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Financial expert talks long-term strategies with ISD 166

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:40am

Steve Pumper, who is a financial advisor to ISD 166 and vice president of PMA Financial Network based in Albertville, Minnesota, spoke with WTIP's Joe Friedrichs following a school board meeting Thursday, April 7. 


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for April 9

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 10:39am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. St. Louis County poised to allow ATVs on all county roads. The first “saltie” arrived. Local dairy to appeal ruling and a break for Keetac…all this and more in the week’s news.


Elegance galore at Prom Dress Swap

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:12am

Not everyone has the time and money for a trip to Duluth to purchase a dress to be worn only once. And many people don’t have the patience for the shopping scene. Recognizing this, for the last few years, a group of Cook County residents spearheaded by Courtney Quaife have organized a Prom Dress Swap event.

This year’s Dress Swap will be held at the Cook County Community Center on Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Quaife said girls can bring a gently used dress to swap for a new one. She said, “We ask that all dresses be clean, from non-smoking homes and be in like-new condition.”

If an attendee doesn’t have a dress to exchange, she can receive a dress for a $20 donation. However, Quaife added, “No one will be turned away for the inability to make a donation.”

The money donated will be used to buy more dresses to keep the event going.

Quaife said there are many beautiful dresses in all sizes, as well as some shoes and jewelry, available on a first come, first serve basis. Some of the dresses are brand-new with tags.

 “Join us for a relaxing and fun afternoon,” said Quaife.

For more information, call Quaife at (218) 370-1225.

Cook County High School Prom is Saturday, April 30 and the 2016 theme is “Alice in Wonderland.”


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April in Duluth Ragtime Concert on Sunday

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:10am

Lake Superior Ragtime Society presents the April in Duluth Ragtime Concert. Come enjoy performances of this lively, toe-tapping music. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the First Covenant Church on 2101 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN.

Call 218-724-7696 or 715-394-4319 for more information.


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More snow, more winter in the forecast

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 5:54pm

It seems like winter weather just doesn’t want to leave the Northland. More snow and cooler temps are in the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Amanda Graning.


National Park Service issues EIS on Isle Royale wolves

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:17pm

With only two wolves left on Isle Royale, the National Park Service has signaled that it is at least thinking about introducing more wolves back onto the island. A mid-March report follows public comments and internal deliberations regarding wolf/moose/vegetation management on the Lake Superior island.

With no other predators to keep their numbers in check, researchers worry that moose are starting to over browse areas on the island, damaging the vegetation. In the winter moose like to eat balsam fir, but that is a tree species that is declining on the island. As food dwindles, researchers worry that moose will suffer from starvation.

The National Park Service’s has prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) that looks at four alternatives, including A.) doing nothing; B) bringing wolves to the island as a one-time event during a defined period of time; C.) bringing wolves to the “island” as needed or D.) also doing nothing, letting natural process continue, but setting a trigger point at which wolves would be reintroduced, such as if the island became over-browsed by moose.

The NPS will hold one more 60-day public comment period later this spring. Comments can be submitted at - just scroll down to find the Isle Royale study.


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