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Higher Ed offers writing skills class

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:12am

Are you looking to improve your writing and communication 
skills?  Would you like to learn to write more clearly and effectively 
for work or school?  If so, this is the writing series for you!
Cook County Higher Education will offer The Write Way:  Tools to 
Improve your Writing Skills with instructor Melanie Steele.  The 
course consists of four two-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. 
at the North Shore Campus beginning Sept. 18.
The four different writing sessions will focus on organizing 
information for coherence and unity, expressing ideas clearly and 
effectively, proofreading and revising for content, and how to conduct 
research and analyze source material.  This writing series has been 
developed to help participants in their workplace or place of 
business, students, grant writers, and those looking to renew their 
writing and communication skills.
Steele has been a writing tutor for over 10 years, and ran the Writing 
Workshop at UMD in 2005-2006.  She taught First Year Experience and 
freshman composition classes at UMD from 2003 – 2005, and a variety of 
writing and technical classes at Confederation College utilizing 
traditional, video, and online platforms.  She continues to work with 
students as a mentor/tutor at Cook County Higher Education.
The fee for the writing series is $40 and is supported with a generous 
grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.  For more information and 
to preregister e-mail or call 387-3411.

More than 23,000 apply for Minn. wolf hunt permits

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 8:17am

Would-be wolf hunters are lining up for a shot at an elusive prey this fall, when Minnesota plans to open its first season since the gray wolf came off the endangered species list.

The state received 23,477 applications for the 6,000 permits that it will issue through a lottery system. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen said all but a few hundred applicants are from Minnesota, but people from 33 states filed paperwork.

Minnesota has set two seasons, with an early season beginning Nov. 3 to coincide with the deer firearms season. A later season is designed to allow trappers to take wolves with their thicker winter pelts.

The state has set a limit of 400 wolves, and hunting will be cut off if the number is reached. Niskanen said licenses will be awarded by Oct. 14. Residents pay $30 for a license; non-residents pay $250.

About 35 opponents of Minnesota's planned wolf trapping and hunting season rallied Friday in Duluth, holding signs and sometimes howling, calling for Gov. Mark Dayton to stop the hunt. American Indians were among the demonstrators.



North House Folk School Unplugged tickets going fast

Sun, 09/09/2012 - 11:10am

For 11 years now, Nashville songwriter Jon Vezner has been 
spearheading a phenomenal weekend of music at the North House Folk 
School campus in Grand Marais. What started as a simple thank you 
gesture from Vezner for the wonderful North Shore welcome he received 
just when he needed it most has grown to a tradition for hundreds of 
people—from the North Shore and far beyond. This year’s event is 
September 13 – 16.

Unplugged: The Northern Harvest has grown to three nights of music, 
still offering Unplugged on Saturday with Vezner and friends inviting 
the audience to a Nashville style musicians showcase. For the second 
year, the event includes two nights of music with NPR’s Mountain Stage
with Larry Groce.
The Thursday night Mountain Stage show, featuring Trampled by Turtles, 
LOW, Rhett Miller, Barbara Jean, Minnesota feat Peter Himmelman, sold 
out as soon as the line-up was announced.
Fortunately, there are tickets available for the Friday September 14 
Mountain Stage 7 p.m. performance which features Chris Hillman, Herb 
Pedersen, Jonathan Edwards, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, Gretchen 
Peters and Chip Taylor.
The Saturday September 15 show at 7:30 p.m. is the Unplugged 
Songwriter’s Performance with Mollie O’Brian & Rich Moore, Jonathan 
Edwards and of course, Jon Vezner and special guests.

Get your tickets for either the Friday night Mountain Stage or the 
Saturday night Unplugged performance by visiting the waterfront North 
House campus or by visiting the website and click 
on “UP XI Tix on Sale Now.”

Presentation on bullying at ACA on Tuesday

Sun, 09/09/2012 - 11:06am

More than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear 
of attack or intimidation by other students. One out of five kids 
admits to being a bully or doing some “bullying.”
Adults are often part of the problem. Adult intervention occurs only 
about 4 percent of the time.
“I Am Unafraid” is a presentation by Jay Banks, a nationally known 
entertainer and educator who gets to the heart of the harassment, 
bullying and disrespect matter. He will be giving two performances at
the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the first at 
10 a.m. for 3rd – 5th grade students. The second performance will be 
at 1:40 p.m. for 6th – 8th grade youths.  Any auditorium seats not 
used by students are available to parents, teachers and interested 
community members.
For more information, contact Cook County Extension at 218-387-3015.

Arrowhead Electric holds contest for new look

Sun, 09/09/2012 - 11:00am

Arrowhead Electric Cooperative has provided electricity to 
rural Cook County since 1953. The cooperative’s vision is,
"Connecting the Tip of the Arrowhead" and AEC Director of Member 
Services Joe Buttweiler said, “We believe we are still fulfilling that 
vision today.”
However, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative is soon to be much more than 
an electric cooperative. The co-op will be a full-service local 
provider of electricity, high-speed Internet, TV and phone services.
“With growth of the co-op, a new name and logo is needed that reflects 
the co-op and all of the services provided to members.  The co-op is 
seeking ideas as it looks to rename and re-brand,” said Buttweiler.
Persons interested in submitting entries for a new name, logo or a 
combination name and logo should send their ideas to AEC Customer 
Service Representative Jenny Kartes at by noon on 
Friday, Oct. 5.
Name and/or logos must be submitted in a digital form along with your 
name, address and telephone number.  The winning entry will be awarded 
one year of free broadband, TV and phone service. If two winners are 
chosen, each winner will receive six months of free service.

Weekend News Roundup for September 8

Sat, 09/08/2012 - 10:33am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. BWCAW fires, the Virginia City Council votes on its medical center, Jay Cooke park updates, Wisconsin judge makes wolf hunt ruling and Great Lakes area news …all in this week’s news.