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Grand Marais City Council still considering Arts Board to address donations

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:37pm

At the October 29 Grand Marais City Council meeting, City Councilor and County Commissioner-elect Jan Sivertson reported that she recently attended a meeting made up of a “broad group” of citizens and agencies who are interested in developing a policy governing donations and placement of public art.

Sivertson has been spearheading an effort to come up with such policies in light of several inquiries and donations of memorial sculptures. Although no decisions were made at the meeting, Sivertson said the city needs to come up with a process for deciding what is acceptable in public spaces, and she will continue the effort.

At this point, City Administrator Mike Roth said, a public arts commission – which has been under consideration – “may or may not be the way to go.”


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Weekend News Roundup for November 15

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:07am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Snow piled up this week and ski resorts are ramping up. The wolf season in the north east is over. The Lake Superior barrels project is discussed and the county board fails to support a clean water measure…all this and more in the week’s news.


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North Dakota State University representative to visit CCHS on November 19

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:05pm

A representative from the Office of Admission at North Dakota State University will visit Cook County High School Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m.

The representative will help high school students learn how to earn a degree from NDSU, which is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Information will be shared about NDSU’s leading academic programs, how students can get involved through nearly 300 student organizations and how the NDSU experience can help prepare them for career and life.

NDSU has more than 14,600 students studying in 101 undergraduate majors, 85 master’s degree programs, 51 doctoral programs and 12 certificate programs.

The university is comprised of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business; College of Engineering; College of Human Development and Education; College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences; College of Science and Mathematics; College of University Studies; and the Graduate School.

The NDSU main campus is located in Fargo, on the eastern edge of North Dakota. Nationally regarded as a vibrant and safe place, Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. About 200,000 people make their home in Cass and Clay Counties.

Fargo-Moorhead also is often cited as a leader in economic development and job creation with NDSU as a prime catalyst, and is noted for its entertainment options, wealth of activities, excellent parks and outstanding shopping.

For more information about NDSU, visit


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Best wishes to Assistant Football Coach Mike Boomer on his retirement

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:59pm

Best of luck to Cook County High School Assistant Football Coach Mike Boomer, who is retiring from coaching after 21 years of roaming the Vikings’ sidelines at football games, “extolling, urging and encouraging his players.”

His presence in practice and at football games will be greatly missed, said current Head Coach Mitch Dorr.

Boomer’s announcement came at the team’s end of the year football banquet.  He said he and his wife want to spend more time watching their children Brea and Kale play sports for their respective colleges. Kale plays football at University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), and Brea is the captain of the basketball team at UW-Stout. There is a lot of time and travel involved in that pursuit.

“Mike has had a huge impact on our programming and has helped us establish a program that goes far beyond the football field,” said Dorr.

Many others echoed that sentiment, including News-Herald reporter Brian Larsen who said, “It will be a big void, but no matter what, Boomer will always be a Viking, his dedication, love and reverence of the kids will live on. He will be missed.”


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"The Johnny Cash Story" at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Saturday night

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:58pm

The Johnny Cash Story is coming to Grand Portage Lodge and Casino at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, in the form of the talented rockabilly musician Sherwin Linton.

Sherwin Linton began playing the guitar and singing cowboy songs in the 1940s and had his own show on KWAT Radio in Watertown, South Dakota in 1955. Through the years, Sherwin’s career grew as he traveled with his band throughout the United States, performing his original songs and a variety of other styles plus a vast repertoire of Cash hits.

Having grown up in rural South Dakota and always living near the railroad where his father worked, Sherwin’s life had somewhat paralleled that of Johnny Cash. In another similarity in 1971, Linton performed a concert inside the granite walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary, as Cash did at San Quentin. Linton’s concert, which included his own songs as well as a 25-minute tribute to Johnny Cash, became a live album titled, “Hello, I’m Not Johnny Cash.”

That album led to CMA and Music City News nominations for Country Entertainer of the Year Awards in 1972-73. But the biggest accomplishment for the talented Linton was an endorsement by Johnny Cash himself. Cash sent him a complimentary letter and the men became friends, with Sherwin performing with Cash frequently.

The Johnny Cash Show includes a talented group of musicians including Linton’s beautiful wife Pam who joins him on stage to sing songs of June Carter and the Carter Family.

Head to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Saturday night for this fantastic show. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call (218) 475-2401 for more information.


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'Down to the 5 yard line' for Tofte housing project

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:59am

Plenty of Tofte news, including progress on the senior housing project.  North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson spoke with Tofte Township Supervisor Jeanne Larson.  


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