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Tofte continues to consider senior housing

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:17am

A senior housing facility in Tofte is getting nearer to 
reality.  At the July town meeting, Supervisor Paul James said a market feasibility study shows that 
8-10 units would be ideal, and more could probably be added as 
needed.  “They believe it’s very marketable and doable,” he said.
Project Manager Dick Grabko, at the meeting with developers Bob Bremer
and Diane Watson, said 30 percent of Cook County’s seniors would not 
be able to afford the $900-1,110/month rent the units are expected to 
cost.  “I look at that 70 percent as being a good sign,” said 
Supervisor Jim King.  “I’m encouraged by that.”
Patty Nordahl said some seniors have expressed interest in being part 
of the decision-making process.  Supervisor James suggested that 
Grabko, Bremer, and Watson show up on a senior lunch day at Birch 
Grove to meet some of the residents.
The board discussed who they could get to write grants to help fund 
the project.  Grabko suggested that the “continuity” they could offer 
with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB), the 
county, and the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development 
Authority (EDA) could help ensure that the grant writing was done.  
Grabko has worked in the past as a consultant for the EDA.
People have asked whether they would be able to choose things such as 
carpet colors or the number of garage stalls if they signed up for a 
unit before the facility was built, Supervisor Jim King said.  He 
pointed out that the project was being undertaken by a private 
developer working in partnership with public entities.

Forest Service suspends policy of letting fires burn

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 4:41am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is at least
temporarily suspending a policy of letting fires burn in the
national forest system in hopes of saving resources spent on
fighting infernos that start small and grow out of control.
     The Associated Press reports the Forest Service will get much
more aggressive about suppressing small fires in the wilderness.
Such a policy likely would have prevented last year's Pagami Creek
Fire near Ely, which burned slowly at first. But after unexpectedly
hot and windy weather it grew to consume 93,000 acres. The blaze
cost $23 million to fight.
     Superior National Forest supervisor Brenda Halter says the
directive came down last month as the national forest system's
firefighting operation was stressed with huge fires in Colorado and
other western states.

WTIP station manager Deb Benedict named Citizen of the Year

Sat, 08/04/2012 - 2:32pm

Deb Benedict, executive director of WTIP, was named Cook County 2012 Citizen of the Year at the Grand Marais Lions Club Fisherman's Picnic today. Her partner is Jim Raml. Her mom, Ardie Lien, also lives in Grand Marais.

Under Deb’s leadership, the station has grown to over 1,000 members, and numbers over 75 on-air volunteers and 10 staff. In 2008 WTIP moved into its own building in Grand Marais, nearly tripling the size of its previous space, and began originating all its programming from its new studios. WTIP consistently receives national recognition for its focus on building community, which drives all aspects of station operations. It's fair to say that Deb has been and continues to be the primary reason for the enormous growth and success of WTIP.

Deb is a leader in community radio at the national level as a board member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, where she served as board chair. She is active with AMPERS, a consortium of 15 public radio stations in Minnesota, of which WTIP is a member. She is a major player in making the dragon boat festival happen each summer, which has been a great benefit to the whole community

Deb is constantly thinking of ways for WTIP to bring the community together through collaborating with other organizations, involving a wide variety of individuals and groups, and providing a place where people can share information and ideas. She makes Cook County a better, warmer place through her leadership and her open, positive, and welcoming attitude for all.

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Fisherman's Picnic parade is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sat, 08/04/2012 - 1:29pm

Don’t miss the Fisherman’s Picnic Parade! Line-up starts at 11 a.m. at the Cook County High School parking lot on Sunday, August 5. All units must be present and checked in by 12:30 p.m. to be eligible for the parade. A Fisherman's Picnic button is required to enter. For more information or to join the parade, call Lion Bob Spry at (218) 370-0445.
The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. traveling south on Broadway then west on Wisconsin Street.  The parade is on, rain or shine!
For some fun and funny parade watching or parade participating tips, pick up a Cook County News-Herald special keepsake insert with the Fisherman’s Picnic schedule and lots more! Copies are available at the Grand Marais Lions Club information booth in Harbor Park.
Happy Fisherman’s everyone!

Weekend News Roundup for August 4

Sat, 08/04/2012 - 10:32am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. BWCAW land swap, disaster loan aid, a slight kerfuffle at the Duluth federal building, Lake County has a new school superintendent and raising mystery barrels in the big lake, where there apparently was pond scum for a while…all in this week’s news.

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Two more chances to see "The Beaux's Strategem"

Sat, 08/04/2012 - 12:03am

The laughter started in rehearsals for the Grand Marais Playhouse’s latest production “The Beaux's" Stratagem” and has continued at every show. The period comedy by George Farquhar, adapted by Thorton Wilder and Ken Ludwig continues this weekend.
The story is about two young men who go gallivanting around the 
countryside, one playing the master, the other the servant, then 
switching roles in the next town, all in hopes of meeting women and 
using their money to continue their escapades. But the plan doesn’t 
quite work out when they both fall in love. Of course, there are 
obstacles to overcome to be together with their loves and the audience 
will laugh until they cry watching the antics of the young men and 
women and the oddball characters that surround them.
The cast includes Jackson Nickolay and David Warren as the two  gentlemen; Sarah Warren and Sarah O’Phelan as the young women. The 
other players are Will Brandenburg, Kim Carlsted-Gillis, Jeff Fenwick, 
Katrina Axtell, Jordyn Kirk, Mike DeBevec, Maria Nickolay, Aaron 
Carlson, Tina Krauz, and Yvonne Block.