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Cook County Soil and Water to hold public hearing on water plan May 13

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:54pm

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District is in the final stages of revising the Cook County Comprehensive Water Plan, and a public comment meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 13 at the courthouse.

The plan, when adopted, will be good for 10 years and a revision will take place in five years.

The Water Plan Advisory Committee has identified five priorities in the plan to focus on in regard to water management in the county: education, impaired water resources, land use and development impact on watersheds (including wetlands and stormwater), sub-surface sewage treatment systems, and surface and groundwater monitoring. These concerns were identified through community and agency input. The plan will be used as a guidance document for future work.

Within the plan there is an implementation schedule, identifying goals, objectives, actions, cost, watersheds, outcomes, lead agencies, and possible partners.

For more information contact Ilena Berg, water plan coordinator, at 218-387-3648.

Take a Hike with the Cook County Invasives Team

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:46pm

The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the introduction and spread of invasive species across the county.   WTIP's Jana Berka spoke with the coordinator of the Cook County Invasive Species Team, Angelique Edgerton, about a new species showing up in Cook County -- dalmatian toadflax.  

Angelique will also be discussing invasive species at the Minnesota Forestry Association ‘field day’ this weekend at the Cloquet Forestry Center, and the Team will be offering plant identification hikes starting in June at various locations in Cook County. 

More information is available from Angelique at 387-3772.

(Photo by Pictoscribe on Flickr)

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Wet week ahead with sun at the end of the tunnel

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:06am

Rain and cool weather for the week, but a sunny weekend ahead. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Weekend News Roundup for May 10

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 10:20am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. Voyageurs Park moose population remains steady, Duluth needs more housing – much more, bridge work makes for difficult driving to and from Duluth and Superior …all this and more in this week’s news.


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Sheriff Falk to take early retirement

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:38am

Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk has decided to retire June 30 instead of waiting until his term is completed. Falk previously announced he was not seeking reelection. He cites “sweeping changes” in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) police and fire fund which would significantly reduce his deferred pension if he remains in office as of July 1.

In a letter to the County Commissioners, Falk acknowledges it is the board’s responsibility to appoint his replacement until the end of his term in January of 2015. He recommended Chief Deputy Leif Lunde to that position. Lunde has held the Chief Deputy position since February 2005.

Both Lunde and Deputy Pat Eliason have announced their intentions to run for Cook County Sheriff in the November election.


Enjoy an elegant evening at "Gala for the Grove" May 17

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:57am

This year’s “Gala for the Grove” will be held May 17, beginning at 5 p.m. The affair is a semi-formal event in the Lakeside Ballroom at Surfside on Lake Superior, held annually to benefit Birch Grove Community School.

The evening’s events begin at 5 p.m. with a champagne social  featuring appetizers and champagne. Participants may browse items to be auctioned and purchase tickets for items in the drawing. A cash bar is available all evening.

At 6:30 p.m., dinner and wine will be served. Dinner choices include salad, bread, seasonal vegetables and choice of fillet mignon and herb roasted potatoes; roasted chicken breast and wild rice pilaf; grilled portabella mushroom with artichoke stuffing and wild rice pilaf; and a variety of delicious desserts. Drawings will take place during the latter part of dinner.

The Gala concludes with a live auction at 7:30 p.m.

Call Birch Grove Community School at (218) 663-0170 for tickets, which are $60 each, or for more information. Sponsorships are also available.