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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is at least
temporarily suspending a policy of letting fires burn in the
national forest system in hopes of saving resources spent on
fighting infernos that start small and grow out of control.
The Associated Press reports the Forest Service will get much
more aggressive about suppressing small fires in the wilderness.
Such a policy likely would have prevented last year's Pagami Creek
Fire near Ely, which burned slowly at first. But after unexpectedly
hot and windy weather it grew to consume 93,000 acres. The blaze
cost $23 million to fight.
Superior National Forest supervisor Brenda Halter says the
directive came down last month as the national forest system's
firefighting operation was stressed with huge fires in Colorado and
other western states.
Deb Benedict, executive director of WTIP, was named Cook County 2012 Citizen of the Year at the Grand Marais Lions Club Fisherman's Picnic today. Her partner is Jim Raml. Her mom, Ardie Lien, also lives in Grand Marais.
Under Deb’s leadership, the station has grown to over 1,000 members, and numbers over 75 on-air volunteers and 10 staff. In 2008 WTIP moved into its own building in Grand Marais, nearly tripling the size of its previous space, and began originating all its programming from its new studios. WTIP consistently receives national recognition for its focus on building community, which drives all aspects of station operations. It's fair to say that Deb has been and continues to be the primary reason for the enormous growth and success of WTIP.
Deb is a leader in community radio at the national level as a board member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, where she served as board chair. She is active with AMPERS, a consortium of 15 public radio stations in Minnesota, of which WTIP is a member. She is a major player in making the dragon boat festival happen each summer, which has been a great benefit to the whole community
Deb is constantly thinking of ways for WTIP to bring the community together through collaborating with other organizations, involving a wide variety of individuals and groups, and providing a place where people can share information and ideas. She makes Cook County a better, warmer place through her leadership and her open, positive, and welcoming attitude for all.
Don’t miss the Fisherman’s Picnic Parade! Line-up starts at 11 a.m. at the Cook County High School parking lot on Sunday, August 5. All units must be present and checked in by 12:30 p.m. to be eligible for the parade. A Fisherman's Picnic button is required to enter. For more information or to join the parade, call Lion Bob Spry at (218) 370-0445.
The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. traveling south on Broadway then west on Wisconsin Street. The parade is on, rain or shine!
For some fun and funny parade watching or parade participating tips, pick up a Cook County News-Herald special keepsake insert with the Fisherman’s Picnic schedule and lots more! Copies are available at the Grand Marais Lions Club information booth in Harbor Park.
Happy Fisherman’s everyone!
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. BWCAW land swap, disaster loan aid, a slight kerfuffle at the Duluth federal building, Lake County has a new school superintendent and raising mystery barrels in the big lake, where there apparently was pond scum for a while…all in this week’s news.
The laughter started in rehearsals for the Grand Marais Playhouse’s latest production “The Beaux's" Stratagem” and has continued at every show. The period comedy by George Farquhar, adapted by Thorton Wilder and Ken Ludwig continues this weekend.
The story is about two young men who go gallivanting around the
countryside, one playing the master, the other the servant, then
switching roles in the next town, all in hopes of meeting women and
using their money to continue their escapades. But the plan doesn’t
quite work out when they both fall in love. Of course, there are
obstacles to overcome to be together with their loves and the audience
will laugh until they cry watching the antics of the young men and
women and the oddball characters that surround them.
The cast includes Jackson Nickolay and David Warren as the two gentlemen; Sarah Warren and Sarah O’Phelan as the young women. The
other players are Will Brandenburg, Kim Carlsted-Gillis, Jeff Fenwick,
Katrina Axtell, Jordyn Kirk, Mike DeBevec, Maria Nickolay, Aaron
Carlson, Tina Krauz, and Yvonne Block.
Kids 11 years old and under are invited to take part in the Cook County ATV Club Coin Dive from 6 – 6:30 p.m. in the log rolling tank at Fisherman’s Picnic Lumber Camp. ATV Club secretary Rhonda Silence said, “Kids, bring your goggles, bring your fins, bring whatever you want, but come splash for coins in the big log rolling tank!”
The Coin Dive is part of the ATV Club’s outreach for ATV safety. Before the dive, there is a brief discussion of ATV safety and the importance of ATV youth safety education, correct safety gear and having the right size machine for kids.
“Sometimes parents think of ATVs as toys and they are not,” said Silence. “They are powerful machines and it takes education and practice to ride them. Children should never ride a machine that does not ‘fit’ properly.’”
Silence added that the ATV Club wants to see every child take the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ATV Safety training. “Even if your family does not have an ATV does not mean your child will never ride one. There are over 260,000 ATVs registered in the state of Minnesota. Your child could visit a friend and go for a ride. They should be prepared and know the safety rules!”