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Vikings baseball coach optimistic on 2016 season

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:58pm

 The Cook County Vikings baseball team is getting ready to start the season. The first two games of the season were canceled due to weather and other related reasons, but the home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 14. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke Vikings Head Coach Arleigh Jorgenson about the upcoming season. 


Ham Run celebration—new and improved

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:35am

The route of the Ham Run Half Marathon is the same this year as in the past, however, the celebration surrounding the marathon is seeing some positive changes.

Cook County YMCA Executive Director Emily Marshall said she is happy to announce that the pre-race pasta feed will be back this year, hosted by the Gunflint Lodge. The pre-race celebration will be at Gunflint Lodge on Friday, May 6 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Runners can pick up race packets at the YMCA or at Gunflint Lodge this year.

The race itself will once again finish at the Trail's End, but a new post-race celebration is being planned, said Marshall. Upon completion of the race, racers and spectators will be shuttled back to Gunflint Lodge for a delicious meal, awards, and youth activities including the Little Runts Run.

Marshall said having the post-race celebration at the lodge will allow for higher quality and more food and beverage options as well as a warm, comfortable space to host the awards ceremony.

In addition to being one of the main sponsors of the event Gunflint Lodge is also offering lodging packages for racers.

Marshall said, “The Cook County YMCA never turns anyone away for the inability to pay and provides around $40,000 in scholarships to make sure everyone has access to programs and services.”

She noted that with the help of the Gunflint Lodge and other sponsors and volunteer groups such as the Gunflint Fire Department, Big Bear Lodge, BWARC, MN Power, Gunflint Pines, Lake Superior Trading Post, Great River Energy, Grand Marais State Bank, Northern Wilds, and Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, the race is anticipated to raise around $10,000. “These funds will primarily be used for camp scholarships to help reduce the cost to families that need school-age childcare over the summer,” said Marshall.


Registration open now for 37th Annual Tofte Trek

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:33am

Registration is now open for the 37th Annual Tofte Trek 10k Wilderness Run/Walk on Monday, July 4, 2016. There are events for runners, walkers and children.

The Trek was started by Tofte resident Jan Horak as a way to get people outside and be healthy. Today, the Sugarbush Trail Association carries on the muddy tradition of the run/walk on snowmobile and hiking trails.

The 4th of July celebration in Tofte is a classic small-town Americana celebration of Independence Day: Do the Tofte Trek, and then enjoy the day's festivities in Tofte, as well as in Grand Marais.

Pre-register for the Trek at


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Warm-up on the way

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:50am

A slow warm-up is in the forecast and the temperatures will start to feel more like spring.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Linda Engebretson.


April birthdays to be celebrated

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:48am

The North Shore Care Center will be helping Ethel Leng celebrate her 100th birthday on April 12. Friends and family are invited to a social with cake and ice cream at 3:00 p.m. that day to honor Ethel on her milestone birthday.
Trudy Boyd and Phyllis Noyes will also be celebrating birthdays this month. Phyllis will turn 101 on April 30. The monthly birthday party for all with birthdays in April will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served along with classic piano music by Doug Sanders.
There are volunteer opportunities for all ages at the North Shore Care Center. For more information about our volunteer program, please contact the Activity Department at 218-387-3518.

CCHS band invites community to pizza fundraiser tonight

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 8:45am

The Cook County High School Band has teamed up with Sven and Ole’s to host a pizza fundraiser Monday April 11, 2016 from 5:40 - 8:00 p.m. at Sven and Ole’s Pizza. Sven and Ole’s will be providing the great food (pizza, salad, dessert and drink) and the band kids will be providing the elbow grease to wait on tables, bus dishes, etc.
The cost for dinner ranges from $3 for children under seven years; $7 for kids between 7 and 12 years and $12 for anyone 12 or older. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the band trip to Cleveland, Ohio in May 2016.
“I am impressed with all the time and energy the kids have put into raising money for the trip,” said Kerri Bilben, Cook County band teacher. “All their effort will be worth it for the great trip we have planned. One of the exciting things we’ll do in Cleveland is play a concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Bilben.
The Cook County band has been working diligently for almost two years now to raise the funds needed for their trip to Cleveland. Their past fundraisers have included donkey basketball, car washes, silent auctions, bake sales, selling wreaths and holiday band CDs, and helping out at Fishermen’s Picnic.