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Property owners can receive assistance in shoreline erosion reduction

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 1:21pm

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is now accepting shoreline erosion reduction applications from private and public landowners in Cook County.

With the help of Clean Water Land & Legacy Funds, SWCD has financial and technical assistance available to assist interested landowners in completing shoreline erosion reduction Best Management Practices that will reduce sediment and improve water quality of the lake and/or stream adjacent to their property.

For information and an application form visit www.cookswcd.org or contact the SWCD office at (218) 387-3649. Applications are due to Cook SWCD by 4 p.m. Aug. 28.

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Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter opening in Cook County

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 1:17pm

Saying she was frustrated with the world’s reaction to climate change and calling it the over riding issue of our time, Ann Mershon came to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) meeting held at the First Congregational Church on Tuesday, August 11 to learn more about CCL and what she could do to help improve the environment.

Mershon, a writer and retired high school English teacher, voiced sentiments that were echoed by most of the two-dozen attendees who listened to a presentation by Paul Thompson and his partner, Mindy Ahler who came from Edina to host the meeting.  

With more than 1,000 volunteers across the country and 278 local chapters nationwide and several hundred chapters across the world, CCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is growing, said Thompson.

Thompson said CCL works with politicians—especially Republicans—to create legislation aimed at creating a revenue-neutral carbon tax (which would be called a fee) on fossil fuels, with the fees distributed back to U.S. households to off-set the rising energy costs and increased cost of consumer goods made from petroleum products.

At the end of the two-hour meeting Ahler and Thompson asked people to rate themselves on their interest in forming a CCL chapter in Cook County, and while most said they were interested, they didn’t have time to organize events and meetings. That is, until Rebecca Wiinanen stepped up and said she would lead a local chapter. “I have the time, but I’m not really a writer, not really good at reaching out and getting information to people so I will need help with this,” she said.

Thompson swept his hands around the room and said, “You have many writers and interested people who, I bet, are ready and willing to help you. Right?” he asked the crowd, who nodded and promised to help Wiinanen organize a local CCL chapter in Cook County.

Principal Gwen Carman resigns - and more news from ISD166

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:57am
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Principal Gwen Carman has resigned at Sawtooth Mountain Elementary, and the ISD166 school board is on hold regarding its operating levy referendum, waiting to if and when the Governor sets a special election.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Superintendent Beth Schwarz.
 

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Body of missing man found in Colvill

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:39pm

The body of 22-year-old Justin John Schneider of Cloquet was located during a search operation at 10:35 a.m. this morning.

The search for Schneider began yesterday when the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Minnesota State Patrol of an abandoned vehicle located on Highway 61 near the Kadunce River.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Cook County Search and Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, United State Border Patrol, Hovland Stop Team, Colvill Fire Department and Hovland Fire Department assisted in the search. St. Louis County Search and Rescue was also called to assist with K-9s Ike & Ted.

This matter is currently under investigation

Body of 22-year old man found near Kadunce area

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:45pm

The body of 22 year old Justin John Schneider was located during a search operation at 10:35 Thursday morning. The search for Schneider, apparently of Cloquet, began when the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Minnesota State Patrol of an abandoned vehicle located on Hwy 61 near the Kadunce River.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Cook County Search and Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, United States Border Patrol, Hovland Stop Team, Colvill Fire Department and Hovland Fire Department assisted in the search. St. Louis County Search and Rescue was also called to assist with their K-9 unit.

The matter remains under investigation.

Weather seems a little like fall, a little too soon

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:02am
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A little more rain in the forecast, but clearing and warmer by Saturday. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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