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Care Partners continuing education offers "End-of-Life Ethics"

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 7:21pm

Care Partners, founded in 2010, offers palliative care for 
patients with advanced illnesses, as well as those at the end of life. 
It also lends support to families of those patients. And, Care 
Partners offers training for volunteers and medical personnel. The 
latest in this ongoing training is a presentation of a program of the 
Hospice Foundation of America (HFA). On Thursday, April 19, Care 
Partners will host HFA's 2012 Living With Grief® program, End-of-Life 
Ethics from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Classroom, lower 
level of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.

End-of-Life Ethics will examine the ethical issues and dilemmas that 
emerge at the end-of-life, the principles of ethical decision-making 
and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. A panel of 
noted authorities from many disciplines will use a case study approach 
to explore these tough issues.
For more information, contact Kay Grindland at Care Partners, (218) 
387-3788 or More information can be found at

Comment period on communication towers ends April 20

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 1:56pm

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of 
Electronic Communications has applied for a special-use permit to 
construct two new radio towers and replace two existing towers for the 
operation and maintenance of the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency 
Response (ARMER) system on national forest system lands.
One of the new towers is proposed to be constructed near a former 
lookout site (Pine Mountain). The second new tower is proposed for a 
site within a recently completed timber harvest tract (Forest Center). 
The replacement towers are the current Fernberg and Meander sites.
The purpose of the towers is to provide a public safety communications 
network managing the implementation of the 800 MHz digital trunked 
radio communications system, which provides emergency response 
personnel the means and ability to share information via voice and/or 
data systems on demand in real time. This includes every city, county, 
state agency, tribal government and non-government public safety 
entity operating in the state.
The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed action; 
the comments will help determine the scope of analysis, and those 
comments that lead to environmental issues will assist in developing 
alternatives and analyzing environmental effects. Citizens are asked 
to consider, when reviewing proposed activities and submitting 
comments: Is there anything about the areas involved in the project 
that the Forest Service should consider in the environmental assessment?
Comments should be submitted by April 20 via e-mail (
), fax (218) 626-4398, calling (218) 626-4371) or writing (Tim Dabney, 

CCHS Band Students talk about Spring Trip

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 10:02am

The Cook County High School Band recently returned from a special trip to Memphis, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida. WTIP’s Julie Carlson spoke with two band students, Sterling Anderson and Bjorn Johnson, about some of the memorable moments from the trip.

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WTIP Weekend NewsRoundup for April 14

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 10:02am

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. Primary results and a recount in Grand Portage, Tea Partiers in Duluth this weekend, redistricting and the community center as well as an update on the Jeep Fire…all in this week’s news.


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Conservation Corps Minnesota has summer work program

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 1:06pm

High school youth may apply until April 20 for one of 130 
positions available with the Conservation Corps Minnesota summer 
conservation work program.

“Participants can expect to work hard on projects such as trail 
construction, erosion control, bridge and boardwalk building, and
invasive exotic plant removal,” said Eric Antonson, youth programs
director for Conservation Corps Minnesota.
Youth ages 15-18 will be based for four weeks at a residential program 
site in central Minnesota. They will travel in crews led by staff 
members to various state and federal lands to camp out and work on 
conservation projects. The majority of projects occur in conjunction 
with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The outdoor residential nature of the Summer Youth Corps provides a 
unique opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen leadership 
skills, work ethic, camping skills, and an understanding and 
appreciation for the natural environment, Antonson said.

Weekend activities include canoe trips, wilderness hikes and high-
adventure challenges.
The first four-week session runs June 16 through July 14. The second 
session runs July 21 through Aug. 17. Participants earn a stipend of 
$185 per week, with room and board provided.

Applicants should enjoy working and living in a rustic outdoor 
environment. The Summer Youth Corps, which hires an equal number of 
males and females, encourages minority youth to apply. Up to 20 deaf 
and hard-of-hearing youth, who will work with deaf staff and trained 
sign language interpreters, will also be hired.

ARAC awards three arts grants to local organizations

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:02am

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has awarded Art Project Grants to three Cook County organizations.
The Grand Marais Playhouse will receive $5,000 to hire a fight choreographer for its production of "The Beaux' Stratagem," a Restoration comedy adapted by Ken Ludwig and Thorton Wilder from a play by George Farquahar. The grant will also be used to stage a combat workshop for the community.
The North Shore Music Association also received a $5,000 to present "The Crown Prince of Zydeco," C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on June 9.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio received $5,000 to help produce its two-day music festival, “Radio Waves.” Dates are September 8 and 9, at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.
The funding for these grants is made available by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.