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Appeals Court allows AT&T cell tower near BWCAW

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 11:32am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reversing a lower court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals says AT&T can build a 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be visible within parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A three-judge panel ruled Monday that a Hennepin County judge erred by concluding that allowing the tower east of Ely would have a "materially adverse effect on the environment." It says the district court failed to properly weigh the relative severity of the effects of the proposed tower on the views within the Boundary Waters.

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had sued to block the tower, saying it would be visible from several lakes within the BWCA, and arguing that a shorter tower without lights would be sufficient. The group says it's studying the ruling.

NWS forecast: Rain, rain -- then sunshine

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 10:47am

The week ahead holds a lot of rain, then it’ll warm up and the weekend is looking good. WTIP’ Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Stewart.

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"What About Water" is topic of Higher Ed Guest Lecture June 21

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 8:56pm

Cook County Higher Education will feature Dr. Sam Tuthill, 
who will present "What About Water" at the next Guest Lecture Series on 
Thursday, June 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Shore Campus in 
Grand Marais.
Join Tuthill for his presentation regarding the distribution of water 
resources among populations on the North American continent. He will 
discuss water shortages, distributing Great Lakes water, and other 
issues and problems associated with relocating water.
Tuthill, a geologist, has a varied and prestigious background. He was 
appointed by President Ford as assistant administrator for 
conservation and environmental impacts for the Federal Energy 
Administration, and during that time served on the chief of the 
chairman’s staff, the President’s Energy Policy Council, as advisor 
to the secretary of commerce, and as director of the Industrial Energy
Conservation Program of the Department of Commerce.  He was a geology 
professor at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, and 
also served as the state geologist and director for the Iowa 
Geological Survey.  He and his wife Constance have lived in Cook 
County since 1990.
The Guest Lecture series of Cook County Higher Education is offered to 
the community free, although donations are welcome. The series is 
sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, Drury Lane Books, George F. 
Maruska Ltd., and the Lake Superior Trading Post. Refreshments are 
donated by Beth’s Fudge and Gifts and Johnson’s Foods.  The 
lectures are held at Cook County Higher Education’s North Shore 
campus, 300 W. 3rd St. For more information call 387-3411.

Weekend News Roundup for June 16

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 10:17am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. A possible solution to the disappearing Isle Royale wolves, stormy weather in the area, Grand Portage elections and road work legislation…all in this week’s news.


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Cook County ATV Club hosts 10th Anniversary Party Saturday

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 12:43pm

The Cook County ATV Club’s Kick-Off Party will be held Saturday, June 12 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Cook County RidgeRider’s Groomer Building on South Shore Drive & Meridian Saturday. All are welcome—ATVers or not, it’s a fun party to celebrate the ATV Club’s 10th anniversary as a club. In the past the club has had people join the fun on dirt bike, on bicycle and on horseback.

There will be a brief business meeting and election along with the games – horse shoes, yard golf, and Bocci ball outside, cribbage or board games inside.; food – ATV Club president Mickey Brazell is grilling!; and a guided ride. The ride starts at 2 p.m.– rain or shine, so pack your rain gear just in case and join the fun.

There are also a number of great silent auction, drawings and doorprizes, including a fabulous mystery prize -- a bag of outdoor goodies - you have to buy it to see it! Other items are a flight with Charlie Tice, a flight with Bill Cherwin, a fish-patterned drinking flask, a cord of firewood from Bockovich Firewood, a Dale Tormondsen bird feeder, Marcy Bolinger's book "Around a Woodsy Corner,” prints, caps, T-shirts, books, and much more!

The ATV Club invites everyone to join the fun at this  great summer event!

Cook County's "Move It" month was successful

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 12:14pm

The circumference of the earth is just under 25,000, and this May, Cook County residents walked, ran, biked and paddled the equivalent of over halfway around it, covering the distance around Lake Superior 13 times over.  Over 200 people participated in the third annual Move It! Get Active Cook County! event sponsored by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and numerous other entities, logging in their miles and minutes exercised on the clinic’s website for all the world to see.  The total time they logged added up to 146 24-hour days.
Winners of a drawing held at the conclusion of the event are as follows:
Ages 18 and under - Hazel M. Kemp, $150 gift certificate to Superior North Outdoor Center in Grand Marais
Ages 19-64 - Sue Nordman, $150 gift certificate to Sawtooth Outfitters in Tofte
Ages 65 and over - Frankie Jarchow, $150 gift certificate to Stone Harbor in Grand Marais