Around Cook County
Northern Minnesota residents may notice smoke in the sky as it drifts from active northwestern Minnesota fires, according to a report Wednesday from the Minnesota Incident Command System.
As of about 1 PM, Wednesday, smoke was reported drifting through the upper Gunflint Trail area in Cook County. A check with the Cook County Sheriff's Department indicated that no fires have been reported in northern Cook County.
Residents in the Bemidji, Deer River and Grand Rapids, Orr, Cook, Virginia, Hibbing, Tower and into Canada have reported seeing smoke in the sky for much of Wednesday. The smoke is being carried by strong winds out of the northwest and is being held close to the ground by inversion. The inversion is expected to lift by mid-day, but residents across northern Minnesota may continue to see some smoke until the fires are extinguished.
MNICS reports the fire danger remains extreme to very high for much of Minnesota and residents are urged to obey all fire restrictions. Persons who witness an actual fire should report it immediately by calling 911.
Dripping with caramel and chocolate; sprinkled with nuts and thick with fudge; how about elegant layers of fruit and cream? Who can resist a delicious, homemade bar?
It is official. The next, all new, WDSE Cooks marathon will be “B” is for Bars! If you have great bar recipes, will you share your favorites? You may also become famous if you are called in to the studio to prepare your best on WDSE Cooks “B” is for Bars!
North Shore cooks have been featured on the program in the past. We’ve had the fun of seeing Paulette Anholm, Chelsea Lueck, Donna Lunke, Joan Farnam, Lavonne Anderson, Bob Swanson, Cathy Peterson and Lyn Singleton!
Send your favorite bars recipes to WDSE•WRPT, 632 Niagara Court, Duluth MN 55811.
Everyone who sends in recipes will get a gift. Then the recipes will be put into the newest cookbook “B” is for Bars! Recipes are due by October 10.
As the Cook County Planning Commission gets closer to considering a request for a cell phone tower in Tofte, some residents are voicing concerns.
On September 13, 2012, County Commissioner Bruce Martinson reported to the Tofte Township Board that Planning & Zoning Administrator Bill Lane had received five letters opposing the cell phone tower proposed for Tofte on property the Futterer family is selling to the township.
Supervisor James said some objections might be more about the height of the tower than about its existence in Tofte. The tower will be no more than 190 feet.
Resident Marsha Hansen expressed a concern that property values would go down for residences near the tower. “It’s not fair to have your property suddenly go down in value because of a tower.” Her husband Gary said that having a tower built near a home would be like having an airport built in the back yard. Supervisor King said a tower might be considered an asset to many people considering moving here.
Gary Hansen said he objected to the sight of a tower in Tofte. Supervisor James said cell towers must have no obstructions between them in order to work. Signals from the proposed tower would reach towers in both Lutsen and Schroeder. A less conspicuous “stealth” tower was considered originally, but it would not be as tall, would likely allow fewer users to share a high position where reception is best, and would not be as profitable. The current location is the only functional location they have been able to find, he said.
Jerry Gervais said cell phone coverage is a safety issue. Rescue Chief Louise Trachta said the fire and rescue departments would greatly benefit from a tall tower. “There’s a void in back [inland] that needs to be taken care of,” she said. “It’s needed.”
The level of Lake Superior went down four inches in September, a month the lake usually drops only one inch
.The International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Tuesday that Lake Superior now sits 15 inches below its long-term average for Oct. 1 and four inches below the level at this time last year.
The Duluth News-Tribune notes that rainfall for the entire Lake Superior basin was well below normal in September, a trend that has continued since July.
The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) invites children of all
ages to listen, laugh, sing, shout, and dance along with award-winning
musician Glen Everhart performing his Heebie Jeebie’s Family Comedy
Music Show. This high-energy, interactive 45-minute show is suitable
for all ages.
Songs include I’ve Got The Heebie Jeebies, Camp Ishy-fishy-stinky-
People Of The World, The 4 Headed 3 Legged 2 Armed 1 Eyed Monster, The
Littlest Worm, and many more.
The Heebie Jeebie’s Family Comedy Music Show will take place Oct. 3 at
the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m.; Silver Bay Public Library
at 4 p.m.; and Two Harbors Public Library at 6:00 p.m.
After growing up in St. Paul, Everhart graduated from St. Cloud State
University, receiving his B.A. degree in music education. He taught
public school full- and part-time for seven years, has been a full-
time professional entertainer since 1987, and has won The Great
American Song Contest with the song “Young People of the World.”
Everhart is perhaps better known throughout northern Minnesota
partnered with Ted Fyder as part of the acoustic duo “Fyder and
Everhart” by way of their still popular “Goin’ Up North” CD.Admission
to the event is free thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library
System and funding by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural
DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest are authorizing a strike, if union leaders and the telecommunications company
can't reach a contract agreement.
Workers in Minnesota are among those in the 13 states. CenturyLink serves Cook County.
The Communications Workers of America said yesterday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action.
A CWA spokesman said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S.