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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.



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

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.


Cook County Ridge Riders Fun Run is tomorrow, February 6

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:30pm

For the seventh year of the Cook County Ridge Riders Fun Run, the snowmobile club is changing things up a bit.  With the closing of the Landing on Devil Track, the Fun Run will now start and end at the Ridge Riders’ Clubhouse on South Shore Drive on Devil Track Lake. All are invited to join in the festivities February 6.

Ridge Riders members have been working hard to get trails cleared, so now it is time to have some fun at the Fun Run. The event starts with a poker run up the Gunflint Trail. To collect poker hand cards, riders hit the trails and stop and get stamped at the following stops, Hungry Jack Lodge, Trail Center Lodge, Windigo Lodge, Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Pines. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and all riders need to be back by 5:30 p.m.

Back at the Clubhouse, there will be raffles and the famous balloon pop game. One of the Fun Run organizers Andrea Everson said there are once again numerous great prizes. Everson added, “We would like to thank all the businesses that donate as we know that they all get asked for donations all the time,” said Everson.

There will also be music and great food catered by Rebecca Thompson of Alyce's. Thompson will have her famous squealer sandwiches and much more.  

“This is our biggest fundraiser and we hope it helps with businesses by getting more people from out of town coming to stay at hotels to eat at restaurants and even shop at the stores in town and of course, get gas at the gas stations.

“We look forward to seeing everyone on Feb 7th. Look for the signs to the Clubhouse and additional parking at the old Cook County airport runway,” said Everson.

Check out the Ridge Rider’s Facebook page for more information or email:


Viking girls take Alpine Section 7 championship

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:24pm

The Cook County/Silver Bay Alpine Vikings traveled to the Section 7 Championship Ski Meet on Tuesday, February 2.  Twenty-two teams and 242 racers from the Northland and North Twin Cities Metro including Stillwater make up section 7.  Two teams and approximately 15 individuals of each gender were competing to advance to the State Ski Meet.

Coach Charles Lamb said both our boys’ and girls’ teams were underdogs to advance to State, but in every sport anything is possible at a big game.  The only way our teams could advance is if each of our four fastest scorers of the six-member section team threw down his or her fastest possible run and didn’t fall.  Our teams are not as deep as the bigger schools, so our fastest kids needed to come through in a big way and hopefully more of our competition would crash than our racers.  

The stage was set with near perfect weather conditions and temps in the low 20s and clear skies for the first run, turning overcast for the second run. Both race hills were in excellent shape from an early evening groom and a nice frosty night to set up. 

It was an exciting day of racing and at the end of the day, the Viking girls were crowned Section 7 champs and will go on to State. Congratulations to Sela Backstrom, Madysen McKeever, Haley Yoki, Morgan Welch, Reilly Wahlers and Alyssa Martinson.

Individual skiers also earned spots on the slate of racers at the upcoming State competition: Alyssa Martinson, Sela Backstrom and Reilly Wahlers are also going to state as is Logan Backstrom.

Best of luck to all of them on February 10 at Giants Ridge!


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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. 


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.