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Lonnie on the mountain at 8,800 feet

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 7:32am
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“It was like traveling inside a ping pong ball.”  That’s the way Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre described the poor visibility and waist deep snow he experienced over the weekend on Denali. He was forced to use his GPS as he made his way from an 8,400 ft. camp to just shy of the 8,800 ft. mark.

Overall, because of these poor conditions it was a short day, about four hours of traveling.

On Sunday Lonnie spent the day at his current 8,800 ft. camp due to continued poor visibility and snow conditions.

The current low pressure is causing heavy snowfall on Denali while leaving his support team at a much lower elevation, with rain.

Lonnie’s been reporting temperatures on Denali at around zero degrees F, a 50-60 degree difference during his climb last year. He’s sleeping in one layer and conserving more energy usually used to keep warm.

As comforting as this sounds, it is the very thing he’s hoping to bring to attention through this expedition and documentary – One World Endeavors. “The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat,” he said, “regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world.”

Viking girls lose to Tigers; boys and girls travel to Cromwell

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 5:24am

The Cook County girls’ basketball team was on the road Monday night, losing 61-46 to the Cherry Tigers.

Tuesday night, the Vikings boys and girls team travel to Cromwell to play the Cardinals.

The girls go into the Cromwell game at 5-8 for the season. Their last victory was 51-39 over the Cardinals in Grand Marais on January 4. The boys take their 6- 2 record to Cromwell. They beat the Cardinals 65 -55 on January 4 in the last game they played before tonight.

In Monday night’s game, the Tigers took a 28-24 lead after the first half. In the second, they outscored the Vikings 33-22 to take the win.

Theresa Morrin led the Vikings with 12 points while Breanna Peterson and Lily Gruber-Schulz had 10 each. Leah Utities and Kaitlynn Linnell nailed six each while Essence Haines rounded out Cook County scoring with two.

Angel Dahl led Cromwell with 28 points and Alexis Kudis was the other Tiger in double-figures with 11.

 

West End election filing period open until January 15

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:40am

Although township elections are not held until March, the 
time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file 
is now. The filing period to run for treasurer or supervisor for the 
townships of Lutsen, Schroeder or Tofte opened January 1 and will 
close at 5 p.m. on January 15. Each of the townships is holding an 
election for a supervisor term of 3 years and a treasurer term of two 
years.
Lutsen supervisor undecided
In Lutsen, the incumbents are Treasurer John Groth and Supervisor Joe 
Buttweiler. Contacted by phone, Groth, who has served as Lutsen 
treasurer since 2004 said he has filed and hopes to continue to serve 
as township treasurer.
At press time Buttweiler said he was undecided.
To file for office in Lutsen, contact Town Clerk Silviya Duclos at 
(218) 370-9255.
Schroeder incumbents file for reelection
Both of the Schroeder incumbents—Treasurer Alisha Kangas and 
Supervisor Tina McKeever said they would run again. Reached at press 
time, they each said they had filed their intent to run for reelection
at the town meeting on January 8.
McKeever is running for her second term as supervisor. “I would like 
to keep at it,” she said. “During the first term you are just kind of 
getting your feet wet.”
To file for office in Schroeder, contact Town Clerk Doug Schwecke at 
(218) 663-7559.
Tofte treasurer stepping down
Tofte may see a change on its board. Incumbent Supervisor Jim King 
said he would like to continue his service on the town board and said 
he would be paying his filing fee at the upcoming Tofte meeting.

Be aware of ice conditions on lakes

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:37am

Back in December, Cook County Law Enforcement took a report of an all-
terrain vehicle (ATV) sunk in Clara Lake in Lutsen. Although the 
initial call on December 11 was for assistance, Minnesota Department 
of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Tom Wahlstrom said the
ATV owner was able to retrieve the machine without DNR help.
Wahlstrom said by the time conservation officers were able to respond, 
the ATVer was out and safe. Wahlstrom said the man had been fishing.
Regarding ice conditions, CO Wahlstrom, reached by phone on January 4, 
said there has been “a lot of ice making since then.”
Wahlstrom said generally the ice in the Northland is safe, but people 
should always be aware of possible weak spots. Anglers should know the 
lake, but also be aware that things are different every year. He said 
it’s a good idea to talk to other anglers and area resorts about ice 
conditions.
“People need to pay attention and it is a good idea to carry ice 
picks,” said Wahlstrom.
And probably most important, Wahlstrom said, “Let someone know where 
you are going!”
According to Capt. Greg Salo, DNR regional enforcement supervisor in 
St. Paul, four people died after falling through thin ice last winter.
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DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:
Four inches for walking.
Five inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
Eight to 12 inches for a car.
12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.
 

Sheriff talks guns in the community

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:17am

Guns in school, guns in the community and the general safety of Cook County. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Mark Falk about guns and sun safety.

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Sawtooth Mountain Clinic's flu vaccine supply low

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 1:12pm

The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic's flu vaccine supply is low. They are expecting a shipment to arrive on Wednesday, January 16.

"However, vaccine for children ages 6 months to 35 months is readily available at this time," according to Sue Nordman.

More information on vaccine availability can be obtained by contacting the Clinic at 387-2330.