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Cook County Ridge Riders invites all to 6th annual Fun Run

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:09am

A day of family fun is planned for February 7, the day that the Cook County Ridge Riders snowmobile club will host its sixth annual snowmobile Fun Run.

“We will have registration from 9 a.m. to noon at Devil Track Landing or at Hungry Jack Lodge,” said Andrea Everson. Entrants can start either at Devil Track or Hungry Jack Lodge, said Everson, and travel up or down the trail and end the day at Devil Track Landing.

“We don’t care if you snowmobile or drive your vehicle or take whatever methods of travel that you like. Just show up. And if you want to just attend the party at night, that’s okay too,” she said.  

As for the snowmobile trails, Everson said she has gotten calls asking if the trails are rideable. “There’s plenty of snow on them and they are in good shape for snowmobiling,” Everson said.

Cost to enter the Fun Run is $20. Entrants can either snowmobile or drive their vehicles to the six stops along the way where they will have a poker card stamped at each location. Those hot spots include Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge, Windigo Lodge, Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines, and Devil Track Landing. All cards must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. at Devil Track Landing. The person holding the highest hand will win $500. The holder of the card with the lowest hand will receive $200.

At 6 p.m. a raffle for food and “lots and lots of prizes,” will be held at The Landing, Everson said. Prizes include snowmobile jackets, helmets, sweatshirts, stays at lodging facilities and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops.

Following the raffle there will be live music performed by Earth, Wind and Todd. Everson said there is no charge to attend the party, but she hopes people purchase food at The Landing, which will keep its restaurant open later than normal.  

February chill continues, but no record breakers

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:40am

Cold weather to continue through mid-week, then a warming trend.  WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson..

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Great Expectations School seeking school board member

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 11:35am

Due to a mid-term vacancy, Great Expectations School (GES), School District 4100, is seeking new parent or community members for the GES school board.

The school encourages anyone interested in serving on the board to contact Sara Hingos at or Jeff Kern at

"Serving on the board is a great way for people to use their passions and individual strengths to make a difference for students, their families, and our community,” said GES Director Peter James.  "In relation to academic achievement, we see the social and emotional development of students and our being responsive to their individual needs and potential as critical elements of our philosophy.  We then work to extend our learning community beyond the students, families, and staff at GES to the broader community.  Building and growing this vision for education is incredibly satisfying."

If you are interested in joing current school board members Sara Hingos, Jeff Kern, Mike Carlson, Sue Butter, Kathryn Nelson-Pedersen and ex-officio members Amy Henrikson and GES Director Peter James, contact the school to find out how you could be involved.

The GES board normally meets the third Tuesday of each month. There is opportunity for public comment at 3:30 p.m. with the business meeting at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call (218) 387-9322.


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Snowarama for Easter Seals to celebrate 12th year

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 11:30am

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, snowmobilers from around the region are invited to hit the trails for the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids. This is the chance to become part of the most successful winter fundraiser for Easter Seals Ontario—while having a great time on the trails!

Now in its 12th year, Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids has raised more than $290,000 in support of children and youth with physical disabilities in our community.

To celebrate the 12th year at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, with every $100 in pledges raised by participants, riders will receive a ballot to win one of “12 Gifts of Snowarama.” A minimum of $100 in pledges is required to participate, but the more money a rider raises, the more chance he or she has to win. The gifts include $1,200 in cash and weekend vacation packages.

There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as additional prizes throughout the weekend. This year, participants can also register for the event and collect pledges from friends and family online. Visit to find your favorite rider and make a donation to this meaningful cause.

Snowarama has two routes to choose from starting at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.  There is a long ride that is approximately 120 miles to Gunflint Trail and a short “local ride” on the Grand Portage Reservation that is approximately 35 miles. The Snowarama event includes a bonfire on the trail, a fabulous Portage buffet for dinner, and entrance to the dance featuring Bed of Roses (a Bon Jovi Tribute band) on Saturday night. 

Weekend News Roundup for January 31

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:50am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top    news stories. Wolf advocates soften their stance, the Sandpiper receives scrutiny, the DNR changes walleye status in some border lakes …all this and more in the week’s news.


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North Shore Hospital to end elective OB services on July 1

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 9:56am

The Cook County North Shore Hospital board of directors held a special meeting Friday, January 30, to discuss whether elective OB delivery services should continue to be offered at the hospital. At the close of the meeting they issued a formal statement. As expected by many, the board voted to discontinue elective OB delivery services at the hospital, effective July 1, 2015. The vote was unanimous.

At a meeting lasting several hours on Thursday, Jan. 22, Hospital & Care Center Director Kimber Wraalstad said the decision came about because the hospital received a report from its medical liability insurer (Coverys) which stated the North Shore Hospital does not meet the standards of care for OB services.

Those standards for perinatal care, said Wraalstad, are set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“The doctors and nurses have provided excellent quality obstetrical care since 1958. This issue is not about the quality of care provided but whether we can meet the expected standards of care for elective obstetrical services in a hospital,” said Wraalstad.

Covery’s report showed five areas that need improving, but according to Wraalstad, the most daunting issue regarding OB services involves emergency cesarean sections.

Wraalstad said conservative estimates to meet Coverys’ recommendations are over $1 million per year.

And, said Wraalstad, “Without making the recommended improvements [from Coverys] and meeting the standards of care, the insurability of our entire organization is in jeopardy.”

At the January 22 meeting and others that followed, many young mothers and mothers-to-be spoke passionately about the news and several community members said not being able to deliver their babies at the local hospital could become just one more reason why young families do not want to live in Cook County.