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Memorial Day greetings

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 8:20am

The Cook County News-Herald wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day. Today, we remember the sacrifices our military men and women have made. Thank you one and all.

State Patrol reminds motorists to travel safely

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 8:16am

As Memorial Day weekend winds down and Minnesotans get ready to head home, the Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers that applying  the basic rules of the road will mean a safe holiday. With more 
motorists traveling it’s important for all motorists to pay 
attention, drive well-rested and be buckle up.
Memorial Day is historically one of the deadliest on the state’s 
roadways; there were 42 motorists killed and over 1,560 motorists 
injured from 2005 to 2010. Last year, Minnesota had the safest 
Memorial Day on record with zero fatalities. Motorists can take simple 
steps to avoid death and injury including using seat belts for every 
seat and every ride, paying attention, slowing down and not drinking 
and driving.
Drivers are also urged to plan ahead and to practice common sense, 
courtesy and compassion with other motorists.  In addition, extra 
Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols are on roads now in Minnesota.

County approves gravel-crushing permit for old airfield at Devil Track

Sun, 05/27/2012 - 8:03am

On May 21, the Cook County Planning Commission faced a difficult decision, because it involved potential financial impacts to either road contractor Ulland Brothers or Devil Track Resort/The Landing Restaurant.
Ulland Brothers was the low bidder on the contract to reconstruct a 1.4-mile portion of County Road 8 (Devil Track Road). The company’s bid included a proposal to crush gravel on the old airstrip beside Devil’s Track Lake this summer.
Planning & Zoning Department sent out 43 letters of notification and heard back from six sets of neighbors who expressed opposition to the potential noise and dust.
Some residents said the gravel crushing project seems like insult added to injury after KGM Contractors was unable to finish its project last summer because of scheduling changes related to the state government shutdown. Motorists say the sharp gravel laid down in the meantime led to a lot of tires popping on the road.
LaVigne said she understood that both she and Ulland Brothers had the same goal—to meet customer needs and make money.  “I am absolutely for progress,” she said. She indicated that crushing near her 
business at the height of the summer season as proposed, however, could really cut into her business.  “It would impede my business in every way,” she said.  “This is the time when I make 80 percent of my income.”  She said she couldn’t take a reservation for that time period and allow people to think they would be coming for a quiet, 
peaceful vacation.

Summer art program for kids at Community Ed

Sun, 05/27/2012 - 7:57am

Cook County Community Ed will sponsor a summer art program
for kids ages 7-12 beginning June 12.
“Children's Summer Therapeutic Arts Program” with Suzabelle Janicek is a therapeutic art process that will be experienced by each child  individually as well as with partners or in groups. Group process will increase
socialization, communication skills and trust. Time will be spent each  day mastering a variety of techniques to improve focus, increase relaxation andreduce anxiety. The focus of this class is on the creative process and
promoting self awareness and healing.
Students will begin the first week by making sketch books to use during the course. The children will focus on techniques that explore and reduce areas of anxiety through fun and artistic  problem
solving. These tasks will be completed by drawing with colored pencils, pastels, charcoal and chalk. Classes are June 12 – 15, July 10 - 13 or Aug. 7- 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During week 2 students will be painting on wet and dry paper and canvas board, beginning in black and white and moving into color by the end of the week. Students will learn to relax and reap the benefits of
“mistakes.” These classes are June 18 – 22, July 16 - 20 or Aug.  13 – 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In week 3 students will be introduced to printmaking. Depending on age and readiness, students will be explore relief printing or monoprinting, working in black ink and moving into hand coloring as the week progresses. Classes are June 25 – 28, July 23 - 26 or Aug. 20 – 23  from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There is a fee of $140 per week or $395 for three weeks. Registration  deadline is May 31, and classes will be held at ISD 166 campus. 

Anishinaabe Way: Al Hunter

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 1:32pm

Al Hunter is a citizen of the Anishinaabe Nation within Treaty 3 and a proud member of the Caribou Clan. His poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies. This selection, "The Diet" is from his third book, "Beautiful Razor: Love Poems & Other Lies," which will be released this year by Kegadonce Press.

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Weekend News Roundup for May 26

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Campfire burning restrictions have been lifted, PolyMet is behind schedule, Soudan Mine Park tours are back, mineral leases will be revisited next week, the DNR announces details of the up-coming wolf hunt and there are cutworms in the area…all in this week’s news.


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