Around Cook County

News and other information from Cook County

Bright, cold and no snow in the forecast

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 9:48am

The big snow that hit the southern part of the state and the narrow band the hit the Northland missed us. And, while the weather will remain sunny and a bit cold, there doesn’t appear to be snow in the forecast. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Justin Schultz.


Specialist discusses future of North Shore bees

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 6:22am

Bees and other plant pollinators are facing a variety of challenges in Minnesota. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs finds out more in this interview with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Crystal Boyd, a bee researcher with the DNR’s Minnesota Biological Survey.

Boyd will be in Duluth on March 21 to give a presentation about the future of pollinators in Minnesota. For more information about the event, click here. 


A look at the Law Enforcement Log

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 11:46am
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WTIP Community Radio shares the latest law enforcment report. 

Click here for a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from February 20 – February 26. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
If you need help from Cook County Law Enforcement, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, contact the Cook County Sheriffs Office at 218-387-3030.

WTIP talks with Lutsen Town Board candidates

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:56pm

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. We learn more about two candidates for the Lutsen town board in these interviews with WTIP’s Rhonda Silence.


International Women's Day march held in Grand Marais

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:21pm

International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8 was recognized in Cook County with a gathering in Harbor Park in downtown Grand Marais. WTIP's Rhonda Silence shares more about the event in this interview. 


Two candidates run for one-year supervisor role in Tofte

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:06am

Cook County’s West End townships will be holding annual meetings and elections on Tuesday, March 14. WTIP's Rhonda Silence learns more about two Tofte town board candidates in these interviews. 


Weather causes cancellation of three weekend events

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:38pm

Because of recent rain and warmer winter weather, three events planned for this weekend have been cancelled.

The Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club planned to hold snowmobile drag races on Devil Track Lake on Saturday, March 11. However, Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club President Forrest Parsons has announced that because of the condition of the ice on the lake, it just would not be safe to hold the races.

However, Skyport Lodge is still hosting a get-together called the “End of Year Party.”  Rachelle Christianson says there will be food and drink specials and live music with “Mysterious Ways” starting at 5 p.m.

Weather permitting, there will be a bonfire by the lake.

The Dog Days of Winter sled dog and skijoring event on Poplar Lake on Sunday, March 12, has also been cancelled because of unsafe ice conditions. However, Trail Center will be open for all who still want to celebrate.

Finally, the Sugar Tour scheduled for Saturday, March 11, on the Sugar Bush Trails near Tofte has been cancelled. The trail sections were found to be un-safe, with deteriorated conditions after recent 50 mile per hour winds left the trails full of debris.

For more information on weekend events, visit our website and click on the EVENTS tab.

Border Patrol discusses refugees fleeing to Canada

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:58am

Refugees fleeing Minnesota to cross into Canada has been making headlines across Minnesota and other northern border states recently. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with the local Border Patrol to find out more. 


Volunteers needed for WTIP's "Grassroots Radio" membership drive: March 16 to 20

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:50pm

Spring is just around the corner, and so is WTIP’s first membership drive of the year!

Our “Grassroots Radio” membership drive is set for March 16 to 20.

Volunteers play an important role in helping make our membership drives a success! If you’re interested in supporting community radio and want to lend a hand – whether it’s for an hour or two taking pledges by phone, or making food or treats for guests and volunteers – we’d love to have your help!
Here’s how to sign up:

•             Online, via SignUpGenius (just click on the links below):

Phone Answerer Signup

Food & Snack Signup
•             Give Jana or Deb a call at the station, (218) 387-1070
•             Stop by the station at 1712 West Highway 61

It’s a great way to help keep this local, independent radio station strong, "from the ground up!”

Iron Range group launches lawsuit against Governor Dayton

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:05pm

A group called“Up North Jobs” and some individual citizens in the Ely area had filed a lawsuit against Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton regarding his stance on the Twin Metals Mining leases. 

Rhonda Silence learns more in this interview


9-1-1 service restored

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:22pm

The volunteer firefighters and First Responders who were staffing area fire halls with emergency radios during a countywide 9-1-1 outage have been released. The Century Link phone outage that began around 10:30 a.m. is over.

The outage was caused by a break in the line in the Tofte area. Crews were sent from Duluth to make the repair.
Cook County and the State’s Emergency Communication Network Division has been working with CenturyLink to identify a long-term solution to these outages.

Arrowhead Cooperative states that their True North Broadband and phone service are working, so True North customers can reach one another and can get through to 9-1-1.  

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Cook County YMCA to host adult swim meet March 11

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 9:53am

There is an adult swim meet at the Cook County YMCA on Saturday, March 11.  The meet starts at 10 a.m. and goes until noon. Warm-ups and registration for the event start at 9 a.m. at the YMCA pool in Grand Marais.

Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to participate in the swim meet. No pre-registration or experience with swimming competitions are required. It is also not required to be a member of the Cook County YMCA in order to participate. The YMCA is opening the pool for the event and will accept donations from participants or attendees.

There is a suggested $10 deck fee and all proceeds will benefit the US Masters Swimming, Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in support of the Adult Learn-to-Swim program, which will run at the YMCA in Grand Marais again in April.

Sponsors for the March 11 swim meet include Voyageur Brewing, Fika Coffee, Fireweed Bike Co-op, Spokengear/Cedar Coffee and Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply.

Voyageur Brewing will provide a token for a free 7oz pour, Fika will provide coffee at the event and have a ticket for a free cup of coffee, Fireweed Bike Co-op is doing a post-meet Fat Tire ride, Cedar Coffee/Spokengear a ticket for a free cup of coffee and Stone Harbor is providing 15-percent off coupons.

The meet format or race schedule will be similar to that of any organized swimming competition, with a mix of individual and relay events. Participants can show up between 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 and sign up for any race they want to swim. There is no minimum or maximum number of events an individual must swim.

The last race of the meet, which is the 200-freestyle relay, will feature four local organizations competing against each other. These teams include representatives from Cook County staff, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, the local YMCA and WTIP.

The audio posted below is a discussion between WTIP’s Jana Berka, Mark Abrahamson, Joe Friedrichs and Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell. 


Write-ins announce for some West End township seats

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:44am

The filing deadline to run for township offices in the towns of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder is over. When the filing period closed on January 17, there was still a need for candidates for all three townships. Since then a few citizens have announced that they are running for office as write-in candidates.
In Lutsen, there are openings for two supervisor positions – one for a three-year term and one to fulfill an unexpired term of one year, as well as a treasurer.
Incumbent Supervisor Andrew Beavers and Treasurer John Groth both filed and their names will be on the Lutsen ballot.
Since then Christine Ordemann announced that she will be running as a write-in for the one-year supervisor seat.
In Tofte there are also two supervisor seats on the ballot. Craig Horak, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of longtime Tofte Supervisor Paul James, tells WTIP he is running for the three-year supervisor slot.

Tofte has heard from Sam Crowley who is running as a write-in for the one-year supervisor position.
Tofte still needs someone to serve as treasurer.
In Schroeder, two candidates have filed for the one supervisor seat on the ballot. Rick Anderson is challenging incumbent Roger “Bill” McKeever.
No Schroeder citizens are the ballot for the treasurer position, but Karla Mensson has announced that if she won the write-in vote, she would be willing to serve as treasurer.
All Minnesota townships hold their annual meetings and elections on the 2nd Tuesday in March, so voters will head to the polls this year on March 14, 2017. Township officials hope that some citizens will mount write-in campaigns for the vacant seats.

Emergency training for citizens offered on North Shore

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:44am

Lake County Emergency Management is offering some special training for North Shore citizens who want to prepare for emergency situations. Rhonda Silence learns more about Community Emergency Response Training in this interview with Lake County Emergency Management Director BJ Kohlstedt. 

For more information, contact Lake County Emergency Management Director BJ Kohlstedt at 218-226-4444 or Cook County Emergency Management Director Valarie Marasco at 218-387-3059. 


Why do bad things happen to good people?

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:24am

The Cook County News-Herald wrongly attributed the Spiritual Reflection column last week to Pastor Kris Geary. This deeply moving column was instead written by Pastor Mary Ellen Ashcroft. The Cook County News-Herald deeply regrets the error. Brian Larsen, editor.