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Community invited to discussions of William Kent Krueger books

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 1:06pm

Cook County Higher Education is hosting a series of four book discussions centering on Minnesota author William Kent Krueger.

A book discussion group is a forum where readers can come together and talk about books and the reading experience. All four brown bag lunch discussions will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Higher Ed’s Grand Marais campus on West Third Street and last about an hour.

The books included were Iron Lake on May 4; Boundary Waters on June 1; Thunder Bay on July 6; and Windigo Island on Aug. 3.

The events are free, and participants may attend as many sessions as they wish. The talks are sponsored by Birchbark Books and Gifts. To RSVP or for more information call (218) 387-3411.


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New county administrator to start July 1

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 12:42pm

On Friday, May 1, the Cook County Commissioners met in the morning to interview the three candidates for the position of county administrator a final time. After hours of interviews and county board discussion, commissioners agreed to extend an employment offer to Jeffrey Cadwell.

At yet another meeting at 3 p.m. that afternoon, Commissioner Garry Gamble said Cadwell had accepted the position, pending negotiation of an employment contract.

County Attorney Molly Hicken presented the final county administrator contract to the board for a motion of approval at the May 19 board meeting. Hicken said Jay Cadwell had given notice at his job the night before and was waiting for the contract to be approved so he could make an offer on a house.

The board approved the contract at $85,000 per year plus benefits and Cadwell will try to be at his new desk by July 1.

Cadwell holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota - Moorhead and a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is currently the city administrator for Mahnomen.


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WTIP Weekend News Roundup for May 30

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 10:33am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a    roundup of the week’s top news stories. New construction at the Ely wolf center, indefinite shut down at two Iron Range facilities and a rally for Duluth postal workers…all this and more in the week’s news.



'Perennials In Your Garden' workshops offered on June 6

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:15am

If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful perennial flowers that will grow in Cook County, there are June workshops that can help. WTIP volunteer Randy Eastlund spoke with Diane Booth and Maxine Linehan on North Shore Morning. 

Saturday, June 6th
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. -- Pesticides & Perennials
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. -- Designing with Perennials
11:30  a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Perennials for Zones 3 & 4

Lunch is from 12:30  p.m. to 1:30 p.m.       (Pre-register by May 29th to reserve a lunch)
You can choose one afternoon session that runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
--Native Perennials in Your Landscape :  Learn about native perennials and start some to take home with you.   
--Make & Take a Container Planting Using Perennials:  Demonstration on incorporating perennials into your container.  Make and take 12 container with plantings. 
--Information and Demos on Splitting Tubers, Bulbs, Perennials: You will learn how to divide these perennials and take some home with you. 
These workshops are sponsored by the U of M Cook County Master Gardeners.  For more information or to reserve your place, call 218-387-3015.

(Photo by J. Michael Raby)


new Cook County Youth Agency Coalition

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm

The YMCA is the home of the new Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, or CCYAC (prounounced‘kayak’).  WTIP volunteer Marnie McMillan spoke with Branch Executive Director Emily Marshall and new coalition director Jaye White on North Shore Morning


Maximizing broadband's potential for the County: community meetings, June 2,3

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:27pm

The Blandin Foundation will be back in town to talk with residents about potential broadband projects.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with county broadband commission chair Bob Pranis about two up-coming public input meetings.

The Cook County Broadband Commission hosts two community input meetings to gather ideas regarding broadband applications that can have positive rural impacts.  Bill Coleman of the Blandin Foundation will facilitate the discussion.   Input from the meetings will be used to develop and submit a grant application with Blandin.  The first meeting is at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30pm; and the second is at the Cook County Community Center on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4 to 6pm.  To get the discussion going, the Broadband Commission will be present two ideas, 1) development of a co-working/co-location site and 2) multiple teleconferencing sites at public spaces around the community to reduce travel by having remote interaction by broadband.  Additional ideas are welcomed from the residents and visitors of the County.  More information from Broadband Commission Chair Bob Pranis at 387-2358.