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Flu shots available Friday from 1 to 4 PM at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 6:45pm

Flu shots are available at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

Teresa Borak RN of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic reported Thursday afternoon that the clinic has Flu vaccine available for children ages 6 months to 35 months, and, age 4 years and older.

The Clinic will have extra staff available from 1 to 4 PM, Friday to give injections, but people can come in anytime.

"It would be beneficial if you could come during that time, but we will NOT turn anyone away," she said,. "It is not too late to get your Flu shot,"

More information is available from the Clinic at 387-2330.




City considers construction noise at high school

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:24am

Mayor Larry Carlson reported that he has received a complaint about the blasting being done at the construction site at the high school. He said the caller didn’t like it that the blasting was being done until 8 p.m. Administrator Mike Roth said there is no ordinance prohibiting or restricting the hours of such activity, and the construction crews are doing the blasting between 4 and 8 p.m. so as not to disturb the students while school is in session.
“You would be hard-pressed to do something before it [blasting] is completed,” Roth said when asked about the possibility of drafting and enacting an ordinance before the construction is done. Councilors agreed that such action is not necessary. The blasting is being done to make way for the new YMCA swimming pool.

Birch Grove hosts boot hockey tournament

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:23am

Things are heating up on the ice at Birch Grove Community Center. Four teams are signed up for the third annual Birch Grove Boot Hockey Tournaments, to be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:45 and Sat. Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.
If you’d like to join the fun, contact Birch Grove Foundation Director Patty Nordahl at Birch Grove Foundation by e-mail at  or call (218) 663-7977 (Wednesdays) for complete registration and signup information. 
The cost to participate is $20 for both dates; $15 for one date per team.
Teams need 5-6 players ages 12+ to participate in a 25-minute game.  Co-ed and mixed age level teams are welcome!  Each participating team will receive a large pizza sponsored by Grand Marais State Bank and Sven and Ole’s Pizza.
Not interested in playing?  Come watch the action and warm up by the bonfire.  Pizza will be available for sale.

Final EPA pollution regs affect Nortshore Mining in Silver Bay

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 5:08am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the final regulations aimed at cutting pollution from taconite plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota wild areas.

Included in the regulations is the Northshore Mining Co. operation in Silver Bay.

The regulations come after months of delay and will force some taconite operations to add expensive new pollution control equipment to curb nitrogen oxides, or NOx, and sulfur dioxides, SO2.

According to a Duluth News Tribune report Thursday morning, environmental and public-health groups, and now the EPA, say that pollution causes haze over pristine areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Isle Royale and Voyageurs national parks. The groups and the EPA say it also can cause lung ailments in people.

The plan “will reduce pollutants that are harmful to people’s health and impair visibility in national parks and wilderness areas,” the EPA said in announcing the final rule. The agency said the pollution controls are expected to reduce NOx emissions by about 22,000 tons per year and SO2 emissions by about 2,000 tons per year.

The News Tribune reports the rules affect all six taconite operations in Minnesota as well as the lone taconite operation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. New plants also would be expected to meet the standards. Many coal-fired power plants already have been required to make similar upgrades.

The federal government stepped in after regulators concluded that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency didn’t go far enough to limit haze from taconite plants. The state in April essentially said the industry was doing all it could within reason to control haze pollution.

Amy & Adams perform at O'Phelan's Pub at Cascade Lodge Friday, Jan. 18

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:49pm

Amy & Adams of St. Paul will be performing at O'Phelan's Pub at Cascade Lodge on Friday, Jan. 18 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Amy & Adams share their inspiring upbeat music with folks in the Midwest and beyond, and for nearly two decades they’ve touched audiences of all ages at schools, churches, libraries, city parks, art fairs, weddings, wineries, radio, television, and especially elder care facilities.
Amy and Mark Adams-Westin found each other in the Twin Cities after decades of playing in their own worlds. They’ve produced five well-received CDs that have garnered national and international airplay; they cover a musical territory far wider than folk which they’ve dubbed Eclectic/FolkRock/ TinPanAlley/BluesGrass.
Their newest CD, Gone…aloft may be heard at

North Shore Visitation Center offers safe place for parents and children

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 1:02pm

 The North Shore Visitation Center provides a safe place for families who need supervised visits among parents and children. Annie DeBevec (D Beh vic) and Lucy Perpich talked with WTIP's DayBreak host Roger Linehan about who the program is for, how it works and the change in leadership from Annie to Lucy.

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Soo Locks are closed for season

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 1:02pm
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DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District reports that the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are closed for the winter season.

The season’s final vessel was the the 767-foot Cason J. Callaway . The Callaway entered the Poe Lock and out of Lake Superior just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, downbound with 25,000 net tons of taconite pellets.

During the 2012 navigation season, 4,086 cargo vessels passed through the Soo Locks carrying about 75 million tons of iron ore, coal, grain and other commodities. In addition to cargo vessels, a total of 3,278 tour boats, private boats and other recreational vessels used the locks this past year.

The Corps has operated and maintained the locks as part of its navigation mission since 1881 and will use the downtime to perform critical winter maintenance on the lock structures. 

"The Soo Locks is the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System, and it is vitally important that we keep this infrastructure in good working order," said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer. "This time of year, our dedicated and hard-working staff at the Soo Area Office perform important maintenance and repair work under strict time constraints to prepare the locks for the next shipping season. The district puts a high priority on this work to keep the locks functioning safely and reliably for the benefit of our nation."

District personnel will perform a 5-year periodic inspection of the MacArthur Lock, while work crews repair watertight doors and miter gates, and install a new air bubbler ice suppression system on the MacArthur Lock gates. Concrete upgrades and installation of gate fenders are also planned in the MacArthur Lock. Piping will be installed in the Poe Lock for a new hydraulic system to operate the gates, booms and valves. Once winter maintenance is complete, the locks will reopen in March.

Dan Swalm seeks amends for Grandmother whose US citizenship was taken

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:32am

Back in 1907, the US Congress passed the Expatriation Act. That act had some nasty consequences including "denationalizing" American women who were naturally born citizens, but who married men who immigrated to the country.

One of the women who lost her citizenship was the grandmother of Dan Swalm of Minneapolis. He recently discovered that she died as a "woman without a country" and he's setting out to do something about that.

In an interview with WTIP DayBreak Host Roger Linehan, Dan explained what happened to his grandmother how  he is working on getting the US to make amends.

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Cook County boys take basketball win at Cromwell

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 6:04am

The Cook County boys’ basketball team is the only North Shore team to win in Tuesday night action. .

The Vikings traveled to Cromwell where they took a 62-43 win on the Cardinals’ court. The Viking girls dropped a 60-55 decision to Cromwell.

And, Silver Bay dropped two basketball games at home with North Woods. The Grizzlies beat the Mariner boys 81 -46. In the girls’ game, North Woods stopped Silver Bay 82-23

In boys’ hockey, it took an overtime for Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl to take a 5-4 win over the North Shore Storm. The Storm is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties.

The Viking boys upped their record to 7-2 for the season with the win at Cromwell. The Vikings led 30-18 after the first half and outscored Cromwell 32 to 25 in the second for the win.

Cook County had double-figure performances from Kale Boomer with 18, Colin Everson with 14 and Lars Scannell with 12. Boomer had two three pointers while Scannell and Everson had one each.

Other Viking scoring came from Jonny Jacobsen with six, Trevor Deschampe with four and Jamie Wick with 3, on a three-point basket. Justin Goldstein and Peter Warren rounded off the points for Cook County with two each.

Jared Hutar led the Cardinals with 12.

The Viking girls didn’t fare as well, losing a close one, 60-55 to Cromwell. The loss dropped the girls to 5-9 for the season. Cook County dropped behind 31-24 after the first half before outscoring the Cardinals 31-27 in the second to almost catch up.

Breana Peterson led Cook County and all scorers with 22 points including three, three-pointers. Theresa Morrin scored 16 while Lily Gruber-Schuluz had nine. Rounding out the Viknig scoring were Kaitlynn Linnell with five and Leah Utities  with three. Utities’ points came on a three-pointer.

Beargrease sled dog race postponed

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 6:00am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Poor snow conditions have forced organizers to postpone the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports the race had been scheduled to start Jan. 27. It's now postponed until March 10.

Race coordinator Pat Olson tells the newspaper that the trail is "terrible."

Olson says organizers are hoping for snow by March 10. If it doesn't snow, the race could face only its third cancellation ever.

A lack of snow caused the Beargrease board of directors to cancel last year's races. It also was canceled in 2007.

"Keep It Moving" events planned for February

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 1:31pm

 “Keep It Moving,” a month-long countywide winter carnival of indoor and outdoor activities, is being planned for residents during the entire month of February. The goal is to get more people more active in February.Persons and businesses are invited to plan a fun, active community event, or to offer discounted rentals or services that support people in winter activities. Examples include a community dance, reduced cost ski/snowshoe rentals, free trial exercise classes, a walking group, a pool party, and whatever else you can come up with.Registration will be open for individuals and teams to register to log miles and minutes of winter indoor or outdoor activities at beginning on Jan. 15.This event is sponsored by Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County Public Health & Human Services, Cook County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) with planning and support from the Cook County Visitors Bureau, Birch Grove Foundation and Grand Marais Safe Routes to School.

Lonnie on the mountain at 8,800 feet

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 7:32am

“It was like traveling inside a ping pong ball.”  That’s the way Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre described the poor visibility and waist deep snow he experienced over the weekend on Denali. He was forced to use his GPS as he made his way from an 8,400 ft. camp to just shy of the 8,800 ft. mark.

Overall, because of these poor conditions it was a short day, about four hours of traveling.

On Sunday Lonnie spent the day at his current 8,800 ft. camp due to continued poor visibility and snow conditions.

The current low pressure is causing heavy snowfall on Denali while leaving his support team at a much lower elevation, with rain.

Lonnie’s been reporting temperatures on Denali at around zero degrees F, a 50-60 degree difference during his climb last year. He’s sleeping in one layer and conserving more energy usually used to keep warm.

As comforting as this sounds, it is the very thing he’s hoping to bring to attention through this expedition and documentary – One World Endeavors. “The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat,” he said, “regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world.”

Viking girls lose to Tigers; boys and girls travel to Cromwell

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 5:24am

The Cook County girls’ basketball team was on the road Monday night, losing 61-46 to the Cherry Tigers.

Tuesday night, the Vikings boys and girls team travel to Cromwell to play the Cardinals.

The girls go into the Cromwell game at 5-8 for the season. Their last victory was 51-39 over the Cardinals in Grand Marais on January 4. The boys take their 6- 2 record to Cromwell. They beat the Cardinals 65 -55 on January 4 in the last game they played before tonight.

In Monday night’s game, the Tigers took a 28-24 lead after the first half. In the second, they outscored the Vikings 33-22 to take the win.

Theresa Morrin led the Vikings with 12 points while Breanna Peterson and Lily Gruber-Schulz had 10 each. Leah Utities and Kaitlynn Linnell nailed six each while Essence Haines rounded out Cook County scoring with two.

Angel Dahl led Cromwell with 28 points and Alexis Kudis was the other Tiger in double-figures with 11.


West End election filing period open until January 15

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:40am

Although township elections are not held until March, the 
time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file 
is now. The filing period to run for treasurer or supervisor for the 
townships of Lutsen, Schroeder or Tofte opened January 1 and will 
close at 5 p.m. on January 15. Each of the townships is holding an 
election for a supervisor term of 3 years and a treasurer term of two 
Lutsen supervisor undecided
In Lutsen, the incumbents are Treasurer John Groth and Supervisor Joe 
Buttweiler. Contacted by phone, Groth, who has served as Lutsen 
treasurer since 2004 said he has filed and hopes to continue to serve 
as township treasurer.
At press time Buttweiler said he was undecided.
To file for office in Lutsen, contact Town Clerk Silviya Duclos at 
(218) 370-9255.
Schroeder incumbents file for reelection
Both of the Schroeder incumbents—Treasurer Alisha Kangas and 
Supervisor Tina McKeever said they would run again. Reached at press 
time, they each said they had filed their intent to run for reelection
at the town meeting on January 8.
McKeever is running for her second term as supervisor. “I would like 
to keep at it,” she said. “During the first term you are just kind of 
getting your feet wet.”
To file for office in Schroeder, contact Town Clerk Doug Schwecke at 
(218) 663-7559.
Tofte treasurer stepping down
Tofte may see a change on its board. Incumbent Supervisor Jim King 
said he would like to continue his service on the town board and said 
he would be paying his filing fee at the upcoming Tofte meeting.

Be aware of ice conditions on lakes

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:37am

Back in December, Cook County Law Enforcement took a report of an all-
terrain vehicle (ATV) sunk in Clara Lake in Lutsen. Although the 
initial call on December 11 was for assistance, Minnesota Department 
of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Tom Wahlstrom said the
ATV owner was able to retrieve the machine without DNR help.
Wahlstrom said by the time conservation officers were able to respond, 
the ATVer was out and safe. Wahlstrom said the man had been fishing.
Regarding ice conditions, CO Wahlstrom, reached by phone on January 4, 
said there has been “a lot of ice making since then.”
Wahlstrom said generally the ice in the Northland is safe, but people 
should always be aware of possible weak spots. Anglers should know the 
lake, but also be aware that things are different every year. He said 
it’s a good idea to talk to other anglers and area resorts about ice 
“People need to pay attention and it is a good idea to carry ice 
picks,” said Wahlstrom.
And probably most important, Wahlstrom said, “Let someone know where 
you are going!”
According to Capt. Greg Salo, DNR regional enforcement supervisor in 
St. Paul, four people died after falling through thin ice last winter.
DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:
Four inches for walking.
Five inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
Eight to 12 inches for a car.
12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.