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"Success Strategies for the Effective Leader" to be offered this spring

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:41pm

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Cook County Higher Education and the Cook County - Grand Marais Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Development Center office have joined forces to offer two six-week management leadership courses, Success Strategies for the Effective Leader, beginning this spring. One course will be for newer supervisors and managers. The other will be for more experienced managers, business owners and operators. Underwriting and scholarships make this training easy on the pocketbook.

Each course will involve six four-hour sessions, taught by Inez Wildwood of Lake Superior College. Wildwood has extensive experience in management training and currently serves as chair of the Governor’s Workforce Development Council. Her previous work included 15 years with Allete, Inc., the parent company of Minnesota Power, where she served in a succession of management positions, including talent acquisition and development, workforce planning and development, and employee relations.

The course for newer managers will begin Tuesday, May 20. The course for more experienced managers will begin Wednesday, May 21. For each course, three weekly sessions will be offered this spring, before the busy summer season fully gets under way. Another three sessions will be offered in the fall.

Cost of the course has been reduced to $300 per participant through a contribution from the Chamber of Commerce. Individual scholarships also are available through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) that can further reduce that cost by as much as 80 percent.

Labor agreement signed for North Shore Hospital employees

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:39pm

By a 4-0 vote, the Cook County North Shore Hospital board voted to accept the 2014-2015 Hospital and Care Center Association labor agreement at its April 7 meeting. Under terms of the agreement employees will get wage increases ranging from .75 percent to 2 percent. Last year employees received a 1 percent raise as part of their contract they signed two years ago.

Registered nurses aren’t covered in this agreement. The Minnesota Nursing Association (MNA) covers them and that contract is still in negotiation, said Hospital/Care Center Administrator Kimber Wraalstad.

The labor agreement runs from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. Highlights of the contract include agreements on union dues and union activity, layoff procedures, holiday pay, promotions, transfers, grievance procedures, discipline procedures, shift schedules, and on call rates, which will remain at $4.75 per hour.

Paid holidays include New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Christmas Day and Labor Day. Anyone working on a holiday will be paid two times the regular rate of pay for the hours they work.

Paid time off (PTO) is available to all employees to provide them with opportunities for an approved absence due to illness or injury of that of a family member who resides in their household, or for personal business, which can only be conducted during business hours, and for vacation. PTO increases as employees accumulate hours for time they have worked.

Weekend News Roundup for April 19

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 9:28am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. The Scannell trial date has been set. Deer feeding has ended, ships are moving cautiously and there’s s whitefish shortage…all in this week’s news.


Eight lakes in Cook County targeted for spearfishing

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:08pm

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in conjunction with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has selected eight lakes in Cook County for spring walleye harvest using spearing as a method to catch the fish.

The following lakes and walleye quotas are: Ball Club, 120; Caribou, 144; Cascade, 168; Elbow, 82; Fourmile, 119; Pike, 163; Tait, 304; and Tom Lake, 81.

Two lakes in St Louis County, Cadotte and Echo, and three lakes in Lake County, Wilson, Dumbell, and Silver Lake will also be included in this spring’s spear fishing.

This is the the first time that Fond du Lac tribal members will spear fish in Cook County under the hunting and fishing rights guaranteed to them in the Treaty of 1854.

Scannell trial set for July

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:49am

A July jury trial has been set for Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell’s sexual misconduct case.

The trial, scheduled for five days, will begin July 21 at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune.  The parties also will be in court for a final pre-trial conference hearing on July 3.

Scannell is charged with two-counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an alleged physical relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Although it’s a Cook County case, the parties agreed to a change of venue last November, moving the trial to Duluth.

Scannell was indicted in October by a grand jury, which heard testimony that he kissed the girl and touched her private parts during two consensual incidents in his family van in August 2012. Scannell has been described as a family friend, coach, mentor and advisor to the girl.

Because the age of consent in Minnesota is 16, the case is expected to hinge on whether Scannell was in a position of authority over the girl at the time of the physical acts.

Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Shaun Floerke will preside over the trial.


Community Crosswalk and Good Friday Service today, April 18

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:47am

Members of all faith communities are invited to take part in the Annual Community Crosswalk and Good Friday Service tomorrow, April 18. The Community Crosswalk procession will begin at St. John's Catholic Church at 6 p.m.

This year’s route will be from St. John’s west to 3rd Avenue, then south to the Highway 61 to the Java Moose parking lot. From there, the cross will be carried along Wisconsin Street through downtown to the Senior Center parking lot. Then, participants will follow the cross up 2nd Avenue to the Evangelical Free Church. Walkers may join the Crosswalk at any point along the way.

The Free Church will host the Community Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. Rev. Dale McIntire of Cornerstone Community Church will speak. All are welcome.