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Senator Franken to Lead Rural Health Care Discussion Saturday January 17th in Grand Marais

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:40pm

Senator Franken Will Meet with Local Rural Health Experts As Part of his Efforts to Address The Unique Health Care Challenges Facing Rural Minnesota
On Saturday, January 17, U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Rural Health Caucus, will be at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais to lead a discussion with local rural health experts on the top needs of patients and providers in rural Minnesota and to discuss innovative ways to address those issues in Northeast Minnesota.  The meeting is part of the Rural Health Initiative Sen. Franken kicked off last month.
Sen. Franken said rural communities in Minnesota and across the country face unique barriers to accessing quality health care services that urban communities don’t face.  He and his staff will be holding similar meetings in communities across Minnesota in the coming weeks and months to identify the top health care needs in rural America. 
“Rural communities in Minnesota and across the country face unique challenges when it comes to ensuring access to quality health care for residents,” said Sen. Franken.  “As the Co-Chair of the Senate’s bipartisan Rural Health Caucus, I want to make addressing those challenges a top Senate priority.  My office’s Rural Heath Tour is part of that important effort.”
Making Rural Health a Top Priority
Last year, Sen. Franken helped introduce bipartisan legislation to support rural health care delivery systems, and to provide innovative, sustainable health care solutions for patients in rural America. Specifically, the legislation would have provided access to hospitals, doctors, and ambulance services in rural areas.  He said he will press similar efforts in the new Congress.
WHO: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, local rural health policy experts
WHAT: Hold discussion on top health care needs of patients and providers in rural Minnesota
WHEN: Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, 513 5th Ave. W., Grand Marais

Update on Lake Superior Binational Forum's recent loss of funding

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:54am

The Lake Superior Binational Forum has been impacted by recent EPA funding changes. WTIP host Joey Detrick spoke with Lissa Radke, U.S. Coordinator of the Forum, about new solutions to the loss of EPA funding on North Shore Morning. 

To learn more about the change in funding for the Lake Superior Binational Forum, or to submit comments regarding this change, go to:

More information about Lake Superior issues can be found on WTIP's Lake Superior Project.

(Photo courtesy of Marquette, Michigan Weather Service Forecast Office)

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Beat the winter blues with Qigong

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:37am

Winter blues? Improve your health and well being while discovering your potential with Qigong.

Qigong is an ancient system of exercises using flowing, meditative movements to stretch, open and energize your body and mind. Qigong can also be adapted for use as a technique to heal others on multiple levels.

There will be three free opportunities this winter to view the documentary film Qigong - Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century. The film will be shown in the lower level classroom of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 20; Tuesday, Feb. 24; and Thursday, March 19. Showings begin at 6 p.m.

The documentary explores the history and evolution of Qigong, masters practicing and teaching this ancient technique today, and the uses of Qigong as a healing art. 

After the documentary viewing, Mona Abdel-Rahman, licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, will lead a half-hour Qigong class and field any questions participants might have. The exercises can be done standing or sitting, and are easily modified for those with limited mobility.

Questions may be directed to Mona at Crescent Moon Acupuncture by calling (218) 370-9283.


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Exhibit on history of snow travel at Cook County Historical Society

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:09am

There’s a new exhibit exploring the history of snow travel at the Cook County Historical Society. WTIP host Marnie McMillan spoke with Carrie McHugh of the Cook County Historical Society on North Shore Morning.   

Winter hours: Fridays 1-4pm; Saturdays 10am-2pm.  More information at 387-2883.

(Photo courtesy of Cook County Historical Society)

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Grand Marais Ole Opry comes to Arrowhead Center for the Arts stage Jan. 17

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:12pm

The “Grand Marais Ole Opry” will once again be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

The presentation is a lively showcase of regional artists playing classic country tunes made famous by Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Johnny and June Carter Cash, and others. WTIP's Carl Solander will emcee the evening's lineup: Singleton Street, Cook County's Most Wanted, Bursheim and DeCoux, and Matt and Kent Anderson.

Singleton Street plays old-time country, Americana, and bluegrass music with tight harmonies, energetic arrangements, and a warm, dynamic stage presence. Sherri and Chuck Leyda and Jimmy Newkirk have been performing murder ballads, love songs, and highway songs of regret throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin for over a decade.

Cook County’s Most Wanted plays alternative country, classic country, country rock, and classic rock. With outstanding vocals and musicianship in an array of genres, Carah Thomas, Rod Dockan, Snuffy Smith, Gary Croft, and Al Oikari always get a crowd moving.


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County eliminates 1 percent sales tax committee

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:11pm

The first meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners each year is an organizational meeting and commissioners go though a comprehensive list of the various boards and committees on which they serve. On Tuesday, January 6, commissioners reviewed an 11-page document listing all of those entities and discussed who should represent the county at what meeting—and whether or not some committees should continue to meet.

A few boards and committees that are no longer meeting on a regular basis were eliminated, such as the Caribou Lake Alternative Urban Area Citizens Advisory Committee; the Association of Minnesota Counties Future Task Force; the Law Library Board and the Biomass Feasibility Study Group.

The 1 Percent Local Option Sales Tax Coordination Committee was also removed from the list, at the recommendation of Auditor Braidy Powers, who said, “Essentially the need for this committee is over. We spent all of the money.”

The 1 percent sales tax was first requested in 2006 as an extension of the 1 percent tax that had paid for capital improvements to Cook County North Shore Hospital. After the county gained legislative approval to seek a countywide referendum, the 1 percent sales tax was approved by citizens in November 2009.

The 1 percent Local Option Sales Tax Coordination Committee members—Commissioners Sue Hakes and Bruce Martinson, Auditor Braidy Powers and County Attorney Molly Hicken—met to oversee use of the proceeds of the tax and the process of bonding for 1 percent projects such as the community center/Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais Library, recreation facilities in Tofte, etc.