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Weekend News Roundup for August 2

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:35am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. A take over at Cliffs Natural Resources and developments in the county attorney sexual misconduct case…all this and more in this week’s news.


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Lake and stream assessments to be conducted by MN DNR

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:29am

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several area lakes and streams during the next few months.

 Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include:

* Aug. 11 - Onion River, Cascade River, Kimball Creek, Devil Track River, Saganaga Lake

* Aug. 18 - Saganaga Lake, Swan Lake

* Aug. 25 - Saganaga Lake, Swamp River, Loft Lake (habitat survey)

* Sept. 1 - Prune Lake, Echo Lake

* Sept. 8 - Moose lake, Loft Lake (fish population assessment)

* Sept. 15 - Kraut Lake, Trip Lake, Squash Lake

* Sept. 22 - Chester Lake, Trout Lake (yellow perch assessment), Unnamed Lake

* Sept. 29 - Thrush Lake (brook trout special assessment)

* Oct. 6 - North Shady Lake

* Oct. 13 - Greenwood Lake (lake trout special assessment)

* Oct. 20 - Trout Lake (lake trout special assessment), Thrush Lake

 In addition, several lakes may be added as time and funding allow.  Those lakes include North Cone, Crocodile, Horseshoe, Hub, Long, Powell, Stump, Vernon, Fern, West Fern, North Fowl, South Fowl, Boys, Swamper, Gillis, and Tuscarora.

 These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions about these surveys can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais Area Fisheries at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted
by calling 218-387-3056.

Don't miss the Fisherman's Picnic Parade Saturday

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:26am

The Fisherman’s Picnic Parade is one of the best on the North Shore, an event not to be missed. There are dozens of floats and sometimes, goats. There are clowns and classic cars and sometimes Shriners with mini cars or a calliope.

The U.S. Forest Service will be there Smokey Bear will likely be there and he’s celebrating his 70th birthday, so be sure to wish him “Happy Birthday” as he goes by.

The Cook County High School Band will be in the parade, sharing their Viking spirit with rousing marching music. The award-winning CCHS band has a lot of experience in parades, performing in many previous Fisherman’s Picnic parades, in the Tofte 4th of July Parade and at the Bayfield Apple Festival.

Other musical participants in the parade are the talented Shriner’s Band and the wonderful Thunder Bay Police Pipe & Drums.

Of course there are a number of floats put together by alumni of Grand Marais High School or Cook County High School. It seems floats become more and more elaborate as the years go by, starting with a few chairs on a flat-bed and a few balloons for the 10th reunion celebrants to a full-fledged Viking ship for the 30th or 40th class reunions.

In the past there have been wild and crazy floats by local businesses—you never know what you’ll see in the Fisherman’s Picnic parade, so find a safe spot along Broadway Avenue or Wisconsin Street and enjoy!

Few filings for city, hospital and school board so far -- deadline is August 12

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:50pm

In the first week of the filing period to run for seats on the Grand Marais City Council, North Shore Hospital board and School District 166, only a handful of citizens have come forward.  There are no contested races at this point. The filing period is open until August 12.

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. The News-Herald was unable to reach Carlson and Lenz, however, reached by phone, Bob Spry said he was not running for reelection.

Spry encouraged others to run. He said, “It’s not a thankless job, some people appreciate what we do. I’ve enjoyed my last eight years on the council, but it’s time for someoneelse to step up.”


Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, owner of the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, has filed to run for mayor. Dave Mills of Grand Marais has filed to run for a city council seat.

For School District 166, there are also three terms expiring this year. The seats are District 1 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. Jeanne Anderson currently holds the District 5 seat. Anderson also currently serves as board chair. 

Reached by phone, White said she was going to run for reelection. “I feel there is a lot of work to be done yet. It’s a really exciting time to be at the school.”

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.

Search & Rescue called to Eagle Mountain for rescues twice last week

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:36pm

The Eagle Mountain hiking trail has proven especially treacherous this summer. A 29-year-old man died after collapsing on the trail in June and Cook County emergency responders were paged to the site twice last week to rescue hikers in distress.

The first call for help came at 2:48 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. A 54-year-old female, Nancy Meinholz of Cross Plains, Wisconsin, hiking with three other people, had fallen three times on the trail and was unable to go any further. She was about two miles in on the trail, above and west of Whale Lake.

Grand Marais First Responders, Cook County Ambulance and Cook County Search and Rescue responded to the Eagle Mountain Trailhead and began the trek to reach Meinholz.  Search and Rescue called the Grand Marais and Maple Hill Fire Departments for assistance. Because the windstorm the day before had dropped so many trees on the trail, U.S. Forest Service personnel also responded. Because Meinholz was within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness boundary, the six Forest Service responders used crosscut saws to clear the trees.

Responders reached Meinholz at 4:41 p.m. Carrying her out on the difficult terrain took until 9:34 p.m.

Meinholz was transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital and treated for a knee injury.

Emergency responders were paged to Eagle Mountain again on Saturday, July 26 at 3:45 p.m. to help a 63-year-old male who was injured and couldn’t walk. The 30-year-old man who made the emergency call said the injured man was 1.5 miles from the trailhead.

Cook County Search and Rescue, Grand Marais First Responders, the Grand Marais Fire Department, and Cook County Ambulance were paged.  Three U.S. Forest Service personnel also assisted. The rescuers reached the patient and were back to the trailhead at 7:01 p.m.

The man, whose name is not available, was transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital.

Grand Marais Lions Club has a new ride -- catch the train!

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:25pm

Fisherman’s Picnic Kiddie Rides are open! This year there is a new ride to try. At one time Cook County was home to more than one train serving logging camps and pioneer communities. The footprint of the old locomotives can be seen in the names of many of our roads—Railroad Drive in Lutsen, Trestle Pine in Grand Marais, Lima Grade Road up the Gunflint Trail and many others. Harking back to those days is a new Kiddie Ride being introduced at Fisherman’s Picnic 2014—the El Paso Express.

The shiny little three-car train will be replacing the little cars, which have far outlived their recommended life span. The cars have been repaired and patched more times than the Grand Marais Lions can count.

The El Paso Express will join the other returning rides, the Ferris wheel and airplane swings. The future of the little cars is unknown, as they have been repaired more times than the Lions can count.

The Fisherman’s Picnic Kiddie Rides are not only fun for local and visiting kids, they are a great opportunity for local nonprofits. The Grand Marais Lions Club offers the opportunity to local groups to take shifts operating the rides, paying them for their time.

The new ride should be a welcome addition, as adults can also ride, making it easier for nervous toddlers. So come on down and get on board!