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Tofte communications tower gets county board's approval

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 2:57pm

Hurdles to building a 190-foot communications tower in Tofte were cleared when both the Cook County Planning Commission and then the Board of Adjustment approved the township’s request for a variance for a 1,000-foot setback and a conditional use permit at a special meeting held September 25, 2013 in the Cook County Commissioners room. Today, October 8, the county board also gave its approval.

Fearing that a cell phone tower would hurt property values and diminish the rugged beauty of the area, several people spoke in opposition. Two who were opposed have homes within the 1,000-foot setback, one expressed fear that by building a large tower near their homes, their property could be harder to sell and their personal use of the property would be diminished because of viewing the tower from their windows.

Researchers suspect BWCA was 1st Minn. settlement

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:26am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Researchers at St. Cloud State University say they have reason to believe that a site in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was home to a settlement as long as 16,400 years ago, which would make the habitation the oldest in Minnesota.

They base it on testing of soil samples collected around Knife Lake, along the U.S.-Canada border. The St. Cloud Times reported Monday that anthropologists want to do more testing before drawing firm conclusions.

Associate professor Mark Muñiz says it would fit with a theory that people lived along the edge of glaciers as they receded. It challenges previous beliefs that glacier-caused flooding in northern Minnesota caused the earliest humans to inhabit the south.

The excavation sites are believed to be where people quarried siltstone for tool-making.

Great fall weather ahead

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:02am

Beautiful weather is ahead for the entire week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christensen.

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Volley for a Cure--a fun fundraiser at CCHS

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 8:40am

On Monday, October 7, the third annual Volley for a Cure will start at 4 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym. The event is open to everyone and a free will offering will be taken

“Last year we made $700. This year I hope we make $1,000,” said 8th grade volleyball Coach Kelly Roberts.

Games will be played between the 7th and 8th grade teams, the C-team versus the B-team, and the varsity will play the alumni and parents  “If there are enough alumni we might have a game where the alumni play the alumni,” said Roberts.

“The games between the kids should be fun, and the games between the parents and the kids should be even more fun,” said Taylor.

“We invite all cancer survivors out there and anyone affected by cancer to come out and take part,” Roberts said

On sale will be memory ribbons and raffle tickets. All proceeds will be donated to the Cook County North Shore Health Care Foundation.for its cancer assistance fund.

Coach Roberts said the fight against cancer hits home for her, having lost her mother to breast cancer and having seen Varsity Coach Pam Taylor go through treatment over the last year, "This means a lot to me,” Coach Roberts said.


Grand Marais Art Colony offers chance to "Make-a-Bowl"

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 8:34am

Don't miss a chance to Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls this weekend! It’s a great way to learn more about pottery while serving a good cause – raising money for the local food shelf.

Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held now until Oct. 14 on Sundays at 2 p.m., and Mondays at 7 p.m. There is a $5 tuition fee per session, and pre-registration is required.

Twelve percent of Cook County residents are hungry every month. Therefore, each year the Art Colony organizes the Empty Bowls Dinner& Silent Auction (Nov. 14), a community art fundraiser for the local food shelf.  The bowls made will be donated to the event, and participants will learn the basics of pottery and create two kinds of bowls: hand-built and a wheel-thrown.

The sessions are open to all levels and ages. Register by contacting the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Weekend News Roundup for October 5

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 10:18am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. A group of Native Americans protest the proposed tar sands pipeline, wolves and bears are back in the news, state officials visit a closed Wisconsin copper mine, and more …all in this week’s news.


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