Around Cook County
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Moose calves are being collared, the clinic gets federal dollars, Gypsy moths are back in the news, a Grand Portage man is charged with attempted murder, and much more…all in this week’s news.
The first summer show for the Grand Marais Playhouse will be Fit to Kill by Victor Cahn. This play will be directed and designed by Jack Nickolay. Auditions are May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the ACA. There are roles in Fit to Kill for two women and one man. A perusal script is available now at the public library.
Fit To Kill is described as a thriller about strategy, betrayal, and deception. Adrian, a charming but self-indulgent chess master, enjoys a life of luxury thanks to his marriage to Janice, an older but still sexy and vibrant woman who has made a fortune as the CEO of an exercise empire. The arrival of Amy, a reporter with an agenda of her own, unleashes a whirlwind of deadly schemes that will keep audiences guessing until the final seconds.
This production will be produced in a black box configuration on the ACA stage, not as a dinner theater as previously announced. The audience and actors will all be on the stage together! Limited seating available.
More information about the Grand Marais Playhouse, showtimes and tickets can be found at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com.
The Cook County High School prom was held on the blustery May 11, but a little bit of snow didn’t stop the fun. Overseeing the CCHS prom 2013 festivities was the royal couple, Cecelia Schnobrich and Peter Warren.
Also celebrating “Senior Prom” was the North Shore Care Center. The 7th annual Care Center “Senior Prom” was held on May 7. It was a great night of music and fun for everyone—especially for the prom royalty Queen Wilma Liebsch (age 103) and King Don Ingram (age 85). Prom 2013 featured Doug Sanders on piano with soloist Mark Abrahamson, plus the North Shore Community Band. There was also dancing with swing dancers including Bob Pranis and WTIP’s own Veronica Weadock.
The Executive Director of Cook County Visitors Bureau is leaving mid-June.
Sally Nankivell has accepted a position as the Administrative Director at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis. Nankivell said that when she moved here 13 years ago she left behind a career in advocacy and human rights.
“Although it was a difficult decision,” she said, “I could not pass up this incredible opportunity to move back into a field that is my passion.”
A 21 year old Grand Portage man has appeared in Cook County on a charge of attempted murder in the first degree. The arraignment of Steven Warren Robert Anishnabie was scheduled for 10 a.m. today, May 17.
According to the complaint, Anishnabie stabbed Grand Portage Casino security guard Rollin Edward Baird in the early morning of May 15. According to a statement given to Cook County Deputy Will Sandstrom, Anishnabie said he had planned to stab Baird “for a couple of months” because he did not think Baird was appreciative of casino customers.
Baird was taken to the hospital with a knife wound to his neck, just missing the carotid artery. The attack took place near the casino security podium and was likely caught on video tape.
If convicted, the felony carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Biologists have begun collaring moose calves in the second phase of a study to determine why Minnesota's moose population is declining so rapidly.
This past winter, researchers attached high-tech GPS collars to more than 100 adult moose. The DNR started putting collars on baby moose last week and are about halfway to their goal of 50.
Department of Natural Resources biologist Glenn DelGiudice said the calves are just a few days old, and researchers can walk up to them.
Three collared calves have already died, one shortly after being collared; two after being abandoned by their mothers. In the adult study, four moose died after being tranquilized and collared. DelGiudice says the risks are necessary to try to prevent the disappearance of moose from northeastern Minnesota.