Around Cook County

News and other information from Cook County

MNsure open enrollment period ends Sunday

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:16am

The open enrollment period for MNsure under the Affordable Care Act ends on Sunday.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s Rachelle Christianson who serves as the program’s navigator.


Local biomass heating plant faces uncertain future

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:42am

A long-proposed biomass plant in Grand Marais appears as though it won’t happen anytime soon. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on this story. 



A below zero dip, then more snow and mild weather

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:42am

A few more snowfalls coming this weekend and a below zero dip, then back to mild weather. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Winter photography class offered at Sugarloaf Cove

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 7:29pm

Winter can be a great time for outdoor photography, especially if you know the key tricks for getting impressive images in snowy Minnesota!

Join landscape photographer Chris Sandberg at Sugarloaf Cove for a class on winter photography at 10 a.m. Jan. 30. Sandberg has been shooting at the Cove and along the North Shore for the last 13 years, and has taught adult learners for over 20 years. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome at the class. 

The class will explore composition, lighting, scene selection, overcoming winter issues, equipment, and new software to advance your photo skills, with techniques that you can use all year long.

For more information call (218) 525-0001.


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

Top topic for January EDA meeting is housing

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 7:27pm

The primary topic of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) January meeting was housing, as the Work Force Housing Committee gave an update on its progress toward finding potential properties on which to develop workforce housing.

The Work Force Housing Committee—Harrison, Doo-Kirk and Moody—had several meetings with One Roof Community Housing, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is “to provide housing services and building and sustaining affordable homes and healthy neighborhoods using the community land trust model.”

What the EDA is working to develop is different than what One Roof has done in the past—the nonprofit works to provide housing for families at 80 percent of the adjusted median income while the EDA is trying to build homes for those that are at 120 percent of the adjusted median income. Anton Moody said services for the people at the 80 percent level are eligible for Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) programs.

“AEOA is filling that role,” said Moody. He noted the EDA wants to provide market rate—workforce housing—that will enable professionals like teachers, nurses or government workers to find a home to buy.

It was agreed that although their focus is a bit different, One Roof Community Housing could still help the EDA as it proceeds with its housing initiatives. A unanimous motion passed to endorse One Roof as the EDA’s partner on its workforce housing project.

Scott Harrison said still using funds from its Northland Foundation grant, the housing subcommittee has made progress in the study of two potential properties, one near Arrowhead Cooperative in Lutsen and the other west of Homestead Housing in Grand Marais.

LSProject: The John Beargrease Sled Dog Race

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:03am

The 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Race will start on January 31. Born in 1858, John Beargrease, was the son of an Anishinaabe chief. He delivered mail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, following a challenging route that paralleled Lake Superior. In this edition of The Lake Superior Project, Curtis Gagnon and Doug Seim talk about the beginnings of the sled dog race that commemorates John Beargrease.

Photos courtesy of Curtis Gagnon.