February 23, 2017


Cook Timber Days Committee seeking Royalty Candidates

The Cook Timber Days Committee is seeking Royalty Candidates. Timber Days 2017 will be held June 9- 11.
If you are interested in becoming a King or Queen for the 2017 Cook Timber Days event, contact Shannon Martin at 780-2110 or Shirley Baumgartner at 666-2282.
The candidates will sell tickets and receive incentives. The winner will also have the honor of being crowned as the 2017 Cook Timber Days Royalty and display that Honor and Crown at the Parade on Sunday of the Timber Days event. Kick-off date will be Tuesday, April 11.
The incentives for the candidates are: $100 for every 500 tickets sold and $300 for the candidate selling the most tickets.
Sign up today, and become Royalty for 2017 and help Timber Days be a successful event! Deadline to sign up for this fun opportunity will be Saturday, April 1. If candidates are under the age of 18, a parent authorization will be needed.

Timber Days Committee asks for Grand Marshal nominees

The Cook Timber Days Committee is seeking a Grand Marshal for their 2017 event which will be held June 9-11. If you know of anyone who is deserving of this honor, please submit a short letter stating their honor and/or commitment to the community. Applications will be taken through April 30. The Grand Marshal will be honored as the leader of the parade for the 2017 event.
You may submit your letter acknowledging the honoree to: Cook Timber Days Committee, PO Box 1123, Cook, MN 55723.

Owners of resorts, campgrounds and rental businesses required to take aquatic invasive species training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses include resorts, outfitters and camp-grounds that rent or lease boats and other water-related equipment. Business owners must attend training, apply for a permit and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law.
When the law and permit began in 2012, it applied only to some resorts and outfitters, along with businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire, said April Rust, DNR aquatic invasive species training coordinator.
The law was updated in 2013 to include any businesses that rent any type of boats or other water-related equip-ment.
"That means resorts and campgrounds that offer equipment to their guests, such as pontoons, fishing boats or kayaks and canoes as a part of their stay, need training on AIS and this permit," she said.
Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March. Training is offered in winter to give businesses time to attend training and get a permit before ice-out. Registration deadlines for in-person training are one week prior to each training.
A listing of all 2017 training sessions is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/calendar.
Overall, Minnesotans are doing a good job of helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Less than 5 percent of Minnesota lakes are on the infested waters list.
To register for training or for more information, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lsp.

Two Northland drug and violent crimes task forces merge

They do similar work in adjoining regions and already are frequently sharing information between agencies. Now the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Boundary Waters Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force have merged and will share the LSDVCTF name. It will be head-quartered within the Duluth Police Department, with satellite offices in Virginia and Hibbing.
"We know that drug dealers pay no attention to crossing boundaries between cities, counties and states. That's why these task forces were formed in the first place," said Sheriff Ross Litman, whose office previously had deputies working in both task forces. "To combine the two task forces now increases the information sharing between departments and the resources we're able to direct to stop the distribution of drugs and criminal elements in our region."
The new Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force will include representatives from 13 police depart-ments, three sheriff's offices and four state or federal agencies. The task force covers a region that spans more than 12,000 square miles, making it the largest in the state, geographically.
By working together, the task force will be able to better share intelligence information gathered by their respective members, share investigatory resources and equipment, and increase their eligibility for federal funding sources.
"We have found in our experience that many of the crimes our communities are experiencing have a drug correlation," said Jeff Kazel, LSDVCTF Commander. "Working together, we can better stop the heroin and opioids, methamphetamine and other drugs, and the crimes that accompany their distribution and use, that are hurting our citizens and our communities."
The LSDVCTF now includes repre-sentatives from the Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Hermantown, Virginia, Hib-bing, Eveleth, Babbitt, Ely, East Range, Breitung, Chisholm and Gilbert police departments; the St. Louis, Lake and Carlton County sheriff's offices, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; United States Border Patrol; Department of Homeland Security; and Minnesota National Guard Counter Drug Program.


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