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Visit Cook County for Lake Superior Storm Festival Nov. 7-9

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 10:20am

Visit Cook County Nov. 7-9 to celebrate the power and beauty of the Big Lake during the second annual Lake Superior Storm Festival.

During the gales of November, visitors will see Lake Superior in its most malevolent season, not to mention, participate in various events and collect prizes all weekend long.

“There’s nothing quite like a November gale—wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Cook County Visitors Bureau. “Whether the lake is stormy or serene, Storm Fest offers plenty of excitement and one last nature's getaway before the holiday anticipation begins.”

The festival commences at 5 p.m. on Friday night at Sven& Ole’s, where visitors can catch a bite to eat while Randy Carlson, surf/kite program coordinator at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, shares the art of stand-up paddle boarding on the Great Lake. 

On Saturday morning and afternoon, follow the modern history of the Henry Steinbrenner, the most recent ship to be lost along Minnesota's famed north shore.

At noon, all those who dare to enter the Wave Dash can compete in a chilly dash into Lake Superior, to raise money for the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department, qualifying for a fleece beanie hat and other festival memorabilia. Afterward, warm up with cocoa and a roaring fire.

Also during the morning and afternoon, local photographer Paul Sundberg will share images and stories of the North Shore, highlighting wildlife, scenery, and of course, storms.

On Saturday night visitors can gather for themed drinks and specials at Superior Songwriters Shindig, an open mike night featuring the music of the Big Lake at Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub.

Digital photography program at Grand Marais Library

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 11:58am

Brian Rauvola of the Duluth Photography Institute will present a free program on digital photography at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Rauvola will present a three-hour hands-on beginning photography workshop about using your digital camera and editing your photos. Bring your camera (compact or dSLR), camera manual, a tripod (if you have one) and other accessories to learn how to use your camera’s features to improve the pictures you take.  Make sure your batteries are charged and you have plenty of memory because the group is going to explore the library inside and outside (weather permitting) to practice taking photos while also learning to use light effectively and other artistic elements to improve your images.

The last part of the workshop will be about downloading pictures, organizing your files, and using software to optimize and resize images.

Rauvola has been a semi-professional photographer in the Duluth/North Shore area for nearly 20 years.  He owns and operates the Duluth Photography Institute, and offers workshops, gallery space, and a fully equipped lighting studio for photographers to use.

Pre-registration is required by calling the library at (218) 387-1140.

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Cook County celebrates optimism and honors local businesses

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 11:53am

The Grand Portage Lodge & Casino banquet room, the Portage Hall, was packed with business owners and community members from one end of Cook County to another on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the 5th annual tourism and business celebration hosted by the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Cook County Visitors Bureau. The event was dubbed Celebrating Optimism.

There was a fabulous dinner and news from the Chamber and the Cook County Visitors Bureau—which is now officially “Visit Cook County” which is easier to use in marketing campaigns.

Senator Tom Bakk and Representative David Dill both spoke, as well as Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich. And then a number of business awards were presented.

Nominees for the Entrepreneur of the Year were:

My Sister’s Place                    Paul and Cara Sporn

Northern Wilds                       Amber Pratt and Shawn Perich

Grand Marais Putt ‘n Pets     Randy Sjogren

Camp Chow                          Sarah Hamilton

Fika Coffee                           Josh Lindstrom

Business of the Year

World’s Best Donuts              Dee Brazell and Stacy Hawkins

Buck’s Hardware Hank          Tracy Benson

Weekend News Roundup for November 1

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:22am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Could there be drones over Lake Superior? The Black Beach is ready to open, Enbridge wants a new pipeline and Christmas is on the way the Washington D.C.…all this and more in the week’s news.

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Happy Halloween!

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:15pm
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The Cook County News-Herald wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Stay warm!

Legislative help sought with legal fees in county attorney’s prosecution

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:11pm

During discussion with Senator Tom Bakk and Representative David Dill when they visited Cook County on Tuesday, October 21, county commissioners asked if there was any possibility that the county could be reimbursed by the state for the legal fees incurred in the prosecution of former County Attorney Tim Scannell. At the latest board meeting, Commissioner Bruce Martinson said that he had received news that Senator Bakk was going to introduce legislation to that effect.

The county had made a request to the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General to pay the prosecution fees of Special Prosecutor Thomas Heffelfinger, who gained a conviction of the former county attorney on two counts of criminal sexual conduct on July 25, 2014, but David Voigt of the Office of the Attorney General said Minnesota State Statutes do not allow his office to cover the cost.

The county board appealed to Senator Bakk and Representative Dill for assistance, noting that the Office of the Attorney General had appointed Heffelfinger, a “high end” attorney as special prosecutor, without input from Cook County. In a memo, Commissioner Martinson wrote, “The State must have viewed a successful prosecution of Tim Scannell to be in the state’s best interest. In the successful prosecution, a message was sent to other county attorneys and those working with 16- and 17-year-old youths, not to abuse their power as a person of authority.”

On October 22, Martinson received an email from Julie M. Bayerl, leadership assistant in Tom Bakk’s office. She said Senator Bakk had asked her to research whether there was a precedent for the state reimbursing counties for costs in high profile prosecution cases. Bayerl wrote, “Our senate counsel confirmed that this reimbursement has been done in the past.”