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County to implement branding, communication policies

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:59am

As a means of transparency in local government and in an effort to communicate better both internally and outside the courthouse walls, Cook County staff and commissioners are working on branding themes and an updated communication policy. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on this story. 


Schroeder supervisor candidate speaks to WTIP

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:26am

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. 

In Schroeder, two candidates have filed for the one supervisor seat on the ballot. Although Schroeder citizens stepped up for the supervisor seat, no one filed for the position of treasurer. If there is no write-in candidate, the Schroeder town board will have to appoint a treasurer. 

For supervisor, Rick Anderson is challenging incumbent Roger “Bill” McKeever. He is the owner of Temperance Traders Liquors and Gift Shop. He a frequent attendee of Schroeder Town Meetings. He declined an interview with WTIP. 

McKeever owns McKeever Well Drilling and has served as supervisor for many years. Rhonda Silence speaks with McKeever in this interview. 
All Minnesota townships hold their annual meetings and elections on the 2nd Tuesday in March, so voters will head to the polls this year on March 14, 2017. Polls are open at the Schroeder Town Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. 


County considers study on economic impact of local trails

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:33am

The Cook County Parks and Trails Commission is considering taking on a study to find the economic impact of local trails, including ATV, skiing and other forms of recreation in the county. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs find out the details in this interview with Lisa Kerr, the land commissioner & parks and trails director for Cook County. 

For more information about the study, contact Lisa Kerr. Click here for contact information. 


Cook County rises to the top in local swim meet

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:33am

There was an adult swim meet at the Cook County YMCA on Saturday, March 11.  The event was held to raise funds for the local adult learn to swim program, and nearly $400 was raised during Saturday’s competition. 

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs was on site for the competition, and has this report. 

 To view the complete results from the swim meet March 11, click here.



Tofte Supervisor Craig Horak running for re-election

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:58am

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. Tofte voters will be going to the polls at the Birch Grove Center to vote for a treasurer and two supervisor candidates. 

Incumbent Supervisor Jeanne Larson is running for re-election to a one-year supervisor position. She is facing a write-in candidate, Sam Crowley. 

Running for a three-year supervisor position is incumbent Craig Horak. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of longtime Tofte Supervisor Paul James. He is unopposed. 

Rhonda Silence talks to Horak about being a supervisor and a Tofte town board candidate in this interview.


Bright, cold and no snow in the forecast

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 9:48am

The big snow that hit the southern part of the state and the narrow band the hit the Northland missed us. And, while the weather will remain sunny and a bit cold, there doesn’t appear to be snow in the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Justin Schultz.


Specialist discusses future of North Shore bees

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 6:22am

Bees and other plant pollinators are facing a variety of challenges in Minnesota. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs finds out more in this interview with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Crystal Boyd, a bee researcher with the DNR’s Minnesota Biological Survey.

Boyd will be in Duluth on March 21 to give a presentation about the future of pollinators in Minnesota. For more information about the event, click here. 


A look at the Law Enforcement Log

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 11:46am
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WTIP Community Radio shares the latest law enforcment report. 

Click here for a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from February 20 – February 26. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
If you need help from Cook County Law Enforcement, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, contact the Cook County Sheriffs Office at 218-387-3030.

WTIP talks with Lutsen Town Board candidates

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:56pm

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. We learn more about two candidates for the Lutsen town board in these interviews with WTIP’s Rhonda Silence.


International Women's Day march held in Grand Marais

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:21pm

International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8 was recognized in Cook County with a gathering in Harbor Park in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP's Rhonda Silence shares more about the event in this interview. 


Two candidates run for one-year supervisor role in Tofte

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:06am

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. WTIP's Rhonda Silence learns more about two Tofte town board candidates in these interviews. 


Weather causes cancellation of three weekend events

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:38pm

Because of recent rain and warmer winter weather, three events planned for this weekend have been cancelled.

The Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club planned to hold snowmobile drag races on Devil Track Lake on Saturday, March 11. However, Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club President Forrest Parsons has announced that because of the condition of the ice on the lake, it just would not be safe to hold the races.

However, Skyport Lodge is still hosting a get-together called the “End of Year Party.”  Rachelle Christianson says there will be food and drink specials and live music with “Mysterious Ways” starting at 5 p.m.

Weather permitting, there will be a bonfire by the lake.

The Dog Days of Winter sled dog and skijoring event on Poplar Lake on Sunday, March 12, has also been cancelled because of unsafe ice conditions. However, Trail Center will be open for all who still want to celebrate.

Finally, the Sugar Tour scheduled for Saturday, March 11, on the Sugar Bush Trails near Tofte has been cancelled. The trail sections were found to be un-safe, with deteriorated conditions after recent 50 mile per hour winds left the trails full of debris.

For more information on weekend events, visit our website and click on the EVENTS tab.

Border Patrol discusses refugees fleeing to Canada

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:58am

Refugees fleeing Minnesota to cross into Canada has been making headlines across Minnesota and other northern border states recently. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with the local Border Patrol to find out more. 


Volunteers needed for WTIP's "Grassroots Radio" membership drive: March 16 to 20

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:50pm

Spring is just around the corner, and so is WTIP’s first membership drive of the year!

Our “Grassroots Radio” membership drive is set for March 16 to 20.

Volunteers play an important role in helping make our membership drives a success! If you’re interested in supporting community radio and want to lend a hand – whether it’s for an hour or two taking pledges by phone, or making food or treats for guests and volunteers – we’d love to have your help!
Here’s how to sign up:

•             Online, via SignUpGenius (just click on the links below):

Phone Answerer Signup

Food & Snack Signup
•             Give Jana or Deb a call at the station, (218) 387-1070
•             Stop by the station at 1712 West Highway 61

It’s a great way to help keep this local, independent radio station strong, "from the ground up!”

Iron Range group launches lawsuit against Governor Dayton

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:05pm

A group called“Up North Jobs” and some individual citizens in the Ely area had filed a lawsuit against Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton regarding his stance on the Twin Metals Mining leases. 

Rhonda Silence learns more in this interview