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Public invited to Firewise demonstration day on June 24

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 8:16pm

Interested in learning how to protect your home and neighborhood against wildfire?

A free Firewise demonstration day will be held June 24 at two locations in Cook County. The presenter will be Jeffery Jackson, NE Region Firewise specialist.

The first demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. at 40 Moose Ridge Road (off Gunflint Trail on Poplar Lake). At 2:30 p.m., the presentation will be given at Lockport Marketplace in Lutsen. The free one-hour demonstrations are designed to help homeowners reduce risk to their property.

For more information contact Todd Armbruster, Cook County Firewise coordinator, at (218) 235-0899.

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

Camp Menogyn director discusses incident on Duncan Lake where camper died in storm

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:49am
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On June 19 a man was killed in a severe storm while camping on Duncan Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Staff from YMCA Camp Menogyn assisted in rescuing people who were camped on Duncan. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke the director of Camp Menogyn about the incident on Sunday night. 
 

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Discussion of new Border Patrol station in Grand Marais finding momentum

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:39am
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There are discussions being held by local elected officials, others around the state and perhaps beyond regarding a new Border Patrol station in Grand Marais. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs had a conversation with Matt Curran, the patrol agent in charge of the local Grand Marais Border Patrol Station, about a possible new facility and his monthly Thursday morning coffee with the PAIC. 
 

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Tuesday night means Trivia at Grandma Ray's

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:09pm

On Tuesday night in Grand Marais friends and family gather at Grandma Ray’s (formerly the American Legion) for a Trivia Contest hosted by “Big B” and his sidekick Kristi.

The trivia competition is open to all. Join the fun at 7 p.m. at Grandma Ray’s on 1st Avenue in Grand Marais.

To make this lively event a bit more interesting, the Cook County News-Herald has agreed to publish the weekly "winners" when they are available.

Grandma Ray’s June 14 Trivia Night top teams and their prizes are:

1st        The Legion      $50     

2nd       Better Than Nothin’   $25  

3rd        Table 8            $10

4th        Danger Zone   T-shirt

Last     Bobblehead     a Butterfingers candy bar

Congratulations and good luck!

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Two students received Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:04pm

The Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, an annual scholarship, was developed by the Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas in memory of Leah’s brother, Eric Thomas (1956-2013). Two awards were presented at the Cook County High School Awards Program on May 23.

Presenting the award, Leah Thomas said, “Congratulations to Cassie Burkett and Samantha Scalise, recipients of the 2016 Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award. Cassie and Samantha each receive a scholarship to the Grand Marais Art Colony to further their artistic journey.”

The scholarship provides full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist finishing his or her sophomore or junior year (or equivalent home school program) to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice. The winning scholarship recipient—or recipients—must demonstrate clear artistic interest, originality, and motivation.

In addition to this new scholarship, the Art Colony offers youth and financial need-based scholarships available so that everyone in Cook County has the opportunity to access artistic education.

Contributions may be made to this scholarship fund by contacting the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 or director@grandmaraisartcolony.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.

Cook County news reporter honored at Grandma's Marathon

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 7:50am
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Grandma’s Marathon took place Saturday, June 18 along the North Shore. Local news reporter Brian Larsen, one of the founders of Grandma’s, received an award this year to honor his dedication to the race over the years.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Brian about his history with Grandma’s marathon. 
 

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Man killed on Duncan Lake is brother of Minnesota Congressman

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 2:01pm

On Sunday night, June 19, a number of intense storms moved through northeastern Minnesota. According to Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen, one person died and another was critically injured on Duncan Lake during Sunday night’s storm. Duncan Lake is a popular lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness located near West Bearskin Lake.

Four males were camping on the lake — two 43-year-old men and juveniles ages 14 and 11. Craig Anthony Walz, 43, of Rochester, was killed during the incident. One of the juvenile males was injured when a mature white pine snapped due to high winds in the storm. The body of Walz was recovered early Monday morning and transported to North Shore Health in Grand Marias for coroner review. 

Craig Walz, who was killed on Duncan Lake in last night’s storm, is the brother of Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz. Craig Walz was a high school chemistry, calculus and geometry teacher at St. Charles High School located in southeastern Minnesota.

During a separate incident during Sunday night’s storm, another male camper in the BWCAW was injured on Clove Lake when a tree feel on his campsite. The male was evacuated from Clove Lake and transported to the Cook County Northshore Hospital by ambulance. Clove Lake is located near the Granite River and Gunflint Lake. 

Rochester man killed in June 19 storm

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 1:21pm

A brief, but severe storm passed though Cook County on Sunday, June 19, leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake. The storm also resulted in a fatality and injuries to campers at two different Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) sites.

Cook County Law Enforcement received back-to-back emergency calls. The first at 10:24 p.m. reported that a tree had fallen on a man camping on Clove Lake, injuring his “upper body.” A medical helicopter was requested and plans were made for it to land at the Seagull Guard Station to meet emergency responders who would bring the man out of the wilderness.

The U.S. Forest Service, Gunflint Ambulance, Gunflint Fire Department and First Responders and Gunflint Search and Rescue responded and as they got under way, another call came in to Cook County Law Enforcement, reporting that help was needed at Duncan Lake. At 10:25, the reporting party said there was a deceased person and a severely injured person on the northwest side of Duncan Lake.

The medical helicopter was diverted from landing at the Seagull Guard Station to respond to this incident. The injured party from Clove Lake was taken by Gunflint Ambulance to North Shore Health.

Cook County Ambulance and Cook County Search and Rescue were paged to assist with the second call.

Responders learned that four people were at the campsite, two adult males and two juvenile males, when the storm’s high winds snapped a mature white pine off at the trunk, killing Craig Anthony Walz, 43, of Rochester, Minnesota.

The tree also struck and injured one of the juvenile males. Camp Menogyn and the uninjured campers assisted in transporting the juvenile out of the wilderness to the Cook County Ambulance.

The patient was transported to North Shore Health and then flown by medical helicopter to a Duluth hospital.

County sign ordinance to be updated

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:27pm

In a sign of the times, Cook County Planning and Zoning Director Tim Nelson came before the Cook County Board of Commissioners on June 14 with a draft of a new sign ordinance for Cook County.

The intent of the ordinance is to “regulate signs of commercial nature that are intended to be viewed from any vehicular or pedestrian right-of-way.”

Nelson said the purpose of the document is to establish minimum requirements and for the regulation of the type, placement, use, display, scale and maintenance of signs.

Nelson said, “It is not the purpose or intent of this ordinance to regulate the message displayed on any sign.”

Nelson said that this has not been a quick process. Several years ago the board of commissioners authorized a committee to develop and update the county’s sign ordinance, but the process was delayed due to the land use guide plan project.

Nelson asked the board to authorize a public hearing.  The board agreed and the hearing was scheduled to take place with the Planning Commission on Wednesday, July 13 at 5 p.m.

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

 

 

Short but severe storms sweep through Northland

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:18am
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Sunday’s storm brought destruction, injury and even death. Later in the week a similar system may come in the area again. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Dean Packingham.

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Violent storm injures campers in BWCAW, one death reported

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 9:42am
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On Sunday night, June 19, a number of intense storms moved through northeastern Minnesota. According to Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen, one person died and another was critically injured on Duncan Lake during Sunday night’s storm. Duncan Lake is a popular lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness located near West Bearskin Lake.

In a separate incident during Sunday night’s storms, another male camper in the BWCAW was injured on Clove Lake when a tree fell on his campsite. The male was evacuated from Clove Lake and transported to the Cook County Northshore Hospital by ambulance. Clove Lake is located near the Granite River and Gunflint Lake. 

Both calls for medical assistance came in to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday night following the incidents on Duncan and Clove. Gunflint Trail Search and Rescue, Gunflint Fire Department, First Responders, Cook County Ambulance and Cook County Search and Rescue all responded to the scene. The rescue on Duncan was also aided by staff from YMCA Camp Menogyn.

From the Mid-Gunflint Trail area down to Seagull Lake at the end of the Trail, reports of downed trees and power outages were reported Sunday night. 

The names of those who were injured and the individual who died are being withheld until families are notified. 

Elections for Arrowhead Cooperative board at Annual Meeting

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 12:34pm

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative held its annual membership meeting on June 11 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. There was a pancake breakfast and the presentation of grants from the cooperative’s Operation RoundUp program. From funds donated by members who “round up” their electric bills, Arrowhead presented $27,000 in grants to community organizations. 

The meeting also included an election to the co-op board of directors. Three seats were open for election. Scott Harrison was reelected to represent District 6, the Lutsen area. William Huggins will replace District 7 representative Tom Spence who did not run for re-election. Huggins will serve the Tofte-Schroeder area. Rollie Adkins takes over for retiring Les Edinger to represent District 3, the Gunflint Trail area.

Co-op board seats run for three-year terms.

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

 

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for June 18

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 10:32am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. The Forest Service has concerns about Twin Metals mining near the Boundary Waters and the mining company disagrees. Also, news about plumbing and siding…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Norman Deschampe re-elected as tribal chairman

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:50am

The general election for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was held Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Band members went to the polls at the Old Log School to vote for one four-year position—Tribal Chairman. Running for the chairman seat was incumbent Norman W. Deschampe, opposed by Donovan Dahmen.

Deschampe held on to the Tribal Chairman seat with 74.77 percent of the vote.

Voter turnout was quite low, with only 214 enrolled band members casting ballots.

Norman Deschampe has held the Tribal Chairman position for about 26 years. He also currently serves as president of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, whose members are of the Grand Portage, Bois Forte, Fond Du Lac, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth Bands.

Vice-chairman Janice Marie Spry was re-elected to her seat in the primary election on April 5, 2016. Because she earned more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the primary, she retained her seat without having to go on to the general election.

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

Minnesota swimmer shares story of recovery during visit to Gunflint Trail

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:49am
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Minnesota swimmer Jillian Blezien hopes to swim across the English Channel. She has been training up the Gunflint Trail recently, including several long swims on area lakes. In addition to physical challenge of swimming, this young athlete has other obstacles to overcome on a daily basis. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs shares this story. 

To learn more about Jillian's efforts to swim across the English Channel or to contribute to her efforts, click here. 
 

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