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Temperature fluctuations on tap

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:56pm

Is it El Nino?  Definitely warmer than normal temperatures.  Fluctuations expected. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.


County forms Highway Department Advisory Committee

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:48am

The Cook County commissioners have established a Highway Advisory Committee, to enhance two-way communication between the county highway department and the public.

The committee will consist of County David Engineer Betts, Commissioner Ginny Storlie, one citizen representative from each of the commissioner districts, the city of Grand Marais and the Grand Portage Reservation and one at-large representative. The county will advertise for citizens to serve on the committee, which Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk said is intended to support the county engineer in his work with the general public.


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Cook County celebrates the Gales of November

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:46am

Storm lovers will gather in Cook County Nov. 6 to 8 for the Lake Superior Storm Festival to enjoy cool weather events, including a history lesson on transit on the Big Lake, a fashion show, wave dash, musical performances and more.

“Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins,” said Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake.”

Watch as a few brave souls shed their fall clothes before the annual “Wave Dash,” which takes place at noon Nov. 7 at Lutsen Resort.  This quick and chilly dash into Lake Superior supports the Cook County Community YMCA member scholarship fund and rewards its participants with bragging rights, and a logo fleece beanie. Participants in “Wave Dash” can often be seen at a roaring fire, sipping warm cocoa after this bone-chilling event.

Those who have visited the North Shore during the fall months know that it requires weather-appropriate clothing, as the North Shore’s storm season can get a bit chilly.  Stone Harbor in Grand Marais is hosting “Taking Fashion by Storm,” featuring the latest fall-inspired outdoor and lifestyle fashion trends at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior, and Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors will commemorate the loss of the ship during the 40th anniversary beacon lighting ceremony on Nov. 10 from noon to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the shipwreck, join historian Jim Shinners at the East Bay Suites Community Room in Grand Marais at 3 p.m. Nov. 7 as he speaks about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its 29 crew members during the big storm that took it down.

American Legion Tailgate Party/Membership Drive today

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 10:31am

American Legion Post 413 invites everyone to come to the Legion today, Sunday, November 1. From noon to 3:30 p.m., you can watch the Vikings’ game and enjoy great food at the Legion Membership Tailgate Party. The event is free to all paid and renewing Legion and Legion Auxiliary members; $10 for others.

The Legion Auxiliary also reminds everyone that it is once again collecting winter clothing for veterans in need. There is a drop off box at the Legion lounge in Grand Marais.


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County establishes a building advisory committee

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 10:29am

At the October 27 county board meeting, County Administrator Jeff Cadwell noted that the county is responsible for the upkeep of a number of buildings. He suggested that the county establish a Building Committee to assist Maintenance Director Brian Silence in prioritizing building needs.

Commissioner Jan Sivertson said she would be interested in serving on the committee, but after discussion deferred to Commissioner Garry Gamble, who is already a member of several committees that relate to county-owned buildings. Sivertson will be the alternate for the committee which will include Silence, Cadwell, Sheriff Pat Eliasen, Auditor Braidy Powers, County Engineer David Betts, and Public Health and Human Services Director Sue Futterer.


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Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 2:02pm

The Cook County News-Herald reminds everyone to drive with extra care tonight as young ghosts and goblins, pirates and princesses, and all sorts of costumes will be out trick-or-treating tonight. advises:

* Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
* Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
* Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
* Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
* Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
* Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Parents are reminded to keep an eye on their trick-or-treaters. Make sure kids have glow sticks or flashlights to make sure they can see and be seen by drivers.

Happy Halloween everyone!