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Best wishes to Assistant Football Coach Mike Boomer on his retirement

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:59pm

Best of luck to Cook County High School Assistant Football Coach Mike Boomer, who is retiring from coaching after 21 years of roaming the Vikings’ sidelines at football games, “extolling, urging and encouraging his players.”

His presence in practice and at football games will be greatly missed, said current Head Coach Mitch Dorr.

Boomer’s announcement came at the team’s end of the year football banquet.  He said he and his wife want to spend more time watching their children Brea and Kale play sports for their respective colleges. Kale plays football at University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), and Brea is the captain of the basketball team at UW-Stout. There is a lot of time and travel involved in that pursuit.

“Mike has had a huge impact on our programming and has helped us establish a program that goes far beyond the football field,” said Dorr.

Many others echoed that sentiment, including News-Herald reporter Brian Larsen who said, “It will be a big void, but no matter what, Boomer will always be a Viking, his dedication, love and reverence of the kids will live on. He will be missed.”


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"The Johnny Cash Story" at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Saturday night

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:58pm

The Johnny Cash Story is coming to Grand Portage Lodge and Casino at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, in the form of the talented rockabilly musician Sherwin Linton.

Sherwin Linton began playing the guitar and singing cowboy songs in the 1940s and had his own show on KWAT Radio in Watertown, South Dakota in 1955. Through the years, Sherwin’s career grew as he traveled with his band throughout the United States, performing his original songs and a variety of other styles plus a vast repertoire of Cash hits.

Having grown up in rural South Dakota and always living near the railroad where his father worked, Sherwin’s life had somewhat paralleled that of Johnny Cash. In another similarity in 1971, Linton performed a concert inside the granite walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary, as Cash did at San Quentin. Linton’s concert, which included his own songs as well as a 25-minute tribute to Johnny Cash, became a live album titled, “Hello, I’m Not Johnny Cash.”

That album led to CMA and Music City News nominations for Country Entertainer of the Year Awards in 1972-73. But the biggest accomplishment for the talented Linton was an endorsement by Johnny Cash himself. Cash sent him a complimentary letter and the men became friends, with Sherwin performing with Cash frequently.

The Johnny Cash Show includes a talented group of musicians including Linton’s beautiful wife Pam who joins him on stage to sing songs of June Carter and the Carter Family.

Head to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Saturday night for this fantastic show. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call (218) 475-2401 for more information.


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'Down to the 5 yard line' for Tofte housing project

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:59am

Plenty of Tofte news, including progress on the senior housing project.  North Shore Morning host Julie Carlson spoke with Tofte Township Supervisor Jeanne Larson.  


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DNR seeks citizens for deer and fish advisory teams

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 1:23pm

People interested in helping the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources establish deer population goals or discussing how the state manages fish are urged to apply for citizen advisory board positions.

Volunteers are being sought to join five advisory teams that will develop deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota. Each team will focus on deer goals for a specific region, or goal-setting block, of the state.

Once selected, each team will review biological and social data as well as public input collected at meetings and through online and written questionnaires. After considering and discussing this information, each team will recommend a deer population goal for each of the permit areas within its goal-setting block.

DNR staff will review the data for each goal block as well as advisory team goal recommendations and final public comments on team recommendations before making final decisions.

This is the third year the DNR has worked with citizens to reassess and revise deer population goals in Minnesota. Goals for southwestern and a portion of northern Minnesota were set in 2012. Goals for southeastern Minnesota were set last year. Goals for the deer permit areas not part of the 2015 process will be set in 2016.

For the application or more information, go to Deadline is Nov. 17.

For those more interested in discussing fish, volunteers are also needed to join five citizen-agency work groups that will discuss how the state manages fish. The deadline for applying is Nov. 19.

Airport runway extension delayed until spring

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:56pm

Work on extending and widening the airport runway probably won’t happen this fall, said Cook County Airport Manager Rod Roy at a recent meeting.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the low bid by Northland Constructors as recommended by consultants Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. for $1,468,200. The board’s decision came at the county board’s October 14 meeting.

It was hoped that Northland could begin work this fall, but, said Roy, “We haven’t gotten final approval from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service yet. All of the work has been done with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). We’re just waiting for them to give us the go ahead.”

Northland will widen and extend the runway and will complete phase 1 grading at the airport. Northland has met the contract requirements (bonds, insurance etc.) and MnDOT and the FAA, which are covering 95 percent of the cost, have approved funding.

The 5 percent local cost of $109,088.30 was paid to the airport previously by the highway department as right of way expense for road construction through federal property. Northland Constructors must complete the work by July 1, 2015.

Learn to "Lighten Up" on the Trail with dried foods

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:21am

‘Lighten Up:  Eating Well on the Trail’ will be offered at North House Folk School on November 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with North House instructor Lindsay Lee on North Shore Morning about this class.

More information and registration is available online at



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