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April brings awareness to child abuse in Cook County

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:31am
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with county staff from the Health and Human Services Department about the reality of child neglect and out-of-home placement issues in Cook County. 

The entired ReMoved film series can be found by clicking here. 

Special thanks to Nathanael Matanick for audio assistance with this story. 

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Lutsen considers street light for bottom of Caribou Trail

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:17am

During Lutsen Township’s annual meeting in early March, Spencer Motschenbacher approached the board of supervisors about installing a light at the end of the Caribou Trail. Earlier that day, an accident involving a logging truck and a passenger vehicle occurred right where the new lighting would be installed. The topic was put on the agenda for the next regular meeting.

The possibility of adding a light at the bottom of the Caribou Trail had been discussed before, but was voted down by previous supervisors because many saw it as light pollution and unnecessary. On Tuesday, March 15, with the accident still fresh in everybody’s mind, Motschenbacher opened discussion of the proposed light.

Motschenbacher said, “They make a great improvement at night time driving. I do see it as a safety factor.”

Supervisor Andrew Beavers and EMS chief Fred Schmidt both agreed with Motschenbacher, noting that it is difficult to see the trail in bad weather and a light would help. Schmidt added that, with the Fire Hall just up the road, it could be extremely helpful to have the light marking the trail.

Supervisor Tim Goettl read a letter from a Lutsen resident and another spoke at the meeting questioning the need for the light. The letter writer noted that light pollution is a “real factor in our world.”

However both people also said if there is a safety case for the light, they would not be opposed.

Other possibilities to help with visibility on the trail, including reflectors or lights on the stop sign itself, were also suggested. The discussion concluded with a motion for Supervisor Beavers to contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to see if the township could get funding for a light and reflectors.

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

The return of the Alberta Clipper?

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:08am
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An Alberta Clipper could be coming to the area this weekend. Not as much as January, but more like winter than spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Miller.

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Farm and Craft Market will be moving this summer

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:08am
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The Farm and Craft Market will be moving location this summer and the liquor store manager would like a few changes made at the Muni. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

 

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Viennese ensemble to perform at Arrowhead Center for the Arts Saturday

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:26pm

The North Shore Music Association will host international award-winning Viennese string ensemble the Minetti Quartett at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. This event, one of only two Midwestern stops on their tour, follows the group’s “Great Performers” concert at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Founded in 2003, the young and enormously talented Minetti Quartet has gained great international accolades—winning first prize at the international Rimbotti String Quartet competition in Florence, the Haydn Prize at the International Haydn Competition in Vienna, the top award at the International Schubert Competition in Graz, and the Grosser Gradus ad Parnassum Prize.

Named "Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organization, the group has made debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Konserthuset in Stockholm, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein.

They have been a featured guest at leading chamber music festivals, including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Aix-en-Provence, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland. They have made extensive concert tours through North, Central, and South America, Australia, Japan, and China. They have also been active as performers and tutors at the "Sonoro" chamber music festivals in Mexico, Kuhmo, and Madrid.
During recent seasons, the Minetti Quartett has toured extensively in the United States, with major appearances in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

For more information about the event, contact Kate at the Music Association, (218) 387-1272.

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Spring clean up scheduled for Gunflint Horse Arena and Dog Park April 2

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:21pm

Over the winter, members of the local horse community and Go Dog North Shore met to discuss shared use of the Gunflint Horse Arena and Dog Park in Grand Marais. Although it is a long-range goal of Go Dog North Shore to have its own separate space for a dog park, for now, the groups will share the space with the understanding that dog owners who use the park will provide clean up. Toward that end, Go Dog North Shore is hosting a spring clean up at the Gunflint Horse Arena and Dog Park on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. until noon.  

Volunteers are asked to bring their own work gloves and shovel if possible.  

Cathy Quinn of Go Dog North Shore reminds dog owners that members of the horse community have invested a lot of time and money into the horse arena so they take a lot of pride in the space. “As they should!” she said.

Quinn said that the park has proven to be a very important resource for dog owners too over the last few years.  “It's a great space for people to exercise their dogs off leash safe from traffic and predators.  It has also become a valuable resource for folks visiting the county who like to travel with their pets,” she said.

As word spreads about the availability of the park, it continues to get more and more use, especially from July into September. Quinn said unfortunately that led to an unacceptable amount of dog waste left in the park.  

“This was particularly frustrating to members of the horse community who recently invested more time and money into improving the arena footing,” said Quinn.

The park is equipped with a waste bag station and garbage can and visitors are asked to clean up after their dogs. However, it doesn’t always happen.

Bald eagle nest crashes down near Grand Marais

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 7:45am
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A bald eagle nest that sat high on a birch tree between Highway 61 and Lake Superior near Grand Marais blew down recently. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs brings us this story.
 

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Learn more about the county's assessment process

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 2:05pm

If you have questions about how the county’s assessment process works or what takes place at the annual Local Board of Appeal and Equalization (LBAE) meeting, you can attend one of three meetings hosted by Cook County Assessor Betty Schultz and Assistant County Assessor Todd Smith.

Schultz said she and Smith will give a general overview of the assessment process, which is required by the Assessor’s Office, and they will teach people how to read assessment notices that will be sent out soon.

A meeting for residents of Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail living within the 55604 zip code will be held at the Cook County Courthouse, Commissioners Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

Residents of Schroeder, Tofte, and Lutsen will meet at the Lutsen Townhall at 6 p.m. on April 4 while residents of Hovland and eastern Cook County will assemble at 6 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall on Wednesday, April 6.

“This meeting will not be held to discuss current property tax notifications or valuations,” said Schultz. “Those meetings will be held in April, as Open Book Meetings in the Assessor’s office, or at the Local Boards of Appeal and Equalization meetings. Those scheduled meeting dates can be found on your yellow valuation notice.”

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

Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend--workshops and concerts offered

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:25pm

WTIP North Shore Community Radio and Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, April 8 and 9.  For this year’s event, local musician Gordon Thorne welcomes St. Paul fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue and Twin Cities’ fiddler Tom Schaefer. The weekend features performances both Friday and Saturday night, as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday.

The event kicks off with a free concert at 8 p.m., Friday, April 8, at the Bluefin Grille, featuring Gordon and friends playing blues, swing and early Americana.  For those looking to fine tune their own musical skills, workshops will be offered starting at 10 am Saturday, April 9, and are open to musicians of all ages and skill levels.  A free youth guitar workshop will be offered with Gordon Thorne from 10 a.m. to noon.  Also starting at 10 a.m. are a fingerstyle workshop with Pat Donohue and a fiddle workshop with Tom Schaefer – both are $50 and include lunch.  Pre-registration for the workshops is requested by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

The event caps off with a concert featuring Pat Donohue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the upper room of the Bluefin Grille. Tickets for the Saturday evening concert are $20 per person and will be available at the door, or in advance by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.  Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the events as part of the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend.  Funding for this event is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and all proceeds will benefit WTIP’s equipment replacement project.  More information is available at www.wtip.org.

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

Cook County/Grand Marais EDA considers Mary Somnis for next director

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:35pm

At the February meeting of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA), the board agreed to proceed with hiring an EDA director, something the authority has been without since the previous director resigned in January 2011. The members of the committee assigned to review applications and interview candidates has made its selection. A final decision will be made by the EDA board at its April 12 board meeting, but it appears the next EDA director will be former Tofte resident Mary Somnis.

Small Business Development Representative (SBDC) Pat Campanaro, who has been providing administrative services for the EDA, told the Cook County News-Herald that the EDA subcommittee had conducted interviews with two candidates. EDA committee members were Mark Sandbo, Howard Hedstrom and Carol Mork.

Reached by phone on March 22, Hedstrom said he was confident the full board would approve hiring Somnis, who has long-time ties to the community.

Somnis has been working at the IRRRB for almost 20 years, as the regional tourism director, community development representative and as a member of the IRRRB development team. She played a role in regional initiatives such as the IRRRB’s film production incentive grant program, the Wild North Golf Alliance, the North Shore and Superior National Forest Scenic Byways Councils and other economic development marketing projects.

Hedstrom said it is hoped that Somnis can start as EDA director in mid-May. Contacted by phone, Somnis said her last day with the IRRRB is May 3. She acknowledging that her appointment still has to be confirmed by the full EDA board, but added, “I’m confident that I can be of great service to the EDA and can help it fulfill its missions and goals.”

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

Easter Greetings!

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 9:39am

All of us at the Cook County News-Herald wish you and your family a very Happy Easter.

Award-winning Viennese Minetti Quartett to appear at Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 9:36am

The North Shore Music Association will host international award-winning Viennese string ensemble the Minetti Quartett at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. This event, one of only two Midwestern stops on their tour, follows the group’s “Great Performers” concert at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Founded in 2003, the young and enormously talented Minetti Quartet has gained great international accolades—winning first prize at the international Rimbotti String Quartet competition in Florence, the Haydn Prize at the International Haydn Competition in Vienna, the top award at the International Schubert Competition in Graz, and the Grosser Gradus ad Parnassum Prize.

Named "Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organization, the group has made debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Konserthuset in Stockholm, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein.

They have been a featured guest at leading chamber music festivals, including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Aix-en-Provence, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland. They have made extensive concert tours through North, Central, and South America, Australia, Japan, and China. They have also been active as performers and tutors at the "Sonoro" chamber music festivals in Mexico, Kuhmo, and Madrid.

During recent seasons, the Minetti Quartett has toured extensively in the United States, with major appearances in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

For more information about the event, contact Kate at the Music Association, (218) 387-1272.

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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for March 26

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 10:33am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Relief for Iron Range workers has finally materialized. Wolves – or the lack thereof – are back in the Isle Royale news. Conceal/carry fees may increase in the county…all this and more in the week’s news.

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DNR seeks comments on area stream management plans

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 2:24pm

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Finland area lakes and streams have until March 31 to ask questions or submit comments.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next 5 to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

“Our management plans are the basis of how we make fishery decisions for individual lakes and streams,” said Dean Paron, Finland area fisheries supervisor. “Public comment is important as goals are created or revised in a plan. It is important in complex management where we have special regulations, but can also be incorporated into a simple plan for a small lake by adding information not collected by survey crews. The call for comments also gives the public an opportunity to see the latest plans for area lakes and streams.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Finland area, plans for the following Cook County lakes and streams will be reviewed: Cook Lake, Dyers Lake, Cross River, Four Mile Creek, Stumble Creek and Timber Creek.

Current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information may be reviewed at the DNR’s Finland area fisheries office, 6686 Highway 1, Finland. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call (218) 353-8855 or e-mail finland.fisheries@state.mn.us.

********************This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Easter weekend snowfall predicted

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:47am
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If you’re hiding Easter eggs outdoors on Saturday, be sure they’re brightly colored, because snow is on the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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