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County to consider amendment to ATV ordinance at public hearing, July 28

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:30pm

After hearing a report from Commissioners Frank Moe and Garry Gamble on the process undertaken by a Cook County all-terrain vehicle (ATV) Ordinance committee, the county board set July 28 at 10 a.m. to hold a public meeting on proposed changes to the ordinance.

Commissioners Moe and Gamble facilitated a committee consisting of Sheriff Pat Eliasen, 1854 Treaty Authority Conservation Officer Clay Rumph and citizens John Bottger and Rhonda Silence, with input from County Attorney Molly Hicken, County Engineer David Betts, and Land Commissioner Betty Schultz. The committee was formed to look at a request from some Mid-Gunflint Trail businesses and the Cook County ATV Club to allow Class 1 ATV equipment on two additional sections of the Gunflint Trail.

The committee recommended opening the additional sections of the Gunflint Trail to ATV traffic on the shoulder and far right side of the road, but added a number of stipulations.

Some stipulations include putting at least four additional “Expect ATV Traffic” signs on the Gunflint Trail at the beginning of each section and posting two more signs at the junction of the Gunflint Trail and South Brule Road to inform ATVers that vehicles have a partially obstructed view. The committee also said the county must work with Visit Cook County to inform visitors of the presence of ATVs on Cook County roads; must continue to review ordinances for neighboring counties to work toward consistency of ordinances between counties; and determine and evaluate start up costs (signage, etc.) to the county of the proposed change. The committee agreed that the next Cook County road map published should also include notice and markings of the sections that now allow ATVs and the Sheriff’s Office agreed to assist with safety training efforts and include those efforts in that department’ annual report to the county board.

Annual Book Sale supports Library, July 30-Aug 1

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:34pm

It’s books, books, books and more at the annual book sale, courtesy of the Library Friends.  WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Nancy Backlund and Karen Kobey of Library Friends on North Shore Morning.
The Annual used book sale sponsored by the Library Friends of Cook County will be held Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, August 1 at the Community Center in Grand Marais.
Thursday night is for the Library Friends members only between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Memberships will be sold at the Community Center one hour prior to the sale on Thursday afternoon. 
Friday the book sale hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon.  
The Library Friends of Cook County is an all-volunteer nonprofit service organization that conducts the sale each year to raise funds in support of the library mission for the Grand Marais Public Library and all of the school libraries in Cook County.  



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Lioness Club Annual Fish Cake Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction, July 29

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:59am

Fish cakes and more this Wednesday evening courtesy of the Grand Marais Lioness Club. WTIP volunteer host Mark Abrahamson spoke with Judy Siegle and Ann Mershon of the Grand Marais Lioness Club on North Shore Morning.

2015 Grand Marais Lioness Club Annual Fish Cake Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
St. Johns Catholic Church
10 East 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
This annual dinner and silent auction hosted by the Grand Marais Lioness Club is the kick-off event to Fisherman’s Picnic Weekend. 
Buffet & Silent Auction open at 5 pm
Tickets at the door.
All proceeds help fund Lioness Academic & Leadership Awards and Local Community Organizations.



Weather looking up for the big celebration

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:49am

Looks like nice weather for Fisherman’s Picnic. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Hospital/Care Center breaks new ground

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:14am

The Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center broke ground on their new addition. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with administrator Kimber Wraalstad.


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 25

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 10:28am

Each week the WTIP News Department reviews the major   stories of the past five days. Many state railroad bridges are deficient. The Governor won’t arm the National Guard following the Chattanooga shootings. Traffic deaths are up…all this and more in the week’s news.