Around Cook County
Spring is just around the corner, and so is WTIP’s first membership drive of the year!
Our “Grassroots Radio” membership drive is set for March 16 to 20.
Volunteers play an important role in helping make our membership drives a success! If you’re interested in supporting community radio and want to lend a hand – whether it’s for an hour or two taking pledges by phone, or making food or treats for guests and volunteers – we’d love to have your help!
Here’s how to sign up:
• Online, via SignUpGenius (just click on the links below):
Food & Snack Signup
• Give Jana or Deb a call at the station, (218) 387-1070
• Stop by the station at 1712 West Highway 61
It’s a great way to help keep this local, independent radio station strong, "from the ground up!”
A group called“Up North Jobs” and some individual citizens in the Ely area had filed a lawsuit against Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton regarding his stance on the Twin Metals Mining leases.
Rhonda Silence learns more in this interview
The volunteer firefighters and First Responders who were staffing area fire halls with emergency radios during a countywide 9-1-1 outage have been released. The Century Link phone outage that began around 10:30 a.m. is over.
The outage was caused by a break in the line in the Tofte area. Crews were sent from Duluth to make the repair.
Cook County and the State’s Emergency Communication Network Division has been working with CenturyLink to identify a long-term solution to these outages.
Arrowhead Cooperative states that their True North Broadband and phone service are working, so True North customers can reach one another and can get through to 9-1-1.
There is an adult swim meet at the Cook County YMCA on Saturday, March 11. The meet starts at 10 a.m. and goes until noon. Warm-ups and registration for the event start at 9 a.m. at the YMCA pool in Grand Marais.
Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to participate in the swim meet. No pre-registration or experience with swimming competitions are required. It is also not required to be a member of the Cook County YMCA in order to participate. The YMCA is opening the pool for the event and will accept donations from participants or attendees.
There is a suggested $10 deck fee and all proceeds will benefit the US Masters Swimming, Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in support of the Adult Learn-to-Swim program, which will run at the YMCA in Grand Marais again in April.
Sponsors for the March 11 swim meet include Voyageur Brewing, Fika Coffee, Fireweed Bike Co-op, Spokengear/Cedar Coffee and Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply.
Voyageur Brewing will provide a token for a free 7oz pour, Fika will provide coffee at the event and have a ticket for a free cup of coffee, Fireweed Bike Co-op is doing a post-meet Fat Tire ride, Cedar Coffee/Spokengear a ticket for a free cup of coffee and Stone Harbor is providing 15-percent off coupons.
The meet format or race schedule will be similar to that of any organized swimming competition, with a mix of individual and relay events. Participants can show up between 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 and sign up for any race they want to swim. There is no minimum or maximum number of events an individual must swim.
The last race of the meet, which is the 200-freestyle relay, will feature four local organizations competing against each other. These teams include representatives from Cook County staff, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, the local YMCA and WTIP.
The audio posted below is a discussion between WTIP’s Jana Berka, Mark Abrahamson, Joe Friedrichs and Cook County Administrator Jeff Cadwell.
The filing deadline to run for township offices in the towns of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder is over. When the filing period closed on January 17, there was still a need for candidates for all three townships. Since then a few citizens have announced that they are running for office as write-in candidates.
In Lutsen, there are openings for two supervisor positions – one for a three-year term and one to fulfill an unexpired term of one year, as well as a treasurer.
Incumbent Supervisor Andrew Beavers and Treasurer John Groth both filed and their names will be on the Lutsen ballot.
Since then Christine Ordemann announced that she will be running as a write-in for the one-year supervisor seat.
In Tofte there are also two supervisor seats on the ballot. Craig Horak, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of longtime Tofte Supervisor Paul James, tells WTIP he is running for the three-year supervisor slot.
Tofte has heard from Sam Crowley who is running as a write-in for the one-year supervisor position.
Tofte still needs someone to serve as treasurer.
In Schroeder, two candidates have filed for the one supervisor seat on the ballot. Rick Anderson is challenging incumbent Roger “Bill” McKeever.
No Schroeder citizens are the ballot for the treasurer position, but Karla Mensson has announced that if she won the write-in vote, she would be willing to serve as treasurer.
All Minnesota townships hold their annual meetings and elections on the 2nd Tuesday in March, so voters will head to the polls this year on March 14, 2017. Township officials hope that some citizens will mount write-in campaigns for the vacant seats.
Lake County Emergency Management is offering some special training for North Shore citizens who want to prepare for emergency situations. Rhonda Silence learns more about Community Emergency Response Training in this interview with Lake County Emergency Management Director BJ Kohlstedt.
For more information, contact Lake County Emergency Management Director BJ Kohlstedt at 218-226-4444 or Cook County Emergency Management Director Valarie Marasco at 218-387-3059.
The Cook County News-Herald wrongly attributed the Spiritual Reflection column last week to Pastor Kris Geary. This deeply moving column was instead written by Pastor Mary Ellen Ashcroft. The Cook County News-Herald deeply regrets the error. Brian Larsen, editor.
The following is a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from February 20 – February 26. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
If you need help from Cook County Law Enforcement, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, contact the Cook County Sheriffs Office at 218-387-3030.
|February 20, 2017|
|12:35 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|1:03 a.m.||Grand Portage||Caller from 911 only phone states an elderly female is on the side of the road near this address. Vehicle is broken down and she refuses to leave it.|
|4:12 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party states he was driving himself to the hospital. Having a hard time breathing and has had a cough. Info passed to the hospital emergency room.|
|7:01 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Party driving to the ER. Having breathing issues. Cook County asked several times if he wanted an ambulance. Stated he was going to drive himself in. ER notified.|
|8:25 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|8:50 a.m.||West Highway 61||Back side street door alarm, false alarm.|
|9:03 a.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|11:04 a.m.||Grand Marais||Party called friend and stated that they were going to hurt themself|
|11:58 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Permit to carry renewal app received.|
|1:51 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Commercial fire alarm, false alarm.|
|2:57 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party would like a call back|
|3:03 p.m.||West Highway 61||Caller hit a vehicle and would like deputy assistance.|
|3:06 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Permit to carry renewal application received.|
|3:07 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Permit to carry renewal application received.|
|3:43 p.m.||Grand Portage||Counterfeit $100 bill was found this morning at 9:10.|
|6:20 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Project lifesaver call.|
|7:03 p.m.||South Point Road, Grand Marais||Caller states power just went out.|
|7:45 p.m.||Holiday, Grand Marais||Reported suspicious vehicle.|
|7:57 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Caller reporting that a towing vehicle was traveling too fast on Highway 61. She states the truck passed her and was probably doing 65 mph, spraying water on her windshield.|
|9:46 p.m.||Gunflint Trail/Greenwood Lake Road||Caller states water is draining off the Greenwood Lake Road and flooding the Gunflint Trail.|
|10:34 p.m.||Cook County Whole Foods Co-op||Party states water in front of Whole Foods Co-op is extremely high.|
|10:42 p.m.||East 1st Street, Grand Marais||Flooding behind Bally's Blacksmith Shop. Keyholder said that everything should be off the floor, they will check on the building in the morning.|
|7:52 a.m.||West Highway 61||Reporting vehicle off the road.|
|8:42 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Reporting he wants to pick up a deer kill at this location. Doe was dead.|
|8:50 a.m.||County Road 44/County Road 7||Reporting water on the roadway just west of this location. Party said it was pretty deep.|
|9:08 a.m.||Best Western Superior Inn, Grand Marais||Would like a callback pertaining a party they housed for deputy.|
|9:20 a.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:33 a.m.||North Broadway||Requesting residence check.|
|9:58 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Would like a callback from deputy.|
|10:59 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Personal items not returned since Labor Day.|
|11:33 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Transporting inmate.|
|12:15 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Sounds of person walking in the background. No distress sounds.|
|1:08 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Civil process attempt.|
|2:25 p.m.||Grand Portage||56-year-old old female needing transportation to hospital.|
|3:54 p.m.||Schroeder||Requesting that deputy help with pick up of property in divorce settlement.|
|3:58 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Misdial on a 911 phone. No emergency.|
|4:09 p.m.||Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen||Commercial fire alarm.|
|8:26 p.m.||Grand Marais||Civil process attempt.|
|8:33 p.m.||Grand Marais||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|11:19 p.m.||Lockport Store, Lutsen||Party states a fox needs to be dispatched at this location.|
|6:54 a.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Reporting dead deer on the side of the road near this location.|
|7:29 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Deputy is finger printing party.|
|8:10 a.m.||County Road 7, Grand Marais||Requesting residence check.|
|08:31 a.m.||Superior National Golf Course, Lutsen||Vehicle in the ditch with 3 people, no injuries.|
|9:53 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Transporting inmate to Lake County for court.|
|10:39 a.m.||North Broadway, Grand Marais||Residence check request.|
|10:50 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:10 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Received permit to purchase application.|
|1303 p.m.||Sawtooth Mountain Clinic||Received a suspicious email with attempted fraud.|
|1:34 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requesting callback from deputy.|
|1:41 p.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|2:22 p.m.||West Highway 61||Reporting driver all over the road.|
|2:52 p.m.||East Bay Suites||62-year-old needs ambulance.|
|3:03 p.m.||Pincushion Drive/Gunflint Trail||Large black pickup passed caller in no passing lane, above speed limit heading up the Trail.|
|3:23 p.m.||Bluefin Bay, Tofte||Abandoned 911 call. Bluefin Bay reported false alarm.|
|3:51 p.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|4:22 p.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|5:25 p.m.||Grand Marais||Civil process attempt|
|6:22 p.m.||Grand Marais||Resident in the apartments yelling and swearing loudly for some time|
|7:01 p.m.||Grand Marais||Requesting a deputy.|
|8:06 p.m.||Grand Portage||36-year-old, needs medical assistance.|
|9:01 p.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:43 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party believes people are smoking pot in their SUV.|
|11:59 p.m.||Grand Marais||70-something female needs medical assistance.|
|7:26 a.m.||Tofte||Party, fell, hurt right hip.|
|7:50 a.m.||Cook County High School||School patrol.|
|8:03 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requested call back from deputy.|
|8:10 a.m.||North Broadway, Grand Marais||Residence check.|
|8:19 a.m.||County Road 7, Grand Marais||Residence check.|
|8:37 a.m.||Grand Portage||EMT requesting ambulance for transport to the hospital of deceased person.|
|9:01 a.m.||Cook County North Shore Health||Reporting that they are having issues with their phones. Just called to give law enforcement center their back room phone number in case of emergency.|
|9:58 a.m.||East Highway 61||Fell down and needs help getting up.|
|11:49 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Inmate transport.|
|1:14 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party received a scam phone call but he knew it was a scam and did not deal with them.|
|2:31 p.m.||Grand Marais||Requesting that deputy help with pick up of property in divorce settlement.|
|3:21 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party returning a call to deputy.|
|4:23 p.m.||Grand Portage Health Services||Party dropped off medicines to be disposed of.|
|6:19 p.m.||East Highway 61||2 callers reporting injured deer at this location.|
|7:16 p.m.||Grand Portage Lodge||79-year-old male needs medical assistance at canopy entrance to casino.|
|8:19 p.m.||Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen||911 from lodge. They have no way to determine where it originated, but haven't heard of any problems there. Will call if there are any problems.|
|8:38 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|9:15 p.m.||West Highway 61||Assist State Patrol.|
|9:44 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:50 a.m.||East Highway 61||SuperAmerica basement motion - line is busy when they try to call. False alarm.|
|8:16 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Long sparkly wallet missing. May be Gene’s or pharmacy.|
|8:54 a.m.||East Highway 61||Dead deer in the westbound lane.|
|9:21 a.m.||Oddz & Endz, Grand Marais||People leaving junk outside their door - A refrigerator, couch, and miscellaneous junk being left at their place.|
|9:26 a.m.||Lutsen Post Office||A strange package received. Would like someone to stop at the Post Office. Unfounded.|
|11:01 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Civil process attempt.|
|11:38 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party in for a urinalysis.|
|12:52 p.m.||Grand Portage||Stated the house is full of people removing items.|
|:07 p.m.||Sawtooth Elementary||Dare 5th grade class.|
|1:12 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Questions regarding a call he may be involved in.|
|3:04 p.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Dead deer in traffic lane near this location.|
|3:18 p.m.||East Highway 61||Remove deer from roadway.|
|3:34 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requesting call back as soon as possible.|
|4:19 p.m.||East Highway 61||Ride given to party.|
|6:16 p.m.||Grand Marais||Residence check.|
|6:20 p.m.||Caribou Trail, Lutsen||2 car vehicle accident.|
|11:51 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Fire alarm, unit 9 at Bluefin Bay. Cook spoke to the unit - no smoke or fire, not sure why it’s going off. Someone on the way to check on it. Asked dispatch to not send the Fire Department. Will call back with what they find out down there.|
|7:48 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Questions about her cell phone and picking it up.|
|8:57 a.m.||Sea Villas, Lutsen||Deer is stumbling around in the woods. Cook County advised there was nothing that we could do and nature would take its course.|
|9:11 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Would like a follow up call on an accident.|
|9:12 a.m.||Grand Marais||Concern about a vulnerable adult.|
|10:07 a.m.||Grand Portage||911 call. Party stated that his baby was playing with the phone. Apologized and all was ok at the house.|
|10:36 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Deputy please call back.|
|10:39 a.m.||Sawmill Drive, Lutsen||Civil process attempt.|
|11:10 a.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:18 a.m.||Lutsen Mountains||34-year-old female with broken wrist.|
|11:38 a.m.||Grand Marais||Party in apartment has been smoking pot for the last two days and it is affecting caller’s breathing.|
|12:27 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Returning your call.|
|2:28 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requests a callback.|
|3:15 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|3:33 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|3:40 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|4:00 p.m.||West Highway 61, Tofte||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|4:25 p.m.||West Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|7:39 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Party requests a callback about a neighbor.|
|9:19 p.m.||East Highway 61||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|10:53 p.m.||Grand Marais||83-year-old male needs medical help.|
|11:12 p.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requesting call back.|
|2:47 a.m.||West Highway 61, Schroeder||Car went in the ditch on the lake side just west of Satellite Inn.|
|3:31 a.m.||Caribou Trail, Lutsen||Male patient, 28 years old, rolling to hospital looking for closest|
|6:00 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Inmate transport.|
|8:00 a.m.||East Highway 61||Reported a red jeep wi plate west bound to grand marais reckless driving transferred to msp|
|8:38 a.m.||Hovland||Traffic stop, citation issued|
|9:45 a.m.||Trail Center, Grand Marais||Dark Avalanche pickup went by Trail Center going around 60 mph, heading down the Trail.|
|10:48 a.m.||Gunflint Trail||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|11:44 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Civil process attempt.|
|11:44 a.m.||Law Enforcement Center||Requesting assistance to go to party’s house to get their belongings.|
|11:56 a.m.||Grand Portage||Out with party.|
|12:04 p.m.||Ski Hill Rd, Lutsen||Traffic stop, warning given.|
|1:06 p.m.||West Highway 61, Lutsen||Traffic stop, citation issued.|
|1:32 p.m.||Grand Marais||Caller coming to Law Enforcement Center to speak with a deputy regarding a possible assault.|
|8:34 p.m.||Grand Marais||Party stated they repossessed a vehicle.|
|9:21 p.m.||Bluefin Bay, Tofte||911 hangup. Misdial|