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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for July 2

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 10:39am
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 Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. New judicial responsibilities in the District. Iron Rangers want Twin Metals hearing held locally. Commissioner changes seat for a different perspective…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Commissioner exits public meeting in protest of 'social justice issue'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:56am
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Cook County Commissioner Frank Moe abruptly left a public meeting on Tuesday, June 28. The reason Moe walked out is that he claims the east end of Cook County is overlooked when it comes to local housing projects and other issues related to his district.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on this story.

To watch Moe exit the joint meeting of the Cook County Commissioners and the local EDA, click here. 
 

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Arrowhead Pharmacy hosts record-breaking blood drive

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 9:44am

Arrowhead Pharmacy and the Cook County Senior Center partnered on a blood drive last year – the pharmacy did the scheduling and recruiting of donors and the Senior Center provided space for the Memorial Blood Center bloodmobile.

Groups that get 100 units of blood in a year are named to the Memorial Blood Center’s “100 Club.” Arrowhead Pharmacy became a member of this club at its blood drive, meeting—and exceeding—the 100 unit level in just one day!

They are hoping to break the record again at a blood drive on Wednesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome. Last year the pharmacy had 85 people scheduled before Memorial Blood Center arrived and topped 100 with last minute donors.

However, Goettl encourages potential donors to call (218) 387-1133 or stop by Arrowhead Pharmacy to schedule an appointment. It only takes a few minutes, said Goettl and the staff is “standing by.”

Another blood drive will be held July 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church in Tofte. To schedule a donation at that sight, call Polly Erickson at (218) 663-7398.

And there are also blood drives scheduled for:

* Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Grand Portage Health Services, July 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Those who donate with Memorial Blood Centers in July are entered for a chance to win a fishing adventure for two. The trip includes a three-night Hyatt stay, airfare, and a freshwater fishing excursion. Plus, there will be weekly drawings through July for eight $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards.

******************************************This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

 

 

 

County narrows search for health and human services director

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:13pm
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Dave Lee, who was hired as director of the Public Health and Human Services Department for St. Louis County in April, has quit the post and is going back to the same position in Carlton County.

Lee was hired for the St. Louis County job after an extensive nationwide search.

Cook County is also in the process of hiring a director of its Health and Human Services Department. Interviews for the local position are taking place this month.  WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about the opening of the local director for health and humans services and other openings with the county. 
 

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Nice holiday weekend weather is forecast

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:03pm
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Should be a nice summer weekend for the Fourth of July holiday…with a little rain mixed in. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Carol Christenson.

 

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City community visioning planning continues

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:53am
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The City of Grand Marais is moving along with its community visioning process and potential Legacy funding for two park plans. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

 

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Alumni football game in Grand Marais a first of its kind

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:20pm
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On Saturday night, July 2, there will be an alumni football game played in Grand Marais. WTIP's Joe Friedrichs spoke with one of the game’s organizers about the event. 
 

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Water contact advisory lifted for Kadunce Creek beach area

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:12am

The “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health for a Cook County beach has been removed. Water samples collected at the beach on June 27 at Kadunce Creek beach, on the northwest side of the creek near the picnic area, indicate possible fecal contamination. The water at the beach was tested again on June 28 and found that bacteria levels and averages had returned to acceptable levels.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit www.MNBeaches.org.

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North Shore hostel navigates plumbing issue, business soaring

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:12pm
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The owners of the Hungry Hippie Hostel, which is located eight miles from Grand Marais, continue to make progress with a state inspection of their plumbing. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs reports on this story.
 

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Volunteers needed and welcomed for upcoming WTIP membership drive

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:01pm
Come join the fun at WTIP!

WTIP’s “With a Little Help from My Friends” membership drive is coming up, July 6 to 11.

We’re looking forward to a fun-filled five and a half days, celebrating and supporting local, community radio, but we need a little “help from our friends” to make it success! Specifically, we need volunteers to help take pledges by phone and/or provide food, treats and snacks for volunteers and visitors to the station.

 If you’d like to help, there are several ways to sign up!

1.  Give us a call. Contact Jana or Deb at 387-1070.

2.  Stop by the station, between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  We’re located at 1712 West Highway 61.

3.   Sign up online. If you’ve got internet access, you can sign up via SIGN UP GENIUS, just use the links provided below.

Take pledges by phone:  Sign up for one or more hours – whatever works best for you!  Shifts are available in the morning, afternoon and evening.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4babae22a20-wtips2

Provide food or snacks:  Membership drive time means lots of visitors to the station, and we appreciate any food, desserts or snacks you can provide to keep your fellow friends in the community well fed!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4babae22a20-wtips

Thank you, friends, for your help!

Panel and congressman talk moose, housing, tourism in Cook County

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:17pm
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On Tuesday, June 28, Congressman Rick Nolan visited the North House Folk School for a roundtable discussion with local officials and members of the community. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs has this report on Nolan’s public forum. 
 

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Water contact advisory posted for Kadunce Creek beach area

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:22am

A Cook County beach has received a “no water contact” advisory from the Minnesota Department of Health. Water samples collected at the beach on June 27 at Kadunce Creek beach, on the northwest side of the creek near the picnic area, indicate possible fecal contamination. The water at the beach will be tested again tomorrow, June  28.

Beach monitoring is conducted at the following beaches in Cook County:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Harbor Park in Grand Marais, Recreation Park campground in Grand Marais, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. At press time, all had “water contact acceptable” ratings.

A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.

The Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program offers the following tips to minimize risks associated with potential water contamination. Its website recommends waiting 24 hours before going swimming after a heavy rainfall and showering after swimming or recreating at the beach. It also advises that beach goers do not swallow water and that they try to keep face and head out of the water. If possible, the website says to wear earplugs and goggles. Finally, it advises people with weakened immune systems not to swim.

Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.

To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit www.MNBeaches.org.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Water loss problem at Cook County Community YMCA resolved

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:12am

For the last month the Cook County Community YMCA swimming pool seemed to have a high tide and low tide, as water levels fluctuated. In reality, it has been learned that water was leaking out of the pool and then being replaced automatically.

Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Water and Sewer Director Tom Nelson said that from May 20 to June 20 the Cook County YMCA swimming pool lost more than one million gallons of water,

Nelson said his PUC crew discovered the leak when they were completing random meter checks on water usage throughout the city. They made the discovery around the 14th of June, and County Maintenance Director Brian Silence was notified.

Nelson said by then the pool had lost between 800,000 to 900,000 gallons of water.

Nelson first noticed an uptick in water consumption at the pool around Memorial Day, on the heels of the mid-May closing to drain, clean, and refill the pool, which took about 10 days to accomplish.

Silence suspected a valve had somehow remained open after the pool had been cleaned and then refilled.  Silence retained the services of a scuba diver who swam to the bottom of the 10-foot deep pool and found that a rock had gotten stuck in the mechanical valve that helps the pool drain and kept the valve open.

The PUC will likely work with the YMCA on a reduced charge for the lost water.

To help ensure that the YMCA is properly taken care of, the Cook County Board of Commissioners recently authorized hiring a full-time person to perform custodial duties at the Y. In the meantime, Silence said he is taking an online class in pool maintenance so he can help troubleshoot mechanical failures should they occur again at the YMCA pool. 

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.

Cooler summer weather forecast

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:49am
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Nice summer weather continues, though cooler and no more severe events in the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Huyck.

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Northwoods Volunteer Connections seeks volunteers for portage repair project

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 6:57pm

The Northwoods Volunteer Connection is seeking volunteers to help with a  portage repair project in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness July 13-17.

Space is still available, but is limited to six volunteers for this project.

Food and most of the equipment needed will be provided.

Participants will help restore a popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness portage (Lizz to Caribou Portage) by installing log and rock water bars and check dams, and by reshaping soil, planting rocks and logs. These projects will reduce erosion and create a more sustainable tread.

Volunteers will travel by canoe to Caribou Lake to camp and will commute by canoe to the work site daily. The cost to participate is $50 per adult, $25 for students.

Interested? Contact Laurel at (218) 663-8606 or lwilson@mnnvc.org to register.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald. Visit the community newspaper at www.cookcountynews-herald.com.