Around Cook County

News and other information from Cook County

Look for colder weather by the weekend

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:56am

Looks like a nice weather week to start the new year, but it gets more like winter toward the weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski.


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for January 2, 2016

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 10:35am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Tax breaks for cabin owners talked about by legislators and plastic microbeads banned by the President…all this and more in the week’s news.


A Mild New Year's weekend

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:49am

The New Year’s weekend promises to be mild for this time of year…no 20 below temps like a couple of years ago. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Grand Portage family loses belongings in fire

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:45am

Cook County Law Enforcement received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, December 27 from a resident on Townsite Road in Grand Portage, reporting a house on fire. The occupants—renters Darlene and Oscar Gonzales–were able to get out of the home safely.

No one was injured in the fire, but a family cat went missing. It is hoped that it will be found unharmed.

The Grand Portage Fire Department and Grand Portage Ambulance were paged, and mutual aid was requested from the Hovland and Colvill Fire Departments.

Grand Portage Fire Chief Bob Vogel said there was sufficient water to fight the fire, with a hydrant nearby. Firefighters also had access to water from the Hovland Fire Department’s tanker truck. The fire was extinguished and everyone was clear of the scene by approximately 11:50 a.m.

The State Fire Marshall is investigating, but it appears the cause of the fire was a chimney fire. The fire appears to have started in the roof over the chimney. It is likely that the structure is a total loss.

The house was owned by the Grand Portage Housing Authority. The Gonzales family is staying temporarily with relatives, but will be able to move into another Grand Portage housing unit within the next few weeks. However, they will need numerous household items as their belongings were damaged by smoke and water.


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

Township election filing period is now

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:42am

Although township elections are not held until March, the time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file is now. The filing period to run for clerk or supervisor for the townships of Lutsen or Schroeder and for clerk, supervisor and treasurer in Tofte begins today, Tuesday, December 29, 2015 and closes at 5 p.m. on January 12, 2016. Lutsen and Schroeder townships are holding election for a supervisor term of three years and a clerk term of two years. The Tofte township will have an additional spot on the ballot for a one-year term for treasurer.


In Lutsen, the supervisor seat currently held by Tim Goettl is on the ballot. The town clerk seat currently held by Sharon Hexum-Platzer is also on the ballot.

In November, Hexum Platzer was appointed by the town board to serve as clerk, to fill the unexpired term of Amity Goettl. Goettl submitted her resignation in November.

To file for the supervisor or clerk board seats in Lutsen, contact Town Clerk Sharon Hexum Platzer at (218) 663-7501 or email


In Tofte, the supervisor seat held by Jim King is on the ballot, along with the clerk position currently held by Barb Gervais. Supervisor King said he plans to run for re-election.

Tofte will have an additional spot on the ballot for a one-year term for treasurer. Erin Huggins was unable to serve as treasurer after being elected in 2015 and Nancy Iverson has been filling that role.  A citizen is needed to fill that vacancy for one year.

To file for office in Tofte, contact Town Clerk Barb Gervais at (218) 663-7315 or (218) 370-0763.


The seat currently held by Tina McKeever will be on the ballot in March. The clerk seat, held by Doug Schwecke, will also be on the ballot.

Minnesota mining industry digs deep into uncertainties

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 7:54am

On many levels, it was a challenging year for Minnesota’s mining industry. Thousands of mining-related jobs were lost across the Iron Range and along the North Shore.  WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs takes a closer look at this issue.