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Sign up now for the "Building Better Homes" workshop

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:34am

Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), the University of Minnesota Extension program, and Cook County Higher Education are partnering to sponsor a Building Better Homes Workshop on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The workshop is designed for building professionals, contractors, sub-contractors, building designers as well as interested homeowners.

Continuing education credits through the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) will be available.

CCLEP coordinator Virginia Danfelt encourages contractors to sign up for this important training. . S

Please contact Danfelt at (218) 475-2274 or Diane Booth (218) 387-3015.


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County to consider new ARMER towers

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:39am

The Cook County board is being asked to add two ARMER towers for better emergency coverage.  The county ordinance calls for towers no higher than 199 feet. MnDOT wants the new towers to top out at 330 feet. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with county IT director Rena Rogers about the towers and the process from this point on.

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Fishing regulations changing on Saganaga, Sea Gull

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:01pm

Angling regulations will change on nearly three dozen waters this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Among the changes anglers will see more restrictive walleye regulations in and around Saganaga Lake in Cook County.

In Saganaga, Sea Gull, and Gull lakes in Cook County and connected waters, walleye will have a 17-inch minimum length restriction and a bag limit of three.

The new regulation is established to protect small walleye to make the most of limited production of those fish from natural reproduction or stocking. Fish managers have been concerned for several years about low numbers of young walleye seen in these lakes, and the possibility that without some protection, those low numbers would result in even lower numbers of adult fish, with further reductions in spawning success.

Effects of this regulation will be studied for the next 10 years, and will be reviewed with the public in 2024.

Anglers who travel to Lake Winnibigoshish will have a relaxed, or narrower, protected slot limit for walleye. Other regulations are changing throughout the state, in Todd County, Grant County, Otter Tail, Beltrami, St. Louis and others.

Changed and new special and experimental regulations will be posted at public accesses on affected lakes and become effective March 1.

In most years, the DNR reviews the effectiveness of some existing regulations and also considers proposals for new regulations. After evaluating information collected from lake and angler surveys, the department takes public input before making decisions based on management goals. For more information, see


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Catalyst Dance presents "Niicugni" February 7

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:54pm

Catalyst Dance will be returning to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with a performance titled “Niicugni.” WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with James Everest of Catalyst Dance on North Shore Morning. 


Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM

Arrowhead Center for the Arts
51 West 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Phone: (218) 387-1284x2


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Phony phone scam not from Microsoft

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:15am

There’s a new phone scam surfacing in Cook County.  WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Pat Eliasen about phony Microsoft phone calls.

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Dragon Boat partners hang up their paddles

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:35am

The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival partners have officially
decided that they will not host the dragon boat festival in 2015.

“Decisions like this are never easy,” noted Karl Hansen with the North Shore Health Care Foundation, “and while we relished working together and engaging our community out on the water, we know this
is the right decision for all of us.”

The Dragon Boat Festival was launched in 2004. For eleven years the three partner nonprofits - WTIP Community Radio, North Shore Health Care Foundation and North House Folk School - made the most of an event dedicated to “paddling for community.”

“We hope all of our dedicated volunteers and business sponsors know how much we appreciated their involvement. Like so many things in this community, it is the people who stepped forward  that really made the difference,” said Debbie Benedict from WTIP.
Greg Wright of North House added, “Many of us will miss being out on the water and experiencing the joy of paddling with so many
great people.”

Different visions for the future of the event have been discussed and some brainstorming is still underway. Several downtown businesses, the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and other potential partners have helped explore these ideas. Creating a paddling event to replace the dragon boat festival is one idea under consideration. However, no specific plans are in place for 2015.