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County administrator talks rights of way, School House Road issue

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:24pm

An issue involving road access and use along the School House Road off of the Gunflint Trail has led to discussion amongst Cook County Staff and the Board of Commissioners regarding policy for rights of ways. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about this topic. 


It's beginning to look a lot like Spring

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:39am

A beautiful spring weekend is in store, with a little rain leading into what looks like a nice week ahead. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Linda Engebretson.


Ensemble groups perform at Bethlehem Lutheran May 19

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:16pm

On Thursday, May 19, the Cook County High School Choir, Lake Effect and the Sutton Family Singers will present Treble Time, an evening of barbershop, folk and jass, all sung by women in three- and four-part harmony.

The Cook County High School Choir, now in its second year, has tackled a variety of repertoire this year, from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary classical music, and now barbershop and folk harmony singing.

The Sutton family has been making music together for many years. Linden, Meredith and their mother Jennifer have sung the national anthem at many a volleyball game and the trio has been featured at the Cook County Education Foundation’s fundraisers several times.

Lake Effect was formed in 2013 and features singers Amanda Hand, Barb LaVigne and Yvonne Mills, as well as Russ Viton on guitar and Ben Bryon on bass.

The performance will take place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge. A free-will donation at the door will help cover costs such as music purchases, concert attire and supplies.

Beaver House Family Fishing Festival in Grand Marais May 21

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:14pm

The iconic family-owned Beaver House in downtown Grand Marais has undergone an “extreme makeover. Visitors are invited to celebrate at the Grand Re-opening and Family Fishing Festival this Saturday, May 21

The event is hosted by the new owners of the Beaver House, Tyson Cronberg and family. 

The Beaver House Family Fishing Festival will include minnow races, kids games with prizes, scavenger hunts, a countywide fishing contest and more! 

The countywide walleye fishing contest runs from May 14 to May 21. The total weight of 6 walleye (18-inch max) will be the entry. All fish will be inspected. One weigh in per entry, with all 6 fish at once.

The prizes are $500 prize for first place; a $250 shopping spree at the Beaver House and third place wins a delightful prize, a hug from Tyson!

As many people know, founders Bill Cronberg (Tyson’s dad) and Guyal Anderson (Tyson’s uncle) opened the original beaver house. The giant walleye was created by local artist, the late Jim Korf in 1990 and 1991.  Korf made the large fish at the Beaver House; the moose at Windigo Lodge; the bar at Hungry Jack Lodge; the walleye outside of a bluegill inside Buck’s Hardware.

All are welcome to the Beaver House Family Fishing Festival!


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Commissioner vows to bring back copper-nickel resolution for board discussion

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:21am

Commissioner Frank Moe vows to bring back his clean water resolution to the county board for a discussion about non-ferrous mining near the BWCAW and Lake Superior watershed. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with the commissioner about this, vulnerable adults and phone service in Hovland.



New fishing book showcases most Cook County lakes

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:01am

A new fishing book is available for Cook County anglers and tourists. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with the publisher of the book, Shawn Perich. 


Chik-Wauk arrives to 2016 with series of changes

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:23pm

There are some changes this summer to the Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center located near the end of the Gunflint Trail. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with staff from Chik-Wauk to find out what’s new for the museum in 2016. 


Girl Scouts celebrate a year of accomplishments at Court of Awards May 19

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:32pm

The Cook County Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines is hosting its Court of Awards on Thursday, May 19. Girl Scouts from all local troops will gather at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts to celebrate another year of activity and accomplishments.

There will be displays on Girl Scout activities and a program with each troop stepping into the spotlight with a brief presentation, song or skit.

Girl Scouts are hosting a dinner for parents and friends at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the program to learn more about Girl Scouts and to honor our hard-working local scouts.

For more information about Girl Scouts in Cook County, contact Laura LaFavor at (218) 370-1245 or email  


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Teach a kid to fish

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:29pm

Interested in teaching your kid how to fish and enjoy the many lakes in Cook County?  Interested in introducing them to a life-long activity that can connect them with their local environment, encouraging stewardship and appreciation of one of Minnesota’s wonderful resources . . . the lake?

Then join the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District and the United States Forest Service for a day of fishing on June 11 at the Kimball Lake Campground from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will also be natural resource professionals demonstrating fly-fishing casting and tying, presenting aquatic invasive species information and more.  Space is limited so call 218-387-1750 or email for reservations no later than May 27.

What to Bring:  A child 5-12 years of age accompanied by an adult.  Make sure they are dressed to be near water – jacket, hat, sunglasses, sturdy shoes, insect repellant, and life jacket if you have one. Some life jackets and fishing rods will be available, but due to limited supply bring your own if you can.

Directions to the Campground:  Travel 12 miles north on the Gunflint Trail (CC 12), turn right on the Trout Lake Road (FR 140) and travel 2 miles to the Kimball Lake Campground entrance.  The entrance is on the right.  Parking is limited so either carpool or park along the side of the main road into the campground.

Lunch and water will be provided! 

This event is being sponsored by the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District, United States Forest Service, Solbakken Resort and Buck’s Hardware Hank.


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Cook County Envirothon advances to state competition

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:15pm

The Cook County Envirothon is advancing to state competition.

Envirothon Coach April Wahlstrom said, “We had two young and energetic teams this year.”

The new team was Isak Terrill, Amelia Roth, Abbey Prom, Jessica MacCudden, Leif Anderson and Elsa Lunde.  Wahlstrom said, “They finished in 6th place out of 40 teams at the regional meet and gave a great solution to an invasive specie problem.”

Cook County’s experienced team finished in 3rd place behind Northeast Range and Moose Lake Willow River.  The top three teams will be going to the state meet, which will take place on May 16 at Lake Bronson State Park in Northwestern Minnesota. 

The advancing team members are Maya McHugh, Andy Kern, Linnea Henrikson, Lucy Callender and Clair Sherburne. 

Wahlstrom said, “Congratulations to this group which represent a hopeful future for our environment.”


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Cook County Higher Education celebrates 20 years

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:00am

Cook County Higher Education is celebrating its 20th year of operation in 2016. The organization is hosting a celebration on Wednesday, May 18 at Voyager Brewery in Grand Marias in recognition of the anniversary. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with Cook County Higher Education Executive Director Paula Sundet Wolf about the anniversary party and the organization’s many achievements and its role in Cook County. 


Warmer weather on the way

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:00am

Maybe a bit more rain this week, but definitely warmer temps after Monday. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Lyle Anderson inducted into Polar League Hall of Fame

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 11:43am

 It’s been 16 years since Lyle Anderson last prowled the sidelines as head coach of the Cook County High School Viking football team, and nine years since he served as the school’s athletic director, but excellence is not soon forgotten, and for his 25 years of service to CCHS sports and his work with the Polar League, Anderson was inducted into the Polar League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 27.  

“I was really honored by the award,” said Anderson. “The award was given not just for coaching but for my body of work as athletic director as well.”

Celebrating the honor with Anderson were current coaches: Football Coach Mitch Dorr, Baseball Coach Arleigh Jorgenson, Softball Coach Jessie Anderson, Assistant boys’ Basketball Coach Rick Crawford, Athletic Director Pam Taylor and Lyle’s right hand man on the sidelines for many of his victories, retired Assistant Football Coach Mike Boomer. 

“My wife Shelby was also there. That meant a lot to me. I really appreciated the outpouring of support from friends and family,” said Anderson.

Athletic director’s work largely goes unrecognized to the public, but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes coordinating between conference schools on schedules, game times, showers, towels, busses, meals, etc.  

This isn’t the first award Anderson has won. In 1999, he was named Minnesota Class A State High School Football coach of the year. In 2003, he was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Last year Anderson was named honorary coach for the North squad at the 42nd annual Minnesota Football Coaches All-Star game held June 27.

WTIP Weekend News Roundup for May 14

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 10:39am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Fire news dominated the week and what appears to be a prescription drug burglary in Grand Marais…all this and more in the week’s news.



School Board and Local Indian Education Committee seek concurrance on policies

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 2:44pm

Each year the Grand Portage Local Indian Education Committee (LIEC) votes on whether or not ISD 166/Cook County Schools is in compliance with eight standards included in the district’s policy and procedures related to Indian students residing on Indian lands. The issue was discussed at the May 5, 2016 school board meeting.

The LIEC issued a letter to the district citing non-concurrence with four of the eight standards. Superintendent Beth Schwarz provided a reply that states the district holds that it is in full concurrence with six of the standards but acknowledges it is only partially concurrent with two of the eight.

Those standards have to do with the gathering of information on Indian community views and involving tribal officials and parents of Indian children in the planning of the district’s programs and activities.

In its letter to the district, the LIEC wrote, “Our Indian students need to know that their culture and community have self-worth, are valid, are valued and are important enough to be taught about not only to them but to others as well.”

In the school district response, Schwarz talked about achievement gaps and the factors involved. She said a committee formed in Feb. 2016 called the “Opportunity for Achievement Committee” is a great start on the collaboration needed to help every student in Cook County reach his or her full potential.

Grand Portage Education director Maria Burnett volunteered to present the board with surveys to be filled out anonymously by Indian students and parents to help gather data for the committee.


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