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School District 166 schedules work session to consider operating levy options

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:45am

A proposed operating levy referendum was on the agenda at a June 1 work session for the School District 166 school board. Superintendent Beth Schwarz noted that at a May 13 meeting with the school board, staff and community members, it was felt that the school should seek an operating levy of $2,500 per pupil.

Schwarz said she came away from that initial community meeting with the understanding that the school district should go forward with a referendum in November 2015. She said the decision didn’t have to be made immediately, but added she would like to set that figure at the June 18 meeting if possible. 

Board Member Deb White said, “I think we need to know what $2,500 per pupil will allow us do; what $1,500 will allow us…We obviously want to do more than the status quo, we want the ability to let us grow…

White added, “Thinking about it more, we need to know what each amount not only means on our taxes, but what does it mean inside our building for education.”

The board agreed it needed another meeting. Board members said they would like to see an enrollment projection; cost estimates for post-secondary education options and athletic and non-athletic fees; cost of adding robotics to the curriculum; infrastructure costs; new anticipated costs; what would need to be cut if a referendum fails and a snapshot of promises kept with the current operating levy. Board Chair Jeanne Anderson also asked for information on different administration models, with information on the cost of the superintendent, principals and counselors.

 A special meeting for strategic planning and for discussion of levy options was set for June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Monthly birthdays celebrated at North Shore Care Center today

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:37am

The monthly birthday at the North Shore Care Center will take place on Wednesday, June 10 to honor Donny Schulte, Donna Willett, and Loretta Rosen. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano classics by Doug Sanders

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about volunteering or the activities going on in June, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or visit the website:  


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Cook County Historical Society hosts June 19 fishcake dinner fundraiser

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:52pm

A fishcake dinner fundraiser, several new exhibits, plus tours of the harbor are summer events offered by the Cook County Historical Society. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Carrie McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society on North Shore Morning. 

The Cook County Historical Society’s Annual Fishcake Dinner
Friday, June 19 at 5:30 pm

Special guest talk by Phil Anderson about the world famous Swedish Vaudeville performer Olle i Skratthult.
Fishcakes and a full meal—all you can eat until it is gone! No reservations required.

Broadway and 5th Street, Grand Marais

For information: or 387-2883


'PlayCleanGo' event focuses on stopping spread of invasives, June 13

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:51pm

This Saturday is “PlayCleanGo” day – part of a national campaign to educate the public on the risks of transporting invasive plants. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Laurel Wilson, Cook and Lake County Invasive Species Coordinator, on North Shore Morning.


PlayCleanGo Day - Saturday, June 13th
The Cook County Invasive Species Team is staffing a booth at Cascade River State Park and we are planning a variety of family fun activities and invasive plant tours. Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day and Minnesota State Park Open House Day. Visitors to Minnesota State Parks receive free admission.



First ever Boundary Waters Expo starts on June 12

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:57am

The first ever Boundary Waters Expo will happen June 12 through 14 at the Seagull Lake boat landing on the Gunflint Trail. WTIP spoke to the event's organizers, Kjersti Vick and Quinn McCloughan, about the activities and demonstrations that will be taking place.


Judge partially backs local farmer

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:28am

Judge Michael Cuzzo has denied the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s request to find David Berglund of Lakeview Natural Dairy in contempt of court for refusing inspection of his farm. He will not have to pay any of the $500-per-day fines the agency wanted to impose on him.

Cuzzo also stayed, or removed, a previous court order requiring Berglund to allow state inspectors onto his farm until the constitutionality of the regulations facing Berglund is determined. 

A June 23 telephone conference has been set to schedule a later hearing date for evidence to be presented by both sides. Any final decision by the judge on the issue could be many months away.

Berglund has challenged that Article 8 of the Minnesota constitution protects his dairy from government regulations, and by attempting to inspect it, the MDA is acting unconstitutionally.  The Department claims the article only protects the dairy from licensure, not from regulations.