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metal guardrails line a stretch of the Gunflint Trail, photo by Stephan Hoglund

Road project causes a stir

A recent road improvement project on the Gunflint Trail has altered the look of a famous local landmark.


 

County board keeps Sobanja as chair

In a special meeting Tuesday, Cook County Commissioners re-elected Commissioner Fritz Sobanja to serve as chair for the coming year.


 

Trout stocking policy will be changed in Cook County

In an attempt to cut costs, the Minnesota Department of Natural resources will change its policy of stocking rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout in inland trout lakes across Northeastern Minnesota. According to Tim Goeman, DNR regional fisheries supervisor at Grand Rapids, the savings could total about $40,000 to $50,000 per year.


 

County appoints broadband board

A four member Fiber Optic Network Commission was appointed from a list of applicants at the county board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Appointments include Howard Hedstrom, Paul Harvey, Scott Harrison and Terry Meath. Commissioner Bob Fenwick will be the board’s non-voting member.


 

Septic issue in limbo due to MPCA rule changes

For months Cook County has been reviewing its sewage treatment system ordinance. A study committee has submitted recommendations and one public hearing has been held. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wanted counties to have revised ordinances in place by early February.


 

Weekend News Wrap Jan. 2

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. to hear the Wrap live or visit our website and listen at your convenience or subscribe to a podcast.

 

 

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.


 

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.”


 

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.