Around Cook County
Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Grand Marais explorer Lonnie Dupre about leaving Denali, reported on the DNR’s decision to close the moose season and interviewed Rep. David Dill on mysterious moose mortality.…all in this week’s news.
The Floodwood Polar Bears visited Cook County Friday night and took two varsity basketball wins home with them.
The Wrenshall Wrens visited Silver Bay and left with a boys win over the Mariners. The Mariner girls, however, defeated the Wrens.
Kale Boomer led the Viking boys with 17 points as they fell 40-34 to the Polar Bears in Grand Marais. Colin Everson also hit in double figures with 12. The only other two Vikings to score were Justin Goldstein with three and Lars Scannell with two. Boomer and Everson each had two three-pointers in their totals while Goldstein had one.
The Vikings held the usually high-scoring Floodwood to a three-point margin, 24-21, at the end of the first half. The Polar Bears again outscored the Vikings by three in the second half, 16-13, to secure the win. The loss dropped the Vikes to 10-6 for the season.
Jarred Heggedahl and Riley Bernsdorf had 13 and 10 points respectively for the Polar Bears.
Floodwood stopped Cook County in the girls game, 84-54. Only the score was available from this game. The Vikings fell to 8-13 with the loss.
The Viking boys and girls travel to Wrenshall for basketball on Friday night, February 15.
The Silver Bay Mariners split a varsity double-header with the Wrenshall Wrens in Silver Bay.
Alicia Nopola nailed four three-pointers and scored 36 points to lead the Mariner girls to a 45-34 win over the Wrens.
Silver Bay held a 20-16 first half lead and they outscored Wrenshall 26-18 in the second to take the 12-point win.
Also scoring for Silver Bay was Tara Dow with six while Aubrey Thun and Brandi Nopola had two each. The win upped the Mariners record to 3-14.
Tatum Swanson scored eight for the Wrens.
WTIP is rolling out some program schedule changes starting Monday, Feb. 11. Changes include the addition of a locally-produced music show from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and the move of Swing Session from noon to 6:00 a.m. weekdays and 4:00 p.m. Sundays.
The changes have grown out of responses from the listener survey WTIP held in the fall. “It has been a process,” says WTIP’s Executive Director Deb Benedict. “We took listener feedback and used it to determine how to best serve our listeners as well as accommodate new needs and interests.” All proposed changes were carefully considered and approved by WTIP’s Programming Committee.
As a community radio station, WTIP works hard to be responsive to community needs and interests. Sometimes, being responsive means considering the program schedule and making changes to best serve listener needs. “We have to be responsive,” says Benedict. “We found there was a need for a locally-produced music show and early-morning programming, so we carefully considered options and created a new schedule that we’re confident will serve our listeners’ needs. We’re really excited about it.”
WTIP’s program schedule is a mixture of locally-produced and carefully selected programming that meets the needs and interests of WTIP’s unique and diverse listenership. WTIP has over 75 active volunteers that produce most of the local programming.
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Do you have a child or grandchild aged 0-5? On February 9, the second annual "Winter Wonderland" for young children and their loved ones will be held at Birch Grove from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be activities specially geared toward that age, and resources for their caregivers. Snacks will be provided. Bring your own sandwich or join us for Cross River Cafe's Famous Chili at noon. We invite people of all ages to spend the afternoon enjoying the skating rink, ski trails, snowshoeing and tot-sized sledding hills. At 4:00 p.m., the second round of the Third Annual Boot Hockey Tournament will be held.
The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee will be getting some input from the Grand Marais Park Board at their next meeting. Park Board Member and City Councilor Bill Lenz updated the park board on budget-induced reductions to the Cook County Family YMCA design at their meeting on February 5.
The amount designated for outdoor amenities, including a new softball field, has been limited to $500,000 in order to leave as much money as possible for the YMCA building. “We feel that we have to get the building done,” said Lenz. “At this point, the ball field is kind of up in the air.”
“The ball field is really important to our plans,” said Park Manager Dave Tersteeg. The park’s Master Plan calls for replacing the ball field with full-service RV sites when the county builds a new ball field on its current Community Center property. Lenz said that he has told the steering committee that if a new field is not built, Grand Marais will eventually have one fewer field than it needs.
There is a significant winter storm headed our way beginning Sunday afternoon. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson about a lot of snow and blowing winds.