Around Cook County
Cook County is a long way from Veterans Administration medical facilities. The population of military veterans is aging, as well as increasing due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Getting veterans to their medical and related appointments can be difficult.
That’s where Cook County Veterans Services Officer Clarence “Clinker” Everson comes in. He makes sure the vets get to where they need to go. However, the state’s enhancement grant that helps with such transportation ran out in June.
The Cook County Board and the Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council jumped into the gap to help veterans get that necessary transportation.
In an interview with WTIP’s Roger Linehan, the Veterans Service Officer tells what happened.
Because of large fires this summer in the West and South, and the need to conserve resources, the US Forest Service has directed forest supervisors to attack and stop fires as soon as possible.
While this is not a long-term policy change, it is a different way of looking at things for the rest of this year. Superior East National Forest Fire Management Officer Patti Johnson discussed the change with WTIP's Roger Linehan.
Paradise Beach is a popular place to be near the water, to toss rocks and just relax. Unfortunately, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple complaints of an adult male exposing himself to females in the Paradise Beach area (the Lake Superior shoreline near mile markers 120 and 121, between Colvill and Hovland). The exposure acts have occurred in the presence of adults and children.
One of the latest occurred on Wednesday, August 1, reported by a woman who said the individual had been “stalking” her group.
The suspect is a white male, balding, between 5’10” and 6’00” tall.
Chief Deputy Leif Lunde said Minnesota State Statute 617.23 Indecent Exposure states: Anyone who willfully and lewdly exposes their private parts in public is guilty of a misdemeanor. The offense becomes a gross misdemeanor if the offense is committed in the presence of someone under 16 years of age. The offense becomes a felony if the person has been previously convicted for the same offense.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 387-3030.
The Grand Portage Elders have been busy getting ready for Grand Portage Rendezvous Days. Elderly Nutrition Program Director Patty Winchell-Dahl said, “We have been busy with help from Bucky Caan, Bill Hackett and a church youth group from Mount Olive in Duluth painting, renovating and generally sprucing up our World Famous Fish Stand. Supplies have been ordered, raffle tickets made, bingo schedules set and work schedules committed too. Dare I say we are ahead of the game? I guess doing this for as many years as the Elders have they are pros at it.”
Stop by the ENP booth at the Grand Portage Powwow grounds for a raffle ticket. This year’s raffle prizes will be first place - a digital camera; second place - a beautiful handmade crochet doily donated by Donna Anderson and third place - a wonderful water color by Alice Powell, donated by Ellen Olson. Elders will also be selling their usual 50/50 raffle tickets.
All proceeds from the weekend are used by the Elders for their annual Christmas party, for get well and funeral flowers, for trips and outings and for the many donations the Elders give to community projects and organizations. Tickets can be purchased from an Elder, at the Grand Portage Trading Post or at the stand during Rendezvous Days.
The drawings will be Sunday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Voters in Commissioner District 4 may still be having a hard time deciding who to vote for in the primary election on Tuesday, August 14. On Thursday, July 26, the candidates for Cook County Commissioner District 4—Gail Anderson, Rick Austin and Heidi Doo-Kirk—participated in an election forum live on WTIP community radio. Jay Andersen of WTIP and Cook County News-Herald editor Rhonda Silence asked questions submitted by listeners and readers to the candidates in an informal and informative hour-long program.
If you’d like to hear and see more of the candidates, the election forum was recorded on www.boreal.TV. Log in and listen!
Mail-in ballots must reach the Cook County auditor’s office by Election Day, Tuesday, August 14, so it is recommended that you mail your ballot in soon. Ballots may also be hand-carried to the auditor’s office on Election Day.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that southbound Highway 61/London Road will be closed for flood-related culvert and road repairs from now through late August.
The detour is necessary because a large culvert beneath Highway 61/London Road was damaged heavily during the June 19-20 rainstorm. The road adjacent to the culvert was undermined.
Southbound motorists on the Highway 61 Expressway from Two Harbors will detour onto Superior Street to 54th Street and then back on to Highway 61/London Road.
Motorists traveling north on Highway 61/London Road will not have to detour. However, drivers will encounter a few traffic shifts within the construction area.
The work is expected to take until late August.