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Special prosecutor to appear here Thursday

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 11:28am

Special Cook County Prosecutor Thomas B. Heffelfinger will be in Grand Marais tomorrow, Oct. 31, to conduct a press conference in connection with a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigation.

A BCA representative will also be in attendance at the 10 a.m. conference to be held on the front steps of the Cook County Courthouse.

Heffelfinger, who twice led the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, was appointed as special prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges are warranted against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell for his relationship with a minor girl. His responsibility was to review the BCA’s investigation.

Scannell was ordered by the court last December to stay away from the minor girl.

Subsequently, the BCA conducted an investigation of Scannell’s relationship with the girl and was ready to submit the case to a prosecuting attorney to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

Six Minnesota county attorneys were contacted to review the investigation and all declined. Hence, Heffelfinger was appointed to act as special prosecutor and perform all duties of the county attorney in relation to the Scannell case.


Special Prosecutor Thomas Heffelfinger to make announcement on Scannell investigation tomorrow

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 11:09am

The office of Thomas B. Heffelfinger, the special Cook County prosecutor assigned to review the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation of County Attorney Tim Scannell, has announced that there will be a press conference tomorrow, October 31, at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the Cook County courthouse.

Joining Attorney Heffelfinger will be a representative of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell first gained local and national attention in December 15, 2011 after being critically injured in a shooting in his office. Scannell was shot by a defendant he had successfully convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a teenaged girl. The county attorney initiated litigation against Cook County related to that shooting in April 2013.

Scannell again made headlines when a harassment restraining order was issued against him on December 4, 2012 by a Cook County family concerned about the safety and well being of their 17-year-old daughter. The relationship with the young women led to an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation which has turned over its report to Special Prosecutor Thomas B. Heffelfinger. Heffelfinger was appointed “to review the BCA documents for potential prosecution, and, if appropriate, to conduct a prosecution.”

Cook County Chamber celebrates Cook County businesses

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 11:08am

Community business owners gathered at the Summit Chalet at the top of Moose Mountain on Tuesday, October 22, for a joint Cook County Chamber of Commerce and Cook County Visitors Bureau event.
Visitors Bureau director Linda Kratt and Chamber director Jim Boyd shared emcee honors. The event included the presentation of seven awards for 2013—with a tie for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Boyd noted that the Cook County Chamber could have given out “literally dozens” of awards to local business owners who have given their “life’s blood to their business and the community.” However, he said they couldn’t give out that many awards in one evening. He added, “Please know however that these awards represent how very much we value the toil and sacrifices that make businesses in Cook County work.”
Recognized by their peers and receiving a beautiful “Northern Lights” bowl crafted by Joan Farnam of Grand Marais were:
Entrepreneur of the Year: Jennifer Stoltz, for her outstanding performance managing the $2.3 million reconstruction of the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op building.
Entrepreneur of the Year:
Jeff and Sarah Lynch, for reconstruction of their business, Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte, into a beautiful, expanded establishment with outstanding Highway 61 presence that adds significantly to the economic and physical appeal of Tofte
Business of the Year (established): Jack and Howard Hedstrom of Hedstrom Lumber Company, for a century of providing jobs for Cook County residents and income for county businesses.
Leadership Award: Chairman of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Norman Deschampe for decades of extraordinary personal service to enhancing the economic vitality, and cultural and political integrity of his community.

Grand Portage ENP to offer fire extinguisher checks Wednesday

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:50am

October is Fire Safety Month and the Grand Portage ENP will once again offer fire extinguisher checks for those eligible Elders on Wednesday, October 30 at the ENP during lunch. A representative from Northland Fire & Safety will be at the ENP that day during lunch and will provide Elders information on the use and maintenance of their home extinguishers.

Remember to change your batteries on your home smoke detectors and bring your fire extinguisher to the ENP that day to be checked.

For more information please call Patty at 475-2655.

Art Colony seeks program director to oversee expanded offerings at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:49am

The Grand Marais Art Colony has seen a great deal of growth in recent years and Art Colony Executive Director Amy Demmer said in addition to expanded services, the organization is ready to expand staff. The Art Colony announced last week that it was creating a new position—program director—which brings the organization’s staff to 3.5 employees.

WTIP’s “All Welcome” Membership Drive Thank You!

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 12:12pm

WTIP received tremendous support during our “All Welcome” Membership Drive.  In four and a half days, we welcomed 56 new members and 215 renewing members. Altogether, we received 271 pledges of support and raised a total of $22,921!

Thank you to each of our members ~ your support strengthens our services and makes WTIP possible.

Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers, both on and off the air, everyone who brought in food, and the talented musicians who performed live in our studios.  Thanks also to Karie Wrich, who designed the artwork.  It was a community effort, and many people came together to make our “All Welcome” Membership Drive a success ~ thank you!