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The Department of Natural Resources is closing a 1970s-era fish hatchery because of failing infrastructure and excessive energy consumption.
The French River Hatchery, located on Lake Superior north of Duluth, needs $8 million in capital investment to address failing equipment. It also consumes 10 percent of the energy used by the entire agency statewide.
Fisheries Chief Don Pereira said energy inefficiency and costly repairs make it necessary to close the hatchery, but the remaining fish production from French River will be continued elsewhere.
WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on this story.
Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. This was election week and it was also the first week of deer hunting. It turns out a local pharmacy is in arrears to the clinic and the state is being sued over Minntac…all this and more in the week’s news.
There are a number of North Shore events on Friday, Nov. 11 to recognize Veterans Day. Also posted is a story by WTIP’s Rhonda Silence about Veterans Day 2016.
--Gene's Foods, in Grand Marais, is offering complimentary soup and sandwiches to veterans and their spouses Friday, November 11th, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. More information is available at 370-0384.
--There will be a Veterans Day Tribute, Friday, November 11th, beginning at 10:30 am, at the American Legion Post 2009, 8495 East Highway 61, at Mile Marker 146, near Grand Portage. The event includes a drum ceremony, flag raising, speaker Curtis Gagnon (GAHN-ya), refreshments, and raffle. All are welcome.
--The American Legion Auxilliary Unit 413 is hosting a clothing drive for homeless veterans, Friday, November 11th. Drop boxes will be at Grandma Ray’s from 3 to 11 pm, and at the ISD High School prior to the Veteran’s Day program. More information is available from Nancy at 387-1798.
--The Auxilliary is giving a complimentary 2-piece chicken dinner to veterans, from 4 to 6 pm, at Grandma Ray’s. More information is available from Janet at 387-2174.
--Cook County School District 166 is holding a Veterans Day Tribute at 2 pm on Friday, November 11. The middle school and high school bands, and the choir will participate. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bill DeWitt, CCHS vice principal. The Student Council will receive cookies for troops until 2 pm.
The Vikings fell to Caledonia High School Thursday in round one of the state volleyball tournament, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-17. They play again today at 3 p.m. against the Kimball Area Cubs. The game will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tune into WTIP as Bob Carter will bring you all the action.
The weather continues to please fall lovers, and it’ll remain that way for a few more days, but it may turn colder in a week or so. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Miller.
Do you have trouble talking to your kids? "Hot Potatoes" discussion group to be held At Sawtooth Mountain ClinicThu, 11/10/2016 - 2:45pm
Lockport Marketplace and Deli got a nice mention (plus pictures) in Onlyinyourstate.com, an online magazine read by more than 30,000,000 people per month.
On Sept. 20, a judgement was ordered in the Cook County Courthouse that Arrowhead Pharmacy Services owed the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais more than $429,000.
The ruling had to do with insufficient compensation to Sawtooth Mountain Clinic regarding drugs dispensed at Arrowhead Pharmacy.
The situation dates back to early 2012, when Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and Arrowhead Pharmacy entered into an agreement to use the federal 340B Drug Program.
According to Cody Wiberg, the executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, the 340B Drug Discount Program is a U.S. Federal Government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly reduced prices. The intent of the program is to allow covered entities to stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive service, Wiberg told WTIP.
However, in the case of the 340B arrangement between Arrowhead Pharmacy and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, something went awry. According to former minority owner, and now former manager of Arrowhead Pharmacy, Chris Goettl, the complexities of the 340B Drug Program are the primary source of the financial troubles that arose between the clinic and pharmacy. The specifics of those financial hardships are difficult to sort out, Goettl explained, using the phrase “it’s a complex equation.”
And as far as who is to blame for the financial mishap, Goettl said that answer is equally, if not more complex.
At approximately 5 pm this evening, search efforts for Michael Raymond Hickey, a missing 59-year-old Duluth man, concluded when a body was recovered in Pine Lake.
"This is a difficult day for all involved; an extensive multi-agency search ended with a discovery of a body in the lake,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “We always hope for the best, that we’ll locate a missing person alive. Given the expansive remote search area, which is difficult to access, I commend the efforts of all of the responders involved for their unwavering dedication to this search.”
The body was located in approximately 80 feet of water using side scan sonar technology provided by the St. Louis County Search and Rescue.
Pine Lake is located off of the Arrowhead Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The lake consists of 18.22 miles of shoreline, has a maximum depth of 113 feet, and covers 2,122 acres.
Search and rescue efforts included a ground, water and air search with resources from the Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue, the United States Forest Service, United States Border Patrol, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
A post-mortem investigation to determine cause of death will follow.
The Cook County School District had two ballot measures approved during the Nov. 8 election. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Superintendent Bill Crandall about the election results.
County Commissioner District 2 and 4: Incumbent Cook County District 2 Commissioner Garry Gamble was defeated in his bid for reelection last night by challenger Myron Bursheim, 307 votes to 227.
Grand Marais East Precinct 5 went 58.44% to 41.06% for Bursheim and Croftville Precinct 4 went 53.96% to 46.04% for Bursheim.
District 4 Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk ran unopposed and tallied 93.63% of the vote in Gunflint Trail Precinct 8 and 89.2% in Maple Hill 8A.
School Issues: School District ISD166 had two questions on the ballot. Both passed, but not in every precinct.
Question One asked for Approval to be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,500,000 for acquisition and betterment of school facilities. It passed by 1,876 to 1447.
The Hovland and Tofte precincts voted against the measure.
Question Two asked for approval to increase the School District's general education revenue levy by $800 per pupil. It passed by 1,945 to 1,392. The measure failed in the Hovland precinct.
Two uncontested school board positions were up for election. Incumbent District 4 Sissy Lunde received 97.19% of the vote. District 2 candidate Carrie Jansen received 98.14% of the vote.
Grand Marais: Grand Marais residents got to vote for two City Council positions. Both Tim Kennedy and Tracy Benson ran unopposed for their two seats. Kennedy received 480 votes and Benson, 590.
Incumbent Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux failed to file, so consequently ran as a write-in candidate. Out of 393 write-in votes, he received 281. The other votes were divided among two dozen write-ins.
Soil and Water: There were three uncontested incumbent Soil and Water positions on the ballot. All three candidates won their seats. Donald Goodell in District 1, Joan Farnam in District 3 and Jerry Hiniker in District 5.
Hospital Board: Two Hospital Board members ran unopposed. District 2 Justin Mueller won 98.82% of the vote. District 4 Kay Olson received 98.18% of the vote.
Minnesota Congressional races: All eight of Minnesota’s Congressional Districts were in play this election, with three considered highly contested.
In our 8th Congressional District the battle was once again between Democrat incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger Stewart Mills. At this writing the count is too close to call.
Cook County voters gave the nod to Nolan with all 13 precincts in the Nolan column: 65.16% Nolan and 34.63 went for Mills.
Congressional District 2 in the south and east metro suburbs, Democrat Angie Craig was out-polled by Republican Jason Lewis 50% to 41%.
In Congressional District 3, the west Metro area, incumbent Republican Erik Paulsen pulled a win over DFLer Terri Bonoff 56.70% to 43%.
The Constitutional Amendment 1, which asks voters if they want to “Remove Lawmakers’ Power to Set Their Own Pay” passed with the required 50% or more. The question read: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove state lawmakers' power to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries of lawmakers?”
76.81% of Minnesota voters said “yes.”
Supreme Court: There was one contested seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court on the ballot. Incumbent Associate Justice Natalie Hudson handily defeated challenger Michelle MacDonald state-wide, 58.80% to 40.78%.
In Cook County the vote total showed Hudson winning 70.18% to MacDonald’s 29.70%.
Presidential Vote: The national vote total is in and Donald Trump wins over Hillary Clinton with a popular vote of 57,581,441 and 276 of the electoral vote as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Cook County went for Hillary Clinton with 56.33% of the 13 precincts in the Democrat column. Those going Trump were 34.06%.
In The 8th District, Trump won with 53.31% of the vote to Clinton’s 38.65%.
The peaceful little cemetery on the east side of Grand Marais, owned by St. John’s Catholic Church, is undergoing some clean-up and landscaping.
Father Seamus Walsh told WTIP that the trees and brush on the east side of the cemetery had begun encroaching on some graves and needed to be cleared back. At the same time the church is adding some cemetery plots.
Father Walsh said, “We decided to use all the land that the cemetery owns. The clearing goes to our boundary line.”
Father Walsh notes that the grounds look a bit rough now that the trees have been taken down but in coming weeks, stumps will be removed, soil will be brought in for fill and landscaping will begin. The church will erect a screening fence eventually.
The cemetery is primarily for St. John’s parishioners, but Father Walsh said it is also open to those with ties to the church.
Cook County Law Enforcement Report
The following reports are a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
|7:32 a.m.||Grand Marais||School patrol|
|7:36 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|8:10 a.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given|
|9:39 a.m.||Holiday, Grand Marais||Lady living out of her car harassing customers and employees older teal colored car|
|11:34 a.m.||Sea Gull Lk. Rd. Grand Marais||Entry and bedroom security alarms, cancel false alarm|
|1:04 p.m.||County Road 7||4 horses loose near this intersection headed west on County Road 7|
|1:11 p.m.||Grand Marais||92 year old, fell hip injury|
|2:23 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|2:53 p.m.||Grand Mraais||School patrol|
|3:11 p.m.||Taconite Harbor||Business check|
|3:18 p.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given|
|4:48 p.m.||Hovland||Reported some suspicious activity at this residence|
|6:45 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party driving too fast on 5th Ave with kids out trick or treating,|
|9:15 p.m.||Grand Marais||Checking the area, dispatch noticed in the security cameras two young adults in hoodies/or jackets with backpacks walk between the hockey rink and skating rink, dispatch requested just a check for vandalism as there has been a history of it, no parties located|
|23:24||Sheriff’s Office||Lights flicking like shorting out near the Law Enforcement Center fence|
|12:32 a.m.||Gunflint Trail||Removing a tree from roadway|
|7:23 a.m.||CC High School||School zone patrol|
|8:26 a.m.||Grand Portage||Reported a maroon van pulled around a school bus and kept tapping its brakes causing a dangerous situation for a bus full of children|
|9:14 a.m.||Lutsen||Hall motion security alarm going off, cancel per key holder|
|9:21 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|10:24 a.m.||Hovland||Residence check|
|10:48 a.m.||Hovland||Residence check|
|11:23 a.m.||Grand Marais||2nd floor elevator alarm lobby as well|
|1:29 p.m.||Taconite Harbor||Business check|
|1:31 p.m.||Care Center||Sounds of construction conversation going on. Construction workers at Care Center. Cook County left message on call back|
|2:14 p.m.||Hovland||Husband was supposed to leave this morning from their cabin, hasn't heard from him yet, requested a welfare check|
|2:21 p.m.||Sheriffs Office||Would like to speak to deputy regarding his fraud case|
|2:43 p.m.||Grand Marais||CSC report|
|3:17 p.m.||Grand Marais||Reporting two young teenage boys that they keep riding the small dirt bike through party’s property as well as neighbors. Party has told them to stop but they ignore him.|
|4:03 p.m.||Grand Marais||Lost his wallet last night by IGA, men's brown wallet says Levi Strauss on it.|
|5:43 p.m.||Grand Marais||In lobby to get UA - Probation officer will come over in a few minutes|
|6:25 p.m.||Lutsen||Injured deer in north bound lane that needs dispatching.|
|7:19 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|7:37 p.m.||Schroeder||Paper service|
|7:45 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party came to reporting party’s house and threatened to cut party’s hands off.|
|8:20 p.m.||Tofte||911 hang up call – Cook County rang back and it was a misdial. No emergency|
|11:03 p.m.||Hovland||Residence check|
|4:21 a.m.||West Highway 61||General fire alarm at a residence|
|9:52 a.m.||Taconite Harbor||Business check|
|9:59 a.m.||West Highway 61||White Chevy pickup truck tried to run her off the road, heading west.|
|11:16 a.m.||Grand Portage||Attempt to pick up Cook County warrant|
|2:39 p.m.||Grand Marais||911 hang up busy on call back|
|3:28 p.m.||Grand Marais||Orange stray cat comes around frequently in case someone looking for one|
|3:40 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, clear|
|4:25 p.m.||East Highway 61||Stop arm violation red 18 wheeler Trans King|
|4:41 p.m.||Tofte||Paper service|
|4:55 p.m.||West Highway 61||Public assist|
|5:12 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:13 p.m.||Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:23 p.m.||Grand Portage||Reporting pary is out of state but heard that there is someone at residence in MN.|
|6:23 p.m.||Lutsen||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|7:09 p.m.||Grand Portage||911 hang up from near this address call back says this number is not available|
|9:29 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|07:46 a.m.||Grand Portage||School patrol|
|07:56 a.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given|
|09:06 a.m.||Taconite Harbor||Business check|
|10:26 a.m.||Sheriffs Office||UAfor drug court|
|1:19 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|1:41 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|2:09 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|3:06 p.m.||Hovland||Party states someone has been drivingan ATV on this road. It is a private road that several homeowners use to access their land.|
|3:21 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|3:28 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|3:29 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|4:02 p.m.||West Highwat 61||Stop arm violation near this location.|
|4:26p.m.||Grand Marais||Caller ran over a dog in front of the Legion. Dog owner didn't seem to mind and the dog seems fine. Dog and owner are still sitting in front of the Legion. Dog was off leash.|
|6:53 p.m.||Tofte||Reporting party states his power is out|
|8:05 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, party arrested on Carlton Co. warrant|
|8:22 p.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Booking party on a Wadena Co. warrant|
|12:52 a.m.||Artists Point||Foot patrol|
|3:34 a.m.||Grand Marais||Foot patrol - Grandma Rays|
|6:22 a.m.||Hovland||68 year old ill with the flu. Difficulty walking.|
|7:21 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|8:10 a.m.||Grand Marais||Party is trying to take a vehicle off reporting party’s property.|
|9:41 a.m.||Grand Marais||2 females approached party at his property stating they were Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints missionaries. Driving black ford truck. They had all their paper work and literature. He just wanted us to know about it. No deputy needed.|
|10:13 a.m.||Tofte||John boat washed up on the shore|
|10:36 a.m.||Grand Portage||43 year old male, severe stomach pains. Difficulty moving.|
|11:00 a.m.||Grand Marais||Found a set of keys in their parking lot.|
|11:16 a.m.||Gunflint Trail||Paper service|
|11:38 a.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Unruly inmate|
|1:12 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|3:36 p.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Regional investigator with Chase card services returning call.|
|5:17 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given|
|5:28 p.m.||Grand Marais||Big white truck with Chevy emblem in back window. Driving fast up Broadway|
|5:31 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given|
|5:46 p.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Party picked up in Lake Co. Per probation hold for court.|
|5:57 p.m.||Grand Marais Rec Park||5 to 6 juvenile kids jumping off the roof of the bath house by the ballfields|
|6:19 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:40 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:56 p.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given|
|7:29 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party having chest pain, radiating to neck, conscious and breathing|
|7:32 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|8:30 p.m.||Grand Marais||Paper service|
|8:58 p.m.||Grand marais||Traffic stop, warning given|
|10:05 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|10:50 p.m.||Grand Marais||Multiple calls about a fight at this residence|
|11:40 p.m.||East Highway 61||Checking home|
|08:15 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|08:54 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|11:14 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|11:32 a.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Questions on order for protection|
|11:34 a.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Party here for UA.|
|12:46 p.m.||Tote||Traffic stop, warning given|
|1:07 p.m.||Grand Portage||911 hang up near this location. Upon call back number is unreachable.|
|1:23 p.m.||Grand Marais||4 cars parked in lot with loud music. Did not want deputies just wanted it on record in case they keep it up.|
|2:07 p.m.||Grand Marais||Stated there is a pontoon parked at his property that is not his.|
|2:29 p.m.||Gunflint Trail||Paper service|
|2:32 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|3:59 p.m.||The Grade, Tofte||Lost her topper window on the grade and it broke. Party cleaned the mess as good as she could and swept the rest in ditch. No officer needed. Reporting for insurance.|
|4:09 p.m.||Hovland||Found brown leather wallet w/ credit cards and misc ID, $28 U.S. cash, $5 CA cash, Costa Rica bill|
|4:31 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:24 p.m.||Gunflint Trail||Traffic stop, warning given|
|7:14 p.m.||Grand Portage||Business check|
|7:46 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|7:58 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|9:45 p.m.||Tofte||Commercial fire alarm at Bluefin Bay, false alarm|
|10:27 p.m.||Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given|
|12:00a.m.||Trail Center, Grand Marais||Suspicious activity|
|12:39 a.m.||Grand Portage||Party called looking for a human services worker, from a pay phone and didn't have a way for the worker to call him back. Party stated he was just going to walk home. On call worker will check in with him in the morning.|
|1:05 a.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:21 a.m.||Courthouse||Duress alarm in Public Health|
|11:12 a.m.||Sheriff’s Office||911 hang up from this number. Cook County called back, party stated it was a pocket dial and everything was ok.|
|11:29 a.m.||Sheriff’s Office||Sitting with inmate Bigby while he is in the hospital.|
|12:30 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|12:42 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, duplicate traffic stop|
|2:22 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given|
|2:48 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given|
|4:34 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given|
|4:53 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|6:16 p.m.||Grand Marais||Caller states party is here drunk and swearing while families are eating.|
|6:17 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given|
|6:43 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|7:13 p.m.||Grand Marais||Caller hit deer at this location. Deer has broken legs and needs to be dispatched|
|7:20 p.m.||Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|8:26 p.m.||Grand Portage||Caller states parties are staying at the lodge and are transporting and selling meth.|
|10:32 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party states her dad is possibly having diabetic issues.|