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Election forum for contested DFL race at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Wednesday

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 3:20pm

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an election forum with candidates in the contested DFL race at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. Join host Jim Boyd, executive director of the Chamber with questioners Jay Andersen of WTIP and News-Herald editor Rhonda Silence to hear directly from candidates—Rob Ecklund of International Falls, Bill Hansen of Tofte, Erick Johnson of International Falls, and Heidi Omerza of Ely.

Attend the forum or submit your questions to the candidates in advance to The forum will be rebroadcast by WTIP Community Radio at a later date.

After the primary, more information will be in the Cook County News-Herald for all three of the candidates who will be on the ballot for the December 8, 2015 election.


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Hospital and Care Center construction under way

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 3:19pm

Work has begun on the $24.5 million renovation at Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center. A groundbreaking ceremony was held back on July 23, but the official work just began last week.

There will be some parking disruptions while the renovation is taking place, so plan a little time to figure out where to park if you are going to the clinic or hospital. The hospital entrance off of West 5th Street is closed. Visitors can access the Care Center using the 5th Avenue West (old Gunflint Trail) entrance.


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"Walking School Bus" event scheduled for September 16

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 1:13pm

Students are returning for another school year and many will be getting there on foot or bike. WTIP volunteer LeAnn Zunker spoke with Maren Webb and Mayor Jay Arrowsmith Decoux on North Shore Morning. 

The first Walking School Bus of the new school year is Wednesday, September 16.  More information from Maren at 387-2330 extension 110.


Cabin Planning Seminar offered September 21

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 12:38pm

If you have a family cabin or cottage, you might want to consider planning for the future of that property. WTIP volunteer LeAnn Zunker spoke with Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos of Mathison Law Office on North Shore Morning. 

Cabin Planning Seminar - Keeping the Cabin in the Family
September 21, 2015
6:30 - 8 pm
JMCC Conference Room in the ACA.
Please register with Cook County Community Education
101 W 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218.387.2000, Ext. 616

(Photo by Jorge Quinteros on Flickr)


Nice fall weather to continue into the week

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 10:18am

Nice fall weather continues into the week, with the first rain possible mid-week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Cook County draft land use plan ready for review

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:41pm

After 15 work meetings beginning in April 2014, Cook County has released the draft update of the County Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan. The land use plan, which along with other documents including the water and energy management plans will form the county’s comprehensive plan, is now available for public review and comment.

Last updated in 1997 the Land Use Guide Plan provides direction to the Cook County Commissioners, planning commission, and staff. The plan is intended to be a living, effective document meaning a number of questions are asked each time the county makes a land use or development-related decision.

According to Cook County Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson, “Just as the 1997 version built upon the original 1980 plan so does this 2015 iteration start with the 1997 plan. But it is much more than a simple update of the facts and some action steps.

“This new document reflects an enhanced concern for economic development and sustainable livelihoods, affordable housing, county-specific land use regulations, balancing of individual and community rights, and sub-area desires. Core community values and desires for the future of the county expressed in the 1980 and 1997 versions are carried through in the proposed update but amended where deemed appropriate to account for changes which have occurred over the past two decades,” explained Planning Director Nelson.

The public is invited to participate in a meeting to review and comment on the draft Land Use Guide Plan to be held Monday September 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

Information on the planning process including copies of the proposed draft plan and background materials can be obtained at the County Planning and Zoning office or at its website (