Around Cook County
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. EPA funding for reducing mercury in fish risk, low Lake Superior levels, the roadless rule stands for the Superior National Forest, more on the pending wolf hunt and Postal Service reduction meetings are scheduled…all in this week’s news.
Come out and support Cook County volleyball players Monday, October 8,while they raise funds for the
local branch of the American Cancer Society.
From grade school to high school (and even some alumni) the kids will
play exhibition games against each other in the spirit of fun and good-
hearted competition. All in the name of a good cause.
“We will be conducting a fund raiser for the local branch of the
American Cancer Society,” said 8th grade volleyball coach Kelly
Roberts, adding that some of the money raised will help cancer
patients pay transportation costs to and from hospitals and clinics.
The action will start at 4:30 p.m. when the 5th and 6th grade teams
play each other. Matches with the 7th and 8th grade teams, the C-team
and the junior varsity, will follow those games and then the action
will really heat up (or really melt down in puddles of laughter and
sweat) when the varsity faces alumni players.
It should be an evening of good fun and a chance to see the kids show
off their skills.
A free will offering will be taken at the door and there will be a
raffle for prizes. Memory plates commemorating loved ones who have had
cancer will also be sold for $2.
The Cook County High School Band, under the direction of
Kerri Bilben, will once again march in the Bayfield Apple Festival
parade on Sunday, October 7 in Bayfield, Wisconsin. The band was
invited last year as part of the parade’s 50th Anniversary
celebration. The students had such an amazing experience they wanted
to return again this year.
The band, 53 members strong, has been rehearsing since the first day
of school. The band will be performing two numbers as they march, as
well as a dance choreographed by Senior Sarissa Falk. The drum line,
led by Seniors Ben Seaton and Sarah Larsen, will perform a new cadence
for the band to march and dance to. The drum line will also be using
brand new Yamaha drums that were purchased with curriculum monies
approved by the school board last spring. These monies have helped the
band update many of the old and worn instruments.
The band will once again march in the 500 member Apple Fest Mass Band
performing On Wisconsin. This band has been in existence since 1987
when Mrs. Bilben’s dad created it to end the parade with a musical
The parade trip kicks off a busy week for the high school band.
Homecoming 2012 starts on Monday, October 8. If you are unable to
watch the band perform on Sunday make sure to watch them perform at
Tuesday’s volleyball game or at Friday night’s football game. The band
loves when the crowd helps them cheer on the team to victory.
This trip to Bayfield is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Power
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has won a federal grant to reduce mercury exposure for women and children living along Lake Superior's north shore.
The U.S. Environmental Protect Agency has awarded the Minnesota Department of Health a $1.4 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.
The Grand Portage Chippewa Tribe and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinics in Grand Portage and Grand Marais will participate in the project.
Excessive blood mercury levels have been documented in infants in the Lake Superior area. The money will be used to improve health screening and develop more effective fish consumption advisories.
EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman says mercury contamination leaves many Great Lakes fish unsafe to eat. Hedman says the project will help women make choices to minimize their exposure to mercury but maximize the health benefits of eating fish.
Two public meetings sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health are scheduled for women of childbearing age who eat locally caught fish. On Monday, Oct. 8, a “guided discussion” will be held in Grand Portage at the log community building beginning at 5 p.m. The following evening, Tuesday, Oct. 9, a similar discussion will be held in Grand Marais at the First Congregational Church, also beginning at 5 p.m.
The George Morrison painting donated to Cook County High School in 1952 is currently valued at $30,000 and will soon take to the road in a tour lasting through May 2015. It needs a little facelift before it’s ready to go, however, and a little help paying for that facelift.
The Minnesota Museum of American Art will be including the painting, entitled Dawn and Sea, in a national tour and has volunteered to pay half the $3,500 needed for restoration of the painting.
Cook County Schools, the Grand Marais Playhouse, the North Shore Music Association, the Cook County Historical Society, Cook County Community Education, and the Grand Marais Art Colony have teamed up to support a benefit concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (ACA) in Grand Marais on Saturday, October 6 to raise the rest of the money needed to restore Dawn and Sea.
Morrison (1919-2000) was born in Chippewa City, grew up in Grand Portage, graduated from Grand Marais High School in 1938, and went on to become a renowned artist.
A special guest at the concert will be Keith Secola, an award-winning Ojibwe musician originally from the Iron Range who performs music in a genre he calls Native Americana. His website describes him as a folk & blues rocker who sings and plays Native flute and guitar. Some people remember Secola from his two appearances at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino during Rendezvous Days.
Also performing at the ACA on October 6 will be George Morrison’s son Briand Morrison on the guitar with singer Roxann Berglund; Grand Portage drum group the Stone Bridge Singers; blues musician Pete Kavanaugh, and storyteller Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, all of Cook County. Minnesota Museum of American Art Director Kristin Makholm will appear onstage as well.