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Birch Grove Community School director resigns

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:08am

Birch Grove Community School Director Caroline Wood submitted a letter of resignation at the Community School board meeting held July 26. Wood’s last day will be August 15.

Wood said, “I have enjoyed working with such a committed team and appreciate the support provided.”

She gave a number of recommendations for the Birch Grove Community School board to consider. One of the recommendations was for the school to find “an experienced and skilled school administrator.”

Wood noted that the school year ended in the black, albeit just barely, for the first time in long time. She said, “I am very pleased with everything that has occurred over the last nine months.  I believe you have a very sustainable and bright future.”

Wood said she was exploring job options in Washington state.



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DNR to continue lake and stream surveys in August

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 5:08pm

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months.

Survey results are reviewed and incorporated into individual lake and stream management plans. The plans identify goals for key species in the lake and outline specific management activities. They are typically revised every six to 10 years. All current lake and stream management plans for the Grand Marais area are available at the area office, and copies can be provided upon request. Public comments and suggestions for management of these waters are welcomed at any time.

August 1 - Continue Poplar, survey Crystal and Devilfish lakes, survey Mistletoe Creek and Onion River. 

August 8 - Survey White Pine, Iron, Little Iron lakes, survey Portage Brooke, and Elbow Creek.

August 15 - Survey Ray Lake.  Assess fish populations on the Flute Reed River, Cascade River, Kadunce Creek, Devil Track River and Irish Creek.

August 22 - Survey Devilfish and Two Island lakes. Assess fish populations on Kimball and Junco creeks.  

August 29 - Survey West Bearskin and Swamp lakes (near Poplar Lake).  Assess fish populations in Temperance River and Gauthier Creek.   

These survey plans are tentative. Lakes and streams may be added or dropped and timing may change. Questions and general information about area lakes and streams can be addressed to the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office at 1356 Highway 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604. Questions also can be submitted by calling 218-387-6021 (note new number) or emailing


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North Shore media company expands platform to include live broadcasts of local meetings

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:10pm

Local entrepreneur, cinematographer and technical engineer Patrick Knight continues to build his new company, Good Measure Media. Among the expansions of the business platform are recording and offering live streaming of Grand Marais City Council and Cook County Board of Commissioner meetings. 

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs sat down recently with Patrick to talk about the new directions and progress of his local business. 

To learn more about Good Measure Media and to visit their Website, click here.



Alumni baseball game planned for Fisherman's Picnic

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:00am

The recent success of the alumni football game has spurred on another alumni game, this one pitting former Cook County High School baseball players against each other for some good-natured fun and to establish bragging rights.

Highly dedicated and much-loved Cook County High School Baseball Coach Arleigh Jorgenson, who seems to head up all things connected to baseball in the county, is in charge of this event.

 “Responding to enthusiastic requests from former players on the field following the exciting and successful alumni football game, we agreed to host an Alumni Baseball Game on Friday evening of Fisherman's Picnic, August 5,” Jorgenson said.  

The game will begin at 5 p.m. in order to take advantage of the remaining daylight, he added.

“As of now, we have 26 players on the ‘I will be there’ list, and it is growing.  We will mark this as a celebration of our upgraded field, which happened as a Community Fund Grant from the Minnesota Twins, an Infield Upgrade Fund that was gathered and saved from 2007, numerous significant financial contributions from families, our Athletic Booster Club, a generous and creative contractor, Rick Crawford, and hours and hours of volunteer labor!  

“Our alumni are going to be very proud of what they started when they take the field on August 5!  Spectators should bring lawn chairs as our seating area still leaves a lot to be desired,” said Jorgenson, adding, “ It is going to be a great reunion!”  


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A little rain later in the week, otherwise, a pleasant Fisherman's Picnic forecast

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:25am

Nice summer weather ahead for Fisherman’s Picnic – but keep your umbrella handy on Thursday. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart.


Commissioner of Agriculture visits North Shore organic farm

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 6:27am

Dave Frederickson, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department Agriculture, visited the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm near Finland, Minnesota on Wednesday, July 27. 

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs met up with the commissioner on the farm and has this report.


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 30

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 10:39am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. A dog kennel and outdoor adventure center proposed for the county. Driver’s license renewal won’t be as easy for Cook County drivers. Storm cleanup continues in the Northland…all this and more in the week’s news.


Dog survives roaring waterfall, 10 days alone near Boundary Waters

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:56am

A trip in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park turned tragic on July 4, when a family’s dog slipped and fell into a raging waterfall. But that’s just where this story starts.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this report. 


Michael Monroe kicks off Two Harbors’ “Fridays in the Park”

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:47pm

Michael Monroe kicks off the 2016 concert series “Fridays in the Park” in Two Harbors at 7 p.m. July 29 in Thomas Owens Park on Waterfront Drive and Third Avenue.  This is a free, family-friendly event.

Monroe lives and records on the North Shore of Lake Superior in his solar powered log cabin studio. His unique creation of music blends rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes that combine acoustic folk and jazzy reggae. 


In addition to performing at festivals, conferences, colleges, and clubs, Monroe performs his original music in school programs and residencies with the State Arts Board Performing Artist Roster as well as the Young Audiences. He has shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Paul Williams, Bernie Leadon, Kathy Mattea, John Gorka, Shawn Phillips, James Cotton, Michael Johnson.

Fridays in the Park’s 2016 series is funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Cultural Heritage Fund; the Two Harbors Area Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth-Superior Foundation; Great River Energy; the City of Two Harbors; and Arts on Superior.


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Water level in Lake Superior high in summer of 2016

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:13pm

The water level in Lake Superior has been notably high and grounds for discussion recently along the North Shore.

WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with a hydrologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan about the water levels. 


July weekend going out with nice summer weather

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:03pm

Nice summer weather ahead for the weekend, but keep an umbrella handy and maybe a light jacket. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Gregg Frosig


Two Harbors becomes nearest location to renew driver's license for Cook County residents

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:18am

Cook County residents looking to renew or be issued a Minnesota driver’s license need to do so in Two Harbors for the time being. The closing of Buck's Radio Shack in Grand Marais means there is no longer a driver’s license issuing station in Grand Marais or Cook County.

There are talks of possibly opening a driver’s license issuing station inside the already existing Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicle Registration center located in the Grand Marais Pharmacy. The Grand Marais station’s services currently include title registrations, renewals and transfers, but not the ability to renew or issue driver’s licenses. No timetable or decision has been made on if, or when driver’s licenses will again be accessible for issue in Cook County or Grand Marais. 

The Two Harbors Deputy Registrar and Driver’s License Agent is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:30, but are closed from 12:30 to 1 each weekday.
To find the DMV in Two Harbors, click here. 

Mentor North Shore seeks adult role models

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:54am

Mentor North Shore is in search of caring adult role models who are looking to be a support, guide, resource and friend to a child in the Cook County area.

Mentor North Shore is a collaboration of Mentor Duluth. The program evolved from the “Fatherless Boys Association” formed in 1938 through the Duluth YMCA. In 1996 other agencies serving youth joined together with the common goal of finding caring adults to become positive role models to children. After 75 years of successful programming, Mentor Duluth has finally extended up the North Shore.

Mentors must be 18 years or older and able to commit 8-12 hours a month over the course of one year to their mentoring relationship.

Mentoring can look different depending on the match; some matches like to play outside, go on hikes and build forts. Others like to play board games, cook and put together crafts. Whatever your interests are, there’s a child in the community who would love to share those experiences with you.

To learn more, contact Brianne Benson, Mentor North Shore coordinator, at (218) 722-4745 ext. 120.


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AIS control just got easier

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 9:15am

Washing off your boat and trailer to get rid of aquatic invasive species just got easier. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with AIS Coordinator Amanda Weberg about car wash convenience.



County approves mushing camp, youth facility near Pike Lake

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 9:15am

A large dog kennel, mushing operation and outdoor recreation business is coming to Cook County near Pike Lake.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this report.