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Phony phone scam not from Microsoft

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:15am

There’s a new phone scam surfacing in Cook County.  WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with Sheriff Pat Eliasen about phony Microsoft phone calls.

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Dragon Boat partners hang up their paddles

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:35am

The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival partners have officially
decided that they will not host the dragon boat festival in 2015.

“Decisions like this are never easy,” noted Karl Hansen with the North Shore Health Care Foundation, “and while we relished working together and engaging our community out on the water, we know this
is the right decision for all of us.”

The Dragon Boat Festival was launched in 2004. For eleven years the three partner nonprofits - WTIP Community Radio, North Shore Health Care Foundation and North House Folk School - made the most of an event dedicated to “paddling for community.”

“We hope all of our dedicated volunteers and business sponsors know how much we appreciated their involvement. Like so many things in this community, it is the people who stepped forward  that really made the difference,” said Debbie Benedict from WTIP.
Greg Wright of North House added, “Many of us will miss being out on the water and experiencing the joy of paddling with so many
great people.”

Different visions for the future of the event have been discussed and some brainstorming is still underway. Several downtown businesses, the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and other potential partners have helped explore these ideas. Creating a paddling event to replace the dragon boat festival is one idea under consideration. However, no specific plans are in place for 2015.


Cook County cyclists complete the Arrowhead 135 ultra-marathon

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Two Cook County cyclists recently completed The Arrowhead 135, a winter ultra-marathon in northern Minnesota. WTIP host Mark Abrahamson spoke with John Twiest and Adam Harju about this event on North Shore Morning. 

(Photo courtesy of Arrowhead 135)

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"Move It!" in February offered by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:45pm

You can “Move It” in February as part of a month-long event featured through the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. WTIP host Jana Berka spoke with Amy Schmidt of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic on North Shore Morning.

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Cook County Ridge Riders invites all to 6th annual Fun Run

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:09am

A day of family fun is planned for February 7, the day that the Cook County Ridge Riders snowmobile club will host its sixth annual snowmobile Fun Run.

“We will have registration from 9 a.m. to noon at Devil Track Landing or at Hungry Jack Lodge,” said Andrea Everson. Entrants can start either at Devil Track or Hungry Jack Lodge, said Everson, and travel up or down the trail and end the day at Devil Track Landing.

“We don’t care if you snowmobile or drive your vehicle or take whatever methods of travel that you like. Just show up. And if you want to just attend the party at night, that’s okay too,” she said.  

As for the snowmobile trails, Everson said she has gotten calls asking if the trails are rideable. “There’s plenty of snow on them and they are in good shape for snowmobiling,” Everson said.

Cost to enter the Fun Run is $20. Entrants can either snowmobile or drive their vehicles to the six stops along the way where they will have a poker card stamped at each location. Those hot spots include Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge, Windigo Lodge, Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines, and Devil Track Landing. All cards must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. at Devil Track Landing. The person holding the highest hand will win $500. The holder of the card with the lowest hand will receive $200.

At 6 p.m. a raffle for food and “lots and lots of prizes,” will be held at The Landing, Everson said. Prizes include snowmobile jackets, helmets, sweatshirts, stays at lodging facilities and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops.

Following the raffle there will be live music performed by Earth, Wind and Todd. Everson said there is no charge to attend the party, but she hopes people purchase food at The Landing, which will keep its restaurant open later than normal.  

February chill continues, but no record breakers

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:40am

Cold weather to continue through mid-week, then a warming trend.  WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Christenson..

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