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Duluth-Superior Port closes for season

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 7:33am

With a warm start to the winter and complexities from the steel industry, the shipping season was interesting at the Port of Duluth-Superior. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs takes a look at this story.



Luick returns to Auditor's Office

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 12:55pm

The candles on her retirement cake were barely blown out when Aimee Luick was hired once again to work in the Cook County Auditor’s Office. This time, though, it is for a short period so she can train two staff members to do her old job.

On January 12, 2016, the county board rehired Luick so she could work with Courtnee Bernier on preparing tax systems including third period distribution, year-end reporting, preparing tax statements and printing tax statements. Luick will also train Rebecca Isbell to do payroll, year-end closing, year-end reporting and W2s.

Auditor/Treasurer Braidy Powers said originally the goal was to hire a payroll clerk in October and begin training at that time, but recent elections kept the office busy with very little time left for training.  Isbell was hired in December, about the time Luick retired.


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ISD 166 seeks public feedback on superintendent search

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 12:27pm

At the January 5 Cook County Schools - ISD 166 school board meeting, Sandy Gundlach of the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) led a dialogue concerning the superintendent search as Superintendent Beth Schwarz will not be renewing her contact at the end of the school year, June 2016.

 The process will begin with the survey of community members asking what specifics are most important to them in the new administrator. The survey will be available in a paper version and by a link located on the Cook County Schools website. The survey end date will be January 25.

A general posting of the open position will be placed on the MSBA website beginning January 7. Applications will be accepted through March 7.

You can find the survey at, just click Cook County Schools Superintendent Qualifications Survey.


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Visit Cook County welcomes new board members

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 12:24pm

As it welcomes in the New Year, Visit Cook County also welcomed several new community members to its board of directors.

Joining the board of directors of Visit Cook County is Emily Haussner, Zach Baumann, and Dave Seaton. Visit Cook County Executive Director Linda Kratt expressed appreciation to all who came forward to work with the tourism organization and shared a little bit about the new board members.

Odyssey Resorts Food & Beverage/Guest Service Director Emily Haussner of Caribou Highlands represents the Lutsen Tofte Tourism Association. Haussner was born and raised in Cook County and is a Cook County High School graduate. She loves living in Lutsen as she is just outside of the hustle and bustle of the “Coolest Small Town in America.”

Emily is married to Timmy Haus and has loved raising her five children on the North Shore.

Zach Baumann has lived on the Gunflint Trail since 1989, working at his family’s business, Golden Eagle Lodge.  Baumann represents the Gunflint Trail Association and replaces Bruce Kerfoot on the board of directors.  Although Baumann manages the resort’s online presence, he said that his real office is the outdoors and an amalgamation of business and outdoor recreation was the end goal of his academic journey.  Kratt said Baumann has his bachelor degree in business administration with a marketing emphasis, making for a great addition to the Visit Cook County team.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for January 16, 2016

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 10:42am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Lake Superior is in the news, so is gold in the northland and court action in the county…all this and more in the week’s news.


ISD 166 School Board sets its salary at zero

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:02am

The annual organizational meeting of 2016 was held by the Cook County Schools – ISD 166 board on January 5. The board unanimously agreed to retain the same board officers with Jeanne Anderson as board chair, Sissy Lunde as board clerk and Chris Goettl as board treasurer.

Taking the lead in budget reductions, the school board unanimously agreed to take zero compensation themselves for the upcoming year. The normal salary for a board member is $2,300 per year. Superintendent Beth Schwarz, noting the considerable time investment of the board members, recommended retaining at least mileage and cost reimbursements for the board which was approved.

As future enrollment projections continue to decline and budget reduction talks continue, Board Member Deb White recounted hearing very persuasive arguments from a number of people about the need to avoid cutting certain programs and activities. White said, “We don’t want to cut anything but we have to.”

White indicated she would welcome the input from individuals as to what they would cut to retain those budget items. She said, “This is an opportunity to be really involved.”


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