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Memorial Blood Center coming to North Shore Nov. 11 - 13

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:36pm

According to the Memorial Blood Center, one blood donation can save as many as three lives. You can be a hero to someone through the simple act of donating blood. An opportunity is coming up to help fill the need in the Duluth/Superior and Arrowhead Region. The “bloodmobile” will be visiting the North Shore in November. Call to schedule an appointment to donate today.

The “bloodmobile” will be on the West End of Cook County on Tuesday November 11 from
2:30 - 6 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church. To schedule an appointment at Zoar, call Julie Rannetsberger at (218) 663-7111.

Memorial Blood Center will also be at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 
Tuesday, November 11, 
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
To schedule an appointment, contact Michele at (218) 740-1541.

On November 12 the “bloodmobile” will be at the Evangelical Free Church from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule a donation for that visit, contact Jean Eisenberger at (218) 387-2212.

Another donation opportunity to donate will be at Cook County High School 
on Thursday, November 13, 
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Contact Pam at (218) 387-2273.

To meet the needs of hospitals in northeastern Minnesota, Memorial Blood Centers must collect at least 2,400 units of blood each week.

The donation process takes approximately 45 minutes and includes registration, a mini-physical and the donation, with the actual donation time being less than 10 minutes. Donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. You never know when you or someone you love might be the one. Call for an appointment today and give the gift of life!

Weekend News Roundup for November 8

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:21am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Commissioner tie breaker scheduled for Monday. The FISH project needs more participants. Sertich leaves IRRRB and a mining conglomerate gets bigger.…all this and more in the week’s news.


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November music at the North Shore Care Center

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:58pm

November music at the North Shore Care Center will feature the band Cook County’s Most Wanted on Saturday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Whitey and Gladys Dockan’s 64th wedding anniversary.

On Wednesday, November 26 the Flute Reed Ramblers family band will perform their banjo and fiddle music at 3:30 p.m. There will be some square dancing going on, too–lead by Florence and George Bloomquist. Get ready to do the Virginia Reel!

Additional live music during the month will be performed by Myron Bursheim on Sundays, Irene Thompson on Mondays, Al Fuller every Tuesday, and Susan Scherer on Wednesdays.

For more information about the activity programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Activity Department at 218.387.3518 or check out the website


Canvass Board meets Monday, District 1 tie to be decided

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:56am

On Monday, November 10, at 9 a.m. the Cook County Canvass Board will meet in the Commissioners Room at the courthouse to canvass the results of Tuesday’s election.

If the board certifies the apparent tie in the District One election, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers will decide the winner by lot and the loser will be immediately notified that he or she may request a publicly-funded recount.

If the recount is called for, the Canvass Board will adjourn and the Auditor’s staff will recount the ballots. The Canvass Board will reconvene by 3 p.m. in the same location at the courthouse. If the recount confirms the tie, then the winner of the decision by lot will be the election winner. If a recount results in more votes for either candidate, that candidate will be the winner in District One as certified by the Canvass Board.

Cook County Election Canvass Board to certify election and oversee "draw" in Commissioner District 1

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:40pm

Normally when the Cook County Election Canvass Board meets to certify election results, it is a routine event. This year there will be a bit more excitement as the Canvass Board will also witness the draw to determine the winner in the District 1 county commissioner race—Kristin DeArruda Wharton or Frank Moe.

The two District 1 candidates ended the Tuesday, November 4 election evening in a tie, with 246 votes each. Either of the candidates may request a recount, to be paid for by the county, but first a winner must be determined.

Newly re-elected County Auditor Braidy Powers had to do some research about just how to proceed. State statute required the canvass board to meet to confirm the election results and also required the auditor to conduct a “draw” to determine the winner. State Statute was not clear which came first, so Powers told the Cook County News-Herald that the county would do the two activities at the same meeting.

Powers is the government official who convenes the canvass board and he is working on gathering that board, which consists of two commissioners or their designees; the mayor of the largest city in the county or a designee; the court administrator, and the auditor. The meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Auditor Powers told the News-Herald that there is a device in the court administrator’s office that will be used as the tie-breaker. Once a winner has been determined, one of the candidates can then request a recount of the votes.

If the count is unchanged, the candidate who won the “draw” will be the next county commissioner for District 1.

Veterans stories requested for Minnesota Military Family Tribute

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:34pm

The Cook County Veterans Service Office is seeking stories from military veterans and family members for inclusion in the Minnesota Military Family Tribute – a first-of-its-kind project that will be dedicated next June at the state capitol.

The tribute will consist of three components: Gold Star Table, Thank You Military and Veteran Walkway, and Story Stones. Veterans Service Offices throughout the state have been asked to assist in the creation of the Story Stones. Eighty-seven stones will be arranged as part of the tribute, one representing each county.

Excerpts from correspondence sent between military members and their families will be etched onto the stones, providing a window into the lives of military veterans and their sacrifices.

Submissions may be from any time period from the Civil War to the present, and need not be from a time of conflict. Submissions may be a letter, telegram, e-mail, or even a video, which will be transcribed to written word. While only a small portion of submissions will be etched onto the stone, the stories will depict the lives of our military families.

For more information, contact Pat Strand, Cook County Veterans Service officer, at (218) 387-3639. Submissions are due no later than Nov. 14.