Around Cook County
Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. A new oil pipeline is proposed. The MPCA hedges on OKing copper mining water runoff. Twin Metals talks about its Ely mine and a “shelter in place” warning at UMD. This and much more…all in this week’s news.
There is nothing more fun on a cold winter night than gathering the family together to play some games. Gene’s Foods in Grand Marais is promoting family game nights with a series of drawings each Saturday for the next three weeks, starting March 3 with the first drawing on March 8.
Two winners each week in each category—ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9 – up—will win a brand new board game. There are new games like Beat the Parents, Mad Libs Crisscross, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar game and old favorites like Candy Land, Monopoly, Scrabble, Life and many more.
In addition to the game, winners also receive pop and popcorn—an instant family game night!
Stop by the store and enter the drawing today to see if you will be a lucky winner!
The debate of whether or not to keep the school’s open lunch policy that allows juniors and seniors to leave the campus during lunch break continued at the School District 166 school board meeting on February 20. Sophomore Sean MacDonell spoke during the community comments portion of the meeting in favor of keeping the policy in place.
MacDonell stated that some of the negative comments made by others the past couple of weeks do not really speak for all of the student body. He stressed that “We can be the responsible students you expect us to be.”
Principal Adam Nelson brought up the idea of offering open campus during lunch one or two days a week as a reward to students. One concern that he has about ending the policy altogether is that it is already difficult for all the students to make it through the lunch line and have time for lunch during the 30-minute break. He gave the example of a student who already had to wait in line for 13 minutes before even getting his lunch. By adding an additional 40 students to the lunch line it may compound the problem further.
Board Member Sissy Lunde suggested the possibility of staggering lunch times but Nelson said that was not really feasible.
Superintendent, Beth Schwarz informed the board that ISD 166 attorney said that in his opinion there are more reasons to close the campus than to leave it open, however there are arguments on both sides. He cited several examples including that the outcome from lawsuits is unpredictable. Board member Ed Bolstad again stated that this is being considered mainly because of possible safety concerns for the students.
Board member Deb White added that, “Our children are the lifeblood of our community.”
The earliest that a final vote will take place on this issue will be in April. The board continues to invite any one wishing to comment on this to contact them.
The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the introduction and spread of invasive species across the county. Early detection is especially important, and forest pest detector training will be offered March 12. WTIP's Jana Berka spoke with the coordinator of the Cook County Invasive Team, Angelique Edgerton, about this training and more on North Shore Morning.
More information is available from Angelique at 387-3772.
Reverend Beth Benson is new to the community; and she looks forward to meeting you. WTIP host Mary Manning learns more in this interview.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting an open house on Saturday, March 8, from 3 to 5 pm. The whole community is invited to meet Reverend Benson. More information is available from Kristine Bottorff at 387-2113.
The community is invited to once again take part in the wild and crazy—and this year, a bit scary—Mush for a Cure. The theme for the 8th annual event’s kickoff on Friday, March 7 is “Pink Zombie Party” which includes the “Bald, Brave and Beautiful” competition. The merriment continues on Saturday, March 8 with pink-clad people and dogs taking to the trail for a fun run that benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Saturday’s events take place on Gunflint Lake in front of Gunflint Pines Resort beginning at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast open to all. The long course, which at press time had 21 participants signed up, begins there with an entertaining sourdough start at 12 p.m. The short course, with 11 racers at press time, including some skijoring teams finishes there, so there is action all day.
The Cook County Ridge Riders snowmobile club will be grilling food and there will be other activities throughout the day. And in case of inclement weather, a big tent will be set up on the lake.
The highly successful fundraiser has brought in $186,500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in its eight years. One of the organizers, Sue Prom of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters encourages everyone to join the fun. Prom said, “This is not a race where one team wins. It's an event where everyone wins by raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.”