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Schroeder defers ski team donation request

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:11pm

John Oberholtzer came before the Schroeder Town Board at its April meeting with a donation request for the Lutsen junior ski team. Oberholtzer told the board the ski team was in transition now that previous coaches Rick Backstrom and Charles Lamb are coaching the high school team. He asked the township to donate $1,000, noting that Lutsen had recently given $1,500.

With the change in leadership, Oberholtzer said the new parents who have taken over have learned there are unexpected costs in running the program, which is free to the children. With about 50 kids ages 4-13 on the team and 20-25 of those kids from the West End, Oberholtzer felt that this program would be something Schroeder would want to help support.

“Skiing builds a lot of confidence in these kids,” said Oberholtzer. “It’s also a lifetime sport, something they can do long after they are out of school.”

“It’s a wonderful program,” said Tina McKeever. “But I don’t think we can make this donation without bringing it to the town’s people for their approval at the annual meeting.”

Both Bill McKeever and Martinson agreed, and the decision was made to bring the matter in front of the townspeople at the continuation of the annual meeting to be held in August. They asked Oberholtzer to come to that meeting and make a presentation, which he agreed to do.

The May township meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Schroeder Town Hall. The town board normally meets the second Tuesday of each month.


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Working and living at business park?

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:09pm

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) has received inquiries from potential business owners who would like to purchase Cedar Grove Business Park lots if they would be allowed to have residential space upstairs or at the back of the business to serve as owner occupied housing.

At past EDA meetings, board members have expressed willingness to allow this to happen in a section of the business park, but doing so would require a change in the business park covenants as well as a zoning change.

Before proceeding the EDA polled current business park lot owners. Of the five businesses that own lots, one supported fully, two supported (with some concern); one did not support and one was not available.

Two business owners—Cook County Towing and G&G Septic—said they were in support of the concept as long as potential residents were aware that there is business traffic, and in the case of the towing business, that takes place round the clock as needed to respond to accidents.

Responding for Nordic Electric, Karen Kritta expressed concerns about how this would impact the electrical contractor’s property values. Kritta said because lot prices had been reduced by the EDA, Nordic Electric’s property value fell.

The Nordic Electric and Cook County Towing responses also included concerns about the wetlands on the proposed properties. Both businesses said they had encountered difficulty completing construction because of stormwater requirements and asked the EDA to be aware of this as they proceed.

Peter Mayer in concert, Saturday May 16

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The North Shore Music Association hosts Peter Mayer in concert this weekend at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.  WTIPs Jana Berka spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association on North Shore Morning.  Tickets available at the door or in advance at  Peter's website is


Cook County Schools band concerts Tuesday, May 12

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 1:07pm

 The Cook County High School Music Department will present two concerts on May 12, and the public is invited.

At 2 p.m. in the varsity gym the high school band and choir will perform with the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble A Century of Jazz. This celebration of jazz concert is open to all students K-12, including students from GES. It will feature music from Sky Blue Ensemble, along with CCHS students. 

At 7 p.m. the Middle School-High School Music Departments will have their annual Spring Concert.  This year's theme is The Wonderful Music of Disney. This concert will feature all three bands: 6th grade band, middle school band, and high school band.  There will also be performances by the choirs from both schools. Senior awards will be handed out at the concert, and there will be a Disney Carnival, including a Disney movie package raffle, in the cafeteria starting at 5 p.m. and running until the concert begins.  


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DNR offers boat prep guidelines

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 1:05pm

Before heading out fishing, boaters are reminded to inspect their boats and boating equipment and review regulations, which can be found in the 2015 Minnesota Boating Guide.

“With lakes and streams opening up across the state, boaters are anxious to get on the water and start enjoying the boating season. The best time to make sure boats, equipment, and safety items are in legal and proper working order is before your first launch of the season,” said Debbie Munson Badini, boat and water safety education coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources. “No one wants to break down, get a ticket or have a safety emergency after waiting all winter to get back on the water.”

In addition to making sure boats are equipped with all required safety items, it’s important to take extra precautions during the cold water season when more than 30 percent of Minnesota’s boating fatalities take place.

 While children younger than 10 years old must wear life jackets while aboard watercraft when under way (i.e., not tied to a dock or anchored for swimming), boat and water safety officials strongly recommend that all boaters wear life jackets any time they are on cold water, no matter their age.

“Wearing a life jacket is an imperative part of staying safe on the water during the spring months when the water is extremely cold,” Munson Badini said. “In the event of an unexpected fall or capsizing, having a life jacket on can make all the difference. Adult boaters resistant to wearing a typical life jacket are encouraged to try inflatable styles, designed to make preventive use more convenient and comfortable.”

Informational meetings on ARMER towers Tuesday, May 12

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 3:27pm

Cook County Information Technology (IT) Director Rena Rogers talked to the Cook County News-Herald about three proposed allied radio matrix emergency response (ARMER) towers that will be built near Sawbill Lake, Cascade River and Devil Fish Lake this fall. She told reporter Brian Larsen that the towers may offer more than just emergency radio communications.

 Rogers said, “For the first time people living near these areas will have a chance to hook up to power and receive fiber optics if they choose to.”

Two public meetings will be held to discuss the towers on May 12. The first will be at the Cook County courthouse from 4 to 5 p.m. in the commissioners’ room and the second will be held at the Hovland Town Hall at 6 p.m.

Rogers and Cook County commissioners whose constituents will be affected by the towers will attend the meetings as well as Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen to answer questions and concerns.


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