Around Cook County
There may be a new administration in Washington, and there certainly will be some changes, but many things will remain the same. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Al Franken about what’s new and what’s not in D.C.
Both the Cook County Vikings girls and boys basketball teams have their season opener on Friday, Dec. 9 at home against Two Harbors. The girls start things out at 4:45 p.m. in the Cook County High School gym. And the boys are up after that, starting at 6:30.
In this interview, WTIP's Joe Friedrichs speaks with Vikings Coach Kelly Senty about the upcoming season.
Dick Nelson couldn't believe his water gauge. It contained seven inches of rainwater.
"Seven inches. Can you believe it?" Nelson asked on Tuesday, November 29.
Convert that rain to snow, said Nelson, and that would make "a good five feet. Maybe more," he exclaimed on the phone from his Lutsen residence.
While Nelson didn't want five feet of snow dumped on us in a small amount of time, Lutsen Mountains would at least like the temperatures to fall below freezing so they can once again start to make snow. Enough snow was made to open a few runs in time for Thanksgiving, but much of that has been washed away. Still, skiers take heart, a few cold nights and some natural snowfall are all that is needed for runs to open again.
Nelson isn't the only one surprised by winter's brief retreat.
Winter came with a pounding fury and frightening flurry of snow less than two weeks ago. It took about 12 hours to blanket the Northland under a foot of snow in some places, but then it backed down, and a day later fall returned.
Instead of a white rabbit landscape, the ground is brown, wet and muddy, sloppy as a St. Bernard puppy’s kiss but not as cute.
The Co-op parking lot in Grand Marais has been flooded for two days. Even in the summer, it doesn't stay under water that long.
Meanwhile, the rivers are once again high, and the water is moving fast. It feels like fishing for Rainbow can't be far behind.
As far as the 10-day weather forecast, snow is coming. As of November 30 temps are supposed to be in the 30s during the day but colder at night with a chance of snow. That's the way the forecast looks for the next 10 days: falling temps, lots of clouds, and some snow. Even a little snow will whiten the land and brighten moods as the gray of winter once again falls upon us.
The Grand Marais Harbor isn’t full of tea bags yet, but it could be.
Commissioner Frank Moe called on citizens to take back their county.
The local basketball season tips off this week here in Cook County. We will hear from both the boys and girls local coaches this week as they get ready for the season opener.
In this interview we hear from Vikings Head Coach Mitch Dorr.
Ely City Councilman Dan Forsman is under fire after posting to a politically-themed Facebook group, suggesting the members should commit suicide.
The post, which was made last week and has since been deleted, was to the Facebook group known as “Pantsuit Nation.” The post included a photo of Dr. Jack Kevorkian and comments about suicide.
According to a report in The Timberjay newspaper, several Ely residents have called for City Councilman Dan Forsman to resign over the comment.
A city council meeting in Ely on Tuesday, Dec. 6 is expected to draw several hundred people.
WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Councilman Forsman’s father, Mike Forsman. Mike Forsman is the former mayor of Ely and for 20 years served as a St. Louis County Commissioner.
Friedrichs also spoke with Peta Barrett, owner of Women’s Wilderness Discovery in Ely. Barrett is among the Ely residents speaking out against Forsman’s social media post.
Mila Horak divides her time between the North Shore of Minnesota and the tropical weather of Hawaii, where she and her husband Ron Peters operate a farm. Their primary crop is coffee beans, but they also grow a wonderful variety of fruit.
Rhonda Silence talked to Mila about life on a coffee farm. See more photos of their beautiful locale on the WTIP Facebook page.
To learn more about Mila Horak and Ron Peters’ adventures, visit Onilafarm.com.
A crash on Highway 61 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 totaled two vehicles and sent a Grand Marais woman to the hospital.
Erika Ternes, 34, of Grand Marais was traveling south on Highway 61 near mile marker 6o in Little Marais when she lost control and her Dodge Caravan crossed into the northbound lane.
Her van was broadsided by a 2007 Ford Super Duty pickup driven by Michael J. Hofer, 56, of Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Ternes suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors. Hofer had no apparent injures.
Both parties were wearing seatbelts and air bags deployed in both vehicles. Both vehicles were totaled.
According to Minnesota State Patrol the highway was icy.
A tribal moose hunt in Minnesota created some strong opinions this fall. Meanwhile, an elk hunt in the northwest corner of the state went by mostly unnoticed. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs take a closer look at this story.
Looks like winter weather will arrive this week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson about snow and colder temperatures.
It was a packed house at the Cook County Courthouse Thursday night Dec. 1, as more than 20 people addressed the Board of Commissioners to share a mix emotions and thoughts on property tax increases and the 2017 county budget.
The commissioners’ room was full before the 6 p.m. start time on Thursday, and became a standing room only as the Truth in Taxation meeting began.
Many of the sentiments addressed to the commissioners and several members of county staff from the public focused on the fact high property taxes were problematic for local residents.
Cook County residents began receiving their proposed 2017 tax statements toward the end of November. The proposed increase for Cook County is currently at 19.88%. A final levy and budget must be adopted on or before December 28.
There were moments of strong emotion during Thursday’s Truth in Taxation meeting, including boos from the crowd, raucous applause, stories of families struggling to make ends meet and those simply stating they might have to move away from Cook County due to the high cost of living. On the other side of the equation, there were those who reasoned both during the meeting and in statements sent to WTIP that the assessed value of local properties was a key source of the cause of the increase in property taxes, and that citing percentage increases rather than actual dollar amounts were a means of sensationalizing the actual amount of property tax increases in Cook County.
The next meeting of the Cook County Commissioners is Tuesday, Dec. 13.
|November 21, 2017|
|1:23 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Transporting party to detox.|
|7:30 a.m.||Lutsen||Safe routes to school.|
|8:08 a.m.||Grand Marais||Walking dog and it got loose. Brown/white Australian shepherd, “Jazz.”|
|8:19 a.m.||Grand Marais||Pitbull bit someone in the parking.|
|10:42 a.m.||East Highway 61||Hit a deer. Deer would be on the upper side of the highway. No injuries to person.|
|11:17 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:29 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:45 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party in lobby. Stated last night party hit their hand.|
|12:07 p.m.||Cook County courthouse||Security.|
|1:05 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Dropped party’s items off for them to pick up, due to an order for protection between them.|
|1:31 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party stated that he was grazed by a vehicle at this location on Nov. 11, 2016 at 3:30.|
|3:22 p.m.||Cook County High School||Safe routes to school.|
|3:29 p.m.||West 5th Street, Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|4:07 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Wants to talk about party and something that may happen tonight.|
|7:46 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|7:57 p.m.||MN Power, Schroeder||Business check.|
|3:31 a.m.||Grand Marais||79-year-old woman, very weak and unable to walk.|
|7:42 a.m.||Cook County High School||Safe routes to school.|
|8:04 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|8:40 a.m.||Grand Marais||Requesting to speak with a deputy.|
|8:58 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Picking up party from detox.|
|10:00 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:13 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:21 a.m.||Lutsen||Lost GMC key with fob with maybe 3 additional keys on it. Lost on Superior Hiking Trail between Lutsen and Grand Marais.|
|10:27 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:52 a.m.||West Highway 61||Out with party.|
|12:39 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party would like to speak to a deputy.|
|1:10 p.m.||Great Expectations School||D.A.R.E. class.|
|4:11 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Permit to carry application received.|
|4:48 p.m.||Lutsen||White Honda SUV all over, info given to Minnesota State Patrol.|
|5:32 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|8:41 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:57 p.m.||Birch Terrace, Grand Marais||Welfare check requested. Caller is concerned for party in bar, very drunk, throwing stuff around.|
|10:15 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:25 p.m.||Cascade Beach Road||87-year-old fell, can't get up and is complaining of hip pain|
|7:37 a.m.||East Highway 61, Hovland||Reporting vehicle in the ditch.|
|8:10 a.m.||Grand Portage||No one on the phone, sounds of voices in the background no shouting.|
|8:26 a.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Semi on side of road with flashers and flares out.|
|8:50 a.m.||Birchwood Apartment, Grand Marais||Reporting that party parks their truck near this location, feels it is a hazard.|
|9:05 a.m.||West Highway 61||Vehicle in ditch, lakeside, person standing on the roadway.|
|9:05 a.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:36 a.m.||Gunflint Trail/5th Avenue||Vehicle ran off the road on the SE corner of this intersection. No injuries.|
|11:00 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Permit to carry application received.|
|11:33 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Received permit to carry renewal application.|
|1:12 p.m.||Arrowhead Trail, Hovland||Helping resident dig her vehicle out.|
|1:15 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Test.|
|1:24 p.m.||Cook County courthouse||Test for training.|
|1:27 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Test for training.|
|1:43 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party must have hit the wrong button. No emergency, misdial.|
|2:00 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Transporting prisoner from St Louis County Jail to Cook County Jail for housing and court.|
|2:12 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|2:13 p.m.||County Road 7, Grand Marais||Arrowhead Transit bus stuck near this location.|
|2:19 p.m.||Cook County courthouse||Call party back.|
|2:53 p.m.||Stevens Road, Grand Portage||Vehicle in the ditch.|
|3:14 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party misdialed at this location, no emergency.|
|4:22 p.m.||Grand Marais||Sent over a report on an individual.|
|7:49 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|8:42 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|9:06 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party moved out and took items when they left|
|9:25 p.m.||7th Avenue, Grand Marais||Party states his two dogs ran off. A golden retriever named Bourbon and a white lab named Bolt. Both dogs are wearing collars and are friendly.|
|10:06 p.m.||GunFlint Tavern, Grand Marais||Two people arguing outside.|
|7:06 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|8:32 a.m.||Upper Road, Grand Portage||Large balsam on power line half way down the driveway.|
|8:54 a.m.||Cutoff Road, Grand Marais||Requesting residence checks.|
|9:08 a.m.||West Highway 61||Reporting someone hit a deer at this location. Vehicle has front end damage. No injuries and deer needs to be dispatched.|
|9:35 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:45 a.m.||Mount Maude Tower, Grand Portage||ARMER tower at this site reads out of power. Generator running for one hour.|
|9:59 a.m.||Hovland||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|10:24 a.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|10:38 a.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|11:05 a.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:19 a.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|11:39 a.m.||West Highway 51, Schroeder||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:49 a.m.||Skou Road, Schroeder||Traffic stop, cancel.|
|11:55 a.m.||Bluefin Bay, Tofte||Abandoned 911 call. Customer misdialed, no emergency.|
|12:26 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|12:58 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|12:59 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:09 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:15 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:25 p.m.||Gofer Trailer Court, Grand Marais||Says that there is a white husky running loose in this area. Dog had a green collar and was wearing an orange bandana. Party was wondering if anyone had called missing a dog.|
|1:27 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:39 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:40 p.m.||East Highway 61, Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:00 p.m.||Grand Marais||Reporting his dog Odin is missing for about 3 hours.|
|3:01 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:07 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:23 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|4:12 p.m.||Paradise Beach, Colvill||Reporting a small black dog running loose in this area.|
|4:27 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|4:57 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party contacted deputy about an ongoing matter with her child.|
|5:56 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Found a dog just past Cascade State Park. They have the dog and were wondering if anyone has reported a dog missing.|
|6:04 p.m.||Grand Marais||Reporting that there was a lot of shouting going on in the apartment above caller.|
|8:51 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:16 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:57 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:12 p.m.||Cook County Community Center||Surveillance footage of suspicious activity - unknown person on east side of building messing with something along the east wall. Passenger in vehicle. There is a driver but unable to see who.|
|1:03 a.m.||Grand Marais||Reporting possible domestic.|
|2:59 a.m.||East Highway 61, Hovland||89-year-old male having lots of pain in his back and trouble walking.|
|9:32 a.m.||Casino Drive, Grand Portage||Person with possible broken leg in the back parking lot by the maintenance garage.|
|9:42 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:54 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:05 a.m.||Arrowhead Trail, Hovland||Party called on ARMER to report hitting a deer 1/4 mile up Arrowhead Trail past the pavement. Requested a conservation officer.|
|10:08 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:09 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:23 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:51 a.m.||Grand Marais||Party having problems going up County Road 14 near this location. Party said that the steep hill in the area is very icy|
|11:10 a.m.||Grand Portage Lodge||Reporting they have a counterfeit $20 bill in their possession.|
|11:12 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Attempting to pick up individual with warrant out of Wisconsin|
|1:12 p.m.||West Highway 61||Caller requesting that the ER be alerted, bringing in a 70-year-old male possibly experiencing a stroke.|
|1:29 p.m.||Colvill||Reporting 2 vehicle accident near this location.|
|1:55 p.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:15 p.m.||East 5th Street, Grand Marais||Wondering what to do about all the deer parts left in the garage. It is starting to stink in there and also what can be done about camper that party took. Would like a call back.|
|3:37 p.m.||West Highway 61||Big spruce tree hanging on the electrical line, just wants the lineman to know about it.|
|3:43 p.m.||West Highway 61||Misdial.|
|5:07 p.m.||Durfee Creek, East Highway 61||Hit a deer, needs to be dispatched.|
|5:10 p.m.||Joynes Ben Franklin||Parade detail.|
|5:16 p.m.||North Broadway, Grand Marais||Parade detail.|
|7:03 p.m.||West Highway 61, Grand Marais||Requested deputy assist at vehicle search at this location.|
|7:39 p.m.||5th Avenue, Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|8:07 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|8:31 p.m.||Grand Portage Lodge||Foot patrol.|
|9:09 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:30 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:08 p.m.||County Road 7, Grand Marais||Complaint on dog that's been in the middle of the roadway in this area during the last couple weeks. Black and tan shepherd type markings but body shape more like a husky.|
|11:21 p.m.||Devil Track Road, Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:43 p.m.||Eagle Ridge Resort, Lutsen||Male missing his wife who is intoxicated. She was kicked out of Papa Charlie’s about an hour and a half ago.|
|1:15 a.m.||Caspers Hill, Colvill||CO detector went off about 20 minutes ago, no symptoms. Has propane heater turned off and windows open|
|9:20 a.m.||Stonegate Road, Hovland||Strong propane smell outside. Not from their house.|
|9:29 a.m.||Durfee Creek, Grand Marais||Husky/chow mix white in color.|
|10:44 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|11:17 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Hang up from this number. County called back, party stated it was a pocket dial.|
|12:31 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:14 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party brought in a dog that was found running on the highway.|
|3:49 p.m.||Old Shore Road, Grand Marais||Reporting a tree on the power line at this location.|
|5:59 p.m.||Chicago Bay Marketplace||Public assist.|
|7:14 p.m.||Grand Portage Lodge||50-year-old female feeling weak, clammy and slow heart rate.|
|8:21 p.m.||N. Broadway, Grand Marais||Foot patrol, Grand Marais business district|
|9:06 p.m.||Taconite Harbor, Schroeder||Business check.|
|9:20 p.m.||Sven & Ole’s, Grand Marais||Out with 4 behind Sven & Ole’s|
|10:47 p.m.||Chateau LeVeaux, Tofte||27-year-old female having severe check and back pain.|
|1:41 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:34 a.m.||Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais||Wondering if deputy available to give him a ride.|
|3:41 a.m.||Grandma Ray’s, Grand Marais||Going to check out - thought there were a couple people at the bar.|
|11:45 a.m.||Schroeder||Vehicle near mile marker 70. Lost brakes, no injuries. North Coast Towing enroute.|
|11:50 a.m.||West Highway 61||Will be doing some shooting with a 50 caliber pistol today.|
|1:02 p.m.||Grand Marais Water Tower||Boat trailer with flat tire, parked in the runaway truck ramp.|
|1:17 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:27 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:28 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:36 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:12 p.m.||Caribou Trail, Lutsen||Illegally parked obstructing traffic lane.|
|2:34 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:31 p.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, clear.|
|4:35 p.m.||East Highway 61||Reporting that they hit a deer near this location. No injuries and thinks car can be driven|
|4:54 p.m.||White Pine Lane, Lutsen||Possible stroke.|
|5:32 p.m.||N. Broadway, Grand Marais||Foot patrol, Grand Marais business district|
|6:24 p.m.||Lutsen Resort||Suspicious activity reported.|
|9:05 p.m.||Superior National Golf Course||Business check.|