News Briefs: Nov. 6Sex offender meeting in Brimson, Alley improvement policy could change, Make comments on PolyMet plan, Apply for heating assistance soon
Sex offender meeting in Brimson
Law enforcement officials will hold a public meeting in Brimson Nov. 12 to inform residents about a Level 3 predatory offender living in the area.
Erik Elrik Thorson, 48, has a history of sexual contact with minor females (ages 8 and 15), according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Thorson used drugs and alcohol to gain compliance in one of the offenses and was known by his victims. Agents of the Minnesota Department of Corrections will be at the Thursday meeting to present information and answer questions about Thorson. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ault Township Hall and Community Center, 1839 Brimson Road.
Alley improvement policy could change
Alley improvements might speed up if the city of Two Harbors eases requirements on lobbying for fixes.
As it stands now, a resident must get 50 percent of those with adjoining property to agree that improvements should be made. The Two Harbors Public Affairs committee talked about having the city simply have a long-range plan for alley improvements throughout Two Harbors. The process could include an assessment, a timetable of when the city plans to improve a particular alley, and public hearings about how much it could cost residents.
An increase in the overall property tax was also discussed as a way to pay for alley improvements.
Make comments on PolyMet plan
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold joint public meetings to take comments on the recently released environmental review of the proposed PolyMet copper mine near Hoyt Lakes.
The meeting will be held Dec. 9 in Aurora in Memorial Gymnasium, Mesabi East Schools, 601 N. First St. W.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by an open-house session starting at 5 p.m. Public comments will be accepted through Feb. 3.
Copies of the report are available at the Duluth, Minneapolis and Hoyt Lakes public libraries and at DNR offices in St. Paul, Grand Rapids and Hibbing. The document is also available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/draftindex.html.
Apply for heating assistance soon
Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule took effect Oct. 15.
It protects residential utility customers from having heat shut off through April 15, provided they contact their utility to set up a payment plan.
Administered by the Public Utilities Commission, the Cold Weather Rule requires local utility companies to offer home heating shut off protection to customers who set up a payment plan in exchange for keeping their heat on until April 15. For more information, visit www.staywarm.mn.gov
for details about grants, gas and electric discount programs, weatherization help, and energy efficiency and safety tips. Or, contact Minnesota’s Energy Info Center at (800) 657-3710.