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Christmas trees for Care Partners at Magnetic North Farm

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 10:40am

Care Partners of Cook County helps make life easier for community members struggling with end-of-life or chronic illness issues. The group is also brightening the community with a special holiday event.
Community members are invited to visit Magnetic North Farm, 122 Casper’s Hill Road in Colvill, to cut their own Christmas trees, enjoy cookies and cider and visit the critters that inhabit Magnetic North Farm. The invitation is for November 18, 23 and December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be plenty of help on hand to cut and load trees onto cars. Voluntary donations will be accepted in support of Care Partners. 
For more information, contact Care Partners Program Director Kay Grindland at 387-3788 or email her at

Heidi Doo-Kirk talks about her new commissioner role

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 10:02am

The November elections brought a new face to Cook County’s Fourth Commissioner District. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with commissioner-elect Heidi Doo-Kirk.

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Poplar River sediment reduction projects completed

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 6:32am

The 2012 construction season saw the completion of two sediment reduction projects by the Poplar River Management Board in collaboration with the Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Ullr Tightline project is intended to reduce sediment into the Poplar River. The gully was identified as a major contributor of sediment. The selected solution for the gully was an engineered tightline system. (A “tightline” is a pipe that conveys water through a steep or erosion-sensitive area, to eliminate the potential for erosion in that area.)

The tightline will accept all flows from the adjacent County Road 5 and ski runs and send them to the river without degrading the steep slope below the county road. This project is estimated to reduce sediment by 90 tons per year and handle a 100-year rain storm.

The Ullr Tightline was funded 25% by landowners and 75% by a grant from the Great Lakes Commission.

The other project included improvements made along County Road 5 in the heart of Lutsen Mountains.

The improvements include an engineered storm sewer system that will intercept the storm water flows and direct them to either the Brule Tightline or the newly constructed Ullr Tightline

To date more than ten conservation projects have been initiated in the watershed, the projects will eliminate an estimated 835 tons or 42% of the sediment load.

Grand Marais Lioness Club hosts dessert social at Care Center

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 11:39pm

The Grand Marais Lioness Club will host their monthly social with 
delicious desserts on Saturday, November 17 at 3 p.m. Irene Thompson 
will be back to perform her old time favorites on the piano.

For information about activity programs or volunteer opportunities, 
please contact the Activity Dept at 218.387.3518 or the website

Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 15th

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:07pm

It’s the “Great Minnesota Give Together,” coordinated by Give MN to provide people across the state an opportunity to support the causes and efforts they care about through one website:


Through this one site, you can choose to support many local non-profit organizations, including WTIP.  On Thursday, November 15th, please go to and support local non-profit organizations for Give to the Max Day! 


Commissioner-elect Garry Gamble talks about the future

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 12:17pm

The November elections brought a change to Cook County’s Second Commissioner District. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with commissioner-elect Garry Gamble.

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