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A Grand Marais man struck two pedestrians while pulling out of the Super America gas station in Grand Marais just after 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 18.
Mark Oltean, 53, was leaving the convenience store in a 2012 Ford F150 pickup when his vehicle struck two pedestrians crossing the middle driveway entrance to the station.
Barry Lee Rudman, 46, and Donara Kay Rudman, 46, both of Forest Lake, Minnesota, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Cook County Ambulance transported them to North Shore Health. According to North Shore Health, they were both treated and released.
Cook County Sheriff Deputies and U.S. Border Protection also responded to the incident.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Oltean is not in custody pending blood test results and further investigation.
Oltean was previously convicted of a driving while intoxicated test refusal in 2001 and a DWI in 2005.
Cook County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the commissioners’ room at the courthouse to discuss the sale of up to $1.6 million in bonds that will help fund building 16 affordable workforce housing units in Lutsen.
Four west end businesses whose employees will benefit from the housing have promised to pay any shortfalls in rent for the first year. But that's it. One-bedroom rents are slated to cost $850 per month while two-bedroom units will run $1,050 per month.
Some question whether the meeting should be held at this time because of Cook County/Grand Marais EDA and One Roof Housing—who will own and manage the property—haven't been able to give complete financial details about the project. Both EDA and One Roof will hold a joint meeting four hours before the public meeting and, following that, suggest they will have complete numbers for the hearing at 5 p.m. Some, however, claim that doesn't give either the public or commissioners enough time to know if the project poses a financial risk to the public.
Two people spoke to that point during the public comment period at the county board meeting on Feb. 21.
First, said Greg Gentz, "The ultimate risk of this project to the taxpayer is the yearly payment of $110,000 based on a bond of up to $1.6 million.
The big storm heading through Minnesota is a hard one to track, but the National Weather Service is pretty sure the North Shore will not see much of it. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Meteorologist Carol Christenson.
Cook County Girl Scouts have invited community members to a Father Daughter Dance on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:30 - 8:30 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The event is open to all girls and their dads or other significant adult.
There will be a light snack, a keepsake photo taken by local photographer Bruce Johnson and live music with the Community Swing Band.
Rhonda Silence learns more in this interview with Girl Scout leader Arvis Thompson.
Photos courtesy of Bruce Johnson Photo.
A new greenhouse near Finland will allow local residents to grow organic produce year round. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs finds out more in this feature.
The major topic at the last Grand Marais City Council meeting, February 8, was the increased cost of its proposed public works facility.
City Administrator Mike Roth had some news about changes that may need to be made to the foundation for the building.
Rhonda Silence shares some of the city council discussion.
Our warm weather may alternately turn wet, then dry and back to wet again. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Howell.
The following is a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from February 6 – February 12. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
If you need help from Cook County Law Enforcement, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, contact the Cook County Sheriffs Office at 218-387-3030.
|February 6, 2017|
|12:17 a.m.||Lutsen||59-year-old female with medical issues.|
|6:23 a.m.||Golf Course Rd, Grand Marais||Caller locked out of running vehicle.|
|7:19 a.m.||Lutsen||Safe routes to school.|
|8:22 a.m.||Grand Portage National Monument||Vehicle crashed into one of the stone pillars at the monument.|
|8:24 a.m.||West Highway 61||Dead deer partially in the traffic lane.|
|8:58 a.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Misdial from Bluefin Bay Resort.|
|9:15 a.m.||Grand Marais||Needs to pick up property at this address and needs deputy assistance.|
|10:40 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Deputy finger printed party.|
|11:28 a.m.||Hedstrom Lumber||Would like deputy to call back|
|12:56 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Reported property missing from their camper.|
|1:52 p.m.||Store Rd, Grand Portage||Property damage to overhead door, done by company vehicle to company building.|
|3:59 p.m.||Golf Course Rd, Grand Marais||97-year-old male with medical issue.|
|6:13 p.m||11th Avenue West, Grand Marais||General fire alarm, false alarm.|
|1:16 a.m.||Grand Portage||Out with party walking along Highway 61.|
|5:12 a.m.||Grand Portage Community Center||Party on site set off burglar alarm, false alarm.|
|7:58 a.m.||Cook County High School||Safe routes to school|
|9:36 a.m.||Grand Marais||Reporting snow board was stolen about 1 year ago.|
|1:56 p.m.||Grand Marais||Civil process attempt.|
|2:04 p.m.||Grand Marais||Civil process attempt.|
|2:27 p.m.||East Highway 61||Car stalled on 1st Ave. East by Johnson’s. Party will be getting it moved.|
|2:28 p.m.||East Highway 61||Removing debris from highway.|
|5:06 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Cook County gave possession permit for deer hit on highway.|
|8:43 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Caller reporting vehicle had been taken about a month ago and hasn't been returned.|
|8:49 p.m.||Grand Marais||63-year-old female with medical problems.|
|9:53 p.m.||Ski Hill Road, Lutsen||Ski Hill Road could be plowed again - drifting from the wind and hard to travel on.|
|8:06 a.m.||Cook County High School||School patrol.|
|9:14 a.m.||Grand Marais||83-year-old female needs medical assistance.|
|10:08 a.m.||Grand Marais||92-year-old female fell, possible broken leg.|
|11:54 a.m.||East Highway 61, Grand Marais||Vehicle pulled out of Grand Marais Rec Park, now at this location with hood up.|
|12:17 p.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:54 p.m.||West Highway 61||Hit a deer at this location.|
|3:32 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Water permit for snowmobile drag races.|
|3:44 p.m.||Grand Portage||Possible theft report.|
|3:51 p.m.||County Road 7, Grand Marais||Residence check.|
|4:56 p.m.||East Highway 61||Witness deer versus car. No injuries.|
|8:23 p.m.||Grand Portage||911 call from this number.|
|8:41 p.m.||West Highway 61||Vehicle died. It is off the road near above address. Will work on it tomorrow.|
|12:46 a.m.||Murmur Creek Road, Grand Marais||Missing dogs - black and white husky and tri-colored pitbull/cocker mix. Jasper (husky) and Quinn have been gone since about 11 p.m.|
|4:01 a.m.||Grand Portage||64-year-old female having chest pains.|
|7:25 a.m.||East Highway 61||Vehicle stalled near this location. Man standing next to it.|
|7:52 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic enforcement.|
|8:41 a.m.||Grand Marais||Party standing outside their door, threatening party.|
|9:39 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given|
|10:14 a.m.||Cook County High School||Party ran from the building.|
|10:22 a.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, warning given|
|11:03 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Would like you to call him|
|12:09 p.m.||Cook County Courthouse||Vulnerable adult meeting|
|1:02 p.m.||East Highway 61, Hovland||Traffic stop, warning given|
|1:41 p.m.||Grand Marais||86-year-old male needs medical attention.|
|3:58 p.m.||Grand Marais||Civil process attempt.|
|9:20 p.m.||Grand Marais||Welfare check on party.|
|11:16 p.m.||East Highway 61||Dead deer in middle of southbound lane forcing traffic into the other lane.|
|5:31 a.m.||Gunflint Trail||65-year-old male with chest pain, needs medical attention.|
|6:31 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Cook County called back, caller stated misdial by pocket.|
|10:49 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Watch dialed 911 by accident. No emergency.|
|10:51 a.m.||Lutsen||Residence check.|
|11:20 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:51 a.m.||Grand Marais||Stated the CO detector is going off.|
|11:57 a.m.||Greenwood Lake/Firebox Road||Snowmobile/car crash.|
|12:45 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Fingerprinting party.|
|12:56 p.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|1:29 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party would like to speak to a deputy.|
|1:31 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party in for urinalysis.|
|1:34 p.m.||West Highway 61||Party needs medical attention.|
|2:08 p.m.||Grand Portage||56-year-old female possibly having a heart attachk.|
|2:44 p.m.||YMCA Grand Marais||911 pocket dial from 911 phone. Cook County contacted the YMCA, they stated no known emergency.|
|3:09 p.m.||Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais||Parties fighting in the parking lot.|
|3:14 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Permit to carry renewal received.|
|5:22 p.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||2 calls from this location, no one online.|
|6:00 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Witnessed someone hit a deer- deer is still in the roadway. Unsure if alive or not.|
|6:09 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requested to have deputy call back.|
|7:24 p.m.||Grand Marais||911 from 911 only cell phone, lots of loud noises, shouting, buzzers and kids voices in background.|
|7:41 p.m.||Cook County High School||Basketball game.|
|7:59 p.m.||Caribou Trail/Lutsen||Snowmobile break down at Caribou Trail and snowmobile trail. Needs to get back to his motel. Wondering if deputy can assist.|
|8:46 p.m.||Grand Marais||911 from 911 only phone. Coordinates put it at the school, sounds like in a large room, lots of muffled talking. Between basketball game and school dance, lots of people there. No sounds of distress|
|8:54 p.m.||East Highway 61/North Broadway||Red object in the sky - earlier than the comet expected.. Came from the north west and went south east. Steady red light, no blinking. Not an airplane or meteor. Got cell phone footage of it. Wondering if we've had any other calls or know what it might have been that went over|
|9:03 p.m.||Grand Marais||Another 911 only call, lots of screams and music in the background. Sounds like the middle school dance again. Nobody answered when dispatch was shouting at them to answer|
|9:16 p.m.||West 5th Street, Grand Marais||Another 911 only phone call. GPS places phone at the middle school dance. Just music in the background. Deputy going to the school to speak with them about the numerous 911 calls from the phones.|
|9:22 p.m.||West 5th Street, Grand Marais||Another 911 only cell phone call at the middle school dance. Heard deputy addressing the crowd in the background about the numerous calls from that site.|
|9:25 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party locked out of their apartment, manager is out of town.|
|9:57 p.m.||West 5th Street, Grand Marais||Deputy at Middle School dance.|
|10:28 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party states a pickup and possibly some snowmobiles raising a ruckus in the Grand Marais Rec Park.|
|11:20 p.m.||Grand Marais||Caller reporting an assault.|
|1:49 a.m.||Grand Marais||Caller got into a fight with her husband. She stated he did not hit her and that she's intoxicated with nowhere to go|
|4:01 a.m.||Grand Portage||Commercial burglary alarm, false alarm.|
|5:46 a.m.||Grand Portage||wWife never came home from the casino last night. This is out of character for her. Party located.|
|7:28 a.m.||Grand Portage||4 wheeler at this location|
|8:14 a.m.||East Highway 61, Grand Portage||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|8:23 a.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|8:35 a.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:35 a.m.||Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage||Canoe shed door alarm, false alarm.|
|10:21 a.m.||West Highway 61, Grand Marais||Alarm for My Brother's Place back door, false alarm.|
|10:31 a.m.||Grand Marais||94-year-old female with hip pain, needs medical help.|
|10:37 a.m.||Grand Marais||Party receiving harassing text messages from someone who lives in the cities.|
|11:21 a.m.||Cedar Grove Lane, Grand Marais||Requesting city to come sand the business park.|
|12:17 p.m.||Devil Track Road, Grand Marais||Snowmobile left on snowmobile trail last night.|
|1:29 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Would like deputy to return call.|
|1:41 p.m.||Grand Marais||Mike's Holiday burglar alarm going off, false alarm.|
|3:10 p.m.||East Highway 61, Grand Portage||Hit deer at this location.|
|3:28 p.m.||Eliza Rd, Grand Portage||Traffic stop.|
|3:49 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||911 hang up. Cook County called, party stated no problem. Phone dialed by accident|
|4:23 p.m.||Grand Marais State Bank||Party stopped in with a debit card he found in the ATM.|
|4:38 p.m.||Grand Marais||Tracks to a blue shed on the property. There should be no one there. Also has a trailer on property.|
|4:44 p.m.||Grand Portage Community Center||Foot patrol.|
|6:19 p.m.||West Highway 61||Party requesting a welfare check on his elderly mother.|
|7:22 p.m.||Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:02 p.m.||Gunflint Trail||61-year-old having seizure, medical help needed.|
|9:18 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:53 p.m.||143 Gunflint Trl, 2gm||Help requested to find a missing person.|
|1:33 a.m.||N Broadway, Grand Marais||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:10 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Caller with complaint that Sheriffs Office is not pulling over intoxicated drivers. Party claims multiple drunk drivers are leaving the casino, but had no plate information on any of the 20 drivers that party just saw leave the casino driving drunk.|
|5:37 a.m.||Willard Lane, Lutsen||Caller states power is out.|
|8:01 a.m.||Sugar Loaf Road/Highway 61||Dead deer in the middle of the road.|
|8:07 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Inmate transport.|
|9:02 a.m.||Ski Hill Road/West Highway 61, Lutsen||Car swerving in road.|
|10:24 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|11:03 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:50 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|12:03 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|12:32 p.m.||East Bay Suites||Party stating her friend has been missing since last night at 1:30 a.m. Party located.|
|12:37 p.m.||Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage||Security alarm for canoe shed door, false alarm.|
|1:23 p.m.||Pincushion Mountain Overlook||Ski races.|
|2:08 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:44 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|3:15 p.m.||West Highway 61||Check on party regarding call from last night.|
|3:19 p.m.||Lutsen Mountains Ski Patrol||21-year-old male, leg injury. Being placed on backboard.|
|3:26 p.m.||Caspers Hill Road, Grand Marais||Power is out.|
|3:58 p.m.||East Highway 61||Reporting power outage.|
|4:03 p.m.||Cook County Community Center||Male dog with long scraggly hair and camo collar, no tags.|
|4:27 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|4:42 p.m.||Johnson Heritage Post||Passed information along about a meeting tomorrow.|
|4:46 p.m.||Fall River Rd/West Highway 61||Vehicle drifted to one lane.|
|5:25 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Inmate transport.|
|6:12 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|6:45 p.m.||Coho Cafe, Tofte||Two car accident in front of the Coho Café.|
|9:13 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party would like a callback.|
|9:32 p.m.||Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage.||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:50 p.m.||East Highway 61||Party hit deer.|