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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml — Friday. Sept. 4. 1998 Page 12 Today's Tidbits All about the greatest lake we've ever seen Whether you visit Minnesota's North Shore or live there year- round. Lake Superior is a constant source of wonder. From the sunny calm of July to the gray crashing waves of November, the lake helps shape the climate, landscape, economy and quality of life along the shore. Here are some... ...facts published by Minnesota Sea Grant, a statewide program that supports research and public education programs related to Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters: —Lake Superior covers 31,700 square miles and is about the same size as the state of Maine. —Only Lake Baikal in Siberia and Lake Tanganyika in East Africa contain a greater volume of fresh water than Lake Superior but, based on surface area, it is the largest freshwater lake in the world. —It is the deepest of the Great Lakes. Within three miles of Minnesota's North Shore it is 700 feet deep and, at its deepest spot, is 1,332 feet deep. Elevation is about 600 feet above sea level. cent covered by ice. Open water often persists in the center of the lake because the ice that forms there is blown or broken by strong winds. •—There are only two large metropolitan areas along Lake Superior's coastline, Duluth-Superior and Thunder Bay, Ontario. —Lake Superior is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the St. Lawrence Seaway. The 2,343- mile trip by boat from Duluth- Superior to the ocean takes about seven days. If unraveled~ ...Lake Superior's shoreline would extend 1,826 miles, the distance from Duluth to Miami. . —Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world's fresh sru- face water, enough water to submerge all of North and South America under one foot of water. —Tidal motion, caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, is negligible in all lakes, including Lake Superior. Instead weather conditions produce a tidal-like rise and fall called a seiche ("saysh") which occurs after water is piled up on one side of the lake by wind or high barometric pressure. In Lake Superior, a seiche takes about eight hours, the time it takes for water to slosh between the two farthest coasts. Se- iches can affect water levels by as much as'three feet. Duluth-Superior— ."..is the busiest inland port in the U.S.; with more than 1,000 vessels visiting annually. Taconite (pelletized iron ore) and coal are the major domestic cargoes. —Lake Superior is the cleanest, clearest and coldest of the Great Lakes: Underwater visibility averages 27 feet. The water is usually more turbid near stream mouths, especially near the St. Louis River (Duluth-Supericr) where the water often becomes reddish-brown as red clay erodes from the Wisconsin shore. —For all its size, Lake Superior has less capacity -to support aquatic life than do the other Great Lakes-because it has fewer dissolved nutrients. There are, however, 78 different fish species in the lake. Little duffer arrives When the Gogebic Range's favorite pro golfer, Steve Strieker, of Madison, and wife Nicki welcomed a daughter, Bobbie Jean, into the world Monday, it wasn't the only little duffer born to a Wisconsin PGA member. It seems Skip Kendall and his wife, Beth, had a son, Noah, in June. Also, Jerry Kelly, of Madison, an<t his wife, Carol, welcomed a son, Cooper Patrick, in August. The fourth Wisconsin... ...golfer on the PGA tour, J.P. Hayes, of Appleton, and his wife, Laura, have yet to make it a foursome of new arrivals. Most of Lake™ ...Superior's 350 shipwrecks occurred during the fall, .the season for "northeasters." These gales, with strong winds and rain, occur when low-pressure systems pass over the lake. —During most winters, Lake Superior becomes 40 to 95 per- By our calculations... ...the arrival of Bobbie Jean Strieker makes (Liz) Tiziani, of Ironwood, a grandma again. We'd bet grandpa Dennis Tiziani's already come up with a set of "crib clubs." Congrats. U.P. News Gogebic ranks 11th in fires ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — The Upper Peninsula can be one hot place, but in this case the weather's not to blame. According to a report by the State Police Fire Marshal Division, seven U.P. counties ranked in the top 20 statewide for the number of fires per 1,000 people in 1997. In fact, five U.P. counties were among the top 10. Ranking fourth through eighth were Ontonagon, Houghton, Marquette, Iron and Chippewa counties. Gogebic ranked llth and Delta 19th. Delta County also ranks 16th in the state for the number of suspicious fires — .72 per 1,000 residents. "I'm really surprised how high we are," Escanaba Public Safety Lt. Bob Berbohm said, referring to Delta County. Two possible explanations: the popularity of wood-burning furnaces in the Upper Peninsula and the region's high number of old buildings, constructed of materials such as plaster and lath that aren't fire-resistant. "Early detection is the number-one, thing we can improve on as a community," Berbohm said. Man charged in fatality CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal collision has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing death. Edward J. Thomas, 43, of Baraga, was arraigned Tuesday in Iron County District Court. Thomas Butler, 37, of Crystal Falls, was killed Monday when the pickup he was driving was rammed from behind by a second pickup. The impact knocked Butler's vehicle across the center line, where it slammed into a third pickup. Thomas wan jailed on $2,500 bond. If released pending trial, he cannot operate a motor vehicle unless it has a system that prevents the car from starting if the driver has alcohol on his breath. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 15. Store openings planned Canadian company renews effort to sell Lake Superior water Akira Sasaki exchanges club flags with Ironwood/Hurley Rotary Club President Dr. Don Foster, right. He is a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Japan, sponsored by the Okawa Rotajy Club. Dr. Paul Hagemann, IronwoooVHurley youth exchange officer, looks on. Sasaki begins his stay with the Hagemann family, of Kimball, Wis. Some school districts can't find bus drivers By ROBERT GREENE AP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The pay is low, the hours short and irregular and the cargo can be difficult to handle. So consider it a small miracle when the school bus arrives — especially this year, when tight employment is making it difficult for school districts to find drivers. Even thos&,with a full roster of drivers worry that the sudden absence of a few will put routes in chaos, forcing maintenance workers, mechanics and supervisors to take to the wheel — and forcing children to wait, wait, wait. "It's a day-by-day thing to keep enough drivers," says Russell Martin, owner of Rains & Martin Inc., a school bus contractor in rural Bolivar, Mo. No wonder there is trouble. The job generally is part-time, with hours split between morning and afternoon runs. Benefits are minimal, if they exist at all. Also, school wages do not compete with what people can get elsewhere in these days of low unemployment. As Martin describes it, a driver might work 1.5 hours in the morning, earning $9 to $11 an hour. That amounts to $27 to $30 a week. In addition, licensing requirements have become stricter, protecting children but creating paperwork. Some employers complain of long delays getting fingerprint checks — a problem that some blame on the FBI. The FBI says it has cleared the backlog and the problem must be somewhere else. Then there is the load. "You look at the situation where teachers have maybe 45 students in a classroom and they're facing those students, and they have misbehavior prob- lems," said Steve Washington, director of '' transportation for •Hampton City Schools in Hampton, Va., where drivers are full- time employees. ByJOHNFLESHER AP Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian company is renewing its effort to export Lake Superior water to Asia, which raised an international outcry las£ spring. The Nova Group, a consulting firm based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, obtained a permit from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment on March 31 to remove up to 156 million gallons of water a year from the lake. Following strong protests from environmentalists and government officials in Canada and the United States, the ministry rescinded the permit. It also announced a new policy restricting shipments of Great Lakes water. The company is appealing the permit revocation to the Ontario Environmental Appeal Board, which has authority to overturn it. In response, U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak called Thursday for a ' quick House vote on.legislation to ban the sale or diversion of Great Lakes water to foreign countries, businesses, corporations or individuals. If the Nova Group permit is revived, it "could open the door for additional water diversion opportunities, putting the waters of all the Great Lakes on the world market," Stupak, D-Menominee, said in a letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich. John Febbraro, president of the Nova Group, was out of the office Thursday. A spokeswoman said no one else was available to comment. In documents filed with the appeal board, the company argued it was unfair to apply retroactively the new policy against exporting water to a permit that already has been granted. The decision was "entirely as a result of political pressures," the company said. It contended that officials had acknowledged the amount of water to be shipped would not be missed. "It's a completely insignificant number (of gallons) for the Great Lakes," said Reg Gilbert, spokesman for Great Lakes United, a lition of U.S. and Canadian nvironmental groups. STEP INTO OUR OFFICE Here are the facts: All regional airliners serving Ironwood are powered by jet engines. A jet engine turns a propeller-this design is called a turboprop. Turboprops are the most efficient engines for the snorter routes flown by regional airlines. Regional aircraft are equipped with the same ' type of sophisticated safety equipement as major airlines. On average, the regional fleet is seven years younger than the fleets of major airlines. These new aircraft are certified under the same standards the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) applies to large jetliners. UNITED EXPRESS United Airlines Flights 5800-6149 Are Operated by Great Lakes Aviation The new gereratiori of regional aircraft serving Ironwood are some of the most technologically advanced ever built. FLY DIRECT FROM GOGEBIC COUNTY AIRPORT and make connections to most anywhere. You'll fly high above traffic, rested and relaxed, ready to do business or have fun. Now you can connect with the whole United and United Express network in Chicago bringing you 245 cities on 5 continents. For reservations call your travel agent or United Airlines at 1-800-241-6522. DAILY AND WEEKENDS Flights Daily to Chicago Ca8 your travel agent for information and reservations: Universal Travel trdnwood (906)932-3002 Carlson Travel Network/ Goodman Travel Ontonagon (906) 884-4864 Atlas Travel (906) 932-2575 or call United Airlines at (800)241-6522 HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The local sporting goods market will expand this fall with the opening of two stores in Copper Country Mall. The Foot Locker, an athletic shoe and apparel store, will open in October, followed in November by the opening of Dunham's Sporting Goods, a large national retailer. Dunham's will occupy 11,000 square feet of floor space once used by several businesses: The Wooden Nickel arcade,,J r a8hion Bug, Ta- pedek and Bailey's Restaurant. ANOTHER FIRST RATE MONEY MARKET ACCOUNT M o N E Y MARKET GOLD Eim a pat return on our $10,000 Money Market Gold Account. Plus. 24-hour easy access to your money ind no risk. 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