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Weekend News Roundup for January 3

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 10:24am

Each week the WTIP news department puts together a roundup of the weeks top    news stories. Sandpiper pipeline hears are set, Minnesota stops infested timber imports and new docks are scheduled for the Duluth Harbor…all this and more in the week’s news.


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Gunflint Mail Run kicks off Saturday, Jan. 3

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:07pm

The two-day Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race starts Saturday, January 3 at 7 p.m. at Trail Center, said Race Co-Director Jack Stone of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. mushers will have their dogs inspected in the pre-race veterinary check at Trail Center. A mushers’ meeting will be held at 4 p.m. and Reverend Mary Ellen Ashcroft will conduct a blessing of the dogs at 6:30 p.m.

“There will be plenty of time for people to mill around on Saturday and meet the dogs and mushers,” Stone said. “Some mushers may not want people around right before the race, but they will let the public know that,” he said.

Teams are expected to arrive at The Landing at Devil Track Lake at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. They will be guided in by luminaries (large metal cans filled with burning wood) that will be placed across the lake.

The first teams are expected to finish (at Trail Center) around 11 a.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m. at Trail Center.

The 100-mile race will be run on snowmobile trails graciously groomed by the local snowmobile clubs, said Stone. Winners will split a purse of $5,000.

Local participating includes Odin Jorgenson of Jorgensen Kennels; father and son Dennis and Charlie Laboda of Night Train Racing Sled Dogs; Frank Moe of Moetown Kennels; and Erin Altemus of Mush Lake Racing.

Odin’s father, Arleigh Jorgenson, was a participant in the first Gunflint Trail Run race held in the mid 1970s, said Stone. Another first time participant, Ted Young, will be on hand to tell stories about dogs and mushers now faded into the past, soon forgotten like paw prints that fill with moon shadows as the dogs race yelping through the night, their breath escaping like trembling ghosts star ward.  

Cook County YMCA celebrates First Birthday and the new year

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:41am

The Cook County YMCA is celebrating one year of service to the community and looking forward to a great new year.  WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills speaks with Branch Executive Director Emily Marshall.

The Open House Birthday celebration is Sunday, January 4 from 1 to 4 pm, and includes new group fitness class samplings, snacks, open game room, open swim with water slide, and open gym.
The  YMCA hosts a job fair Tuesday, January 6, from 6 to 7:30pm. Program staff will be on hand to answer questions about jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in aquatics, sports, health & wellness, marketing, childcare, and organizational management.
More upcoming events are on our Events and Announcements page.


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Happy New Year!

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:05pm

Happy New Year from all of us at the Cook County News-Herald -- may all your news in 2015 be good news!

Learn the tradition and science of henna at the Grand Marais Public Library

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:40am

The Grand Marais Public Library will host a program featuring the art and history of henna body art at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

This free program by Kristy Johnson will include the history and culture of henna through the ages as well as how to mix and apply pure, natural henna.

Johnson has a passion for henna and has been studying and sharing her art at festivals and events across the Duluth - Superior area since 1995. As a self-taught artist she has become well versed in the history and the beautiful art form of henna that has been around since nearly the beginning of time.

In this workshop, Kristy will share the history, cultural traditions and science of henna, in a fun relaxed atmosphere packed with hands-on education and experience. Learn how to prepare the perfect batch of pure natural henna paste, application techniques, and the importance of choosing natural henna, as well as an opportunity to create and practice traditional designs on paper, yourself and other brave students in the workshop.

The program, sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Contact the library at (218) 387-1140 for more information.


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Myers to participate in Native Nation Rebuilders

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 6:57pm

William Myers of Grand Portage is among 31 leaders from 14 Native nations who make up the Sixth Cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders.

The Native Nation Rebuilders Program supports emerging and existing Native leaders to build their leadership skills and nation-building knowledge so they can help tribal leaders exercise and strengthen sovereignty.   

The Bush Foundation created the Native Nation Rebuilders Program in 2010 after elected tribal leaders from 23 Native nations said they needed skilled and committed partners to help them rebuild their nations. Rebuilders attend a two-year program of learning about nation-building and strengthening their leadership skills. The program has selected 112 rebuilders from 20 Native nations since 2010.

Myers is a former Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal council member, serving from 2008 to 2012. He currently serves on the Grant Portage Elder’s Council and Veterans Memorial Program. He is a retired federal treaty conservation officer, a post he held for more than 17 years. Myers was also a police officer for the Rice Lake Police Department for over 16 years.

Myers earned his bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University and Master’s of Tribal Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


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