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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 2

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:54am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Relief for Iron Range workers has finally materialized. IRRRB to offer incentives to senior employees and PolyMet financial assurances to be monitored…all this and more in the week’s news.

 

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Pinwheels will again represent Child Abuse Prevention month

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 12:44pm

 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this month and throughout the year, the School Community Action Team encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making communities a better place for children and families.

By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, they help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities. Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk of neglect and abuse diminishes and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted.

The six protective factors are: nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, social and emotional developmental well-being.

April is a time to acknowledge the important role that communities play in protecting children. Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.

“Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign will occur throughout April. The pinwheel was introduced as the national symbol for child abuse prevention in 2008. Pinwheels will be passed out to children in school and displayed at local businesses to help remind kids and adults about the important issues of child safety and child abuse prevention. When seen, the pinwheels will serve as a call to action and an opportunity for community members to recognize that we all play a role in children’s lives.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

April brings awareness to child abuse in Cook County

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:31am
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with county staff from the Health and Human Services Department about the reality of child neglect and out-of-home placement issues in Cook County. 

The entired ReMoved film series can be found by clicking here. 

Special thanks to Nathanael Matanick for audio assistance with this story. 

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Lutsen considers street light for bottom of Caribou Trail

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:17am

During Lutsen Township’s annual meeting in early March, Spencer Motschenbacher approached the board of supervisors about installing a light at the end of the Caribou Trail. Earlier that day, an accident involving a logging truck and a passenger vehicle occurred right where the new lighting would be installed. The topic was put on the agenda for the next regular meeting.

The possibility of adding a light at the bottom of the Caribou Trail had been discussed before, but was voted down by previous supervisors because many saw it as light pollution and unnecessary. On Tuesday, March 15, with the accident still fresh in everybody’s mind, Motschenbacher opened discussion of the proposed light.

Motschenbacher said, “They make a great improvement at night time driving. I do see it as a safety factor.”

Supervisor Andrew Beavers and EMS chief Fred Schmidt both agreed with Motschenbacher, noting that it is difficult to see the trail in bad weather and a light would help. Schmidt added that, with the Fire Hall just up the road, it could be extremely helpful to have the light marking the trail.

Supervisor Tim Goettl read a letter from a Lutsen resident and another spoke at the meeting questioning the need for the light. The letter writer noted that light pollution is a “real factor in our world.”

However both people also said if there is a safety case for the light, they would not be opposed.

Other possibilities to help with visibility on the trail, including reflectors or lights on the stop sign itself, were also suggested. The discussion concluded with a motion for Supervisor Beavers to contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to see if the township could get funding for a light and reflectors.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

The return of the Alberta Clipper?

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:08am
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An Alberta Clipper could be coming to the area this weekend. Not as much as January, but more like winter than spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Miller.

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Farm and Craft Market will be moving this summer

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:08am
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The Farm and Craft Market will be moving location this summer and the liquor store manager would like a few changes made at the Muni. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

 

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