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Agape in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran October 14

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 9:36pm

 In Greek, the word used to describe God's unconditional love is "Agape.” This message of God’s love without boundaries is the foundation of nationally known Christian hip-hop/rap youth ministry artist AGAPE.

Agape is the love that persists in spite of hatred, ignorance and sin. It's the love that conquers death by pouring itself out for the sake of an enemy. And that is the message shared by artist AGAPE (Dave Scherer) wants to share with the youth of Cook County at a concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais on Wednesday, October 14.

The public is invited to the event that includes a pizza gathering at 5:30 p.m. before the concert at 6:30 p.m.

The concert, which is part of AGAPE’s 2015 Rise Up Together Tour, is hosted by Trinity Lutheran and Bethlehem Lutheran churches.

A $5 donation is suggested to benefit “Walk for Water” to provide clean water sources in many countries.

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Lake View Natural Dairy back in court October 13

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 2:18pm

 In June 2015, Sixth District Court Judge Michael Cuzzo ruled that David Berglund, owner of Lake View Natural Dairy (LVND) was not in contempt when he refused to allow the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to inspect his dairy operation in Grand Marais. However, whether or not the Berglunds would ultimately have to submit to inspections by the MDA was still undecided.

The Berglund family will be back in Cook County court on Tuesday, October 13 at 10 a.m. for more legal debate on the question.

Berglund’s attorney Zenas Baer argues that that MDA does not have authority to inspect or regulate the dairy operation because its sales of food are limited to the product of the farm or garden, and as such, the dairy operation is protected under Section 7, Article 13 of the Minnesota Constitution, written in the early 1900s.

In a June 24, 2015 memorandum, the MDA acknowledged that Minnesota law has an exemption for “certain persons that sell or peddle the products of their farm without requiring a license, but that this exemption does not exempt the farmers from complying with pertinent regulations.”

Attorney Baers responded that the statutes that permit the MDA to “regulate, license, and control sales of food products raised by Berglund and Lake View Natural Dairy” impair Berglund’s right to “sell and peddle” his products of the farm.

About 200 people turned out for last June’s hearing. Supporters say they are concerned that licensure, inspection and regulation would mean LVND would have to purchase extremely expensive pasteurizing and bottling equipment to continue to sell milk. Supporters like Greg Gentz of Grand Marais are concerned that the expense and the bureaucratic regulations would ultimately mean the end of the dairy.


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County board to hold special meeting to consider Indigenous Peoples' Day resolution, Monday, Oct. 12

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 4:10pm

The Cook County Board of Commissioners, minus two members, will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 12 to reconsider a resolution voted down on September 29. The resolution, to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, was voted down by a vote of three to two, with Commissioners Garry Gamble, Ginny Storlie and Heidi Doo-Kirk voting against and Commissioners Frank Moe and Jan Sivertson voting in favor of the change.

Since then there has been a great deal of discussion and debate in online forums and at a special county board meeting that had been called for another matter. At that meeting, Commissioner Frank Moe called for another special meeting to reconsider the vote at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 12—the day of the federal observance of Columbus Day.

 At that time it was uncertain whether a quorum of the county board would be available, but the News-Herald talked to County Administrator Jeff Cadwell who said it appears a quorum of the board will be available. The meeting is open to the public.

The School District 166 school board unanimously endorsed a proclamation declaring that Monday, October 12, 2015 be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day throughout the School District at their September 24 meeting.

The school board had previously discussed the initiative and in September 2014 the board voiced support for the idea of redefining the holiday after School Board member Deb White said the school board should follow the lead of the City of Duluth. At that time, the school board directed Superintendent Schwarz to compose a letter to Cook County and the City of Grand Marais asking them to support the initiative to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Although these discussions by the county and ISD 166 school boards regarding the adoption of Indigenous Peoples’ Day to replace Columbus Day fell between meetings of the City of Grand Marais, Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux has weighed in on the issue with a proclamation.

A question arose regarding the validity of a proclamation without city council endorsement. The Minnesota League of Cities April 2013 Minnesota Mayors Handbook states the following regarding Mayoral and City Proclamations: Except as otherwise provided by law, all mayoral and city proclamations recognizing events, persons, and official observances shall be adopted by a majority of councilmembers present at the meeting where such proclamation is presented for adoption.

Mayor Arrowsmith DeCoux said he had researched the question and told the News-Herald, “Since the proclamation is not binding it has no force of any kind beyond being a gesture. Therefore a quorum or approval by the council is not necessary.”


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‘U.S. Policy Toward Africa’ will be Great Decisions discussion group topic on October 15

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 1:59pm

Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and has become a draw for foreign investors. WTIP’s Jana Berka spoke with Great Decisions discussion leaders Virginia and Eric Reiner on North Shore Morning.

The next Great Decisions meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15, from noon to 1:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais. Virginia and Eric Reiner will lead the discussion of the topic ‘U.S. Policy Toward Africa.’ 

For more information contact Randy Czeswik at (218) 475-0091 or



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Cook County Higher Ed presentation on Grand Portage museum artifacts, October 15

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 10:29am

The Grand Portage National Monument houses a museum featuring over 88,000 objects, some dating back to prehistoric times.
WTIP volunteer Sherrie Lindskog spoke with museum technician Steve Veit on North Shore Morning. 


‘Treasures from the Dungeon or a Park Service Basement’
Cook County Higher Education Guest Lecture
Thursday, October 15, at 7 pm 
More information at 387-3411

(Photo courtesy of National Park Service)



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It'll look a lot more like fall this week

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 9:54am

Sunday’s heat wave matched or broke records all over the Northland, however the other shoe is about to drop. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service forecaster Bill Leathan.


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