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North Shore Health Care Foundation distributes grants

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 10:14pm

The board of directors of the North Shore Health Care Foundation (SNHCF)  recently announced four grants totaling $18,420.  NSCHF Executive Director Karl Hansen said this brings the total grants awarded by the nonprofit group to $90,466 for 2015.

Cook County School District 166 was awarded $2,500 for a Spot Vision Screener. This is part of the cost of an electronic vision testing device that is quick and accurate and does not require the student to speak or participate in the test. This is especially important for very young or non-verbal students that cannot be tested with the traditional eye chart.  The installation of this visition testing device will be a cooperative project with the Grand Marais Lions Club and other groups.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic received $4,920 for a new exam table that adjusts up and down for more comfort and convenience for both patients and providers. This is part of a large project at the clinic to have some exam rooms set up for special purposes.

Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department received $2,000 for part of the cost of a thermal imaging camera.  This device has several different uses including locating people through walls or in the woods up to 100 feet away. It could also locate an electrical fire or chimney fire without chopping into walls or crawling into attics.

Finally, the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority received $9,000 to pay for a detailed market analysis of Assisted Living and gaps in senior services in the county.  This is a necessary step in a coordinated effort including the foundation, the City of Grand Marais and the EDA.           

Please visit for more information on these grants or the other work of the North Shore Health Care Foundation.


Trout ice fishing season opens in BWCAW

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 7:54am

The trout fishing opener for lakes located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness opened Friday, Jan. 1. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs was among the dozens of anglers who took to the ice during the opening weekend. 


Slow down for moose

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 8:46pm

The salt and sand that is applied to roads during our Minnesota winter makes driving a little safer for motorists—but not necessarily for moose. The beloved behemoths are drawn to the roadway and the awkward stance they take to lick the salt off the pavement puts them—and approaching vehicles—in danger.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office issued a reminder in December to watch for moose after three moose-car collisions. Two moose were killed, the other wandered off the road, its condition unknown. No humans have been injured, but damage to vehicles has been significant.

Sheriff Deputy Julie Collman said the two that were killed were a yearling bull and yearling cow, both “super healthy,” she said. “They had no ticks on them; no hair loss. They were in really good shape,” said Collman.

Deputy Collman said drivers need to be particularly alert on the Gunflint Trail from South Brule Road to Clearwater Road. “That is kind of known as moose alley,” she said.

Drivers should be especially attentive after dark, as the dark-colored animals are hard to see at night. Even their eyes are harder to spot, as they reflect green in headlights, not as easy to see as deer or other wildlife.

As Tails from the Trail columnist Cory Christianson wrote in the December 12 issue, motorists should watch for tracks in the snow alongside the road. If there are tracks, there could be a moose ahead. As Christianson said, “Slow down and give them a ‘brake.’”


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PACE program brings clean energy funds to area businesses

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 8:33pm

Peter Lindstrom, a government outreach coordinator with the Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) came before the Cook County Board of Commissioners in December with information about a relatively new program that helps businesses and non-profits get financing for renewable energy and conservation improvements.

Lindstrom appeared with Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) coordinator Virginia Danfelt and unveiled the property assessed clean energy (PACE) program. The PACE program promotes savings by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

Currently the St. Paul Port Authority, which facilitates the program statewide, loans out $300,000 per month and gets back a like amount. The program was seeded with $15 million by the state and works as a revolving loan fund

Following the meeting Danfelt said CCLEP would invite a PACE representative to the county early next year to meet with interested business owners or people who are in charge of non-profits that could be helped by this program. For more information contact


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Look for colder weather by the weekend

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:56am

Looks like a nice weather week to start the new year, but it gets more like winter toward the weekend. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski.


WTIP Weekend News Roundup for January 2, 2016

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 10:35am

Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Tax breaks for cabin owners talked about by legislators and plastic microbeads banned by the President…all this and more in the week’s news.