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Bent Paddle beer ban continues to stir issues in Silver Bay

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:47am

The issue of Bent Paddle Beer being removed from the city-owned liquor store in Silver Bay continues to stir controversy. This time, it comes in the form of a new fire truck. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs reports on this issue.


Nominate your mom for a Mother's Day day of pampering

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:31am

Is your Mom a hardworking woman who always puts others first? Does she make you feel special with the little things she does? Would you like to show her how much you care? Enter the Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage Mother’s Day Essay Contest and you could win an amazing pampering package for your mom!

Write down why your mom deserves to be spoiled in 200 words or less—typed or handwritten on a sheet of paper—and bring your entry to Northern Hi-Lites or to the Cook County News-Herald office by Friday, April 29.  

The News-Herald will publish the winning essay on May 7. The lucky mom selected by the judges will receive a relaxing massage from Laura at Essential Touch, have her hair done by Lisa at Northern Hi-Lites and will receive a basket filled with delightful gifts and gift certificates good for breakfast, dinner, and a shopping spree.

The contest is sponsored by Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage with support from Java Moose, Gunflint Mercantile, the Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Joynes Ben Franklin, Lake Superior Trading Post, Joy & Company, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Cook County News-Herald, Blue Water Café, and more!

Get your creative juices going and let us know why your mom is the best!


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


DNR hosts public meeting on NorthMet mining application in Aurora April 19

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:29am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, April 19, about PolyMet Mining's potential permit to mine application for its proposed NorthMet project.

The meeting will be at Mesabi East High School, 601 North 1st St. W., Aurora, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public that PolyMet might submit a permit to mine application and to provide an overview of the permitting process. Under state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Environmental Quality Board, St. Louis County and the cities of Babbitt, Aurora and Hoyt Lakes, which are near the proposed mine, have been invited to participate. The meeting is in Aurora to enable local government participation.

The meeting will include a formal presentation and an open house. The formal presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will provide an overview of the proposed mining project and the permit to mine process. It will also include a brief summary of the other state permits that may be required for the project. State agency staff and PolyMet representatives will be available during the open house to answer questions about the permit to mine process and other permit processes, such as tailings dam safety, water quality, air quality, wetlands and others.

Project permit applications have not yet been submitted. Formal public comment on permits will not be taken at this point. However, if applications are received, there will be future opportunities to both obtain information about the applications and review and comment on draft permit decisions.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 16

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:25am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. The Governor threatens Essar Steel, a county commissioner raised a flap over mining and a speed limit change on the Gunflint is proposed…all this and more in the week’s news.


Grand Marais Playhouse debuts "Little Red Robin Hood" tonight

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:43pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse is busy working on the community youth production of Little Red Robin Hood by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus. Performances are April 15-17 and 22-24. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Special treats in the lobby on Opening Weekend by Alyce’s!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under. Friday, April 15 is “Food Shelf Friday”—bring $10 of food or cash and get one ticket free with the purchase of another. Sunday, April 17 is donation day, pay any amount for your ticket.

This is a hilarious show you will not want to miss!

The cast of Little Red Robin Hood includes:

Jaymie Kirk

Amy Carpenter

Malin Anderson

Aurora Schelmeske

Sam Kern

Elsa Garry

Greta Roth

Grace Blomberg

Karl Olson

Dominic Wilson

Abbey Stoddard

Louise Ramberg

Robin Henrikson

Shaelynn Hingos

Charlet Waver

Ella Hedstrom

Izzy Sparks

Lori Hommerding

Linda Garrity

Beth Benson

Jan Healy

Luke Johnson

Liv Hedstrom

Sammie Garrity

Wren Ferry

Grace Ritchey

Bryn Fitzgerald-Wells

Shelby Sjogren

Saira Smith

Olivia Nesgoda

Nevaeh Sifferath

Iylla Christiansen

Tina Krauz

Katie Carpenter

Amos Falter

Grace Nonnemacher

Kylie Viren


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

Commissioners discuss lowering speed limit on Gunflint Trail

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:49am

Several of the Cook County Commissioners asked a representative from the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Tuesday, April 12, if the Gunflint Trail could have lower speed limits than are presently posted.