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Taco Fundraiser Benefit for Aubid Family Tuesday

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:35am

A Taco Fundraiser Benefit is being held to show support for the Aubid Family as Allan Aubid undergoes medical treatment for brain and lung cancer.

Allan and his partner Anna Deschampe live and work in Grand Portage, but both are currently on extended and unpaid leave of absence from their places of employment. The community is rallying to help Allan, Anna and their children with medical, travel and living expenses and a benefit will be held at the Grand Portage Community Center on Tuesday, March 22, starting at 3 p.m.

There will be raffles and a silent auction, a bake sale and dinner—Indian Tacos and Taco in a Bag. Wild rice gathered by Al Aubid will be available for sale. Entertainment will be provided by Portage and the Stonebridge Singers will offer drum songs.

Drawings for raffles and auction will start at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone unable to attend the benefit that would like to make a donation can do so online at


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Family Dance sponsored by Cooperation Station Tuesday

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:34am

The Cooperation Station annual Family Dance and Fundraiser is here again! The event will be held at Voyageur Brewing Company on Tuesday, March 22.

Cooperation Station invites you to join them for a fun family night out with music, dancing, and a backyard cookout featuring a silent auction and kids raffle items. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with music by Rod & Caribou from 6-8:00 p.m. Suggested donation: $5/individual or $10 with dinner and $15/family or $25 with dinner. See ya there!


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County seeks legislation to improve electronic waste collection

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:32am

Tim Nelson, planning and zoning director, came before the Cook County Commissioners on March 15 with a request to have the board send a letter to Minnesota legislators showing the county’s support for a house and senate bill that, if passed, would help the county save money on waste electronic collections. 

Currently Cook County schedules collection events twice each year, with the county absorbing administrative and transportation costs and residents paying up front disposal costs.

“It, [the bill] would be more beneficial to many of the other counties that collect, store and transfer waste electronics on a continual basis,” said Nelson, adding, “But it would save Cook County between $4,000 to $5,000 per year in waste fees we pay to haul our collections.”

According to Nelson, the bill would shift responsibility for management and disposal costs to manufactures. Originally the bill, which was passed in 2007, required manufactures to recycle waste electronics and it was intended that manufacturers pick up the cost of management, transportation and disposal, but once electronic manufacturers realized they could reach their yearly mandated collection credits in larger communities, they stopped reaching out to rural communities, explained Nelson.

Commissioner Garry Gamble said, “I know we are all aware that costs passed on to manufacturers will be passed onto purchasers, but I am for it as a mechanism to dispose of our used electronics.”

“I question whether this bill will pass this year,” said Commissioner Frank Moe, “but I am in favor of it and we can always resubmit it next year if it doesn’t pass this year.” 

Commissioners voted to support Nelson’s request and made a motion to send a letter to the legislators in support of House File 1412 and its companion bill Senate File 1427.


A little snow, a little cooler as March moves on

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:33am

A little snow with some accumulation is expected in the front part of this week. In the meantime temps will be just about what we expect for March…maybe a bit cooler. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson


Cooler weather doesn't mean ice is safe

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 10:50am

With cold weather returning across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding ice anglers and other recreationists not to be fooled by any remaining ice on lakes and streams.

Over the past week, public safety officials have reported more than a half-dozen ice emergencies across the state involving anglers and ATV riders breaking through thin or weak ice.

“The freeze-thaw cycle produces extremely weak ice that is dangerously deceptive in its appearance and how thick it measures,” said Debbie Munson Badini, outreach coordinator with the DNR’s boat and water safety program. “A cold snap now doesn’t change the fact that ice had already begun melting and is continuing to deteriorate rapidly.”

According to the DNR, many lakes and streams in southern and central Minnesota are already ice-free, going from ice-covered to open water over the course of a day or two. As the sun gains strength with the onset of spring, ice conditions can change dramatically within a matter of hours even when the air temperature remains cold.

“We’ve had reports of anglers falling through ice that was just fine an hour earlier. That’s how fast things can change,” Munson Badini said. “If you do choose to venture onto late season ice, use extreme caution. Use a chisel to check the strength of the ice frequently, be sure to wear a life jacket or float coat, and remember that no fish is worth the risk of losing your life.”

While no ice-related fatalities have been reported yet during the 2015-2016 season, Munson Badini said this is the time of year when people tend to let their guard down about ice safety. She emphasized the importance of warning children and spring break visitors to stay away from ice and open water unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for March 19

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 10:47am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Wolves – or the lack thereof – are back in the Isle Royale news. Relief for Iron Range workers inches ahead. Cliffs will reopen in Silver Bay and Bigby is back in court…all this and more in the week’s news.