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Commissioners continue to look at non-mandated funding policy

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:23pm

Cook County Commissioners held a second work session at the beginning of April in what is likely to be a series of meetings to develop a policy on how to fairly distribute funds to local organizations that provide non-mandated services to the community. After brief public comments before the April 7 work session began, commissioners quickly got down to business, setting parameters on how to proceed.

There was quite a bit of discussion over just how much the county should earmark for non-mandated services.

Commissioner Garry Gamble presented a possible matrix that could be used to evaluate non-mandated funding requests and distributed some sample applications from other entities that give grants.

Board members agreed to review the sample applications and criteria developed by Gamble and bring their own ideas to the next meeting for more discussion. Commissioner Frank Moe said board members also need to look at county finances and think about whether the funding levels for non-mandated services should be static or flexible.

The board will hold another work session on non-mandated services at 1 p.m. on April 28 in the commissioner’s room.


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'Gala for the Grove' fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School on May 9

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:34pm

Gala for the Grove is an annual fundraising event for the Birch Grove Community School located in Tofte. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Judy Motschenbacher of Birch Grove Community School on North Shore Morning. 

For more information: Birch Grove Gala for the Grove or call 218-663-0170


Marketing begins for Tofte senior housing

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:59am

Tofte Supervisor Jeanne Larson introduced the newly-hired Tofte senior housing marketing director to the town board and public at hand at the board’s April 10, 2015 meeting.

Danielle Fortin will be paid $400 per month from April 1 to July 1, said Larson, subject to monthly review by the board of directors overseeing the project. Fortin will market the 12 two-bedroom, 1-bath duplex units that will soon be built by Design Homes behind the Birch Grove Community Center.

The homes will be leased/rented to adults 55 years old and older at a rate of $950 per month. Units include a patio and a detached garage and will be (mostly) maintenance free.

Fortin’s first action will be to hire a firm to design a logo. The logo will be used for advertising and on social media. A direct mailer will also be sent to every Cook County resident introducing them to this new development.

Fortin and her husband have been in the area for about a year and a half, recently moving from Grand Marais to Lutsen. “I’ve been told that by moving to the West End that I have moved to the best end of the county, said Fortin with a smile.

Fortin is also the sales and operating manager of the Kah-Nee-Gallery in Lutsen. When asked when she would start working on marketing of the senior homes she replied, “tomorrow.”


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Lottery for bear hunting licenses open now

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:57am

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through May 1 at all Department of Natural Resources license agents, online at and by telephone at 888-665-4236. A total of 3,700 licenses are available in 11 permit areas.

Bear licenses cost $45 for residents and $231 for nonresidents, and there is a $5 application fee. The season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 18.

Notification to successful lottery winners will be made in mid- to late May. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available to those eligible starting at noon Aug. 5.

An unlimited number of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for no-quota areas in east-central and far northwestern Minnesota. No-quota licenses are valid only in a no-quota area. Hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear.

By offering the same number of licenses as last year, the DNR continues to work toward its goal of gradually increasing Minnesota’s bear population. The state’s bear population was estimated at 17,000 in 2008. Trends since then suggest that today’s population is 10,000 to 15,000. Reducing the number of bear licenses results in hunters harvesting fewer bears, allowing the population to gradually increase.


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Alzheimer's and other Dementias open forum on Tuesday, April 28

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:13pm

Care Partners and the North Shore Health Care Foundation are presenting a community open forum on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias.  It will be held on April 28, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Classroom, lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais.  It is free and open to all who are interested.

The program will feature Dr. Terry Barclay, PhD, LP.  There will also be a panel discussion with local resource professionals who work with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Dr. Barclay is director of neuropsychology at HealthPartners and Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He is also adjunct associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Barclay serves as clinical director of Minnesota’s statewide program for dementia caregivers called Family Memory Care. 

He is a frequent speaker on timely detection of cognitive impairment in the geriatric population. 

For more information contact Care Partners at 218-387-3788 or


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 25

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:28am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a    roundup of the week’s top news stories. A hiking tragedy on the Sioux Hustler Trail, bird flu emergency, Granlund sculpture stolen and ice caves make money…all this and more in the week’s news.