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AEOA provides assistance to homeless individuals and families

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:55am

Cook County has a homeless population that is often invisible and the AEOA (Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency) has services available to provide assistance. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Leah Hall of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency on North Shore Morning. 

Anita Jeziah is the Cook County contact for AEOA services; she can be reached at 387-4547 or
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UPDATE: Lonnie reaches Denali summit, begins descent

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:44am

Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre reached the summit of North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, shortly after 5 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, according to Stevie Anna Plummer, project coordinator for the climb.

The only confirmation is from a SPOT GPS beacon message that Dupre transmitted from the summit, saying, “All OK. Doing well.”

If confirmed, that would make Dupre, 53, the first person to have reached the summit solo in January. Mount McKinley is 20,237 feet high.

Lonnie wasted no time moving down  McKinley after reaching the summit late Sunday afternoon. The Grand Marais adventurer left his high camp at 17,200 feet about 3:30 a.m.  CST Monday, made a call to  Plummer, about 3 p.m. at 14,200 feet and said he was on his way to another camp at 11,200 feet. Plummer said he expected to arrive at that camp last night.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, Plummer received a SPOT GPS transmission from Dupre saying that he had descended from the summit and was in his camp at 17,200 feet. Plummer received no further information.

This is Dupre’s fourth attempt to reach the summit of Mount McKinley, also called Denali. He failed in previous attempts to reach the summit in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and did not attempt the summit last winter.

On December 18th  Dupre flew to basecamp.  With winter winds regularly exceeding 100 miles per hour, temperatures dropping below -60º F, and just six hours of sunlight each day, January is a formidable time on Denali, North America’s highest mountain.   

Online aquatic invasive species training for boat owners not available until January 31

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:25pm

Although the new law requiring boat trailer owners to complete Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aquatic invasive species training was enacted on January 1, 2015, the online training is not yet available. The DNR webpage now states that training will be available on January 31, 2015.

According to the DNR, the primary way that aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels or spiny water fleas move from one lake to the next is by hitching a ride on a boat, trailer or other water related equipment. In 2012, as part of an overall effort to stop the spread of AIS, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring watercraft trailers to purchase and display a decal showing that the owner has taken an AIS training course.

If you trailer a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota, you must take have this trailer decal. There is time to get this done—the deadline to have a decal on boat trailers is July 2, 2015.

Online training should be available on the DNR website at on January 31. Paper home-study training packets will also be available.

The online training cost is $5. A paper home-study course fee is $11. After completing the course, you will receive a decal that must be displayed on your trailer. Both fees include mailing the trailer decal to the owner.

Individuals who take the training can receive multiple stickers as they will need one for each trailer that they own. Additional decals for other trailers cost $2.00 each.

The decal must be adhered to the side of the trailer frame tongue near the hitch in a manner that is readily visible and does not interfere with the display of any other trailer registration requirements.

Three new commissioners take seats on Cook County Board of Commissioners

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:09pm

At the first meeting of the Cook County Commissioners in 2015, Judge Michael Cuzzo called forward the individuals who would be taking the oath of office—Commissioners Frank Moe, Jan Sivertson and Virginia Storlie; Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers; Recorder Dusty Nelms; County Attorney Molly Hicken; and appointee Assistant County Attorney Jeanne Monson.

The new board members took their seats at the commissioners’ table and a unanimous motion passed to elect Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk as board chair. Another nomination was requested for vice-chair and Commissioner Garry Gamble was elected for that seat.

The January 6 meeting continued with commissioners meting out committee and board assignments for themselves and citizen representatives. Chair Doo-Kirk asked her new colleagues if they wanted to just assume the duties of the commissioners who they replaced or if the board should go down the 11-page list to determine who was interested in serving in those now vacant positions. The consensus of the board was to go through the list item-by-item.

In most cases the new commissioners did assume the roles of their predecessors. Each commissioner ended up with about 20 committee or board assignments. The meeting commitments vary—some entities meet monthly; others quarterly. Each commissioner also agreed to serve as alternate on a number of committees and boards, to attend if the primary representative was unable to attend.


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Outgoing City Council defers decision on biomass grant

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:07pm

Because it was the last meeting for all of the Grand Marais City Council members except one, outgoing Mayor Larry Carlson suggested that a proposal to move forward with the next phase of a biomass district heating project be deferred for members of the new regime to decide. “There’s no such thing as free money, and once we approve this, it takes on a life of its own,” Carlson said. “And I’m not willing to do that. They probably are, but it’s their prerogative, not ours.”

The proposal asked for city acceptance of two $50,000 grants, from the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The money would be used to complete a scope of work that includes discussing service contracts with interested customers, seeking additional funding and preparing for the next state bonding cycle.

Council agreed and voted to leave the decision to the new board, which convenes Jan. 14.

December 31, 2014 was the last meeting for Mayor Carlson and Councilors Bill Lenz, Bob Spry and Jan Sivertson; Tim Kennedy will be the lone carry-over into the new year. He will be joined by new councilors David Mills, Anton Moody, Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and a councilor to be appointed to fill the remainder of Sivertson’s term.


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"Grand Marais Ole Opry" scheduled for January 17

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:30pm

The ‘Grand Marais Ole Opry’ is a lively showcase of regional artists playing classic country tunes. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association about this event on North Shore Morning.

Grand Marais Ole Opry will feature classic country tunes made famous by Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Johnny & June Carter Cash, and others. WTIP's "Classic Country" host Carl Solander emcees the evening's lineup: Singleton Street, Cook County's Most Wanted, Bursheim & DeCoux, and Matt & Kent Anderson.

Grand Marais Ole Opry
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
January 17 - 7:30 PM


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