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Primary results set commissioner district matchups

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:28am

Tuesday’s primary settled the races for county commissioner in the two contested districts.

In Commissioner District One, Kristin DeArruda Wharton polled 127 votes and Frank Moe had 86. Harry Drabik came in third with a respectable 73 votes.

Steve Fleace had 40 votes, John Bockovich, 20 and Jerry Hiniker, 6. Three precincts are counted in District One: Colvill, Grand Portage and Hovland.

In Commissioner District Five, incumbent Bruce Martinson led the field of four with 169 votes, Ginny Storlie came in second with 130. Stan Tull had 73 and Tim Goettl came in with 68 votes. Four precincts are counted in the district: Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte and Pike Lake.

In the November 4 General Election, Jan Sivertson is running unopposed in District Three and it will be Wharton and Moe facing off in One, Martinson and Storlie in Five.

Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings Benefit Concert: August 16

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:15pm

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is featuring a chamber music concert this Saturday. WTIP host Joe Detrick spoke with Barb Bottger of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, and musician Paul Jacobson on North Shore Morning.


WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
WHERE: The new Schapp Community Center, adjacent to Fire Hall #1 at Poplar Lake

A social hour will follow the concert.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center.

For more information:
Call: 218-388-9915

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Election filing deadlines today -- 5 p.m. for city; 8 p.m. for school and hospital boards

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:55am

As today’s deadline to file as a candidate for office nears, there are still opportunities for citizens to step forward, especially for Cook County School District 166 District 3. No one has filed for to run in that race.

The District 3 board position is currently held by Leslie Ann Sullivan. She was appointed to fulfill the term when Mary Sanders retired from the board in December 2013. The News-Herald reached Sullivan on July 30 and she said unfortunately she cannot run. She has moved out of the district. The School District 3 board member represents West Grand Marais and Cascade.

ISD 166 Superintendent Beth Schwarz said if no one files, the board hopes that there will be a write-in candidate. Schwarz said the Minnesota School Board Association said that could be a method to fill the vacancy. However, if there is no write-in winner, or if the individual voted in as write-in declines to serve, the school board would have to function as a four-member board until it could appoint someone.

Schwarz said she was researching whether the District 3 seat could be an “at-large” position, so it could be filled by anyone in the county. However, she said that is not ideal, as the school district wants equal representation from each district.

She said she really hopes someone steps up in these last hours. “This is a really important position and time for our community. We’ll be going out for an operational levy next fall. We need a full board to determine our priorities and how much we will need,” Schwarz said.

Anyone interested in running has until 8 p.m. today, August 12 to file at the Cook County courthouse. The filing fee is $2.

The other two school board seats have candidates. Incumbents Deb White in District 1 and Jeanne Anderson in District 5 both have filed for re-election.

"Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings" at Mid-Trail Community Center Saturday August 16

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:53am

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society (GTHS) announces the second chamber music concert by and for residents and guests of the Gunflint Trail to benefit the work of the society.

The Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fire Hall 1 on Poplar Lake (a mile east of Trail Center). A “Meet the Artists” social hour in the A. Paul and Carol Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center will follow the concert.

 “Our classical chamber music concert in a Northwoods setting last summer was so exciting for everyone—the performers as well as the audience,” said Sally Valentini. “There are some very talented musicians in our area who will entertain us on a summer Saturday afternoon while supporting the work of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. It’s a win-win!”

Concert organizing committee members include Susan Scherer, Phyllis Sherman, Judy Edlund, Barb Bottger and Lee Zopff, with assistance from Sharlene LeTourneau, Carol Byers, Vi Nelson and many others from last year’s event.

 Among the scheduled performers are Bill Beckstrand (harpsichord and keyboard), Philis Anderson (oboe), Kathy Bolstad (clarinet), Keitha Herron (violin), Paul Jacobson (baroque flute), Barb LaVigne (flute), Laura Popkes (vocal), Judy Ranheim (flute), and Erika Ternes (vocal and keyboard).

 Tickets are $20 each for adults and $5 for children under 18, including the reception. The 2013 concert was a sold-out event so those wishing tickets should reserve as early as possible. Tickets may be purchased at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, or by phone at (218) 388-9915.

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association 14th Annual North Shore Bike Ride

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:01pm

Every year, the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts a bike ride on the Gitchi-Gami Trail along Lake Superior. Race director Bill Blank spoke to WTIP about the event, which will take place Saturday, August 16.

More information is available at the GGTA's website.


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Election filing deadline tomorrow--candidate still needed for School District 166

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:41am

The deadline to file as a candidate for office on the Grand Marais City Council, North Shore Hospital board and School District 166, is tomorrow, August 12. Citizens have come forward for all offices except School District 3, representing West Grand Marais and Cascade.

In Grand Marais there are three seats on the ballot, for mayor and two council seats. Those seats are currently held by Mayor Larry Carlson and Councilors Bob Spry and Bill Lenz. All three of the incumbents have stated that they are not running for re-election.

Several citizens have filed to run for city council seats—Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Lawrence Scully have filed for the mayoral race.

As of 11:30 a.m. today, two people have filed for two city council seats, David Mills and Vance Benedix. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected.

For School District 166, there are also three terms expiring this year. The seats are District 1, District 3 and District 5. District 1 includes Colvill, Hovland and Grand Portage. District 5 serves Lutsen, the Pike Lake area, Tofte and Schroeder. Deb White holds the District 1 seat and Jeanne Anderson currently holds the District 5 seat. They have both announced that they are running for re-election.

The other seat, District 3, is currently held by Leslie Ann Sullivan. She was appointed to fulfill the term when Mary Sanders retired from the board in December 2013. The News-Herald reached Sullivan on July 30 and she said unfortunately she cannot run. She has moved out of the district.

As reported by the News-Herald last week, Sharon Bloomquist in District 1, Howard Abrahamson in District 3 and Thomas Spence in District 5 have all filed to be on the November ballot. All three are unopposed.