Cuts proposed to nursing home funding could hit county

Governor Mark Dayton has proposed the deepest payment cuts in history to Minnesota’s nursing home industry. WTIP’s Jay Andersen has this story.

Bill and Cindy Hansen of Sawbill Outfitters release a bobcat that had been living under their deck

Check out Bill Hansen's detailed account of the bobcat catch and release in this week's West End News commentary.

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Vintage portable radio

Weekend News Roundup for Feb. 19

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week.

Bill caught this picture of the bobcat under his deck! Yikes!

West End News Feb. 18

For many years, my dad, Frank Hansen reported the West End News, first for the Cook County News Herald and in recent years, for WTIP.

Rainbow trout

Local Fish Report for Feb. 18


Our fishing expert, Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, says if we’re talkin’ fishin’ we’re talkin’ trout.

Great Expectations School

Pending budget uncertainty affects local schools, including GES

Legislative uncertainty over education funding can have an effect on small school budgets as well as large ones – including charter schools like Cook County’s Great Expectations.

Cook County Soil and Water

New Soil and Water supervisor for Hovland

Four candidates interested in filling for the Hovland area District 5 Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor vacancy were interviewed by the Cook County SWCD board at a special meeting on Mon

Commissioner Sue Hakes

County moves to work further with consulting firm

The construction management firm hired by Cook County to oversee the new community center project has been brought on board to oversee other 1% sales tax building projects as well.

Flute Reed River

Flute Reed group appoints coordinator

Progress continues on a $540,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.  The Flute Reed Partnership has appointed Stark Enterprises to be their oversight coordinator for all three projects in

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