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Semitrailer load strikes overpass in Schroeder

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 2:55pm

Staff report

Many stories shared at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum Storytelling dinner

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 2:52pm

Virginia Reiner, Museum President

Weekend News Roundup for October 29

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 9:31am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. County road priorities, rain gardens for the lakeshore, trucks and trials…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Vikings volleyball team reaches Final Four of 7A playoffs

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 8:56am
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On Friday night, Oct. 28, the Cook County Vikings volleyball team defeated William Kelly High School from Silver Bay in round three of the section 7A tournament. The Vikings won in three sets 25-13 , 25-18, 25-16.

Vikings player Meredith Sutton had 13 digs, and 18 kills, Tarin Hanson had 33 set assists, Alyssa Lashinski had 13 digs and 7 ace serves and Raina Ryden had 15 digs

For Silver Bay, Kayla Klofstad 9 kills, 7 digs, Brooke McMillan 5 kills and 12digs and Cora Carter 5 kills.

The Vikings will now travel to Virginia for the Final Four of the 7A playoffs. The Vikings will take on North Woods High School on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

If the Vikings advance to the Finals, they will play again on Saturday, Nov. 5. That game will also be in Virginia and begin at 4 p.m. The Finals matchup would be against the winner of the Deer River vs. Carlton game, which takes place on Wednesday.

If the Vikings reach the Finals, it will be broadcast on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. 
 

WTIP shares Cook County law enforcement report

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:28am
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Cook County Law Enforcement Report
The following reports are a record of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center in the past week. These are the initial calls made to law enforcement dispatchers.
 

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Cook County High School student skis in the Alps

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 1:08pm
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Will Lamb is a Cook County High School student and a member of the local ski team. Will also took a trip to Austria recently to continue his development in the sport.

Learn more about Will and his travels in this feature by WTIP's Joe Friedrichs.

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Warmer but grayer weather coming

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 9:38am
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A bit warmer than average for this time of year, but with that comes some dreary, gray days. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Huyck

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Sheriff has tips for driving around deer and trick or treaters

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 9:03am
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Deer are out and about, including on the roads and kids will be out and about for Halloween. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen.

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Auditor explains levy impacts on taxes

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:20am
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The county budget, two proposed school issues and more will all affect the total levy impact. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Braidy Powers about budgets, taxes and levies.

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Conservation officer carries special message to hunter near Gunflint Trail

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:22pm
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This fall local DNR Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman had an interesting encounter with a bear hunter in the Gunflint Trail region. Here’s the story about an important message the conservation officer had to deliver. 
 

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DNR seeks comments on Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:09am
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People interested in DNR strategies for managing Grand Marias area lakes and streams are encouraged to review current management plans and submit comments for the plans scheduled for review this winter. This annual review process includes several waters located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Comments on lakes within the BWCAW will be accepted until Dec. 15. The comment period for lakes and streams outside the BWCAW, will extend through Feb. 15, 2017.

A management plan identifies specific management activities planned for a lake or stream over the next five to 20 years, including any proposed stocking or special regulations.

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor, about the DNRs management plans and the public comment period.
 
In the Grand Marais area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed this winter.
 
Lakes:
The status and preservation of native lake trout populations will be the primary concern in plans being revised for Cash, Gabimichigami, Maraboeuf, State, Town and Little Trout lakes. These lakes are all located inside the BWCAW.
Stream trout stocking and management strategies will be reviewed in Dislocation, Triangle (Edith), Margaret, Mine, Pancore, Sock and Topper lakes. Options to consider include changes in species, stocking frequency, number stocked and size of fish stocked. Sock and Topper lakes are located within the BWCAW.
The management plan for Sea Gull Lake will be updated to incorporate the evaluation plan for the new walleye regulation and review the status of walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass populations. Sea Gull Lake is located within the BWCAW.
Thompson, Thrush and Turnip lakes are managed as a trophy trout, catch-and-release only lakes. This winter the current trout stocking strategies will be reviewed and if the special regulations on these lakes should continue.

Walleye stocking efforts on several area lakes will be reviewed, including programs on Gunflint, Devil Track, Flour, Holly, Hungry Jack, Iron, Little Iron, Poplar and Round lakes. Stocking that has proven ineffective may be dropped, or stocking strategies may be changed. Management plans for these lakes will only be revised if a change in stocking is recommended.
 
In addition to Gunflint Lake, current plans for Little Gunflint, Magnetic, Little North and North lakes will be reviewed. This chain of lakes may share populations of some fish species in common, so an effort will be made to coordinate their management.

Fisheries managers will consider whether there is a need or demand for special regulations on these lakes to protect or enhance walleye or lake trout fisheries.

Plans for Agnes and Tomash lakes will be reviewed to determine whether either could support panfish or northern pike fisheries.
Current lake trout and brown trout stocking strategies on Mayhew Lake will be reviewed.

The Pike Lake management plan will be reviewed to determine whether there is a need for more intensive walleye management, which could include stocking or special regulations.

Plans for several lightly-used BWCAW lakes in the area, including Banadad, Cam, Crocodile, Davis, Henson, Honker, Horseshoe, Vernon and Vista will be reviewed. Those plans will be revised primarily to establish survey schedules on those lakes for the next few years.
 
Streams:

Portage Brook, a wild brook trout stream, where the plan will focus on habitat and water quality, hydrology and watershed issues.
Woods Creek, a natural brook trout stream (currently only in its lower reach). A new plan will incorporate results of recent surveys by DNR Fisheries and the MPCA, and will discuss potential restoration of the stream’s headwaters.

Current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information are available for review at the DNR’s Grand Marais area fisheries office, at 1356 E. Highway 61, Grand Marais, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call or email Steve Persons at 218-387-6022 or steve.persons@state.mn.us.

Public comments on management of BWCAW waters are due by Dec. 15. The comment period for lakes and streams outside the BWCAW will extend through Feb. 15, 2017. Comments, suggestions and other feedback on the management of these, and all other streams and lakes in the area are welcomed at any time, and will be considered when those plans are next due for review.
 

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Emergency responders discuss search and rescue false alarms

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:34am
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After a recent false alarm in our region from an emergency-locator beacon, WTIP's Rhonda Silence took the time to learn more about this technology. 
 

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Cool and dry fall weather ahead

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 9:59am
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Cool and for the most part dry fall weather awaits us for the week. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Huyck.

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Volleyball team gets first playoff game at home

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 9:37am

The 16-2 Cook County High School girl's volleyball  team  received a first-round bye in the Section 7A playoffs. The Vikings will begin Section 7 play at home on Wednesday, October 26 against the winner of the Lakeview Christian/ Floodwood match.The game starts at 7 p.m.  If the Vikings win they will get a second home game on Friday, October 28. That game will also start at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Vikings!     

Weekend News Roundup for October 22

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 9:38am
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Each week the WTIP news staff compiles a review of news from the previous five days. Arrests for wrong turns at the border. What to do with Birch Grove. Local Bands join moose hunt. EDA scores with IRRRB. Is copper-nickel mining a health risk? …all this and more in the week’s news.

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October 17, 2017
3:17 a.m. Gunflint Trail A tree across the Gunflint Trail
10:16 a.m. Trout Lake Road Someone shot up the Trout Lake Resort mailbox over the weekend.
10:56 a.m. Hovland Possible squatters in house that is for sale
11:35 a.m. Grand Marais Party in lobby wants to talk to deputy about a woman that stopped him in the road and was yelling at him.
12:46 p.m. Gunflint Trail Male in 60s cut hand on saw.
12:49 p.m. Grand Portage Caller would like assistance removing party from house.
1:03 p.m. Grand Marais White, long hair dog running on Highway 61 toward downtown Grand Marais.
2:37 p.m. E. Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
3:43 p.m. Grand Marais Caller believes she may be having a stroke
8:40 p.m. Grand Portage Female in her early 60s may have food poisoning
October 18
1:36 a.m. Grand Marais Party will not leave.
8:05 a.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given
8:23 a.m. Law Enforcement Center Permit to purchase weapon issued
2:37 p.m. Grand Marais Grader backed into vehicle. Damage to vehicle, no injuries.
3:27 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
3:29 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
3:44 p.m. Grand Marais Residence checks.
6:28 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
6:34 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation issued.
6:56 p.m. Grand Marais Party walking into peoples’ apartments and screaming about meth.
8:04 p.m. Grand Portage Caller kicked party out of house, concerned that he may come back. Individual arrested for disorderly conduct.
October 19
7:44 a.m. Grand Portage School Patrol
7:54 a.m. Grand Marais School Patrol
11:30 a.m. Tofte Staff member slipped and dislocated knee.
1:31 p.m. East Highway 61 Vehicle hit deer. Animal needs to be dispatched.
2 p.m. Law Enforcement Center 911 call from 911 only phone. No sounds of distress. Likely pocket dial.
4:39 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
4:42 p.m. Grand Marais Duluth Police Department requesting a death notification
5:02 p.m. Grand Marais Party turned in Samsung cell phone
5:22 p.m. Tofte Store worker confronted shoplifter
7:21 p.m. Grand Portage Caller says party having issues, may have taken something.
7:30 p.m. Law Enforcement Center 911 call hang-up.
8:33 p.m. Tofte Caller reporting white Mustang in ditch on Temperance River Road for four days.
8:43 p.m. Grand Marais Dog got loose, red sharpei named Shelby. May be at the Catholic Church.
October 20
7:43 a.m. Grand Portage School zone patrol
8:03 a.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol
8:32 a.m. Grand Portage Individual arrested on warrant.
9:04 a.m. Grand Portage Sometime last winter someone broke two windows on his pumphouse and door was ripped off. Needs a report for insurance.
10:45 a.m. Grand Marais Caller reporting that one of her employees received a sexually explicit phone call from a blocked number.
11:12 a.m. Law Enforcement Center Permit to Carry application
12:49 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
2:17 p.m. Grand Marais Party reports tingling in her arm and head, trembling
3:12 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
3:31 p.m. Forest Road 304 Report of garbage dumped by old dump on Forest Road 304
3:41 p.m. Grand Marais School zone patrol.
4:28 p.m. Grand Portage Clinic doctor requesting ambulance to this address. Male party having seizures.
5:45 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop.
6:32 Lutsen A kayak broken in half washed up on the beach.
7:37 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:58 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:25 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:48 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
10:09 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:48 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:40 p.m. Grand Marais Party is hearing someone outside their house, banging on the house.
October 21
12:17 a.m. Grand Marais Man knocking on hotel door next to caller for the last 20 minutes
12:56 West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
1:52 a.m. Grand Marais People outside the hotel room yelling and pounding on doors.
2:08 a.m. Grand Marais Party is not being allowed to leave house.
6:39 a.m. Grand Marais Caller reports hearing a car going in the ditch near Devil Track Road
7:35 a.m. Gunflint Trail Caller reporting a vehicle on its roof, airbags deployed, no one around.
1:01 p.m. Hovland Traffic stop, warning given.
1:06 p.m. Lutsen Report of about $600 worth of tools stolen out of a work truck.
1:08 p.m. Grand Marais Inmate transport
1:25 pm. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
1:35 p.m. N. Bearskin Lake Caller reports a large cedar tree sawed down on his property. Wants a report for insurance claim.
2:38 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
4:18 p.m. Law Enforcement Center 911 call, sounds like pocket dial.
5:05 p.m.  East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
6:06 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation given.
8:13 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:53 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
9:07 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:11 p.m. Gunflint Trail Traffic stop, warning given.
October 22
12:30 a.m. Grand Portage Alarm at Grand Portage Legion
2:17 a.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
8:07 am. East Highway 61 Abandoned vehicle on lakeshore – California plates. Appears to be stuck. No one around.
10:09 a.m. Tofte Complaint of vehicle being towed on Highway 61
11:19 a.m. Grand Marais Woman passed out at local café.
11:31 a.m. Lutsen Ski Hill Road Fire alarm at Caribou Highlands – false alarm.
12:41 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
12:52 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
1:15 p.m. Schroeder Trespassing on the Taconite Harbor property
2:39 p.m. Grand Marais Neighbor’s dog off leash, chased reporting party’s wife home, barking and growling. Goldish colored pit bull.
2:48 p.m. Grand Marais Exposed cables in roadway, unsure what it is.
7:41 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
8:42 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, citation given.
8:51 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
9:20 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation given.
10:03 p.m. Grand Marais Traffic stop, warning given.
10:51 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
11:29 p.m. Lutsen Walk-through at Papa Charlie’s
11:47 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
October 23
1:38 a.m. Tofte Traffic stop, citation given.
9:05 a.m. Schroeder Hit a deer last night. Front passenger side and bumper damage.
9:30 a.m. Schroeder Fire alarm in basement hall.
10:39 a.m. Hovland Car hit deer, deer still alive.
2:30 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, citation given.
4:49 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
4:52 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation given.
5 p.m. Blueberry Road, Gunflint Deputy assistance requested.
5:51 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, warning given.
6:50 p.m. Devil Track Party reporting someone driving on snowmobile trail by Devil Track.
6:58 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop, citation issued
7:07 p.m. Lutsen Traffic stop, citation issued
7:35 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
7:43 p.m. East Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:48 p.m. West Highway 61 Traffic stop, warning given.
7:58 p.m. Tofte Traffic stop, warning given.
8:11 p.m. Schroeder Traffic stop, warning given.
9:25 p.m. Grand Portage Traffic stop.
9:48 p.m. Grand Marais Hospital requests ambulance to come with carbon monoxide detector
11:02 p.m. Lutsen Business check – Cathedral of the Pines