Around Cook County
Week ahead looks cool and the melt will continue to be slow – which is a good thing. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Gohde.
Awards for Outstanding Emergency Services Provider and the Dolly Johnson Friend of Emergency Services Awards are presented at the 2014 Cook County Emergency Services Conference and this year, two of the people who have gone above and beyond in the transfer of Cook County emergency communications to the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Responders (ARMER) system were recognized.
Jailer/Dispatch Supervisor Judy Sivertson received the Dolly Johnson Award. Sivertson received the award on Friday afternoon and she was too moved to speak. Later, she contacted the Cook County News-Herald and said she wanted to make sure everyone knew how honored she was to receive the award. “I worked with Dolly and she was the complete professional. It is a great honor to receive the award in her name,” said Sivertson.
Deputy David Gilmore received the Outstanding Emergency Services Provider Award at the Saturday night dinner. Sheriff Mark Falk commended Gilmore for all his work, saying, “If it wouldn’t have been for Dave, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Deputy Gilmore accepted the award from Director Wiinanen and said, “It’s no secret that this stuff is a passion of mine.”
He recalled when he was involved in an accident with his squad car and had difficulty with his radio. Even without radio communications, he knew responders were on the way to help him. “I look at this as payback to the EMS community. I’m thankful I’m able to give back to the community,” Gilmore said.
The Arrowhead Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has scholarship money to sponsor local boys and girls who would like to attend a Forkhorn Camp this summer.
Three levels of camp experience are offered for youth ages 11-17. Forkhorn I camps for ages 11-15 are designed for beginning hunters; Forkhorn II camps for ages 12-16 are advanced camps with an emphasis on bow hunting; Forkhorn III camps for ages 14-17 are designed for youth with hunting experience who wish to expand their knowledge of big and small game hunting tips and techniques. Interested youths should apply soon as the camp is open to young hunters all around the state.
The chapter has scholarships of up to $375 available. Money for the scholarships comes primarily from the Hides for Habitat fundraising project that is done each fall during the deer hunting season and from major fundraisers such as the annual chapter banquet, which this year will be held June 3 at the American Legion in Grand Marais.
For more information contact Pete Harris at (218) 387-1868.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) will be issuing I-68 permits from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 4 and May 11 at the Grand Marais Coast Guard/Border Patrol Station. The Form I-68, allows certain applicants entering the United States by small boat to telephonically report their arrival to CBP. There is no requirement that boaters obtain Form I-68. However, boaters who choose not to obtain Form I-68 must report, in person, for inspection by a CBP officer at a port-of-entry each time they enter the United States.
The Form I-68, after an initial inspection, permits a boater to report their arrival into the United States telephonically without having to appear at a port-of-entry for an in person inspection. The initial inspection involves an interview, checking the individual in the Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS) and possibly other law enforcement databases, completion of the form I-68, and payment of the fee.
Each applicant who is 14 years of age or older must appear in person for inspection. The names and dates of birth of children less than 14 years of age must be listed on one or both of their parents’ Form I-68. If approved, page one of the three-part Form I-68 will be issued to each applicant age 14 years of age and older. Each of the three pages of the Form I-68 will bear the photograph and fingerprint of the applicant for identification purposes. The fees for both individuals ($16) and families ($32) will remain the same as last year.
Travelers are encouraged to visit www.cbp.gov for more information on the Canadian Border Boat Landing (I-68) Program and other available CBP Trusted Traveler Programs. The Grand Marais, U.S. Coast Guard /Office of Border Patrol Station is located at 315 south Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604.
There was a great turnout at Lutsen Resort for the Monday, April 28 information and strategy session on affordable housing and buildable lots in the West End of the county.
There were a number of presenters, local realtor John Oberholtzer, Leah Hall of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Small Business Consultant Pat Campanaro and more. By all reports the crowd was energized by the meeting.
Commissioner Bruce Martinson, one of the organizers of the event, ended the night by saying that the county may acquire property through a proposed land exchange of county land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for U.S. Forest Service land outside the wilderness. He said although the priority for acquired land is currently for fire halls, communication towers and gravel resources, some land was put on a list for housing development—60 acres east of Birch Grove school property is one of the parcels on the list.
Martinson said after appraisals are done at the end of August, Cook County will know which parcels will be acquired in the trade. However, the USFS doesn’t expect the final deed to transfer until June of 2015.
Martinson also said he had talked to a Minnesota Power representative about the availability of land owned by the company for affordable housing.
And, Martinson said he had just learned that the Northspan group, on behalf of the Cook County Go Team’s Housing Task Force has submitted two grant requests to fund a study that would assemble a team of affordable housing experts to study the issue of developing affordable workforce housing in Cook County.”
Martinson told those in attendance, “You comments will be important to the Cook County Go Team and the West End housing advisory/work group.”