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City Council to accept public comment on Dollar General Feb. 8

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 10:34am

Located at 100 Mission Road, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General’s apparent move to Grand Marais is generating quite a bit of conversation in the community, with some in favor, and many against the move of a large discount business into a small community.

Speaking on behalf of the corporation on Feb. 3, Dan McDonald, who is in charge of the possible move to Grand Marais, said, “We haven’t made any decisions yet. This project is in the ‘due diligence’ phase for us. We are still interested in the site, it looks like it will work for us, but want to make sure it meets all of the criteria before we give it the green light.”

Should the company decide to build, McDonald said it would be a 9,000-square foot freestanding building with approximately 7,300-square feet of floor space.

At a special meeting of the Grand Marais Planning Commission on February 3, Tim Kennedy said concerns brought up at that planning meeting would be forwarded to the city council, which is holding a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. to discuss the implications of Dollar General’s possible move to Grand Marais.

The public is invited to attend and give their input.  This current discussion will also be the starting point for reviewing the city’s building ordinances, Kennedy said.


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Cook County Ambulance needs EMTs

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 10:30am

An emergency medical technician (EMT) course is beginning soon and the Cook County Ambulance service encourages anyone interested in becoming an EMT—and member of the ambulance squad—to take the training. The News-Herald spoke recently with Ambulance Director Steve DuChien who said the need for more EMTs is great.

With just six paid staffers and 11 volunteers, Cook County Ambulance is stretched pretty thin. Especially considering the ambulance service covers the City of Grand Marais, and the townships of Lutsen, Tofte and part of Schroeder, as well as making ambulance runs to Duluth hospitals when needed—sometimes two or three times a day.

DuChien said in addition to needing more EMTs, the hospital is looking for a paramedic to work “casual,” to fill in if the two paramedics on staff are not available. DuChien said it is difficult to find someone who can work as a ‘casual’ paramedic. He said, “We are hoping that there might be a retired paramedic in the county who might be interested.” EMTs on the ambulance squad are considered volunteers, however they do receive a stipend for their service.  While on call, EMTs receive an hourly rate. If EMTs are paged to a local call, they receive a flat rate. They also received a flat rate for patient transfers to Duluth, which typically take 5-6 hours. Ambulance workers also have a life insurance benefit.

The reward for serving on the ambulance is much more than monetary, however, said DuChien. He said, “It’s giving something back to the community, to our quality of life. What would the community be with out pre-hospital care? It would be like back in the 1920s when people died from injuries they shouldn’t have died from.”

There is no limit to the number of ambulance crew members that North Shore Hospital can have, in fact the more the better, said DuChien. Ideally he would like to see a large enough pool of EMTS that members could only take eight shifts per month if they wished.

EMT training will be offered in Cook County by Hibbing Community College starting on February 10. People wondering if they would like working as an EMT are encouraged to contact DuChien. Stop by North Shore Hospital and ask for him or give him a call at 218-387-3262 or email him at


Get moving in February!

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 1:37pm

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will once again sponsor “Move It in February,” beginning with a free day at the Cook County YMCA on Feb. 7.

Participants will register and log in their activity, with a virtual destination of Chena, Alaska.

Other events for the month-long promotion include a series of workshops and classes, which are viewable at, or by calling (218) 387-2330, ext. 150.

Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, is supported by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.



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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for February 6

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 10:48am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Governor Dayton quits trying for a special session, highway fatality go up, there’s a new ice breaker planned for the Great Lakes and a proposed Dollar General store galvanizes Grand Marais…all this and more in the week’s news.


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Local musher talks 2016 Beargrease

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 7:25am

Local musher Erin Altemus had another strong performance in this year’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Race full marathon. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Erin the day after the race. 


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Public reminded to be aware of wolves up Gunflint Trail

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 7:25am

A number of reports have come in already this year involving wolf encounters with people up the Gunflint Trail. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on this story.  


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