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Grand Portage band member makes return trip to Standing Rock

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 9:35am

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 - 12:02pm

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 - 9:07am

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 - 10:31am

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 - 7:43am

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 - 3:38am

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 - 3:03am

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 - 2:45pm

New Postmaster arrives

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:40pm

Paul Jame resigns from Tofte Townboard

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:38pm


Lockport Marketplace & Deli get national recognition

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:35pm

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 - 6:05am

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 - 7:02pm

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 - 2:57pm

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. 


Cook County Election Results

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 2:42am

County Commissioner District 2 and 4: Incumbent Cook County District 2 Commissioner Garry Gamble was defeated in his bid for reelection last night by challenger Myron Bursheim, 307 votes to 227.
Grand Marais East Precinct 5 went 58.44% to 41.06% for Bursheim and Croftville Precinct 4 went 53.96% to 46.04% for Bursheim.

District 4 Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk ran unopposed and tallied 93.63% of the vote in Gunflint Trail Precinct 8 and 89.2% in Maple Hill 8A.

School Issues: School District ISD166 had two questions on the ballot. Both passed, but not in every precinct.
Question One asked for Approval to be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,500,000 for acquisition and betterment of school facilities. It passed by 1,876 to 1447.
The Hovland and Tofte precincts voted against the measure.

Question Two asked for approval to increase the School District's general education revenue levy by $800 per pupil. It passed by 1,945 to 1,392. The measure failed in the Hovland precinct.

Two uncontested school board positions were up for election. Incumbent District 4 Sissy Lunde received 97.19% of the vote. District 2 candidate Carrie Jansen received 98.14% of the vote.

Grand Marais: Grand Marais residents got to vote for two City Council positions. Both Tim Kennedy and Tracy Benson ran unopposed for their two seats. Kennedy received 480 votes and Benson, 590.

Incumbent Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux failed to file, so consequently ran as a write-in candidate. Out of 393 write-in votes, he received 281. The other votes were divided among two dozen write-ins.

Soil and Water: There were three uncontested incumbent Soil and Water positions on the ballot. All three candidates won their seats. Donald Goodell in District 1, Joan Farnam in District 3 and Jerry Hiniker in District 5.

Hospital Board: Two Hospital Board members ran unopposed. District 2 Justin Mueller won 98.82% of the vote. District 4 Kay Olson received 98.18% of the vote.

Minnesota Congressional races: All eight of Minnesota’s Congressional Districts were in play this election, with three considered highly contested.
In our 8th Congressional District the battle was once again between Democrat incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger Stewart Mills. At this writing the count is too close to call.
Cook County voters gave the nod to Nolan with all 13 precincts in the Nolan column: 65.16% Nolan and 34.63 went for Mills.

Congressional District 2 in the south and east metro suburbs, Democrat Angie Craig was out-polled by Republican Jason Lewis 50% to 41%.
In Congressional District 3, the west Metro area, incumbent Republican Erik Paulsen pulled a win over DFLer Terri Bonoff 56.70% to 43%.

The Constitutional Amendment 1, which asks voters if they want to “Remove Lawmakers’ Power to Set Their Own Pay” passed with the required 50% or more. The question read: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove state lawmakers' power to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries of lawmakers?”
76.81% of Minnesota voters said “yes.”

Supreme Court: There was one contested seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court on the ballot. Incumbent Associate Justice Natalie Hudson handily defeated challenger Michelle MacDonald state-wide, 58.80% to 40.78%.

In Cook County the vote total showed Hudson winning 70.18% to MacDonald’s 29.70%.

Presidential Vote: The national vote total is in and Donald Trump wins over Hillary Clinton with a popular vote of 57,581,441 and 276 of the electoral vote as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Cook County went for Hillary Clinton with 56.33% of the 13 precincts in the Democrat column. Those going Trump were 34.06%.
In The 8th District, Trump won with 53.31% of the vote to Clinton’s 38.65%.