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Weekend News Roundup for December 27

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 10:04am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top    news stories. Lutsen Mountains will expand its operation, wolves are back on the endangered list, two men drown in Lake Superior …all this and more in the week’s news.


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Legion Auxiliary brightens holidays with donations

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:06pm

The American Legion Post 413 Auxiliary is delivering its annual donations this month. At the December meeting the Auxiliary decided that it should contribute to the local chapter of the Salvation Army, the Cook County Senior Center, the North Shore Care Center, the Cook County Food Shelf, the Silver Bay Veterans Home, and Northland Honor Flights.

Auxiliary President Janet Breithaupt said auxiliary members have donated to these organizations in the past. “The members feel they do the most good or have the most impact on veterans,” said Breithaupt.

This year each of the groups received $500 from the Legion Auxiliary.

The money is raised by Legion Auxiliary members through a bake sale, the Fisherman’s Picnic bingo tent and food tent sales.

Anyone who would like information on becoming a member of American Legion Post 413 Auxiliary is encouraged to call stop by the Legion lounge or contact Auxiliary President Janet Breithaupt at


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Work progresses on Tofte senior housing project

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:12pm

Meeting weekly, Tofte supervisors have been spending a great deal of time getting all of the pieces ready to build 12 senior housing units on 29 acres of township property that also houses the Birch Grove Community Center.

Construction has already begun. Charles Lamb of Lamb Construction has blasted rock to allow McKeever Well Drilling to drill a well, said Tofte Supervisor Paul James.

The well is 350 foot deep and pumps 30 gallons of water per minute, said Supervisor Jeanne Larson.

On November 11 the board hired Larson to manage the senior housing project (SHP). Larson’s reimbursement was initially $20 per hour but a week later the board increased her pay to $30 per hour. Larson said she has been spending about 30 hours week attending to her new duties, but added, “But I see my hours going down as we get over this initial hump.”

Supervisor Jim King praised Larson for her work over the last month, and he noted how much more efficient it was to have someone living in Tofte attend to all of the duties and be available when needed. Larson has taken over most of the work once performed by Dick Grabko of Community Resource Development (CRD) who was let go at the end of September. The township was paying CRD $3,000 per month for its services.

Led by Grabko, CRD spent the last year writing grants and helping the township board work with its township attorney, architects, and bankers.

“Dick is still available to us and he will be paid on an hourly basis if we need his help,” said Larson.

Best wishes from the Cook County News-Herald

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 9:09pm

A very Merry Christmas to everyone from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald!



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Use caution and check ice conditions

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 9:06pm

With the recent weather fluctuation and inconsistent ice conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging everyone to think twice before going out on the ice.

“Ice is never 100 percent safe,” said Maj. Greg Salo, DNR enforcement operations manager. “Don’t put yourself in needless danger. Check ice conditions before venturing out. No fish is worth unnecessary risks.”

Anglers and snowmobilers need to be cautious. Several ATVs, trucks and fish houses have gone through the ice in recent days. Ice that is 6 inches thick in one area may only be an inch thick in another location. So far this year, one person has died after going through the ice. Last winter, three people died after falling through thin ice.

Salo recommends anyone heading out on the ice should carry a set of ice picks, ask about ice conditions, and measure the ice. If ice at the shoreline is cracked or squishy, stay off. Don’t go on the ice during thaws. Avoid honeycombed ice, dark snow, and dark ice.

Ice is generally thinner where there is moving water, such as inlets and outlets, bridge abutments, islands, and objects that protrude through the ice.

The DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are 4 inches for walking, 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV, 8-12 inches for a car, and 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.


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Filing period opens soon for township elections

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:09pm

Although township elections are not held until March, the time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file is soon. The filing period to run for treasurer or supervisor for the townships of Lutsen, Schroeder or Tofte opens January 1 and will close at 5 p.m. on January 15. Each of the townships is holding an election for a supervisor term of 3 years and a treasurer term of two years.

Lutsen supervisor resigns to be commissioner

At the Tuesday, December 16, Lutsen town meeting, incumbent Supervisor Ginny Storlie submitted a letter of resignation. Her colleagues were not surprised—Storlie has been elected to serve as the District 5 Cook County commissioner and she will be taking that seat in January.

That meant the town board had to appoint a citizen to fill her supervisor seat until the March 11, 2015 township elections. Clerk Amity Goettl said two applications to fill the vacancy had been received, from Colleen Brennan and Larry McNeally.

Supervisor Andrew Beavers noted that they would both do a good job, but said he appreciated that McNeally had come to the meeting. Resigning Supervisor Storlie said that doesn’t mean Brennan wasn’t interested. Storlie said in fact, she thought the applicants were not supposed to be in attendance at the meeting when the selection was made.

Beavers answered, “I haven’t seen Colleen at any meetings and Larry has been here frequently.”

Treasurer John Groth agreed, adding, “As a citizen, Larry has always been here, showing interest. He hasn’t been a ‘yes’ man; he’s brought up some tough questions.”

From the audience, Matt Kartes said, “He’s training officer for the fire department, he’s on the snowmobile club board. He’s been to all these meetings and knows how things work.”