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Minnesota Deer Hunter Association sponsors Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:07am

At a time when most states are watching hunter numbers fall, Minnesota is enviably experiencing a fairly stable hunter population. Why? One reason may be the subtle but prolific Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps sponsored by Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).

MDHA’s Forkhorn Youth Summer Camps certify youth 11-17 years of age in Firearms Safety, Bow Hunter Education and Advanced Hunter Education. Additionally, campers learn about woodsmanship, ethical hunting, wilderness survival, wildlife biology, hunting techniques and much more.

MDHA has seven environmental learning center locations across Minnesota. Facilities include the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, Kiwanis Boy Scout Camp in Marine on the St. Croix, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in Spicer, Laurentian Environmental learning Center in Britt, and Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade.

The Arrowhead Chapter of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is now accepting applications for Forkhorn Camp scholarships.  This year, the Arrowhead Chapter in Cook County will provide up to $2,625 and six scholarships for area youth.  This is made possible by several local fund raising projects throughout the year with the support of our community.

To apply with MDHA’s Arrowhead Chapter for a Forkhorn Camp scholarship, contact Orvis Lunke at (218) 370-1200 for more details and to get on the active list.


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Donkeyball comes to CCHS Monday, April 6

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:10am

Come one, come all, it’s a fun evening of Donkeyball!

This invitation comes from the Cook County High School Band which is hosting an evening of Donkeyball on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. to raise funds for the band trip in 2016. The community is invited to come watch classmates, friends and neighbors play basketball while riding live donkeys.

One game will be a match between Cook County Law Enforcement and the Grand Marais Fire Department.

Donkey rides will be available at halftime for kids 12 and under.

The audience will find out the “winner” of the Kiss-the-Donkey contest. Voting is open now for students and community members to see which of the Cook County Schools administration will have to kiss a real, live, donkey—Superintendent Beth Schwarz, Principal Gwen Carman or Principal Adam Nelson. There are donation buckets at the school in which votes can be cast. The public is invited to come out and “vote” with cash. Whoever raises the most money will have to kiss a donkey in front of the crowd.

Tickets are available in advance at $7 each at Mike’s Holiday, Arrowhead Pharmacy or the Cook County Schools office. They are also available for purchase from CCHS band members. Tickets will be $9 at the door, so get them in advance and save.


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WTIP earns Associated Press honors

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:05am

WTIP North Shore Community Radio has been recognized in the 2014 Minnesota AP Broadcasters Awards.

Station staff and volunteers regularly produce features that bring a variety of voices and perspectives on topics that explore the rich culture of the North Shore region.

The Associated Press recently announced that several of these features and services have been selected as AP News Award winners. 

In the Series and Specials category, first place went to The Lake Superior Project: Trafficking & Lake Superior, by Kelly Schoenfelder. First place in the Writing category went to Gus’ Wild Side: Cache Lake Country by Dennis Kaleta and Martha Marnocha.

In the Feature category, the station won honorable mention for: Local Music Project: Radio Waves, by Will Moore. Also receiving honorable mention in the Documentary category was History Speaks: Ernest Oberholtzer –Advocate for the Quetico-Superior, by Martha Marnocha.

The overall Best in Show award was granted to The Lake Superior Project: Trafficking & Lake Superior, by Kelly Schoenfelder, and WTIP’s website received The Best Website award.

“We’re honored to receive these awards,” said WTIP’s executive director Deb Benedict. “The AP has acknowledged the quality work we’re doing to produce culturally-rich and thoughtful content, both on the air and on our website.” 

The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest news gathering organization. The cooperative of newspapers, radio stations and television stations provides text, audio, graphics, video, photos and technology to more than 15,000 news outlets worldwide.

To listen to the award-winning features, to learn more about WTIP’s efforts, and to check out WTIP’s award-winning website, visit


Minnesota Supreme Court suspends ex-prosecutor's license

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:35am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the license of a former northern Minnesota prosecutor convicted of sexual misconduct involving a teenage girl.

The court took the action Wednesday against former Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell of Grand Marais.

Scannell was convicted of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct last year and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Jurors decided Scannell abused a position of authority when he kissed and touched the 17-year-old during drives they took in 2012.

The director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed the petition to discipline Scannell.

In its order, the Supreme Court said Scannell must wait three years before filing for reinstatement. He also has to pay $900 in costs.

"Healthy Kids Day" at the YMCA, April 25

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 5:15pm

“Healthy Kids Day” is a YMCA-sponsored event that hopes to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. WTIP volunteer Barb Heideman spoke with Emily Marshall of the Cook County YMCA on North Shore Morning.


Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA
Saturday, April 25
1-4 pm

This event is held at 1,800 YMCAs across the Nation on April 25th to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Community organizations are invited to host a booth with a health or safety activity, lesson, game, or prize. To host a booth for Healthy Kids Day, to become a sponsor, or to learn more, please contact Emily Marshall at 387-3386, ext. 506


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Forkhorn Summer Youth Camp provides outdoor experience for area youth

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:50am

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association sponsors a summer camp experience for youth ages 11 to 17. WTIP volunteer Joey Detrick spoke with Nate Sheils, member of the local Arrowhead Chapter of the MDHA, on North Shore Morning.

To learn more about Forkhorn Camp scholarships, contact Orvis Lunke by phone at 370-1200.

For more information on the MDHA annual banquet, contact Nate Sheils at 370-1344.

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