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April birthdays to be celebrated

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:48am

The North Shore Care Center will be helping Ethel Leng celebrate her 100th birthday on April 12. Friends and family are invited to a social with cake and ice cream at 3:00 p.m. that day to honor Ethel on her milestone birthday.
Trudy Boyd and Phyllis Noyes will also be celebrating birthdays this month. Phyllis will turn 101 on April 30. The monthly birthday party for all with birthdays in April will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served along with classic piano music by Doug Sanders.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about our volunteer program, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518.

CCHS band invites community to pizza fundraiser tonight

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:45am

The Cook County High School Band has teamed up with Sven and Ole’s to host a pizza fundraiser Monday April 11, 2016 from 5:40 - 8:00 p.m. at Sven and Ole’s Pizza. Sven and Ole’s will be providing the great food (pizza, salad, dessert and drink) and the band kids will be providing the elbow grease to wait on tables, bus dishes, etc.
The cost for dinner ranges from $3 for children under seven years; $7 for kids between 7 and 12 years and $12 for anyone 12 or older. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the band trip to Cleveland, Ohio in May 2016.
“I am impressed with all the time and energy the kids have put into raising money for the trip,” said Kerri Bilben, Cook County band teacher. “All their effort will be worth it for the great trip we have planned. One of the exciting things we’ll do in Cleveland is play a concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Bilben.
The Cook County band has been working diligently for almost two years now to raise the funds needed for their trip to Cleveland. Their past fundraisers have included donkey basketball, car washes, silent auctions, bake sales, selling wreaths and holiday band CDs, and helping out at Fishermen’s Picnic.

CCHS band invites community to pizza fundraiser tonight

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:45am

The Cook County High School Band has teamed up with Sven and Ole’s to host a pizza fundraiser Monday April 11, 2016 from 5:40 - 8:00 p.m. at Sven and Ole’s Pizza. Sven and Ole’s will be providing the great food (pizza, salad, dessert and drink) and the band kids will be providing the elbow grease to wait on tables, bus dishes, etc.
The cost for dinner ranges from $3 for children under seven years; $7 for kids between 7 and 12 years and $12 for anyone 12 or older. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the band trip to Cleveland, Ohio in May 2016.
“I am impressed with all the time and energy the kids have put into raising money for the trip,” said Kerri Bilben, Cook County band teacher. “All their effort will be worth it for the great trip we have planned. One of the exciting things we’ll do in Cleveland is play a concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Bilben.
The Cook County band has been working diligently for almost two years now to raise the funds needed for their trip to Cleveland. Their past fundraisers have included donkey basketball, car washes, silent auctions, bake sales, selling wreaths and holiday band CDs, and helping out at Fishermen’s Picnic.

CCHS band invites community to pizza fundraiser tonight

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:45am

The Cook County High School Band has teamed up with Sven and Ole’s to host a pizza fundraiser Monday April 11, 2016 from 5:40 - 8:00 p.m. at Sven and Ole’s Pizza. Sven and Ole’s will be providing the great food (pizza, salad, dessert and drink) and the band kids will be providing the elbow grease to wait on tables, bus dishes, etc.
The cost for dinner ranges from $3 for children under seven years; $7 for kids between 7 and 12 years and $12 for anyone 12 or older. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the band trip to Cleveland, Ohio in May 2016.
“I am impressed with all the time and energy the kids have put into raising money for the trip,” said Kerri Bilben, Cook County band teacher. “All their effort will be worth it for the great trip we have planned. One of the exciting things we’ll do in Cleveland is play a concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Bilben.
The Cook County band has been working diligently for almost two years now to raise the funds needed for their trip to Cleveland. Their past fundraisers have included donkey basketball, car washes, silent auctions, bake sales, selling wreaths and holiday band CDs, and helping out at Fishermen’s Picnic.

Financial expert talks long-term strategies with ISD 166

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:40am
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Steve Pumper, who is a financial advisor to ISD 166 and vice president of PMA Financial Network based in Albertville, Minnesota, spoke with WTIP's Joe Friedrichs following a school board meeting Thursday, April 7. 
 

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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 9

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 10:39am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. St. Louis County poised to allow ATVs on all county roads. The first “saltie” arrived. Local dairy to appeal ruling and a break for Keetac…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Elegance galore at Prom Dress Swap

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:12am

Not everyone has the time and money for a trip to Duluth to purchase a dress to be worn only once. And many people don’t have the patience for the shopping scene. Recognizing this, for the last few years, a group of Cook County residents spearheaded by Courtney Quaife have organized a Prom Dress Swap event.

This year’s Dress Swap will be held at the Cook County Community Center on Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Quaife said girls can bring a gently used dress to swap for a new one. She said, “We ask that all dresses be clean, from non-smoking homes and be in like-new condition.”

If an attendee doesn’t have a dress to exchange, she can receive a dress for a $20 donation. However, Quaife added, “No one will be turned away for the inability to make a donation.”

The money donated will be used to buy more dresses to keep the event going.

Quaife said there are many beautiful dresses in all sizes, as well as some shoes and jewelry, available on a first come, first serve basis. Some of the dresses are brand-new with tags.

 “Join us for a relaxing and fun afternoon,” said Quaife.

For more information, call Quaife at (218) 370-1225.

Cook County High School Prom is Saturday, April 30 and the 2016 theme is “Alice in Wonderland.”

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

April in Duluth Ragtime Concert on Sunday

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:10am

Lake Superior Ragtime Society presents the April in Duluth Ragtime Concert. Come enjoy performances of this lively, toe-tapping music. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the First Covenant Church on 2101 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN.

Call 218-724-7696 or 715-394-4319 for more information.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

More snow, more winter in the forecast

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 5:54pm
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It seems like winter weather just doesn’t want to leave the Northland. More snow and cooler temps are in the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Amanda Graning.

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National Park Service issues EIS on Isle Royale wolves

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:17pm

With only two wolves left on Isle Royale, the National Park Service has signaled that it is at least thinking about introducing more wolves back onto the island. A mid-March report follows public comments and internal deliberations regarding wolf/moose/vegetation management on the Lake Superior island.

With no other predators to keep their numbers in check, researchers worry that moose are starting to over browse areas on the island, damaging the vegetation. In the winter moose like to eat balsam fir, but that is a tree species that is declining on the island. As food dwindles, researchers worry that moose will suffer from starvation.

The National Park Service’s has prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) that looks at four alternatives, including A.) doing nothing; B) bringing wolves to the island as a one-time event during a defined period of time; C.) bringing wolves to the “island” as needed or D.) also doing nothing, letting natural process continue, but setting a trigger point at which wolves would be reintroduced, such as if the island became over-browsed by moose.

The NPS will hold one more 60-day public comment period later this spring. Comments can be submitted at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ - just scroll down to find the Isle Royale study.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Appeal expected regarding North Shore dairy farm inspection

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:04pm
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The attorney for Lake View Natural Dairy recently told WTIP's Joe Friedrichs that he expects his client to file an appeal after a judge's ruling regarding inspection of the dairy farm. Listen to the conversation here.
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Library presentation--Minnesotans on the RMS Titanic

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:05am

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Christopher Welter—Minnesota/RMS Titanic Connections, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., Two Harbors Public Library; Friday, April 8, 1:00 p.m., Silver Bay Public Library; Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m., Grand Marais Public Library.

Leading up to the April 15, 1912 anniversary of the sinking of the great ship, Christopher Welter, archivist at Minnesota Discovery Center, will provide a condensed version of his article, Voices Cast Upon the Sea: Minnesota’s Titanic Passengers, which was published in the autumn 2007 issue of Minnesota History magazine. Welter will speak about several individuals from northern Minnesota, including from the Iron Range and Duluth. Here follows an excerpt from Welter’s article:

“Back in April, 1912, men, women, and children had ascended Titanic’s gangways. The contingent included current and would-be residents of Minnesota. Counted among this group were the affluent and the immigrant, the lay and the clergy, the fortunate and the luckless. All would be either observer or victim of the ship’s fate. Familiar in its scope, the narrative is yet extraordinary for it was witnessed, experienced, told, recorded, and remembered by persons who called or intended to make Minnesota home.”

This program, sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about upcoming Arrowhead Legacy Events, visit their calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

Spring fire danger season predicted to be dry

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:44am
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Even though there’s still lots of snow on the ground, when it goes, we’re predicted to be in a higher than normal fire danger season. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the Superior National Forest East Zone Fire management Officer Patty Johnson.

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A glimpse inside Taconite Harbor as closure process unfolds

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:25am
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The Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Cook County is set to go idle in September. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs recently took a tour of the plant and spoke with people who work at and will be impacted by Taconite Harbor’s eventual closure. 
 

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"Local Energy Thursdays" at North House in April

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 8:57pm

April is Earth Month! The Cook County Local Energy Project presents Local Energy Thursdays at North House Folk School. Each event is free and takes place 7-9 p.m.

April 7 is Seal it up! A Home Energy Efficiency Pep Talk with builder and energy auditor Mike Senty. Watch an energy efficient house be built from the ground up. Win a REEP home audit. Take home a grab bag of energy tools and start saving money and energy now.

April 14 is Solar Power Hour and Grow Solar. Use the sun to power your home, business or farm. This event includes testimonials from local solar power homeowners, an introduction to the Arrowhead Electric Community Solar project, and solar basics and step-by-step with Dathan Lythgoe of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Finally, April 21 is Bringing Climate Change Home: A Community Show and Tell. During this event, learn about a vegetable-oil powered road trip with Jonathan Hedstrom, and hear Morgan Weyrens Welch report on her trip to the Paris COP21 Climate Talks. This event also includes The Carbon Fee and Dividend solution, an educational session by the Cook County Citizens Climate Lobby.

Additional information is available at www.cookcountylocalenergy.org.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.