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Warmer, dry weather forecast for weekend

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:22am

April promises to leave us for a warmer May. This weekend’s weather will be mostly sunny and dry. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Mike Stewart.


Enter the Mother's Day Essay Contest to win Mom a pampering package

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:38am

The Cook County News-Herald reminds everyone that the Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage Mother’s Day Essay Contest is under way. Tell us why your mom deserves to be spoiled in 200 words or less—typed or handwritten on a sheet of paper—and bring your entry to Northern Hi-Lites or to the Cook County News-Herald office. 

The News-Herald will publish the winning essay on May 7. The lucky mom selected by the judges will receive a pampering package which includes a relaxing massage from Laura at Essential Touch, have her hair done by Lisa at Northern Hi-Lites and will receive a basket filled with delightful gifts and gift certificates good for breakfast, dinner, and a shopping spree.

Northern Hi-Lites Salon and Essential Touch Massage are sponsoring the contest with support from Java Moose, Gunflint Mercantile, the Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Joynes Ben Franklin, Lake Superior Trading Post, Joy & Company, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Cook County News-Herald, Blue Water Café, and more!


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Tofte township approves Zoar Lutheran Church bell tower

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:32am

Zoar Lutheran Pastor Darren Blanck came before the Tofte town board on April 14 with a request to make changes to the bell tower that sits in front of the church near the highway. A recent donation to the bell tower fund from family of the late John Nelson family renewed interest in sprucing up the tower and sign for the church.

“You really need to bring that up with the Tofte Design Review Committee,” said Supervisor Paul James, adding that even though many of those committee members were on hand at the meeting they couldn’t make a decision at this time.

Still, James asked the pastor to continue with his presentation.

“The bell tower was built in the early 1970s. Today the tower and the sign are now in significant need of maintenance,” Blanck said.

A second beautiful bell sits behind the parsonage. When Blanck inquired about its history, he learned it was over 100 years old, but where did this bell come from?

Blanck learned it was from the original church built in 1906, which also had a bell tower. In , the church was moved and the bell was donated to the Cook County Historical societySociety. In 2006, the Cook County Historical historical Society society gave the bell back to the church and it now sits behind the parsonage.

As long as the church was going to rebuild the tower, Blanck proposed using bells, one that would ring automatically and the other one, the older one, could be rung manually.

Sheriff talks to parents about prom safety

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:32am

Distracted driving, prom and graduation parties…all at the top of the law enforcement list. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen


Beaver House brings fresh look in 2016

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:39pm

The Beaver House in Grand Marais has some exciting changes happening in 2016. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this story about the iconic downtown business. 


Please confirm emails sent April 25-27 to Cook County News-Herald

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 9:39am

Local Internet provider Boreal Access had an outage in its email program beginning April 25 through today, April 28. It appears that email service has been restored and the Cook County News-Herald is now receiving emails sent today.

However, we have not received the normal number of messages that should have been transmitted on April 25-38. If you sent something to the News-Herald on those days, please contact us to confirm that it has been recieved.

You can now email us or call us at (218) 387-9100.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.