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Weekend News Roundup for May 3

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:35am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. Iron Range schools consolidation and walleyes in Cook County, not to mention bears in Ely…all in this week’s news.



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Gala for the Grove: A Fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 5:42pm

On May 17, the fourth annual "Gala for the Grove" will take place at Surfside in Tofte. The auction held at the gala is a fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School. North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson talked with Diane Blanchette, the director of the school about the event, the food, and the wonderful cause that it supports.

More information and reservations from Birch Grove Community School at 663-0170.


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Fishing closures to protect spawing walleye

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 3:03pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that the following closures took effect April 1: Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake, approximately one-third of a mile north of the narrows, closed through May 23; Saganaga Falls on the Minnesota‑Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake, closed through May 31; Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids) on the Ontario side of Saganaga Lake, closed through May 31; channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes on the Minnesota‑Ontario border, closed through May 31; Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake) from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake, closed through May 23.

The following areas will be closed to fishing from May 10 through May 23: Tait River from White Pine Lake to Forest Road 340 crossing, including a portion of White Pine Lake; Junco Creek from the first log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, and including a portion of Devil Track Lake near the river mouth.

Closures apply to fishing only; travel is permitted through these areas. All closed areas will be posted.

The closures are intended to protect concentrations of walleye that may be vulnerable to over-harvest in what is expected to be a year with relatively late ice-out and delayed spawning. Questions may be directed to the DNR fisheries office in Grand Marais at (218) 387-3056, or to Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor Steve Persons at


Nominate someone who inspires you to "Move It!"

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 2:18pm

Celebrate Move It! in May by nominating someone who inspires you to Move It!

During the month of May, nominations will be accepted for awards for a Cook County resident who inspires others to move more. Maybe it’s someone who shoveled a path for his or her neighbor to walk safely this winter or someone fighting cancer who still gets out to ski after chemo treatments; a child who encourages his or her classmates to play outside no matter the weather, or a Care Center resident who loves to dance!  There are amazing people all around us who are Movin’ It!  Send us your stories!

Submit your nominations for a chance to win one of six prizes.  A panel from the Cook County News Herald, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, and Cook County Senior Center will randomly pick from the entries.  In early June, prizes will be awarded in three categories; children, adults, seniors.  Each winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to a local business for the nominee and a $20 gift certificate for the nominator!  Send nominations of 200 – 300 words to: Cook County News-Herald, PO Box 757, Grand Marais MN 55604 or email to Deadline for Nominations: Monday, May 26.

Questions?  Contact Rhonda Silence at the News Herald at (218) 387-9100; Kristin Wharton at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 387-2330, or Bev Greene at the Senior Center 387-2660.

Funding for the Move It! Awards is provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County Herald, and the Cook County Senior Center.

Harpist Christina Cotruvo to perform at Grand Marais Library

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:23am

The Grand Marais Public Library will present Christina Cotruvo, a Superior Love, a free family program on Friday, May 2 at 2 p.m.

Christina presents her original music celebrating Lake Superior love.  Enjoy Celtic harp instrumental music based in the love songs of the people who have lived and traveled Lake Superior.

Living on the shore of Lake Superior is what inspires Christina Cotruvo’s soothing and relaxing harp music. Learn what inspires her, how she researched the stories behind the songs and hear the beautiful music Christina creates with her Celtic harp.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, the Grand Marais Public Library and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken announces candidacy

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:22am

Cook County Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken, who has been fulfilling the duties of county attorney since County Attorney Tim Scannell left his office on medical leave on October 13, 2013, announced her candidacy for county attorney on Wednesday, April 23.

After seven years as the assistant county attorney, Hicken said she would be honored to serve as Cook County’s chief prosecutor and adviser.

Since 2011, Hicken has fulfilled obligations beyond the designated responsibilities of the assistant county attorney, maintaining the entire criminal and juvenile caseloads, while at times running the county attorney’s office and serving as legal adviser for county department heads and the board of commissioners.

In 2012, Hicken was the recipient of the Medal of Commendation from the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and the Community Service Award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for the actions she took during the courthouse shooting on December 15, 2011. She was recognized for her efforts to save the life of County Attorney Scannell and others after a near fatal attack by a recently convicted defendant.

In her time in the county attorney’s office, Hicken has gained extensive experience prosecuting crime from the petty misdemeanor level up to serious felonies.

Hicken was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2007. She is a graduate of Cornell College and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She is a fourth generation property owner in Cook County with a home in Lutsen where she and her husband Paul Nordlund are raising their one-year-old twins.

In addition to serving as assistant county attorney, Hicken also serves on the board of WTIP Community Radio and has been active in community theater with the Grand Marais Playhouse.