Around Cook County
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Ely business owners organize against non-ferrous mining. Trails and camping are affected by the on-going winter. There’s new technology for the taconite plant in Silver Bay. It appears some Iron Range cities will be spared a highway re-route and Rep. David Dill talks about the House Higher Education bill .…all in this week’s news.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio invites community members to stop by the station for birthday cake between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29th to help celebrate the station’s 15-year anniversary.
WTIP began in January of 1992 as a dream by local citizens who saw a need for a local radio station that could share and disseminate information that was pertinent to the region. For six years dedicated volunteers established the building blocks required to create a radio station (including pursuing the funding, purchasing equipment, obtaining a FCC license, etc.).
On April 28, 1998 WTIP went on the air. At first, it only broadcast a small portion of its own programming, from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM weekdays. The rest of the schedule was filled by simulcasting KUMD radio in Duluth. Within the first year, however, WTIP increased its service tremendously, adding the AM Community Calendar Program, the PM Community Calendar Program, evening music programs, and local sports broadcasts. Each increase was made in direct response to the needs and feedback from the community, and was made possible by community members who stepped forward as volunteers.
Throughout its 15 years of service, WTIP has embraced opportunities to build relationships and serve its ever-increasing community of listeners. Efforts include news and weather services, explorations of issues affecting the area, and engagement and outreach efforts, both on and off the air.
As a volunteer-driven community station, WTIP recognizes that their services would not be possible without community support. They are thankful for the support they have received over the years, and look forward to continuing to serving the community in the years to come.
Grand Marais city councilors approved a number of varied requests at their April 10, 2013 meeting, ranging from A (air conditioning) to Z (zip line).
First on the list was a request for a letter of support from the Cook County Historical Society to the Minnesota Historical Society backing the local agency’s pursuit of a grant to purchase and stabilize the Bally Blacksmith Shop in Grand Marais. Hal Greenwood of the Historical Society was in attendance to present the letter from museum director Carrie McHugh, and council gave its support.
Bev Wolke of the local Chamber of Commerce appeared next with a request for a permit to hold the annual car show on Wisconsin Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15; Wisconsin Street will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Wolke said the event will be the same as last year’s and include music in the park and a Girl Scout booth. The permit was approved.
Sally Nankivell of the Cook County Visitors Bureau made the next request, for installation of an air conditioner for the Visitor Information Center on Broadway, adjacent to City Hall. The Visitors Bureau leases the space from the city, which owns the building. Nankivell said the office seems to be getting hotter and hotter every summer, and presents an uncomfortable environment for both visitors and employees. Council approved the request, with an estimated price tag of about $500. Kim Linnell has inspected the building and researched what type of equipment is needed (a free-standing unit with a window vent).
The American Legion was granted a request for a Club On-Sale Sunday Liquor License, effective immediately. Laura Powell-Marxen made the request, stating that it would be a re-instatement of the Legion’s prior license.
The classic county band Portage will perform their monthly gig at the North Shore Care Center on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. As always, families, friends, and community folks are welcome to attend.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about the activity calendar or volunteer programs, please contact the Activity Dept. at 218-387-3518 or visit our website www.nshorehospital.com.
Senior runner Sarissa Falk has been invited to participate in the 25th annual Down Under Sports tournament hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia this summer. Falk is only one of six high school runners in Minnesota to be invited. Only 300 runners across the U.S. have been invited.
In Australia Falk will run for the North Central Conference Team on a 5.7k (3.5 miles) cross country course. She will compete against thousands of runners from around the world.
Two years ago Darren Waha from Grand Portage ran in the Down Under cross country race and he said it was an awesome experience, one that he will never forget.
But for Falk to get there she will need to raise some money—she has less than a month to raise funds for the trip. If you would like to donate or need more information, call Sarissa Falk at (218) 387-2849.
Sarissa is the daughter of Mark and Sue Falk of Grand Marais. She plans to attend Hamline University after graduation and while she is unsure of a major, she plans to run track and cross country. In addition to competing in Australia, Sarissa is also entered in Grandma’s Garry Bjorklund half marathon this summer.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance for me,” said Falk. “It would be awesome to go to Australia to run and to meet new people.”
At the county commissioner’s meeting on April 16, Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson said that the state of Minnesota changed its rules regarding septic systems in 2008, 2010, and 2011, with the new rules placing more responsibility on counties without more funding. Nelson testified before legislators in St. Paul regarding a bill that would have given counties more flexibility in determining their own septic standards. The state finally allowed counties to keep their old standards, adopt new ones, or adopt a combination of old and new.
Each county now has until February 2014 to get its own septic ordinance in place. In the meantime, counties must enforce the state’s rules. Cook County Planning & Zoning Department has revised a septic ordinance it drafted several years ago in accordance with state law and will be seeking comment on it from the county board and the public.
Cook County’s previous draft ordinance would have required property owners to have their septics pumped every three years whether they needed it or not. The currently proposed ordinance allows people to postpone pumping as long as their septic tanks pass an inspection, which must be done every three years.
Commissioner Bruce Martinson asked if the county could extend the inspection period to four or five years instead of three. Nelson said the state allows only inspections to remain valid for three years, except for newly installed systems, which can remain valid for five years before requiring another inspection. After that, they would need their tanks inspected every three years.
County Attorney Tim Scannell wondered if the proposed ordinance includes any standards more stringent than the state’s. Nelson said no, although it outlines the process of working with contractors more specifically than state rules do.