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Hovland residents seek subordinate service district for road maintenance

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:28am

Some people in Cook County live on roads that are not 
officially kept open in the wintertime.  That makes getting in and out 
a bit difficult.
Two Hovland residents asked the county board on October 9 to consider 
creating a subordinate service district (SSD) so that the county could 
collect money from property owners for regular plowing of 10-11 miles 
of road leading to 77 different parcels west of the Arrowhead Trail.
Steve Sopata and John Muhich requested an SSD on connected portions of 
the Irish Creek Road, the Tom Lake Road, and the Devilfish Tower 
Road.  Muhich has been sharing snowplowing duties with another 
resident for the last 10 years but said it has been costing him a lot 
of money.
Sopata said the reasons for officially keeping the roads open are 
twofold:  economics and safety.  A lot of people along these roads 
need to be able to get out to go to work, and the property owners 
would appreciate being reachable in case of emergency.
Some but not all of the people along the proposed route live there 
full-time, and some of them own more than one parcel.  Sopata said in 
the six years he has lived there, traffic has increased “amazingly.”
Muhich and Sopata had obtained 24 signatures from people supporting 
the SSD, although several of them were not property owners along the 
proposed route.  They requested that property owners share the costs 
equally no matter how much land they have.
For an SSD to proceed, 10 percent of qualified voters would need to 
sign a petition in support of it, or in lieu of that, 5 percent could 
request a referendum vote.  The county would need to hold a public 

Moose Madness hits Grand Marais

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 11:31am

It’s time for a little craziness in Cook County. Moose Madness hits Friday, October 19 and runs through the weekend, offering all kinds of moose activities. Stop by “Moose Central”—the Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail Visitor Information Center on Broadway Avenue or visit for the latest about Moose Madness.
The Moose Medallion Hunt is underway and there are lots of other fun activities. The Cook County News-Herald is offering a Moose Cartoon contest. Pick up a form at Moose Central and submit your cartoon and you could be published in an upcoming issue of the News-Herald.
Have a great Moose Madness Weekend!

Care Center celebrates Octoberfest with brats, sauerkraut and polka music

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 9:46am

October at the North Shore Care Center includes many fun themes to enjoy all month— like Oktoberfest, Country Music Month, Columbus Day, Viking High School games, National Pizza Month, and of course Halloween. Fall also brings more baking, craft projects, and movies.
The annual Oktoberfest weekend will include a history session, movie, baked pretzels, and lots of music. On Saturday, October 20 there will be a brat and sauerkraut lunch, followed by the Lioness Social at 3 p.m. with music and a sing-a-long by Irene Thompson and Nora Bockovich. Later that day there will be a polka dance at 6:30 p.m. featuring accordion music by Jim and Mary Schliep. All are welcome to join the fun!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit our website

Hawk Ridge illustrator Betsy Bowen at Sivertson Gallery Saturday

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 9:43am

Minnesota artist and Hawk Ridge illustrator Betsy Bowen of Grand Marais will be at a book event for her new book (with author Laura Erickson) Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey (University of Minnesota Press).
The book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Sivertson Gallery.
Written by one of Minnesota’s best-known bird authorities, with images by one of the state’s favorite illustrators, Hawk Ridge is both fun and informative. Filled with curious facts and practical information for experts and amateurs alike, it is at once a guide to the hawks of Minnesota and a beautifully illustrated album of the most regal members of the avian kingdom.

Deal made with Molpus on public access

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 8:18am

Two Northland legislators say they’ve brokered a tentative agreement with Minnesota’s largest private landowner to maintain public access to the company’s land for hunters and snowmobilers through next spring.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports that because of changes in Minnesota tax law for forested land, Mississippi-based Molpus Woodlands Group had put up “Keep Out” signs on access roads across much of the land it owns in northern St. Louis County. The move came after the state Legislature cut a tax break the company received for conducting sustainable forestry and allowing public access from more than $2 million to $100,000.

Rep. David Dill, and Sen. Tom Bakk, said in a news release yesterday that they “have reached a tentative agreement with Molpus … that will provide for public access to Molpus land for the duration of 2012 and continuing through the close of the 2013 legislative session.”

The legislators told the company that they cannot guarantee any outcome, but they will work to pass legislation next spring that addresses Molpus’ concerns and maintains public access to the affected land.

Molpus became owners of 286,000 acres of Minnesota forest in July when it purchased the land from Forest Capital Partners, which more than a decade ago had acquired the land holdings of Boise Cascade Co.


Vikings schedule football, volleyball playoffs

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 10:55am

The Cook County Vikings head into the football and volleyball playoffs starting on Tuesday, October 23.

CCHS Athletic Director Pam Taylor reports that the football team will open the playoffs at Lyle Anderson Field in Grand Marais at 6 PM, Tuesday, October 23 against Cass Lake-Bena. Taylor says the winner of the Cass Lake-Bena game will play at 2 PM, Saturday, October 27.

The volleyball team will open its action in the CCHS gym on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 PM after drawing a first-round bye. They will play the winner of the first-round game between Lakeview Christian Academy and Cromwell.

Taylor reports that no CCHS athletic passes are allowed for the playoffs. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for students at the gate.