Around Cook County
At the Grand Marais city council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, councilor and park board member Bill Lenz presented two drawings of proposed footbridges for the new trail to the lake in the Rec Park. One is a covered bridge, while the other is of the more traditional uncovered variety. The cost of each is about the same ($10,000) despite the addition of a roof. City Clerk Mike Roth explained the reason for that: One requires more materials that cost less; the other requires fewer materials that cost more.
Lenz said he and the park board would like to hear comments from the public about which design they prefer, and encouraged input to the park office before the park board makes its decision next month. (More detailed artist’s renderings of the designs are available at the Rec Park—and we’ll have one configuration in the News-Herald this week.
The bridge is part of the Community Connections project that will lead pedestrians from the highway into the northeast section of the park next to North House Folk School.
Zumba comes to the West End! To help everyone get moving during the cold month of February, there will be a Zumba Gold demonstration with Chris Angelo at 10:30 a.m. on February 27.
Everyone is invited to join the fun!
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