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Soil and Water to hold public informational meetings on "One Watershed" plan

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:24am
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Lake and Cook counties Soil and Water districts have for several months been in the process of completing a 10-year plan to protect, improves and conserve the water resources in the Lake Superior basin.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County Soil and Water District Manager Ilena Berg about the One Watershed public meetings scheduled this month

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Search under way for missing man on Pine Lake

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:24am
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A report of a possible missing person which came into the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, initiated an investigation for a 59-year-old Duluth man on Pine Lake off of the Arrowhead Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, north of Hovland, Minn.

Sheriff’s Office deputies and Cook County Search & Rescue located a partially submerged canoe registered to the missing man, Michael Raymond Hickey, 59, of Duluth, as well as paddles and personal effects believed to be those of the man.

“The search victim is a long-time user of the area who has been fishing Pine Lake for many years,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen.

“Colleagues reported him missing when he failed to attend work Monday and attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. He left for Pine Lake on Friday, Nov. 4, and was supposed to return Sunday.”

Pine Lake is located east of McFarland Lake in the BWCA. The missing man’s truck was located at the McFarland Lake boat landing.
 “Darkness hampered the search into Monday evening, but resumed at daybreak today,” said Sheriff Eliasen. “This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it is available."

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Still, the weather stays nice, but will cool off through the week

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:31am
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Nice weather will continue through the week, although it will be a little cooler, mid-week on. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Sports changed his life

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 1:06pm

Guest editorial

By Doug Niewald,

Vikings volleyball team advances to state tournament

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 12:54pm
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The Cook County Vikings volleyball team is returning to the state tournament. The Vikings claimed the 7A tournament championship with a victory over Deer River on Saturday, Nov. 5. The championship game was held in Virginia, with the Vikings winning in three straight sets by the scores 25-16, 25-16, 25-16.

The Vikings will face Caledonia on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in round one of the state tournament. The game will take place in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  

For more information on the upcoming state tournament, click here. 

A Go Fund Me site has been set up to help the Vikings volleyball team have a safe and successful trip to the state tournament in St. Paul. To help support the Vikings, click here.  

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Weekend News Roundup for November 5

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 9:31am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. PolyMet seeks permits. Grouse are up. Nature Conservancy buys Steger woods. Paul James leaves Tofte Town Board…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Relatives of Charlie Cook visit the Gunflint Trail

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 7:11am
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Two women from California recently visited the Gunflint Trail hoping to learn more about a relative of theirs who once lived on the Ontario shores of Gunflint Lake. That gentleman’s name was Charlie Cook. And here is what the two women found out, as WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports. 

If you have any stories you'd like to share about Charlie Cook, please email: joe@wtip.org

 

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Autumn continues to serve up nice weather

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 9:38am
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Enjoy it while you can. Nice weather forecast for the next several days – in the 50’s! WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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Vikings volleyball team reaches finals of 7A playoffs

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 8:28am
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The Cook County Vikings volleyball team has reached the finals of the 7A tournament following a victory Wednesday, Nov. 2 over North Woods in Virginia.

The Vikings will now take on Deer River in the finals. That game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5. That game will also be in Virginia and begin at 4 p.m. That game will be broadcast live on WTIP.

Joe Friedrichs from the WTIP newsroom spoke with Vikings Head Coach Pam Taylor following Wednesday’s victory over North Woods. 
 

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LSProject: Too many deer in the deer yard?

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 2:32pm
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Deer weren't always common along the North Shore of Lake Superior. With the increase in their population, the plants that make our landscape so appealing are disappearing in areas where deer gather during the winter. 

In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, WTIP's Martha Marnocha joined State Park naturalist Kurt Mead and Silver Bay High School students to learn about a project being conducted at Tettegouche State Park. The project hopes to develop strategies for protecting young trees from heavy deer browse.

 

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WTIP shares the latest law enforcement report

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 2:39pm
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Cook County Law Enforcement Report
The following reports are a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
 

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Warm fall continues, sun on the way

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:44am
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Some rain on the Halloween costumes; but the warm fall continues and sun is on the way.  North Shore Morning host Mark Abrahamson talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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'Bed & Sled' to open at dogsled-adventure business up Arrowhead Trail

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:09am
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A dogsledding adventure site up the Arrowhead Trail near Hovland is expanding to offer lodging as part of the business this winter. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on the changes happening this year at Points Unknown. 

Click here to visit the Points Unknown Bed & Sled website. 

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Grand Marais home damaged by fire

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:59am
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A Grand Marais woman called Cook County Law Enforcement at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28 reporting that her home was “getting really hot and there was smoke outside.”

The Maple Hill and Grand Marais Fire Departments were paged to 307 County Road 60, the home of Bruce and Nancy Leonard. When the fire departments arrived they found smoke rolling out of an upstairs window and the eaves on one side of the house.

Fire trucks traveled to the nearby Devil Track River to fill water tanks Firefighters hosed down the side of the house and the smoke subsided. To be certain the fire was out, firefighters climbed onto the roof to probe the soffits looking for flames.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading, but the home suffered significant damage from the heat and water used to extinguish the fire.

Cook County Ambulance also responded and stood by. All occupants of the home were able to exit safely. No one was injured fighting the fire. All emergency responders were clear of the scene by 10:31 p.m.

It is believed that the fire started in the roof near the woodstove used to heat the house.

Story by Rhonda Silence.

Shirley Elquist's funeral

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:31am

Shirley Ellquist's funeral will be at the Free Church on Monday, October 31 at 1 PM.  Visitation at 12 Noon will also be at the church building.



October 24, 2017
1:30 a.m. Grand Marais Caller has a drunk person in the house, wants them out.
5:50 a.m. Caribou Trail, Lutsen Caller is caring for someone’s dog. They are late picking the dog up.
6:50 a.m. Grand Marais Party in for fingerprinting
9:21 a.m. Grand Marais Two Razr scooters lost in town over Moose Madness. One blue, the other silver with red trim.
9:40 a.m. Grand Marais Prisoner transport to Lake County Jail
12:47 p.m. Grand Marais Caller concerned for boyfriend who is depressed and may hurt himself. He said he was going to Grand Marais.
1:51 p.m. Grand Marais Permit to purchase gun application.
2:09 p.m. Grand Marais Reported domestic abuse to deputy.
5:32 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, citation issued.
5:47 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
5:51 p.m. Clearview, Lutsen Bus driver with stop arm violation
6:11 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
6:34 p.m. Schroeder Accident, semi with equipment hit bridge
9:41 p.m. Grand Marais Caller can hear yelling outside her residence.
9:44 p.m. Grand Marais Intoxicated male walking in the middle of Highway 61 by Dockside Fish Market.
10:44 p.m. Lutsen Reported a female walking on lakeside shoulder of Highway 61, eastbound. Concerned for her safety.
October 25
7:46 p.m. Grand Marais Lost black trifold wallet.
9:58 p.m. Grand Marais Female guest at Aspen Lodge having seizure.
10:12 a.m. Grand Marais 911 call, error in dialing, no emergency.
10:19 a.m. Grand Portage Found drugs in a guest room.
11:48 a.m. Gunflint Trail Traffic stop, warning given.
1:02 p.m. Grand Portage Caller at Mt. Josephine Trailhead. His wife is missing.
1:11 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
1:33 p.m. Grand Marais Lost iPhone, pink camo cover.
3:12 p.m. Grand Marais Reporting a cow outside of the fence.
3:15 p.m. Bluefin Bay, Tofte 911 call. Misdial.
4:31 p.m. Grand Portage White Nissan SUV speeding past residence.
5:25 p.m. Grand Portage Daughter threatening to run away.
6:18 p.m. Grand Portage State Park Back door alarm
6:42 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:04 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
7:15 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:38 p.m. Gunflint Trail Power went out an hour ago. Other cabins in area appear okay.
8:25 p.m. Hovland Traffic stop, warning given.
9:28 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
9:42p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
10:09 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
October 26
2:46 p.m. Mill Road Traffic stop, advised.
7:52 a.m. Grand Portage School zone patrol
7:58 a.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol
10:41 a.m. Lutsen Company vehicle hit at the gas pump. Other vehicle drove off. No damage to vehicle.
11:28 a.m. Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Collecting parking fee money.
12:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Dropping off gun.
2:11 p.m. Tofte Arrowhead Transit bus backed into awning
4:19 p.m. Tofte School bus stop arm violation.
5:43 p.m. Grand Portage 911 call, no one on line, can hear TV. Called number, party answered, no emergency.
6:40 p.m. Schroeder 76-year-old Male on oxygen had cigarette that caught on fire, some facial burns.
6:46 p.m. Grand Marais 911 hang-up, got voicemail on return call.
7:10 p.m. West Highway 61 Reporting a call over the centerline repeatedly.
7:39 p.m. Grand Marais Yellow lab on County Road 7, looks scared. Went into woods; couldn’t see collar.
8:42 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
9:09 p.m. Grand Marais Caller has concerns about daughter’s ex-boyfriend.
9:19 p.m. Tofte 86-year-old male with medical issues.
11:15 p.m. Schroeder Structure fire on Sugar Loaf Road.
October 27
3:50 a.m. Grand Marais Vehicle parked, unoccupied.
7:49 a.m. Grand Portage School zone patrol.
7:56 a.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol.
7:58 a.m. Grand Marais 911 call, no one on line. Reached caller who said her son had been playing with the phone.
8:14 a.m. Grand Portage School bus driver requesting deputy to patrol because there is a car that chases the bus almost every morning.
9:05 a.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
10:00 a.m. Grand Marais Racial comments found on bathroom wall at Cook County High School.
11:16 a.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:55 a.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
12:24 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation issued.
12:41 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
12:52 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation issued.
1:36 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Permit to purchase weapon received.
2:07 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
4:27 p.m. Grand Marais Report of person being intoxicated at Cook County High School.
4:27 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
6:19 p.m. Grand Marais Hospital requested help for a patient that ran away from them.
8:41 p.m. Hovland Reporting break-in at garage. Unknown what was taken.
9:51 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
October 28
1:10 a.m. Grand Marais Caller reporting party driving that is intoxicated.
7:39 a.m. West Highway 61 Security alarm on upstairs door. Clear.
10:57 a.m. Grand Marais Lock on gate cut. Nothing missing, but extra patrols requested.
1:08 p.m. Grand Marais Lost black square wallet with driver’s license, credit cards and $10 or $11 in it.
3:13 p.m. Grand Marais Attempt to pick-up party on Pine County warrant.
3:31 p.m. Grand Marais Gas drive-off – white jeep, driver is younger female with hair in messy bun.
5:15 p.m. Grand Marais Business concerned about a female that stopped there looking for a place to stay.
6:03 p.m. Gunflint Trail Traffic stop, clear.
6:48 p.m. Grand Marais Foot patrol, volleyball game.
7:21 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
7:27 p.m. Grand Marais Caller believes house is on fire.
7:59 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:01 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
October 29
12:49 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:48 a.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:01 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:25 a.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:30 a.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
10:29 a.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
10:59 a.m. Tofte Traffic stop, citation issued.
11:10 a.m. Gunflint Trail Doing some target shooting today.
11:54 a.m. West Highway 61 Out with two vehicles with flashers on.
12:49 p.m. Grand Marais Two ATVs seemed to be racing, not sure, but they are gone now.
4:05 p.m. Grand Marais Caller is having a “Treasure Hunt” tonight so kids and people will be running around town with flashlights.
4:16 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
5:52 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
6:12 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Booking party into jail on Martin County warrant.
6:37 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
7:39 p.m. Sheriff’s Office Transporting prisoner to hospital.
8:16 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:38p.m. Grand Marais Caller states party is drinking and running their mouth, wants party to go to bed.
October 30
12:11 a.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
12:40 a.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, party arrested for DWI.
2:40 a.m. Grand Marais Ambulance requested for a 71-year-old man who recently had spinal surgery experiencing severe pain.
7:54 a.m. Gunflint Trail Vehicle in ditch, door open, no one around.
8:43 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
8:52 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:00 a.m. Ski Hill Road, Lutsen Traffic stop, warning given.
9:52 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
10:00 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
11:15 a.m. Tofte Blue vehicle with tail light out passed them on right shoulder.
11:39 a.m. Grand Marais Small horse or burrow with red halter on County Road 6.
2:16 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
3:28 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, citation issued.
4:01 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
4:28 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
4:56 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, citation issued.
5:10 p.m. Tofte Foot patrol through Temperance River State Park.
7:57 p.m. Grand Portage Caller reporting that some kids are egging cars by the Grand Portage National Monument.
9:00 p.m. Hovland Traffic stop, warning given.
9:18 p.m. West Highway 61 Residential fire alarm.
10:35 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
11:23 Grand Marais Party having difficulty breathing.