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ATV Club invites all to annual Fall Color Ride

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 12:35pm

The Cook County ATV Club invites members and friends to join them for the club’s annual Fall Color Ride on Saturday, September 29. Meet at the Trestle Inn, 9459 County Road 7, Finland at 11 a.m.
This beautiful fall color ride will last 3 - 4 hours depending on conditions. Bring beverage of choice and snacks. The ride will be postponed if it’s a steady rain day, but organizers say there is no postponement for cold weather – just dress warmer! 

Riders will head back to the Trestle Inn for supper. Arrival at the Trestle Inn should be around 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Whether you ride or not, you are invited to join the club for dinner at the historic Trestle Inn.
For more information about the Cook County ATV Club, visit

New sled dog race mushing our way

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:17am

From Grand Portage to mid-trail to Grand Marais and back to Portage. Sound like a sled dog race?  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Beth Drost about the Gichigami Express.

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School News from Cook County Middle School, September 21

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 2:47pm

It’s sports galore at CCMS! This week on Cook County Middle School News, teacher Pam Taylor gives the lowdown on all the great things happening with Cook County Athletics. We hear from John Muus on CCHS Varsity Tennis, April Wahlstrom on CCMS/CCHS Cross Country, Jen Sutton on 7th Grade Girls Volleyball and others!

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School News from Sawtooth Elementary, September 21

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 2:47pm

There’s so much going on at Sawtooth Elementary! Kara Ramey of the Youth Radio Project brings us this edition of Sawtooth Elementary School News. This week, she fills us in on the first edition of Viking Voice Monthly which will be going home with students soon, International Peace Day events, the 100th year anniversary of the Cook County Courthouse, and much more.

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Weekend News Roundup for September 22

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. The pending wolf season runs into a possible snag, mineral leases are being let by the DNR, a sexual predator hearing was held in district court, and there’s city and county accord on the new community center…all in this week’s news.


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North Shore Hospital considers renovation

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 8:51am

Hospital building codes have changed since North Shore 
Hospital was remodeled in 1994.  Architect Rebecca Lewis of DSGW 
Architects, who was involved in that project, talked to the hospital 
board on August 23 about changes they might want to consider.
North Shore Hospital has a lot of corridors—just ask anyone who’s 
wandered around feeling lost in the maze.  Collapsing some of those 
corridors might make better use of space, Lewis said, and “right-
sizing” should be part of the equation.
Lewis, hired to help the hospital examine its use of space, has 
inventoried spaces, interviewed staff, and investigated projected 
future uses.  Her recommendation includes decreasing the size of the 
care center, increasing other areas such as the radiology, emergency 
room, and lab departments, and keeping support staff space the same.
Health care keeps changing, said Hospital Administrator Kimber 
Wraalstad, and whatever remodeling they do should allow flexibility so 
that spaces can be reconfigured as needed.  Lewis concurred, saying 
that things such as countertops that used to be built in are now being 
designed so they can be moved around.
Hospitals also need to have the infrastructure to make use of 
potential Internet applications, Lewis said.
A very big hospital concept today is making some rooms big enough for 
family members to stay and help provide care, Lewis said.  Another 
trend is mobile units for services that were once housed in buildings, 
such as dentistry, counseling, and wellness promotion.
Lewis presented the board with some design ideas, including a unified