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First "saltie" delayed by ice

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:16am

Having encountered significant ice issues in transiting Lake Superior, the arrival of the Port of Duluth-
Superior's first saltie of the season has been delayed by at least 12 hours.

New ETA for the Diana is now closer to 8 p.m. tonight rather than this morning as noted below.  As such, any kind of official welcoming ceremony will be rescheduled for tomorrow or Friday.

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op offers "Fresh" on movie night May 8

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 7:41pm

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-op is hosting family movie nights this month at the What’s Upstairs Theater in Grand Marais. The first offering “Fresh,” will be on May 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 301 First Ave. W.

Featured movies will cover many topics such as the environment, globalization, sustainability, climate change, developing world, indigenous peoples, earth science, and children’s films. Admission is free for Co-op owners, $5 for others. Bring your own snacks.

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart-dominated economy. Running time is 72 minutes.

West End Community Conversation continued at Birch Grove on Wed., May 7

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:55pm

The community is invited to the Birch Grove Center on Wed., May 7 for the second West End Community Conversation where the Birch Grove Foundation and interested citizens will continue to define and prioritize goals for the West End community and how we can work together. 

Organizers encourage participants to come at 5:30 p.m. for pizza (please RSVP by May 5) and stay for the 6:30 p.m. meeting.


ISD 166 open campus for lunch discussion continued

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:54pm

On par for this long winter, the April 24 ISD 166 school board meeting was once again held on the evening prior to a snow related closure of school on Friday.

At that meeting discussion of whether or not to keep the school campus over the lunch period continued and again there was no resolution.

There were a few public comments before the meeting, with two students and one adult speaking in favor of keeping the campus open.

Noah Warren, Cook County junior class vice president, spoke to concerns of student drivers speeding during the lunch period stating that it should not be a function of the school board but a function of law enforcement to police such things. “Kids who speed during off campus lunch will speed after school as well.” 

Board member Ed Bolstad asserted that, as the person who originally brought up this subject, his concern is safety. Board member Sissy Lunde was absent.

Several motions were introduced—to close the campus entirely, to only open the campus for seniors and to open the campus for juniors and seniors only. None of the motions passed so the discussion of this policy will be continued at the next meeting.

Weather: cool with showers

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:21am

Week ahead looks cool and the melt will continue to be slow – which is a good thing. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Gohde.

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Awards given for commitment to emergency services

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:30pm

Awards for Outstanding Emergency Services Provider and the Dolly Johnson Friend of Emergency Services Awards are presented at the 2014 Cook County Emergency Services Conference and this year, two of the people who have gone above and beyond in the transfer of Cook County emergency communications to the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Responders (ARMER) system were recognized.

Jailer/Dispatch Supervisor Judy Sivertson received the Dolly Johnson Award. Sivertson received the award on Friday afternoon and she was too moved to speak. Later, she contacted the Cook County News-Herald and said she wanted to make sure everyone knew how honored she was to receive the award. “I worked with Dolly and she was the complete professional. It is a great honor to receive the award in her name,” said Sivertson.

Deputy David Gilmore received the Outstanding Emergency Services Provider Award at the Saturday night dinner. Sheriff Mark Falk commended Gilmore for all his work, saying, “If it wouldn’t have been for Dave, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Deputy Gilmore accepted the award from Director Wiinanen and said, “It’s no secret that this stuff is a passion of mine.”
He recalled when he was involved in an accident with his squad car and had difficulty with his radio. Even without radio communications, he knew responders were on the way to help him. “I look at this as payback to the EMS community. I’m thankful I’m able to give back to the community,” Gilmore said.