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Who inspires you to Move It?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:44pm

It’s becoming a tradition! For the third year the month of May is being celebrated as a time to Move It!  During the month of May, nominations will be accepted for awards for a Cook County resident who inspires others to move more. Maybe it’s someone who shovels snow or rakes leaves for a neighbor or someone with a chronic disease who keeps up a walking regimen; a child who walks or bikes no matter the weather, or a Care Center resident who loves to dance!  There are amazing people all around us who are movin’ it!  Send a story about someone who inspires you and they could win a Move It! award.

Congratulations to our previous inspiring winners—Rusty Day, Yvonne Mills and Gene Glader in 2014 and Levi Rankin, Amanda Anderson and Ginny Cooley in 2015.

Submit your nominations for a chance to win one of six prizes.  A panel from the Cook County News Herald, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, and Cook County Senior Center will pick winners from the entries.  In early June, prizes will be awarded in three categories; children, adults, seniors.  Each winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to a local business for the nominee and a $20 gift certificate for the nominator!  Send nominations of 200 – 300 words to: Cook County News-Herald, PO Box 757, Grand Marais MN 55604 or email to Deadline for Nominations: Monday, May 23.

Questions?  Contact Rhonda Silence at the News Herald at (218) 387-9100; Kristin Wharton at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic 387-2330, or Bev Green at the Senior Center 387-2660.

Funding for the Move It! Awards are provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County News-Herald, and the Cook County Senior Center.


Learn storm watching and ham radio at Cook County Emergency Services Conference

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:43pm

The public is invited to attend two events for the upcoming Cook County Emergency Services Conference.

Skywarn is a free presentation about how to spot, prepare for, and respond to dangerous weather such as severe thunderstorms and tornados. Skywarn also encourages people to watch the sky and call in reports of dangerous weather to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth, in order to help them alert others. This program will be presented by an NWS meteorologist from Duluth today, April 29 at 6 p.m.  

A second great opportunity to take advantage of is the Introduction to Amateur, or Ham Radio. A mobile communications trailer will be in the Cook County Community Center parking lot Saturday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ham radio enthusiasts will be at the mobile communications trailer to demonstrate radio operations. It is a great opportunity for teens to experience communications without a cell phone.

If interested in either event, register with Jim Wiinanen at 387-3059 or


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Prime season arrives for North Shore waterfalls

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:00pm

April and May are a great time to view the many waterfalls the North Shore has to offer. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs recently made a trip to see some of the local waterfalls. 


The costs of out-of-home placement in Cook County

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:32pm

One result of child abuse or child neglect can be out-of-home placement, or removing a child from their home. In Cook County, this can have a wide-reaching effect. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs has this story about the cost of out-of-home placements in Cook County. 


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.

Emergency Services Conference coming up April 29-30

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:42pm

Cook County Emergency Management is once again hosting a two-day Emergency Services Conference, a training opportunity for emergency responders—firefighters, First Responders, law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses, EMTs, and related fields. The conference, open to people throughout the region, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 29-30.

Most sessions will be held at the Cook County Community Center, such as Skywarn, Storm Spotting; Obstetrics for the First Responder; Cross Border Amateur Radio Set up and more. However others will be off site such as car burn and vehicle extraction, to be held at the Grand Marais Fire Hall and Cold Water Rescue at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.

In addition to the valuable training, the ES Conference gives the opportunity for emergency workers to get together in an informal, non-urgent situation. Throughout the weekend there are chances to dine together with some meals included with conference registration. A Friday night dinner is courtesy of Gunflint Lodge. 

The training wraps up with a Saturday night dinner featuring guest speaker Kevin Reed, deputy director of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management, followed by an awards presentation.

To register, clip the registration form in the April 2 Cook County News-Herald, pick up a registration form at Cook County Law Enforcement or email to request a form.


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Two Harbors branch of North Shore Federal Credit Union to open in June

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:39pm

County residents who have made a trip to Duluth in recent months have likely noticed the construction under way at the first stoplight in Two Harbors at the site of the former BP gas station. North Shore Federal Credit Union (NSFCU) members may also have noticed that this new building will be a branch of their financial institution.

The News-Herald reached NSFCU Manager Mark Summers last week just after he had completed a tour of new building. Summers said the Two Harbors location should be open in early June.

He said the interior of the building is nearly finished, but the opening will wait until the parking lot is finished. It needs to be blacktopped and curb and gutter installed. Summers said the work has to wait for the road bans to go off for paving.

Once open the new location will offer all the services of the branches in Grand Portage, Grand Marais, Lutsen and Silver Bay, perhaps with more focus on commercial products because of the growing economy of Two Harbors.

And when pressed for an opening date, Summers said an opening celebration has tentatively been set for June 22. And will there be a party? He said, “You bet.”


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Climatologist talks ice-out forecast for Gunflint Trail lakes

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:53pm

What roles do rain and wind play in removing ice from lakes in Cook County? WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs speaks with Pete Boulay of the Minnesota Climatology Office to find out. 


Cold and wet will change to cool and sunny

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:43am

The cold, wet weather should slowly morph into cool and sunny as the week progresses. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Mike Stewart.


County board approves summer maintenance and calcium chloride

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:56pm

At the last meeting in April, the county board approved summer maintenance contracts for special service districts. Contracts were awarded to the following low bidders: Mike Rose Excavating for Evergreen Road; LaBoda Grading, Inc. for Voyageur’s Point and Mile-O-Pine; Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc. for Rosebush Hill and West Rosebush Lane.

In another transportation related matter, Highway Engineer David Betts was given authorization to solicit bids for approximately 144,000 gallons of 38 percent calcium chloride solution liquid. Calcium chloride is used to keep the dust down on gravel roads. 


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