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Congratulations Cook County citizens of the year!

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:25pm

Congratulations to the 2015 Cook County Citizens of the Year, Bernie and Milly Gestel of Grand Marais. Congratulations also to Cook County Senior Citizen of the Year Walt Mianowski. The well-deserved awards were presented by Lion Rosemary Lamson on stage at Harbor Park on Saturday, August 1. The honorees were treated to a ride in a convertible in the Fisherman's Picnic parade on Sunday.


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School District 166 board to vote on referendum election format Tuesday

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:21pm

The proposed Operating Referendum that is being scheduled for voter consideration in November was a main topic of conversation at the July 23, 2015 meeting of the Cook County School Board. The current operating levy for the 2016-2017 school year is set to expire in December 2015. The expiration of the levy means an approximate $400,000 drop in school revenue. The proposed referendum would replace the expiring levy with approximately $600,000 in revenue.

From now until the November vote there is opportunity for anyone to ask questions about the upcoming Operating Referendum at any regular school board meeting. A segment has been added to the community comment section of the agenda for this discussion and the superintendent and board members will be allowed to answer questions during this part of the meetings.

Superintendent Beth Schwarz listed several items the added funds may contribute to the school district, including early childhood programming, small class sizes for kindergarten through grade 2, special education, dropout prevention, a balance of college preparatory and vocational classes, as well as erasing all financial barriers among students by the elimination of all student fees for all activities such as athletics, band and robotics.

Schwarz met with Cook County Auditor Brady Powers concerning the different election possibilities that exist for the upcoming referendum. As the only item on the ballot the school must bear the entire cost of the election and also has full control on the manner and details of the election.

Possible polling places, hours and whether or not to conduct an all mail in ballot election were discussed. The school board must pass a resolution explaining the election format by August 5. The board agreed to change their regularly scheduled August 6 meeting to Tuesday, August 4 for adoption of the resolution.


Rainfall below normal and dry is still in the forecast

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:34am

The weather promises to remain dry, in fact rainfall this summer is 4 inches below average. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson.


Catch the North Shore Rollers in action

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:42am

Five Cook County Community YMCA North Shore Rollers competed at the Hayward Lumberjack World Championships amateur log rolling event on July 23-24 and all performed well in the heat against stiff competition. Both amateurs and professionals competed in Lumberjack events where the best choppers, axe throwers, chainsaw speed cutters, and pole climbers competed for prize money and the chance to be named the best in their events.

Arguably the top North Shore Roller’s performer was 7-year old Alexis “Lexi” Plummer. The daughter of Dave and Amanda Plummer won half a dozen matches and won the right to roll for third place. Lexi’s last match was against a little boy who just beat her out for third place in the U-7 division. Not one to hang her head, Lexi ended her match with a smile. Last year Lexi finished 17th in this division, so one can see how her hard work in practice has led to so much improvement.

Taylor Everson received a bye and then won four of five matches to get into contention for a medal. Taylor fell just a little bit short of the podium, placing fifth overall in a deep field of U-10 girls. All in all Taylor rolled really well and represented her club at a high level.

Paige Everson and Robin Henrikson both advanced to the second day, with Paige finishing fifth and Robin placing seventh in the U-13 girls bracket. Both girls fought hard and won several matches, but the competition gets tougher every year, and it’s getting harder and harder to medal at Worlds as these girls—both highly accomplished log rollers—would attest to.

Plenty to do at Fisherman's Picnic

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:41am

 There is plenty to do in Grand Marais this weekend with Fisherman’s Picnic activities all over town. There are tennis and softball tournaments, log rolling, pizza and pickled herring eating contests, music in Harbor Park, and much more

Don’t forget the parade. Participants should be at the Sawtooth Elementary School parking lot by 12:30 p.m. The parade goes down Broadway Avenue and through Grand Marais on Wisconsin Street. Join the crowd and cheer for your favorite organization, classic car, or class reunion float.

Happy Fisherman’s Picnic everyone, from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald!



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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for August 1

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 10:48am

Each week the WTIP News Department reviews the major   stories of the past five days. Improved deer numbers in the Arrowhead, local ATVers win at county board, the Iron Range economy takes another hit, Rep. Dill receives cancer treatments and there’s a survivalist in the nearby woods…all this and more in the week’s news.