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Cook County Sheriff Department activity increasing

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:13pm

Sheriff Mark Falk presented his 2014 budget requests to the county board on August 13, 2013, and they reflect some increases in activity at the Cook County Law Enforcement Center.
The sheriff’s budget includes several different departments—sheriff, county jail, Search & Rescue, coroner, dispatch, radio communications, and emergency management.  Sheriff Falk actually anticipated a decrease in his Sheriff’s Department budget—from $1,872,892 to $1,825,579.  He requested an increase in the county jail budget, however.
Some of the cost increases reflect technological upgrades, such as professional services related to electronic traffic tickets in which data from a squad car is transmitted directly to the state.  Sheriff Falk pointed out that ticket fees do not provide direct revenue to the department—some of the money goes to the state.  “We don’t have quotas,” he said.  Writing more tickets “is not the direction we want to go.”
Some money is being budgeted for equipment and training for the Search & Rescue Department.  Sheriff Falk said he wanted to purchase two canoes so that Search and Rescue volunteers would not have to use their own.  He said he put some training money into next year’s budget to help them get more organized and become more self-sufficient.
The coroner’s budget varies from year to year.  Expenses could be $5,000 one year and $17,000 the next, Sheriff Falk said. 

All invited to the celebration at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 2:11pm

The Tofte Historical Society has a lot to celebrate – 20 years as a historical society, the return of a historic boat, and a new shelter to house it.  The public is invited to a celebration at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum at 2:00 p.m. on August 24.
The Viking fishing boat will receive a warm welcome as it is returned after being restored by the Sve family, who used it for commercial fishing near Split Rock many years ago.  It will be housed outside the museum in a timber-framed “grindbygg” shelter built at North House Folk School. 
“The grindbygg is a unique style of timber frame that is used in areas of Norway and would be recognized by the early settlers of the North Shore,” Museum Manager Don Hammer told the Cook County News-Herald.
Hammer is enthusiastic about the upcoming celebration.  “We’ll have food and refreshments,” he said.  “All are welcome!”
The museum is located in Tofte at the junction of Highway 61 and the Sawbill Trail.  For further information, call the museum at (218) 663-7050.08-23-13

"A Concert of Traditional Scottish & Irish Music" at Hovland Town Hall Aug. 24

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:52am

Laura MacKenzie with Gary Rue will present “A Concert of Traditional Scottish and Irish Music” at the Hovland Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
Laura MacKenzie and Gary Rue are a sparkling and original duo rooted in tradition. On stage with Gary Rue, MacKenzie draws upon her great wealth of tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, Cape Breton, central France and northern Spain, performing on a splendid array of wind-powered instruments including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, voice, and unusual bagpipes.
With his full-throated, melodic guitar style and vocal contributions, Gary Rue perfectly complements MacKenzie's musical prowess. He brings a rich and bountiful background of artistry and composition to traditional Celtic music, ensuring an extraordinary duo performance.
Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for 12 and under and seniors.

Birch Grove invites all to "Dress to Play" open house

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:51am

Current, past and potential Birch Grove families and the entire community are invited to join in on the fun at Birch Grove Community School’s “Dress to Play” open house.
The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 and features free grilled hot dogs and beverages; a bouncy house and maze inflatables in the gym; art projects in the outdoor classroom; and s'more-making over a bonfire.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet school staff and board members, ask questions, tour the classrooms, building and outdoor facility.
Registration information for the Saplings Preschool (3-5 years) and the K-5th-grade elementary program will be available as well.
For more information contact the school at (218) 663-0170.

Highway 61 detour begins Aug. 26 near Little Marais, Illigen City in Lake County

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 11:09am

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Hwy 61 near Little Marais and Illigen City will encounter a detour from Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30. The detour is thirteen-miles-long, on good-quality paved roads and adds approximately ten-minutes to normal travel-time. The detour is necessary as crews install culverts and construct a retaining wall.

·         Motorists traveling south on Highway 61 near Little Marais will be detoured on County Road 6 to Highway 1 and back to Highway 61.

·         Motorists traveling north on Highway 61 near Illigen City will be detoured on Highway 1 to County Road 6 and back to Highway 61.

All businesses will remain accessible. Signs will be posted to direct motorists these businesses. Through-traffic is prohibited.

This project will extend the pavement life of Hwy 61 and improve safety and accessibility.

For more information, visit the project’s website at

For updated travel information on all Minnesota roads, call 511 or click on

Summer takes shape on the Shore

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 12:02pm

Summer is late, but great. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart about warm weather and the promise of a mild fall.

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