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YMCA offers fall swim team opportunities

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:01am

The Cook County YMCA has both youth and adult swim team opportunities this fall. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with the YMCA’s Emily Marshall on North Shore Morning. 


Cook County Girl Scouts invite all girls to the Kick Off Carnival, Sept. 10

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 2:44pm

Cook County Girl Scouts is gearing up for a new year of Scouting. All girls, from kindergarten to high school seniors are invited to join the fun at a Kick Off event on Thursday, September 10. The theme of the Kick Off? Life’s a Circus!

Girl Scouts will gather at Bethlehem Lutheran Church after school from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. for cotton candy and circus treats. There will be games, face painting and the chance to clown around.  

All girls are invited to meet Troop leaders and to get information on meeting times and places. Returning Girl Scouts who bring a friend will receive a gift!

Join the fun! For more information about the Kick Off or about Girl Scouts Minnesota-Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, contact Laura LaFavor at 370-1245.


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Town Hall meeting to discuss possible sale of Boy Scout land tonight

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 2:38pm

Although the Boy Scouts of America - Voyageurs Area Council (VAC) has been evaluating it strategic goals, which includes inventorying its facilities, camps and properties for about a year, it came as a surprise to the leaders and parents of Cook County’s Pack 167 to hear that the Boy Scout property on Devil Track Lake might be sold.

Reached in his Duluth office, David Nolle, VAC Scout executive/CEO, said the council was several years into a review of all its property. He was surprised to hear the outcry from Cook County, because he didn’t think the land was being used. He said, “Frankly, we didn’t anticipate that there was interest there.”

An invitation went out on September 1 to all parents and leaders of VAC to attend a Town Hall Meeting in Hermantown at 6 p.m. on September 14 to consider the disposition of six Boy Scout properties owned or managed by VAC. Troubling to some members of the Cook County Scouting community was this statement: “Following the town hall meeting it is anticipated that the executive committee will present a resolution to the board that asks the board to authorize President Minardi and Scout Executive Nolle to negotiate and execute the sale of the Devil Track property...”

The land in question, which is under an acre in size, has been a part of Cook County Boy Scouting for at least 65 years. Our newspaper archives have a report on the October 22, 2000 opening of a time capsule buried by local Boy Scouts at the property on Devil Track Lake 50 years earlier.

The land off of South Shore Drive was called Camp Shako and in those days was used for cookouts and swimming lessons in the lake. However, over the years the property was used less and less.

"Living Well With Chronic Conditions" course offered in October

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 1:27pm

Strategies for self-management are important in coping with a chronic condition. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Bob Carter on North Shore Morning.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions
6-week course
October 1 - November 5
Located in Conference Room at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

For more information, call Chris Angelo at 387-2330 or Bob Carter at 370-9054

(Photo by mbgrigby on Flickr)


ISD 166 entrance is now one way only

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 12:11pm

Through the summer, anyone driving past Cook County Schools (ISD 166) has seen construction activity in the school parking lot.  The new parking area and entryway opened on September 2 for the ISD 166 Back-to-School Open House so motorists could view the new traffic flow design.

ISD 166 administration and the school board decided last year to make the change, responding to concerns about student and community safety in school’s parking lot following increased traffic and parking with construction of the Cook County Community YMCA on the west end of the campus.

The school board worked with the engineering firm LHB to redesign the entryway for increased safety.

The new parking lot and entry redesign has created a one-way entrance at the intersection of County Road 7 (5th Street) and Broadway Avenue.  This will be the only entrance to the school parking lot. 


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Volunteer opportunities available at local fire departments

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:57am

Local volunteers are needed:  Those willing to walk into burning buildings and those not willing also.  There are many roles to fill in our local fire departments.  WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Fire Chief’s Association representative Paul McFarlane on North Shore Morning. 

For more information contact Paul at 387-9404.  The Colvill Fire Hall is open to interested visitors on Sundays from noon to 3 pm.