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Soon-to-be former commissioners recognized at Dec. 2 coffee

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:33pm

The Cook County commissioners’ room filled with friends and co-workers on Tuesday, December 2 who came to wish the soon-to-be former commissioners well. Jan Hall and Bruce Martinson will attend two more county board meetings, but for Sue Hakes, this was her last meeting as she has other obligations.

Before the cake was cut, Auditor Powers spoke to those in attendance, stating, “If you don’t follow the workings of local government closely, you might be surprised at the breadth and volume of the issues facing commissioners. I know I was when I came here.

“I think candidates are often very interested and knowledgeable about a few important issues that probably get them interested in the job, but one of the real challenges I think is to gain that knowledge and judgment about a wide variety of issues that come before a county board that affect so many lives. Local issues that start and stop here, but also statewide issues that have a big impact on us but require so much interaction with other counties and state agencies to keep our interests from getting lost in the shuffle.

I have really come to appreciate the commitment of county commissioners in general—and these three outgoing commissioners in particular—to maintain their focus and dedication to the public’s service.

“And I think we should all thank them,” said Powers.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~ www.cookcountynews-herald.com

County to pursue litigation on flawed Community Center ice rink

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:29pm

County Attorney Molly Hicken has been working for several months to reach an agreement with the company that poured the concrete slab at the Cook County Community Center. In October and November 2014, the county board held closed sessions to have attorney-client privilege discussion of potential litigation against contractor K. Johnson Concrete because of flaws in the ice rink. At the latest meeting, Tuesday, December 2, commissioners gave Hicken the go-ahead to initiate legal action.

At the December 2 meeting, County Attorney Hicken told the county board that the contractor had responded to the county’s request for mediation. The board closed the meeting for attorney-client privilege discussion for about five minutes. When the meeting reopened, a unanimous motion was passed by the board, directing the county attorney to expend county attorney office resources on litigation with K. Johnson Concrete.

The Cook County News-Herald contacted Community Center Director Diane Booth to ask if the hockey rink flaws make it unusable. Booth said the hockey group should be able to use the rink, but added, “It was an issue last year. We hoped to get it resolved over the summer. But we’ll do what we have to do to make it work.”

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald ~ www.cookcountynews-herald.com

Winter warming trend on the way

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:09am

The snow will stop and the temps will dip for about a day and then the rest of the week will warm up – maybe too much for some people’s taste. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with meteorologist Carol Christenson.

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Youth Ski League registration & equipment rental Dec. 7-8

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 2:53pm

The North Superior Ski and Run Club sponsors a Youth Ski League (Y-Ski) every year to encourage kids to learn and love the lifetime sport of cross country skiing. Another year of ski fun for kids and families will be here soon.

Y-Ski is held on Sunday afternoons, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Pincushion Mountain Trail System starting in January.

There is an optional session for the kids in the advanced group on Tuesdays after school until 5:00 p.m.

Y-Ski is a fun, family environment where kids learn the sport of Nordic skiing in an atmosphere of games, group activities and skiing the wonderful trails at Pincushion. Y-Ski is designed for kids from kindergarten through 6th grade – all ability levels are welcomed and accommodated. (Kindergartners need to bring a full-time adult helper, please!)

Y-Ski is also affordable. The fee is only $20 per child, with each additional child only $10.

The North Superior Ski and Run Club (NSSRC) has a wide selection of children’s skis, boots and poles available for rent for the entire winter for a nominal fee of $25 (or $35 for those wanting both skate and classic skis). There is a $100 deposit required per set of equipment rented that will be returned at the end of the season when the equipment is checked back in. Discounts may be available for families who volunteer with the program.

Rental equipment will be distributed on sign up day. Kids will also receive a Cook County Y-Ski hat for first time sign up when the season begins.

Y-Ski begins January 4 and runs through February 22. We have a variety of activities including a field trip, special events and an optional fun race.

Y-Ski sign up and equipment rental times:

* Sunday, December 7 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

* Monday, December 8 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Pincushion Trails Warming Building

Weekend News Roundup for December 6

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:47am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top    news stories. Wolf season ends, a final taconite fiber report, Lonnie back to the mountain, the pool comes down and paddlers reach DC…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Shopping, pancakes and Santa Saturday

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:47am

On December 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there is unique shopping opportunity at the Cook County Girl Scouts Santa’s Workshop at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. The event has some great gift items for sale for all ages, but what makes it extra special is that the Girl Scouts give youngsters the chance to shop for their parents and siblings secretly. The Girl Scouts help select gifts and help the kids wrap them.
Santa’s Workshop kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and switches to a light lunch at 11:30. There will also be a bake sale of delightful treats made by Girl Scouts and parents.
And Santa Claus himself will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and kids will have the chance to have their photo taken with him.