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Sen. Tom Bakk: input to the county board on mining resolution was non-threatening

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:51am

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is embroiled in a controversy over a mining resolution discussed and not acted upon by the county board.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the District 3 Senator about political solidarity in the Arrowhead as well as what’s left to accomplish in the four weeks remaining of the session in St. Paul.



"What's Left" exhibit at Hibbing Community College through April 29

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:59am

Hibbing Community College is proud to present the exhibition What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide for the month of April.  This multimedia exhibit intends to create a proactive community dialogue about suicide and mental illness with a goal of reducing the stigma surrounding them.  The exhibit is in the main entrance of the “C” building at the college until April 29.  Admission is free. 

Suicide and mental illness are major health problems that affect everyone. The topic is often viewed as taboo, and family members left behind can feel stigmatized and unable to talk openly about their experience and grief. What’s Left provides a space for participating artists and the broader community to reflect on the impact of suicide and mental illness and explore the use of artistic expression in the process of grieving, healing, and expressing hope.

The project originated with Grand Rapids, Minnesota, resident John Bauer who lost his daughter Megan—a resident of Cook County for a short time—to suicide in 2013. Bauer’s experience in the aftermath of his family’s tragedy is what sparked the idea for an art exhibit as a way to encourage community conversation.

“Whether on the phone or on the street, most people just didn’t know what to say to me,” said Bauer.  “How could they if they haven’t been through something so horrific? To develop a vocabulary for talking about suicide, we have to be able to talk about mental illness as well. Not in whispers or disrespectful laughter. We need a culture shift where we all take responsibility for addressing the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness. That burden should not be on me and my family alone, nor should it fall to other families who have come before or after us.”

Commissioners to turn over all correspondence regarding controversial resolution

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:08am

A public-information request has been made from a member of the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus for all of the Cook County Commissioners to turn over any emails, text messages, and social media content pertaining to Commissioners Frank Moe’s resolution regarding copper-nickel mining.  WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this report. 


Familiar faces bring changes to Camp Menogyn

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:25pm

YMCA Camp Menogyn up the Gunflint Trail has some changes to the management staff. Local musher Matthew Schmidt will be taking over as the new site manager at the camp, replacing 20-year Menogyn veteran Steve Anderson. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this story about the upcoming changes at Menogyn. 


LSProject: Water levels tell a story in Lake Superior

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 8:55am

Lake Superior is up two inches in April from where it was in 2015. What does this mean on bigger scope and why are water levels important in Lake Superior? WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs finds out in this segment of the Lake Superior Project. 


Open House on Lake Superior trout management plan in Grand Marais April 19

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:18pm

A healthy recovery staged by wild lake trout in Lake Superior means these fish no longer need to be stocked in the lake, according to an updated management plan that covers the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior. The public can now comment on the plan until May 8.

“The successful lake trout recovery is a highlight of the plan,” said Cory Goldsworthy, Lake Superior fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Extensive public input informs this plan. It covers the years 2016 to 2025 and outlines management goals for sportfish populations, as well as steps to reach these goals.”

Three public open houses to gather input and answer questions are scheduled, including an April 19 session at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais from 6 to 8 p.m.

Comments may be submitted at or by contacting Goldsworthy at 218-302-3268 or

Management actions recommended include:

* Discontinue lake trout stocking in Lake Superior waters near Duluth because wild fish populations have reached rehabilitation criteria recommended in the Lake Trout Restoration Plan for Lake Superior.

* Expand the zone where steelhead are maintained solely through natural reproduction and evaluate catch rates in the absence of supplemental stocking.

* Reconfigure kamloops stocking methods to employ direct stocking upstream in the Lester River.

* Increase commercial fishing opportunities for lake trout.

“The plan combines fisheries science with extensive public input from the 26-member Lake Superior Citizen’s Advisory Group,” Goldsworthy said. “The people who served on the group should be commended for their commitment to this project.”