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Fine weather returns for the week

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:06am

The rain clears and pleasant dry weather becomes the norm through the rest of the week. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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North Shore Hospital Board hires construction manager

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:21pm

The Cook County North Shore Hospital Board held a special meeting on July 31 to meet with two representatives of Boldt Construction of Cloquet, Kirk Ilenda, director of business development, and Shelly Peterson, vice president and general manager of Minnesota operations, to ask some final questions before making a decision on what firm to hire to serve as construction manager of the proposed $20 million renovation of the North Shore Hospital and Care Center.

Rebecca Lewis and John Geisler of DSGW architects will work with Boldt on the remodel of the 16-bed critical access hospital and 37-bed skilled nursing center.

Boldt will pick a project manager to oversee the project, and the hospital board was very concerned that any project manager selected would come with a lot of experience. The project manager will work to set up the preconstruction phase with Rory Smith, the hospital/care center maintenance facilities manager. Once construction begins he or she will be on site one to two days per week.

AgStar Financial Services representative Bob Madsen was also at the meeting. AgStar has been assisting the board and administration in finding bonding for this project.  When asked by Hospital/Care Center Administrator Kimber Wraalstad if his company had any experience working with Boldt, Madsen responded, “We have had a lot of experience working with them, and every experience we have had with Boldt has been good.”

Hospital board members Sharon Bloomquist, Justin Mueller, Howard Abrahamson, Kay Olson and Tom Spence Sr. voted to hire Boldt.

Cook County Senior Center to take trip to Chik Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:53pm

The Senior Center will be taking a trip to Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center on Thursday, August 13. We’ll leave the Senior Center at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $15 which includes transportation and museum tour. In town pickups are available for a $1 fee. Enjoy stories with Harriet Boostrom (formerly of Clearwater Lodge) and Bill Boissenin (owned Forest Lodge on Clearwater in the 1940s).

Lunch will be at Trail Center at 12:45 p.m., at your own expense.

You may register for any of the senior center events by stopping by or calling the center at (218) 387-2660.

"By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior" at Cook County Historical Society museum

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:50pm

Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. To highlight those bygone days, "By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior" is the latest exhibit at the Cook County Historical Museum.

It shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Come to the museum starting the week of Fisherman’s Picnic to learn about Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County.

Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel lens from the Grand Marais lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.

The museum is located at 8 S. Broadway in Grand Marais, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (218) 387-2883.

Weekend News Roundup for August 9

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:20am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Local hospitals and clinics are in the news, so is the Sandpiper pipeline, mining concerns and the Duluth Post Office…all this and more in this week’s news.



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Bike helmets are important

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:40pm

With more and more people on bikes in our North Shore communities, it is important to protect ourselves and our children from injury with bike helmets.

Bicycle accidents only account for a very small number (2 percent) of motor vehicle crashes. Children are more at risk for head injuries than adults, which is why in public health and in the bicycling community all agree that children need bike helmets.

In Cook County, low or no cost children’s helmets are available thanks to generous grants from the North Shore Health Care Foundation. 

Contact Kristin Wharton or Maren Webb at 387-2330 ext. 150 for information to obtain a bike helmet.