Around Cook County
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Food shelf use is up in the region. Early primaries are possible under a proposed law. It’s tax time and that means a new tax scam. And a run-down of area sequestration consequences – if and when…all in this week’s news.
One event winter enthusiasts look forward to each year is the
Trout Derby. With a long-storied past, the derby is a time for the
community to gather on the ice and for laughs and fun and hopefully,
to catch a fish or two.
This year the vaunted fishing contest will be held Sunday, March 3 on
Gunflint Lake. Registration is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is $10
for Cook County RidgeRiders Snowmobile Club members and $20 for non-
All fish must be weighed by 2 p.m.
The Grand Marais Lion’s Club held the first trout derby in 1957. By
1962 as many as 4,000 people attended the event that was also held on
Gunflint Lake. Throughout the years the derby was held on a variety of
lakes, including Greenwood and Clearwater lakes.
The 1962 derby was held March 11 but was shortened due to flooding on
the lake. Local TV news stars Marsh Nelson and Bill Krueger were
supposed to attend but couldn’t make it.
That year 30 fish were caught and the big winner was Mrs. Clyde
Wishcop, who took home a 19-inch TV with her catch of a 4-lb 10-oz
lake trout. Her son, Steve, also caught a nice laker and took home a
30-30 Marlin rifle for placing third overall.
The Lions Club organized trout derbies into the 1980s but quit because
of rising insurance costs and declining membership. After a lengthy
stoppage, the Cook County snowmobile club restarted the fishing
contest as a way to provide family fun and to raise funds for trail
maintenance and grooming equipment, said Shele Toftey, one of the
group’s main organizers.
While everyone won’t catch fish, there will be fish burgers, hot
No. 2 seed Silver Bay Peewee Bs have advanced to the championship game of district playoffs. The game will be held on Sunday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Hermantown and will set the rankings going into regions.
Silver Bay’s first district playoff was against Hermantown Blue with a win of 4-1, scoring 2 open net goals in the final seconds of the game. The team secured their spot in regions with their 2nd win of 3-1 over No. 3 Seed Moose Lake.
Regions will be held in Silver Bay the weekend of March 1-3.
Microsoft Word is the world's leading word-processing and text-editing software. It is a powerful software with a wealth of advanced formatting features. Many users, however, never progress beyond basic use of Word, leaving them unable to take advantage of the software's productivity-enhancing capabilities. In many cases, this lack of familiarity with Word's full range of options leaves users frustrated and excessively reliant on their help desk for answers to their questions.
Don Bremer, rocket scientist and computer trainer extraordinaire, can help. He will provide a full day of training in the use of Word on Wednesday, March 6, at Cook County Higher Education. Bremer will briefly review the basics of Word but will spend the bulk of the day focused on expanding users' knowledge of the software. Bremer previously has offered Higher Ed training in Excel and WordPress.
Maximum enrollment for this Word course is 15. You will need a laptop computer with the 2007 or newer version of Word. If you wish to take this class but use Word 2003, you will need to upgrade. This class is only for PC.
If you use Word 2007 or newer on a desktop in your home or office, you may use a Higher Ed laptop for this class. They are loaded with Word 2010.
To register for this full day of Word training, call 387-3411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reception for Robert Two Bulls and Johnson Loud, the featured artists in the Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art at the Grand Marais Art Colony will be held Friday, March 1. The community is invited to the Art Colony at 6 p.m. to meet these talented artists. In celebration of this meaningful exhibit, there will be light refreshments and music by jazz guitarist Briand Morrison.
Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art is brought to the community by a collaboration between the Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness explains the purpose of the exhibit. She said, “We hope to delve deeply and begin to see (at least realize what we can’t see) through native eyes, both to broaden our artistic vision, but also to deepen our understanding. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the massacre of 38 Dakota warriors, we felt it appropriate to stop and consider from a different perspective.”
Their work will be on display in the Grand Marais Art Colony’s small gallery for four weeks.
Lodging tax revenues for the first month of 2013 were up compared to January of last year county-wide. According to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office, the year-to-date totals were up 5.4 percent across the board for reporting tourism organizations.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues were up 12.7 percent from last January and it was the best January since 2009. Grand Marais revenues were up 20.5 percent from this time last year. The Gunflint Trail revenues for January were up 6.5 percent.
The Auditor’s office emphasizes that not all businesses report taxes at the same time each year and revenues are an “apples-to-apples comparison.” That means only businesses which reported lodging tax revenues both in January of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.
In a barn burner at Hermantown, the Cook County girls basketball team rose to the occasion and beat the Floodwood Polar Bears 56 to 50 in overtime.
At the top of her game, Theresa Morrin sunk 24 buckets including a 3-pointer. Breana Peterson had 15 and Leah Utities scored 7 including a 3-pointer.
Lily Gruber-Schulz and Kaitlyn Linnell each scored 5.
In the second game, Silver Bay went down to McGregor 77 to 23. Alicia Nopola led the Mariners with 16 points.
The Viking girls now move into the quarterfinals on Saturday at Hibbing for an 8pm match-up against McGregor. WTIP will be there for the broadcast.
Only 11 people battled the sub zero weather and wind to attend the 2013 Republican Party’s Cook County Convention held February 19 at 7 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center, but they were a determined lot, dedicated to bringing their party’s principles back to prominence in the county.
Garry Gamble chaired the event, but said this would his last time leading the party. He also said his co-chair, Mark Breitsprecher, wasn’t interested in continuing his position, either.
“I don’t want a perception of a conflict of interest,” said Gamble, who was elected to the county board as a county commissioner last fall.
“Our culture is so polarized that I would be more unencumbered by giving up my role as co-chair. But stepping down doesn’t mean stepping away from what I believe in,” Gamble said.
As for Breitsprecher, he is busy with his ancient coin business and looking to move from Cook County if the opportunity presents itself.
Just who will serve in the role as chair or will co-chair the party is up for grabs, because no one at the meeting was ready to assume that mantle of leadership. Gamble said he would investigate party rules to see how long the local BPOU (Basic Political Operating Unit) had before calling a special meeting and electing someone to chair the party.
As for the other positions, Mary Petz was reelected secretary and Jim Hall treasurer. Hall has worked for the party since the mid 1950s and he was commended for his service.
With the party somewhat in tatters due to the recent presidential election, Gamble said its members must remain true to their roots.
Join the North Shore Music Association March 2 for a shared bill of two exceptionally talented Minnesota musicians, Barbara Jean and Chastity Brown.
Calling the North Shore home until recently, Barbara Jean has developed her craft through constant live performance and has recently struck out on her own to take her debut record, The Great Escape to fans all across the Midwest. Classically trained on the viola at the U of M, and self-taught at the banjo, her voice and songs transcend tradition with a mix of Americana, Appalachia, and an insightful vulnerability in lyric and delivery. Performing solo, as a duo, or in larger ensembles, she brings a grace and comfort to the stage at once disarming and captivating, gaining her a burgeoning audience and high praise from her peers.
Throw all the genres and hyphenates together you want to describe Chastity Brown— gospel, roots and soul, jazz, blues and country – they are all right, and also not enough to describe this talented musician. She channels songs that are borne deep in the American bone, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, she now tours the country and has recently released her fourth full-length record, Back-Road Highways.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts are $10 adults, $5 ages 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance at www.tix.com, or night of performance at the door. General seating. Lobby opens at 6:30 pm.
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control agency will host an open house Thursday to provide an update on its long-term study on whether the state should revise its water quality standard for protecting wild rice beds.
The MPCA says the open house will include an overview of the study followed by a poster session. Posters will focus on current and future research projects, the standards setting process and study timeline, and about the current sulfate limits to protect wild rice.
Mining interests and wastewater treatment plant operators have sought to loosen the sulfate standard.
Those attending the session will have an opportunity to provide input on the work.
“Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art” is being brought to the community by a collaboration between the Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness explains the purpose of the exhibit. She said, “We hope to delve deeply and begin to see (at least realize what we can’t see) through native eyes, both to broaden our artistic vision, but also to deepen our understanding. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the massacre of 38 Dakota warriors, we felt it appropriate to stop and consider from a different perspective.”
In addition to a Friday night reception for featured artists Robert Two Bulls and Johnson Loud, the event now includes a screening of the movie 38+2, which commemorates the anniversary of the 38 Dakota people hanged 150 years ago—and the story of the modern day recreation of their tragic journey. The film will be shown at Cook County Higher Education at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28. There will be discussion with Two Bulls and Loud afterwards and refreshments will be served.
In addition to the film and exhibit at the Art Colony, Two Bulls (Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota) and Loud (Red Lake, Chippewa) will conduct workshops on March 2, from 9 – 4 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The workshops are open to ages 10 and up. From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. there will be a presentation and discussion of Native Art. From 12 4 p.m. the artists will demonstrate their art form. Two Bulls will give an interactive presentation on oil painting. Loud will demonstrate the creation of his pottery.
The cost of the workshops is $50, with an additional $15 for supplies for the Robert Two Bulls class. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737.
At the Grand Marais city council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, councilor and park board member Bill Lenz presented two drawings of proposed footbridges for the new trail to the lake in the Rec Park. One is a covered bridge, while the other is of the more traditional uncovered variety. The cost of each is about the same ($10,000) despite the addition of a roof. City Clerk Mike Roth explained the reason for that: One requires more materials that cost less; the other requires fewer materials that cost more.
Lenz said he and the park board would like to hear comments from the public about which design they prefer, and encouraged input to the park office before the park board makes its decision next month. (More detailed artist’s renderings of the designs are available at the Rec Park—and we’ll have one configuration in the News-Herald this week.
The bridge is part of the Community Connections project that will lead pedestrians from the highway into the northeast section of the park next to North House Folk School.
Zumba comes to the West End! To help everyone get moving during the cold month of February, there will be a Zumba Gold demonstration with Chris Angelo at 10:30 a.m. on February 27.
Everyone is invited to join the fun!
On the 28th there will be a community forum to explore career readiness for students when they leave Cook County High School. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the forum organizers.
The weather has been very nice and it looks like it will continue mild. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart in Duluth about March lambs and lions.