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Red Cross seeks 'everyday hero' nominations

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:19am

The Red Cross is looking for nominations to honor heroes – people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, often in everyday life. WTIP host Mary Manning spoke with Phil Hansen of the American Red Cross on North Shore Morning.

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North Shore Hospital considers discontinuing labor and delivery services

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:54pm

The Cook County North Shore Hospital will be holding its regular meeting on Thursday, January 22, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Hospital Board Room. It is a regular meeting however there is an issue on the agenda that has raised concerns among some community members. For many years the North Shore Hospital has faced the challenge of maintaining its labor and delivery services with a limited number of births each year.  At the next meeting the board will once again be considering this issue, possibly discontinuing labor and delivery services at the local hospital.

Many families elect to travel to a Duluth hospital to deliver and some higher-risk pregnancies must go there, but there are other who want to have their baby born close to home. And yet others end up doing so because they have a very fast labor.

A Facebook page: Comment Now! Cook County Hospital Considers No More Births has been started with passionate comments from community members on both sides of the issue.

Anyone who would like to let the Hospital Board know their thoughts on the subject can do so during the public comment period at the start of the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Comments could also be emailed to hospital board members:

Chair Tom Spence  at
Kay Olson at
Justin Mueller at

Other hospital board members can be reached by phone at:
Sharon Bloomquist 387-1714
Howard Abrahmson 387-2326


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Sheriff's Office to get new squad vehicle

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:51pm

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen came before the board with a request to purchase a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe from Ranger Chevrolet in Hibbing.

The new squad car would cost $30,095 with additional installation costs of approximately $4,000. Eliasen said most equipment from the old squad car would be salvaged and installed in the new car.

Eliasen said the new car is bigger than the Ford it replaces, and should be more durable when the deputies travel on bad roads, especially when they are responding to calls.

Commissioner Frank Moe asked Eliasen how often vehicles were replaced. Eliasen told him that 80,000 miles was the standard time to get a new vehicle. He said, “We drive them harder than most people drive their vehicles and they idle a lot more, which is hard on an engine.”

Eliasen added that he hoped to get 100,000 to 120,000 miles on this vehicle.

A unanimous motion passed to authorize the purchase.


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31st Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon set to start on January 25

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:54am

Commemorating the life of John Beargrease, the son of a Chippewa chief who delivered mail by dog sled, the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is set to start this Sunday. WTIP host Mark Abrahamson spoke with Jason Rice of the board of directors for the Marathon on North Shore Morning. 

The 2015 race will begin in Two Harbors, Minnesota, at the Highway 2 gravel pit with a 2pm start on Sunday, January 25th.

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Business Networking Luncheon topic: "Better Story, Better Business" on January 22

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:09am

Cook County Higher Education is hosting their January Business Networking Luncheon. This month's topic is "Better Story, Better Business." WTIP host Julie Carlson spoke with Rose Arrowsmith Decoux, instructor for this luncheon, on North Shore Morning.

Date: Jan 22, 2015
Time: 11:30-1 pm
Instructor: Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Location: Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN 55604
January Business Networking Luncheon: Better Story, Better Business by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

Storytelling and business might seem worlds apart; one conjures up kids at a campfire, the other banks and boardrooms.
But business is built on communication, and storytelling is communication at its most effective, memorable and shareable.


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Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble in concert in Two Harbors, Silver Bay

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:38pm


Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble, a talented and popular jazz group from Grand Marais, which earlier conducted workshops with the Cook County High School Band, is collaborating with Two Harbors and Silver Bay schools to present A Century of Jazz, a concert of familiar jazz tunes spanning the last century, with discussions of the history behind the music.

The members of the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble are Al Anderson on trombone, Brett Jones percussion, Erik Hahn on sax, Karina Roth, vocals, Mike Roth on bass and Mike DeBevec on piano.

The jazz ensemble will work with the Two Harbors Concert and Jazz Band, directed by Dave Haaverson and the William Kelley High School Jazz Band in Silver Bay, directed by Kris Peterson.

The Two Harbors concert will be Monday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium. The Silver Bay concert will be Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the William Kelley High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults, youths 18 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door.

These concerts are part of a five-year project begun in 2011 by the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble to provide concerts, presentations, workshops, recordings, and radio shows for rural North Shore communities. The goal is to entertain and to educate people about the role of jazz in the evolution of popular American music.

Organizer Mike DeBevec said these activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Northern Lake County Arts Council is cosponsoring the Silver Bay event.

There will also be a concert with the Cook County High School band on May 12, 2015—mark your calendars!