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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.

Sheriff talks guns in the community

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:17am

Guns in school, guns in the community and the general safety of Cook County. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Mark Falk about guns and sun safety.

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Sawtooth Mountain Clinic's flu vaccine supply low

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 1:12pm

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic's flu vaccine supply is low. They are expecting a shipment to arrive on Wednesday, January 16.

"However, vaccine for children ages 6 months to 35 months is readily available at this time," according to Sue Nordman.

More information on vaccine availability can be obtained by contacting the Clinic at 387-2330. 

North Shore boys lose on the ice to International Falls

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:46pm

The North Shore boys' hockey team lost a match on their home ice Saturday night, 9-0 to International Falls.

The loss dropped North Shore to 9-5 for the season.

International Falls scored twice in the first period, three times in the second and four times in the third for the win.

Zach Duresky was in the net for the North Shore crew and made 37 saves.

North Shore's roster includes skaters from Cook and Lake County. The team hosts Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl on Tuesday night in Silver Bay before hosting Ashland at Two Harbors on Thursday. 

Weekend News Roundup for January 12

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 11:32am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The Beargrease, Pow Wow Trail, moose tracking, Lonnie on the mountain, the first day of the Legislature and serious flue number…all in this week’s news.


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North Shore Music Association hosts Lehto & Wright in concert Jan. 19

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 9:41am

Since 1999, Steve Lehto and John Wright have performed 
together, building the musical foundation that was recently described 
by U.S. folk magazine Dirty Linen as “… among North America’s best 
practitioners of Anglo-Celtic folk-rock. Wonderfully intricate, 
powerful guitar-driven music …”
Today Lehto & Wright are a high-art performance ensemble with a clear 
mission—to share their powerful take on long-standing Celtic, British 
and American traditional/folk music with audiences of all ages. For 12
years, Lehto & Wright has been touring throughout the Midwest and East 
Coast, in both their acoustic duo and electric trio formats.
Wright and Lehto first met in a Latin jazz/fusion ensemble and stayed 
in touch, having found a shared obsession with Jethro Tull and a deep 
knowledge of obscure British folk-rock ensembles such as Fairport 
Convention and Dick Gaughan’s Five Hand Reel.
Lehto & Wright are joined by Matt Jacobs on percussion. From the 
African djembe to the Irish Bodhran, the ensemble creates a sound 
larger than itself. Lehto & Wright lead audiences on a musical journey 
from traditional Celtic/American tune-sets to new arrangements 
centered on the lyrics of Bob Dylan and Marley to beautifully somber, 
solo mandolin compositions to reinterpretations of classical 
compositions by Schumann and Bartok.
Don’t miss this fabulous ensemble at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts 
on Sat., January 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for ages 18 and under, sold at the door 
or in advance at