Around Cook County
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Food shelf use is up in the region. Early primaries are possible under a proposed law. It’s tax time and that means a new tax scam. And a run-down of area sequestration consequences – if and when…all in this week’s news.
One event winter enthusiasts look forward to each year is the
Trout Derby. With a long-storied past, the derby is a time for the
community to gather on the ice and for laughs and fun and hopefully,
to catch a fish or two.
This year the vaunted fishing contest will be held Sunday, March 3 on
Gunflint Lake. Registration is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is $10
for Cook County RidgeRiders Snowmobile Club members and $20 for non-
All fish must be weighed by 2 p.m.
The Grand Marais Lion’s Club held the first trout derby in 1957. By
1962 as many as 4,000 people attended the event that was also held on
Gunflint Lake. Throughout the years the derby was held on a variety of
lakes, including Greenwood and Clearwater lakes.
The 1962 derby was held March 11 but was shortened due to flooding on
the lake. Local TV news stars Marsh Nelson and Bill Krueger were
supposed to attend but couldn’t make it.
That year 30 fish were caught and the big winner was Mrs. Clyde
Wishcop, who took home a 19-inch TV with her catch of a 4-lb 10-oz
lake trout. Her son, Steve, also caught a nice laker and took home a
30-30 Marlin rifle for placing third overall.
The Lions Club organized trout derbies into the 1980s but quit because
of rising insurance costs and declining membership. After a lengthy
stoppage, the Cook County snowmobile club restarted the fishing
contest as a way to provide family fun and to raise funds for trail
maintenance and grooming equipment, said Shele Toftey, one of the
group’s main organizers.
While everyone won’t catch fish, there will be fish burgers, hot
No. 2 seed Silver Bay Peewee Bs have advanced to the championship game of district playoffs. The game will be held on Sunday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Hermantown and will set the rankings going into regions.
Silver Bay’s first district playoff was against Hermantown Blue with a win of 4-1, scoring 2 open net goals in the final seconds of the game. The team secured their spot in regions with their 2nd win of 3-1 over No. 3 Seed Moose Lake.
Regions will be held in Silver Bay the weekend of March 1-3.
Microsoft Word is the world's leading word-processing and text-editing software. It is a powerful software with a wealth of advanced formatting features. Many users, however, never progress beyond basic use of Word, leaving them unable to take advantage of the software's productivity-enhancing capabilities. In many cases, this lack of familiarity with Word's full range of options leaves users frustrated and excessively reliant on their help desk for answers to their questions.
Don Bremer, rocket scientist and computer trainer extraordinaire, can help. He will provide a full day of training in the use of Word on Wednesday, March 6, at Cook County Higher Education. Bremer will briefly review the basics of Word but will spend the bulk of the day focused on expanding users' knowledge of the software. Bremer previously has offered Higher Ed training in Excel and WordPress.
Maximum enrollment for this Word course is 15. You will need a laptop computer with the 2007 or newer version of Word. If you wish to take this class but use Word 2003, you will need to upgrade. This class is only for PC.
If you use Word 2007 or newer on a desktop in your home or office, you may use a Higher Ed laptop for this class. They are loaded with Word 2010.
To register for this full day of Word training, call 387-3411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reception for Robert Two Bulls and Johnson Loud, the featured artists in the Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art at the Grand Marais Art Colony will be held Friday, March 1. The community is invited to the Art Colony at 6 p.m. to meet these talented artists. In celebration of this meaningful exhibit, there will be light refreshments and music by jazz guitarist Briand Morrison.
Seen Through Native Eyes: A Celebration of Native Art is brought to the community by a collaboration between the Art Colony and Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness explains the purpose of the exhibit. She said, “We hope to delve deeply and begin to see (at least realize what we can’t see) through native eyes, both to broaden our artistic vision, but also to deepen our understanding. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the massacre of 38 Dakota warriors, we felt it appropriate to stop and consider from a different perspective.”
Their work will be on display in the Grand Marais Art Colony’s small gallery for four weeks.
Lodging tax revenues for the first month of 2013 were up compared to January of last year county-wide. According to the latest report from the Cook County Auditor-Treasurer’s office, the year-to-date totals were up 5.4 percent across the board for reporting tourism organizations.
Lutsen-Tofte revenues were up 12.7 percent from last January and it was the best January since 2009. Grand Marais revenues were up 20.5 percent from this time last year. The Gunflint Trail revenues for January were up 6.5 percent.
The Auditor’s office emphasizes that not all businesses report taxes at the same time each year and revenues are an “apples-to-apples comparison.” That means only businesses which reported lodging tax revenues both in January of this year and last year are included in the monthly accounting.