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Sheriff's Office to get new squad vehicle

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:51pm

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen came before the board with a request to purchase a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe from Ranger Chevrolet in Hibbing.

The new squad car would cost $30,095 with additional installation costs of approximately $4,000. Eliasen said most equipment from the old squad car would be salvaged and installed in the new car.

Eliasen said the new car is bigger than the Ford it replaces, and should be more durable when the deputies travel on bad roads, especially when they are responding to calls.

Commissioner Frank Moe asked Eliasen how often vehicles were replaced. Eliasen told him that 80,000 miles was the standard time to get a new vehicle. He said, “We drive them harder than most people drive their vehicles and they idle a lot more, which is hard on an engine.”

Eliasen added that he hoped to get 100,000 to 120,000 miles on this vehicle.

A unanimous motion passed to authorize the purchase.


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31st Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon set to start on January 25

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:54am

Commemorating the life of John Beargrease, the son of a Chippewa chief who delivered mail by dog sled, the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is set to start this Sunday. WTIP host Mark Abrahamson spoke with Jason Rice of the board of directors for the Marathon on North Shore Morning. 

The 2015 race will begin in Two Harbors, Minnesota, at the Highway 2 gravel pit with a 2pm start on Sunday, January 25th.

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Business Networking Luncheon topic: "Better Story, Better Business" on January 22

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:09am

Cook County Higher Education is hosting their January Business Networking Luncheon. This month's topic is "Better Story, Better Business." WTIP host Julie Carlson spoke with Rose Arrowsmith Decoux, instructor for this luncheon, on North Shore Morning.

Date: Jan 22, 2015
Time: 11:30-1 pm
Instructor: Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Location: Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN 55604
January Business Networking Luncheon: Better Story, Better Business by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

Storytelling and business might seem worlds apart; one conjures up kids at a campfire, the other banks and boardrooms.
But business is built on communication, and storytelling is communication at its most effective, memorable and shareable.


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Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble in concert in Two Harbors, Silver Bay

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:38pm


Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble, a talented and popular jazz group from Grand Marais, which earlier conducted workshops with the Cook County High School Band, is collaborating with Two Harbors and Silver Bay schools to present A Century of Jazz, a concert of familiar jazz tunes spanning the last century, with discussions of the history behind the music.

The members of the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble are Al Anderson on trombone, Brett Jones percussion, Erik Hahn on sax, Karina Roth, vocals, Mike Roth on bass and Mike DeBevec on piano.

The jazz ensemble will work with the Two Harbors Concert and Jazz Band, directed by Dave Haaverson and the William Kelley High School Jazz Band in Silver Bay, directed by Kris Peterson.

The Two Harbors concert will be Monday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium. The Silver Bay concert will be Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the William Kelley High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults, youths 18 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door.

These concerts are part of a five-year project begun in 2011 by the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble to provide concerts, presentations, workshops, recordings, and radio shows for rural North Shore communities. The goal is to entertain and to educate people about the role of jazz in the evolution of popular American music.

Organizer Mike DeBevec said these activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation and an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Northern Lake County Arts Council is cosponsoring the Silver Bay event.

There will also be a concert with the Cook County High School band on May 12, 2015—mark your calendars!


New board members join ISD 166 school board

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:36pm

The School District 166 board meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015 started with treats and well wishes for outgoing school board members.

Michael McHugh, speaking on behalf of the Cook County teachers said, “We want to publicly thank Ann Sullivan and Ed Bolstad for their dedication to our students and for all of their efforts.” The school board also shared those sentiments.

Three school board members then took the oath of office—Deb White who had been reelected to District 1; Chris Goettl, who was elected to District 3 and Jeanne Anderson who was reelected to District 5.

After the oaths were taken, the board elected Jeanne Anderson to once again serve as board chair. Sissy Lunde was elected board clerk and Chris Goettl was elected board treasurer.

The board reviewed a chart showing salaries for school boards in 29 other Minnesota school districts, ranging from an annual salary of $660 in Hill City to $3,600 in Hibbing. Additional pay goes to the board chair in a number of districts, ranging from $138 in Floodwood to $1,080 in Proctor. In addition, extra pay per meeting for matters such as union negotiations or architect meetings are paid in a range of $15 per meeting in Aitkin to $100 per day in McGregor.

After looking at the chart, Board Member Deb White said she was comfortable with leaving the board pay the same, which for the ISD 166 board members is $2,300 annually, with an additional $700 for the board chair. Board members are paid $35 for extra meetings.

White said, “We just got a raise last year, I think it should stay the same.”

Her colleagues agreed and a motion passed to keep the school board pay the same in 2015.

Business Networking Luncheon explains the importance of telling your business story

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:45pm

Storytelling and business might seem worlds apart; one conjures up kids at a campfire, the other banks and boardrooms. But business is built on communication, and storytelling is communication at its most effective, memorable and shareable.

Explore this unique relationship at the next Business Networking Luncheon (formerly known as the Women’s Business Luncheon), which will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Cook County Higher Education.

The presenter will be Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, who has been a professional storyteller since 2001. She has taught workshops nationally and performed internationally. She will tell participants how to connect with their customers; refine their brand; gain a loyal following; and make it easy for others to promote them.

“If you want to forge long-term business relationships (with clients or employees) that pay off in repeat sales, social media shares, and well-received innovations, you need to know your business's best stories, and how to tell them well,” said Arrowsmith DeCoux. “It's fun – and it's easier than you think.”

To RSVP or for more information, call (218) 387-3411. Lunch will be catered and includes a sandwich, side, treat and a warm drink.


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