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Knowledge Bowl team heads to competition

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:14am

On Wednesday, Jan 10, the Cook County senior high Knowledge Bowl team had its first meet, facing powerful competition from a number of teams who went to the State Knowledge Bowl meet last year—International Falls, Marshall, Duluth East, Hermantown, Denfeld and Proctor.
Cook County fielded two teams and both finished quite well, said Knowledge Bowl Coach April Wahlstrom.
Team 1 was Mara MacDonell, Ben Seaton, and Sarah Larsen, who came in first in points with 110.5 points.  The Cook County team was followed by IFalls with 108, Hermantown 105.
Team 2 was right behind with 104.5 in 4th place.  Team 2 includes Will Seaton, Sean MacDonell and Sterling Anderson. 
Coach Wahlstrom said the high-ranking finishes were all the more impressive because teams can have four individuals on a team. Cook County was missing its 11th grade students who were taking a final, so the students who competed were at a disadvantage. They still pulled off a top five finish.
“Things are on the up and up for Cook County,” said Coach Wahlstrom, “State is a goal again.”
Upcoming meets are Feb. 13 and March 6.  The tournament to determine State contenders is on March 20.

Grand Marais moves ahead with planning of public works facility

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:12am

Grand Marais city councilors voted Jan. 30 to go ahead with the first step of a planned public works facility by approving a pre-design proposal from LHB, an engineering firm from Duluth. Under the terms of the $10,844 agreement, LHB will look at the city’s needs, such as function, size and furnishings. LHB will then provide a planning documents, a site recommendation, a preliminary project budget and schedule.
The city council is pursuing this because they feel another site is needed to allow the city to move its vehicles and equipment from the existing garages in the Rec Park along the shore of Lake Superior.
The city has already done some of its own investigation regarding a site for the facility, and there are three locations under consideration: a lot in the Cedar Grove Business Park; a city-owned site adjacent to the hospital on Fifth Avenue West; and the city’s defunct brush site on County Road 12 (the Gunflint Trail). Each site has yet to be evaluated and compared to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each. Some of the criteria to be used in the evaluation include capacity, future expansion opportunities, topography, accessibility, wetlands, visibility, neighborhood compatibility and land acquisition cost (if any).
City Administrator Mike Roth said the LHB proposal is the same one discussed by the city council last fall, and it has been reviewed with the appropriate department heads and met with their approval.

Minn. lawmakers push bill to hire more veterans

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 5:50am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State lawmakers want to give Minnesota businesses tax credits for hiring veterans.

Apple Valley Republican Rep. Anna Wills and Sen. Chuck Wiger, a Maplewood Democrat, unveiled a bill Monday they say would lower the unemployment rate for veterans and boost Minnesota's economy.

Wills says 23 percent of veterans in Minnesota are unemployed — the third-highest rate in the nation.

Businesses would receive a $3,000 credit for hiring a disabled veteran, $1,500 for an unemployed veteran and $500 for hiring any veteran. The lawmakers hope that hiring more veterans would increase income tax revenues enough to cover the cost of the credits.

Gov. Mark Dayton floated a similar proposal last year. It was included in a large package of tax cuts that Dayton vetoed for other reasons.

 

EDA approves housing services contract for 2013

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:47pm

At the January 8 meeting of the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority, a decision was made on the contract for the upcoming year for the EDA’s housing program. The EDA board reviewed a request from Community Fundraising Solutions (CFS), which has been providing housing services for the EDA for five years, offering its services for January 1 – December 31, 2013.

In exchange for delivering “a successful and comprehensive Housing and Redevelopment program,” CFS requested a “lump sum fee of $73,800, excluding mileageoutside of the service area.” In the proposed agreement, travel outside the service area would be billed at federal mileage rates and expenses for lodging, meals, etc. would be reimbursed only with prior approval of the EDA. The fees for the CFS contract would be invoiced in the monthly amount of $6,150.

Grand Marais Fire Department to list 1984 fire truck on e-Bay

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:36pm

The Grand Marais City Council voted to list the city fire department’s 1984 General pumper for sale on e-Bay. The fire truck is considered surplus equipment, and the city needs to sell it in order to make room for a new tanker slated for delivery at the end of February.
City Administrator Mike Roth told councilors at the January 30 council meeting that the process to sell the fire truck began about 18 months ago with listings in various publications and websites, and there has been some interest shown, but no buyers have come forward. The first asking price was $10,000, which was then cut in half. “Make us an offer,” said Roth.

Another successful Snowarama for Easter Seals

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:40pm

The 10th annual Snowarama for Easter Seals was once again a great success, with 77 riders hitting the Grand Portage trails and perhaps more importantly, raising $24,575 to help Easter Seals of Ontario.

The weather was bitter cold as riders set out from Grand Portage Trail Center. But the intrepid riders just bundled up and not only endured the minus 13 degree temperature, they enjoyed it. About half of the riders traveled the long route, heading from Grand Portage to Trail Center or Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. The rest of the riders stayed closer to the comforts of Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, traveling the beautiful trails right in Grand Portage.

But the real reason for the ride was brought home by the current and former Easter Seal Ambassadors at the event. Terry Douglas of Thunder Bay, mom of Easter Seal Ambassador Kendall Douglas was the evening’s emcee. She thanked everyone for taking part, noting that it is impossible to express enough appreciation to Easter Seals for its work with children with physical disabilities.

Business owners invited to Cook County Chamber gathering at Sivertson Gallery

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 7:07pm

The new Cook County Chamber of Commerce invites all county business owners and managers to a “We Love Cook County” pre-Valentine celebration from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

“Everyone is welcome,” said host Jan Sivertson. “We'd love to see members of the Greater Grand Marais Chamber and also business folk from other parts of the county who have not previously been active in chamber affairs.”

Medicare presentation at Cook Couny Senior Center

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 4:26pm

There will be a New To Medicare Presentation on Monday, February 11, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Attend this session to learn about Medicare parts A through D, Medicare insurance options, supplemental insurance, extra help paying for prescription drugs, Medicare Savings Programs and more.  Get your questions answered! This is a free informational presentation, presented by Marjori Bottila of The Senior LinkAge Line® at the Cook County Senior Center. To register and learn more call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433

Or call the Cook County Senior Center at 218-387-2660

Individual 30 minute Medicare Counseling appointments will also be available from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please contact the Senior Center to schedule your appointment. If you are new to Medicare, please make sure you attend the group presentation prior to your appointment.

 

Weekend News Roundup for February 9

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre about leaving Denali, reported on the DNR’s decision to close the moose season and interviewed Rep. David Dill on mysterious moose mortality.…all in this week’s news.

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Vikings drop 2 to Polar Bears; Mariners split with Wrens in high school basketball

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 6:51am
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The Floodwood Polar Bears visited Cook County Friday night and took two varsity basketball wins home with them.
 

The Wrenshall Wrens visited Silver Bay and left with a boys win over the Mariners. The Mariner girls, however, defeated the Wrens.
 

Kale Boomer led the Viking boys with 17 points as they fell 40-34 to the Polar Bears in Grand Marais. Colin Everson also hit in double figures with 12. The only other two Vikings to score were Justin Goldstein with three and Lars Scannell with two. Boomer and Everson each had two three-pointers in their totals while Goldstein had one.
 

The Vikings held the usually high-scoring Floodwood to a three-point margin, 24-21, at the end of the first half. The Polar Bears again outscored the Vikings by three in the second half, 16-13, to secure the win. The loss dropped the Vikes to 10-6 for the season.
 

Jarred Heggedahl and Riley Bernsdorf had 13 and 10 points respectively for the Polar Bears.
 

Floodwood stopped Cook County in the girls game, 84-54. Only the score was available from this game. The Vikings fell to 8-13 with the loss.
 

The Viking boys and girls travel to Wrenshall for basketball on Friday night, February 15.
 

The Silver Bay Mariners split a varsity double-header with the Wrenshall Wrens in Silver Bay.
 

Alicia Nopola nailed four three-pointers and scored 36 points to lead the Mariner girls to a 45-34 win over the Wrens.
 

Silver Bay held a 20-16 first half lead and they outscored Wrenshall 26-18 in the second to take the 12-point win.
 

Also scoring for Silver Bay was Tara Dow with six while Aubrey Thun and Brandi Nopola had two each. The win upped the Mariners record to 3-14.
 

Tatum Swanson scored eight for the Wrens.
 

WTIP's New Program Schedule Starts February 11

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 5:00pm

WTIP is rolling out some program schedule changes starting Monday, Feb. 11. Changes include the addition of a locally-produced music show from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and the move of Swing Session from noon to 6:00 a.m. weekdays and 4:00 p.m. Sundays.

The changes have grown out of responses from the listener survey WTIP held in the fall. “It has been a process,” says WTIP’s Executive Director Deb Benedict. “We took listener feedback and used it to determine how to best serve our listeners as well as accommodate new needs and interests.” All proposed changes were carefully considered and approved by WTIP’s Programming Committee.

As a community radio station, WTIP works hard to be responsive to community needs and interests. Sometimes, being responsive means considering the program schedule and making changes to best serve listener needs. “We have to be responsive,” says Benedict. “We found there was a need for a locally-produced music show and early-morning programming, so we carefully considered options and created a new schedule that we’re confident will serve our listeners’ needs. We’re really excited about it.”

WTIP’s program schedule is a mixture of locally-produced and carefully selected programming that meets the needs and interests of WTIP’s unique and diverse listenership. WTIP has over 75 active volunteers that produce most of the local programming.

 

Click here to see the new program schedule.

"Winter Wonderland" at Birch Grove February 9

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:25pm

Do you have a child or grandchild aged 0-5? On February 9, the second annual "Winter Wonderland" for young children and their loved ones will be held at Birch Grove from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be activities specially geared toward that age, and resources for their caregivers. Snacks will be provided. Bring your own sandwich or join us for Cross River Cafe's Famous Chili at noon. We invite people of all ages to spend the afternoon enjoying the skating rink, ski trails, snowshoeing and tot-sized sledding hills. At 4:00 p.m., the second round of the Third Annual Boot Hockey Tournament will be held.

Grand Marais Park Board talks about Community Center Pool budget cuts

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:23pm

The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee will be getting some input from the Grand Marais Park Board at their next meeting.  Park Board Member and City Councilor Bill Lenz updated the park board on budget-induced reductions to the Cook County Family YMCA design at their meeting on February 5.

The amount designated for outdoor amenities, including a new softball field, has been limited to $500,000 in order to leave as much money as possible for the YMCA building.  “We feel that we have to get the building done,” said Lenz.  “At this point, the ball field is kind of up in the air.”

“The ball field is really important to our plans,” said Park Manager Dave Tersteeg.  The park’s Master Plan calls for replacing the ball field with full-service RV sites when the county builds a new ball field on its current Community Center property.  Lenz said that he has told the steering committee that if a new field is not built, Grand Marais will eventually have one fewer field than it needs.

Winter storm bears down on Arrowhead

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:17am

There is a significant winter storm headed our way beginning Sunday afternoon. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about a lot of snow and blowing winds.

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Viking girls win at basketball; SBA girls hockey and CCHS Nordic ski seasons come to an end

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 4:15am
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Leah Utities cut loose for 22 points as the Cook County Vikings beat Duluth Marshall Thursday night, 65-46, in a game played at the high school gym in Grand Marais.

The Vikings hit 28 field goals while holding Marshall to only 18 to take thewin. Marshall held a nine to five edge in the free-throws-made column.

Joining Utities in double-figure scoring were Theresa Morrin with 16 and Breana Peterson with 13. Suzy Burton scored eight and Kaitlynn Linnell added six for the Vikes. Utities and Morrin each had two three-pointers apiece.

Mary Baumgartner led Marshall with 12 points.

In girls hockey, the Silver Bay Area girls team ended its season Thursday night with a 4-0 loss at Proctor-Hermantown in the quarterfinals  of the Section 7A hockey playoffs.

And, the season ended for the Cook County High School Nordic Ski Teams as no Vikings qualified for State in the Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge.

In regular season boys hockey, the North Shore Storm overwhelmed Moose Lake Area 8-2 on the Storm's home ice. Both the SBA and Storm teams include skaters from Cook and Lake counties.

The Silver Bay Area girls came into last night's Section 7A game at the eighth seed. Proctor-Hermantown is seeded number one. In taking the win, Proctor-Hermantown scored once each in the first and second period, adding two goals in the third for the win.

Cassie Swanson was in the net for the Mariners and made 29 saves. 

The top-ranked Duluth East girls won their third straight Section 7 Nordic ski title on Thursday. East is also the two-time defending state champion. East took the 10.5K girls' meet with 384 points followed by Ely at 377. The Viking girls finished 10th with 132.

The Ely Timberwolves won the boys' 10.5K meet with 384 points followed by Duluth East wtih 371. The Vikings finished ninth with 221 points.