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Grand Marais pool building demolition to begin soon

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:59am

With an end-of-the-year deadline looming, Grand Marais city councilors awarded a bid Oct. 29 for demolition of the municipal swimming pool building, which closed in January when the facilities moved to the new YMCA at the school campus.

City Administrator Mike Roth said only one bid was received for the demolition job, and that was from Edwin E. Thoreson Inc. of Grand Marais at a cost of $64,726. Under a cooperative agreement with Cook County, each entity will pay half of the cost of removal, which is to be done by the end of 2014.

Roth said the bid appeared to be a bit high, but was within the range of what was anticipated. He acknowledged that demolition and removal of the building at the Rec Park would be a “complicated job,” partly because the materials will have to be hauled to a landfill that is certified to handle asbestos. In their letter to council, Thoreson’s said they expect to have the job completed by Dec. 19.

Highway 61 is being revisited by Moving Matters team

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:18am

The Moving Matters team has been putting together public input on the redesign of Hwy 61. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais City Administrator Mike Roth.

The City of Grand Marais invites you to view the concept designs and provide feedback at until November 20, 2014.

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Construction of "Minnesota Military Family Tribute" planned for St. Paul

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:05pm

Minnesota is creating a permanent thank you to military families with the construction of a ‘Minnesota Military Family Tribute’ located at the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul, Minnesota. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Teri Popp of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute on North Shore Morning. 


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Thank you, veterans

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:54am

From all of us at the Cook County News-Herald, thank you to all the men and women who are serving or have served our country.

North Shore Care Center celebrates November birthdays on Wednesday

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:51am

The monthly birthday party at the North Shore Care Center will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 12 for Larry Smith, Skip Rouser, and Dorothe Vaughn. Cake and ice cream will be served at 3 p.m. along with piano music by Doug Sanders.

For more information about the activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or check out the website


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Frank Moe breaks the District One tie

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:12pm

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers convened the Cook County Canvass Board to certify the November 4 election results. After checking the voting machine tapes, the board verified there was a tie in Commissioner District One between Frank Moe and Kristin DeArruda Wharton.

Powers explained the tie would be broken by lot, in this case by drawing a red or blue cube from a bag. The red cube would be the winner. Moe and Wharton drew and Moe was declared the winner.

Wharton immediately petitioned in writing for a recount. After the board finished certifying all the election results, members of the Auditor’s office began the recount, which has been completed and confirms the decision.