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Auditor still uncertain how Voter ID amendment would play out here

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:47am

Cook County Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers is still not convinced how the “substantially equivalent” proviso in the proposed voter ID amendment will play out. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with powers on “Daybreak.”

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Canoeists perish on Alton Lake - bodies recovered

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:34am

At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2012, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a capsized canoe and two bodies floating in the water on Alton Lake.  Alton Lake is located in the BWCAW northwest of Sawbill Lake, and north of Tofte, MN.  The Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Cook County Search and Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, United States Forest Service, and Sawbill Outfitters assisted in the response.

The capsized canoe and two bodies were discovered by two passing canoeists who reported what they had discovered to the Sawbill Outfitters.  It is believed that the bodies were in the water for 24 hours or longer.

The two bodies were recovered with assistance of the United States Forest Service and Cook County Search and Rescue.  The bodies were sent to UMD for autopsies.  They have been identified as Thomas Pineault, 55 and Cynthia Pineault, 51 both of Forest Lake, and their family has been notified.  Both parties were wearing lifejackets.  Foul play is not suspected.

This area of Cook County and the BWCAW was subject to high winds and much cooler temperatures late last week, creating difficult conditions for canoeing.


Weekend News Roundup for October 6

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. EPA funding for reducing mercury in fish risk, low Lake Superior levels, the roadless rule stands for the Superior National Forest, more on the pending wolf hunt and Postal Service reduction meetings are scheduled…all in this week’s news.


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Volley for the Cure October 8

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:04am

Come out and support Cook County volleyball players Monday, October 8,while they raise funds for the 
local branch of the American Cancer Society.
From grade school to high school (and even some alumni) the kids will
play exhibition games against each other in the spirit of fun and good-
hearted competition. All in the name of a good cause.
“We will be conducting a fund raiser for the local branch of the 
American Cancer Society,” said 8th grade volleyball coach Kelly 
Roberts, adding that some of the money raised will help cancer 
patients pay transportation costs to and from hospitals and clinics.
The action will start at 4:30 p.m. when the 5th and 6th grade teams 
play each other. Matches with the 7th and 8th grade teams, the C-team 
and the junior varsity, will follow those games and then the action 
will really heat up (or really melt down in puddles of laughter and 
sweat) when the varsity faces alumni players.
It should be an evening of good fun and a chance to see the kids show 
off their skills.
A free will offering will be taken at the door and there will be a 
raffle for prizes. Memory plates commemorating loved ones who have had 
cancer will also be sold for $2.

CCHS Band heading to Bayfield

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:04am

The Cook County High School Band, under the direction of 
Kerri Bilben, will once again march in the Bayfield Apple Festival 
parade on Sunday, October 7 in Bayfield, Wisconsin. The band was 
invited last year as part of the parade’s 50th Anniversary 
celebration. The students had such an amazing experience they wanted 
to return again this year.
The band, 53 members strong, has been rehearsing since the first day 
of school. The band will be performing two numbers as they march, as 
well as a dance choreographed by Senior Sarissa Falk. The drum line, 
led by Seniors Ben Seaton and Sarah Larsen, will perform a new cadence 
for the band to march and dance to. The drum line will also be using 
brand new Yamaha drums that were purchased with curriculum monies 
approved by the school board last spring. These monies have helped the 
band update many of the old and worn instruments.
The band will once again march in the 500 member Apple Fest Mass Band 
performing On Wisconsin. This band has been in existence since 1987 
when Mrs. Bilben’s dad created it to end the parade with a musical 
The parade trip kicks off a busy week for the high school band. 
Homecoming 2012 starts on Monday, October 8. If you are unable to 
watch the band perform on Sunday make sure to watch them perform at 
Tuesday’s volleyball game or at Friday night’s football game. The band 
loves when the crowd helps them cheer on the team to victory.
This trip to Bayfield is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Power 

Care Partners offers training for volunteers

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:02am

Share the gift of your presence and companionship with those 
on the journey of aging or serious illness with Care Partners
Care Partner volunteers provide companionship in a client’s home, at 
the Care Center, or the hospital. Volunteers provide a compassionate 
presence at end-of-life, on-going friendly visits, phone check-ins, or 
caregiver respite.
The 2012 fall volunteer training will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
Oct. 16, 18, 23, and 25, from 4:30-8 p.m. in the classroom in the 
lower level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Contact Kay Grindland at 387-3788 for more information. Pre-
registration is required.