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Weekend News Roundup for November 24

Sat, 11/24/2012 - 11:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. A snowy start to winter on Friday, the firearms deer season closed out, the second phase of the wolf season starts, Cliffs mining lays off workers and more …all in this week’s news.

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Dayton administration seeks citizen input on environment

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 2:47pm

The Dayton Administration is seeking input from the public on the current state of Minnesota's environment, as well as how citizens would like to see environmental policy develop and change.

The Governor's Cabinet is hosting six interactive Citizen Forums held in each region of the state to present Minnesota's Environmental Report Card findings, gather public feedback, and engage in meaningful local conversations about regional economic and environmental issues. 

(Click on link to WTIP North Shore Community Radio below  to hear a recent interview with Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, chair of the Environmental Quality Board (EQB), on this topic.)

All of the input gathered at the Forums will be compiled and presented to the Dayton Administration at the statewide Environmental Congress in March of 2013.  Citizen input will be used to inform the Administration’s vision and to help set their top priorities in an environment and energy blueprint for Minnesota.  Read Governor Dayton’s Executive Order 11-32 to learn more about the origins of the Environmental Congress.  The statewide Environmental Congress will feature State leaders meeting in a one-day summit to review report card findings, discuss public feedback received at citizen forums, and begin planning a blueprint for Minnesota’s environmental future.

Citizen Forum dates and locations:

Rochester – November 27 – Wood Lake Meeting Center [9:30am – 12:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in the Oak Room.

Bloomington – November 27 – Normandale Community College [6:30pm – 9:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in the Kopp Student Union.

Cook County offers wonderful holiday shopping opportunities

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 1:47pm

There are plenty of opportunities to shop local this weekend, with many stores offering holiday discounts. In addition on Saturday, November 24 there are a number of holiday sales—from Lutsen to Hovland.

In Lutsen, the Last Chance Gallery is hosting its 7th annual Holiday Market featuring many new art items on sale and an offering of fine chocolates by Misha Martin from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Last Chance is also accepting donations for the Cook County Food Shelf.

In Grand Marais local crafters and consultants are holding their annual sale at the Cook County Community Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the community center and the l4H log building. There is a wonderful mix of crafts and consultant specials as well as a bake sale, the Girl Scout poinsettia sale and lunch served by Alyce’s from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

And in Hovland, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. shoppers can visit the Artisan’s Christmas Sale at the Hovland Town Hall. Stop in to see crafts, artwork, Christmas ornaments and all sorts of beautiful gift items. There will also be refreshments at the historic town hall.


Have a happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 1:17pm

On this traditional day of thanks, the Cook County News-Herald would like to say thank you to the wonderful North Shore community that has supported the local newspaper for over 120 years. We couldn't bring all the news to all of you without your help!

Thanks for the news tips, event notices and of course the beautiful photographs submitted every week. Thanks to all the advertisers and most of all thanks for reading!  

We send our best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with friends and family!

Community Ed offers Introduction to Ojibwe Language

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 1:03pm

Intro to Ojibwe Language through Culture, Customs and 
Traditions is being offered at Cook County Community Education to 
acquaint students with the descriptive Ojibwe language.  The 
standardized double vowel system of reading and writing will be used.  
Students will explore the circle of seasons and harmonious respect of 
woodland tradition
in context with language acquisitions.  Activities are designed to 
promote speaking and listening as well as reading the language.
The classes will be held on Wednesdays, December 12, January 9, 23, 
February 6 and 20 at the 4H Log Cabin near the Cook County Community 
Center from 3:45-5:15.  The instructor will be Tom Jack.
This class is open to students in third grade through adult. Youth 
younger than third grade are welcome to attend with an adult.  The 
cost for the class is $30.
Registration forms for the above programs are available on the 
Community Education web page 
or at the Community Education office.
  If you have questions please contact Melissa at Community Education 
(218) 387-2271 or email

"Shift Your Shopping" holiday campaign underway

Thu, 11/22/2012 - 1:02pm
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The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)  have launched the second annual Shift Your Shopping holiday campaign. Shift Your Shopping encourages citizens and businesses to make a “shift” by buying from local independent businesses for the holiday season. More than 140 local business alliances across the U.S. and Canada, collectively representing more than 38,000 locally owned and independent businesses, are participating in the campaign. provides access to resources from multiple campaigns, including templates that allow anyone to spread the message easily in their community. All are welcome to use these tools to participate and make a direct impact where they live.

Shift Your Shopping is building a tradition that strengthens local economies, expands local employment, nurtures a sense of community, and provides a more relaxed, fun, and rewarding holiday shopping experience. The campaign offers a simple, powerful way to boost our economy and preserve and create jobs in our local communities.

Numerous studies quantifying the economic benefits of buying from local independent business have found impressive benefits. Just this month, Civic Economics released several new studies in individual cities, all of which showed locally-owned independent retailers returned three times or more money into their communities than chain competitors.