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Viking sports playoff schedule

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:10am

Section 7-A playoff action begins tomorrow night at Lyle Anderson Field in Grand Marais for the Cook County Vikings football team.

The volleyball team drew a first-round bye and will start their Sub-Section 7-A playoffs on Wednesday at the high school.

The number two-seeded team will open the quarterfinals at 6 o’clock tomorrow night against seventh seed Cass Lake-Bena.  The Vikings come into the game with a 6 and 1 record while Cass Lake-Bena is 1 and 7. The game will be broadcast on WTIP with Norman Moe and Dick Dorr providing the play-by-play starting with the pre-game discussion around 5:45. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 o'clock.

The winner of the Cook County Cass Lake-Bena game will play at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 27 against the winner of the Blackduck-Mesabi East quarterfinal.

The volleyball team will open its action in the CCHS gym on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. The number four seeded Vikings will play the winner of the first-round game between Lakeview Christian Academy and Cromwell. Cook County goes into the playoffs at 14 and 6. This game will also be broadcast on WTIP starting around 6:45 with the pre-game talk between broadcasters Bob Carter and Kelly Roberts. The first ball will be volleyed at 7.

Weekend News Roundup for October 20

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:32am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The wolf season will go forward, drownings on Alton Lake, hot 8th Congressional District contest and steel strike averted…all in this week’s news.


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City Council gives go ahead for "community connection" at Grand Marais Rec. Park

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:31am

Dave Tersteeg, the city’s parks manager, presented a request to the Grand Marais City Council at its Wednesday, October 17 meeting. On the recommendation of the park board, Tersteeg said 
he wanted the council to approve a list of firm quotes from 
contractors that will allow work on the community connection to begin 
this fall.
The list totals $41,884 and includes quotes of $9,664 from Skadberg 
Masonry for concrete sidewalk and steps, and Edwin E. Thoreson for the 
remainder – retaining walls, aggregate, channel stabilization, 
grading and stabilization, and bituminous trail (8 feet wide by 2 feet 
Based on contractor schedules, said Tersteeg, the timeline for project 
build-out has two phases: concrete and stormwater work with grading 
and creation of a compacted aggregate trail this fall; and spring 
completion which involves trail paving, bridge installation and 
Tersteeg said pending council approval, he expects work to begin soon 
and to be performed by the same crews who worked so well on the 
neighboring North House Folk School’s project. “We hope we can keep 
some of that good synergy going,” Tersteeg said before council voted 
unanimously to approve the quotes and get the project rolling.

Hovland residents seek subordinate service district for road maintenance

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:28am

Some people in Cook County live on roads that are not 
officially kept open in the wintertime.  That makes getting in and out 
a bit difficult.
Two Hovland residents asked the county board on October 9 to consider 
creating a subordinate service district (SSD) so that the county could 
collect money from property owners for regular plowing of 10-11 miles 
of road leading to 77 different parcels west of the Arrowhead Trail.
Steve Sopata and John Muhich requested an SSD on connected portions of 
the Irish Creek Road, the Tom Lake Road, and the Devilfish Tower 
Road.  Muhich has been sharing snowplowing duties with another 
resident for the last 10 years but said it has been costing him a lot 
of money.
Sopata said the reasons for officially keeping the roads open are 
twofold:  economics and safety.  A lot of people along these roads 
need to be able to get out to go to work, and the property owners 
would appreciate being reachable in case of emergency.
Some but not all of the people along the proposed route live there 
full-time, and some of them own more than one parcel.  Sopata said in 
the six years he has lived there, traffic has increased “amazingly.”
Muhich and Sopata had obtained 24 signatures from people supporting 
the SSD, although several of them were not property owners along the 
proposed route.  They requested that property owners share the costs 
equally no matter how much land they have.
For an SSD to proceed, 10 percent of qualified voters would need to 
sign a petition in support of it, or in lieu of that, 5 percent could 
request a referendum vote.  The county would need to hold a public 

Moose Madness hits Grand Marais

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 11:31am

It’s time for a little craziness in Cook County. Moose Madness hits Friday, October 19 and runs through the weekend, offering all kinds of moose activities. Stop by “Moose Central”—the Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail Visitor Information Center on Broadway Avenue or visit for the latest about Moose Madness.
The Moose Medallion Hunt is underway and there are lots of other fun activities. The Cook County News-Herald is offering a Moose Cartoon contest. Pick up a form at Moose Central and submit your cartoon and you could be published in an upcoming issue of the News-Herald.
Have a great Moose Madness Weekend!

Care Center celebrates Octoberfest with brats, sauerkraut and polka music

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 9:46am

October at the North Shore Care Center includes many fun themes to enjoy all month— like Oktoberfest, Country Music Month, Columbus Day, Viking High School games, National Pizza Month, and of course Halloween. Fall also brings more baking, craft projects, and movies.
The annual Oktoberfest weekend will include a history session, movie, baked pretzels, and lots of music. On Saturday, October 20 there will be a brat and sauerkraut lunch, followed by the Lioness Social at 3 p.m. with music and a sing-a-long by Irene Thompson and Nora Bockovich. Later that day there will be a polka dance at 6:30 p.m. featuring accordion music by Jim and Mary Schliep. All are welcome to join the fun!
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information please contact the Activity Department at (218) 387-3518 or visit our website