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No decision on Kellys Hill Road at county board

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:30am

Residents on Colvill Township Road Number 1 (aka Kelly’s Hill) have requested that the county take over maintenance of the road, maintaining that the original road was funded by Colvill residents and in 1935 all assets owned by the township and taxation rights were turned over to Cook County. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 they returned to the county board for a third time.

In a letter to the commissioners dated February 14, 2014, Jeff Wenz, president of Kellys Hill Road Maintenance Association (KHRMA), wrote, “To the best of our knowledge, there is no document of record that vacated or abandoned this road at a later date. Clearly, Cook County’s obligation and responsibility to maintain said road has been neglected for years.”

Local attorney Baiers Hereen, hired by the county to look into the matter, came before the board on April 8 and said, “The reason for the inquiry was to determine whether or not Kellys Hill Road was in fact a Cook County road. We did the research and looked at correspondence and came to the conclusion that Kellys Hill Road in fact, is not a county road. I did put together an opinion letter on that and gave it to the county attorney’s office,” said Hereen.

Commissioner Garry Gamble said the county wanted a legal opinion that could be defended if it was challenged in court. He added that although it appeared the county had no legal reason to help maintain the road, that doesn’t necessarily mean the county doesn’t have some responsibility to work with the county engineer to help alleviate some concerns.  

To Hereen’s opinion, Wenz said, “In response. … I think we need some time to digest this opinion. Whether it’s legally defensible or truly a fact remains to be seen. I don’t know what we can say to this letter when we haven’t even had time to read it.”

A couple of nice days before winter returns

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:39am

Blizzard on Saturday, 60s on Easter, nice weather for a couple of days this week. Then more SNOW. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about what is passing for spring this year.
 

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County-wide election opportunities are many in 2014

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:36am

If you’re thinking of running for office in Cook County, it might not be too soon put those thoughts in order. Filing for most offices starts on May 20 and closes on June 3. If you have thoughts about running for school board or city offices, you have until July 29 to decide before filing opens, and closes August 12.
 
There are three county commissioner seats up for election --Commissioner Districts 1 (currently held by Jan Hall), 3 (currently Sue Hakes) and 5 (held by Bruce Martinson). 
 
Sheriff Mark Falk will not seek reelection, The County Attorney position us up as are County Recorder and Auditor-Treasurer.
 
Three seats on the North Shore Hospital board are also up for election -- Dist 1 (seat held by Sharon Bloomquist), Dist 3 ( held by Howard Abrahamson) and Dist 5 (currently Tom Spence).
 
Soil & Water Conservation Districts 2 (Jim Hall) and 4 (David Berglund) are in play this year.
 
For ISD166 School Board, three positions will be up for election --  Districts  1 (Deb White), 3 (Ann Sullivan) and 5 (Jeanne Anderson). Sullivan was appointed to the board after Mary Sanders resigned because of moving out of her district.

 

 

 

Easter and Passover greetings!

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:30am

All of us at the Cook County News-Herald wish you a joyous Easter and Passover. We hope you enjoy the sunshine and time with friends and family!

UMD Center for Economic Development to announce Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards April 23 - four local businesses in the running

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:27am

The UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) will soon be presenting the 22nd Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards Program recognizing entrepreneurs and business owners from throughout the Twin Ports and Northeastern Minnesota. Several local businesses have been identified as successful entrepreneurs.

In the “Micro Entrepreneur” category, Fika Coffee and Joshua Lindstrom were nominated.

Fika Coffee is a small company based in Grand Marais with international flavor. Its name comes from the Swedish word for “coffee break” and it starts with organically grown green coffee beans imported with care from exotic locales such as Peru, New Guinea and Columbia.

Reached by phone, Lindstrom said it feels good to have been nominated. He said he was surprised, but pleased. He added that he sees the nomination as a challenge. “It calls you to keep working and going in the same direction,” Lindstrom said.

Two North Shore businesses have been recognized in the “Mature Entrepreneur” category. Beth’s Fudge & Gifts and Birchbark Books & Gifts operated by Beth Rogers Kennedy was nominated. Beth’s Fudge & Gifts has been a landmark on Broadway in Grand Marais for nearly 20 years, offering delicious fudge and a fun assortment of gifts. Birchbark Books & Gifts was a natural addition to Beth Kennedy Roger’s entrepreneur career. Kennedy and her family converted an old car dealership into a beautiful warehouse of books, complete with a friendly children’s reading area.

Sivertson Gallery of Grand Marais was also nominated for the “Mature Entrepreneur” award—for the second time. Owner Jan Sivertson was reached at the art gallery and asked how she feels about being nominated for the Labovitz award. “I think it’s awesome. I’m thrilled.”

Stewardship Awards and the Health of Lake Superior

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:46am

Lissa Radke is the U.S. Coordinator of the Lake Superior Binational Forum and a regular guest on North Shore Morning.  In this interview with WTIP’s Joe Detrick, she discussed Lake Superior stewardship awards, and the history of Earth Day.

(Photo by Kevin T. Houle on Flickr)

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