Around Cook County
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.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Lake Superior School District is reapplying to keep its 4-day week schedule, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency had good news for the Poplar River and long-time county personnel director and board clerk Janet Simonen is retiring…all in this week’s news.
Two St. Olaf graduates (both with ties to Cook County) who
became the first women to paddle 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to
Hudson Bay in 2011 are returning to speak about their three-month
paddle. They will be at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply on Saturday,
February 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Ann Raiho and Natalie Warren will tell their story about following the
path Eric Sevareid chronicled in his book Canoeing with the Cree.
Since their trip ended Raiho has attended graduate school while Warren
spent a year speaking about their adventure and then started Wild
River Academy in Washington DC in 2012. Wild River Academy hosts three-
day river trips designed to connect high school girls with successful
women. It also seeks to inspire women to grow through wilderness
adventures. Early this year Warren moved the business to the Twin
Cities with her friend and business partner Nick Ryan.
Warren, from Miami, Florida, and Raiho, from Inver Grove Heights,
Minnesota met at Camp Menogyn in 2007, getting to know each other on a
50-day canoe trip into the Canadian wilderness.
The goal of their presentation is to encourage people to pursue their
passions, resulting in greater opportunities for themselves and their
Minnesota’s ice fishing shelter removal dates are approaching.
The DNR says dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight March 18 in the northern third of the state. Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadlines.
For Minnesota-Canada border waters, the shelter removal deadline is March 31.
After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended.
It’s said the house always wins. But as a Thunder Bay man can confirm, there is an exception to every rule.
On Tuesday, February 12, during a visit to Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, a Thunder Bay resident won a staggering $330,336.65 (U.S. funds) jackpot from one of the casino’s popular new progressive slot machines.
According to casino spokesperson and Marketing Manager Frank Vecchio, the slot machine is a “wide-area progressive linked to a number of Native American casinos.”
The jackpot win is reported to be the second largest single payout in the casino’s 24-year history.
The lucky winner, a Portage Players Club member, is a regular player at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino who wishes to remain anonymous. He had traveled to Grand Portage to participate in “Fat Tuesday”—one of the casino’s most popular annual promotions.
Asked about his win, the man said, “I’m still in shock. I haven’t made any solid plans about what to do with the money. All I can say is that it’s going to make life a whole lot easier.”
Marketing Manager Vecchio said, “All the staff and owners of Grand Portage Lodge and Casino are thrilled that one of our loyal Portage Players Club members has hit it so lucky. It makes us happy at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino when our players win and we hope this big jackpot will carry through a winning streak for our players throughout 2013.”