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Cook County Planning & Zoning considers building permit requirements

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 10:51am

Cook County Planning & Zoning is tackling some tough questions about what constitutes a building.  Should fabric-covered  hoops set into the ground require a building permit?  What about an RV  or cargo trailer that sits on a property and is only used for  storage?  The Cook County Planning Commission pondered these questions  at their monthly meeting on December 19.

Planning & Zoning Director Tim Nelson said his department has been  seeing more and more hoop structures as time goes by.  Some have dirt floors while others have cement floors.  Some are temporary and unobtrusive; others are situated outside setback limits near roads and  waterways.

Warmer weather this week, maybe snow by the weekend

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 10:17am

The weather looks like it will warm up for a few days, snow a little and then turn a little colder. Nothing too extreme along the way. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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Changes on Cook County Council on Aging board

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 8:53pm

As Cook County Council on Aging rang in the New Year, the  council also expressed its deepest appreciation to three departing  board members. Board Chair Karen Kritta Saethre, Board Secretary Diane Parker and Member-at-Large Diane Booth.

The board welcomed two new board members Geri Jensen and Joan Hall.  The board also would welcomed three current members to the executive  board. Pat Zankman is our new treasurer and Dawn Byholm is our new secretary. Warren Anderson is once again chairman and Bill Shaffer has been re-elected by popular demand as our vice chairman.   Congratulations to all on your newly elected positions.

Grand Marais Art Colony offers "Beginning with Clay"

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 8:45pm

Don't miss out on a great eight-week beginner clay class that includes 24-hour studio access throughout the entire class.

"Beginning with Clay" will be presented by Melissa Wickwire Jan. 8  through Feb. 26 (eight Tuesdays) from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a $190  tuition, plus a $30 supply fee.

Three mushers finish Gichigami first leg in under four hours

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 3:36pm

Three mushers, including two from the North Shore, finished the Grand Portage to Hungry Jack leg of the Gichigami Sled Dog Race in under four hours on Sunday.

This is the first year for the Gichigami and it is being run in three legs. The mushers left the Mineral  Center trailhead in a staggered start after 9 AM, Sunday headed for Hungry Jack and the Gunflint Trail.

Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors covered the 51 miles in 3:55 . Right behind him in finishing times were Frank Moe of Hovland and Ryan Redington of Wasilla, AK in 3:56. The fastest teams were running about 13 miles per hour over a trail that was less than ideal.

Keith Aili of Ray finished the first leg in 4:06 followed by Bruce Langmaid of Kearny, ON, Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm and Erin Redington of Wasilla, AK who ran the course in 4:08.

Ryan Anderson of Ray and Will Kornmuller of Willow, AK finished the Grand Portage to Hungry Jack leg in 4:11 followed by Michael Bestgen of St. Cloud and Vern Schroeder of Warba in 4:13. Ariane Jasmin of Clam Gulch, AK finished in 4:14.

Coming in at 4:20 and 4:21 respectively were Tofte's Rita  Wehseler and Clam Gulch, AK's James Wheeler while Kevin Malkowski of Outing finished in 4:24.

Rounding out the finishers were Amanda Vogel of Ray in 4:31, Blake Freking of Finland in 4:39 and Colleen Wallin of Two  Harbors in 4:54.

Bill Wehseler of Tofte was scratched from the race.

The mushers, volunteers and race fans were scheduled for an outdoor barbecue at Trail Center on the Gunflint  Trail Sunday night.

The  59-mile second leg of the race starts Monday morning at 9 o'clock after breakfast at Windigo Lodge. The mushers and teams will travel from Windigo  Lodge to Devil Track Landing for the longest of the three-stages.  A spaghetti feed will celebrate the end of the second leg at American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais.

Silver Bay Area, North Shore teams win two each on the ice

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 10:48am

The boys and girls hockey teams on the North Shore have been successful in their most-recent two games.

On Saturday night, the Silver Bay Area girls defeated Lake of the Woods, 7-0. The win followed up a Mariner victory over LOTW on Friday night, 6-0.

In boys hockey, North Shore defeated Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 2-0 Saturday after stopping Ely-Northeast Range 11-0 on Thursday.

The wins brought the Mariners to 6 and 12 for the season, including a record of 5-5 in the last 10 matches. The boys are 8-4 for the season. Silver Bay Area and North Shore each feature skaters from Cook and Lake counties.

Brooke McMillen led the Mariners on Saturday night with a hat trick as her team took the seven-goal victory. The other goals came from Hannah Johnson, who scored twice, with one goal each hit notched by Katelyn DeRosier and Kristina Thums. In the goal, Sara Carman had six saves compared to 70 saves by LOTW’s Emily  Ney.

On Friday night, Cora Carter and Anna Carman had two goals each to lead the Mariners to the 6-0 win. McMillan and Rebecca Dilley scored one each for the win. In the net, Cassie Swanson had 10 saves for SBA while Ney made for LOTW.

SBA hosts Proctor-Hermantown on Tuesday night, January 8 before traveling to Moose  Lake Area for a game Friday night, January 11. North  Shore hosts Eveleth-Gilbert on Thursday night and International Falls on Saturday.