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No Wildfires in Cook County Saturday morning; smoke from Lake County, Manitoba, Ontario

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 10:41am

The smoke people are smelling Saturday morning is from fires in Lake County, Manitoba and Ontario.

There were no fires in Cook County, but updates from the Cook County Sheriff’s office and Gunflint Ranger Station verify that the northwesterly wind is bringing in smoke from the Lake County Perent Lake fire flare-up Friday and the large fires in Manitoba and Ontario.

Fire updates from the Gunflint Ranger Station indicate that there are a number of small fires in St. Louis County on the East side of the Superior National Forest. The West side of the forest has a two-acre Rice Lake fire and a small fire outside of Ely up the Echo trail. That fire was only tenth of an acre as of Saturday morning. The Perent Lake fire started July 3 in Lake County and is currently contained through suppression by aircraft.

The smoke was continued to dissipate on Saturday dissipate as the combination of the Lake and wind move the air particles out of the area. WTIP will provide updates if there is more information concerning the smoke and fires.

For more information on the smoke and status of the fires stay tuned to WTIP or visit boreal.org/fireinfo or call Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 387-3030 or Gunflint Ranger District at 387-1750.

West End Garden Club's 77th Flower Show is Saturday

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 5:17pm

The West End Garden Club will hold its 77th annual Flower Show Saturday, July 21 at the Schroeder Town Hall from 1 -5 p.m.
This year’s theme Superior Women will honor women who directed and continue to direct their energies for good in the world.  These may be women who made their mark large in society, in politics, in the arts, or women who in smaller and less clearly defined ways made their mark through their families and friends and neighbors. 
The West End Garden Club members cordially invite anyone, whether resident of the community or visitor, to participate in this event by bringing a display to the Schroeder Town Hall by 10 a.m. the day of the show.  Children are encouraged to bring displays representing their favorite teachers, mothers, family members, friends, historic or public figures.
Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.  Please come!

Arrowhead Animal Rescue hosts a fundraising "Household & Bake Sale"

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 5:15pm

Arrowhead Animal Rescue (AAR) recently announced that it now has a website. The site, with an adorable kitten and puppy front and center, is a self-declared “work in progress.” Much like the fledging animal rescue organization itself. However, the new website is a good resource for those hoping to join the efforts of the group that is working to see that all animals in Cook County are cared for.
Learn about the group at its website : www.arrowheadanimalrescue.org.
Or talk to one of the AAR board members at the Grand Marais Senior Center on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to check out a “Household Sale and Bake Sale.”
AAR Treasurer Bev Green said, “There will be household items—for the kitchen, books, home décor, animal items, and jewelry—something for everyone!”
There will even be something for Cook County’s furry friends. AAR will have its doggy bandanas on sale as well.
“Come out and support us as we move into our second year of helping the animals in Cook County,” said Green.
For more information about Arrowhead Animal Rescue, visit the new website or call (218) 387-1781.
Arrowhead Animal Rescue (AAR) recently announced that it now has a website. The site, with an adorable kitten and puppy front and center, is a self-declared “work in progress.” Much like the fledging animal rescue organization itself. However, the new website is a good resource for those hoping to join the efforts of the group that is working to see that all animals in Cook County are cared for.
AAR was founded in April 2011 and has an eight-member board. The organization is not to be confused with Animal Advocates, a previous group that operated from 2003 until it was dissolved in 2010.

Searchers find missing man along Temperance River

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:58am

The Cook County Sheriff's Department reports a man missing on the Temperance River on an inner-tube trip has been found alive.

The dispatcher confirmed the man was found alive and dehydrated Friday morning along the river in the West End of Cook County. County Search and Rescue personnel were called out around 6 AM to search the area after the man was reported missing by friends.

The search also included a US Forest Service Beaver aircraft which flew along the river corridor.  .

According to reports, the 50-year-old was inner-tubing on the river Thursday afternoon down from the Temperance River Campground on the Sawbill Trail. He was expected to meet friends at the 600 road bridge.

His friends report he never arrived. They contacted the Sheriff’s Department for assistance.

The Search and Rescue team used the 600 road bridge as their staging area. In addition to the Forest Service aircraft, Tofte Fire and Rescue personnel and a Cook County Ambulance crew joined  in the search and rescue..

 

Community Center design must be downsized

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 8:53pm

On Friday, July 13, the Cook County Community Center Steering 
Committee got down to what may be the most difficult part of the 
community center planning—determining what goes and what stays in the 
community center proposal to remain within the $9.5 million budgeted 
by the county board.
Wade Cole of ORB Management presented estimates for the latest 
configuration and shared the news that the plans as presented were 8.1
percent over the $9.5 million budgeted.
Cole pointed out that the most expensive part of the project was the 
swimming pool and asked if the steering committee would be willing to 
reduce the surface area of the pool, which in turn would allow the 
architect to bring in the size of the building.
If that was done, Cole said, the facility would be closer to the 
proposed budget. Reducing the size of the aquatics area would bring 
the budget overage to approximately 4.5 percent.
Cole said, “It’s not uncommon to be over at this point.”
Architect Dan Miller of JLG Architects said with the 4.5 percent 
overage, the plan would be “close enough.” He said, “With these 
numbers we know what we can build—we just need to figure out how we 
can build it.”
The steering committee agreed to alter the schematic design to reduce 
the size of the swimming pool from 3,550 to 2,734 square feet, 
however, Steering Committee Member/County Commissioner Sue Hakes said 
she wanted the public to know that the pool would still have four 
swimming lanes, plus a zero-depth entry/recreation area and a sauna 
and whirlpool area that seats at least 12 people. A motion was passed 

Grand Marais Garden Club presents "A Woodland Garden"

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 3:13pm

Members of the Grand Marais Garden Club Flower Show Committee are completing preparations for the annual flower show on Friday, July 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center at 317 W. 5th St.
The theme this year is “A Woodland Garden.” Many beautiful arrangements of locally grown flowers will be displayed. The master gardeners will also have a display and there will be a plant sale. Refreshments will be served, featuring homemade rhubarb punch. Admission is free.
The garden club will also have a plant sale in conjunction with the show. Bring in a plant to trade for a plant or select plants for a donation price.  
You are cordially invited to see what kinds of lovely flowers grow in our woodland gardens. For more information contact Sally Berg at 387-3326.