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Arrowhead Electric announces director positions open

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 12:45pm

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc. will once again be holding 
elections for seats on the co-op board this summer. Three director 
positions are open for election and there are candidates for two of
the board seats.
This year the three-year term of District 3, District 6 and District 7 
will have elections at the 2013 annual meeting scheduled to be held 
Saturday, June 8 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at Cook County 
High School in Grand Marais.
District 3 serves the Gunflint Trail area. Forrest Parson is the 
incumbent director and will not be seeking re-election.
District 6 serves the Lutsen area. Scott Harrison is the incumbent 
director and is seeking re-election.
District 7 serves the Schroeder - Tofte area. Tom Spence is the 
incumbent director and is seeking re-election.
The Arrowhead Electric board of directors is responsible for hiring a 
general manager, approving policy revisions, approving rates, 
reviewing and approving operating budgets and work plans and approving 
various loans and contracts.
Arrowhead’s monthly board meetings are held the last Thursday of each 
month beginning at 9 a.m. with the exception of November and December 
due to the holiday season. Board members are reimbursed $350 for 
meeting attendance. Board members who attend meetings related to the 
cooperative’s Broadband project receive an additional payment of 
$175. If both electric and Broadband meetings are held the same day, 
the reimbursement is $500.
Members living in Districts 3, 6, and 7 who are interested in being 
considered for nomination or if you know a member whom you believe 

Vikes drop close one in OT

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 9:56am

Abby Hawkinson scored 35 points, including all 11 of her team’s points in overtime, in McGregor’s 64-57 victory over Cook County in a Section 7A high school girls basketball quarterfinal Saturday night at Lincoln Middle School in Hibbing.

The Vikings took a 25-20 halftime lead over the top-seeded Mercuries who had a record of 25 and 3 before Hawkinson led them back with 15 second-half points to force overtime at 53-all.

Maikayla Collins added 15 points for McGregor, which advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against North Woods.

Theresa Morrin scored 23 points to lead Cook County who went into the with an 11 and 15 record.

Leah Utities scored 7, including a 3-pointer, Lily Gruber-Schultz  had 11, as did Breana Peterson. Kaitlynn Linnell had 5.

Local photographer earns honors in Lake Superior Photo Contest

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 6:18pm

Local photographer, David R. Johnson of Grand Marais, whose 
photos have graced the pages of the Cook County News-Herald numerous 
times has won honorable mention in the Nature category in the 18th 
annual Lake Superior Photo Contest, announced in the February/March 
2013 issue of Lake Superior Magazine.
Johnson won honors for his Hazelnut Bear. His photo of a large black 
bear was one of 1,284 images entered into the contest from 
photographers in 138 different cities, in 18 states, one U.S. 
territory (Guam) and Canada.
Mary Amerman of Duluth won the grand prize with a photo of the water-
smoothed rocks of Duluth’s Brighton Beach.
All of the winning photos, as well as finalists, can be seen in a 
slideshow at the Lake Superior Magazine website: http://www.lakesuperior.com/articles/photocontest12/
.
The deadline for the 19th annual Lake Superior Photo Contest is 
October 16, 2013. Read the rules and learn how to enter at the Lake 
Superior Magazine website as well.
Johnson also received recognition for one of his Northern Light 
photos. His was one of 13 photos selected to grace the 2013 WDIO TV 
Storm Team Calendar. Sue Holt, graphic supervisor at WDIO-TV, 
congratulated the winners saying, “There were many ‘oohs and 
ahhs’ as we went through the judging process of nearly 2,000 
entries.”
 

DNR issues reminders to human, canine trail users

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 6:16pm

With fresh snow on the ground and crews busy grooming trails for cross-
country skiing at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, the 
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds visitors about 
winter trail rules and etiquette.

On groomed trails, with or without a set of tracks, remember: Pets are 
not permitted on ski trails; hiking and snowshoeing is allowed 
anywhere in Minnesota state parks, except on the ski trails and trails 
posted “closed” for the winter; winter mountain biking is only 
allowed on trails designated for that purpose; all skiers age 16 and 
older must carry a current, signed Minnesota Ski Pass with them when 
skiing in Minnesota state parks.
Ski passes can be purchased three ways: Daily ski passes ($6) are sold 
at park offices where staff is available; self-registration for one-
season ($20) and three-season ($55) ski passes is available at most 
Minnesota state parks; ski passes can be purchased using Minnesota’s 
electronic license system, available at nearly 1,500 locations around 
the state.
To find a location, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents.html or 
call the DNR Information Center between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday 
through Friday at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

Weekend News Roundup for March 2

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 11:02am

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.

Program: 

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Cook County RidgeRiders Trout Derby Sunday March 3

Sat, 03/02/2013 - 9:38am

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-
members.
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