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New subordinate service district proposed for Rosebush Hill Road

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 5:07pm

Cook County may be forming a new Subordinate Government Service District (SGSD).  On October 15, 2013, two residents who access their property from Rosebush Hill Road, which starts at Highway 61 just west of Grand Marais, presented a petition to the county board requesting the SGSD. 

All seven of the property owners who live along the road have requested the SGSD, although only one of them is a registered Cook County voter.  They are having work done on the road that would bring it up to the standard the county requires to oversee snowplowing for a group of property owners.

The county board agreed to move forward with the process of creating the SGSD and set a public hearing for 10 a.m. November 12 in the courthouse commissioners’ room.  If the SGSD is approved, it could be March before the bidding process would result in finding someone to plow the road.  Resident Nancye Belding said that finding someone to plow regularly has been difficult.

Commissioner Sue Hakes indicated she expects this to be a less contentious issue than the creation of the Irish Creek SGSD in Hovland since everyone who would be paying for the services has requested them.

MN trapping season underway

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 8:47am
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Minnesota's trapping season got underway Saturday, October 19.  WTIP's Carah Thomas spoke with trapper and dog owner John Reynolds about the loss of his dog "Penny" in a 220 bodygrip trap in 2011, and his ensuing efforts to protect other dogs. Reynolds is the founder and president of the Minnesota-based non-profit Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN.

(Click on link to "North Shore Morning" below to hear the interview.)

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Weekend News Roundup for October 19

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 10:32am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. No Beargrease in 2014. Wolves in Wisconsin. More on mining…all in this week’s news.


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County negotiating contract with new county administrator

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:23am

Cook County commissioners have asked Jay Kieft to come on board as the county’s first county administrator. The county is in the process of negotiating a contract with Kieft.  At the October 15, 2013 county board meeting, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers handed out a proposed contract that had been drawn up by the county’s consultant, David Unmacht.

The proposed contract did not mention placing the county administrator on a job grid that relates pay to level of experience and years with the county like all other employees and elected officials are on. 

Moose Madness coming to Cook County

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:55am

Whether you travel from Minneapolis, Minnesota or Missoula, Montana or from the Gunflint, Sawbill, Caribou or Arrowhead trails or from Fifth Avenue or Fifth Street in Grand Marais, you will find fun at the end of your journey at the Moose Madness Festival on October 18-20, 2013.

The festival grows every year with interesting and enjoyable events being added as Cook County celebrates one of its favorite—and largest—creatures, the magnificent moose!

New this year is the Moose Madness Family Fun Run/Walk, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at Pincushion Mountain Trails on the Gunflint Trail above Grand Marais. Get there between 7:30 – 8:50 a.m. to register for kids’ races or the 5K run/walk.

Oktoberfest at the North Shore Care Center

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:45pm

The North Shore Care Center is celebrating Oktoberfest all month long, using the time to bake pretzels, to watch The Sound of Music movie and more. On Friday, October 18 there will be a special brat and sauerkraut dinner followed by a polka dance at 6 p.m. with Jim and Mary Schliep.