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Spear fishing may happen at five Cook County Lakes

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:50am

Invoking  its 1854 Treaty rights, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has announced plans to spearfish in five Cook County lakes this spring.

Now that the ice is out, the Fond du Lac Band has said its members may take fish with spears from Brule, Cascade, Crescent, Sea Gull and Tom Lakes.

Last year Pike, Caribou, Tait, and Four Mile lakes saw a harvest of 190 walleyes for a total of 223.4 pounds.

The 2014 season was cancelled because of late ice out.

Fond du Lac Fisheries Biologist Brian Borkholder said, “The Band has committed to not spear after the evening of May 7. We will not be there after the State fishing opener."

That is, if it takes place at all. Borkholder said he was not sure if there was interest in traveling to the Cook County lakes.

If spearing is conducted it is done under the guidance of Fond du Lac game wardens, biologists and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff (DNR).


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News program at noon featured weekdays on WTIP

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:46pm

Looking for the latest in North Shore news, weather and information? Listen to the "News at Noon" program Monday through Friday on WTIP to keep informed. 

Created in response to a survey of WTIP listeners, the News at Noon includes 
up-to-the minute weather, North Shore happenings in local news, sports and 
entertainment, as well as a variety of features from WTIP staff and 

The News at Noon, weekdays on WTIP, 90.7 FM.

Comments accepted on Lake Superior Fisheries plan until May 8

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:50am

About 25 people came out for the April 19 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) open house to preview the latest version of the Fisheries Management Plan for the Minnesota Waters of Lake Superior.

The process began with a public conference in December 2014, and was followed by a series of seven advisory group meetings. Nearly 30 citizens worked with Minnesota DNR Fisheries Management to develop a plan spanning the years of 2016 to 2025.

The advisory group included representatives from interested groups such as the Arrowhead Fly Fishers, Izaak Walton League, Kamloops Advocates, Save Lake Superior Association, Trout Unlimited, Western Lake Superior Trollers and more. There were commercial harvesters, tribal and watershed interests, and others.

North Shore advisory group participants were Kerrie Berg of Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District; George Wilkes, representing Cook County tourism; Steve Ford, an independent angler; E.J. Isaac, representing the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Captain Darren Peck, North Shore Charter Captain; and Harley Toftey for North Shore Fish Processors.

The 130-page plan gives a comprehensive history of fishing in Lake Superior and data on a variety of fish population as well as data on the effects of climate change, invasive species, fish habitat, water quality and long-range goals fisheries goals.

The plan will be finalized this summer It is available for review on the DNR website. The public can comment on the plan until May 8. Comments may be submitted at:


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Local group seeks volunteers to help clean popular BWCAW entry point

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 8:33am

The Northwoods Volunteer Connection is looking for people to help with portage repair and trail-clearing projects in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this summer, including one popular portage located in the Middle Gunflint Trail area. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with some representatives from the NVC about the upcoming projects and the group in general. 


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 30

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 10:33am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. The move to strip down IRRRB continued, concealed carry permit fees at the county as well as parks and carp…all this and more in the week’s news.



LSProject: Pharmaceutical pollution in northeast Minnesota lakes and fish

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 6:50pm

Pharmaceuticals and other human-produced chemicals are appearing in northeast Minnesota's water and fish - even in remote and pristine lakes. In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, talks about a new study on these emerging toxins.


Who inspires you to Move It?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:44pm

It’s becoming a tradition! For the third year the month of May is being celebrated as a time to Move It!  During the month of May, nominations will be accepted for awards for a Cook County resident who inspires others to move more. Maybe it’s someone who shovels snow or rakes leaves for a neighbor or someone with a chronic disease who keeps up a walking regimen; a child who walks or bikes no matter the weather, or a Care Center resident who loves to dance!  There are amazing people all around us who are movin’ it!  Send a story about someone who inspires you and they could win a Move It! award.

Congratulations to our previous inspiring winners—Rusty Day, Yvonne Mills and Gene Glader in 2014 and Levi Rankin, Amanda Anderson and Ginny Cooley in 2015.

Submit your nominations for a chance to win one of six prizes.  A panel from the Cook County News Herald, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, and Cook County Senior Center will pick winners from the entries.  In early June, prizes will be awarded in three categories; children, adults, seniors.  Each winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to a local business for the nominee and a $20 gift certificate for the nominator!  Send nominations of 200 – 300 words to: Cook County News-Herald, PO Box 757, Grand Marais MN 55604 or email to Deadline for Nominations: Monday, May 23.

Questions?  Contact Rhonda Silence at the News Herald at (218) 387-9100; Kristin Wharton at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 387-2330, or Bev Green at the Senior Center 387-2660.

Funding for the Move It! Awards are provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County News-Herald, and the Cook County Senior Center.


Learn storm watching and ham radio at Cook County Emergency Services Conference

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:43pm

The public is invited to attend two events for the upcoming Cook County Emergency Services Conference.

Skywarn is a free presentation about how to spot, prepare for, and respond to dangerous weather such as severe thunderstorms and tornados. Skywarn also encourages people to watch the sky and call in reports of dangerous weather to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth, in order to help them alert others. This program will be presented by an NWS meteorologist from Duluth today, April 29 at 6 p.m.  

A second great opportunity to take advantage of is the Introduction to Amateur, or Ham Radio. A mobile communications trailer will be in the Cook County Community Center parking lot Saturday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ham radio enthusiasts will be at the mobile communications trailer to demonstrate radio operations. It is a great opportunity for teens to experience communications without a cell phone.

If interested in either event, register with Jim Wiinanen at 387-3059 or


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Prime season arrives for North Shore waterfalls

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:00pm

April and May are a great time to view the many waterfalls the North Shore has to offer. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs recently made a trip to see some of the local waterfalls. 


The costs of out-of-home placement in Cook County

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:32pm

One result of child abuse or child neglect can be out-of-home placement, or removing a child from their home. In Cook County, this can have a wide-reaching effect. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this story about the cost of out-of-home placements in Cook County. 


Warmer, dry weather forecast for weekend

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:22am

April promises to leave us for a warmer May. This weekend’s weather will be mostly sunny and dry. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Mike Stewart.


Enter the Mother's Day Essay Contest to win Mom a pampering package

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:38am

The Cook County News-Herald reminds everyone that the Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage Mother’s Day Essay Contest is under way. Tell us why your mom deserves to be spoiled in 200 words or less—typed or handwritten on a sheet of paper—and bring your entry to Northern Hi-Lites or to the Cook County News-Herald office. 

The News-Herald will publish the winning essay on May 7. The lucky mom selected by the judges will receive a pampering package which includes a relaxing massage from Laura at Essential Touch, have her hair done by Lisa at Northern Hi-Lites and will receive a basket filled with delightful gifts and gift certificates good for breakfast, dinner, and a shopping spree.

Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage are sponsoring the contest with support from Java Moose, Gunflint Mercantile, the Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Joynes Ben Franklin, Lake Superior Trading Post, Joy & Company, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Cook County News-Herald, Blue Water Café, and more!


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Tofte township approves Zoar Lutheran Church bell tower

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:32am

Zoar Lutheran Pastor Darren Blanck came before the Tofte town board on April 14 with a request to make changes to the bell tower that sits in front of the church near the highway. A recent donation to the bell tower fund from family of the late John Nelson family renewed interest in sprucing up the tower and sign for the church.

“You really need to bring that up with the Tofte Design Review Committee,” said Supervisor Paul James, adding that even though many of those committee members were on hand at the meeting they couldn’t make a decision at this time.

Still, James asked the pastor to continue with his presentation.

“The bell tower was built in the early 1970s. Today the tower and the sign are now in significant need of maintenance,” Blanck said.

A second beautiful bell sits behind the parsonage. When Blanck inquired about its history, he learned it was over 100 years old, but where did this bell come from?

Blanck learned it was from the original church built in 1906, which also had a bell tower. In , the church was moved and the bell was donated to the Cook County Historical societySociety. In 2006, the Cook County Historical historical Society society gave the bell back to the church and it now sits behind the parsonage.

As long as the church was going to rebuild the tower, Blanck proposed using bells, one that would ring automatically and the other one, the older one, could be rung manually.

Sheriff talks to parents about prom safety

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:32am

Distracted driving, prom and graduation parties…all at the top of the law enforcement list. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen


Beaver House brings fresh look in 2016

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:39pm

The Beaver House in Grand Marais has some exciting changes happening in 2016. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this story about the iconic downtown business.