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Weekend News Roundup for May 24

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:27am

Each week the WTIP news team puts together a roundup of the week's news. County elections filing opened this week, a water resources bill promises more money for the Great Lakes, ticks survived the harsh winter…all this and more in this week’s news.


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One more fabulous performance of "Church Basement Ladies"

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:43pm

"Church Basement Ladies" was a delight last year on the Arrowhead Center for the Arts stage, but it is even better as dinner theater! There is one more showing and seating for the performance and delicious dinner prepared by some of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church ladies (and a few guys!)  

The last performance of "Church Basement Ladies" is Saturday, May 24 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Seating at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Advance tickets at Limited seating at the door, so get their early!



Co-op to host another family movie night with "What's On Your Plate?"

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:52am

The Cook County Whole Foods Co-op is hosting another family movie night beginning at the What’s Upstairs Theater in Grand Marais.

Featured movies in this series will cover many topics such as the environment, globalization, sustainability, climate change, developing world, indigenous peoples, earth science, and children’s films. Admission is free for Co-op owners, $5 for others. Bring your own snacks.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 301 First Ave. W.

What’s On Your Plate? is the next Co-op offering, set for June 26. It’s a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two 11-year-old multiracial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to food activists, farmers and storekeepers, as they address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated and how many miles it travels from farm to fork. Running time is 76 minutes.

Two more citizens file for District 1 commissioner seat

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:47am

The filing period to run for county offices in 2014 opened on Tuesday, May 20 and all of the county offices that will be on the ballot have at least one candidate except for the Soil & Water Conservation District supervisor district 4.

In Commissioner District 1, at News-Herald press time, three candidates had filed, John W. Bockovich of Hovland, Steve Fleace of Hovland and Frank Moe of Colvill. Today, May 23, two more candidates had filed, Harry Drabik of Hovland and Jerry Hiniker of Colvill.

incumbent Janice Hall of Hovland had not filed.

County Commissioner District 3 Commissioner Sue Hakes has announced that she will not be running fore reelection. Reached by phone, Hakes said the decision not to run was one of the most difficult choices she has ever made.

She said she loves the job, which she said is challenging and rewarding, but in March 2014, Hakes learned that her application for a Bush Foundation Fellowship had been granted. The fellowship will allow her to earn her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She will begin classes this August.

She said, “It is with mixed emotions that I have decided not to run for reelection to the county board. The gift of the Bush Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I want to take full advantage of all it has to offer.

Hakes encourages anyone interested in running for the county board to contact her. “If you wonder what it’s like to be a county commissioner in a small community, contact me. I would be happy to share my experiences with you,” she said.

A citizen has come forward to run for that District 3 seat, Jan Sivertson of Grand Marais.

In Commissioner District 5, the West End, incumbent Bruce Martinson was the only candidate that has filed at press time.

News and Updates from the Recycling Center

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:34am

There’s a lot happening at the Cook County Recycling Center!  WTIP host Mary Manning spoke with Tim Nelson of Planning and Zoning, and Rick Sturm of the Recycling Center on North Shore Morning about changes and recent events at the Center. 

For information on the Cook County Recycling Center:  218-387-3044

(Photo by Andy Arthur on Flickr)

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Area writers/illustrators win book awards

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:25am

A couple of familiar names from the North Shore are winners in the 26th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards for works published in 2013. The awards were announced last night.

In the General Nonfiction category the winner was “The Pie Place Café Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore,” by Kathy Rice. In addition to recipes, the book also includes stories of reveal what makes our region so exceptional.

In Children’s Literature “The Best Part of a Sauna,” written by Sheryl Peterson, and illustrated by Kelly Dupre took home first place. Set in the woods of Northeastern Minnesota, it’s an family story introducing a younger generation to an important Finnish tradition.