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Class of 2013 grad heading to Uganda

Sun, 06/30/2013 - 10:01pm

Michaela Peterson of Hovland is preparing for the journey of a lifetime. At summer’s end she will be embarking on a nine-month service trip to Uganda, Africa. Michaela will be working with the charity in poverty-stricken areas.

Michaela is a member of the Cook County High School Class of 2013 and unlike many of her friends, she is not sure just what she wants to do in the future. She is considering a career in theater or journalism, but she is not ready for college.

Instead of taking a road trip with friends, Michaela decided she wanted to travel and somehow make a difference in the world. She did her research and found the United Planet, a nonprofit that “strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another.” The mission of United Planet is to build “a community beyond borders.”

Michaela is certainly going beyond her childhood boundary of rural Hovland. Her mother, Kari Peterson, noted that it was a bit unnerving to see her daughter undergoing malaria and yellow fever immunizations. But Michaela is determined, tackling the first hurdle—raising over $7,000 for the journey.

She has done well, reaching out to friends and family and the broader community, explaining why she wants to participate in this nine-month quest. At press time, she has about $3,000 to go, with a deadline looming.

Tip-of-Trail property auctioned by county

Sun, 06/30/2013 - 9:58pm

Being the only bidder at an auction is a pretty nice situation to be in.  Michael Drilling didn’t have too much to worry about at the county’s auction of the approximately 4½-acre Tip-of-the-Trail property on Saganaga Lake on June 24, 2013, because he was the only bidder.

One other person identified himself as a potential bidder but could not bid because he did not have the required bid bond or equivalent of 5 percent of the appraised value.

The property was a tax-forfeited parcel.

Drilling won with the minimum bid of $350,000, the appraised value of the property.  Cook County Assessor Betty Schultz said the appraiser didn’t really have any good comparables to base the appraisal on.  The assessed value is $537,400 -- $294,500 for the two buildings and $242,900 for the land.  The parcel is zoned lakeshore residential.

Drilling told the Cook County News-Herald after the auction that he would be living on the property.  He is the outfitting manager at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and said he has been coming to Cook County for many years.  He said the house has not been lived in for 15 years.

The county recently filled in three septic systems that had been condemned, so Drilling will have to have an acceptable form of septic treatment before he can live on the property.

Sign up for Tofte Trek 10K run/walk now

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 9:32am

There is no better way to kick off your Fourth of July than by running up the slopes of the Sawtooth Mountains, racing on the Superior Hiking Trail and tracking down your competition through the mud.

Thirty-four years ago the Tofte Trek Wilderness Run/Walk was born and the tradition carries on.  Each year this event continues to grow, bringing over 200 runners and walkers to the town of Tofte.

Pre-registration is $25; same-day registration is $30.

Registration begins at the Birch Grove Community Center at 7:45 a.m. July

4 followed by races beginning at 9 a.m. with the walkers, 9:05 a.m. with various kids races (free), 9:20 a.m. with a mile race (free), and rounding out the morning is the 10k running race beginning at 9:30 a.m.

There will be overall awards, age group awards and a raffle prize. All proceeds from this event are used for XC Ski and Mountain Bike Trail maintenance within the Sugarbush Trail System.

For more information, visit


Minnesota State Patrol offers law enforcement experience at summer camp

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 9:31am

The Minnesota State Patrol is offering a week-long summer camp for youths interested in careers in law enforcement. State Patrol Trooper Leah Carpenter of Grand Marais encourages local students ages 16 - 19 years old to apply to learn the training and responsibilities of law enforcement officers.

The camp includes training in firearms, radar/aircraft enforcement, defensive driving, crash investigation, defensive tactics, as well as leadership skills and more.

The camp takes place Aug. 11 - 17 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.

Approximately 30 teenagers will be accepted through the application process. The camp will be led and monitored by State Patrol troopers. There is no charge for the camp. Applications are due July 6.

For more information, contact Trooper Carpenter or find an application at

Weekend News Roundup for June 29

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 9:03am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Increased arrests in the county, bad water beaches in Wisconsin, a former CCHS Vikings player heads to Thunder Bay, water quality, wolves, pets and new courtroom restrictions in St. Louis County…all in this week’s news.


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Co-op opens doors to new store

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 5:18pm
Cook County WholeFoods Co-op, June 26, 2013.

After a year of construction, the Cook County Wholefoods Co-op opened the doors to its brand new 7,100 square foot store in downtown Grand Marais on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  WTIP's Carah Thomas was there.

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