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Sheriff talks to parents about prom safety

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:32am

Distracted driving, prom and graduation parties…all at the top of the law enforcement list. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen


Beaver House brings fresh look in 2016

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:39pm

The Beaver House in Grand Marais has some exciting changes happening in 2016. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this story about the iconic downtown business. 


Please confirm emails sent April 25-27 to Cook County News-Herald

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 9:39am

Local Internet provider Boreal Access had an outage in its email program beginning April 25 through today, April 28. It appears that email service has been restored and the Cook County News-Herald is now receiving emails sent today.

However, we have not received the normal number of messages that should have been transmitted on April 25-38. If you sent something to the News-Herald on those days, please contact us to confirm that it has been recieved.

You can now email us or call us at (218) 387-9100.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Emergency Services Conference coming up April 29-30

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:42pm

Cook County Emergency Management is once again hosting a two-day Emergency Services Conference, a training opportunity for emergency responders—firefighters, First Responders, law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses, EMTs, and related fields. The conference, open to people throughout the region, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 29-30.

Most sessions will be held at the Cook County Community Center, such as Skywarn, Storm Spotting; Obstetrics for the First Responder; Cross Border Amateur Radio Set up and more. However others will be off site such as car burn and vehicle extraction, to be held at the Grand Marais Fire Hall and Cold Water Rescue at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.

In addition to the valuable training, the ES Conference gives the opportunity for emergency workers to get together in an informal, non-urgent situation. Throughout the weekend there are chances to dine together with some meals included with conference registration. A Friday night dinner is courtesy of Gunflint Lodge. 

The training wraps up with a Saturday night dinner featuring guest speaker Kevin Reed, deputy director of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management, followed by an awards presentation.

To register, clip the registration form in the April 2 Cook County News-Herald, pick up a registration form at Cook County Law Enforcement or email to request a form.


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Two Harbors branch of North Shore Federal Credit Union to open in June

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:39pm

County residents who have made a trip to Duluth in recent months have likely noticed the construction under way at the first stoplight in Two Harbors at the site of the former BP gas station. North Shore Federal Credit Union (NSFCU) members may also have noticed that this new building will be a branch of their financial institution.

The News-Herald reached NSFCU Manager Mark Summers last week just after he had completed a tour of new building. Summers said the Two Harbors location should be open in early June.

He said the interior of the building is nearly finished, but the opening will wait until the parking lot is finished. It needs to be blacktopped and curb and gutter installed. Summers said the work has to wait for the road bans to go off for paving.

Once open the new location will offer all the services of the branches in Grand Portage, Grand Marais, Lutsen and Silver Bay, perhaps with more focus on commercial products because of the growing economy of Two Harbors.

And when pressed for an opening date, Summers said an opening celebration has tentatively been set for June 22. And will there be a party? He said, “You bet.”


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Climatologist talks ice-out forecast for Gunflint Trail lakes

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:53pm

What roles do rain and wind play in removing ice from lakes in Cook County? WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with Pete Boulay of the Minnesota Climatology Office to find out.