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Gunflint Trail fatality identified

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:15am

The Cook County Sheriffs Office Friday reported a fatal accident occurred on the Gunflint Trail that morning.

The accident happened about a quarter mile south of Lullaby Creek Road. The driver, Katherine Mariseth Pourraid Ordonez, 24, from Argentina, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her vehicle was travelling south on the Trail when it went off the road and struck a tree.

Cook County Sheriff Deputies, Gunflint Fire Department, Grand Marais First Responders and Cook County Ambulance responded.

 
 

Make-A-Bowl sessions at the Art Colony

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:23pm

Artist Joan Farnam shares the scoop on how to Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls, with North Shore Morning host Randy Eastlund.
There is still space available in the Make-a-Bowl Sessions at the Art Colony and this year you have your choice between working in the clay studio or the glass studio.

Sessions are:

Sunday, October 4 | Clay | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 5 | Clay | 7pm - 8pm

Sunday, October 12 | Clay | 2pm - 3pm

Monday, October 13 | Clay | 7pm - 8pm

Wednesday, October 22 | Glass | 7pm - 8pm

Thursday, October 23 | Glass | 7pm - 8pm

Registration with the Grand Marais Art Colony, 218-387-2737

www.grandmaraisartcolony.org

Program: 

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Weekend News Roundup for October 4

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:11am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top news stories. Oil pipelines, taconite rail backup, County Attorney sentenced and more…all figured in this week’s news.

Program: 

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Local Cub Scouts "Scouting for Food" on Saturday

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:54pm

Cook County Cub Scout Pack 167 is “Scouting for Food.” The Cub Scouts are hosting a food collection drive. You can help the Scouts by stopping by the Cook County Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Cub Scouts will be on hand to accept non-perishable foods, grocery gift cards, and monetary donations, which will be delivered to the Cook County Food Shelf.

The Cook County Food Shelf is located in the First Congregational Church at Third Ave. West and Second Street. It is open 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. every Monday. There are also food distribution sites in Grand Portage and at Zoar Lutheran Church in Tofte.

For more information about the Food Shelf or to volunteer with the Cook County Food Shelf, contact Bill Lenz at (218) 387-9860.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

 www.cookcountynews-herald.com

County sets preliminary levy with 7 percent increase

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:49pm

The county board has been meeting frequently in recent weeks, looking for ways to lower the initial 27.8 percent increase in county department budget requests. Commissioners met in special session Monday, September 29 and after 2 1/2 hours of wrangling over numbers decided to set a maximum tax levy increase of 7 percent for 2015.

Last year the county board capped any potential levy increase at 2.9 percent. However, they dipped $513,241 into the county’s fund balance to keep it that low.

Commissioner Garry Gamble said it was his guess that the board would have two to three more special sessions to go over all of the county’s department budgets line by line before setting the budget at its December 16 or December 23 meeting.

The commissioners beat the state’s deadline by one day for setting a proposed maximum levy and budget.  Each county must present a proposed county budget and levy by September 30.

Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers told the board it must legally set its final budget and levy for the county by the last day of December.

Because of the board’s actions the levy cannot exceed 7 percent, but, as Commissioners Sue Hakes, Bruce Martinson and Gamble noted, they will work to reduce it further.

Fatality in single-vehicle accident on the Gunflint Trail this morning

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:49pm

The Cook County Sheriffs Office has announced that a fatal accident occurred on the Gunflint Trail this morning.

The accident happened about a quarter mile south of Lullaby Creek Road. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cook County Sheriff Deputies, Gunflint Fire Department, Grand Marais First Responders and Cook County Ambulance responded.

Further information is being withheld at this time pending notification of family members.

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This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald

 www.cookcountynews-herald.com