chequamegon Food Co-op in Ashland is adding a second storefront in the city as part of efforts to expand.
Harold Vaneslow says it’s a good time to grow. Vaneslow is the general manager of the Chequamegon Food Co-op. He says the store made around 2.9 million dollars in sales last year. He says they hope to grow that number to 4.4 million dollars in the first full year with a new storefront. Vaneslow says work is already underway to expand the co-op and remodel a vacant building on Ashland’s Main Street.
“All new heating, all new air conditioning, all new wiring, all new plumbing , all new windows, all new roof. Then you start doing a store: doing equipment, shelves, registers, deli equipment and all of that stuff.”
Vaneslow says the overall expansion will cost around two million dollars. He says they’re growing the Chequamegon Food Co-op with their customers and roughly 5,000 members in mind.
“The members wanted to have a deli. We are going to have a deli. The members wanted fresh meat. We are going to have a fresh meat case. The members wanted to have a meeting room/ teaching classroom. We are going to have something like you see on the cooking programs.”
Vaneslow says the expansion will also support their commitment to local growers and producers.
“Seven years ago, the board decided we would start doing no interest micro loans to local farmers and we do that in the spring and fall each year. Last month, we awarded $28,000 of no- interest loans to eight local farmers for producing local products.”
Vaneslow says the co-op is pledging that local products will make up 20 percent of sales by 2020. He says work on the new store is set to finish in early September and a grand opening is scheduled in mid to late October. The Co-op’s new storefront will be located on Ashland’s Main Street in the building next to the Black Cat Coffeehouse.