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Tue, 11/15/2016 - 3:15pm




Grand Portage band member makes return trip to Standing Rock

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:35am

Dana Logan is a Grand Portage band member who recently visited the protector camps near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Dana about her third and most recent trip to North Dakota and the frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Winter arrives this week

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:02pm

This is the week winter arrives, but probably not with a big blizzard, but more like rain and maybe a little snow. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.



DNR closing French River hatchery on Lake Superior

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:07am

The Department of Natural Resources is closing a 1970s-era fish hatchery because of failing infrastructure and excessive energy consumption.
The French River Hatchery, located on Lake Superior north of Duluth, needs $8 million in capital investment to address failing equipment. It also consumes 10 percent of the energy used by the entire agency statewide.

Fisheries Chief Don Pereira said energy inefficiency and costly repairs make it necessary to close the hatchery, but the remaining fish production from French River will be continued elsewhere.

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on this story. 


Weekend News Roundup for November 12

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 11:31am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. This was election week and it was also the first week of deer hunting. It turns out a local pharmacy is in arrears to the clinic and the state is being sued over Minntac…all this and more in the week’s news.



Veterans Day highlighted with numerous events along the North Shore

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 8:43am

There are a number of North Shore events on Friday, Nov. 11 to recognize Veterans Day. Also posted is a story by WTIP’s Rhonda Silence about Veterans Day 2016. 

--Gene's Foods, in Grand Marais, is offering complimentary soup and sandwiches to veterans and their spouses Friday, November 11th, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. More information is available at 370-0384.
--There will be a Veterans Day Tribute, Friday, November 11th, beginning at 10:30 am, at the American Legion Post 2009, 8495 East Highway 61, at Mile Marker 146, near Grand Portage. The event includes a drum ceremony, flag raising, speaker Curtis Gagnon (GAHN-ya), refreshments, and raffle. All are welcome.
--The American Legion Auxilliary Unit 413 is hosting a clothing drive for homeless veterans, Friday, November 11th.  Drop boxes will be at Grandma Ray’s from 3 to 11 pm, and at the ISD High School prior to the Veteran’s Day program. More information is available from Nancy at 387-1798.

--The Auxilliary is giving a complimentary 2-piece chicken dinner to veterans, from 4 to 6 pm, at Grandma Ray’s. More information is available from Janet at 387-2174.

--Cook County School District 166 is holding a Veterans Day Tribute at 2 pm on Friday, November 11. The middle school and high school bands, and the choir will participate. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bill DeWitt, CCHS vice principal. The Student Council will receive cookies for troops until 2 pm.


Vikings volleyball team drop opening round to Caledonia

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 4:38am

The Vikings fell to Caledonia High School Thursday in round one of the state volleyball tournament, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-17. They play again today at 3 p.m. against the Kimball Area Cubs. The game will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tune into WTIP as Bob Carter will bring you all the action.

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Nice fall weather continues for a few more days, then...

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 4:03am

The weather continues to please fall lovers, and it’ll remain that way for a few more days, but it may turn colder in a week or so. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Miller.


Do you have trouble talking to your kids? "Hot Potatoes" discussion group to be held At Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:45pm

New Postmaster arrives

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:40pm

Paul Jame resigns from Tofte Townboard

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:38pm


Lockport Marketplace & Deli get national recognition

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:35pm

Lockport Marketplace and Deli got a nice mention (plus pictures) in, an online magazine read by more than 30,000,000 people per month.

Court rules Arrowhead Pharmacy owes substantial debt to Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 7:05am

On Sept. 20, a judgement was ordered in the Cook County Courthouse that Arrowhead Pharmacy Services owed the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais more than $429,000.

The ruling had to do with insufficient compensation to Sawtooth Mountain Clinic regarding drugs dispensed at Arrowhead Pharmacy.

The situation dates back to early 2012, when Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Arrowhead Pharmacy entered into an agreement to use the federal 340B Drug Program.

According to Cody Wiberg, the executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, the 340B Drug Discount Program is a U.S. Federal Government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly reduced prices. The intent of the program is to allow covered entities to stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive service, Wiberg told WTIP.  

However, in the case of the 340B arrangement between Arrowhead Pharmacy and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, something went awry. According to former minority owner, and now former manager of Arrowhead Pharmacy, Chris Goettl, the complexities of the 340B Drug Program are the primary source of the financial troubles that arose between the clinic and pharmacy. The specifics of those financial hardships are difficult to sort out, Goettl explained, using the phrase “it’s a complex equation.”

And as far as who is to blame for the financial mishap, Goettl said that answer is equally, if not more complex.

Body recovered in connection with search for missing Duluth man in Pine Lake

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 8:02pm

At approximately 5 pm this evening, search efforts for Michael Raymond Hickey, a missing 59-year-old Duluth man, concluded when a body was recovered in Pine Lake.

"This is a difficult day for all involved; an extensive multi-agency search ended with a discovery of a body in the lake,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “We always hope for the best, that we’ll locate a missing person alive. Given the expansive remote search area, which is difficult to access, I commend the efforts of all of the responders involved for their unwavering dedication to this search.”

The body was located in approximately 80 feet of water using side scan sonar technology provided by the St. Louis County Search and Rescue.

Pine Lake is located off of the Arrowhead Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The lake consists of 18.22 miles of shoreline, has a maximum depth of 113 feet, and covers 2,122 acres.

Search and rescue efforts included a ground, water and air search with resources from the Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue, the United States Forest Service, United States Border Patrol, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

A post-mortem investigation to determine cause of death will follow.

Cook County schools superintendent talks on two ballot measures moving forward

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 3:57pm

The Cook County School District had two ballot measures approved during the Nov. 8 election. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Superintendent Bill Crandall about the election results. 


November 7
  2:09 AM Grand Marais  Caller reported party came and entered caller’s house. Caller kicked party out and is now on front steps passed out. 
  3:27 AM Grand Marais  Caller is diabetic with vertigo. He has fallen and can't get up 
  7:34 AM High School  Safe routes to school 
  7:56 AM Grand Marais  Traffic stop, warning given
  8:05 AM Grand Marais  Traffic stop, warning given
  8:26 AM Law Enforcement Center  Callback for deputy 
  9:01 AM Grand Marais  70-year-old male is not breathing or conscious.
  9:25 AM Law Enforcement Center  Callback for deputy 
  9:26 AM East Bay Suites  Reporting false alarm - construction crew set off by accident 
  10:33 AM Law Enforcement Center  Callback for deputy
  10:36 AM Law Enforcement Center  Permit to purchase received 
  11:41 AM Law Enforcement Center  Inmate transport 
  11:44 AM Law Enforcement Center  Message to pass along to deputy 
  1:30 PM Hovland  Requesting residence checks by deputies 
  1:55 PM Colvill Calling to report that he and his sons were deer hunting on his property and hunters on land next to his were yelling and swearing about staying off the road, which they were not on 
  2:28 PM Hovland  Calling to report missing friend
  4:05 PM Lutsen  Reported that a car full of guys in orange were driving on their private road. Caller asked if they could help them and reported that they were acting very nervous 
  5:13 PM Grand Marais  Garage floor south corridor smoke detector 
  5:31 PM Grand Marais  Reporting white SUV swerving over the center line. No plate available. 
  6:03 PM Law Enforcement Center  Party in for urine analysis
  6:03 PM Law Enforcement Center  Party in for urine analysis 
  6:07 PM Lima Grade  Traffic stop, warning given
  7:42 PM Lutsen  Caller reports power is out 
  8:50 PM Hovland  Caller reports missing dog, white shepherd with blue tongue named Odie 
  10:32 PM Grand Marais  Caller states power is out 
  10:52 PM Tofte  Tree in the road
  11:33 PM North Shore Health  Sexual assault 
    November 8  
  6:21 AM Hovland Possible deer hunting in the dark. She heard a shot go off 
  7:37 AM High School Safe routes to school 
  9:20 AM Grand Marais  Called to say someone is in their house and will not leave. Phone was disconnected 
  10:54 AM Law Enforcement Center  Deputy assisted in fingerprinting
  1:05 PM Great Expectations School  D.A.R.E. class 
  2:58 PM Minnesota Power, Schroeder  Reporting party has a picture of trespassers on the east camera 
  4:55 PM Law Enforcement Center  Requesting a callback from deputy
  5:02 PM Lutsen  Calling to report female with blonde hair all dressed in black walking west bound on the lake side of West Highway 61 
  6:22 PM Gunflint Trail  Traffic stop, warning given
  6:31 PM Grand Marais  Refused service to individual. Person took out his own bottle and started drinking as he walked out 
  8:27 PM East Highway 61 Zone 1 side entry door alarm
  8:45 PM East Highway 61 Keeps hearing noises outside, believes it is neighbors messing with reporting party’s car 
    November 9  
  2:09 AM Law Enforcement Center  Received an application for permit to purchase 
  6:18 AM Law Enforcement Center  Transporting inmate to Fergus Falls 
  7:50 AM Grand Portage  School zone patrol 
  7:55 AM Grand Marais School zone patrol
  9:14 AM Grand Marais  Large moving van blocking one lane at this location 
  10:17 AM Law Enforcement Center  Received permit to carry application 
  10:18 AM Law Enforcement Center  Permit to carry application received 
  10:38 AM Grand Marais  Party calling to say that they have two daycare groups at the community center and a 2 year old is missing 
  10:53 AM High School  Escorting volleyball team out of town 
  12:26 PM East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given
  2:22 PM Law Enforcement Center  Please call party back 
  3:02 PM Colvill  Papers served
  3:37 PM Tofte  Compressor has flat tire in ditch, lake side near this location. Will fix tomorrow 
  4:03 PM Lutsen  Red mini van parked on the side of highway for 3-4 days, does not seem to have moved 
  5:01 PM East Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  5:17 PM   Lutsen  Hit deer, no injuries. Minor damage to vehicle. Deer dead on highway 
  6:19 PM Law Enforcement Center  Employee dropped off phone found on their playground today. 
  6:31 PM Schroeder  Traffic stop, cancel
  7:38 PM Grand Portage  Traffic stop, citation issued
  8:06 PM Lutsen  Picked up a doe in this location - will come for possession permit tomorrow 
  8:51 PM North Shore Health  Body transport to Hibbing
  10:55 PM Grand Marais  Found large grey and black cat - can't have it at the motel and would like it picked up 
  11:00 PM Lutsen Missing golden retriever in this area - missing since 5 p.m. Female with blue collar with a tag but the phone number is wrong. "Cassie" 
    November 10  
  12:13 AM East Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  12:39 AM Grand Marais  Foot patrol downtown. 
  12:45 AM Grand Marais   Business check at Blue Water Cafe
  6:41 AM Law Enforcement Center  Inmate transport 
  7:40 AM Grand Portage  School zone patrol 
  7:58 AM Grand Marais  School zone patrol
  10:28 AM   Grand Marais  Paper service
  11:34 AM U.S. Customs, Grand Portage  Searching vehicle and found morphine not prescribed to either member in the car. Party arrested.
  12:32 PM Law Enforcement Center  Permit to purchase app received 
  4:08 PM Lutsen Multiple shots heard on lake side of highway near this location for the past 15 minutes 
  4:23 PM Grand Marais  Found garbage off Trout Lake Road 
  4:26 PM Grand Marais  Tree in roadway 
  5:16 PM Law Enforcement Center  Cc probation performing urine analysis 
  5:21 PM West Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  5:30 PM Law Enforcement Center  Performing urine analysis, no deputy needed 
  5:31 PM West Highway 61  Traffic stop, citation issued
  5:51 PM Law Enforcement Center  Performing urine analysis
  7:11 PM Lutsen  Traffic stop, warning given
  8:35 PM Grand Marais  Traffic stop, warning given
  8:59 PM Schroeder  Paper service
  9:20 PM North Shore Health  Reporting a female at emergency room who suffered multiple animal bites 
  9:29 PM Grand Marais  Someone came to the door and rang the doorbell and asked for someone who did not live there 
  9:50 PM Grand Mraais  Someone knocking over garbage cans outside on Wisconsin Street 
  9:53 PM Gunflint Trail  Called to report he broke down on Co Rd. 7, 4 to 5 miles out of town 
    November 11  
  7:01 AM Tofte  Hit a deer at this location. 
  8:04 AM East Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  8:48 AM Grand Marais  Pulp truck parked on the sidewalk. 
  9:07 AM Grand Marais  Needs to speak with a deputy. Stated that party hasn't hurt or threatened reporting party but reporting party thinks they may. 
  11:54 AM   Law Enforcement Center  Call back message 
  12:59 PM Tofte  911 hang up. Called back. A guest was trying to use a phone card in the room and called by accident. 
  2:08 PM Schroeder  Paper service
  2:25 PM East Highway 61  Back up for state patrol on traffic stop 
  3:55 PM West Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  4:37 PM Gunflint Trail  Caller states a tree is about to fall in the northbound lane near this address. 
  5:31 PM Law Enforcement Center  Party came in to state her neighbor cut down 2 bushes and a tree on her property. Neighbor also dug up two clothes line poles. Neighbor thinks these were on his property
  7:42 PM East Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  8:03 PM Law Enforcement Center  Lost and found property
  8:59 PM Grand Marais  Business check at Harbor Light
  9:22 PM Lutsen  Traffic stop, warning given
  9:34 PM Lutsen  Traffic stop, warning given
  9:49 PM Grand Marais  Foot patrol, Grand Marais business district 
    November 12  
  2:38 AM Schroeder  Requested deputy for tow assist - green sedan in deep ditch 
  5:57 AM Lutsen  Just received auto alarm reporting power outage at her property in Lutsen 
  8:06 AM East Highway 61  Dog bite. 
  8:19 AM Grand Marais  Potential line collapse for sewer. 
  10:37 AM Lutsen  Theft -states her ex-husband picked up the wood burning stove. 
  10:49 AM Tofte  911 hang up. On callback, party stated they had dialed too many 1s. All is okay.
  12:01 PM Grand Marais Ball Club pit pile is on fire. No one around. 
  12:57 PM Tofte  911 hang up. Called back and got ahold of caller. Stated he hit the wrong button and all is okay. 
  2:00 PM Grand Marais  Stated her vehicle was hit and a note was left for her stating "a man w/ this lic plate backed into your veh.”
  6:05 PM Hovland  Hit a deer on highway 61, needed it reported for insurance purposes 
  6:59 PM Schroeder  Traffic stop, warning given
  7:30 PM Grand Marais  Traffic stop, warning given
  7:43 PM West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given
  7:48 PM West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given
  9:03 PM West Highway 61 Traffic stop, advised
  11:06 PM Grand Marais Foot patrol, Grand Marais business district 
    November 13  
  12:53 AM Hovland  Caller states some kind of alarm is going off on North Road. 
  8:33 AM Schroeder Paper service
  8:39 AM Schroeder  Traffic stop, warning given
  9:03 AM Schroeder  Traffic stop, warning given
  9:52 AM Grand Marais  Dark blue semi-truck idling since midnight across from Mangy Moose. 
  10:03 AM Schroeder  Traffic stop, warning given
  10:16 AM Tofte  Trying to catch a white dog that has been cutting into the highway. 
  10:54 AM Grand Portage  Traffic stop, warning given
  11:00 AM Lutsen  Traffic stop, warning given
  11:38 AM East Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  11:51 AM Law Enforcement Center  Returning your calls, will be available all day 
  1:07 PM Putt & Pets Mini Golf Found credit card
  1:12 PM Hovland  Gave permission to some people to target shoot at the Shoe Lake pit. 
  2:51 PM East Highway 61  Traffic stop, warning given
  5:49 PM Grand Marais  Foot patrol, Grand Marais business district 
  6:49 PM Lutsen  Traffic stop, citation issued
  7:07 PM West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given
  7:26 PM West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given
  11:17 PM Gunflint Trail  Public assist