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DNR auction to be held in Grand Rapids Saturday

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:00am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 E. Highway 2.

More than 100 items will be sold including automobiles, trucks, ATVs, snowmobiles, tractors, boat packages, outboard motors, boats, trailers, office furniture, mowers, power tools, auto shop tools, tractor implements and heavy equipment. Photos and a listing of available items will be posted 10 days prior to the sale at On-site inspection of items will be available only on the day of the auction from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

To avoid standing in line the day of the sale, bidders are encouraged to preregister for the auction online at It provides access to information on other auctions conducted by the state of Minnesota.

The sale is being conducted by the state of Minnesota, Department of Administration, Fleet and Surplus Services Division and may include additional items from local municipalities. Benoit Auction Service of Dassel will be the auctioneer.


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Governor Dayton announces details of special election for House District 3A

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:31pm

Governor Mark Dayton today announced the details of the special election to fill the vacancy in the Minnesota House of Representatives caused by the passing of Representative David Dill on August 8, 2015. The governor announced that a special election will be held in House District 3A on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

If a primary is needed, that election will be held Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

Affidavits of candidacy and nominating petitions for House District 3A must be filed with the

Secretary of State or the county auditor of Cook County, Koochiching County, Lake County, or St. Louis County from Tuesday, August 25, 2015 until5 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015.


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New camera system purchase approved for Law Enforcement

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:30pm

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen and IT director Rena Rogers returned to the county board on Tuesday, August 18 with a request to replace the law enforcement center’s existing camera system with a new one at a cost of  $99,339.00.

The system will be purchased from Electric Design Company. As part of the deal the county will also pay to receive a 3-year service plan for repair and replacement of hardware at a cost of  $6,957.

Eliasen said the current system is 18 years old and had failed three times in the last couple of years. The most recent failure was a complete crash of the system a few weeks ago, and Eliasen said it could die at any time.

The system monitors inmate cells, the booking area and other interior and perimeter areas of the facility. It also integrates with other controls that are operated by dispatchers (doors opening and locking, etc.) 

Rogers said the IT department would run the necessary cabling for the new system and that would save the county $17,885.00. The board approved the request but will look for ways to finance it that won’t impact the general fund.

Next Eliasen brought forth two bids for a prisoner transport vehicle. The commissioners authorized Eliasen to purchase a 2015 Chevrolet Express for $55,387 plus $12,000 to install four-wheel drive on the vehicle.

The vehicle is big enough and partitioned so both female and male prisoners can be transported out of the county. Usually they are taken to Two Harbors or Aitkin for long-term incarceration while awaiting trial. Cook County can only hold someone for three days in its jails.


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Time for Back-to-School Safety

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:18pm

Public Health and Human Services has back to school safety tips for students, parents and community members. WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with Sara Hadley of Cook County Public Health and Human Services on North Shore Morning.


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Summer returns for the time being

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:15am

Summer will be back for a few days and that includes a nice weekend. Also, the El Nino weather system promises to bring a warmer, wetter winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski.


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September open house and membership drive at Cook County YMCA

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:52pm

There’s a lot happening at the Cook County YMCA this fall. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson talked with the YMCA’s Emily Marshall and Betsy Blaisdell on North Shore Morning. 

105 W 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218 387-3386



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