Around Cook County
The West End Townships of Lutsen, Tofte, and Schroeder held their annual meetings and elections last night. In Lutsen, 118 votes were cast. Ginny Storlie was elected to fill the Supervisor seat vacated by Diane Parker. Parker stepped down after two 3-year terms. Storlie won over Alta McQuatters and write-in candidate Larry McNeally. Two candidates were vying for the Town Clerk position in Lutsen. Coming out on top was Sylvia Duclose, winning over Gail Thompson.
In Tofte, 17 votes were cast. Incumbent Township Supervisor Paul James was re-elected along with Town Clerk Barb Gervais. The races were uncontested.
And in Schroeder, 36 votes were cast. Deb Johnson was elected to fill the seat vacated by Ross Wilson, and Doug Schwecke is the new Town Clerk – taking over from longtime clerk Carol Tveekrem. Tveekrem served 13 years as Schroeder Town Clerk and was honored during the meeting for her service to the Township.
The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee met with
Chris Francis, CEO of the Duluth Area YMCA, on February 29. The
steering committee has been investigating the possibility of the YMCA
operating a community center facility built and owned by the county.
YMCAs are 501(c)(3)s independently owned and operated in each
community. There are almost 1,000 YMCAs operating at about 3,000
different branches. The Duluth Y is one of the 300 biggest, with
about 7,500 members and annual revenue of about $5½ million.
The cost of membership in a YMCA is lower than the cost of operating,
Francis said. Because of this, fundraising is ongoing to help pay for
programming and to help fund those in need. Members often get a
discounted fee at Ys other than the one they belong to, and nonmembers
can pay a daily rate to use YMCA facilities such as pools.
An endowment of about a million dollars would be needed to get started
and a foundation would need to be established, Francis said., adding,
“There’s just all kinds of potential opportunities we could look at.”
Not many new YMCAs are created nowadays. Most new facilities are
branches attached to already established Ys, and this is what the
Duluth Area Y would expect if it became involved in building a program
in Cook County. Local YMCAs pay dues to be part of the national
The monthly birthday party will be celebrated on Wednesday,
March 14 to honor Gertrude Scott, Dorothy Mottl and Audrey Haring.
Cake and ice cream will be served at 2:30 p.m. with piano music
performed by Doug Sanders. Some students from the After School Lounge
Program will join us for bingo after the party, too.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who continue to work at the Care
Center during the winter months. The daily activities and special
music really make a difference. For more information about activity
programs or volunteer opportunities, contact the Activity Department
at (218) 387-3518 or go to the www.nshorehospital.com.
Once again, science, religion and politics have become entwined in a thorny public policy debate. This time it’s about wolves.
Specifically, a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to authorize a hunting season on wolves. The State Senate has approved it, and the Assembly is set to consider the bill today. A similar hunting bill is currently being considered by Minnesota legislators.
Though supported by hunters and politicians on both sides of the aisle, wildlife biologists have a number of criticisms and suggestions about the bill involving how, when and how many wolves should be killed.
However, The New York Times reports the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Game Commission, which represents 11 tribes of the Ojibwe in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, opposes the hunt on the basis of religious principle and tradition.
In written testimony presented to both legislative houses, James Zorn, the executive administrator of the commission, said, “In the Anishinaabe creation story we are taught that (wolf) is a brother to Original man. The health and survival of the Anishinaabe people is tied to that of (wolf).” For that reason the tribes are opposed to a public hunt.
Court settlements on treaty rights mean that the tribes must be consulted about decisions like the wolf hunt. The Indian Fish and Game Commission says they were not.
Joe Rose Sr., a professor emeritus of Native American studies at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., and an elder of the Bad River Band, put it this way: “We see the wolf as a predictor of our future. And what happens to wolf happens to Anishinaabe. Whether other people see it or not, the same will happen to them.”
March 15 is the deadline for a $250 trade scholarship for high school seniors or adults.
The Michel S. Beaupre Trade Scholarship is a $250 annual scholarship awarded to a Cook County applicant interested in pursuing a trade degree. This year two scholarships will be awarded. Applications are available by calling Cook County Higher Education at (218)387-3411. You can also go to our web page and fill out the application online: http://www.northshorecampus.org/michelscholar.php Applications are also available at the high school office from Sally.
Scholarship applicants must be planning to enroll in a degree program focusing on a trade degree or diploma. Applicable trade topics are electrical, carpentry, surveying, automotive, refrigeration, plumbing, industrial mechanics, milling and welding.
This scholarship opportunity was created in memory of Michel S. Beaupre, longtime resident of Cook County. In 2002 he was appointed as an electrical inspector for the State of Minnesota. He held this position until his death in July 2005.
Michel was a member of the United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 568 in Montreal, Quebec. He was proud of his trade and encouraged young people to go into the trades. The last few months of his life he fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, even working the day before he died. Donations to the scholarship should be directed to Cook County Higher Education, attn: Michel S. Beaupre Scholarship.
Billed as "Sled Dogs to St. Paul: The Race to Protect Minnesota from Copper Sulfide Mining and Acid Discharge Pollution," Cook County musher Frank Moe left Grand Marais by doglsed on Thursday, March 1st carrying petitions to the state capitol with more than 13,000 signatures asking State and Federal authorities deny any permits for sulfide mining that will threaten Minnesota's water or natural resources.
After spending a week on the trail and travelling more than 350 miles, Moe arrived at the state capitol on Monday, March 8th. Moe is back home in Cook County now, and he stopped by the WTIP studios on Monday, March 12th to talk about the experience and why he undertook it.
(Click on "attached file" below to hear the interview.)