It’s the time of year for giving, and the Bear Cub class at Great Expectations school in Grand Marais is doing just that. One sunny morning this week, the cubs hand painted ornaments to give to WTIP for the station’s very first Christmas tree. Everyone knows the best thing about ornaments is hanging them on the tree, so teacher Sue Butter brought the Bear Cub class to WTIP to do just that. The children hung their ornaments on the tree and serenaded WTIP staff with a special Christmas song. Thanks Bear Cubs!
On Nov. 17 Cook County Commissioners agreed with members of the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association – the county, not LTTA, should plow and maintain the Onion River Road.
The Border Patrol has a new Chief Patrol Agent at the Grand Forks North Dakota sector headquarters. The sector covers over 800 miles of border with Canada, including all of Cook County. While the Border Patrol mission remains unchanged, officials are emphasizing an increase in community involvement. WTIP’s Jay Andersen has this interview.
The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has approved a request for assistance from the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA).
In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke in support of an amendment she co-sponsored to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment would allow American consumers to safely import lower-priced Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs from other approved countries.
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Minnesota’s population has grown by just over 6 percent so far this decade, while six of the seven Northeast counties have declined by roughly that same amount. Cook County is the exception, with a population growth of about 5 percent in the last decade.
Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes said she hoped to go into 2010 without a raise in taxes. However, Hakes says unallotments made by the governor totaling $31,000 along with the possibility of further cuts next year, made a 3 percent levy increase necessary.
Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has co-sponsored legislation authored by Democrat Senator Carl Levin and Republican George Voinovich to prevent the spread of Asian Carp to the Great Lakes.
H1N1 vaccination will be available to everyone on a first come first served basis Thursday and Friday. Vaccinations will be in the Sawtooth Mountain clinic patient education room, which is located in the clinic waiting area.
On Thursday Dec.10, a clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Friday Dec. 11 vaccinations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.