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Lake Superior edges closer to normal

The level of Lake Superior fell by 2 inches in December, less than the usual 3 inches, and now it sits just 3 inches below the long-term average for Jan. 1.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control Tuesday reported that the level of the lake is up 6 inches from this time last year. The big lake generally rises from April to September and then drops during winter months.


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Cook County Sheriff looks back on 2009

In general it was an eventful year for Cook County law enforcement, including storms and stand-offs. But looking back on the Christmas holiday, Sheriff Mark Falk says overall it was a “good Christmas, with only two domestic incidents and neither of those resulted in an arrest.”


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New entity formed to manage Banadad ski trail

The 28 kilometer long Banadad Trail is under new management. After 20 years of managing the trail system, Ted Young of Boundary Country Trekking is handing the job over to the newly formed non-profit Banadad Trail Association.


Cook County Schools ISD 166 campus

ISD166 school district faces big budget cuts

Cook County Schools will start the new year facing some difficult issues. The ISD166 School Board has raised the property tax levy, but Superintendent Beth Schwarz says it won’t be enough to counter the shifts and cuts coming from the state. Staff and program reductions are on the table as is a four-day week – and an operating referendum is all but certain in 2010.


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Weekend News Wrap Dec. 26

Each week the WTIP News Department provides a summary of the stories it has been following that week.  Tune in to WTIP's North Shore Weekend Saturdays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.


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County board considers adding a new staff position

Back in 1976 Cook County floated a referendum to establish a county administrator position to help streamline and re-organize county government. The issue failed. Since then the laws have changed and there’s no longer a need for voter approval.


Gypsy Moth

Gypsy moth number up in county

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) caught more than twice the number of gypsy moths this year over last year – most of them in the northeastern part of the state. Nearly all the trapped moths were caught in St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties.


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Couple sexual assault case brief filed in Cook County

A Grand Marais man who discovered his wife was having an affair is accused of using a crowbar, knife and gun to force the other man to have sexual relations with his wife.


AEOA has adult education and job skills offices throughout the Arrowhead region, including Grand Marais.

AEOA reopens job skills office in Grand Marais

This winter the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency continues to offer bus rides around the county as well as energy and weatherization assistance. It has also recently re-opened its adult education and job skills office in Grand Marais with Dawn Byholm as employment counselor and adult basic education instructor. WTIP’s Jay Andersen interviewed Dawn.


Levi Shiels, left, and Johnny Vander Heiden, right, of Ms. Brandt's class enjoy popcorn and apples for snack.

Sawtooth snack success noticed

Sawtooth Elementary and Cook County Schools Health Council were highlighted with a “success story” in a recent report to the Minnesota Department of Health.  The December report is an update on the status of the State Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant in Northeast Minnesota.