Around Cook County
Cook County High School senior guard Ashley Deschampe is in a tough bracket in an online Facebook contest to see who will advance to compete in the National Girls’ High School 3-point championship shootout.
The contest will take place in New Orleans during the March 30 NCAA Final Four weekend.
Ashley easily led her competitor in the first bracket, but has fallen behind in the "final four." Ashley, and her legion fans, hope she can pull ahead and they are asking everyone to vote!
Deschampe was chosen to compete for a spot after was invited to submit
a video of her shooting 3-oint shots. Her video, produced by Viking Coach T.J. Super, was then selected as
one of the top 16 entered. She is the only Minnesota girl and the only
girl in the upper Midwest in the competition.
The top vote getter gets to compete for a spot in the 2012 American Family Insurance High
School Slam Dunk and 3 point championships. The event will be
televised on CBS on April 1 at 4:30 p.m.
To keep the CCHS all-time scoring leader’s hopes alive, go to
http://apps.facebook.com/highschool_slam/ and when you see the three
brackets, click on “Women’s 3-Point.” Look for Ashley’s video on the
right side about half way down. If you aren’t logged into Facebook you
will be asked to do so. If you are a Facebook client then you can vote
for Ashley once each day. It takes less than a minute, so get to it
and let’s watch her on TV on April 1!
A series of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
aerial surveys were conducted this winter. Pilots fly transects in 49
randomly selected plots across the Arrowhead region while researchers
conduct their count. Unfortunately, the survey indicates that the
moose population in Northeastern Minnesota has again fallen.
Results of those counts estimate that the 2011 population of 4,900 has
dropped to 4,230 in 2012, a decline of 14 percent.
The decline has been steady. Since 2006, the moose population in
Northeastern Minnesota has dropped in half, from an estimated 8,840
moose to the current number.
Just what is causing the moose to die is still a mystery. Researchers
list abnormally warmer temperatures, disease and parasites as the
likely culprits, but are continuing to research.
The DNR will evaluate the data and consult with tribal biologists
before deciding on a 2012 bulls only hunting season. Last fall hunting
permits were cut in half, from 213 in 2010 to 105 permits issued in
There is some good news—in 2013 a two-year study has been funded. It
will begin, concentrating on identifying disease and parasites that
might be responsible for high moose mortality.
This study will be cost $600,000 and be funded from the Minnesota
Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as well as the Fond du
Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the 1854 Treaty Authority.
It will be interesting to hear the results of another study—the annual
moose count conducted on Isle Royale by researchers from Michigan
Technological University. The researchers are spending seven weeks
Twenty-nine Cook County Republicans met on Tuesday, February
27 at 7 p.m., at the Grand Marais Senior Center in Grand Marais to
pick delegates for the 8th District Convention and the State Convention.
Mark Delamater and James Dusheck were selected to attend the 8th
District Convention on April 21 in Park Rapids. Jim Hall, who has been
a member of the local party since the 1950s, was selected as an
Garry Gamble and Jamie Thostenson were selected to represent the
county at the State Convention that will be held May 24 - 25 in St.
Cloud. Jeff Dillehay was named the 1st alternate and James Dusheck the
2nd alternate in the event that one, or both delegates, can’t attend.
The delegates will carry resolutions submitted by local Republican
group and present them at the conventions. Some of those are: A
balanced budget amendment; repeal the national health care (dubbed
Obama Care) law; tort reform; audit the federal reserve; end funding
of the United Nations; eliminate the US Department of Homeland
Security; restore the gold standard; end life-time pensions and health
care benefits for former members of Congress and the U.S. Senate; and
several pro-life resolutions were also submitted.
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Changes at the Canadian border crossing, legislation on a wolf season, no Supreme Court action on Asian carp and Rep. Dill no longer represents Two Harbors…all in this week’s news.
For those who were disappointed that U.S. Forest Service
Gunflint Ranger Dennis Neitzke did not reach the Mush for a Cure
“Color Me Pink” goal of $5,000—there is another opportunity! If half
the goal is reached by March 5, Neitzke will still dye his silver
locks pink (for half the time).
On March 10, Neitzke and his “opponent” Don Kufahl will have their
heads shaved bald in The Bald, The Bold and The Beautiful event. If
enough money is raised one or both of the “victims” will have their
head shaved in front of a crowd at Windigo Lodge.
Kufahl has bravely stepped forward to put his head on the line in
place of his boss, Bruce Kerfoot, who is out of town. Kufahl, the food
and beverage manager at Gunflint Lodge has stepped in. This brave
Gunflint Trail volunteer fireman will see his hair shorn if enough
people donate to the cause. You can donate to get Kufahl’s head shaved
by visiting http://www.active.com/donate/MushforaCure2012/DonKufahl
But first, consider a donation to help the Mush for a Cure folks meet
the goal to dye Dennis Neitzke’s hair pink. They have the dye all
ready to go, so log on and give now!
All the craziness is for an extremely good cause. All proceeds go to
the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
And it’s an uproarious good time—head up the Trail this weekend and
check out the pink fun!
On Thursday about 100 people gathered in Grand Marais Harbor Park. They came to show their opposition to sulfide mining in Minnesota, and specifically to mark the beginning of Frank Moe’s dogsled adventure to the Capital. Moe will deliver a petition against sulfide mining to the legislature.