Around Cook County
Recently, Congressman Chip Cravaack was in Cook County to celebrate a newly-signed law that allows road crews to expand a section of Cook County Highway Eight.
Cravaack introduced the legislation that cleared the way for the development of the four-mile stretch near the Cook County Airport. The bill was signed earlier last week by President Barack Obama. Crews are now repaving and widening the road.
The Congressman spoke with WTIP’s Roger Linehan on Thursday, August 16 about the legislation as well as about the upcoming election campaign.
To hear their conversation, click on "Attached file" below..
Soccer registration day is Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Pappy Wright Field, and parents of children ages 5 – 10 are asked to meet at 4:45 p.m.; parents of children ages 11-18 meet at 5 p.m.
Registration day is the best way to get your child registered for youth soccer, meet your child’s coach, volunteer to help out, and ask questions of your coach.
If you are unable to make it to the registration day you have two options to get your child registered: Stop by the Community Education office and pick up a registration form, or go to the Community Education’s website (www.cookcountyschools.org/cookcounty/cmed) and print a registration form to turn in to Community Education. Registration forms should be turned in before Aug. 20.
For more information, contact soccer coordinator Bryan Carpenter at 218-387-2271 ext. 307 (Fitness Center) or e-mail email@example.com.
This spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cook County Community Education and local citizens with firearm experience held the first-ever DNR “Basic Intro to Sidearms for Women Only.”
The class filled immediately and more women interested in this basic course signed up on a waiting list. It was agreed that another class should be held and it is coming up on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a lunch break). Met at the Cook County Community Center 4H log cabin.
This class will introduce side arms to those who would like to become familiar with pistols. This is your opportunity to learn about and shoot various pistols. This is not a carry permit class. Participants do not need to bring a firearm, but ear and eye protection will be required and your responsibility for the afternoon range session.
The fee is $20.
Mary Manning, DNR Conservation officer will instruct. Space is limited to 25 participants. To register for this class, call Community Education at 387-2000.
Cook County has a local food shelf that is staffed by volunteers who take care of the food donations and get them out to folks who need help.
While December is the biggest time for donations, summer can be a busy time when more food is needed. Additional volunteers also are necessary to keep everything running smoothly.
Gwen Lenz talked with WTIP’s Sherrie Lindskog about the food shelf, how it works and what it needs. You can hear that conversation by clicking "Attached file" below.
On August 17, 1862 a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota river in what is now southwest Minnesota, igniting a war that claimed hundreds of lives on both sides of the conflict. The war lasted about 6 weeks and culminated in the largest one day mass execution in U.S. history and the expulsion of all Dakota peoples from the state. This week marks the 150th anniversary of this tragic event in Minnesota history.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio is airing a one hour documentary on the Dakota War, Saturday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. The documentary, "A Clash of Cultures: Understanding the Dakota War of 1862," was produced for Minnesota's AMPERS stations by documentarians Milt and Jamie Lee. Click on the AM Community Calendar link below to hear a recent interview with the Lees about the project.
Rick Nolan has won the DFL’s three-way primary race to face Eighth District Congressman Chip Cravaack who faced no primary opposition.
On his way to winning the primary, the party-endorsed Nolan also captured Cook County by a strong margin.
In Cook County races, two candidates each were selected by voters to run in November for the District 2 and District 4 commissioner seats.
As of 9:30 the morning after the polls closed, 45 percent of Cook County voters turned out for the primary with 1,548 votes being cast. The website showed there are 3,474 voters in the County. The Gunflint and Maple Hill precincts had the highest percentages with 62 and 61 respectively.
Incumbent County Commissioner Fritz Sobanja was the top vote-getter in District 2 with 99 votes or 50 percent of the 195 votes cast. Garry Gamble also will be on the November 6 ballot after getting 76 votes, or 38 percent of the total. Kelly Swearingen received 20 votes even though she pulled out of the race early on, but not in time to take her name off the ballot.
Heidi Doo-Kirk received 217 votes, or 46 percent, of the votes in District 4 to move on to the November 6 ballot. She is joined by Rick Austin who got 160 votes, or 34 percent. Gail Anderson finished out of the running with 93 votes or 19 percent.
In the Eighth District Congressional race, Nolan turned in a strong performance to beat a highly financed Clark and Ely native Anderson.
The Associated Press reports this morning that with 99 percent of the precincts reported, Nolan received 38 percent of the vote with 20,851. Clark got 17,542 for 32 percent while Anderson received 15,972 for 29 percent.